In the ever-evolving world of Destiny 2, new players are constantly joining the ranks of Guardians. With its frequent expansions and constant content updates, there’s always something fresh to discover, whether you’re a newcomer or returning after a break. Bungie, the game’s developer, has been making bold moves since parting ways with Activision, redefining what makes Destiny 2 so popular.
Let us be your guide as you embark on your grand adventure in Destiny 2. Whether you’re stepping into the light for the first time or dusting off your Guardian armor, we’ll help you kickstart your journey in the right direction.
Classes, Subclasses, Level, and Power
Choosing a Guardian Class
The three character classes from the original game—Titan, Hunter, and Warlock—continue their legendary legacy in Destiny 2. Unlike traditional MMOs, classes in Destiny 2 don’t have rigid roles, but each class possesses unique strengths and weaknesses.
For newcomers, the Titan class offers the most forgiving playstyle. Titans are like tanks, with high durability and quick shield regeneration. While they may not move as swiftly or execute melee attacks as fast as the other classes, Titans can withstand significant damage. If you prefer a solo playstyle, the Titan class is the go-to choice.
The default Titan skill tree focuses on powerful grenade and melee attacks, but you can customize your playstyle by selecting different skill trees with unique modifiers.
The Hunter class embodies speed and agility. Hunters have exceptional mobility and the ability to triple jump, making them nimble and elusive. However, they have less durability than other classes, requiring evasive maneuvers to survive. If you enjoy the challenge of tactical engagements, the Hunter class will keep you on your toes.
Hunter skills revolve around movement, from your Guardian’s mobility to your weapon handling. They possess unique dodging abilities, along with bonuses to reload speed and melee attacks.
The Warlock strikes a balance between the Hunter and Titan, combining mobility and durability. Warlocks excel in close-quarters and long-range combat, making them versatile in various situations. Their floating jumps give them an ethereal presence, reminiscent of a witch on a broomstick.
Warlock skills encompass both support and self-enhancement. They can heal themselves and their allies, as well as temporarily increase their attack power.
As you progress in Destiny 2, you’ll likely create characters from each class, especially if you join a Destiny 2 clan. To determine your ideal class, we recommend playing through the first mission with each class and experiencing their unique quirks.
Each class—Titan, Hunter, and Warlock—has three primary subclasses that shape your character’s super ability, modify their skills, and provide distinctive upgrades tailored to your preferred playstyle. Each subclass offers three variants, allowing you to fine-tune your abilities.
With the New Light update, all three Light-based subclasses are available to you from the start. Take the time to experiment and understand the intricacies of each subclass. Pay attention to the ability descriptions, as some changes may go unnoticed during regular gameplay. Subclasses can drastically differ from one another, and mastering all your abilities is crucial for success in Destiny 2.
Previously, players had to complete quests to unlock each subclass. However, in the current iteration of Destiny 2, you’ll have immediate access to the three classic subclasses for each class. Nevertheless, there’s still work to be done to unlock the full potential of your powers.
The Beyond Light expansion introduces a long-awaited Darkness-based subclass called Stasis. To fully embrace the power of Stasis, you must complete the entire campaign, which takes approximately five hours if you focus solely on the main story. Throughout the campaign, you’ll have opportunities to wield the Stasis subclass, but you’ll only gain the ability to switch to it at will once you finish the story. Once you’ve unlocked the Stasis subclass, you can undertake missions to acquire Aspects and Fragments, enhancing your new abilities even further.
Level and Power
Destiny 2’s progression system revolves around two key elements: Power and season level. The game’s entire progression model has been overhauled, removing level requirements for equipment. Experience points now contribute to your season level, which resets each season and offers rewards through the Battle Pass. As you gain experience, you can claim valuable items and gear, as well as boost your seasonal artifact—another new addition to Destiny 2. The seasonal artifact provides a Power level bonus and grants powerful mods to enhance your weapons.
Power level signifies your character’s strength in Destiny 2. You increase your Power by equipping higher-level gear. In the early stages of the game, your Power level will rise rapidly as you discover new weapons and armor. However, progress slows as you approach the higher Power ranks, where reaching the peak becomes a challenging endeavor. Increasing your Power level boosts your damage output and reduces the damage you take. Engaging enemies with a slight Power advantage becomes significantly more challenging.
Loot, Resource Management, and Missions
How to Choose Your Loot—Play to Your Strengths
Destiny 2 features a revamped loot system that categorizes weapons into three types: kinetic, energy, and power. Kinetic weapons deal higher damage to unshielded enemies but lack elemental damage. Energy weapons excel against shielded enemies, where elemental damage becomes crucial. It’s essential to prioritize the weapon type that suits your playstyle. Remember to consider range, stability, and handling when selecting weapons. For example, if you prefer a run-and-gun approach, high range may not be necessary, while stability becomes crucial.
Armor in Destiny 2 retains its three main classifications—mobility, resilience, and recovery—but now introduces additional stat categories: discipline, intellect, and strength. These stats allow you to optimize your loadout and focus on specific traits. Balance or capitalize on your preferred stats to enhance your Guardian’s performance. Additionally, armor can be customized with mods to further tailor your gear to your playstyle.
Keep in mind that gear becomes obsolete quickly as you level up. We advise dismantling gear that you won’t use again, except for exotic and legendary gear. Exotic and legendary items can be modified to increase their stats or dismantled to obtain legendary shards, a valuable form of currency to acquire new exotics. Note that legendary and exotic gear have a Power cap, limiting their effectiveness in future expansions.
Destiny 2 will introduce a “transmog” system that allows you to change your armor’s appearance while retaining its stats. So, if you have a piece of armor that you find visually appealing, you can safely dismantle it and replicate its style when the transmog system becomes available.
Glimmer serves as the primary currency in Destiny 2. It can be obtained by defeating enemies, completing missions, and dismantling gear. Glimmer is used to purchase weapons, armor, and other items from vendors. While it’s wise to accumulate Glimmer early in the game, as you progress, you may find yourself near the Glimmer cap of 250,000.
Legendary shards are rare and valuable resources that can be obtained through various means. Xur, a mysterious vendor, trades exotic and legendary gear for legendary shards. Legendary shards can also be used to purchase legendary engrams and perform weapon infusions.
Enhancement cores and other high-level resources come into play as you reach higher levels in Destiny 2. These resources allow you to upgrade your equipment to its most powerful state or to acquire gear from previous expansions.
Every planet in Destiny 2 has its unique resources, which can be obtained by completing activities. These resources can be traded to planetary vendors to increase your reputation with them, granting access to higher-level gear.
Destiny 2 offers a variety of campaigns and activities to engage in. As a new player, you have access to every location in the game from the start, allowing you to explore different planets and even participate in PvP battles. However, with the Beyond Light expansion, several locations and their associated content have been temporarily removed to streamline the game.
Currently, Earth, Europa, the Moon, the Tangled Shore, and the Cosmodrome are available for exploration. While the main focus is on the Beyond Light content, players with the Forsaken and Shadowkeep expansions can also revisit those campaigns. Exploring planets, completing missions, and participating in side activities will help you increase your Power level and diversify your gameplay experience.
Participating in public events and patrols provides additional rewards and opportunities to fight alongside fellow Guardians. Public events also grant access to loot chests containing valuable items. We recommend stocking up on bounties before heading out on missions to maximize your progress and rewards. Bounties can be completed while multitasking and offer extra experience points.
As you delve deeper into the lore and history of Destiny, our handy Destiny story refresher can assist you in catching up on the game’s extensive narrative.
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