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What is the current max power level?

For all Forsaken owners, the max power level in Season 6 is currently 700.

What are some good resources I should have as a new player?

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  • – Site to keep track of all collections, triumphs, checklists, etc
  • – Destiny database, with all weapons/armor/exotics, associated possible rolls, cosmetics, all organized, along with a personal collections resource
  • – Destiny Item Manager (DIM) – A necessary tool for all guardians (or Ishtar * Commander, which does the same thing) that allows you to transfer weapons to and from your vault, between characters, from the postmaster, create loadouts, and even more all without doing a single thing ingame.

Why was my post removed?

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Is it worth buying this game/is it worth coming back?

If you have not played the game before, we highly suggest that you watch some videos with gameplay and determine if you are interested. Destiny 2 is a looter-shooter with RPG and MMO elements, and in that way is relatively unique in the type of game it is now. In terms of 'coming back', depending on how long it has been since you have played, look below at patch notes for what has been recently added to the game. Please do not ask others to determine if you want to come back or not or if it is worth playing, you can determine this yourself in many ways, including doing simple research, watching videos, etc.

What expansions should I buy? What are the expansions, and what do they include?

Forsaken, the big year 2 expansion, is $40 and buying it will also include the first two year 1 expansions, Curse of Osiris and Warmind. You can purchase Curse of Osiris and Warmind without Forsaken for $20, however you will not be up to date completely with content. The Annual Pass is for future expansions, explained below.

What is the Annual Pass?

The Annual Pass is a slightly different way of doing content drops for Destiny. The current annual pass you can buy encompasses all the upcoming DLC, in December, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019. You can see specific details on what is coming in each here. Instead of focusing on a cinematic campaign, there will be more of a focus on new items to collection, quests, lore and overall more things to do. Even more details on this can be found in the

VidDoc released by bungie. December is the release of Black Armory, Spring 2019 is the release of Joker's Wild, and Summer 2019 is the release of Penumbra.

Can I buy Annual Pass content individually?

No, the only way to purchase Black Armory, Joker's Wild, or Penumbra is through buying the entire Annual Pass.

Can I buy this game with all the expansions at once? What bundles are there?

Currently, there is a Legend Collection for $100 that will give you all of Destiny 2 including Forsaken AND the Annual Pass. Curse of Osiris and Warmind are required to play Forsaken, but playing Forsaken, starting October 16th, will give you CoO and Warmind for free, giving you all of the current endgame content.

How do Faction Rallies work?

You can only pledge to a faction when faction rallies are active, which they are not going to be until likely Season 5 in December. Until then, there is nothing you can do about them.

How do Crucible rankings work?

Valor is tied to Quickplay, and can only go up. Going on a winning streak causes it to go up faster. Glory is tied to Crucible, and an ELO-based system. Winning will make it go up, losing will make it go down. Winning streaks cause you to gain points faster, but there are no losing streak penalties apart from continuously losing the same amount of points. Infamy is tied to Gambit and works exactly like Valor, however there are more, smaller ranks, each gives you powerful gear on the first go through, and resetting requires 15,000 Infamy rather than Valor's 2000 to reset. Max Glory is 5450, and Fabled rank (required for Luna's Howl) is 2100.

How can I get tips to get better at PvP?

Check our r/CruciblePlaybook, which is dedicated to Crucible discussion. There are many YouTubers that can help as well.

What am I locked out of and not locked out of without DLC?

Nothing apart from endgame content such as raids, new locations, and new exotics. Everything else, such as the Leviathan, PvP, strikes, etc., you can still play. You would not, for example, be able to play any of the raid lairs, however. Crucible is combined into one playlist whether you have the DLC or not, so you can play new maps with people that do have the DLC, and those that do not. Iron Banner, Faction Rallies, seasonal events, and Trials of the Nine are also available to all players.

Where are Trials/Faction rallies?

Trials of the Nine and Faction Rallies are currently still being worked on by Bungie, and will not return in Season 6 or anytime soon.

Note: You will not be able to play the base Nightfall without the DLC if the Nightfall is a DLC strike for that week.

What/When is the daily/weekly reset times?

Weekly reset is 10 AM PST on Tuesdays, and daily reset is every day at 10 AM PST. Weekly reset will 'reset' all your powerful gear milestones, essentially letting you do everything that gives you powerful gear that you have already done over again, along with changing the Dreaming City, changing the Weekly Crucible Playlist, Nightfalls, opening or closing some specific activities, etc. If Bungie ever drops content on a day that's not a Tuesday, for example a raid, it will come at 10 AM. Daily reset also resets some daily milestones, such as your Crucible, Gambit, and Vanguard daily completion milestones, allows you to get more Daily Bounties, etc.

Where can I find people to play with? (Reminder: NO LFG Self posts)

Our LFG Megathread, Fireteams, Bungie Forums, Our discord, or the various other Destiny and LFG discords, including the very big
PC Only LFG Server.

Where can I clans or advertise my own clan? (Again, please do not post advertise your clan in your own post here)

We encourage you to post your clan on the Bungie forums first and foremost. Secondly, you can also post it in our LFG Megathread, and fireteams, and, the Discords. Finding clans can be done through the same resources.


I can't seem to progress my power past a certain point. What am I supposed to do?

These are the soft caps for vanilla and Forsaken. In order to increase your power level beyond this point, you must do any activities with Gold icons next to them on the directory, leading you to something that rewards "Powerful Gear". These reset both weekly and daily, and the only way to get gear above your power level past these points. Prime engrams and all current raids (Last Wish, Scourge of the Past) will offer powerful rewards from each encounter the first time doing it on each character each week.

What is the population like?

Very good. You can check
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Destiny Tracker to see the number of tracker players recently, the number of total players each day in actuality is even higher than this. LFG sites and servers are very active, such as, or previously mentioned LFG servers and you should have no trouble finding people to do endgame activities with in almost all cases. The community is very much alive on all platforms; PC is lower than console population but still, very active, especially in comparison to some other online games.

Can you obtain year 1 items currently?

Everything that you have ever earned throughout Destiny 2 year 1 is available in the collections tab in the menu. The only exception for this is if you dismantled it previous to approximately a month or so before Warmind, which was May 8th, and it was not in your inventory since then. If you are just starting Destiny 2 in year 2, there is only one way you can get year 1 weapons and armor and that is through some story mission rewards from the base game, and turning in planetary tokens (for example, you can still get year 1 EDZ themed weapons by turning in EDZ tokens to Devrim Kay). All shaders and exotics whether year 1 or year 2 are still available from Eververse.

How long do raids take?

With experienced teams:

Leviathan, about 40 minutes

Eater of Worlds, about 30 minutes

Spire of Stars, about an hour

Last Wish, 1-2 hours

Scourge of the Past, around 45-60 minutes

Sherpa'd/inexperienced groups would take much longer, especially for Last Wish and Spire of Stars.

How can I get Enhancement (Masterwork) Cores?

You can get enhancement cores from:

  • Dismantling masterworked legendary weapons or armor, either from year 1 or year 2 that have a certain tier and above already masterworked; tier 10 masterwork weapons, or curated rolls, will drop 7 masterwork cores.

  • Completing Scrapper bounties (that you receive randomly from dismantling gear) or Wanted bounties from the Spider

  • Reaching Legend rank in Valor, which will give you 10

  • Buying them from the Spider for legendary shards, with the cost resetting daily

  • Doing the Nascent Dawn (Polaris Lance) quest, which will give you 7.

How can I get Mod Components?

The only way to get mod components is to either dismantle year 1 mods, or year 1 armor with year 1 mods on them, or get a weapon or armor piece to drop with a mod on it, dismantle the weapon or armor piece, then dismantle the mod that it drops. Mods can be bought for 10 mod components from Banshee (Gunsmith) in the tower

WHAT IS THE CURRENT META? (Updated June 1 2019)


Kinetic Weapons

Energy Weapons

Power Weapons

Exotic Armors

Hunter: * Gwisin Vest * Wormhusk Crown * Dragon’s Shadow * Shards of Galanor * St0mp-335s

Warlock: * Transversive Steps * Ophidian Aspect


PvE (NOTE: Anything can be used in PvE to success, to an extent. These are simply the weapons considered to be very good in general for most content, however good rolls can make almost anything good/usable)

Kinetic Weapons

Energy Weapons

Power Weapons

Exotic Armors:


Warlock: * Lunafaction Boots * Crown of Tempests * Ophidian Aspect * Chromatic Fire * Phoenix Protocol


Titan: * Insurmountable Skullfort * Doom Fang Pauldron * One-Eyed Mask


Complete Overview of the Season with Changes, Additions, and More

How do you use the Chalice of Opulence

From Bungie:

  • 1. Earn runes to slot on your Chalice through the following:
  • > Completing weekly bounties
  • > Opening up the weekly chests on the new Nessus Barge
  • > Using a consumable that will reward you a rune after a strike, Crucible, or Gambit completion
  • > The same consumable will also give other players in your fireteam a chance to earn an additional rune
  • 2. Slot the runes into your Chalice before you enter the Menagerie
  • 3. Play the Menagerie to earn your rewards
  • 4. Completing the Menagerie will award you the gear you chose with your rune selections
  • > Each rune affects what you receive and some of its properties, depending on how you slot them

What are the pinnacle rewards for this season?

Crucible: Revoker — Kinetic Sniper — Reversal of Fortune: Missing a shot returns the bullet to the magazine after a short duration; Ambush sight and Snapshot

Vanguard: Wendigo-GL3 — Adaptive Arc Grenade Launcher — Explosive Light: Picking up an Orb of Light increases the next grenade’s blast radius and damage; Blinding Grenades

Gambit: Hush — Solar Combat Bow — Archer’s Gambit: Hipfire precision hits grant a massive draw speed bonus for a short duration


How do I got Le Monarque/Jötunn?

Le Monarque is a completely random drop after completing either the Izanami Forge or the Gofannon Forge. For Jötunn, you must complete the Bergusia Forge with a powerful frame, and only then is there a chance for it to drop.

How do I start the quest to unlock the Gofannon and Izanami Forges?

For the Gofannon Forge, you must defeat Fallen on Nessus, and for Izanami, defeat Vex on Nessus. Eventually, one of these enemies will drop the quest.

Is there any specific way to get the 'rare bounty' for the Izanagi's Burden quest?

Unfortunately no, you just have to be lucky that one will drop.


How do I begin the Thorn quest?

You must first go to the Salt Mines, an area in Trostland in the EDZ. On how to get there exactly, refer to this gif.

How do I get Outbreak Perfected?

Here is a complete guide on the steps.

is a complete video guide.


What are the cats that I'm seeing in the Dreaming City and what am I lacking?

From doing public events and some other things in the Dreaming City, there is a chance a 'small gift' will drop, which you can give to the cats for gear.

Is my weapon a good roll?

Please use r/sharditkeepit for this question, do not make your own post about a roll here.

How do I get my second and third new subclass paths?

In order to get the second, you do the Blind Well in the Dreaming City and hope that a Spark of Light drops, it can drop from Tier II or Tier III. The third either drops from the first encounter of the raid or speaking with Mara Sov in her throne world, after giving the Offering to the Oracle in the third week of the Dreaming City's cycle.

What is an Ascendant Challenge?

These can be completed by first getting a consumable, from random drops in chests in the Dreaming City, called a Tincture of Queensfoil, activate it, then go to the Ascendent Portal, wherever that may be during the week. You can also buy these consumables from skulls in the depths of Harbinger's Seclude.

How do I get Malfeasance?

In order to get the Malfeasance quest to drop, you must play Gambit and hope for a special boss to spawn, then defeat it to hopefully get it to drop. It is known that the spawn rate for this is extremely low. Afterwards, follow the steps on the quest to eventually lead you to Malfeasance.

How do I get Wish-Ender?

Wish-Ender's quest only appears on the 3rd week of the Dreaming City's cycle, in quest that takes the form of a dungeon, located in The Confluence (reach this by going through the Gardens, and continually linearly through the taken portals), which acts like a mini three-man raid. After this you will be able to get Wish-Ender from the statue that you can interact with after completing the dungeon.

What breaks the immune objects/eggs in the Dreaming City?

Wish-Ender. You get Dreaming City weapons and armor from breaking them.

What is the point of Blind Well/what can I get from it?

The Blind Well can award three things. Firstly, there is a chance it will drop the second Seed of Light for your second subclass path from Tier 2, guaranteed from Tier 3. You also must to Blind Well repeatedly for a weekly Petra bounty, which awards an Offering to the Oracle, which awards powerful gear, which also gives you a Purification Bounty for a special mod for Dreaming City armor that increases all damage done while in the location. Finally, Tier 4 will drop a piece of very powerful gear (~10 above your highest power) which also has a high chance to be a Dreaming City curated, tier 10 masterworked weapon.

How can I get my second and third Seeds of Light for 2nd and 3rd subclass trees?

You can get your seeds of light from Tier 2 or Tier 3 of the Blind Well, from visiting Mara Sov's Court by using an Offering to the Oracle on the highest curse week in the Dreaming City, or by completing the first encounter of the raid.

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How do I increase my power level?

The soft cap is 345. As soon as you get around to this, turn in your powerful engrams (from Weekly Milestones). Raiding and doing Trials will also greatly help increase your power level, along with Escalation Protocol.

Note: Yes, you can reach the max power level of 385 WITHOUT owning Curse of Osiris.

I got an Armory Key, what do I use it for?

Armory Keys can randomly drop from doing Sleeper Nodes, Public Events, and Escalation Protocol on Mars. These Armory Keys can be used during Escalation Protocol to get the Valkyrie. Watch for green smoke on a metal plate, and hold the interact button to receive the Valkyrie.

What is dropping from Escalation Protocol this week?

Refer to this post.

Why is the Polaris Lance catalyst quest not working correctly?

The only way to get the Perfect 5th kills to count is to have the enemies die from the damage over time. It is not clear if this is intentional or a bug.

What is Whisper of the Worm/how do I get this?

Please read THIS post.


UPDATE 1.1.2 (January 25th):


Masterwork Cores were added to the game granting the ability to masterwork Legendary Weapons and Armor pieces. The only way to obtain them is by dismantling Masterworked Weapons/Armor. They can randomly drop from Engrams, but have a higher chance of dropping by doing the Raid, Trials of the Nine or the Nightfall.


Gives you the ability to add an extra point to one of the stats of a weapon. (Stability, Range, Handling, etc.)


Gives you the ability to change the main Stat of the Armor to Resilience, Mobility or Recovery. This also adds extra resilience to your armor when your super is active.

UPDATE 1.1.3 (February 27th):

Nightfall Scoring:

Nightfall Scoring was introduced into the game which changed how Nightfalls work. All timers have been removed, instead, the goal is to reach a higher score by killing enemies.


This will be given to you after completing a Nightfall for the first time after this update. You use this to modify your Prestige Nightfall run. By increasing the Handicap, which lowers your Light Level, killing enemies grants you more points, but this also makes them stronger and harder to kill. This has a maximum of 45. Within this card there is also an option to choose Solar, Arc or Void burn, which will increase the damage of that type, but this also means enemies’ weapons with that element will deal more damage.


Nightfall Emblem Variants were added. These emblems randomly drop from playing the Nightfall. Each Nightfall >has 4 variants, and will show the highest score reached on that particular Nightfall.

Crucible Emblem Variants were added. These emblems will show off the total Guardians you’ve killed in the Crucible.

PC Public Chat (Opt-In) was added. This only applies in Social Spaces.

UPDATE 1.1.4 (March 27th):

Nightfall Strike Unique Rewards:

With this update, there were 3 weapons, 2 sparrows, 1 ship and 1 ghost added to the Loot Pool for Nightfalls. Each Nightfall has it’s own reward. A higher Score in Nightfalls will give you a higher chance of obtaining these weapons.


The Inverted Spire: Trichromatica (Exotic Ghost Shell)

Pyramidion: Silicon Neuroma (Sniper Rifle)

Exodus Crash: Impact Velocity (Exotic Sparrow)

The Arms Dealer: Tilt Fuse (Exotic Sparrow)

Savathûn's Song: Duty Bound (Kinetic Auto Rifle)


Tree of Probabilities: D.F.A. (Kinetic Hand Cannon)

A Garden World: Universal Wavefunction (Exotic Ship)


Massive Sandbox Changes: The Go Fast Update. For further details, see HERE

Iron Banner 6v6 was introduced.

Mayhem and Rumble were brought back in a rotating playlist together with Iron Banner.

Quitting Competitive matches regularly will result in a temporary restriction from playing Competitive.

Competitive and Trials of the Nine now longer have a Radar.

UPDATE 1.2 (May 8th; Warmind Expansion)

See HERE for all details.

Highlights include:

Addition of Doubles to weekly PvP playlist

Numerous buffed, updated exotics

Introduction of Multi-Emote, allowing for multiple emotes to be equipped at once

Increase in power level difference between enemies and players in PvE

Addition of Heroic Strike modifiers

Introduction of Season Crucible Rankings

Introduction of Season Vendor Rankings

Removal of Raid and Trials Clan engrams granting Raid and Trials weapons

Introduction of the Prismatic Matrix for Eververse

Update 1.2.3 (July 17)


Daily bounties for Crucible and Strikes have been added to be picked up from Shaxx and Zavala respectively.

Catalysts for Legend of Acrius, Telesto, and Sleeper Simulant are now available as rewards from Prestige “Leviathan,” Prestige “Leviathan, Eater of Worlds,” and Prestige “Leviathan, Spire of Stars,” respectively.

Added Prestige Raid Lairs, which have rotating modifiers and fixed loadouts.

Slightly increased drop rate for strike catalysts

Decreased effects of Blackout, Grounded, and Glass Heroic Strike modifiers

Exotic Armor Updates: Buffed several pieces of exotic armor; for more details, read here

Changed Quickplay to 6v6, removed Supremacy

Made 6v6 Supremacy apart of the rotating weekly playlist

Made Rumble permanent

Removed Prismatic Matrix, as everything had been rotated through

Added the "The Whisper" story mission to the game, a secret exotic quest for the weapon Whisper of the Worm

UPDATE 2.0 (August 28th)

Pre-load of Forsaken

Weapon slots changes (Primary, Special, Heavy, with Kinetic and Energy in either of the first two, Heavy in heavy with some exceptions, see Patch Notes for full details)

Time to kill reduction in Crucible

Numerous tuned subclass perks exotics, weapon perks

Removal of Heroic Strikes in favor of Forsaken Strikes

Xür no longer shown on map or tied to Flashpoint

Vault increased to 500 slots

Major changes to director and milestone systems, quests, exotic quests, and more in how they are accessed and displayed

Ability to choose from three different Nightfalls each week

…and much more. See 2.0 Patch Notes for FULL detail on each of these changes and everything else.

UPDATE (September 4th; Forsaken Expansion)

Added PS4 exclusive year 1 exotics and strikes to the loot pool for Xbox and PC.

Changed and buffed many different exotics

Heroic Strikes are now retired and replaced by Forsaken Strikes and Daily Heroic Story missions. Forsaken strikes can be 400, 500, or 600 power; re-added Exodus Crash with several changes to the game.

Iron Banner will no make power matter

Added Gambit for those with Forsaken

Added random rolls for all Year 2 Weapons

Added Collections and Triumphs, a massive addition that can track progress and everything that has been dropped for you in some way or another since a bit before Warmind.

Can buy shaders, year 1 weapons and armor, exotics, sparrows, and ghosts from collections for a small price

Max power increased to 600, max level to 50 for Forsaken owners

Increased cost for infusion, will now require masterwork cores and planetary materials, which The Spider in the Tangled Shore will sell as well

Year 1 weapons and mods no longer drop; year 1 mods replaced with new mod system, mods can be acquired from dismantling drops with said mods, and then applied to other gear

Three of Coins retired

Added Eververse bounties that reward Bright Dust


UPDATE 2.1 (November 27th; Pre-Black Armory)

Tuned and overall buffed Spectral Blades

Changed Trench Barrel (IKELOS Shotgun, now a rollable perk on some shotguns) to deactivate after three shots

Changed Ace of Spades's Memento Mori perk to refresh after every kill-reload, not requiring all overpowered bullets to be used, and made it 5 instead of 6 bullets

Added Machine Gun related perks rollable on armor

Mayhem now back in rotating weekly playlist

Added Lockdown and Showdown to rotating playlist, and two new gold tier Crucible medals

Made Valor ranks subdivided into several smaller ranks, similar to how Infamy is

Added three new pinnacle weapons for Gambit, Vanguard, and Crucible, details here

Improved load times on console for loading into activities


UPDATE (December 4th; Black Armory)

UPDATE 2.2.0 (March 5th; Joker's Wild)

Clan Bounty Changes

Significant sandbox tuning to all shotgun archetypes (x2 damage in all of PvE), Grenade Launchers, Rocket Launchers, and other weapon types

More sandbox changes to Exotics

Power cap 700 for (minimum) Forsaken owners

Armor can once again roll with Recovery, Resilience, or Mobility

Addition of Powerful Surge bounties to reach 640

New Pinnacle Weapons:

Xür now sells Forsaken exotics

Addition of Gambit private matches

Changed the third round of Gambit to a Primeval rush sudden death: The Primeval is immediately summoned; Player Supers/grenades/ability/melee are immediately filled, so both teams are on an even playing field; Super/grenade/ability/melee regen are increased for the remainder of the round


This little game we call Gambit has evolved. This is where you prove you’re a Gambit veteran! Choose a specific combat role and build a new armor set with perks that will change the game. With only one round to choose the winner, teamwork will be king.
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UPDATE 2.3 (June 4, Penumbra)

Season of Opulence Overview:

Season of Opulence Bungie Page


HERE is the current Development Roadmap for Destiny 2, which will continue to be updated.

HERE is the Season of Opulence content drop release.

is the VidDoc for the Season of the Drifter.

is the VidDoc for Annual Pass content.

is the older VidDoc for the Annual Pass and future content drops and events for Destiny 2.

is the official trailer for Forsaken, the Year 2 Destiny 2 expansion, and

is the launch trailer.

HERE is the coverage on Forsaken done by Game Informer, including many videos and articles related to new content, features, endgame activities, etc related to Forsaken.

How much is Forsaken? How much is the annual pass?

Forsaken itself will be $40, the expansion pass that will include all Year 2 content, which is now in a different from than the expansions we are used to (and including Forsaken), will be available via the Annual Pass for $70. The Annual Pass itself is $35, so you save $5 by buying them together.

If you have any suggestions of items to add to the FAQ or would like to ask your own questions not on this, please do so in the comments below. Thanks!

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