On July 7, Zavala started offering a new Destiny 2 quest to all Guardians: Exodus. The Vanguard leader needs players to help evacuate the four planets heading into the Destiny Content Vault later this season: Io, Mars, Mercury, and Venus. This quest will later lead to the Evacuation quest line.
So far, Exodus only provides some old, Year 1 rewards. But some extensive data-mining proves that this quest will eventually lead to an Exotic version of the Traveler’s Chosen sidearm, the first weapon Guardians ever wielded in Destiny 2.
The Exodus and Evacuation quests will likely unfold over the next several weeks, with the final step available on Aug. 4 — one week before the Solstice of Heroes holiday starts. We’re currently unsure if this is a two or four week quest, and will update our guide as we learn more.
This quest is free for all players during Season of the Arrivals, and does not require you to own the Season Pass.
Step 1. Exodus: Preparation
Go see Zavala, and he’ll send you on a mission to prepare Ana, Asher, Sloane, and Brother Vance for potential evacuation.
Step 2. Preparation: Titan – Task at Hand/Fortifying Titan
Head to Titan and speak to Sloane. She’ll give you the Task at Hand quest. Complete one of her new, weekly bounties to progress the quest. When you finish the bounty, report back to Sloane and she’ll send you to Io.
Step 3. Preparation: Io – Novel Data/Plotting a Downfall
Land on Io and speak to Asher Mir. To complete the Novel Data quest, complete one of his new, weekly bounties. When you finish the bounty, return to Asher and he’ll send you back to Zavala.
Head back to the Tower and talk to Zavala again. He’ll give you a fully Masterworked Militia’s Birthright, which will unfortunately be sunset in just a few months. He’ll also send you to see Brother Vance.
Step 4. Preparation: Mercury – A Hymnal Opens/A Brother’s Guidance
Head to Mercury and go into The Lighthouse to speak to Brother Vance. He’ll give you a similar task as Sloane and Asher this week, so pick up one of his new, weekly bounties. When you finish the bounty, talk to Brother Vance again, and he’ll send you to Mars.
Step 5. Preparation: Mars – Braytech Support/Shades of Red
Land on Mars and talk to Ana. She’ll give you the final weekly bounty quest for this week. Complete one of her new, weekly bounties and talk to her again. She’ll send you back to Zavala.
This is the end of the Exodus quest, and Zavala will give you some Altered Element and the Exodus: Preparation Triumph.
Come back later for more quests.
Note: Players have data-mined everything below this point and uploaded it to Light.gg. It’s currently unavailable in-game. We’ll update this guide once the new steps release, and we can work through the quest ourselves.
Evacuation Quest Steps
Step 1. Summons from Zavala
Speak with Commander Zavala in the Tower.
Head to the Tower and talk to Zavala. It’s time to start evacuating Io, Mars, Mercury, and Titan.
Step 2. Evacuation: Io
Meet Asher on Io and tell him Zavala has ordered him to evacuate.
Head to Io and speak to Asher to start the first wave of evacuations.
Step 3. Observer Effect
Help Asher investigate the Pyramid’s influence on Io: Collect a sample from Taken Phalanx Barrism in Lost Sector: Sanctum of Bones located in the Rupture close to Asher Mir. Investigate the chest in Sanctum of Bones. Collect Traces of Corruption by defeating Taken on Io.
For this step, you need to go to the Sanctum of Bones Lost Sector and defeat groups of Taken on Io. You can find a lot of Taken in The Rupture or the Sanctum of Bones Lost Sector.
Step 4. Into the Pyramidion
Complete the Pyramidion strike, and collect Scan Traces by defeating Vex anywhere on Io.
For this step, run the Pyramidion Strike and kill Vex. You’ll likely kill most of the Vex you need inside the Pyramidion, but you can find them all over Io if you need to kill more.
Step 5. Double Blind
Complete the adventure “Unexpected Guests (Heroic)” to learn what’s behind the spike in Taken activity.
Oblige Asher and complete the Heroic version of the Unexpected Guests Adventure on Io.
Step 6. Fleischman-Aschheim Axiom
Return to Asher with your findings.
Talk to Asher and he’ll send you to Titan.
Step 7. Evacuation Titan
Meet Sloane on Titan and tell her Zavala’s concerns.
Land on Titan and talk to Sloane.
Step 8. Clearing the Decks
Defeat Hive Knight Dek-Thra in Lost Sector: Methane Flush located in Siren’s Watch near Commander Sloane. Open the chest in Methane Flush.
Drop down next to where you land and complete the Methane Flush Lost Sector.
Step 9. Asset Interception
Open chests protected by Hive Ultras in the Solarium and Festering Halls to claim their Golden Age tech.
For this step you’ll need to venture into the Solarium on the other side of Titan. There are some Hive guarding special chests there, so defeat them and claim the loot.
Step 10. Be the Wall
Complete the strike “Savathûn’s Song,” and defeat Hive Ogres, Wizards, and Knights on Titan to collect Tech Fragments.
Do the Savathun’s Song Strike, where you should collect quite a few Tech Fragments. You may need to wander around The Rig and Siren’s Watch to pick up additional Tech Fragments once you finish.
Step 11. The Will of Titan
Return to Sloane with your report.
Land back on Siren’s Watch and talk to Sloane. She’ll send you back to Zavala.
Step 12. Report to Zavala
Return to Zavala for further instructions.
Fly back to The Tower and talk to Zavala. He’ll send you down to Mercury.
Step 13. Evacuation: Mercury
Meet Brother Vance on Mercury and tell him Zavala has ordered him to evacuate.
Head over to Mercury and land at The Lighthouse. Talk to Brother Vance.
Step 14. A Shattered Future
Complete strike “A Garden World” and defeat Hydras, Minotaurs, and Cyclopses on Mercury to collect Timeline Fractures.
Go complete the A Garden World Strike and collect Timeline Fractures. You should get quite a few of these from the Strike, but patrol around Mercury if you need to pick up more.
Step 15. In His Footsteps
Complete strike “Tree of Probabilities” and defeat Cabal on Mercury to collect Traces of Osiris.
Now you need to complete the Tree of Probabilities Strike on Mercury. Kill Cabal and collect Traces of Osiris, which you should complete while beating the Strike.
Step 16. A Disciple’s Plea
Complete the adventure “Bug in the System (Heroic).”
Enter into the Infinite Forest and complete the Heroic version of the Bug in the System Adventure.
Step 17. Better Days Ahead
Return to Vance with your findings.
Head back to The Lighthouse and talk to Brother Vance. He’ll send you to Mars for the final leg of your journey.
Step 18. Evacuation Mars
Meet Ana Bray on Mars and tell her Zavala has ordered her to evacuate.
Fly over to Mars and talk to Ana Bray about Rasputin.
Step 19. Signs of Life
Investigate Mindlab: Rasputin for a signal from Rasputin.
Go through the Braytech Facility and up toward Rasputin to find a signal from the Warmind.
Step 20. Recycled Components
Defeat bosses in Escalation Protocol to collect pieces of Rasputin’s shattered frame.
Go compete in Escalation Protocol across Mars to collect pieces of Rasputin for Ana.
Step 21. Signal Shielding
Complete the adventure “Deathly Tremors (Heroic)” to stop the Hive interference.
Complete the Heroic version of the Deathly Tremors Adventure for Ana.
Step 22. Force Reboot
Return to Ana with your findings.
Go talk to Ana and she’ll send you back to Zavala.
Step 23. Report to Zavala
Return to Zavala in the Tower.
Fly back to The Tower and chat with Zavala, letting him know you’ve evacuated each planet to the best of your ability. He’ll give you your new Exotic sidearm, Traveler’s Chosen.
What does Traveler’s Chosen do?
The Traveler’s Chosen is a sidearm from the very first mission in Destiny 2’s Red War campaign. It hit pretty hard, but didn’t have any perks. This new Exotic version offers several new perks, including some unique, Exotic ones.
Its Exotic perk is Gathering Light, which causes Traveler’s Chosen kills to generate stacks of a buff called Gathering Light. Holding the reload button absorbs the Gathering Light stacks to quickly recharge melee, grenade and class ability energy. The Gift of the Traveler perk also increases Traveler’s Chosen’s reload speed, handling, and target acquisition based on Gathering Light stacks.
Traveler’s Chosen also has an Exotic Catalyst, although we aren’t sure what it does or how to get it at the moment.