Destiny 2 Cryptic Quatrains: Solutions and rewards

Cryptic Quatrains are just the kind of treasure hunt that you’d expect from Destiny 2’s pirate-themed Season of Plunder (opens in new tab). Effectively messages in a bottle, these quests require you to unravel a number of riddles in order to find the location of buried loot. Completing them will earn you some map fragments, seasonal armor, but more mysteriously, a Crude Cipher Fragment.

These fragments show up in your Captain’s Atlas, where a potential treasure map would, and once you collect both fragments and complete the Quatrains, you’ll receive an exotic sparrow for your trouble called the Charge of Light. The only real hiccup is that you’ll have to grind quite a bit to unlock all three Quatrains, since they have rank requirements. Here I’ll give you the quest steps and where to find the treasure.

Destiny 2 Cryptic Quatrains: How to unlock

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In order to gain access to the first Cryptic Quatrain quest, you’ll have to reach rank seven with the star map in the HELM You can do this by completing bounties and the Ketchcrash or Expedition activities. Once you rank up, you can grab the Small Treasure Beacon, which will begin the first Cryptic Quatrain. Note: you’ll have to get to rank 16 in order to collect all three and complete the individual Quatrain quests if you want that sparrow. Luckily, each quest follows a somewhat similar structure of visiting a destination, completing Lost Sectors, strikes, and then finding the dig site.

Cryptic Quatrain 1

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Here’s what you need to do for each of Cryptic Quatrain 1’s individual quest steps:

  • head to the moon
  • Complete K1 Revelation Lost Sector in Sorrow’s Harbor
  • Finish the Fallen SABER strike in the Cosmodrome
  • Head to the crane in the Eventide Ruins on Europa and dig up the treasure marked with the Fallen sigil

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