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5 things to know about Destiny 2’s season 3 patch

The one with Warmind in it

Destiny 2: Warmind - story screenshots Bungie, Vicarious Visions/Activision

Destiny 2’s third season is finally here. After a few rough months post-Curse of Osiris, Destiny 2 has returned with new content for players to experience. Season 3 adds a few big features to Destiny 2; we have a new expansion, a complete rework of most exotic weapons, exotic masterworks, ranked Crucible and a lot more.

Here are the 5 things you need to know before playing Destiny 2 season three.


Destiny 2’s season three patch brings the game’s second expansion, which promises a lot more content. Warmind comes with all of the expected additions from a Destiny add-on: new campaign, new location, new exotics, new strikes, and new weapons and armor. This expansion also adds the final raid lair for Leviathan and the brand-new Escalation Protocol wave-based mode.

The campaign follows the story of Ana Bray and the Warmind, Rasputin. Players will return to Mars and confront the Frozen Hive, as well as their reawakened worm god, Xol. The power level has also been raised to 385 and the max level is 30.

Exotic revamp

Almost every old Destiny 2 exotic is getting buffed in one way or another. Each weapon is becoming more “exotic” in an attempt to make it feel worth grinding for, not to mention better than the legendary alternatives. These weapons have all had their unique perks tuned up in various ways. (Time to pull that Graviton Lance back out of your vault.)

Exotic catalysts and Masterworks

In addition to the great exotic buff of 2018, exotic weapons are also getting their own versions of Masterworks called exotic catalysts. These upgrades are unique and mysterious. Players will have to grind specific, hidden activities in order to earn their Masterwork. Once the catalyst is applied, an additional quest — such as kill enemies with your exotic — will be available. After completing this second step, the exotic will upgrade from a masterwork to a catalyst. These catalysts will upgrade exotics in special ways, such as giving out an extra perk or maxing out a weapon stat like range.

Ranked Crucible

The Crucible is getting some love in season three. Dedicated players will now be able to keep track of their rank in both casual and competitive. This is done through the new Glory and Valor ranking system. Valor tracks player rank in casual, while Glory keeps track of wins and losses in competitive. Valor can only go up, but Glory can fluctuate depending on wins and losses. The best of the best will be able to earn a unique seasonal gun.

Multi-emote and other social improvements

In addition to the new gameplay features being added in season three, Destiny 2 is also seeing improvements on a system level. Players will now be able to equip up to four emotes at a time, which should minimize menu time when celebrating your victories. Players’ vaults are also getting an upgrade. Vault space is being increased by 100 slots, giving players a total of 300 slots. Finally, the dreaded Tower bug that causes players to load into nothing but a black screen has finally been resolved.

Destiny 2: Warmind is now available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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