Darkness in the Light Destiny 2 Quest Guide [2023]

The Darkness in Light quest is quite a lengthy one and players can often hit roadblocks. This guide will assist you in completing this quest conveniently.

Darkness in Light Destiny 2
Darkness in Light Destiny 2

Hand Cannons are a crucial part of Destiny 2 and the majority of the players prefer using them. Exotic versions of these weapons – such as the Eriana’s Vow – are extremely good to use and deal an insane amount of damage whether in PvP or PvE. To get the Malfeasance exotic hand cannon – considered as one of the best Hand Cannon in Destiny 2, you’ll have to complete the Darkness in the Light Destiny 2 quest.

Key Takeaways

  • The Darkness in Light quest in Destiny 2 rewards players with the exotic hand cannon, Malfeasance, which deals a significant amount of damage to enemies.
  • Hand cannons, such as the Eriana’s Vow, are a popular weapon choice in Destiny 2 and completing the Darkness in Light quest is required to obtain the Malfeasance hand cannon.
  • The quest has several steps, which can be challenging and time-consuming to complete.
  • The Darkness in Light quest starts by talking to the Drifter, who will provide a series of tasks that need to be completed in order.
  • The steps include defeating the Ascendant Primeval Servitor boss in Gambit, defeating 25 mini-bosses in the Dreaming City, completing the strike called “The Corrupted”, playing matches of Gambit and storing 400 dark motes while winning 10 matches, killing 25 enemies or 3 invaders, and talking to the Drifter to receive the Dark Weapon Core reward.
  • To complete the City of Secrets step, players need to defeat 25 Taken mini-bosses in the Dreaming City.
  • The Corrupted step involves completing a difficult strike in the Dreaming City, where players need to pick up the Depleted Weapon Core and finish the strike to progress to the next step.
  • Business as Usual requires players to win 10 Gambit matches and deposit 400 dark motes, which can be a time-consuming step.
  • In the next step “Lights out” players can either eliminate 25 guardians or kill 3 invading enemies. Teammates can also prove useful and help you kill enemies during invasion. This step can be made easier by playing with friends who are good at Gambit. Winning the matches is not required in this step.
  • The “Dark Weapon Core” obtained from the “Lights Out” will get you Malfeasance from the Drifter. This can be used to eliminate low-level enemies and deals a massive amount of damage to large bosses.
  • Players can make completing the quest easier by playing with friends who are good at Gambit, using the Blind Well to find Taken mini-bosses, and completing the Shattered Throne dungeon to obtain the Sleepless rocket launcher.

The quest rewards the players with an exotic hand canon known as Malfeasance that can cause tons of damage to the enemy. The overall quest is quite lengthy and tricky. But do not worry as we bring you Destiny 2 Darkness in the Light guide that details each step to make the most out of the quest. 

To complete this quest, you’ll have to follow a number of steps that this guide will cover and make it easier for you to finish it. With that being said, let’s get started on the Darkness in the Light Destiny 2 quest guide.

What is Darkness in the Light Destiny 2 Quest?

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The quest of Darkness in the Light

Destiny 2 has tons of quests and activities which you can participate in and get superb rewards upon completing them. The rarer the reward, the challenging the quest will be. Such is the case with the Darkness in the Light quest which rewards the player with the Malfeasance exotic hand cannon. So, what is Darkness in the Light? It is an exotic quest that can be initiated by talking to the Drifter.

Completing the Darkness in the Light Quest

After getting the quest, you will be prompted with a number of steps. Much like the guide about Independent Study, the steps are listed in order, and reading them will make it easier for you to complete the quest. After explaining all the steps, I’ll discuss them in more detail to clarify any potential confusion.

  • The Seething Heart: You have to speak with the Drifter and give him the Seething Heart
  • City of Secrets: Defeat 25 mini-bosses in Dreaming City
  • The Corrupted: Complete the strike called “The Corrupted”
  • Depleted Weapon Core: Collect the Depleted Weapon Core and speak with the Drifter
  • Business as Usual: Play matches of Gambit and store 400 dark motes and win 10 matches
  • Lights Out: Kill 25 enemies or kill 3 invaders
  • Dark Weapon Core: Talk to the Drifter to get your reward

The Seething Heart

Speak to the Drifter to commence this quest

This is the first step in the quest. You have to enter the Gambit and defeat the Ascendant Primeval Servitor boss. Since the Gambit is randomized, you will have to play a few matches depending on your luck. Once you face the boss; defeating him will grant you with the Seething Heart. Deliver this item to the Drifter to progress to the next part of the quest.

Keep in mind that not only do you have to defeat the Servitor, you also have to win the Gambit match as well. This can be a little challenging but with enough effort and luck, you will complete it eventually.

City of Secrets

Darkness in the Light Destiny 2
City of Secrets quest

The Drifter will tell you to take down 25 enemies – called Taken mini-bosses – in the Dreaming City. To make this process a bit convenient, head on over to the Blind Well because that area spawns several Taken mini-bosses during the ending phase. Do this over and over until you eliminate 25 of these enemies.

Note: You have to deal the majority of the damage or fully kill the Taken enemies to count them as your kill. No other enemies count in your total so keep that in mind.

The Corrupted

The Corrupted Strike poster

After completing the previous step, you will automatically unlock the special strike known as “The Corrupted”. Again, you will have to go to the Dreaming City area and start this quest. If you are familiar with strikes, you will know that they are difficult and need a good team to complete. Make sure you grab your friends or start the strike with a good team so you can finish it easily.

During the strike, you’ll come across Callum’s Grave where you will find the Depleted Weapon Core. Pick it up and finish the strike to complete two steps at the same time. Once you are done, talk to the Drifter again and hand over the Weapon Core to progress to the next step. If you are a fan of rocket launchers, complete the Shattered Throne dungeon to get the Sleepless – which is considered as one of the best rocket launchers in Destiny 2. Quite fitting as well since you are in Dreaming City and using one of its weapons.

Business as Usual

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Steps to complete Business as Usual

This step can take some time depending on how you play in the Gambit matches. For this, you have to enter the Gambit and play a bunch of matches. First of all, you have to win 10 matches (not necessarily in a row) and deposit 400 dark motes. If you lose any motes, they will subtract twice as much from your total score.

I suggest that you grab a bunch of friends who are good at Gambit and ask them to help you. Try to play as cautiously as possible and deposit any motes that you have when a wave ends. This will seem like a slow process but eventually, it will be worth it. You can use various fusion rifles or scout rifles if you are a fan of them to deal with oncoming enemies.

Lights Out

Description of the quest Lights Out

It’s time to head on over to the Gambit once again and compete in some thrilling PvP action. There are a few ways in which you can complete this step of this lengthy quest. The first way is to complete it is to eliminate 25 Guardians. The good news is that you do not have to win the matches, just eliminate players. Secondly, you can kill 3 invading enemies. Finally, you can let your teammates do the work and kill 4 enemies during an invasion. You have to repeat the process three times if you opt for the teammate route.

I suggest that you either grab a friend that is good at Gambit and let him do the work or you can always take it slow and steady. Eliminating 25 enemies shouldn’t take too long considering that you do not have to win the matches; just complete them.

Dark Weapon Core

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The Malfeasance in all its glory

As soon as you complete the previous step – Lights Out – you will get an item in your inventory called “Dark Weapon Core”. Giving this item to the Drifter will allow you to get the Malfeasance from him. This hand cannon is an explosive weapon – pun intended – that has a unique passive. After successfully shooting an enemy 5 times, the bullets inside them will suddenly explode, causing tons of damage. This can destroy low-level enemies and deal tons of damage to large bosses.

Why Malfeasance Weapon is Exotic for Destiny 2 Darkness in the Light Quest?

For those who are wondering what Darkness in the Light quest of Destiny 2 is famous for then, that would be Malfeasance. The lengthy quest will reward the player with a top explosive cannon gun that can significantly help in higher-level missions. 

Not just that but the gun cannon can also enhance the player’s skills in the Player vs. Player modes. Despite being the most underrated weapon of the game, the Malfeance gun is a mass weapon of destruction that can obliterate low-level enemies and overthrow the bosses. 


The Malfeasance is easily one of the best hand cannons in Destiny 2. This will elevate your skills and allow you to complete other difficult quests as well. It is a good PvP weapon as well as a good PvE weapon against low-level enemies. Doing the quest can be a little time-consuming but the reward is worth the time and effort.

That brings us to the end of our guide about the Darkness in the Light Destiny 2 quest. I hope this guide assisted you in getting through this quest without any hassle. Let me know in the comments below about what your favorite hand cannon in Destiny 2 is.

Well, that is about it for the Destiny 2 Darkness in the Light questline. The quest is indeed lengthy and overwhelming for some players to start. But with a huge reward waiting in the end, it is definitely worth the time. We hope you found the guide helpful and if there are any questions let us hear in the comments section down below. 


Do I need a DLC in order to get the Seething Heart?

No, since update 2.8.0, players can now get the Seething Heart without getting the Forsaken DLC. Killing the Servitor will drop the item and you will be able to pick it up.

Is Malfeasance an exotic weapon?

Yes, this hand cannon is an exotic one and deals tons of damage. It is one of the best hand cannons available in Destiny 2 as of right now. I certainly recommend that you get it as soon as possible.

Is Malfeasance difficult to obtain?

While it is quite lengthy, I wouldn’t necessarily call it difficult to obtain. If you are going in blind without any previous knowledge about the quest, then it can be quite difficult. However, reading this guide will surely assist you in finishing the quest swiftly and conveniently.

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