Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is finally here, and players can dive in to face Savathun in her Throne World. But The Witch Queen expansion update brings more than just new content.
In addition to the usual campaign, raid, Exotics, and a bevy of weapons, this Destiny 2 update fundamentally changes the Gambit game mode and Void subclasses. It also adds the new Glaive weapon type to the game, as well as a weapon crafting system. Of course, there are plenty of balance changes as well.
Here’s everything you need to know about The Witch Queen update for Destiny 2, including a complete list of patch notes from Bungie.
The Witch Queen campaign and content
The Witch Queen is looking to be one of the biggest expansions we’ve ever seen for Destiny 2, and it’s filled with the kind of content you’d expect from a new Destiny update. There’s a new campaign (now with a Legendary variant), new activities, Savathun’s Throne World destination, a new raid, and more coming over the next few weeks.
The Glaive is a completely new weapon type in Destiny 2: The Witch Queen. A cross between a spear, a gun, and a shield, The Glaive is the game’s first first-person melee weapon. It uses Special ammo, and players can fire explosive bolts from its tip. By dealing damage, Guardians activate a special shield that protects the user from damage. There’s at least one Legendary Glaive in the campaign, and a unique Exotic Glaive for each class.
Weapon Crafting is an oft requested feature in the Destiny community, and it’s finally here with The Witch Queen. Players will be able to craft a series of weapons (although some will remain random roll only), selecting specific perks and personalizing their guns for years to come. Bungie will continue to add to the system each season, adding more and more weapons to craft and level up.
Void 3.0 is the first Light subclass conversion to the Darkness (Stasis) system. All of the previous Void Supers will still be available, but there is also a host of new Aspects and Fragments for players to check out. Bungie will move the Arc and Solar subclasses to the same system later this year.
Gambit has felt like the forgotten child of the three playlists in Destiny 2, but it’s getting some key upgrades in the new expansion. Invaders should be less frequent and less impactful, and the Primeval phase is going to last much longer, and be nearly impossible to melt.
Exotics and Exotic tuning
Destiny 2’s latest expansion adds 14 new Exotics: six armor pieces, five weapons, and three class-specific Glaives. Bungie’s already revealed most of these Exotics (which you can check out here), but there are a few that we won’t discover for a few days or, potentially, weeks.
Every new expansion or season comes with a balance patch. This time around, the changes are mostly focused around some of the abilities in the game, namely the ones in Void 3.0. There’s also a host of weapon archetype changes, but not as many as we saw in the Bungie 30th Anniversary patch a few months ago.
Complete Destiny 2: The Witch Queen patch notes
If you’re looking for the official patch notes from Bungie, we’ve posted them in their entirety below:
- The Glassway:
- Fixed a rare issue preventing some players from launching the strike directly from the Europa map.
- The Disgraced:
- Fixed an issue where some players would be stuck behind a gate after they joined an in-progress run of the strike.
- The Scarlet Keep:
- Fixed an issue where the dialog at the end of the campaign version of Scarlet Keep could be cut off by the end-of-activity timer.
- Fixed an issue where players could sometimes be teleported to higher floors of the tower before the elevator reached them.
- Warden of Nothing:
- The launch node for this strike now appears on the Dreaming City map on the Director.
- There are new copies of the Warden of Nothing Triumphs in the Legends Triumphs category. Players who previously earned these Triumphs will have that reflected in their Legacy Triumphs and Triumph score, but they may be earned again in this new spot for additional Triumph points.
- Fallen S.A.B.E.R.:
- Fixed a spot where players could hide from danger.
- Wanted enemies will no longer spawn in Vanguard playlist or direct launch strikes.
- Season of the Lost Seasonal modifiers have been removed from the Vanguard playlist Advantage and Disadvantage slots.
- All difficulties of Nightfall EXCEPT Grandmaster now feature the Acute Burn modifier. This burn increases player outgoing damage of the matching element by +25 percent and increases incoming damage from enemies by +50 percent. The burn element is set per strike.
- All strike-specific modifiers like Sedia’s Durance or Grashk’s Bile have been removed.
- Seasonal Modifiers are now used for Hero, Legend, and Master difficulty Nightfalls, instead of the Vanguard playlist. These modifiers rotate each week.
- Three Seasonal Modifiers for Season of the Risen have been added to the game.
- The Scorn modifier Festering Rupture has been replaced with Empath for Scorn activities that have rotating modifiers.
- Nightfalls now display a modifier with a list of shield types you will encounter, when playing on a difficulty with Match Game.
- Fixed an issue where Shadow Thrall in The Shattered Throne were unintentionally granting investment rewards.
- Updated Wish-Ender quest to not require Tangled Shore steps.
- Vault of Glass:
- Fixed invisible geometry that hinders player traversal to the first secret chest.
- Pinnacle reward sources moved to The Witch Queen raid. Vault of Glass rewards set to Powerful.
- Added Freelance: Gambit activity node.
- Updated Gambit combatant encounter variants.
- The Shriekers rest... for now.
- Combatant energy shield resistance increased.
- Increased medium Blocker (Phalanx) vitality from 500 to 1000.
- Added Stasis attack to the large Blocker (Knight).
- Bank locked waypoint now displays from afar and offscreen.
- The rules of Gambit are now displayed in an activity modifier on Gambit and Gambit Freelance.
- Gambit now has Gambit-specific loading screen hints.
- Combatants no longer drop ammo bricks by chance.
- Ammo finder mods will still function.
- Ammo crates now spawn after clearing each front of combatants.
- Crates give both Heavy and Special ammo.
- High-value targets now drop Heavy ammo bricks on death.
Death and Resurrection
- Players now drop half of their held Motes when defeated.
- Players can be revived by other players two seconds earlier, and auto-respawn is delayed two seconds.
- Added player respawn points to all fronts.
- One of the Mote phase invasions has been removed.
- Invasions now trigger at 40 and 80 Mote thresholds.
- Opponent nameplates are hidden when aiming down sights as invader.
- Invaders can no longer see opponents’ Mote count on their nameplate.
- Primeval gains an invulnerability shield which is removed upon defeating the Primeval Envoys.
- Adjusted Primeval health, healing, and Primeval Slayer stack scaling.
- Primeval Slayer stacks no longer affect Primeval Envoys, but Primeval Envoys vitality reduced from 2000 to 1000.
- Primeval Envoy and Taken now spawn in the Fronts.
- Primeval Servitor variant has been removed from Gambit.
- Malfeasance quest will now be granted on any Primeval kill.
- Bank drain will continue to increment your team’s Mote count even when the opponent team has summoned a Primeval.
- Fixed an issue where the visual effect for being invaded did not apply to players returning from invasions.
- Fixed an issue where invaders would drop Motes when the opponent is already on the Primeval phase.
- Deep Six: Fixed an issue with AI combatants’ movement and placement behavior.
- Fixed an issue that caused miniboss combatants to converge upon the same firing areas.
- Fixed an issue where the Crucible Submachinist medal was not being awarded.
- Fixed an issue with the Unfaltering Glory Triumph win streak not properly resetting.
- Added Vostok and Eternity back into Crucible playlists.
- Saladin now displays the Iron Engram in his rank description tooltip, so that players better understand their rewards for ranking up.
- Added small amount of Trials reputation at match-end for every round won that match.
- The amount that gets added increases the more ticket wins you have. At the top end, each round won generates 21 Trials reputation. This should speed up Trials reputation gains by around 50 percent on average.
- Bonus win from Passage of Ferocity now grants progress towards Saint’s 7-win challenge.
- Vanguard, Crucible, Gambit, and Trials double ranks weeks, as well as double Nightfall loot, are now advertised on the launch screens of the various activities.
- Rank reward engrams from all ritual vendors should now decrypt into equipment closer to your current Power level.
- Lost in the Strand bounty no longer auto completes after launching Aphelion’s Rest Legend Lost Sector after completing it once without the bounty.
- Fixed an issue where the description of the Master Difficulty Concealed Void Lost Sector on Europa claimed that all three shield types were present, when there were no Arc shields.
- Previously the Legend difficulty version of the Concealed Void Lost Sector on Europa had enemies with all three shield types. The Arc-shielded Captain has been replaced with an elite Vandal on Legend. On Master it was already replaced with an Overload Champion.
- Legend and Master Lost Sectors are now the same Lost Sector each day.
- When launching Legend and Master Lost Sectors, you now see the normal Director launch screen when you interact with the totem, and you can switch difficulties from that screen.
- Master and Legend difficulty now display the information about which shields are present when you pull out your Ghost, with the rest of the activity modifiers.
- The bosses of the Excavation Site XII and The Quarry Lost Sectors are now properly set to the Boss type on Legend and Master difficulty. They can no longer be killed with finishers as a result.
- Most Lost Sectors now have more intense music when playing on Legend or Master difficulty.
- Excavation Site XII: Fixed an issue where the barrier at the entrance in Legend and Master difficulty had a gap and allowed players outside of the Lost Sector.
- Veles Labyrinth encounters have been improved to bring this Lost Sector more in line with others.
- Fixed an issue in the Scavenger’s Den, Excavation Site XII, and The Quarry Lost Sectors on EDZ where bosses names were not showing up.
- On most activities that feature multiple Champion types, we now display a single combined activity modifier (e.g., Barrier and Unstoppable as a single icon) instead of a separate modifier for each one.
- Tooltips for the Champion activity modifiers now include more information on how to acquire and equip anti-Champion armor mods.
- Tooltips for the Champion activity modifiers now include Champion icons.
- On most activities with Match Game, we now display an activity modifier icon to showcase which enemy shields you will face.
- Fixed Seasonal Challenges so that the current week opens by default during weeks 1-10.
- F8 and F12 can no longer be bound to keyboard inputs. Existing bindings to these keys have been removed.
- Seasonal Challenges can now be tracked and are visible in Nav Mode.
- Subtitles no longer overlap with notifications that appear at the bottom of the player’s HUD.
- Subtitles have been defaulted to on for all players. Subtitles may be turned off in the settings menu.
- Additional platforms now support text chat input via a hardware keyboard.
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X|S
- Added an option to change the font size of text in text chat.
- IME support is not yet available. The team is working on providing a solution in the near future.
- Updated social preferences settings to include clan-invite preferences.
- Enabled player search on Stadia via hardware keyboard.
- Prophecy dungeon has been moved to the Legends screen.
GAMEPLAY AND INVESTMENT
- Six new permanent armor mods have been added to the game: Kinetic Siphon, Harmonic Siphon, and an equivalent mod for each of the four damage types.
- These mods can be socketed into your helmet mod sockets and allow your weapons to generate Orbs of Power (functionality that has been deprecated from weapons).
- These mods are automatically unlocked for all players, and work with all weapons of the appropriate damage type.
- A suite of permanent armor mods has been added that work with the new Glaive weapon archetype: Glaive Ammo Finder, Glaive Targeting, Glaive Loader, Glaive Dexterity, Glaive Capacity, Unflinching Glaive, Glaive Ammo Scavenger, and Glaive Holster. These mods can be obtained when opening Legendary engrams.
- Reduced the cost of changing the energy type of a fully Masterworked piece of armor.
- Once Masterworked, Legendary armor can swap between energy types for a cost of 10,000 Glimmer and an Upgrade Module.
- Fully Masterworked Exotic armor can swap between energy types for a cost of 20,000 Glimmer and an Upgrade Module.
- Fixed an issue where Titans could accidentally trigger the Energy Converter mod while in their Super, consuming all stacks of Charged with Light for no gain.
- Fixed an issue where higher-tier damage reduction could be extended when gaining lower-tier damage reduction.
- Protective Light’s damage reduction reduced to 10 percent.
- Well of Tenacity damage reduction increased to 50 percent.
- Dev Note: Protective Light was previously too dominant and felt too much like a must-take mod. By swapping the damage reduction values of Protective Light and Well of Tenacity, Protective Light should no longer feel like a mandatory part of every loadout, and players will need to choose between a smaller, but longer-lasting, amount of damage reduction on-demand when wounded (Protective Light) vs. a shorter-duration but stronger amount of damage reduction when picking up Void wells (Well of Tenacity).
- Reworked Heart of Inmost Light to be more consistent and readable.
- Fixed an issue where Titans who threw Sentinel Shield would lose Charged with Light stacks to recharge abilities that could not recharge mid-Super.
- Synthoceps no longer increase the damage of Stasis Crystals while in Super.
FINISHER MOD REWORK
- Finishers can now always be performed even when using mods that require Super energy.
- If the required Super energy is not available, the benefit will not trigger.
- Dev Note: With the introduction of Lucent Hive Ghosts and finishers being mechanically necessary to defeat them, the finisher mods have all been updated to behave differently. Now, regardless of which mods you have equipped or how much Super energy you have, you will always be able to perform finishers. If you don’t have the requisite energy, or you don’t need what the mod would grant, the benefit will not trigger, and you will not have Super energy deducted. For example, if you have the One-Two finisher equipped and you have a full melee and/or less than one-sixth of your Super energy, you will be able to perform the finisher, but you will neither gain melee energy nor be charged Super energy.
- Fixed an issue where the Zealot’s Reward Fusion Rifle could be fired without costing the correct amount of ammo.
- Bows with Explosive Head and the Anti-Barrier mod will now detonate on impact with enemies.
- Fixed an issue where the Whisper of the Worm ornament, Roar of the Wyrm, had slightly visible holes near the scope.
- Now visible by default on all weapons that shipped in Forsaken and later.
- Exotic weapons from earlier than that will be updated in a later release.
- Players now only drop one Special ammo on death (or equivalent), no matter how much they were carrying (as long they weren’t empty).
- The maximum you can pick up off a Special brick is one for a Shotgun, Fusion Rifle or Sniper Rifle, or equivalent for other weapons.
- Scavenger adds to this as normal.
- Fixed an animation cancel allowing players to use a specific button combination to swap almost instantly.
- Inserting mods on Legendary weapons is now free and instantaneous.
- Increased high-impact Fusion Rifle damage per bullet from 62 to 64.
- Increased high-impact Fusion Rifle PvE damage bonus from 15 percent to 20 percent.
Breech Grenade Launchers
- Reduced blinding and concussion grenade damage by 25 percent.
- Scaled damage by subfamily:
- Precision: 0.95x
- High Impact: 1.0x
- Adaptive: 1.05x
- Aggressive: 1.05x
- Reduced variance in aim assist scaling between low zoom (35 zoom) and high zoom (60 zoom) Sniper Rifles.
- Cone scalar increased by ~25 percent on low zoom, reduced by ~9 percent on high zoom.
- Increased damage vs minors in PvE by 10 percent.
Exotic Primary Ammo Weapons
- Increased damage vs minors in PvE by 40 percent.
- Increased damage vs minors in PvE by 40 percent.
- Reduced passive range buff from 2m to 0.5m.
- Reduced passive range buff in slug mode (i.e. when aiming down sights) from 1.25m to 0.5m (pellet mode is unaffected).
- The On Black Wings damage buff no longer clears on reload.
- Now reduces perk progress by half instead of clearing it on weapon stow.
- Increased duration increases for damaging a player slightly.
- Increased the damage dealt by guarding with a transmutation sphere by 66 percent (30 percent against players).
- Increased range stat from 44 to 59.
- Increased base stability stat from 46 to 56.
- Fixed being able to activate or continue using empowered mode while suppressed or Stasis encased.
- Rebuilt the perk. Previously, the perk modified Super charge rate; now it freezes Super recharge and deducts Super directly, fixing several issues with activities that change charge rate and outliers for recharge based on Intellect stat.
Dead Man’s Tale
- Reduced the catalyst’s hip-fire rate of fire from 150 RPM to 130 RPM.
Lorentz Driver and Arbalest
- Doubled the amount of flinch received.
- Increased ammo picked up from a Special ammo brick from 2 to 3 (or 4 to 5 with a Scavenger mod).
- Adjusted weapon stats on some older weapons
- Updated out of band stats for old 150 RPM Hand Cannons.
- Dire Promise: +4 range, +3 stability, -4 aim assist.
- Waking Vigil: +6 range, +5 stability, -3 aim assist.
- Jack Queen King 3: +3 range, +3 stability, -8 aim assist.
- Spare Rations: +4 range, +4 stability, -9 aim assist.
- +15 percent spread angle.
- +1 zoom, -5 range, -7 stability, -8 handling, -5 aim assist.
- Dev Note: Typically we don’t adjust stats on weapons at all post-ship, so we don’t intend to do this regularly.
- Now increases damage falloff start and end distances by 20 percent (except on Shotgun, Sniper Rifle and Fusion Rifle).
- Increased duration from 5s to 7s.
- Increased damage bonus (except for on Bow and Fusion Rifle) from 25 percent to 30 percent.
- Now adds +10 range.
- Added a timer to the buff text to make it easier to tell when it’s going to expire.
- Reduced reload stat penalty from -50 to -35.
- Reduced self-damage scalar for Grenade Launchers. Combined with the other scalars, this ends up reducing self-damage from 1.25x to 0.75x.
Tap the Trigger
- On Fusion Rifles only:
- Reduced stability bonus from +40 to +10.
- Changed max recoil angle scale from 0.5 to 0.875.
- Changed error angle scale from 0.9 to 0.975.
- Unchanged on all other weapons
- Reduced lunge distance benefit while airborne by 25 percent.
- Now caps maximum player airborne velocity (to a fairly high value) while active.
- Extended buff duration from 0.17s to 0.3s (will now last for the full burst of an Aggressive Burst Pulse Rifle).
- Reworked to fit Subclass 3.0 system. There are too many individual systemic changes to list here, but the Void subclasses now use the Aspect and Fragment system used by Stasis.
- Standardized a set of buffs and debuffs aligned to the Void damage type:
- Void Overshield — You are armored with a protective barrier of Void Light. Reduces damage taken from combatants.
- Void Invisibility — You vanish from sight, and do not appear on enemy radar. Performing offensive actions will end Invisibility.
- Devour — Feast on the energy of your defeated foes. Kills restore you to full health, grant grenade energy, and extend Devour.
- Void Weaken — The target takes increased damage, and has their movement speed slowed. Afflicted combatants have difficulty firing accurately.
- Suppression — The target is taken out of any active abilities, and cannot activate any abilities or movement modes while Suppression persists. Afflicted combatants cannot fire their weapons.
- Void Volatile — The target is afflicted with unstable Void energy, andenergy and will explode upon taking additional damage.
- Hovering over Aspects, Fragments, or abilities on the subclass screen now displays a tooltip flyout detailing any relevant status effects.
- Some old subclass perks have been deprecated, while others have been rolled into base ability behavior, Fragments or Aspects with some changes to behavior as a result.
- All classes now have access to all Void grenades.
- Now pulls enemies into the lingering damage field on impact.
- Linger damage per tick reduced by 20 percent.
- Detonation damage vs. players reduced by ~50 percent.
- Base cooldown increased from 105s to 121s.
Void Spike Grenade
- Base cooldown reduced from 105s to 91s.
- Now more consistently expands to its full length over uneven terrain.
- Charged Scatter Grenade seeker lifetime before detonating and seeker tracking strength increased.
- Nothing Manacles now inherits the charged grenade projectile directly and benefits from this change.
- Base cooldown increased from 105s to 121s.
- Suppression effect now lasts 5s against player targets, down from 10s.
- Split Shadowshot into two separate variants — Deadfall and Moebius Quiver.
- Shadowshot: Deadfall
- On impact, Deadfall Shadowshot now pulls nearby enemies into tether range before arming.
- Duration of tether mark against players (the red X that is applied to tethered targets) reduced from 30s to 10s. Unchanged vs. PVE combatants.
- Base direct impact damage decreased from 250 to 150.
- Damage vs. combatants increased to compensate.
- This increase varies by type and tier of combatant, but generally is significantly more damage than before.
- Moved Deadfall Shadowshot to the tier 4 Super recharger tier (recharges more quickly than previous).
- Shadowshot: Moebius Quiver
- Each shot now fires a volley of three Void Arrows in a fan that seek to nearby enemies, Suppressing and Weakening them, and making them Volatile.
- Two shots per Super; three with Orpheus Rig equipped.
- Reduced base direct impact damage per arrow from 250 to 125 and reduced bonus damage vs. tethered targets from 5x to 1.2x.
- Increased base damage scalars vs. PVE combatants to compensate, moving much of the tethered target bonus damage back into base impact damage in PVE.
- This increase varies by type and tier of combatant, but combatant is generally within the same damage profile as the previous Moebius Quiver in terms of total damage.
- All Shadowshot variants
- Now suppresses the target more quickly and reliably on direct impact.
- Slightly lowered the collision size of the Shadowshot projectile to reduce instances where it would get caught on doorframes in close quarters activation.
- Player maximum momentum while casting Shadowshot reduced:
- In-air speed reduced from 5.5m/s to 3m/s.
- Ground speed reduced from 8.5m/s to 5.5m/s.
- This should reduce the number of instances of players flying off of cliffs, into boss stomp range, or beyond the edge of the known universe while firing their Shadowshot arrows.
- Fixed an issue where Shadowshot arrows would immediately delete when impacting a Barrier Champion’s shield.
- Deprecated the Corrosive Smoke ability and Heart of the Pack buff behavior.
- Snare Bomb
- Now the default Nightstalker melee ability.
- Now Weakens enemies on detonation.
- Radar ping duration reduced to 5s after impact.
- Vanish Smoke Bomb
- Deprecated as a standalone melee ability.
- When the Trapper’s Ambush Aspect is equipped, your Snare Bomb will make nearby allies Invisible when it impacts a surface or enemy.
- Silence and & Squall
- Now follows boss or Champion targets if they move out of the Squall area. If the boss or Champion dies, the Squall will attempt to find a new target and move toward them.
- Arc Staff cooldown time increased from tier 3 to tier 2.
- Ward of Dawn
- Now a standalone Super in recharge tier 5 (fastest recharge tier).
- Weapons of Light outgoing damage bonus reduced from 35 percent to 25 percent.
- Ward of Dawn can now take damage from Kinetic weapons.
- Now casts much more quickly as a result of being decoupled from the Sentinel Shield activator.
- Sentinel Shield
- Deprecated small shield block behavior.
- Banner Shield is now the new base behavior for Sentinel Shield — large guard size, generates Orbs of Power on blocking damage, can be shot through by allies, and provides a weapon damage boost for allied players behind the caster while guarding.
- Shield Bash
- Now grants a Void Overshield on kill.
- Deprecated the Tactical Strike and Defensive Strike melee abilities, and the Turn the Tide subclass passive perk.
- Added a new ranged melee ability:
- Shield Toss – Throw your Sentinel Shield, which ricochets between nearby enemies. Each hit with Shield Toss grants a small amount of Void Overshield.
- Damage vs. players reduced from 250hp/s to 75 hp/s.
- Throwing Hammer
- Fixed an issue causing this projectile melee to behave as a physical melee.
- Fists of Havoc cooldown time decreased from tier 1 to tier 2.
- Glacial Quake cooldown time decreased from tier 1 to tier 2.
- Glacial Quake ground follows (that create the three lines of crystals) now terminate early if they hit an allied Ward of Dawn.
- Nova Bomb
- Split Nova Bomb into two separate variants: Vortex and Cataclysm.
- Nova Bomb: Vortex
- On impact, now pulls nearby enemies into the lingering damage field.
- Nova Bomb: Cataclysm
- Increased travel speed by ~30 percent.
- Added a short delay before Nova Bomb seekers spawn to reduce instances of them being caught in the detonation area and destroyed prematurely.
- Decreased damage from the caster when shooting your own Nova Bomb.
- Previously a scalar increased damage you dealt to your own Nova Bomb by 1000x; this has been reduced to 4x.
- This is intended to reduce instances of accidentally destroying your Nova Bomb while in flight after firing it at a boss.
- Deprecated the Entropic Pull, Devour, and Atomic Breach melee abilities, and the Dark Matter subclass passive perk.
- Added a new ranged melee ability:
- Pocket Singularity
- Launch an unstable ball of Void energy that detonates when it nears an enemy, pushing targets away from the blast and making them Volatile.
- Handheld Supernova
- Now makes the target Volatile on hit.
- Now accessed via the Chaos Accelerant Aspect when Magnetic Grenade is equipped.
- Winter’s Wrath cooldown time decreased from tier 1 to tier 2.
- Daybreak cooldown time increased from tier 2 to tier 1.
- Trapper’s Ambush
- Vanishing Step
- Stylish Executioner
- Controlled Demolition
- Offensive Bulwark
- Chaos Accelerant
- Feed the Void
- Child of the Old Gods
- Echo of Expulsion
- Echo of Provision
- Echo of Exchange
- Echo of Remnants
- Echo of Reprisal
- Echo of Undermining
- Echo of Persistence
- Echo of Leeching
- Echo of Domineering
- Echo of Dilation
- Rat King and Assassin’s Cowl
Updated to use the new Void Invisibility buff.
- Helm of Saint-14
Updated to use the new Void Overshield buff.
- Stasis Crystals
Now take 90 percent less damage from PVE combatants.
POWER AND PROGRESSION
- The Seasonal Artifact is no longer capped at 12 unlocks. Over the course of the Season, players will be able to continue earning artifact mod unlocks, potentially up to unlocking all 25 artifact mods.
- Powerful and Pinnacle gear rewards have moved from Europa to the new destination in The Witch Queen.
- Power bands have been updated/increased:
- Floor: 1350 (up from 1100)
- Soft Cap: 1500 (up from 1270)
- Powerful Cap: 1550 (up from 1320)
- Hard Cap: 1560 (up from 1330)
- (The purchasable character boost has been updated accordingly and will increase your character’s Power to the new Soft Cap of 1500.)
- After many months of dutiful service, the Prismatic Recaster is removed from the H.E.L.M.
- Rahool in the Tower has risen to the challenge and can now decode Umbral engrams.
- Gear focusing options for Season Ppass owners will reside on that Season’s vendor.
- At Season start, players can focus Umbral engrams into Seasonal gear.
- Focusing individual weapons and armor pieces will require two things: Having collected that gear piece before and owning the vendor upgrade for weapons or armor.
BOUNTIES AND PURSUITS
- Fixed a rare issue with the Lost Lament Exotic quest, causing which caused players to be stuck with the Broken Blade item from Banshee.
- Added daily and repeatable calibration bounties for Glaives.
- Added new bounties for Void status effects.
- Added Stasis calibration bounty.
- Dreaming City bounties have been updated to provide the same XP rewards as other bounties of the same kind (repeatable, daily, or weekly).
- The Spoils of Ishtar emblem now can now track raid statistics.
- Fixed an issue allowing duplicate shaders to continue to drop from patrol chests. Looking at you, Powder Blue.
- The following catalysts now have a chance to drop when completing Vanguard, Crucible, or Gambit activities:
- Dead Man’s Tale
- Ager’s Scepter
- Outbreak Perfected
- Whisper of the Worm
- The Fourth Horseman
SEASON PASS REWARDS
- High-stat Seasonal armor has been reintroduced.
- Individual pieces are awarded between ranks 57 and 87.
- Legendary engrams have been replaced with focused Umbral engrams.
- Five in total. Each focused to a different armor piece (arms, legs, chest, class, and head).
- All Umbral engrams are tier 2.
- The Season Pass emblem has been removed, but we have introduced a Season Pass Sparrow.
- The Season Pass scrounger bonuses (bonuses which increased Seasonal weapon/armor drop chances in ritual activities) have been overhauled.
- The weapon scrounger bonuses are no longer separated by weapon type or ritual activity. They now apply to both Season Pass Legendary weapons and all activities at once.
- Two weapon scrounger bonuses instead of six.
- The first bonus grants the player a small chance to receive earn the weapons from ritual activities. The second bonus gives an improved chance.
- Total drop chance is unchanged from previous Seasons.
- The armor scrounger bonuses are no longer separated by ritual activity. It now applies to all activities at once.
- One armor scrounger bonus instead of three.
- Like the weapon, the total drop chance for each armor piece is unchanged.
- Aside from the emblem, no items have been removed from the Season Pass, only added.
- A number of rewards such as Glimmer and Legendary Shards have been consolidated to make room for high-stat armor.
- A small amount of Upgrade Modules have been added.
- The order some rewards are acquired has been tuned to accommodate the above changes.
PLATFORMS AND SYSTEMS
- Windows 10 (and up): Windowed HDR is now supported
- To use windowed HDR, players must have the in-game HDR option enabled, and Windows 10 configured to have ‘Use HDR’ enabled for the specific display:
- When playing Destiny in windowed HDR, the game will automatically swap between HDR and SDR if the window moves to a display without HDR support.
- All players (SDR or HDR) that use the software OBS on Windows 10 (and up) with Window Capture: Ensure the ‘Capture Method’ is set to ‘Windows Graphics Capture’ or capturing will display a black screen. The BitBlt setting will continue to work for previous versions of Windows.
- Windows 10 (and up): windowed fullscreen should provide the same (or better) performance compared to exclusive fullscreen.
- Under the hood, Destiny now uses DXGI flip model on Windows 10 (and up). More information can be found here.
- Screenshots are now supported when playing in HDR on PC.
- Screenshots must be taken using the in-game screenshot feature.
- HDR screenshots will be tone-mapped to SDR and saved as lossless PNG files.
- Display calibration improvements (all platforms).
- Players in HDR will see an updated calibration UI screen to adjust their settings.
- HDR calibration settings have been updated with friendlier functionality to accommodate the wide range of HDR display capabilities and viewing environments.
- SDR and HDR calibration settings are no longer stored account-wide and old settings have been reset.
- Display calibration settings are now stored per-platform: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and X, PS4, PS5, and Stadia.
- SDR brightness settings no longer affect the game when playing in HDR.
- Adjusted the physics knockback for boss stomps. This
willshould result in fewer deaths from being knocked into an object.
- Tangled Shore and the Forsaken campaign have entered the Destiny Content Vault.
- More details here.
- Removed all Wanted enemies and Silent Fang missions from Nessus and the EDZ.
- Petra Venj bounties can now be purchased from the Destiny Companion App without requiring a character to be on the Dreaming City destination.
- Some items that were previously sold by the Drifter or dropped from the Primeval Servitor boss in Gambit now have a small chance of dropping upon completion of a Gambit match.
- Players above the Soft Cap (1500 Power) will no longer receive Rare (blue) drops from playlist activity completions (Crucible, Gambit, Vanguard).
- Players above the Soft Cap will have an increased chance at Legendary weapons and armor drops, or a small amount of Legendary Shards.
- Returning players who have no Power weapon equipped will now have a Rocket Launcher granted to them on login. Thank the Light!
- In Season 16, Amanda Holliday will now reward a new emblem to players that complete the Twitch Subscription bounties through the Destiny 2 Twitch Extension.
- Xûr now sells Hawkmoon and Dead Man’s Tale.
- He will offer a unique roll of both weapons each week.
- Master Rahool now offers a Material Exchange and will be the source for purchasing Enhancement Prisms and Ascendant Shards.
- Banshee-44 and Ada-1 now offer four mods at a time (Increased from two).
- Banshee-44 has been updated utilize the new reputation system used by other vendors in the tower such as Shaxx, Zavala, the Drifter, and Saint-14.
- Dismantle armor and weapons to earn Gunsmith reputation.
- Banshee-44’s Daily Bounties now offer a small amount of Gunsmith reputation upon completion.
- Gunsmith Materials, Mod Components, Weapon Telemetry, and Pure Matterglass Lens have been depreciated.
- Ghost mods that generated Weapon Telemetries have been removed:
- Arc Analyzer
- Solar Analyzer
- Void Analyzer
- Banshee Special
- The Drifter now offers weapon and armor focusing.
- New Gambit engrams can be spent on focused equipment from the Drifter, or be decrypted by Master Rahool.
- Shaw Han
Shaw will no longer offer repeatable bounties to new characters before they have finished A Guardian Rises, saving New Lights valuable Glimmer.
A new Exotic quest, The Queen Beckons, is available from Shaw Han for players who purchase The Witch Queen expansion.
Upon completion, the quest awards the Exotic Auto Rifle, Sweet Business.
The Blast from the Past Exotic quest has been moved to the Variks vendor on Europa.
From her overlook in the Tower Bazaar, Ikora will now teach all classes the Void abilities, Aspects, and Fragments they have yet to unlock on their character.
However, easily learning new Void abilities comes with a cost: each new ability learned requires large quantities of reprogrammable matter (Glimmer) and a nearby meditation device to expedite the process.
Returning characters with a Void subclass will have the majority of their abilities unlocked upon character login.
Grenades that were not accessible to a class prior to The Witch Queen launch will still need to be learned from Ikora.
For new characters, Ikora will offer quests to earn their Solar and Arc subclasses once they have reached her step in the A Spark of Hope questline.
- Changes alongside Void 3.0:
- All new characters will start with the reworked Void 3.0 subclass regardless of class.
- Solar and Arc subclasses may still be unlocked for all classes via quests. These quests are available after finishing the A Guardian Rises questline and talking to Ikora Rey during the A Spark of Hope quest.
- New characters will start with Void subclass abilities intended to be more friendly and appealing to new players. Additional abilities may be unlocked by talking to Ikora in the Tower.
- Super Ability: Moebius Quiver
- Class Ability: Marksman’s Dodge
- Movement Ability: Triple Jump
- Charged Melee: Snare Bomb
- Void Grenade: Scatter Grenade
- Super Ability: Sentinel Shield
- Class Ability: Towering Barricade
- Movement Ability: Catapult Lift
- Charged Melee: Shield Throw
- Void Grenade: Magnetic Grenade
- Super Ability: Nova Bomb: Vortex
- Class Ability: Healing Rift
- Movement Ability: Burst Glide
- Charged Melee: Pocket Singularity
- Void Grenade: Vortex Grenade
- New Quest: Learning Light
- During the Schism mission, players will acquire a new quest called Learning Light that teaches them more about their subclass abilities.
- This quest is only available to new characters and existing characters that have not yet finished the Schism mission in the A Guardian Rises questline.
- This quest is not required to complete the A Guardian Rises questline.
- A Guardian Rises questline
- The second Sacrifice questline step requiring players to purchase a bounty from Shaw Han has been removed.
- The Seek and Destroy questline step no longer requires completing a bounty to progress.
- The Welcoming Committee questline step, where players meet Ikora for the first time, now has a new VO introduction performance for her character.
- A Spark of Hope questline
- After completing the first step in the questline, Zavala will now ask players to play the first mission of The Witch Queen campaign instead of Beyond Light.
- Cosmodrome destination
- A precarious but usable path has been welded together to help New Lights climb from The Divide into the Exodus Garden 2A Lost Sector.
- An issue has been resolved where players on the Guardian Rises mission would not see the Ketch fly-by performance in The Divide if another player on that same mission was already present.
- Europa destination
- Europa has been added to the destination XP-based unlock flow for New Light players.
- Eris for Brazilian Portuguese has been re-recorded to replace soundalike.
- Ghost for Mexican Spanish has been re-recorded to replace soundalike.
- Ghost and Drifter for Castilian Spanish have been partially re-recorded to replace soundalike.
- Will be fully re-recorded in the next update.
- Zavala for Mexican Spanish has been re-casted and re-recorded.