As a long-time Destiny 2 fan, it is a improbable sight to see so many returning gamers and newcomers be a part of the fray because of Season of the Lost and the upcoming Witch Queen growth. While Destiny has all the time had a narrative, it really feels just like the Forsaken DLC kicked off a brand new wave of inspiration from the group. The studio over at Bungie continued that circulate with Shadowkeep and the present growth, Beyond Light. From there, the seasonal content material hit a crescendo that’s nothing in need of inspiring, particularly so with Season of the Chosen and Splicer.

With Season of the Lost bringing again a beloved character from the primary sport, many veteran Destiny gamers are returning after lengthy hiatuses. That, and newcomers are lastly testing what the house shooter has in retailer. That being mentioned, the Destiny 2 out there at the moment is nearly nothing prefer it was at launch, and that may be very intimidating when taking a look at the entire completely different content material. Where do you have to begin? What do you have to skip? What needs to be your focus? Well, Guardian, strap in, as a result of here is your Destiny 2 Beginner’s Guide for brand new and returning gamers earlier than diving into what Season of the Lost has in retailer. 

Should I pay for the expansions or strive free-to-play first? 

Free is all the time good however on this case? Paid is manner, manner higher. If you are on the lookout for story, the expansions are the way in which to go. Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and Beyond Light are the present expansions you possibly can dive into, with the primary being a real pivot for the Destiny 2 expertise. When the sport first launched, it was tough, which we talked about right here, however Forsaken really acted as a catalyst for optimistic change. Then Shadowkeep got here and took the story into an excellent darker place with the present growth, Beyond Light, shattering us in methods (generally actually) which might be each painful and delightful. Purchasing the expansions can be an effective way to get higher gear as a result of it is assumed that you have performed the sport prior to now whereas additionally granting entry to higher-tier content material equivalent to Raids. 

The free model is not a foul begin in case you are on the fence about whether or not or not the type of gameplay is best for you. You can play PvP occasions like Crucible, PvPvE occasions like Gambit, and luxuriate in further content material equivalent to Strikes. You may benefit from the Vault of Glass raid, the one raid that’s free for everybody that has returned from its Destiny 1 glory. Expansion-specific Exotic quests are additionally restricted to paid gamers. What additionally, you will be lacking out on is a number of the finest storytelling in Destiny historical past, in addition to the seasonal content material that provides gut-wrenching lore and tales of inspiring feats. 

Classes and Subclasses

There are three lessons to select from, I like to recommend operating one among every to degree quicker and to expertise the wildly alternative ways every one approaches fight:

  • Hunter – Perfect for rogue lovers
  • Titan – Perfect for tank lovers
  • Warlock – Perfect for magic lovers
    • Think of Warlocks as a Support character because of therapeutic rift skills and its Well of Radiance Super 

Each class has 4 subclasses to grasp, individually unlocked: 

  • Solar
  • Arc
  • Void
  • Stasis 
    • This can solely be unlocked when you’ve got Beyond Light

Each subclass has three ability bushes to unlock, that are completely different from class to class. Play round for various bushes relying on the occasion. For instance, once I run raids as a Warlock, I’ll usually both go top-tree void or Solar for Well of Radiance to maintain my fireteam alive. Or, if I wish to do huge injury with my Titan, I’ll go Thundercrash utilizing the Arc subclass. Paired with a singular Exotic chest piece, that injury is elevated much more, making this a powerhouse addition to any hearth group. Hunters even have a singular Tether potential which is nice for clearing massive teams of enemies at one time. 

Where ought to I begin?

It’s simple to really feel overwhelmed at first, whether or not you might be utterly inexperienced or a returning participant. When dropping into Destiny 2 for the primary time, New Light begins you with doing the introduction mission on the Cosmodrome. This is a tutorial phase of the sport that reveals you the essential ropes, equivalent to Supers, fundamental fight, weapon sorts, and ranging NPC roles. When you might be there, you’ll be directed to your first NPC that may dole out what are known as Bounties. These are particular duties that give directions on what gamers might want to do with the intention to full them. They are nice for getting XP to degree whereas additionally incomes Pinnacles and Powerfuls, which is one thing we’ll go into extra element about within the Gear part. 

When operating round to get your first ship, it may be a little bit disorienting as a result of a brand new participant is not going to be tremendous aware of how Destiny works fairly but, which generally is a tad overwhelming. Pay consideration to what the NPCs which have a marker over them let you know, seize bounties, after which take note of your Quest log to trace which motion objects you wish to do first. This will get extra sophisticated as you go on, however the begin of your journey will concentrate on catching you up on every little thing to do in-game. Once the New Light marketing campaign is full, you will then head to the Tower the place there will likely be quest markers for key characters: 

  • Shaxx – Crucible, PvP
  • Banshee – Weapon bounties, consumables, purchasable objects with Glimmer (in-game materials used as foreign money), Legendary Shards, and many others
  • Drifter – Gambit bounties 
  • Zavala – Titan vanguard for Strike bounties, Strikes in a playlist could be discovered within the Destinations tab in your menu alongside Gambit and Crucible
  • Ikora Rey – Warlock vanguard 
  • ADA-1 – Armor Synthesis agent for transmogrification, gives distinctive bounties for supplies wanted to make beauty adjustments

Eventually, there will likely be an extension to the Tower known as the H.E.L.M, however you needn’t fear about that till you attain Beyond Light content material and proceed on with Season of the Chosen and every little thing after that time. 

Unlocking worlds will likely be key when first beginning out, and this generally is a ache within the butt as a result of it is dependent upon your Power Level. New areas may even unlock as you go into every growth, opening up new content material like Strikes and Season-specific actions. Which brings us to our subsequent level: what’s a Power Level? 

What is a Power Level?

Power Levels is the present degree of your character, a mean of the gear ranges you will have geared up each with armor and weapons. Power Levels are key in figuring out which content material it’s best to deal with and what it’s best to maintain off on. If you dive into an exercise that recommends a 1300 Power Level at 1240, you are going to get crushed and that might destroy your Destiny expertise. 

You’ll additionally take care of what’s known as an Artifact, which was launched in Year 2. Artifacts will likely be key when leveling up, providing up a lift in your Power degree out of your Base degree (pre-Artifact) whereas additionally unlocking highly effective mods in your gear. The quickest technique to degree up your PL is to run three characters of every class and do your whole Pinnacle and Powerful bounties (marked by a gold image in your Destination and Map tabs. Hover over the place the image is marked to see what you might want to do, relying on the exercise). Pinnacles and Powerfuls will improve your Power Level in case you aren’t at that season’s cap but via completion, dropping weapons and kit at a better PL. 

Gear and methods to method incomes it

Good sources for Legendary gear: 

  • Blue and Purple drops from enemies
  • Decrypting engrams, that are world drops and rewards for bounties
  • Clan bounties
    • Join a clan! There is an XP increase, and you will make sure you all the time have a fireplace group for these matchmaking actions versus going with randoms you do not know. 
  • Older raids
  • Nightfall playlists
  • Dungeons 
    • Highly suggest Pit of Heresy and The Shattered Throne
  • Activities
    • Lost Sectors, Strikes, Public Events, Crucible

For Powerful gear: 

  • Exotic quest rewards, that are restricted
  • Trials of Osiris, which is hardcore PvP and I like to recommend avoiding this as a brand new participant
  • Completing eight bounties from distributors that provide Powerfuls, you will see this if you hover over the distributors marked with the gold image talked about beforehand 
  • Europa’s Weekly Exo Challenge
  • Season Pass
  • Prime Engrams (Visit Cryptarch within the Tower to decrypt them)
  • Exotic Engrams
  • Crucible, Gambit, and Nightfalls

For Pinnacle gear (as soon as you have reached the Powerful cap): 

  • Weekly playlists
    • Crucible, Strikes, Gambit
  • Clan XP
  • Exotic quest completion like Presage from Season of the Chosen
  • Trials of Osiris (7 wins)
  • Nightfall: The Ordeal (100,000 factors or extra)
  • Iron Banner
    • A Crucible playlist that rotates out and in of the sport 
  • Seasonal Activity reward
  • Newest raid runs, Vault of Glass 
  • Newest Dungeon, Prophecy (Found on the Tower)

Gear sorts: 

For each weapons and armor, you will see the next choices: 

  1. Blue (don’t be concerned about stats if it is blue, simply select the very best Power Level to degree up)
  2. Purple (Legendary)
  3. Gold (Exotic)

Weapon sorts: 

There are three weapons you will see on the left facet of your character display. From high to backside signifies impression. The first weapon slot is your Kinetic weapon, which implies it doesn’t have an power sort connected to it. The second slot is your Energy, which supplies bonus power sort injury equivalent to Solar, Arc, and Void. The third slot is your Power weapon, which particularly makes use of purple ammo bricks. Like armor, there are three shade choices with Blue, Purple, and Gold. Exotic (Gold) is the most effective, however you possibly can solely equip one Exotic at a time. Legendaries are additionally highly effective and could be made extra so with the assistance of mods. There are mods you possibly can slot in your armor that make it simpler to seek out sure varieties of ammo. Weapons like Snipers, Fusion Rifles, and Shotguns use inexperienced ammo bricks, which work equally to purple when seeking to keep loaded. Purple ammo bricks will all the time be wanted in your Power weapon.

Gear stats: 

For armor, there are numerous stats to remember, which can range in significance relying on the category of your selecting:

  • Mobility – Ideal for Hunters
  • Resilience – Ideal for Titans
  • Recovery – Ideal for Warlocks
  • Discipline – Grenade Cooldown discount
  • Intellect – Super Cooldown discount
  • Strength – Melee Cooldown discount

Armor and weapons will also be enhanced with the usage of mods:

  • General mods, boosts fundamental stats
  • Slot-specific mods, will increase ammo finds, improved ADS occasions on weapons, and the way fight impacts you equivalent to decreased incoming ranged injury
  • Combat-style mods, highly effective mods that embrace Charged with Light, Elemental Wells, and Warmind Cells (that are enjoyable to blow up for clearing out enemies)
  • Raid mods, solely energetic for particular raids

Obtain mods by shopping for them from distributors and seasonal-specific characters.

You may degree your gear, as effectively, with Legendary Shards, Glimmer, and different supplies. Level all of them the way in which as much as 10 to Masterwork them, making every bit essentially the most highly effective it may be with out mods. You can acquire Masterwork materials from a couple of completely different areas, however Spider on the Tangled Shore is my favourite. There are additionally consumables that you would be able to buy with Bright Dust within the retailer tab seen within the picture above that may drop Enhancement Cores and Upgrade Modules from defeating highly effective enemies. 

My suggestion: 

There is A LOT in Destiny 2. Focus on the story first, story by story. Each growth will likely be marked with a sure image: Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and Beyond Light. I like to recommend ending every growth individually to maintain the story linear and making sense. This may even naturally degree you up whereas additionally making you extra aware of the sport mechanics and the story to this point. You’ll additionally unlock Lore tabs in your character display, learn these to see behind-the-scenes situations inside the world for much more story and worldbuilding. 

There are sure situations you will have to matchmake for with different gamers, excluding higher-difficulty Strikes, Grandmasters, Raids, and Trials. For the latter three, attempt to group up with buddies, in case you can. You cannot solo a Raid, sorry. With crossplay now reside, getting with buddies is even simpler. For different situations like Gambit and Crucible, Bungie supplies matchmaking and you do not have to pay attention to talk in case you do not wish to (I by no means do through the uncommon occasions I play with individuals aside from my clan). 

The story is great nevertheless it’s arrange in a manner that may be a little distinctive to Destiny, which implies some parts are simply missed. To keep away from this, actually, do every little thing – strikes, seasonal content material, story missions, and many others – particularly when limited-time occasions like Guardian Games and the Halloween occasion roll round, as a result of they’ve neat drops and gratifying breaks from the doom and gloom narrative. 

I hope that helped! Please be at liberty to succeed in out to me @DirtyEffinHippy when you’ve got any questions. And bear in mind, gaming is there to take pleasure in. If you are not having enjoyable, it is not price it. So get on the market, Guardian, and present the Darkness what Light can do!