One year after the end of the SIVA Crisis, Cabal forces of the Red Legion sever external communications throughout the Solar System and launch a full-scale aerial assault on the Last City, destroying a main portion of the Tower. The Guardian and Ghost respond and assist in the evacuation of civilians, but while assaulting the Cabal command ship of Dominus Ghaul, the military emperor of the Cabal, he attaches a massive mining device to the Traveler and drains it of the Light, a special form of power used by the Guardians. The Guardian loses their powers and is severely wounded by Ghaul. Waking two days after the attack, the Guardian locates their Ghost and the two escape the City and find a safe haven known as The Farm in the European Dead Zone (EDZ) with the assistance of Suraya Hawthorne, a human who lived on the outskirts of the City.
The Guardian follows a vision they experienced and encounter a shard of the Traveler in a hidden forest within the EDZ. Ghost interfaces with the shard and its Light is restored. In doing so, Ghost is successful in restoring the Guardian’s Light as well. After completing a series of missions to restore long range communications, Hawthorne intercepts a distress call from Commander Zavala, urging any surviving guardians to make their way to Saturn’s moon Titan to assist in mounting a counter-offensive. It is shown that Ghaul has captured the Speaker, and wishes to carry favor with the Traveler, having taken an interest in harnessing and learning the power of the Light.
The Guardian travels to the former human colony on Titan, only to learn it has been overrun by the Hive. Tasked to complete a series of missions for Commander Sloane, power is successfully restored to the facility and Zavala summons the Guardian to retrieve Cabal intelligence for analysis. After doing so, it is revealed that the Red Legion was dispatched to the Milky Way in response to the distress call sent by the Skyburners Regiment during the Taken War two years prior. It is also learned that Ghaul, their commander, is undefeated and possesses a superweapon known as the Almighty, an orbital space station with a drilling platform capable of destroying stars. Anyone who has resisted Cabal rule in their system has subsequently had their star drained and their star system destroyed in the process. Ghaul implores the Speaker, under duress from torture, to tell him how to commune with the Traveler; the Speaker responds that Ghaul is not worthy of the Light and that the Traveler will never deem him worthy. Regardless, Ghaul refuses to kill the Speaker, stating his intention to torture him until he reveals how to commune with the Traveler. Zavala tasks the Guardian to find Ikora Rey and Cayde-6 to assist in facilitating a counterattack to retake the Last City.
The Guardian locates Cayde-6 on the centaur planet Nessus and Ikora on Jupiter’s moon Io. After eliminating Vex and Taken threats at each location, the team reunites at The Farm and conclude that the only way to retake the City and save the Traveler will be to shut down the Almighty first, to eliminate the possibility of the Red Legion destroying the Solar System in the event of their failure. The Guardian proceeds to kill Thumos the Unbroken, the Cabal officer in possession of access codes to a ship that will allow them to access the Almighty. The Guardian is successful in hijacking the ship and subsequently boards the base, eventually destroying the weapon, which also blows up the ship in the process. During this time, the Consul, Ghaul’s mentor, urges Ghaul to take the Light, but Ghaul is reluctant until the Consul has the Speaker tortured to death. Ghaul then proclaims that he will take the Light and strangles the Consul in a fit of rage.
The Guardian returns to Earth to assist in the counterattack and, after a short rendezvous with Cayde, Ikora, Zavala and Hawthorne, infiltrates Ghaul’s command ship alone to face him and save the Traveler. Ghaul forcibly takes the Light and uses its power against the Guardian, but the Guardian is successful in killing Ghaul, who reincarnates as a massive ethereal figure who then speaks to the Traveler directly. In doing so, the Traveler wakes from its sleep, destroying the device that was harvesting its power, and then destroys Ghaul himself, sending a massive shockwave across the planet, restoring the Light and ending Ghaul’s threat forever. The game ends with a posthumous voiceover from the Speaker, reminding those who would oppose the Light may try, but that it can never be stopped.
In a post-credits scene, the shockwave sent by the Traveler is revealed to have encapsulated the entire system, ushering in a second Golden Age, before panning across a fleet of dark unknown ships sitting on the edge of dark space. After this, it is revealed that a lower, undamaged portion of the Tower has been reopened (and once again a social space), with the Vanguard returning to their old posts.
Fan Review : 43% Excellent
Good: 36% | Average: 14% | Poor: 7%