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The best order to upgrade your Crown of Sorrow in Destiny 2: Season of the Haunted

Here are the upgrades you want as early as possible

Eris using the seasonal artifact in the HELM Destiny 2: Season of the Haunted Image: Bungie

The Crown of Sorrow returns inside Destiny 2’s Season of the Haunted, just not as a raid lair like it was in Season of Opulence. Inside the HELM, the Crown of Sorrow acts as your seasonal vendor for Season of the Haunted. It allows you to focus weapons and armor, buy bounties, and unlock upgrades throughout the season.

To upgrade the Crown of Sorrow, you’ll need Figments of Darkness, but you can only get a handful a week, so you’ll need to choose your upgrades wisely. That’s where we come in. In this Destiny 2 guide, we’ll go over the Crown of Sorrow upgrades and the best order to unlock them.


How it works

The Crown of Sorrow upgrade tier menu from Destiny 2: Season of the Haunted Image: Bungie via Polygon

To unlock an upgrade at the Crown of Sorrow, you must use a Figment of Darkness. You get two Figments of Darkness per week, one through the seasonal quest and one through the weekly seasonal challenge. You can also earn three additional Figments of Darkness through the Crown of Sorrow reputation reward track. You get these at levels 4, 10, and 16. You can only get three Figments of Darkness this way and won’t be able to earn anymore after you reset the Crown of Sorrow.

Besides the first upgrade — which is tutorialized — each column requires a certain number of previous upgrades before you can select an upgrade in that column. They increase in multiples of two, so the second column requires two total upgrades, the third column requires four, continuing until the final column, which requires ten.

Types of upgrades

There are three rows of upgrades: Channeling, Reaping, and Manifesting. Channeling upgrades center primarily on enhancing weapons that drop or that you can focus through the Crown of Sorrow. Reaping upgrades are all about Vestiges of Dread, the currency you use to receive extra loot at the end of a tier-three Nightmare Containment. Channeling upgrades center on Opulent Umbral Energy, which is a currency that allows you to focus armor and weapons.

Channeling tree

Name Description
Name Description
Sever Boss High Stat The first time you complete Sever each week, you are guaranteed a high-stat piece of armor.
Treasurer Bonus Rewards The first time you defeat an Avaricious Treasurer each week, it drops additional rewards.
Opulent Deepsight The first time you open an Opulent Chest each week, a Deepsight modded weapon is guaranteed.
Sever Deepsight The first time you redeem a Bound Presence each week, you are guaranteed a Deepsight modded Haunted weapon.
Focusing Deepsight The first Opulent or Haunted weapon you focus each week will be Deepsight modded.
Focusing Double Perk The first Opulent or Haunted weapon you focus each week will have an additional perk.

Reaping tree

Name Description
Name Description
Vestiges of Dread Destination Materials Derelict Leviathan Petrified Egregore rewards Vestiges of Dread.
Vestiges of Dread Bounties Crown of Sorrow daily bounties reward Vestiges of Dread.
Vestiges of Dread Destination Combat Bonus Increase Vestiges of Dread gained by defeating combatants on the Derelict Leviathan.
Vestige Capacity Increase the maximum amount of Vestiges of Dread that you can carry.
Vestiges of Dread Destination Chest Bonus Increase Vestiges of Dread gained by opening chests and completing patrols in Derelict Leviathan free roam.
Vestige Core Ritual Increase Vestiges of Dread gained by completing activites in Vangaurd, Gambit, and Crucible playlists.

Manifesting tree

Name Description
Name Description
Haunted Armor Focusing Gain the ability to focus Haunted armor (armor must be acquired previously in order to focus).
Umbral Energy Chests Haunted Alcove and Opulent Chests have a chance to award Opulent Umbral Energy.
Opulent Weapon Focusing Gain the ability to focus Opulent weapons (weapon must be acquired previously in order to focus).
Umbral Binding Binding at the end of Nightmare Containment rewards additional Opulent Energy.
Haunted Weapon Focusing Gain the ability to focus Haunted weapons (weapon must be acquired previously in order to focus).
Umbral Rift The first time you redeem a Bound Presence each week, you are rewarded additional Opulent Umbral Energy.

Suggested upgrade order

The upgrade order you should choose depends on what you want to focus on, so you’re not going to ruin the season for yourself by choosing your own upgrades. However, the suggested order below is about maximizing your Deepsight weapon focusing for weapon crafting and being as efficient with your resources as possible.

  1. Vestiges of Dread Destination Materials
  2. Haunted Armor Focusing
  3. Vestiges of Dread Bounties
  4. Umbral Energy Chests
  5. Opulent Weapon Focusing
  6. Vestiges of Dread Destination Combat Bonus
  7. Umbral Binding
  8. Vestige Capacity
  9. Haunted Weapon Focusing
  10. Focusing Deepsight

After selecting these upgrades, you can go back and fill in what you’re missing. If you complete all the weekly story quest steps and challenges that offer Figments of Darkness, you’ll be able to unlock all of the options by the end of the season. So if you’ve already deviated from our list, you’ll catch up eventually.

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