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Destiny 2 – What Are Combatants?

Some Guardians, not all, are confused about what combatants are. So here’s a succinct explanation.


With Solstice of Heroes 2020 now in full swing, it seems that a number of Guardians are confused about what they need to do in order to upgrade their armour. Indeed, the confusion extends into quests and missions in the main game, so we’re here to set things straight.

What Are Combatants In Destiny 2?

Some goals, as in quests or missions, in Destiny 2 will require you to kill combatants. This can also be a requirement on a piece of armour, such as the Solstice of Heroes 2020 armour sets.

It’s totally understandable that a Guardian may not immediately understand what this means. Often you’re tasked with killing combatants in the Crucible, or Gambit, or even just in a particular Patrol zone. Each of these has various enemy types within them. If you’re not sure about which ones you need to kill, don’t worry too much, because it’s all of them.

Combatants in Destiny 2 are simply the enemy. As long as you’re killing something within the parameters of the quest, mission, or armour upgrade, then you’ll be earning progress.

The reasons that the word combatants is used instead of the particular enemy type is because it doesn’t matter which type of enemy you kill. All that’s necessary is that you get the kills in a specific area, or a certain number of kills. Sometimes you’ll also need to get things like precision kills on combatants, but that’s just precision kills.

This sort of flavour text is at the heart of Destiny 2. It’s what helps us get into the lore, because pretty much every story is about Guardians murdering enemies of one sort or another.

With Solstice of Heroes 2020, it’s important that you make progress as much as you can, when you can. Don’t worry about the small print when it comes to those armour upgrade requirements, just follow what makes sense. The game wants you to prove yourself by killing various enemies, so get out there and do some killing.

Hopefully this sets your mind at ease. Once again, the game will specify the enemy type whenever a specific type is required for a goal. Bungie will never leave you with vague instructions, unless of course it’s part of a larger mystery in the game.

Let us know if this guide helped you at all in the comments.

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I'm an avid Destiny 2 fan and player. I fell in love with Destiny 1 during the early alpha and have been hooked by the universe ever since. I really enjoy playing with other Guardians, speculating about the lore, and writing about as much of the Destiny universe as I can.

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  1. Robin M

    February 19, 2021 at 6:59 am


    Thank you for your post. I’ve been trying to find out the difference between these types of characters:
    * Combatants
    * Enemies
    * Opponents

    Your post has helped me somewhat, but also added to my confusion.

    Specifically, your phrase
    “Combatants in Destiny 2 are simply the enemy”

    I am currently trying to complete a Bounty, the wording of which is
    “Defeat enemies in strikes with any Grenade Launcher.” (GL)

    I’ve just done a Strike and dealt considerable GL deaths to “non-player creatures”.

    1. The number of GL enemy defeats in my Bounty DID NOT increase.
    2. The number of GL combatant defeats in Triumphs DID increase.

    Therefore, isn’t “enemy” a sub-set of “combatant”?

    If that’s the case, what defines an “enemy”?

    [Further, what is an “opponent”?]


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