Destiny 2 Nightfall Solo Guide: The Arms Dealer

[bracus-zahn]

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(Last updated: 2018/02/27)

The strike takes place in the EDZ. It has appeared with three different modifiers, and is part of the Legend of Acrius exotic weapon quest line, as the End the Arms Dealer mission. It is perhaps most notable for having a lengthy boss fight that can be truncated in a variety of ways.

Patch 1.1.3 and later: Kill everything before the boss. When fighting the boss, snipe the adds from cover, and don't die. Original guide is below.


If you turn around and jump up at the start of the strike, you can run back out into the public areas with the modifiers still active. This is particularly fun with Torrent.

Recommended Loadout

Equip standard loadout, but see modifier-specific notes.

Modifiers: Torrent + Timewarp: Zero Hour

You get 20 minutes for normal, 16 for Prestige.

Modifiers: Prism + Timewarp: Killing Time

You start with 11 minutes for normal, 7 minutes for Prestige.

Modifiers: Prism + Timewarp: Anomalies

You start with 7 minutes for Prestige. The strike has only appeared with these modifiers in the End the Arms Dealer quest, so it's not known how much time would be available for a normal-mode run.

Walkthrough

Starting Area

Torrent + TW:ZH

Prism + TW:KT

Prism + TW:A

Landing Zone

Torrent + TW:ZH

Prism + TW:KT

Prism + TW:A

Dunk Zone

Torrent + TW:ZH

Prism + TW:KT and TW:A

Small Room

Outside the Ship

Two Tanks

Torrent + TW:ZH

Prism + TW:A

Prism + TW:KT

Boss Meeting / Elevator

Torrent + TW:ZH

Prism + TW:KT

Prism + TW:A

Boss Fight: Bracus Zahn

There are nine distinct phases:

  1. Top of the elevator. The boss stands at the top and snipes at you until the elevator stops. He then summons four flame turrets, moves to the center of the platform, and resumes sniping. When his health reaches 80% (a bit over halfway through his first bar), he flees southeast, rocket-jumping up to the SE tower.
  2. Two sets of enemies spawn in from the eastern doors. The south group has 4 Legionaries, the north has 4 Legionaries and a Centurion. The boss will stand on the SE tower and snipe. At 65% health, Bracus shoots a flare and raises a force bubble, starting the next phase. He does not snipe while shielded.
  3. Two Legionaries and a Centurion spawn in from the northeast door, and two more Legionaries come out of the southeast door. A Thresher flies in from the south, and a ship moves a barrier to uncover the solar charge in the southwest. Pick up the charge to move to the next phase.
  4. A drop pod with 3 Legionaries and an Honored Legionary appears in the northeast, and a group with 2 Legionaries and a Centurion spawn from the far northeast door. The former moves toward the center, the latter camps out on the NE dunk spot. Dunk the charge to move to the next phase.
  5. The boss floats down to the NE corner, where he sets up a pair of flame turrets. He then moves to the center, sets up a second pair of flame turrets, and summons dogs. The dogs arrive in 5 waves of 3-5 dogs, with an Honored War Beast in the mix. When his health reaches 50%, he starts running southwest.
  6. Two sets of enemies spawn in from the western doors. 4 Legionaries per door, plus a Centurion in the north. The boss will stand on the SW pillar and snipe. When his health reaches 35%, Bracus shoots a flare and raises a force field.
  7. Two Legionaries and a Centurion spawn in from the northwest door, and two more Legionaries come out of the southwest door. A Thresher flies in from the south, and the solar charge in the southeast is uncovered. Pick up the charge to move to the next phase.
  8. A drop pod with a Legionary, an Honored Legionary, and a Centurion appears in the northwest, and a group with 2 Legionaries and a Centurion spawn from the far northwest door. The former moves toward the center, the latter camps out on the NW dunk spot. Dunk the charge to move to the next phase.
  9. Bracus floats down to the center, sometimes bouncing off of an intermediate point. He will try to get up close and engage with a rapid-fire shotgun, usually firing in bursts of five. When his health is down to 25%, a group of 4 Psions will appear, two taking up position on the east side and two in the west (the SE is an Honored Psion). At ~10% health, a second group of Psions appears.

General notes:

Torrent + TW:ZH

Prism + TW:A / TW:KT

Recommended Videos

For Torrent + TW:ZH, look for videos from weeks 8 and 16.
For Prism + TW:KT, look for videos from weeks 1, 9, and 19.
For Prism + TW:A, look for End the Arms Dealer (Legend of Acrius) mission videos.

Anomaly Locations

Starting Area

Landing Zone

Dunk Zone

Outside the Ship

Two Tanks

Boss Meeting / Elevator


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