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Destiny 2: Season of Opulence guide: Chalice of Opulence guide

How to get it, how to upgrade it, and how it works

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.

Destiny 2’s Season of Opulence offers players a new way to earn loot. Instead of completing an activity and praying for that perfect drop, players can customize the loot the way they want through the Chalice of Opulence. The Chalice is easy to get but a bit trickier to understand.

This guide will teach you everything about what the Chalice of Opulence is, how to use it, upgrade it, and earn Imperials for it.

Earning the Chalice

The first thing you need to do in Season of Opulence is pick up the Invitation quest from Benedict 99-40 in the Tower Annex. It’ll send you on a quest to find Calus’ barge on Nessus, and meet the new vendor, Wener 99-40.

The quest steps are all pretty straightforward, and the barge is impossible to miss after you load into the Watcher’s Grave location on Nessus. Talk to the robot, follow the steps around Nessus, and piece the Chalice back together.

Once you’ve built it, you’ll need to upgrade it.

Upgrading the Chalice

Warner will offer you a bounty once you’ve rebuilt the Chalice. Grab it, and complete it by generating orbs, earning experience, and completing a Challenge anywhere in the system. When you turn it in, you’ll earn a treasure map.

Destiny 2 imperial treasure map
The player arrow is on the chest in this image
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Read the map. It’ll tell you there’s a treasure on Nessus. If you open the Nessus map, you’ll see where X marks the spot.

Climb into the Well of Flame in The Cistern area. Drop down into the spire and turn around before you walk through the teleporter. You’ll see the treasure chest behind a rock. It has a giant blue light shining out of it, so it’s pretty tough to miss.

When you open the chest, you’ll earn a rune. Werner will ask you to slot the rune into the Chalice — which you can do by interacting with the Chalice and socketing the rune right above the rim. Then you’ll need to complete a run through the Menagerie. Jump over the Leviathan in orbit around Nessus and pick the new Menagerie mode. Luckily, the default mode is matchmade.

When you’ve finished your first Menagerie, you’ll unlock some Triumphs in the Destination section. Go to the minor tab and click on Menagerie. Unlock all of your earned Triumphs. You’ll get a sack of Imperials for your hard work. You’ll need these to upgrade your Chalice and make progress in the quest.

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When Wener tells you to upgrade the Chalice, you’ll only have 1,000 Imperials, meaning you can only afford one of the upgrades. Look on your Chalice in the bottom right, where it says Power and Efficiency. Use your Imperials to unlock the farthest left node in this section.

Now you’ll need to unlock a chest on Calus’ barge and take it to Werner. The chests are on the opposite side of the ship from Werner and cost 5,000 Glimmer. Open one and talk to the robot again.

Now you have free rein to earn Imperials and start upgrading your Chalice.

You can also use your Imperials to unlock new rune slots. Depending on your combination of runes, you can craft specific weapon rolls in the Menagerie.

Earning Imperials

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We’ve found a few places to get Imperials so far in Destiny 2: Season of Opulence. The easiest way is to complete Werner’s weekly bounties to earn treasure chests. When you open the chest, you’ll get a handful of Imperials.

The next best place is in your Triumphs. Under the same Menagerie section, you’ll find several pages of Triumphs. Each one offers Imperials as a reward. Some of them are just beating a certain boss, while others involve completing an encounter in a certain way. Some Werner bounties unlock Triumphs as well.

If you’re full on Glimmer, you can also head back to the barge and open some chests. For each chest, you’ll find a fistful of Imperials. We aren’t sure when these chests refill, but it’ll likely be on the weekly reset.

Finally, we recommend picking up the Power and Efficiency II Chalice upgrade as quickly as you can. It’ll run you 3,000 Imperials, and give you another powerful reward each week. But the reason you want this is it offers a chance for playlist activities like Gambit, Strikes, and Crucible to give Imperials.

After you’ve unlocked Power and Efficiency II, you can buy a buff called Wealth of the Emperor from either Benedict or Werner. Wealth of the Emperor increases the chance for Imperials to drop from the playlist activities above and the Menagerie. It also lasts until you get Imperials from one of those activities.