Bungie is finally clamping down on AFK farming in Destiny 2's 'Thrallway'

2 months 4 weeks ago #29535640 by henndrona
I don't think AFK farming is novel to the Destiny 2 community by any means, but with regards to taking the path of least resistance for XP and loot, guardians are serial offenders.

The latest This Week at Bungie is primarily focused on an upcoming revamp of the Gambit mode, and a review of the patch notes for next week's The Witch Queen expansion. But concealed below all that is a change coming to the Shattered Throne dungeon that should help crack down on the most notorious AFK farm in the game: "The Thrallway".

"Fixed an issue where Shadow Thrall in The Shattered Throne were unintentionally granting investment rewards, such as Glimmer, engrams, and XP," the TWAB says. "As players begin to craft weapons and level up their Season Pass on February 22, we want to ensure gameplay rewards are earned by playing and completing activities, bounties, or just hanging out with friends in patrols while defeating minions of the Darkness."

The statement doesn't throw any shade, but it amounts to Bungie belatedly clamping down on a long-standing issue in Destiny 2. The Thrallway is so called because it's an area of the dungeon that will infinitely spawn trash tier enemies (Thralls) for players to slaughter. As a result, each week on the PC LFG you can find players swapping the Thrallway really take a look at point. It's a great spot to switch off your brain and slay out until you complete busywork tasks like exotic catalysts.

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However, some players also AFK in the Thrallway, using macros or manipulated up controllers to make movements and spam attack, in request to avoid being kicked for inactivity. It's a cheesy but effective way to grind out season pass levels and Artifact XP. Assuming that you've seen a guardian in the Tower with a four-digit season rank, chances are they've spent many nights in the Thrallway.

The patch will also make adjustments to the knockback effect from "boss stomps," which "should result in fewer deaths from being thumped into objects." This will be a less impactful change, in the event that you'll pardon the quip, but our global brand manager and resident Destiny animal Tim Clark is clearly looking forward to it, saying, "Not being physics-smashed into a new century would be great."

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is set to go live on February 22. On the off chance that you haven't seen it yet, here's The Witch Queen launch trailer, and to know what the serious deal is, we've got a legend preliminary that lays it all out-right back to the earliest reference point of the Hive.

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