Destiny 2: Excavation Zone XII location and farming tips

Published: 14:41, 28 October 2022
Destiny 2 - Completed Excavation Site XII
Destiny 2 - Completed Excavation Site XII

It's important to seize the opportunity when an easy Legend Lost Sector appears on rotation in Destiny 2 so here is a tip on how to rush through one.

Legend Lost Sectors in Destiny 2 are usually reviled because it takes forever to actually farm up the Exotics you want from them and the repetitive nature of the activity launches people into depression after hours of terrible drops.

Excavation Site XII is different because it takes a lot less to complete it so the chances of getting desired Exotics is higher and in this case, it is helmets.

On top of being short, this Lost Sector is easy so here are a few pointers you will need for it.


You can find Excavation Site XII near Firebase Hades in EDZ. 

Bungie Destiny 2 - Location of the Excavation Site XII Destiny 2 - Location of the Excavation Site XII

If the Legend Lost Sector icon doesn't appear even though it's the featured activity of the day, you will need to run it on normal mode once first.

Modifiers and other quirks

  • Legendary difficulty:
    • Locked Equipment, Match Game, Extra Shields
  • Champions: Barrier, Unstoppable
  • Burn: Solar
  • Shields: Arc
  • Modifiers: Scorched Eart
  • Recommended Power level: 1570

Bungie lied about the Arc shields, there aren't any so don't bother with Arc damage.


Bring a bunch of Solar damage to maximise your potential. This includes the Special and Heavy weapons as well as the subclass.

Weapons that excel here are generally rocket launchers that deal Solar damage and Gjallarhorn makes the Lost Sector a breeze. 

If you don't have it, Eriana's Vow is next the best pick since it counters Barrier champions and deals high Solar damage.

Bungie Destiny 2 - Gjallarhorn is the best but even with Eriana's, you will clear it in four minutes or less Destiny 2 - Gjallarhorn is the best but even with Eriana's, you will clear it in four minutes or less

You don't need to have a perfect loadout but make sure you have a reliable source of Solar damage and ways to counter Barrier and Unstoppable champions.

Bungie Destiny 2 - Clearing a Legend Lost Sector Pulse rifles are your best friend for Unstoppable champions

In fact, you can run this Lost Sector quickly even if you are under the recommended Power level - I kept finishing it under four minutes with a Stasis rocket launcher instead of a Solar one while at a Power level below recommended.

The better the equipment, the faster you will go through it but this Lost Sector is well-worth it even if you don't have all the shiny tools.

Enemies and clearing

Prioritise killing Legionnaires because they are highly lethal with the Scorched Earth modifier due to grenade spam.

After Legionnaires, Colossi are the biggest threat, so make sure you take cover often to avoid being shredded by the rapid-fire machinegun. The final boss is also a Colossus.

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As soon as you stun a champion, use your heavy hitters such as the rocket launcher or Solar abilities to pop them before they get back up.

Rinse, repeat and farm up a bunch of Exotics faster than in any other Legend Lost Sectory.


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