It’s been a long wait, but the new Faction Rally event is now live in Destiny 2. This is particularly significant because it marks the first Faction Rally since Curse of Osiris’s release in December, which kicked off Season 2 of the game. Because a new season is underway, there are a variety of new items, along with the existing gear, for players to now get their hands on.
Following the release of a new update, this Faction Rally is open to all players. However, certain new gear additions–including armor ornaments and some shaders, ghosts, sparrows, and ships–do require Curse of Osiris. If you don’t have the DLC expansion, you can still participate, but you won’t be able to use the new gear, all of which you can see in the gallery above. The event runs from now until the weekly reset on January 23.
Faction Rallies see players pledge their allegiance to one of three Factions: Dead Orbit, New Monarchy, or Future War Cult. By participating in the game’s usual activities, you’ll earn Faction Tokens, which can then be turned in for a rewards package (much like with the vendors you find in each of the game’s locations). Those packages include exclusive, faction-specific armor, weapons, and shaders, but the armor ornaments are obtained differently. The ornament piece for each armor slot is obtained by fulfilling a specific objective, such as claiming five Faction rewards, securing a certain number of melee or grenade kills, participating in Lost Sectors or Public Events, and completing the Nightfall.
Rewards packages also serve another purpose: the Faction that collects the most during the week is deemed the winner. Aside from bragging rights, winning the event offers one other perk: The winning Faction will sell its unique Powerful weapon during Victory Week, which takes place during the week after the Faction Rally ends. Members of the Faction will be able to purchase the gun for 1,000 Glimmer, while those who pledged to others will have to pony up 50,000 to get their hands on it. Unlike previous Faction Rallies, all three groups are offering the same class of weapon, an auto rifle, though each Faction has its own distinct one that will potentially be sold.