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5/18/2018
Escalation Protocol Guide
Destiny 2
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Escalation Protocol is a player-initiated Destiny 2 activity that can only be found on Mars. Players that successfully complete all of the progressively more difficult levels of the activity will face a prestige-level boss encounter that rotates weekly.  For more information on Escalation Protocol, please see below. 
 

Initiating Escalation Protocol

 

Eligibility

Players can initiate Escalation Protocol by interacting with the bunkered towers located throughout Mars. 
  • Characters must have completed the Warmind campaign to initiate the activity
  • Once active, any character can participate, but lower level characters may find it extremely challenging
  • No cool down or limit to the number of times players can initiate the activity
 

Public Event Interaction

Escalation Protocol may not be available to initiate if a Public Event is active in the same area. 
  • If a Public Event is active, players must wait for it to finish before initiating Escalation Protocol
  • If a Public Event rally flag is present, eligible players can initiate Escalation Protocol 
 

Escalation Protocol Progression

 

Escalation Protocol Levels

Once Escalation Protocol has been initiated, a large tower will rise up and start the first level of the activity. 
  • Each level is timed and may contain several waves of enemies, mini-events, and mini-bosses. 
  • After successfully completing a level, one of the participating players will need to locate and activate the next raised tower before the timer runs out. 
  • On the final level, players will encounter the week's final boss which will drop a loot chest if successfully defeated. 
  • The final boss of the Escalation Protocol activity rotates every week and changes at the Weekly Reset
 

Restarting Escalation Protocol

If the participating players fail to complete a level, they can restart the Escalation Protocol immediately.
  • If players failed at the first two levels, the activity will start over at the first level.
  • If players fail one of the higher levels, they have 60 seconds to restart the activity which will allow them to start at the beginning of the last successfully completed level (i.e. players that fail level 4 will restart again at level 3). 
  • If players fail a restarted level, they will have 60 seconds to restart the activity which will allow them to start at the beginning of the next lower level (i.e. players that fail level 4, restart at level 3, and then fail level 3 will restart again at level 2).  
 

Public Events and Escalation Protocol

 

Public Event at Initiation

As mentioned above, Public Events cannot be active during the first level of Escalation Protocol. 
  • If a Public Event is active, players must wait for it to finish before initiating Escalation Protocol
  • If a Public Event rally flag is present, eligible players can initiate Escalation Protocol
 

Public Event Interactions

Incoming Public Events can interact with an active Escalation Protocol to create a more challenging experience. 
  • Successfully completing an Escalation Protocol level, will allow the incoming Public Event to be integrated into the next level. 
  • Players must complete the Heroic version of an integrated Public Event and defeat all of the Escalation Protocol level’s bosses to be counted as a victory. 
  • If a Public Event is pending and players fail the first two levels of Escalation Protocol, the Public Event will launch immediately as a normal Public Event.
  • If a Public Event is pending and players fail a higher level of Escalation Protocol, the Public Event will be delayed for the duration of the 60 second activity restart timer described above. 
  • Players cannot use Rasputin Armory Codes during levels with an integrated Public Event. 
  • Public Events cannot launch or be active during the final level of an Escalation Protocol activity. 
 

Rewards and Decrypted Cache Keys

 

Escalation Protocol Rewards

Players may earn rewards from participating in Escalation Protocol, including rewards exclusive to the activity.
  • Players have a chance to earn exclusive rewards for completing the third and fifth Escalation Protocol levels.
  • Successfully defeating the final boss will spawn a loot chest and may also drop some additional exclusive rewards. 
  • All Escalation Protocol loot chests will spawn at the tower that was active during that level. 
  • The loot chest from the final boss requires a Decrypted Cache Key and will reward players with exclusive Escalation Protocol armor and cosmetics.
  • The Escalation Protocol armor rewards will be granted for the character class that opened the chest.
  • The armor rewards are guaranteed to be an armor piece that the character has not yet received until all pieces of that class set have been acquired. 
 

Decrypted Cache Key

A Decrypted Cache Key is needed to open the loot chest from the final boss of Escalation Protocol.
  • After completing the Warmind campaign, players will begin receiving Rasputin Key Fragments from the following sources: Heroic Adventures, Heroic Strikes, Nightfall Strikes, and the Raid or Raid Lairs. 
  • Once per week, players can turn in their collected Rasputin Key Fragments to receive an Encrypted Cache Key. 
  • Players must complete Escalation Protocol levels to turn the Encrypted Cache Key into a Decrypted Cache Key. 
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