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How to get into Destiny 2
Our beginner’s guide to Bungie’s vast space shooter.
Destiny 2 is now available for free and is available on Steam, which means many new players will be making their first contact with Bungie’s loot-based and shared world shooter, inspired by the best MMOs. Destiny 2 has grown enormously since September 2017, and it can feel a bit confusing at first, so we created this guide. It’s kind of a cheat sheet to help you get to grips with what you can expect from Destiny 2 New Light and Shadowkeep.
Eyes up, Guardian.
Should I pay for the expansions or try free-to-play first?
Free is always good, but in this case? Paid is much better. If you’re looking for a storyline, extensions are a good option. Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and Beyond Light are the current expansions you can dive into, the first of which is a true turning point in the Destiny 2 experience. When the game first launched it was tough as we talked about here, but Forsaken really acted as a catalyst positive changes. Then Shadowkeep arrived and took the story to an even darker place with the current Beyond Light expansion, shaking us up in a way (sometimes literally) that is both painful and beautiful. Buying extensions is also a great way to get better gear as it assumes you’ve already played the game while also giving you access to higher tier content like raids.
The free version isn’t a bad start if you’re wondering if the gameplay style is right for you. You can play PvP events like Crucible, PvPvE events like Gambit and enjoy additional content like Strikes. You can also enjoy the Glass Vault Raid, the only raid that is free to all who have returned from Destiny 1’s glory. Exotic expansion quests are also limited to paid players. What you’ll also be missing are some of the best stories in Destiny’s history, plus seasonal content that adds heartbreaking knowledge and stories of inspiring exploits.
Here’s everything you need to know about Destiny 2, including the latest FAQs, updates, and news.
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Appendix III: Forsaken
In Destiny 2: Forsaken, your Guardian sets out to avenge the death of a beloved character (no spoilers) and take revenge on the one who killed her. Along the way, you’ll encounter new Scorn enemies (undead versions of the Fallen), new PvE and PvP locations / maps, new gear and weapons, and a new raid.
If you’re just hopping into Destiny 2 at this point, purchasing Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection is probably a good shout out as it includes the Destiny 2 base game as well as all existing expansions to date.
Appendix II: StrategOS
Destiny 2: StrategOS continues the Ranger’s journey with a new story based on Ana Bray, the Long Lost Ranger. Bray searches for a connection with her past, leading her to the glaciers of Mars .
“As the Golden Age satellites crash into the ice, the glaciers begin to melt, revealing the core of Rasputin’s StrategOS – and the ancient Hive army sought to destroy it. Now a free swarm of Hive in the service of their god Xol. Help Ana discover her past and destroy the giant Hive-god worm before it’s too late.”
New StrategOS features include a new raid, weapons, armor, gear, ritual activity, relic weapons, strikes and much more (including Mars as a target).
Appendix I: The Curse of Osiris
The Destiny 2: The Curse of the Ozyris expansion takes the player to the planet Mercury, where he will be tasked with obtaining Osiris’s aid in defeating the Vex conspiracy and, as listed, will continue their “Guardian’s journey with a whole new story of missions and adventures.”
In the game, players “travel through time and space to learn the secrets of Osiris, avoid the dark future, and rebuild the ties between the legendary Sorcerer and his greatest apprentice, Ikora Rey.“
This DLC also includes new story missions, weapons, armor and gear themes, new co-op activities, new multiplayer arenas, and more.
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Season 14 promises to be a fairly eventful season. In detail in various TABs and blog posts, we know Season 14 will feature:
- Armor synthesis, the actual transmog system
- The raid on the Glass Vault
- PvP balance changes
- New original Iron Banner weapons are added
Transmog And Fashion
Transmog, short for transmogrification, is the ability to change the appearance of any non-exotic item to anything you want. Think of it as the universal ornament system Eververse uses, except that that system extends to every piece of armor on your collection tab.
The basis of the new Destiny mod ending will be Ada-1, perhaps remember returning admirers of the Black Armory. For completing certain bounties, you will receive Synthesis Tokens, which will allow you to unlock any armor item in your collection as a permanent universal ornament. These tokens can also be purchased with Silver. All players, both new and returning, will receive an initial shipment of this resource in Season 14 to begin their fashion journey.
In addition, we are reworking the shaders so that they are no longer disposable. It is unclear how the shaders will perform next season, but players will no longer have to create dozens of the same shaders to create a consistent color scheme.
Vault Of Glass And Master Content
Vault of Glass, the first ever raid in Destiny history, will be added to Destiny 2 next season. Little is known of his return other than a slightly revised first race in the world in which, in addition to clearing a raid, players must complete a unique set of Triumphs.
Surprisingly, the Glass Vault will also receive a Masterwork later this year, possibly in Season 14. This variant will provide the apprentice with a raid gear, giving players a reason to complete raids on a higher difficulty level. If all goes well, Bungie has shown interest in adding this system to other Destiny 2 raids and even dungeons. Don’t expect these additions in Season 14, though.
The Witch Queen expansion has been delayed and is scheduled for release in early 2022. Surprisingly, Bungie also announced that a fourth unnamed expansion will be coming soon after Lightfall’s launch. Bungie says this fourth chapter will “complete the first Destiny saga”, alluding to much longer post-launch support than most expected. Destiny fans will surely have a lot to offer in the months and years to come. Now’s a great time to head back to Destiny to get ready for the Witch Queen Season 14 and future content drops.
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Sean, a freelance writer and contributor to The Gamer, is from Toronto, Canada. If you ask Sean what he likes, he’ll say, “Robots, Ninja, donuts – in that order.”