Destiny 2: Cryptic Quatrains 1 Guide

September 14, 2022
Finish the first Cryptic Quatrains quest in no time by following this guide!

Destiny 2’s Cryptic Quatrains are a set of three quests that came with this August’s ‘Season of Plunder’ containing riddles that lead players to buried treasures in different locations. Each of these quests has several steps to complete, capping off with the discovery of various noteworthy rewards.

On top of that, completing the Cryptic Quatrains quest also unlocks progress for the game’s seasonal challenges and the Beacon’s Guidance triumph, which is required to get the Scallywag title.

Here is how you finish Cryptic Quatrains 1:

Cryptic Quatrains 1 Guide in Destiny 2

To unlock the first Cryptic Quatrain quest, you must first hit rank seven with the star map located in the H.E.L.M.

The best way to achieve a high ranking on the star chart is to complete bounties, Expedition, Ketchcrash, and generally participating in several seasonal activities.

Say that you are already rank seven. You’ll now need to solve four varying ‘riddles’ to find the buried treasure to complete the first Cryptic Quatrains quest.

This is the First Riddle:

Me story begins as I hide from the crews
They search and will find me unless I hide soon
I’ll wait on the nightfall, the cleverest ruse
And force them to hunt by the light of the moon

String together the yellow highlighted words from the riddle given to you, and you’d know to begin your search on the moon.

After stepping foot on the moon, you’d immediately receive the next step in the quest, giving you another riddle.

Here is the Second Riddle:

Behind in the harbor, their sorrow was release
They lost what I’d taken, me heart filled with fear
From cruel revelation the dawn would reveal
A chest, broke and barren, and me nowhere near

Your next destination is again pretty straightforward if you pay close attention to the riddle given to you.

The answer to this riddle is within the K1 Revelation Lost Sector in Sorrow’s Harbor on the Moon as well. Teleport over there and run through the Lost Sector normally.

Opening the chest after the final boss of the run will give you the next step to the questline and another riddle.

Here is the Third Riddle:

Me eyes toward the cosmos, I let out a sob
I begged to the gods and the fallen alike
By bullet or saber, I’d fall to the mob
But please, let me deal them a palpable strike

Again, stringing the yellow highlighted words will point you to the Cosmodrome location. To be precise, you’d have to finish the Fallen S.A.B.E.R strike in it.

Once you have completed the strike, the quest should update again, giving you the fourth and final riddle for the first Cryptic Quatrains quest.

Here is the Fourth Riddle:

The winds of Europa were frozen and white
And even the tides had been stopped by the cold
The hook would swing empty, I’d not die tonight
By cranes they’d be searchin’, but I’d keep me gold

This time, go to Eventide Ruins on Europa. When you land, walk a bit forward to the open area where several cranes sit above a patch of snow.

Here you’ll see a marked mound where you could dig the treasure.

Digging up the treasure will officially finish the Cryptic Quatrains 1 and will reward you with several items, including the Crude Cipher Fragment.