Destiny 2 tips, tricks and things to know: Become the ultimate Guardian at Destiny 2
With Destiny 2, Bungie hit the reset button on their astronomically popular space opera-cum-online shooter. The Tower and the Last City have fallen; the Traveller has been shackled; and, if you played the first game, all your guns, gear and accomplishments have gone.
While this may sound disastrous, it actually means it’s a great time for newcomers to jump in. Veterans may now be able to enjoy Curse of Osiris, jetting off to Mercury and the Infinite Forest, but you newcomers still need to know where to start Destiny 2 properly.
If you’re wondering about the best way to do that, we’ve got some excellent hints, tips and a basic explanation of what on Earth is going on in the biggest sequel of the year.
Destiny 2 tips and tricks:
1. Don’t go it alone – form a Fireteam and join a clan
The best way to play Destiny 2 is with friends, and the vast majority of it can be played as a group of three. Having buddies to chat with or have your back in a fight is always more fun than going it alone.
If you’re more for competition than co-operation, the Crucible is the place for competitive multiplayer with teams of four. Those wanting a co-operative challenge can opt for a raid, which sees six players face some of the toughest challenges the game has to offer.
Joining or creating a Clan is also a great way to get ahead more quickly. Being in a Clan earns you extra experience when playing with clanmates. It also improves rewards and gives your entire clan Legendary loot for completing certain events each week.
2. Understand how to level up
Destiny 2 currently has a max level of 20 (or 25 if you own Curse of Osiris), which you should reach quickly by earning experience through play. However, your player level offers little in the way of boosting defence and damage – it’s your power level that does the heavy lifting.
Your power level goes up to 305 – or 355 with Curse of Osiris – and is determined by the average level of all your guns and armour. If you want to increase your Power Level more easily, you need to invest time in Destiny 2’s activities, delving into Public Events, Strikes and Crucible matches. You’ll earn loot from participating, and Weekly Milestones offer opportunities for powerful rewards that are guaranteed to be a higher power level than your current gear.
Worried that your favourite gun is stuck at a lower power level than another? Don’t: you can infuse it with more powerful gear to boost it. This essentially takes the power of one item and puts it into another.
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3. Mod your gear
Once you hit power level 280, you gain the ability to craft Legendary Mods at the Gunsmith in Destiny 2’s social spaces. Mods add a particular perk to your gear, and crafting combines three of a particular type into a more powerful version – adding an extra five points of power in the process.
4. Learn what the Engram colours mean
Wondering what those colourful dodecahedrons are that pop out of enemies and treasure chests? They’re Engrams, or loot by another name, and they come in colour-coded rarities.
Knowing what these mean from a glance is a great way to prioritise your attention. White Engrams are Common, green ones are Uncommon, blue are Rare and purple is Legendary. You can also find yellow “Exotic” Engrams that offer up several unique perks over any other Engram drop. The general rule of thumb is that the rarer the Engram, the more powerful perks a gun or armour will have.
There are also Bright Engrams, awarded for either earning enough experience points or bought via Destiny 2’s microtransactions. These Engrams are full of cosmetic items such as armour shaders and spaceships to unique armour pieces and fancy emotes.
5. Become best buddies with Xur
Xur (or Ol’ Tentacle Face, as some people call him) is a seller who appears every Friday somewhere within Destiny 2’s Patrol regions. Sometimes he’s up a tree, other times he’s in a cave, but you now have a marker on the map so you can find him.
Wondering why Xur’s so special? Well, each week he comes with four Exotic items for sale: one gun and an armour piece each for Warlock, Hunter and Titan. As of 15 December he also sells an item called Three of Coins, which boosts the likelihood of earning Exotics for four hours.
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6. Take on the Raid (and the Raid Lair)
Raids have always been Destiny at its best. It’s the place where you can wade in with a fireteam of six, going up against devious puzzles and bosses to earn some of Destiny’s best rewards. In Destiny 2, the raid takes you to The Leviathan, a huge and opulent spaceship which has appeared to challenge the Guardians that defeated Ghaul.
Curse of Osiris adds a smaller “Raid Lair”. The Eater of Worlds raid takes you back to The Leviathan, but this time down into a different part of the ship. It’s not as long a full raid, but it’s an entirely new, and very enjoyable, challenge to take on.
7. Always go on Patrol
Destiny 2 is packed with plenty of things to do away from the main campaign missions. You can find most of these activities within Patrol areas, and Bungie has put these exploration zones into Earth’s European Dead Zone, as well as on Titan, Nessus and Io. Each area is packed with things to do, including Lost Sectors to find, Adventure side missions to undertake, Public Events to participate in and Quests for Exotic weaponry.
Because you can fast travel to their locations while on Patrol, Public Events are one of the best ways to earn loot quickly. You’ll also often have other Guardians to fight alongside in these open areas, meaning you can team up and take down foes even if you haven’t brought your own fireteam.
8. Pick your class carefully
If you’ve played Destiny, you probably already have a favourite class and character ready to import into Destiny 2. For those starting afresh, you can choose to either be a Warlock, Hunter or Titan class.
Think powerful wizards, stealthy scouts, and tough-as-nails warriors – but in space.
If you’re wondering which class is best for newcomers, don’t. Each one has a similar learning curve and abilities as each class has the same three elemental subclasses: Void, Arc and Solar. You unlock these, and their individual abilities, as you level up but all you really need to know is that they offer up different grenades, class abilities and super attacks.
To give you an example, the Titan’s Striker subclass uses Arc energy to smash the ground with an area-of-effect blast; Sunbreaker uses Solar energy to form a throwable flaming hammer; and Sentinel utilises Void energy to create either a Captain America-like shield or a protective bubble for you and your allies.
9. Burn the weekly reset into your mind
In Destiny 2, there are a lot of things that can earn you rewards only once a week, such as weekly Milestones, Nightfall Strikes, Raids and Clan XP contributions. As of the Curse of Osiris launch on 5 December, the weekly reset now takes place on Tuesdays at 5pm GMT.
The Trials of the Nine multiplayer mode and Xur also disappear at this time, before returning on Friday at 5pm GMT.
10. Play through the Campaign first
One of the best things about Destiny 2 is how cinematic its storytelling is compared to the original game. Its tale of mankind’s survival after the fall of the Last City to the self-proclaimed leader of the Cabal Empire, Dominus Ghaul, is certainly entertaining, but it also serves as an excellent introduction to how to play Destiny 2.
Not only does it take you on a tour of the solar system, doing battle with the Fallen, Hive, Vex and Taken, it gives you the skills to work in Fireteams and understand the best way to take down certain groups of foes. So, instead of wading into multiplayer madness or exploring planets via Patrols, put your head down and get through the campaign first.