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Destiny 2 guide: How to earn and upgrade Gambit Prime armor

Prime, Synth, Reckoning, repeat

Destiny 2 Warlock Sentinel gear Gambit Prime Bungie
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.

In Destiny 2’s new Gambit Prime mode, you can earn armor that gives you perks. If you collect all the pieces for a role, you’ll become a powerful force against the enemy team. Getting that loot can take some farming and luck, and upgrading it looks to be even harder.

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to collect and upgrade the Gambit Prime armor sets.

Collecting Tier 1 armor sets

When you first log in for Season of the Drifter, you’ll notice that The Drifter has moved. He now has his own space in the Annex. Visit him, and he’ll send you on a quest to run a Gambit Prime match. Oblige him.

After you’re done, return to The Drifter. He’ll give you an Weak Mote Synthesizer and tell you to board his ship. Before you do that, pick a gear set you want to go for: Collector, Invader, Reaper, or Sentry. Interact with your Weak Mote Synthesizer. Use Synths from Gambit Prime bounties to create a Weak Mote.

Now you can start matchmaking for The Reckoning Tier 1. Once you’re aboard The Derelict, jump through the portal to teleport to the realm of the Nine. Walk up to the Gambit bank, and slap your Mote into the Weak deposit slot. It’s on the far left side of the bank. Jump into the portal, and start fighting.

When The Reckoning is over, return to the bank and collect your Tier 1 piece of gear.

Tier 1 gear will give you +1 point toward its role. At certain thresholds — +3, +6, +10, +15 — you’ll unlock powerful perks. To get higher than +1, you’ll need to get Tier 2 or Tier 3 armor.

Season of the Drifter Gambit Prime bounty
The Drifter’s weekly bounty to upgrade your Synthesizer
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Upgrading to Tier 2 armor sets

Before you start trying to get Tier 2 armor, you’ll need to complete a Gambit Prime weekly role bounty. Pick up the bounty from The Drifter, and play Gambit Prime, invading and banking motes in your role.

Then you’ll need to complete four Reckonings with the highest tier of mote you can make. Right now, that’s Tier 1. As a reward for completing the bounty, you’ll earn a role helmet and upgrade your Weak Mote Synthesizer to a Middling Mote Synthesizer. You can now make Tier 2 Middling Motes. This takes two Synths instead of one.

Go to The Reckoning node on the Director — it’s in the Gambit submenu — and select Tier 2. Drop your Middling Mote in the appropriate spot, and jump into the portal under the inverted pyramid.

This version of The Reckoning is much harder than the last, so you should be close to Power 670 before attempting it. We also recommend a Fireteam of friends you can communicate with.

When Tier 2 ends, you’ll teleport back up to the bank to collect your gear piece. Repeat this process until you have a full set of Tier 2, which’ll give you three of four role perks in Gambit Prime.

These pieces are new, not upgrades of what you had before. If you have enough Power to go straight to Tier 2 armor, that’s the most efficient way to grind out a set.

Upgrading to Tier 3 armor sets

Tier 3 of The Reckoning isn’t out yet, so we haven’t been able to upgrade our Synthesizer or earn Tier 3 armor sets. We’ll update this guide when Bungie releases Tier 3 on March 15.