How To Complete The Cosmic Equilibrium Challenge In Destiny 2 Root Of Nightmares

By Zuhaad Ali
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The Root of Nightmares raid has a total of four encounters; Cataclysm, Scission, Macrocosm, and Nezarec. The first two encounters are puzzles while the second half of the encounters are boss fights. Each of these encounters also has a challenge mode, that has been made available with the launch of the Master difficulty mode.

In the past two weeks, we’ve had the challenges for Cataclysm (Illuminated Torment), and Scission (Crossfire) encounters. And this week, it’s the Cosmic Equilibrium challenge for the Macrocosm encounter (Zo’aurc, Explicator of Planets) in Destiny 2’s Root of Nightmares raid.

In this guide, we’ll talk about what the Cosmic Equilibrium challenge is, what’s the best and the fastest way to complete it, our loot recommendations, and the Adept reward from the encounter.

Cosmic Equilibrium Challenge in Root of Nightmares

This challenge is not as complicated as some might think. To complete the Cosmic Equilibrium challenge in Destiny 2’s Root of Nightmares raid, players must move all the Dark planets to the left side and all the Light planets to the right side, instead of moving only one odd planet on each side.

Cosmic EquilibriumSwap all Dark planets to the left side and all Light planets to the right sideMacrocosm

This means that you will need two Planetary Shift phases to reach the DPS phase. There are two ways to beat this challenge easily and quickly.

The first and easiest way to do this is to have all four runners do one side (top or bottom) at a time. For example, after killing the Centurian and the Anti-Barrier champion, all runners will go to the bottom plates (two left and two right), and swap the Dark planets to the left side (Light) and Light planets to the right side. (Dark)

After this is done, now the runners can move up to the top plates and do the same thing there (move Dark planets to the left and Light planets to the right). If done correctly, all sides will align without the Challenge Failed prompt at the bottom left.

Note: The three planets in the middle plate are deposited as normal. Don’t reverse these.

The second way is to have one runner on each plate do the swapping like you would normally do this encounter. The goal here is survivability and speed, especially on the Master difficulty, as there will be four Anti-Barrier champions in each swap phase on each side. (top and bottom left, top and bottom right)

How To Complete The Cosmic Equilibrium Challenge In Destiny 2 Root Of Nightmares
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For normal difficulty, you can use pretty much your normal load, a good submachine gun, with something like Izanagi’s Burden exotic sniper rifle in the primary slot, and a Rocket Launcher in the heavy slot. You can check out some of our recommended loadouts below.

Weapons and Armor Recommendation

  • Well of Radiance: Having Well of Radiance on Master difficulty is highly recommended, as it makes the whole encounter so much easier.
  • Gjallarhorn: If you’re going with the whole Rocket Launcher setup, have at least one Gjallarhorn as it gives the whole Fireteam Wolfpack Rounds.
  • Izanagi’s Burden: If you’re running a Legendary Rocket Launcher (Hothead, Ascendency), Izanagi’s Burden can do a significant amount of damage in between rockets.
  • Arbalest: On Master difficulty, you will have 4 Anti-Barrier champions on each side. So, Arbalest comes in handy against those champions.
  • Thunderlord: For ad clear, Thunderload or other Legendary Machine Guns like Commemoration can do the job well.
  • Aeon Swift/Soul/Safe: Use the Aeon exotic arms (Sect of Insight) to generate Heavy ammo for the whole Fireteam upon finishing champions.
How To Complete The Cosmic Equilibrium Challenge In Destiny 2 Root Of Nightmares Gjallarhorn
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Cosmic Equilibrium Challenge Adept Reward

For completing the Cosmic Equilibrium challenge on the Master difficulty Root of Nightmares, you will unlock Rufus’s Fury Adept Auto Rifle. Rufus’s Fury is a 720 RPM Strand Rapid-Fire frame Auto Rifle.

How To Complete The Cosmic Equilibrium Challenge In Destiny 2 Root Of Nightmares Rufus's Fury Adept Auto Rifle
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