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Destiny 2 Exorcism mission bugged: What to do when Severing the Worm is not completing

Some things to know around the currently bugged season finale.

Destiny 2’s Exorcism mission is the long awaited finale for Season of the Lost.

Debuting on the final weekly reset before Year 5 arrives, it concludes the story the season has been building towards – defending Mara Sov against Xivu Arath’s forces as she extracts the Witch Queen’s worm.

However, numerous Exorcism bugs means right now many players cannot complete the mission and progress the Severing the Worm quest objective.

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Where to find and start the Exorcism mission

To start the end of season Exorcism mission, visit the HELM and consult the Wayfinder’s Compass. You’ll then pick up a quest objective, Severing the Worm.


From here, visit the Dreaming City, and find the node on the right side. This will then matchmake you with other players to begin the Exorcism quest.


Destiny 2 Exorcism bugs explained

Unfortunately, Exorcism has multiple bugs which is preventing players completing the mission, seeing the final cutscene, and / or progressing the quest.


The primary issue is that players can skip the final cutscene. This will then skip it for all players, and put everyone back to the menu. This means players cannot see how the story resolves – which is arguably the whole point of playing the mission in the first place.

This is perhaps technically not a bug – just an oversight on Bungie’s part – but to add to that, whether or not you skip the cutscene, in many cases the quest does not progress. Some players have said replaying the mission does progress the quest, while Nits_shnitz on reddit suggested deleting the quest, reclaiming from the Tower then re-running can work – but success is not guaranteed.


On top of this, another bug is that players can get stuck on the bridge during the ‘Reach the Spire’ step. Bungie has acknowledged this – alongside asking the community not to skip the cutscene, and disabling the ability to join a mission mid-session via matchmaking – by saying that players should progress across the bridge slowly, or “double back if blocked”.


There have been no fixes at the time of writing – though in the meantime, Bungie has also lowered the Power Level requirement from 1270 to 1170 to help certain players.

It’s assumed fixes will arrive to ensure players can complete the finale questline – however, with less than a week before the mission and season is vaulted, and a new expansion begins, time is running short – so understandably you’ll want to try and progress things yourself

What can you do about the Destiny 2 Exorcism bugged mission?

With the above in mind, there are two solutions which might help:

  • If you want to see the final cutscene in-game, play the Exorcism mission with a fireteam of six players. This saves you playing with a random player who might decide to skip the cutscene. Otherwise, you can simply watch it online – see the next section for a recommended video.
  • Wait until Bungie offers a fix. Since it appears the quest might not progress whether you watch the cutscene or not, then the only thing to do is wait for Bungie to fix the issue on their end. You could try replying until it works, but since mission takes around 15 minutes and the success rate appears to be low, it’s potentially a lot of time wasted.

In short, it’s best to wait until Bungie offers a fix to the quest not progressing, and ideally, disabling the ability to skip the cutscene altogether.

Destiny 2 Exorcism cutscene

For those who don’t want to wait to see the cutscene themselves, then Esoterickk on YouTube has released footage of all the mission cutscenes, including the final skippable cutscene:

TheExorcism mission has finally arrived to round off Season of the Lost. Recently, we’ve recently had the Bungie 30th Anniversary, which adds the Grasp of Avarice dungeon, Strange Coins and new Exotics, including the Gjallarhorn and Forerunner.

Destiny 2 Exorcism rewards

The rewards for completing the Exorcism mission and the Severing the Worm quest are primarily Triumphs. Once the mission ends, you (should, if not bugged) get some random loot drops, and a completed Triumph.

From there, you must visit Mara Sov in the Helm, then Saint-14, completing the questline and granting you a Triumph.

Once done, don’t forget to visit the Helm for the final radio message at the console next to the Wayfinder’s Compass, helping you complete the lore book and associated Triumph. According to BlowTongue on reddit, it can take a while to complete, so be sure to hang around after the message has ended.

Finally – if you were waiting for the Centrefire Exotic ship to be a reward for completing the mission and quest, that does not appear to be the case.

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This means as of right now, there is still no way to obtain it – with Bungie looking for a way to grant it to players in the future.

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