Izanami Forge Guide for Destiny 2

Published: January 11, 2021Izanami Forge

Some of the best weapons in Destiny 2 are in the Black Armory’s Forge. Bungie has hinted old content will be removed before Shadowkeep. Get in there and grab them before they’re gone. Like the first two Forges, you’ll have to complete a lengthy mission to locate the Izanami Forge. Destiny isn’t obvious in explaining how you get started. This Forge quest is much more involved than the missions to open the first two, Volundr and Gofannon. The objectives are clear, but what follows are some best practices to complete them with lest frustration and more speed.

Unlocking the Izanami Forge will take you to Nessus, where you’ll fight all kinds of Vex enemies. You’ll also need to knock out several Public Events. Also few missions, and even a special version of a Strike that doesn’t include matchmaking. Get your Power level up to at least 630 in order to unlock the Izanami Forge, and possibly even higher. Also, assemble a Fireteam so you’ll have an easier time, although it is fully possible to do everything alone.

Here’s how to unlock the Izanami Forge of The Black Armory and how best to get through all the steps. And check out a look at completing the Forge in action above.

Get Some Vex

To start the quest to access the Izanami Forge, you’ll want to head to Nessus. The quest seems to trigger when you kill Vex, much like the Gofannon Forge quest was started by killing Fallen. However, the seemingly most reliable way to kick off the quest is by completing the Daily Heroic Adventure on Nessus. That’s how we started our search for Izanami–the Vex Transponder item it requires dropped when the Adventure was completed.


Fire Up The Transponder to Izanami Forge

The Transponder will take you to the Forge’s location on Nessus, but first you’ll need to get it going. It requires you to kill 100 Vex. You’ll find them all over Nessus. Attack this the way you see fit–Lost Sectors are a good bet, as are Public Events. Both help to complete the Nessus Flashpoint. This is where you can also hunt for the Forge, killing two birds with one stone.

Vex Spire Integration

Now head to the Nessus area known as the Hallows. You’re waiting for the Spire Integration Public Event to start. That’s the Vex event in which robots march toward a spire, which you need to defend. Complete the event on Heroic difficulty. You’ll need to stand on three round pressure plates scattered around the spire for a set amount of time. Complete the Heroic event and you’re on to your next requirement.

Kill Some Minotaurs

Next you have to rack up some kills on Vex Minotaurs. You need 20 Minotaurs in total, which can be tough because they’re somewhat more rare than other Vex models. Check Lost Sectors and the Spire Integration event to find some.


Find Izanami Forge

Finally, you get to head to Izanami Forge. You now have a new mission marker on Nessus, follow that to the Forge’s location and wipe the Vex clean. Your objective is to jump around the Forge room, hacking several Confluxes. After that, you’ll kill a Forge boss, much like in the other two Forges.

You’re not done: the Forge’s igniter is broken, fix it. Take the Igniter to Ada to trigger the next step.

Repair The Igniter

To fix the Forge, you need components from all the alien races. You get them from public events; The Hive Witches Ritual, Vex Spire Integration, and Fallen Glimmer Extraction. You need all of those to clear on the Heroic difficulty. You can reliably find Witches Ritual on Mars, in the Glacial Drift area, or on Titan, in Sirens Watch. Glimmer Extractions are easiest to find on Earth in Trostland. And you can get more Spire Integrations on Nessus in the Hollows and Exodus Black.

Repair The Igniter

After you’ve done the Vex stuff, you’ll have a half-repaired Igniter with more steps to complete. Rack up precision multi-kills on in search of Fallen and get your Condensed Blights on Io.

The Condensed Blights are a bit easier. Head to Io and venture into its three Lost Sectors. Find and destroy each Taken Blight in the lost sectors. It’s always about midway through the Lost Sector, and there’s always just the one. Don’t clear the Lost Sectors to get what you need, just run in, find the Blight, and destroy it. The bad news is that you’ll need to do so five times.

Go to either Earth or the Tangled Shore to rack up Fallen multikills. Go to lost sectors for easy pickings and to avoid other players stealing your kills. Pick a scout rifle or something similarly precise, and concentrate on headshots. Get two headshots in a row and get a body shot kill between two headshots. That breaks the streak.

Get just two kills in a row for it to count as a multikill. Every headshot kill after the second will drop the Ether you need. If you can get long chains, you can finish this one up pretty quickly. Each multikill only counts for 3% of what you need, though, and the game is a bit finicky about counting certain kills toward the goal.

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Gather Vex Energy

You’ve got one more mission to complete, but this one isn’t too difficult. This one will bring you back to Nessus and have you killing Vex, before venturing out onto a series of platforms to reach confluxes. There’s a bit of a strange mechanic here, where you’ll find that no platform is waiting for you to jump as you head out into the abyss. To make those platforms appear, shoot some blue floating diamonds that hang nearby. Shoot them quickly, or the platform you’re standing on will fade away before you can make the next one appear.

Fire Up Volundr

After you’ve killed all the Blights and Fallen you need, go back to Earth’s Volundr Forge. There’s nothing special to this objective, and at this point, you’re probably a seasoned Forge-igniter, so this is an easy step. This is a good opportunity to clear Forge bounties and other objectives as well. Finish the Forge and your next stop will be to talk to Ada with a fully repaired Igniter.

Fight Through The Insight Terminus

Time to go back to Nessus. You gathered Taken, Vex, and Fallen components for the Igniter, but you need something from the Cabal. To get it, you’ll take part in a special version of the Insight Terminus strike on Nessus. The Recommended Power level on this Strike is 630, and it doesn’t have matchmaking, so you’ll need to find a crew of friends or run it alone. When your team wipes on the Strike, you end up back in orbit. Time to try it all over again.

Luckily, it sounds harder than it is. We completed the Strike solo at a Power level of 640, do it alone or with a completed team. Just take your time and be careful, and bring along your best gear.


One More Izanami Forge Mission

Finally, it’s back to the Forge. You’ll face down a 630-Power mission to clear the Forge one more time. Complete it and get full access to the Forge just like the other two. Remember, Izanami is a bit weirder than the others thanks to its three-island layout. It ends with a Vex Hydra as its boss. Completing it this week can net you a Black Armory bow and pulse rifle. Players report there’s also a chance Le Monarque, The Black Armory’s Exotic bow, can drop from completing the Forge.