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Everything you should know about Destiny 2’s Festival of the Lost event

For 2022, it’s Gundam season (complete with a new mecha-themed sniper rifle)

A group of Guardians stand in the Tower wearing mech-themed Gundam armor while other Guardians in masks worship them Image: Bungie

Destiny 2’s annual Halloween event, Festival of the Lost, is back once again in 2022. This year’s event will run from Oct. 18 to Nov. 8, so fans will have about three weeks to earn creepy-crawly rewards.

Like last year, Festival of the Lost’s 2022 iteration is all about jumping into Haunted Lost Sectors, which involve capturing points in old Lost Sectors and destroying Headless One bosses. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to earn Spectral Pages, turn them into Manifested Pages, earn the brand new “Ghost Writer” title via Event Challenges, and pick up the new Mechabre Arc sniper rifle.

And, of course, we’ll talk briefly about how you can pick up this year’s fabulous new mech-themed armor.

How does Festival of the Lost 2022 work?

Festival of the Lost 2022 works like a mini-seasonal event. If you’re familiar with the familiar formula — play the core playlist to get currency, turn that currency into other currency, then spend that currency to progress the event — you should have an easy enough time figuring it out. The short “Gone But Not Forgotten” quest will show you the ropes.

The idea is that by running Strikes, Crucible matches, Gambit matches, seasonal activities, and basically anything, you’ll earn Spectral Pages — that is, as long as you’re wearing the Halloween mask Eva Levante gives you at the start of the event. Once you have some Spectral Pages, you’ll need to jump into the Haunted Lost Sectors activity to transform them.

The Haunted Lost Sector drops you at the start of a Lost Sector alongside three other players. (You’ll matchmake if you don’t go in with pals.) You’ll need to battle through the Lost Sector’s halls, decked in Halloween garb, until you reach the area with the Summoning Rituals. A select number of the ritual sites will become active every few seconds, and you’ll be able to stand inside them to summon a Headless One — a mini-boss you need to kill. For every Headless One you defeat, you’ll transform one of your Spectral Pages into a Manifested Page.

Back in the Tower, you can turn in your Manifested Pages to the super creepy Book of the Forgotten, which will net you some new lore and goodies.

What do I get for free out of Festival of the Lost 2022?

Eve Levante stands in the Tower in Destiny 2, with the menu of all her goodies open on the right side of the screen Image: Bungie via Polygon

Aside from the inherent satisfaction of cheering up everyone’s favorite space grandma, Eva Levante, there are actually some decent rewards with this year’s Festival of the Lost.

The new Mechabre Arc sniper rifle can drop with some pretty potent PvP perks, and can get the excellent PvE perk Voltshot, which will make it pretty useful in Grandmaster Nightfalls. Last year’s Jurassic Green pulse rifle, alongside past Festival of the Lost weapons like the Horror’s Least and Braytech Werewolf auto rifles, can drop when you complete Haunted Lost Sectors. And the more Manifested Pages you turn in to the book, the more likely you are to get a reward.

You also get candy from pretty much anything during Festival of the Lost, which you can use to purchase new masks from Eva or goodie bags filled with even more weapons.

Outside of the guns of Halloween past and present, you can also get a new Exotic ship, shader, and emblem by completing special Festival of the Lost 2021 challenges.

Festival of the Lost 2022 event card and Ghost Writer seal

Like the 2022 Solstice of Heroes event, Bungie has added a new Event Card and Event Challenges to Festival of the Lost this year. The Event Card is purely cosmetic, but the Event Challenges are replacing the useful Triumphs from last year.

There are 17 Event Challenges this year, and you’ll need to complete all of them to unlock the Ghost Writer seal and title. (Keep in mind here that you’ll need to unlock Ghost Writer this year in order to get the special holiday title, “Reveler,” sometime next year).

These Event Challenges also come with special rewards to either boost your weapon inventory, your cosmetic game, or your mask collection. Here how you complete them all (and their rewards):

  • Cryptozoologist: Use one Manifested Page to restore a chapter in the “Tales of the Forgotten — Vol. 2” (Blueberry Mask)
  • Bookworm 1: Use nine Manifested Pages to unlock chapters in the “Tales of the Forgotten — Vol. 2” (New emblem and Festival of the Lost T-Shirt code)
  • Bookworm 2: Use 18 Manifested Pages to unlock chapters in the “Tales of the Forgotten — Vol. 2” (New shader)
  • Bookworm 3: Use 27 Manifested Pages to unlock chapters in the “Tales of the Forgotten — Vol. 2” (New emblem and Festival of the Lost T-Shirt code)
  • Heads Will Roll: Defeat 100 Headless Ones in Haunted Sectors (Five Spectral Pages)
  • Local Haunts: Complete three Haunted Sectors in each of the four locations (Bread Mask)
  • Candy Corner: Earn 17,500 Candy from activities (Telesto Mask)
  • Mystery Meet: Purchase multiple Epic Mystery Grab Bags (1,300 Candy)
  • Sniperstition: Defeat enemies with sniper rifles (Mechabre)
  • Automatic Transmission: Defeat enemies with auto rifles (BrayTech Werewolf)
  • Third Shot’s a Charm: Defeat combatants with pulse rifles (Jurassic Green)
  • Shocking Conclusion: Defeat combatants with Arc damage (Caiatl Mask)
  • Occult Ritual: Complete ritual activities, like Strikes, Crucible, and Gambit matches (Riven Mask)
  • Strike the Deck: Complete Vanguard Ops or Ketchcrash (three Raid Banners)
  • Masked Bandit: Complete Crucible or Gambit matches while wearing a mask (25 Legendary Shards)
  • Happy Haunting Ground: Complete 35 activities in the Haunted Sector playlist (Savathun Mask)
  • Ghost Writer: Complete all 16 Event Challenges (Ascendant Shard and Ascendant Alloy)

These Challenges will also get you Event Tickets, which you can use to buy Event Card items in the menu just below the Challenges one. However, you’ll only be able to purchase these cosmetics if you upgrade your Event Card, which costs about $10 worth of Silver — Destiny 2’s premium currency.

There are some cute cosmetics in here — a cat Sparrow, a candy apple Ghost, a special shader — but they are just that: cosmetics. If you love what you see and you think it’s worth your 10 bucks, go for it. But if you just want to play Festival of the Lost for fun and get some good guns out of it, upgrading your Event Card won’t help with that at all. It’s also worth confirming that, no, you don’t need to purchase the Event Card to unlock the Ghost Writer title.

The last bit of info we’ll mention here is that this year’s Festival of the Lost also adds in the special Gundam-themed armor. This armor is unfortunately exclusive to the Eververse store, and will run you about $15 per set (or roughly $45 bucks if you want the set for each of the game’s three classes). However, you can also purchase each set for 6,000 Bright Dust, the game’s non-purchasable premium currency. That’s quite a bit of Dust, but if you’ve been saving all season, you can theoretically get the mech armor for free.

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