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I would like to play the strikes just by myself, without any other guardians to play with me. I have the fireteam setting switched to Private, which indicates that no one can join my Fireteam lobby. And yet, when I do instance into a Nightfall lobby, it seems I am always forced to find 2 other Guardians to queue up with for a strike.

I know the game will most likely be more frustrating and harder to play by going solo. But I like and appreciate the sense of challenge and working on improving my own skills. In addition, it helps to not have teammates get in the way of catalyst progression, or Strike-related bounties or quests.

Is there a way to play fireteam missions solo?

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  • There are portions of the game you can not do, by design, in solo mode. The raid is an example. Also, going solo severely limits your ability to progress a characters light level. So, whether you force stop a matchmaking via clock adjustment or just set yourself to private doesn't matter. Nightfall, raid, and anything in the crucible will require a fireteam. Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 11:53
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    Be aware that the game "assumes" you will get in strikes as a 3 man group. Some encounters might need you to guard a place from 2 directions, or have an enemy that requires you to move most of the time to avoid its attacks (making the fight longer since you can't attack that enemy as much), or pick an item to bring somewhere (making you unable to attack).
    – JMichelB
    Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 19:32

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PC

Thanks to /u/depreciated_ on reddit for their solution:

Run the following script in Powershell (run as Administrator):

New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Destiny2-Solo-1" -Direction Outbound -LocalPort 1935,3097,3478-3480 -Protocol TCP -Action Block
New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Destiny2-Solo-2" -Direction Outbound -LocalPort 1935,3097,3478-3480 -Protocol UDP -Action Block
New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Destiny2-Solo-3" -Direction Inbound -LocalPort 1935,3097,3478-3480 -Protocol TCP -Action Block
New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Destiny2-Solo-4" -Direction Inbound -LocalPort 1935,3097,3478-3480 -Protocol UDP -Action Block
Write-Host "Destiny 2 Solo mode activated.  Press ctl + c to deactivate solo mode."

And then run the following when you are done:

Read-Host
Remove-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Destiny2-Solo-1" 
Remove-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Destiny2-Solo-2" 
Remove-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Destiny2-Solo-3" 
Remove-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Destiny2-Solo-4"

This will force the game to block specific network ports, preventing other guardians from joining up in your fireteam. Do note as mentioned in his post that the script needs to be run while your ship is fully in orbit, before starting "matchmaking". After a few minutes, the game will automatically start the strike regardless if others join your team (in this case, won't happen), and you'll be free to play any Strikes solo! This applies to both Nightfall strikes, Nightfall: The Ordeal, any strikes in the Vanguard playlists, or Strikes started manually from each planet's map.


PS4

You can set your time back, preferably 1 hour. This prevents others from matching with you, and you can solo strikes this way. Don't forget to switch your system clock back to normal if you want to play with others again.

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  • As of today, it seems this (PC version) no longer works. Ran this firewall setup while in orbit and still ended up with a strike team.
    – Cory
    Commented Mar 27, 2022 at 22:11
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Think of fireteams as a persistent group or party that stays together through missions, whereas matchmaking is temporary and will disband when the activity is completed.

Fireteam settings only change who can('t) join your persistent group. On the other hand matchmaking will stick you with other players to fill out your group for example, during a strike, after which you will be disbanded. Matchmaking will happen regardless of fireteam settings.

There have been posts stating that changing your system time on PS4 will stop you from being matchamde with anyone else. I have not seen any posts of it being tried on PC, nor have I done it myself, but it is an option.

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  • Changing the system time of your PS4 has worked according to videos, but the server looks at your location, too. So when you attempt this, it will not pair you to much of anyone. Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 11:48
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To do a Strike solo, you have to find the entrance in the world. You cannot do a random strike if you don't want a 3 man group. The following image shows the quest to enter the Strike "The Arms Dealer".

Quest for Strike : The Arms Dealer

It is normally not possible to start solo UNLESS you have a quest for it.

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  • Hi, JMichelB, and welcome to Arqade! Could you explain your answer in detail? Leaving a 1 1/2 line, vague answer may only confuse others, instead of actually helping anyone! Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 20:25
  • Data is sparse on the Internet, and I can't play videos right now (only place I think have explained what I meant). I know it can be done, since I did this yesterday, but I don't have the media to illustrate it. When I can, I'll make screenshots and update my answer.
    – JMichelB
    Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 21:19
  • Ok. I didn't know that Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 21:40
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    300 is the recommended level for a full fireteam because this is effectively a prestige Nightfall version of the Strike. This quest is also only available after completing the raid, so it wouldn't be particularly helpful for someone unwilling to group with others. The only quest involving a Strike that can be done solo I know of is the one for Sturm. Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 3:02

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