Destiny 2: A Beginner’s Guide

To travel between locations, go to the Director menu and go to the Destinations tab. There you will see a map with a number of different planets and locations on it. Their main hub is a non-combat zone called The Tower. It’s a place to buy stuff from vendors and pick up quests.

The core gameplay of destiny 2 varies depending on what you’re into. There are player-vs-player battles and player-vs-everything co-op missions where you and your allies battle NPCs.

crucible: This PVP mode is about as easy as determination receives. It’s a team deathmatch about eliminating other players and conquering territories. If you’re here to shoot other players in the face, go here.

In regular Crucible modes, the Guardians’ power levels are balanced, giving each a broadly even playing field. iron banner, a once-a-month variant of Crucible, eliminates this power balancing, allowing only the fittest to survive. If you are brand new to the game, you will probably feel very weak.

gambit: A mix of PVE and PVP modes. You will fight alien NPCs with your squad while a competing fireteam does the same. At certain points, Guardians from opposing teams can infiltrate the other side’s play and wreak havoc on the competition.

Vanguard Strikes: These are repeatable, one-time missions that you undertake with a fireteam of three Guardians. The missions are borrowed from story campaigns, so the storyline and dialogue can feel a bit disjointed if you don’t already know it. Nightfall Strikes offer better rewards upon completion, but they are more difficult and may require specific weapon types to defeat enemies.

Story Missions: If you want to play through the main stories, you have to pay for expansions. The pre-available campaign extensions witch queen are abandoned, Shadow Fortressand Beyond the Light. If you care about the story, you should play them in this order. Just know that for so long abandoned Widely regarded as one of the best expansions, it will be vaulted on February 22nd witch queen starts. You can probably complete the campaign in less than 10 hours, but if you can’t do it before the 22nd, don’t worry.

A new feature that comes with witch queen is a mission selector that allows you to replay your favorite campaign missions. You can even take them to Legendary difficulty.

Even if you don’t care about the story, you might still want to play through it Beyond the Light campaign sometime. It determines a lot of what comes in witch queenand completing the campaign is the only way to unlock the Stasis subclass.

The grind

Season pass: This is a limited-time Battle Pass that unlocks reward tiers as you level up. These can earn you anything from crafting resources to premium weapons and armor. It usually lasts a few weeks. Access to the Season Pass requires Silver, Destiny’s premium currency, which will cost real-world dollars to purchase. (There are certain items you unlock for free in the Season Pass, but those are table scraps.)

Bonuses: These are daily or weekly challenges that reward you with a combination of experience, currency, and resources. Pick them up from vendors in the tower or free movement areas for tasks specific to that zone. A bounty that gives you experience will be marked with an “XP+” in the rewards section. The more pluses, the more experience you will gain. Some rewards also give you Bright Dust, a type of currency that you can use to buy cosmetic items on a weekly basis that you would otherwise have to pay real money for. (More on this in the “Currency” section below.)


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Each gear you find falls into a quality class: Rare (blue), Legendary (purple), or Exotic (yellow). Exotics are usually the best, weapons and armor that increase your abilities in interesting and varied ways. The downside is that you can only have one piece of exotic armor and one exotic weapon equipped at a time, forcing you to choose which powerups best suit your character and playstyle.

The main course of determination Gear are legendary class items (recognizable by their purple background). These appear with random attributes, which you can look through by hovering over the item and tapping the Details button. If you don’t like the characteristics of a particular throw, you can safely throw the weapon away. Chances are you’ll find it with other attributes.

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