Destiny 2: How to Unlock and Upgrade the Splicer Gauntlet

Destiny 2’s Season of the Splicer brings a ton of new ways to play the game. The new Splicer Gauntlet is similar to last season’s Hammer of Proving, offering an interesting gameplay loop attached to the new Override activity. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to unlock and upgrade the Splicer Gauntlet, as well as how to efficiently gather Ether, craft Key Codes, and crack Conflux Chests.

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What the Splicer Gauntlet is, how to use it, and how to unlock it

You will automatically earn the Splicer Gauntlet after starting Season of the Splicer and playing the first seasonal quest. Before you can get to that, you need to complete the season’s introductory quest, The Lost Splicer. It’s short and easy, and you’re booted directly into it the first time you start Destiny 2 since the new season began.

After it’s done, you’ll end up in an expanded version of the HELM with the first seasonal quest: Path of the Splicer I. Like most seasonal quests, this one shouldn’t take you too long (plus you’ll knock out a weekly challenge). Complete it to progress the story and to unlock the Splicer Gauntlet.

The Splicer Gauntlet is similar to last season’s Hammer of Proving. You can use it to unlock chests at the end of this season’s Override activity to earn season-exclusive armor and weapons, but you can only unlock chests if you have a special Key Code. Like any mechanic in Destiny 2, there’s a gameplay loop attached to the Splicer Gauntlet.

Here’s how it works: You earn Ether by playing Destiny 2. You use that Ether to craft a Key Code with the Splicer Gauntlet, and then you can use that Key Code to unlock a Conflux Chest at the end of an Override activity. It’s similar to how Armor Synthesis works in Season of the Splicer, just way less grindy.

How to gather Ether for the Splicer Gauntlet

Before you can do anything, you need to gather Ether. The good news is that you can do, well, anything to gather Ether. Playlist activities, public events, and defeating combatants anywhere in the system will reward you with Ether. However, some activities reward you with more than others.

Hover over the Splicer Gauntlet in your Director to see where you can earn bonus Ether. At the time of writing, players can earn bonus Ether by completing strikes, but we imagine Bungie will update the bonus Ether drops throughout the season.

You don’t need to worry about that too much, though. The Splicer Gauntlet can only hold 100 Ether at a time, and you’ll hit that within an hour of doing basically any activity in Destiny 2. You don’t really need to focus on gathering Ether. You need to focus on using it.

How to craft Key Codes and use the Splicer Gauntlet

After you hit 100 Ether, you won’t gather any more. To keep things moving as efficiently as possible, you need to use your Ether as it comes in. Open the Director and navigate to the Quests tab to find the Splicer Gauntlet. Follow to the Details page to start crafting Key Codes.

Under the Key Codes tab, you can spend 50 Ether to craft one Key Code, and the Splicer Gauntlet can store up to three Key Codes at a time. At the beginning of the season, this is the only way to craft Key Codes. However, there are empty slots next to where you can craft Key Codes, so it’s possible you can use some currency other than Ether to craft them down the time.

From there, all you need to do is complete an Override activity. At the end, you’ll find a Conflux Chest next to the main chest that will reward you with Season of the Splicer gear and another vague resource: Decrypted Data. This is the resource you’ll need to upgrade the Splicer Gauntlet.

How to upgrade the Splicer Gauntlet (and the best upgrades to unlock)

You can purchase various upgrades for the Splicer Gauntlet with Decrypted Data. These upgrades are all focused around the Override activity and the Splicer Gauntlet itself, and they can make the process of gathering Ether and crafting Key Codes much easier.

You can purchase upgrades from the Splicer Servitor. Head to the HELM using the Director, then head to the new section for this season to find the Splicer Servitor. Interact with it and choose Splicer Gauntlet Upgrade from the menu to see the upgrades.

There are three tiers of each upgrade, and you need the previous tier to unlock the next. Tier I upgrades cost 100 Decrypted Data, Tier II upgrades cost 300, and Tier III upgrades cost 500. You, of course, earn Decrypted Data from Conflux Chests, but you can also earn it by completing weekly challenges.

Here are the upgrades you should invest that hard-earned Decrypted Data in:

  • Memory Expansion: This is, without a doubt, the first upgrade you should pick up. The Tier I version increases your Gauntlet’s Ether capacity by 50 and gives you an extra Key Code slot. We recommend going straight to Tier III with this one, actually. With all three upgrades, your Splicer Gauntlet can hold 300 Ether and six Key Codes.
  • Override Efficiency: Override is a great way to get new seasonal gear, and this upgrade increases the rewards of Override chests. Additionally, the Tier I upgrade offers a chance for Vex chests to drop seasonal gear and increases the reward of Conflux Chests to have a chance to drop an Umbral Engram and up to one Focused Umbral Engram per week.
  • Codestrider: This upgrade opens up additional platforms in the Vex network during Override activities. It’s not really necessary, but it can make getting through the tricky Vex obstacle course a little easier. You could also invest in Deletion Exclusion, which reduces the damage of lasers and wall defenses in the Vex network.

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Kryon throws down the gauntlet for better RPA governance

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Robotic process automation (RPA), which mimics human activity and automates mundane tasks, is all the rage. But privacy and governance concerns persist. Recognizing these challenges, Kryon recently became the first RPA vendor to earn ISO 27701 certification.

“This framework is essential for any RPA company doing business in Europe, due to GDPR, or any other region with similar data privacy regulations,” Kryon CTO Shay Antebi told VentureBeat. He believes ISO 27701 could become the first widely adopted data privacy standard for RPA vendors. The ISO certification applies to real-time process discovery, as well as bot design, deployment, and management.

RPA applications, called bots, are often programmed to access sensitive systems and information as part of process automation projects. An attacker can exploit access to these bots to steal data or gain unauthorized access to systems and applications in a cyberattack.

RPA and process mining vendors have addressed several standards and best practices to ensure privacy. While ISO 27001 is an older certification for information security management systems (ISMS), ISO 27701 is an extension standard that builds upon and enhances that with a framework for privacy information management systems (PIMS) to secure and manage personally identifiable information.

Updating the certification

Kryon had already achieved ISMS certification back in 2019, so catching up with the new extension was a matter of building on this earlier work. Organizations looking to get certified to ISO 27701 will either need to have an existing ISO 27001 certification or implement ISO 27001 and ISO 27701 together as a single implementation audit.

Enterprises need to maintain vigilance around industry-specific regulation, particularly in health care and finance, two of the largest markets for RPA.

Enterprises using ISO-certified tools like Kryon’s will still need to ensure that their existing systems and applications that interact with RPA tools are compliant. RPA platforms often integrate with other applications on the back end to complete a process. For example, Kryon created a software bot for a health care organization in Israel that automates setting up appointments for patients to receive the two-shot COVID vaccine. That front-end bot, which chats with the patient, also interacts with the organization’s patient record system behind the scenes to complete the process. These applications need to be secured, as well.

“This is a great example of when an upfront investment is absolutely necessary to protect yourself from potentially huge losses,” Antebi said.

Meeting security certifications requires not only an investment of time and resources but also the right technology, processes, and framework. Security sometimes comes as an afterthought in the software development lifecycle. But it needs to be considered first for RPA to scale. “If the goal is widespread adoption of RPA in the enterprise, then the industry needs to deliver solutions with enterprise-grade security,” Antebi said.

Kryon has been investing in solutions to push the envelope of privacy and governance further, such as a way to mask sensitive information in documents and on systems screens without losing the necessary context. Antebi said, “We are always looking for more ways to add value for our customers — offering the best security available is one way to do that.”


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Gears 5 Horde Mode Guide: Mastering the Gauntlet of Gore

As with every numbered game in the series since Gears of War 2, Gears 5 includes Horde mode. Tasking you and your cooperative partners with defending against waves of increasingly difficult enemies, this test of survival has been made even more complex this time around with a few new mechanics. In our Horde mode guide, we’ll give you the tips you need to survive the Swarm, DeeBees, and everything in between.

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The Basics of Horde mode

The Premise

The most basic premise of Horde mode from past games remains unchanged in Gears 5. On one of the game’s many multiplayer maps, you and a group of four players place a Fabricator box down at a spot of your choosing and must defend yourself from enemies. Get knocked down, and one of your teammates will have to revive you. If you all happen to die, you lose. On harder difficulties, you can’t retry the wave you lost on, either.

As you defeat enemies, they will drop Power on the ground, which is the currency you need for upgrades and purchasing items from the Fabricator. Spike-covered barriers and machine gun turrets are both available for purchase once you have enough Power, and can supplement your own weapons when facing a barrage of enemies. The Fabricator also sells weapons and grenades.

Beginning with the tenth wave, you will intermittently fight bosses, which take the form of some of the toughest enemies from the Gears 5 campaign. This includes the mobile Flock, which requires the full attention of your team in order to eliminate it quickly. Your ultimate goal is to survive until you complete the game’s 50th wave, at which point you will have to overcome tremendous odds.

The Power Tap system and sharing Power

Alongside the bosses you’ll be fighting, you also need to keep an eye out for a new Gears 5 mechanic: the Power Tap. Beginning and Wave 11, a Power Tap will spawn somewhere on the map. This location must be captured or defended, if you are able to do this successfully, it will provide your team with additional power each subsequent round.

The Power Tap will often be located somewhere far away from your Fabricator, and this means at least a few members of your squad will need to displace and defend it. Every 10 rounds, the Power Tap will change location, requiring them to once again displace it.

If you are not playing with a full squad, we don’t suggest attempting to keep control of the Power Taps. The computer-controlled teammates you have are not capable of holding their position and not letting it fall into enemy hands, so you should keep your focus on the Fabricator.

One major change to Horde mode is how Power is distributed. Now, when you pick up Power off the ground, it is shared with your teammates equally. This allows you to purchase upgrades by the Fabricator even if the teammate collecting Power is on the other side of the map. Since you only get 30 seconds between rounds, this is extremely important.

Choosing a character

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Your abilities and traits in Horde mode are directly tied to the character you choose. In the standard version of the game, there are six available to choose from. We’ve outlined them and their key differences and special abilities below.

  • JD Fenix: An offensive character who receives extra ammunition for every sixth headshot. Ultimate ability is an artillery strike on a targeted enemy.
  • Marcus Fenix: A tank character who can charge his Ultimate ability by taking damage. Ultimate ability makes every hit an automatic headshot.
  • Kait Diaz: A scout character who receives additional Power from nearby kills. Ultimate ability turns her invisible for a brief time.
  • Del Walker: Engineer character who can build fortifications for cheaper and move the Fabricator more quickly. Ultimate ability summons DeeBee Trackers to target enemies.
  • Fahz Chutani: Offensive character who gets more pickups after every sixth critical kill. Ultimate ability allows him to see and shoot through walls.
  • Jack: A robotic support character. Kills on marked enemies reduce Ultimate cooldown time. Ultimate ability allows you to hijack enemies and control them directly.

There are also three additional DLC characters borrowed from other franchises you can take into battle as well.

  • Sarah Connor: As part of the Terminator: Dark Fate crossover DLC, the iconic survivor from the film series can lend her combat skills to your team in Horde mode, complete with audio lines from Linda Hamilton herself. She is another tank-style character like Marcus, but has a unique Ultimate ability called Heavy Hitter. This move has her unload shotgun rounds into enemies, stunning and knocking them back just like at the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • Emile-A239: Ripped right out of Halo: Reach, the first of two Spartans wields a shotgun and knife, so is meant to be another highly aggressive character. His Ultimate is the Dropshield, which creates a protective dome that blocks all damage coming in or out.
  • Kat-B320: The second Spartan to join the fight, Kat works similar to Del and should be kept at range. Her Ultimate deploys a hologram that runs in a straight line away from her, drawing the attention and fire of all enemies that see it.

Ultimate abilities are new to Horde mode, but you can think of them as being the Gears of War take on Overwatch’s Ultimate abilities. They charge up over time and give your character a significant boost or a powerful attack.

Creating a balanced team is important. We suggest having one person on your team choosing either JD Fenix or Marcus. Both of them have powerful offensive abilities that can deal extreme damage on boss enemies. Since boss waves also have other enemies alongside them, it’s imperative that you take the boss down as quickly as possible.

We also heavily suggest that someone plays as Jack. He is incredibly fast and assists other players in need. His Ultimate ability can be hugely helpful as well. Drawing fire away from your teammates and destroying several Swarm in the process is a pretty good strategy.

Perks and Skill Cards

Gears 5 Perks

There are two different ways you can boost your performance in Gears 5 Horde mode: Perks and Skill Cards. The two variables sound similar, but they actually differ considerably in practice.

Perks are set potential boosts you can receive for individual characters as you play individual Horde mode games. You can spend your Power on one of four perks during the match, such as increased health or damage with assault rifles – the perks are different for each character and increase in cost with each subsequent upgrade.

Your perks are often a better way to spend your Power than on barricades or turrets because you’ll be able to keep using them throughout the entire match. Especially when you’re nearing a boss wave, start focusing on extra damage.

Skill Cards, meanwhile, are tied to your individual character’s overall levels between matches. As you unlock more levels, you will gain additional Skill Card slots. The cards themselves take the form of rewards for playing as a particular character.

Some of them increase things like melee damage with a knife, while others improve your overall team score. As you get duplicate Skill Card rewards, you can “feed” them to existing cards to upgrade them.

It’s with Skill Cards that you can most personalize and customize your Horde mode experience. Character level also carries between Horde and Escape, so you can play in Escape and then enjoy the fruits of your labor in Horde mode.

Surviving Horde mode

Don’t kill the last enemyGears 5 Horde Tips

Just like in Gears of War 4, it’s beneficial to leave one enemy alive at the end of each round because the countdown timer begins after they have been killed. If you leave one lone baddie running around the map, you are free to pick up all the Power on the ground, as well as do any upgrades you want without racing against the clock. Just make sure that the last enemy isn’t a Scion or Sire, as you could accidentally get yourself killed.

Embrace other weapons

Especially when you are pinned down in your encampment, you are going to be shooting a lot, and this can mean running out of ammunition for your weapon of choice. We all have a gun we’re most comfortable with in Gears 5, but don’t be afraid to grab enemies’ guns and use them, instead.

You’ll see a lot of Hammerburst rifles and Enforcer submachine guns, both of which are efficient ways to take out enemies. You’ll be able to keep them refilled with other enemies’ dropped ammunition, too.

Keep an accurate rifle around

Weapons like the Enforcer and Lancer are great for dealing with smaller, weaker enemies, but when you start going up against larger enemies like the club-wielding Wardens, you will need to focus your fire.

For this, we recommend keeping a high-powered and accurate weapon like the Longshot or Markza around, because you can easily land several headshots and knock down their health.

Watch out for Sires

As mentioned earlier, you need to be careful when dealing with one particular enemy: the Sire. This Swarm creature resembles a Flood form from the Halo games, but it functions much differently. After reaching your position, it will grab you and start dragging you away from your teammates.

If they shoot it quickly, you will survive, but a timer symbol will begin counting down. If that reaches 0, you will be completely dead, and cannot be revived. Communicate with your team and make sure you drop whatever you are doing to shoot at a Sire that has captured your friend. Only a few shots will set them free.

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