All you need to get started with Destiny 2's first Control map.
In our Destiny 2: Endless Vale guide, you’ll find all of the tips, tricks and strategy advice you need to dominate on this new Control map.
Endless Vale is the second map that’s been unveiled for Destiny 2, showcasing the new PVP Control mode in action too. Guardians will do battle on the planet Nessus, with that unmistakeable, ‘stone block’ architecture and distinct red flora setting it apart from the other map shown so far. It’s almost entirely characterised by tight corridors which lends itself towards fast, frenetic skirmishes, while the small number of large objective-based spaces will offer a nice contrast to this frantic pace.
Endless Vale’s already cemented itself as one of our favourite maps and we’ve put together some early tips and tricks to help you get the edge over your opponents. If you’re after another head start over your enemies, our Countdown guide is worth taking a look at as well.
(If you want to be the best at every area of the game, don’t forget to bookmark our PVP, Strike and Subclass guide pages – they’ve got everything you need if you want to get more out of Destiny 2, and will be continuously updated in the weeks ahead.)
Editor’s UPDATE #2: Now that we’ve had time to get involved in the Crucible, we’ve updated our tips and tricks section with some more substantial strategy advice. If you want to get up to speed with everything else to do with the game, check out our enormous Destiny 2 guide.
Destiny 2: PVP map guides
- 1. Altar of Flame – Altar of Flame guide
- 2. Endless Vale – Endless Vale guide
- 3. Javelin-4 – Javelin-4 guide
- 4. Legion’s Gulch – Legion’s Gulch guide
- 5. Midtown – Midtown guide
- 6. Retribution – Retribution guide
- 7. The Dead Cliffs – Retribution guide
- 8. The Fortress – Retribution guide
- 9. Vostok – Vostok guide
Endless Vale – Control strategy
- When you’re first starting out in a Control match, most players will beeline naturally towards point B. Instead, it’s worth going for the other objective which is likely to be free for the taking. This will also mean you’re able to grab an instant two objective advantage.
- If you’re planning on attacking objective B as soon as the match starts, we don’t recommend hastily flinging yourself onto the point as this will definitely end in disaster. You’re better off hanging back and picking off targets, or flanking from the side and attempting to catch enemies off unaware.
- If you can win control of point B, you’ll – more often than not – begin to dominate the scoreline.
- It’s worth pre-aiming before you turn into a corridor – you never know who might be lurking round a corner.
- Make use of the random stone blocks and strange egg-shaped pods that litter the environment – they make for some great cover.
- If you’re caught up in a long range battle, we recommend ducking away from it and finding a flanking route. Pathways leading from Gulch and Blocks towards Bend and Portal offer a good way of getting the drop on enemies.
- This map is chock-a-block with tight spaces, so if you’re a Titan then Barriers are a brilliant way of completely blocking damage from one direction.
- Be liberal with your use of grenades. The close-knit nature of this map is perfect for exploding your enemies.
- If you’re in Mid, short range weapons are definitely your best bet here as there are many close-quarters fights to be had.
- Caught fighting in Shrine? If it’s a losing battle, don’t panic and run towards Mid – you’re more likely to get caught. Instead, drop into either Bend or Portal as you’ll have a clearer escape (or bait) route.
- It’s almost always worth going for the power ammo that spawns by Bend and Portal before duking it out in Shrine.
- Equip a mid to long-range weapon if you’re aiming to aggress on Mid from either Blocks or Gulch. You’ll find a lot of peeking and shooting going on here, and it’s important that you win these duels to ensure your safe passage into Shrine or Temple.
- We don’t recommend popping up from Drain as your opponents will see you far earlier on than you’ll see them!
- Most of the time you’ll want to split your team and control two objectives instead of all three. This way, you’re guaranteed to gain a steady points advantage and increase your chances of getting that valuable Power Play if you ever end up wiping out the entire enemy team.
That’s all we’ve got for now, but we’ll update our tips section extensively when we get our hands on the game for ourselves! Keep this page bookmarked for future updates.