Menagerie And The Chalice

June 04, 2019


Note: This article is evolving and will be updated as more information is available.

What Is The Menagerie and Chalice?

The Chalice of Opulence will be granted to you after completing an initial quest line starting with Benedict 99-40. Once you complete the quest and repair the Chalice, it will be available for you to use to earn rewards from playing the Menagerie mode. Over the course of game play, you will earn Runes and Imperials that will allow you to imbue your Chalice with special abilities. Runes are used to choose your rewards while Imperials will allow you to upgrade you chalice for greater rewards.

Menagerie Mechanics

The Menagerie always starts with the Lamp Lighting, followed by a random selection of encounters until you have proven yourself to Emperor Calus and summon the final boss. Each encounter will have a Calus hologram to start, and there are spots to use Raid Banners before each encounter. Encounters start at power level 700 and when you see a message about “worthier opponents” the level will increase to 720 and then again to 740. Complete the victory condition within the time limit to unlock a triumph. If victory condition is not met when the timer runs out, you will continue on to another activity. Once the boss is defeated, a chest will spawn.

  • Lamp Lighting

    • Kill enemies until boss spawns. Boss will drop orbs on death. Deposit orbs to light the lamps.

    • Victory: Light all six lamps

    • Triumph: Only light one lamp per player

  • The Hunted

    • Capture marked plates until the meter is full. Killing knights also advances progress. Two plates will be active at a time.

    • Victory: Fill the meter.

  • The Mockery

    • Kill wizards to drop orbs and deposit orbs to recharge the Havens until boss spawns. “Touch of the Deep” applies when away from Havens.

    • Victory: Kill the two Ogre bosses.

    • Triumph: Keep all three Havens intact and kill the ogre bosses.

  • The Crystals

    • Kill enemies to drop Vex Cranium. Crystals can only be damaged by the Cranium. Destroy enough crystals to summon a boss.

    • Victory: Kill the boss.

  • The Arkborn

    • Collect souls around the area (max hold three at once) and deposit at marked locations.

    • Victory: Finish three boss waves.

  • The Gauntlet

    • Kill enemies and boss until transported onto the track and complete a lap.

    • Victory: At least one player completes all laps.

    • Triumph: All six players complete a lap.

    • Triumph: All six players complete every lap.

  • The Riposte

    • Kill knights so they drop their sword. The swords can then be used to damage white shields. Continue killing enemies until the boss spawns.

    • Victory: Kill the ogre boss.

  • Hasapiko, Minotaur

    • Harpies will drop a pool on death. Enter the pool to get a buff to drop the shield. Avoid the energy walls while damaging the boss. Shoot the hand to make the walls red and become non-lethal.

    • Triumph: Only one player per Harpy pool.

  • Arunak, Ogre

    • Cursed Thralls will drop relics that can be thrown to lower shield. As Arunak’s health lowers, a pair of yellow bar Knights will also spawn.

    • Triumph: Don’t kill the knights.

  • Pagouri, ???

    • Boss has not been released as of initial publishing. Check back later for an update for this boss as well as for Heroic mode.

Chalice Mechanics

How To Earn Runes

  • Complete weekly bounties

  • Open chests on the Nessus Barge

  • Use a Runefinder consumable to increase your chances of rune drops from activities

List Of Available Runes

  • Rune of Ambition

  • Rune of Cunning

  • Rune of Desire

  • Rune of Excess

  • Rune of Gluttony

  • Rune of Joy

  • Rune of Jubilation

  • Rune of Pleasure

  • Rune of Pride

  • Rune of the Beast

  • Rune of War

  • Rune of Wealth

How to Earn Imperials

Imperials are used to upgrade your Chalice. You can pick your upgrade perks as you go along.

You can earn imperials by:

  • Completing weekly bounties

  • Completing certain Triumphs

  • Use a Wealth of the Emperor consumable to increase your chances of imperial drops from activities

  • After upgrading the Chalice, you can earn imperials through other game activities

List of Possible Upgrades

  • Specialization Slot (2000 imperials)

    • Unlocks the second slot and an additional run drop from Treasure Hunt bounties

  • Masterwork Slot (3000 imperials)

    • Unlocks the third slot and an additional run drop from Treasure Hunt bounties

  • Rune Bonus I (2500 imperials)

    • Grants an additional rune from Werner 99-40's bounties and Runefinder consumables.

  • Rune Bonus II (3500 imperials)

    • One actively slotted rune is refunded upon looting the final chest in the Menagerie.

  • Rune Bonus III (6000 imperials)

    • Grants a chance to gain an additional non-powerful reward from the final chest in the Menagerie during Season of Opulence.

  • Power and Efficiency I (2500 imperials)

    • Grants an additional weekly powerful reward from the final chest in the Menagerie and unlocks chests found on the Imperial Barge on Nessus.

  • Power and Efficiency II (3500 imperials)

    • Grants an additional weekly powerful reward from the final chest in the Menagerie. Playlist activities may now rarely award Imperials.

  • Power and Efficiency III (8000 imperials)

    • Weekly powerful rewards from the final chest in the Menagerie will now drop a Season of Opulence mod.

  • Rune Compatibility I (1000 imperials)

    • Grants the ability to obtain and slot red runes, which can be used to guarantee the drop of class-specific arm and leg armor, as well as Power weapons.

  • Rune Compatibility II (3000 imperials)

    • Grants the ability to obtain and slot green runes, which can be used to guarantee the drop of class-specific head armor, Hand Cannons, and Sidearms.

  • Rune Compatibility III (6000 imperials)

    • Grants the ability to obtain and slot blue runes, which can be used to guarantee the drop of class-specific chest armor, Fusion Rifles, and Shotguns.

  • Perfected (Once Chalice is fully upgraded)

    • Loot sources that ordinarily drop Imperials will now drop runes.

~KramRM