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.
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.