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Bungie is overhauling how Ghosts work in Destiny 2

Players can use any Ghost regardless how it looks

Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris - Osiris and Sagira Image: Bungie
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In its latest weekly blog post, Bungie revealed a complete overhaul for its Ghost system coming in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. Players will finally get to choose their Ghost by its look, not the baked-in perks it comes with. Instead, players will be able to customize their Ghost with mods, similarly to the Armor 2.0 system added last year.

In Destiny 2, Ghosts are the little robots that resurrect characters when they die, and the angel on the Guardian’s shoulder that does most of the talking for them. Currently, players can get different shells for their Ghost, customizing the way it looks and offering their character bonus perks, like tracking chests on a specific planet.

But Destiny 2 Ghosts currently have a problem: The perks are static on certain shells, meaning you can’t just decorate your automated pal the way you want. The two most desirable perks, Guiding Light (an XP bonus) and Speed Demon (allows players to instantly summon their Sparrow vehicle), only come on a select few Ghost shells.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light ghost shell perks
Players will need to chose their Ghost mods carefully, as some can be very powerful.
Image: Bungie

Bungie’s new system will change all that. All Ghosts, regardless of whether they’re Exotic or Legendary, will operate on an energy system in Beyond Light. Very similarly to how players improve and customize their armor, players will be able to use various currencies to upgrade their Ghosts with more energy, allowing for even more customization.

Different mods will cost different amounts of energy, and players will be able to mix and match mods to make sure they have the perk combinations they want. Most of the perks currently available on Ghosts will automatically become Ghost mods when Beyond Light launches, but players will have to hunt some mods down in the world, like they do with armor. Bungie will not sell mods in the Eververse store.

Every Ghost will feature an Experience mod slot, a Tracking mod slot, an Economic mod slot, and an Activity mod slot; players will be able to access the Activity mod slot only by Masterworking their Ghost. Players will use different tiers of experience mods to increase their seasonal gains, as well as several other mods, including ones that increases the chance to earn the rare Enhancement Prism materials from completing Strikes. Bungie did not mention the popular Speed Demon perk in its blog post.

All Ghosts currently in Destiny 2 will see this upgrade when Bungie launches Destiny 2: Beyond Light on Nov. 10 for Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. The studio has not confirmed a PlayStation 5 release date.

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