Excavation Site XII Lost Sector Destiny 2: Location & Loadouts

by | Mar 24, 2023

Excavation Site XII is one the best Lost Sectors to farm in the Season of Defiance. It’s one of the fastest and easiest you can farm.

While our Lost Sectors ultimate guide features every Legend and Master Lost Sectors in the game, this mini-guide covers everything you need to know to prepare, including recommended loadouts, enemy shields, and Champions.

Excavation Site XII Location and Requirements

The Excavation Site XII Lost Sector is located in Firebase Hades, on the EDZ.

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How to unlock Legend & Master Lost Sectors? You’ll need to clear the Lost Sector on standard difficulty and reach the soft cap 1750 Power Level to even see them in the Director.

Excavation Site XII rotation

Seasonal rotation

DateLost SectorsLocationRewardThreatSurgesWeek #

Shields & Champions

This is an overview of what Threat, enemies, and overall difficulty you should expect in this Lost Sector:

Lost SectorLocationThreatTierShieldsChampions

These are the types of Champions you’ll have to deal with:

Excavation Site XII Champions Unstoppable Incendior Champion Barrier Colossus Champion
Legend x3 Unstoppable Incendior x1 Barrier Colossus
Master x5 Unstoppable Incendior x2 Barrier Colossus

Excavation Site XII Modifiers: Legend & Master

Legend Modifiers:

  • Solar Threat: +50% Solar damage received.
  • Equipment Locked: You will not be able to change your equipment after this activity starts.
  • Limited Revives: Limited fireteam revives. Gain additional revives by defeating Champions.
  • Shields Foes: You will face combatants with Solar and Void shields.
  • Champion Foes: You will face Barrier and Overload Champions.
  • Arach-NO!: When defeated, Fallen Vandals spawn a web mine at their feet.

Master Modifiers:

  • All of the above, plus
  • Scorched Earth: Enemies throw grenades significantly more often.

Difficulty: Excavation Site XII is one of the easiest Lost sectors to farm in this Season.

Recommended loadout

Loadout recommendations are more versatile than ever. There are now more methods to handle Champions. Match game is gone. There are now two active Surges at any given time.

When it comes to loadouts, we offer two alternatives. One loadout for when Void is the weekly Surge, and another one for when Solar is the active Surge. To find out which is the active Surge of the week, you simply need to open the activity screen.

Loadout for Solar Surge weeks

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Gjallarhorn artGjallarhornRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolar30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPGrasp of Avarice DungeonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 30th anniversary icon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNoTop-tier
Riptide artRiptideFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvEPlaylist: CrucibleError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 17KineticNoTop-tier
Drang Destiny 2DrangSidearmAdaptiveLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

-GunsmithError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNoTop-tier
BxR-55 Battler artBxR-55 BattlerPulse RifleLegacy PR-55LegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPDares of EternityCheckmark icon V3 YesFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventEnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent

For Lost Sectors with Barrier and Unstoppable Champions, such as Excavation Site XII, the Solar loadout we recommend is the following:

  • Riptide with Chill Clip (can stun Unstoppable Champions when freezing then)
  • Solar Pulse rifle or Sidearm (i.e. BXR-55 Battler or Drang)
  • Gjallarhorn or Xenophage
  • A Solar 3.0 Build

Loadout for Void Surge weeks

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Riptide artRiptideFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvEPlaylist: CrucibleError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 17KineticNoTop-tier
Gridskipper artGridskipperPulse RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Average

B

PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Fioritura-59 art
Fioritura-59SidearmRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Strong

A

PvE + PvPGunsmithError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 19EnergyNoTop-tierRepulsor Brace
Regnant artRegnantGrenade LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidSeason 20YesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3 YesLightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20HeavyCraftableTop-tierDestabilizing Rounds,Repulsor Brace,Explosive Light

The Void loadout we recommend is the following:

  • Riptide with Chill Clip (can stun Unstoppable Champions when freezing then)
  • Void Pulse rifle or Sidearm (i.e. Gridskipper or Fioritura-59)
  • Regnant with Explosive Light or Deathbringer
  • A Void 3.0 Build

In the Excavation Site XII Lost Sector, you’ll run into Unstoppable and Barrier Champions. Any Pulse Rifle is great at stunning the Unstoppable Champion this season.

If you have access to the Dares of Eternity, the Solar Pulse Rifle (BXR-55 Battler) is what we recommend on Solar weeks. It’ll do extra damage because of Solar Surge, but it’s not necessary. Any Pulse Rifle will work because it’s only for stunning Unstoppable Champions.

BxR-55 Battler Destiny 2 featured Pulse rifle

BxR-55 Battler Pulse Rifle, Destiny 2

You’ll use your Gjallarhorn or Deathbringer on the Barrier Champion and final boss. Both are fairly easy to obtain.

Requirements

Difficulty Legend Master
Recommended Power 1830 1840
Exotic armor (if solo) Rare Common

Needless to say, these aren’t easy, and the least you should do is ensure you have a reasonable Power Level. By reasonable, we mean no less than 10 Power Levels below the recommended levels. If you find yourself struggling, work on increasing your Power Level as much as possible and focus on Legend Lost Sectors.

Excavation Site XII Lost Sector guide

The Excavation Site XII Lost Sector is fairly easy with Solar or Void 3.0 (depending on the weekly Surge). All of your kills come from your abilities and your Heavy weapon. If you’re new to running Lost Sectors, your Pulse Rifle will also help.

There are a lot of Unstoppable Champions in this Lost Sector. They can be stunned with your Riptide with ease.. When you get to the Barrier Champion, you can kill it before it uses its Barrier. Keep in mind you only have a very short window to do enough damage.

Gjallarhorn Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

Gjallarhorn Exotic Rocket Launcher

The best way to do this is by using your grenade and Heavy weapon at the same time. If you’re not fast enough, you can still break the Barrier with your Anti-Barrier weapon of choice.

If you use only one Gjallarhorn shot per Champion, you’ll have plenty to kill the boss quickly. You can buff your damage even more if you kill the Nightmare Cabal next to the boss first.

This Nightmare enemy will drop an orange orb once killed. This ball will buff your damage against the final boss for a few seconds.

Excavation Site XII Lost Sector

Lost Sector Rewards

As a reminder, completing Legend or Master Lost Sectors solo is the only way to acquire several specific Exotic armor pieces. While our Lost Sector Exotics guide covers them all, including their rotation for the remainder of the season, these are all Lost Sector Exotics available today:

Lost Sector Exotics today

DateNameArmorClassTypeRequiresExotic Perk

Excavation Site XII Summary

If this guide had too much information and you can only remember one sentence, these are the highlights:

Featuring a Solar Threat modifier, the Excavation Site XII Lost Sector features Solar-shielded enemies and Unstoppable and Barrier Champions. Due to its length to complete and difficulty, this is one of the easiest Lost Sectors to farm.

Hopefully, you now have everything you need to know how to best clear this Lost Sector to farm exactly the type of Exotic armor you need.

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