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Destiny 2 Finishers | How to use finishing moves

Among the many changes additions introduced to Destiny 2 in the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep expansion, finishers are one of the most fun and flashy. These new Destiny 2 finishing moves can instantly defeat damaged enemies, sending them to their doom with a stylish, third-person kill animation. This Destiny 2 finishers guide contains everything you need to know about how to use finishers, how to unlock new finishers, and more.

Destiny 2 Finishers | How to use finishing moves

Destiny 2 finisher glowing enemy example

When you first start up Destiny 2 after the Shadowkeep update, you’ll automatically be given a finishing move. The finisher you’re given depends on which class you are. For example, Titans are given The Focused Fist as their finisher. The game quickly explains how to use finishers, but it’s easy to miss.

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Luckily, using finishers is rather simple. When a golden circle appears above an enemy’s head, that means it’s ready for a finisher. You can easily tell when you’re in-range to perform a finisher on these enemies when they glow with a pulsing golden light. There’s no cooldown on finishers, so you can use them as often as you see enemies glowing. To get an enemy to this point, you’ll have to damage it first. Getting an enemy into the finishable health range appears to be based on their level relative to yours, so low-level enemies will start glowing fairly quickly. Even low-level enemies can’t be finished off if their health is full, however, so they’ll always have to take at least some damage before you can perform a finisher.

Destiny 2 finishers | How to use different finishing moves

Destiny 2 finisher punch example (1)

You can view and equip the finishers you’ve obtained by pressing down on the D-pad while in the Character tab of the start menu. New finishers can be unlocked with real-money purchases in the Eververse Store, accessible by navigating to the Store tab in the Director menu or by heading to the Eververse booth at the Farm or Tower. Certain finishers can also be earned as Season Pass rewards. You can view all possible earnable finishers in the Flair tab of the Collections menu.