How to work around the Warmind Heroic Strikes bug in Destiny 2

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Warmind, Destiny 2’s second expansion, launched Tuesday without major incident. But as is often the case with live software rollouts, there’s a list of bugs that players have encountered since Mars opened up, and Bungie say they’ve got a fix on the way for most of them.

The latest This Week at Bungie blog details the list of known issues, which we’ve reprinted here:

  • Clan XP Milestone Rewards: We have identified an issue where players are not receiving Powerful Engrams when completing the Clan XP Milestone.
    • Players are instead rewarded with Legendary Engrams, granting rewards under 340 Power.
  • Crucible Fireteam Matchmaking: Due to issues discovered at launch, Crucible Fireteam Matchmaking changes introduced in Update 1.2.0 were temporarily disabled.
    • A portion of this feature has been enabled. This will slightly improve the matchmaking experience for solo players vs. pre-made fireteams in Crucible playlists.
  • Rat King: Due to an issue impacting Rat King, we have temporarily disabled access to this weapon.
    • Players may experience issues if they currently have the weapon equipped.
    • Signing out and back in to Destiny 2 will resolve these issues.
  • Strike Pursuits: We are aware of and investigating issues where strikes may not be tracked correctly for some in-game pursuits.
  • Console Performance: We are currently investigating player reports regarding impacted performance on some consoles following Update 1.2.0.
  • Contender’s Shell Engrams: Players have reported that the Contender’s Shell is awarding Illuminated Engrams from Season 2.
  • Robes of Sekris: We are investigating an issue that prevents the lower portions of the Robes of Sekris from displaying properly in game.
  • Shadow Dance and Salute Emotes: We are investigating an issue that may be preventing the Shadow Dancer or Salute emotes from being accessible in the Emote Collection of players that own the license for these emotes.
  • Season 3 Emblems: We are investigating an issue in which stowed Season 3 emblems may not be showing up in the Emblem Collection for players who do not own Warmind.
  • Gunsmith Mods: We are investigating an issue preventing players from purchasing some legendary mods from the Gunsmith.
  • Boon of the Vanguard/Crucible: We are investigating an issue where the Boon of the Vanguard and the Boon of the Crucible are not currently available on their respective vendors.
  • Joining Allies: We are investigating reports from players who get stuck in an endless “Joining Allies” loop when playing in Strikes. Players encountering this issue should report to the #Help forum and include any video footage they have of this issue.

The Strike Pursuits issue is a particularly annoying bug – it doesn’t just prevent players from clearing the weekly Heroic Strike milestone, it also blocks off progress on the Warmind’s Glory exotic quest, which is on the path to acquiring the Sleeper Simulant and requires players to complete five Heroic Strikes. The game isn’t always counting these correctly, but Bungie have issued a set of steps you can take to make sure your Heroic Strikes count toward your progress:

  • Assemble any non-matchmade Fireteam members before selecting the Heroic Strikes Playlist in the Director.
  • Ensure that no one is joining the Fireteam after the Heroic Strike Playlist has been selected, and make sure that no Fireteam members are in their menu before this activity is launched.
  • If players see a named strike (ex: “The Arms Dealer”) when selecting the Heroic Strikes Playlist in the Director before launching, they must back out of the Director and select the Heroic Strikes playlist again. Players will know that they are successfully queuing this playlist when “Heroic Strikes Playlist” appears on-screen.
  • Once the Heroic Strike Playlist has been successfully launched and players are heading toward their destination, players may safely navigate to their menu to swap gear, adjust settings, or review their inventory.

Bungie say they’re currently working on a hotfix, 1.2.0.2, to address many of the issues they’ve identified, and they’re planning on rolling it out May 15, although that’s subject to change.