We have hit November, meaning it is just over a week now until the launch of Destiny 2’s Beyond Light expansion when it arrives on all platforms, but specifically alongside the Xbox Series X on November 10.
Bungie keeps doling out more and more information about what’s changing and what isn’t, and some players may be wondering what they can do to best “prepare” for the expansion in this coming week.
But the more I think about this, the more I realize that there’s really not all that much to even do, or that is worth doing to prepare.
What do I mean? I’ll go through a few different points.
First, we learned this week that all gear is being brought up to 1050 when Beyond Light hits, the current hard cap and just 10 under the current 1060 pinnacle cap. After that, there’s a new soft cap at 1200, meaning pretty much every single drop you get when Beyond Light hits, even blues, will probably end up being a power upgrade for you, so I really don’t see the need to finish out the pinnacle grind (if you haven’t already with the seasonal delay) just to get an extra 10 levels into a 150 level soft cap increase.
Then there’s bounty hoarding, which could work to some degree, but Bungie issued an odd warning against keeping bounties that given you Crucible or Gambit rank when turned in, as they say those may screw up powerful rewards for you in the next season here. And you also should not be hoarding bounties from the planetary locations that are going away. So take all that away and there really are not that many bounties left to even hoard, and because Bungie’s explanation has been kind of confusing, and if you keep the wrong ones it’s possible it even could hurt your progress.
I believe the final list of approved bounties to hoard is the following:
- Vanguard Dailies
- Gunsmith Weeklies and Dailies
- Eris Morn Weeklies and Dailies
- Lectern Weeklies and Dailies
- EDZ and Nessus Dailies
So it’s not much and if you stray outside the list, it could be bad. I just don’t know if it’s even worth bothering.
I know there’s another tier of people that are rushing to get things done that they haven’t managed yet for certain destinations. I see a lot of catalyst hunters in raid lairs or people finally getting Whisper or Outbreak. And yet we don’t yet know enough about Bungie’s plans to bring back defunct exotics and catalysts to know if say, doing a Spire run every week is actually worth it, or if we might get some vending machine that shows up and lets you buy a catalyst for some prisms or the Whisper for an exotic cipher. We just don’t know yet.
If anything, I think it’s more about the experience of getting this stuff done before it goes away. The rewards are good, sure, but if you haven’t done say, Zero Hour or the Whisper mission, that’s just high quality content that you should run before it’s gone, even if the reward itself is able to be claimed somehow later.
In short, the way Bungie has positioned Beyond Light between new power levels and warnings about bounties, and an uncertain future about vaulted content, I just don’t know if there’s all that much you can or should bother with to prepare for the new expansion. In many ways, this is the beginning of a new era for Destiny, and even if you are doing say, a raid race, you will have plenty of time to grind power and gear for that since it’s coming 11 days after launch.
If there is one single thing I would recommend doing to prepare for Beyond Light, it’s clearing out your vault. We now know that when transmog does arrive, we don’t need physical copies of armor in our inventories, so it’s time for a massive wipe there to make sure you have enough space for all the new gear we’re about to get, and you won’t start off the expansion sending everything to your postmaster.
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