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Destiny 2: Forsaken guide: How to increase your power to 500 (and beyond)

So. Many. Choices.

Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

How to increase your power was always the original Destiny’s greatest mystery, but in Destiny 2, it’s been a lot easier to discover. That tradition does continue in Forsaken, but there are some places where you might find yourself a bit behind. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to quickly get up to power level 500, and give some quick tips on growing beyond that soft cap.

Getting to 500, and powering up for Baron Hunts

If you aren’t going into Forsaken at 400 power, you might find that you’re a bit behind for some of the story missions. This is likely especially true if you just recently used a character boost. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to gear up — as long as you have some time to kill.

Each of the barons in the campaign has a recommended power level associated with it. While you can topple them without reaching that point — especially with a coordinated fireteam — you’ll likely want to get at least close to their power level before avenging Cayde-6, just so it isn’t a struggle.

While not particularly fun or exciting, the easiest way to increase your level for the campaign is running public events — especially on Heroic. Do them whenever possible, and it should help you steadily grow your power.

However, you can avoid all of this if you find yourself with a lot of tokens for one vendor or the other. Turning in tokens or resources to earn upgrade packages at Zavala, Devrim, or even Benedict the raid vendor is a marvelous way to up your level quickly. While the gear will only scale up to a certain point based on your character level — maxing at 500 regardless — you should be able to over gear the barons easily.

Unfortunately, if you’re using a character boost, you probably aren’t flush with tokens. Your best bet is to run Public Events and do bounties for the Spider if your token situation is dire.

Going past 500

Once you reach the soft cap of 500, random world drops won’t be upgrades for you anymore. Instead, you’ll need to complete challenges, bounties, and a host of other things to increase your level. Thankfully, this system has completely changed since vanilla Destiny 2, giving you far more options.

On the Director, you’ll find golden circles indicating a challenge in different activity nodes and locations. Hover over them with your cursor, and you’ll see a time frame and a task to complete. There are daily and weekly challenges that range from “complete Public Events on the EDZ” to “play one match of Gambit.” Challenges will seemingly always give you powerful rewards, which will increase your power level.

However, there are other ways to level up aside from challenges. Certain weekly bounties from NPCs like Petra and the Spider will offer powerful rewards as well. There is also a small chance that completing a Strike or Crucible match — or any other random activity for that matter — will net you a powerful drop at random. And there is an even smaller chance that an enemy could drop a powerful engram for Master Rahool to decrypt.

Thankfully, Exotics will always drop powerful gear pieces for you now, so you don’t have to worry about getting an exciting new gun or armor piece that just won’t cut it.

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