A lot of Destiny folks have been asking to do raids lately. Being new to the Destiny universe, I personally didn't know a lot of what was entailed in completing one. I had heard horror stories from multiple people about how hard it was to complete one, especially in a group of strangers, or with people who didn't know what they were doing.
This week, I teamed up with several o30s to work our way through the raid. It took 3 nights, maybe 12 hours total for us to figure out good strategies for each room, practice them, and finally complete them. Now that I've done a raid, I can say that everyone on the team needs to work VERY well together and perform their role flawlessly with a high probability, because it requires all 6 people being simultaneously (nearly) flawless to complete each room.
I'm writing here because after getting through this once I feel like I could help others get through as well by sharing strategies in the actual raid. I found that videos were sort of helpful, but it took actually being in the rooms playing to fully understand what to do.
So, I'd be happy to help others (esp. those who haven't done raids before at all) get some experience in pick-up raid sessions where we aren't playing super seriously to get through the raid, but instead just get familiarity with the rooms and maybe get through a couple of them. That way, you'd be able to break off into raid groups that would at least have a sense of what's going on, and be "raid ready". FYI, I'm on PS4.
Regarding raid readiness, I'd really like to avoid having disappointing raid sessions where people are under-leveled, under-skilled, or don't have a good attitude. I'd suggest that anyone attempting a raid meet the following requirements:
I feel like you probably need to be in the mid-270s, after vanguard drops (token trade-ins in the various zones) are no longer dropping gear you can use. I was around 283 when we did our raid, and I could comfortably stay alive, but all of us were in the 280s and 290s, so that could have been why. If you are in the 270s, you may have trouble unless there are higher level people to carry you a little. From our experience, it seemed that high rate of fire weapons like auto rifles were the most useful to have, since you had to kill lots of adds to keep from being overrun. Scout rifles did not have much utility. You'll sometimes run out of ammo on your primary, so having a good secondary weapon is important as well. Also, you'll want a heavy weapon that can do a lot of damage in a short time. The bosses have mechanics where you can only hit them for a brief window of time, and you need to be ready to unload quickly on them when that time comes. Merciless is great, or a good rocket launcher.
It takes a lot of skill to complete these raids, and you really should be ready for that. Good gear can compensate, but only so much. You should feel comfortable doing jumps onto narrow platforms, fighting off 5-6 red enemies around you, or 2-3 reds and a yellow/orange enemy without dying. Knowing when to run and when to stay and fight is very important. Everyone in a raid can only revive someone else one time, so having too many people die is problematic. There are also mechanics in each room that result in everyone instantly dying if you don't melee kill a particular enemy within a time window. You should feel comfortable doing something like that. If you are weak in one of these areas, you still might be okay. There are typically a couple of different roles in each room you can play, and they require different skill-sets. If you've gotten through a Nightfall, or at least maybe got to the boss with 5 minutes or so remaining, you are probably okay here I'm guessing.
I can't stress how important attitude was in the raid. People can't get too bristly, too discouraged, or too arrogant when there are repeated failures. You need to have some humility, realize that you have some things to learn, try to be patient with others, and have a generally positive outlook. You also need to be able to listen to instruction and be quiet during key portions of the rooms. Many of the strategies require people to call out certain things they see that others can't, and when you can't hear what people are saying it will lead to instant death.
If you feel like you meet the requirements above and want to get some raid experience, hit me up. I'm usually on PSN in the 10pm-1am time frame, eastern time US. Maybe some other o30s can offer up services as well below.