This Week At Bungie – 12/05/2019

Dec 5, 2019 - Cozmo_BNG

This week at Bungie, we revealed Season of Dawn. 

There has been a lot to learn. Did you miss any of it?

On Tuesday, we released a new trailer to showcase the new stories set into motion by your victories over the Vex. Time is broken on Mercury. It’s up to you to use the Sundial to prevent the Cabal from rewriting history. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to rescue an old friend.

We followed that up with a livestream packed with additional details on what to expect from Season of Dawn. Didn’t get a chance to watch it live? It’s OK, we taped it on VHS for you. You can watch it here if you don’t have a VCR:

We know you want to plan your best gameplay sessions, so we condensed the big beats for Season of Dawn into this handy-dandy calendar.

For some more quick details about what to expect next season, check out this Season of Dawn page right here on

There have also been some spicy videos showing off solar subclass changes coming to Hunters next week.

We’ll show off some of the changes to Warlocks and Titans in the days to come. 

Here Come the Bullets

Here’s a preview of some changes arriving with Season of Dawn. We previously discussed some upcoming subclass changes to solar subclasses here, but we have a few extra tuning notes below. We also have some notes on Exotic Engram changes, powerful rewards caps, bounties, Crucible maps, and more!

  • Increased the drop rate of the “Scourge of the Past” raid Exotic weapon Anarchy from 5% to 10%
  • The Exotic Engram and the Fated Engram have been collapsed into a single new Exotic Engram item 
  • When opened, it awards a new Exotic if any remain to be collected; otherwise, it contains a random piece of Exotic armor
  • Note: Contents are still class-specific

Powerful and Pinnacle Reward Caps
  • Powerful Cap: 960, up from 950
  • Pinnacle Cap: 970, up from 960

Escalation Protocol
  • Escalation Protocol wave 7 chest no longer requires a key to open
      • Chest can be opened upon every successful completion of wave 7
      • Each time opening the chest awards one piece of EP armor for your character class until you have the full set
      • After full set is acquired, subsequent opening of the chest awards a random piece of armor
  • Charged Decryption Keys and Key Fragments are being removed from the game; these items will be removed from player inventories
      • Armory keys to spawn Valkyrie Javelins are unchanged and will remain
  • EP weapon drops were not touched and are still cumulative-stream boss drops

Weapon Mods
  • The cost of slotting a weapon mod has been reduced from 5,000 Glimmer to 500 Glimmer
  • Fixed an issue where Ada-1 could grant duplicate weapon mods

  • Repeatable bounties have been added to the Gunsmith
  • Merged strike/Crucible/Gambit objectives on the Gunsmith weekly bounty "Field Calibration" into a single objective that shares progress from all sources
  • Removed Valor/Infamy and Vanguard tokens from "Field Calibration" as there is no longer a requirement for any of these linked activities
  • Added new mode-specific daily Crucible bounties (one per day, selected from full-time playlists and active rotators)
  • Reduced the completion requirements of several daily and repeatable Crucible bounties
  • Removed grenade and melee bounties from the Crucible bounty repeatable pool

Striker Code of the Missile (Middle Path)
  • Thundercrash
      • Increased base damage from 2,700 to 3,200
      • Increased in-flight damage from 100 to 200
      • Slightly increased the amount of time you have in the air after activation

Nightstalker Way of the Pathfinder (Bottom Path)
  • Vanish in Smoke
      • Added a short period (0.8 seconds) after the invisibility is applied where firing weapons or performing other actions will not break invisibility
          • This should help prevent allies from accidentally breaking invisibility the moment it’s granted to them if unexpected

Voidwalker Attunement of Fission (Middle Path)
  • Handheld Supernova
      • Adjusted grenade charge time so it lines up with the animations and FX; this should make it feel more consistent to activate

Crucible Maps
  • Added Rusted Lands to appropriate playlists
  • Added The Dead Cliffs, Legion’s Gulch, Retribution, and Solitude to appropriate playlists
  • Removed Emperor’s Respite, Equinox, Firebase Echo, and Vostok from all Crucible playlists
      • These maps are still available for play in private matches

What’s in Store?

The past couple seasons of Destiny have brought a lot of change to the Eververse as we look to how we support Destiny on our own as an evolving world. Today we’d like to talk about some of what we’ve heard from you about Season of the Undying, and outline how your feedback is going to impact Season of Dawn. 

Silver-Only Content

Offering some amount of Eververse content for Silver only is part of ensuring we are able to fund our ability to keep creating and maintaining Destiny and supporting the team that makes Destiny. That said, we agree with you that we’d also like to see a higher ratio of items that will also be available for Bright Dust. By the end of Season of the Undying, around 50% of Eververse content will have been offered for Bright Dust. In Season of Dawn, we’re going to make around 80% of Eververse content available for Bright Dust at some point during the season.

We’ve also heard you say that you want to know what will be offered for Silver only so you can plan what you are interested in buying.  We agree that providing transparency is vital to making informed decisions. We plan to share on social every week what items will be for Silver only during the season as they appear on the Eververse store.

Bright Dust Economy

In Season of the Undying, we changed Bright Dust from a pay-and/or-play-to-earn currency to a play-to-earn reward. We want all players to be able to acquire a selection of their favorite Eververse content every season just by playing the game, and we’ve been keeping an eye on the Bright Dust economy in Season of the Undying with this in mind. In Season of Dawn, all Dawning Weekly and Repeatable bounties will award Bright Dust in quantities equal to the amount awarded from strike, Crucible, and Gambit bounties (200 per weekly and 10 per repeatable). Crimson Days will do the same for Weekly bounties only, as this event does not include Repeatable bounties. 

Duplicate Purchase Prevention

The Eververse store no longer permits purchasing an item that is already in your Collection. Hopefully this makes it much more clear which items you have already purchased and will keep you from spending Silver or Bright Dust on an item you already have. 

Looking Ahead

We’re always looking at your feedback, and we’re going to keep being open with you on how that feedback is woven into our overall goals for Destiny and for Bungie. As we’re planning for future seasons, we’re also thinking about the types and themes of content offered through Eververse as well as the role of cosmetic content as a reward for achievement.
We’re committed to continually and thoughtfully adjusting the Eververse store to ensure it’s a balanced and optional part of the Destiny player experience while also ensuring that we can support the team creating and evolving Destiny. Please keep the feedback coming, and thanks for all you do to support the team.

Get It Before It’s Gone

It’s shopping season. You might be thinking about what’s on your own wish list. Here’s a fact that might help you make an informed purchasing decision when it comes to Destiny

On December 10, the Digital Deluxe Edition of Shadowkeep will no longer be available. Season of the Undying is almost over. Season of Dawn begins soon. The longer time progresses, the less value you’ll be able to derive from the offering that includes all the Seasons we’re deploying this year—so we’re going to stop selling the bundle.

If you still want it, you have a few days left to grab it for 25% off!*

*retail participation may vary

Ghost of Exos Passed

As we prepare for the changing of the seasons, Player Support has the info you need to know before you go. 

This is their report.

Seasons Fleeting

Currently, we’re in the final week for Season of the Undying in Destiny 2. All players should be aware that after this Season comes to an end, some activities and loot sources will become unavailable. Here are some notable callouts:

  • Undying’s free and premium Season rewards—including acquisition for Eriana’s Vow*
  • Eriana’s Vow catalyst quest*
  • Vex Offensive matchmade activity
  • Vex Invasions on the Moon
  • Vex Weapon Data Seeds from Ikora
  • The Gatelord’s Eye Seasonal Artifact
  • Power bonuses granted from the Seasonal Artifact
  • Season-specific Triumphs, seals, and titles

*Please note that Eriana’s Vow and its catalyst quest will become obtainable through alternative acquisition paths in a future release. Players who have already obtained and begun this quest may complete it after the season ends. Stay tuned for updates.

For an extensive list of tracked items, players should visit this help article.

Destiny 2 Update 2.7.0

Next week, Season of the Undying ends and Season of Dawn kicks off with the release of Destiny 2 Update 2.7.0. Please see below for the rollout timeline.

  • 8 AM PST (1600 UTC): Destiny service maintenance begins
  • 8:45 AM PST (1645 UTC): Destiny 1 and 2 are taken offline on all platforms
  • 9 AM PST (1700 UTC): Destiny 2 Update 2.7.0 begins rolling out across all platforms and regions
  • 10 AM PST (1800 UTC): Destiny 1 and Destiny 2 are back online on all platforms; Season of Dawn begins
  • 11 AM PST (1900 UTC): Destiny service maintenance concludes

For future release timelines when they are available, players should visit our Destiny Server and Update Status help article. For live updates as this maintenance occurs, players should follow @BungieHelp on Twitter or monitor our support feed at

Invitation Notifications

Today, we’d like to announce an upcoming feature that allows players to disable clan invite notifications in-game.

Starting with the 2.7.0 update, PC players will be able to disable these in-game notifications by going to Settings > Gameplay > Clan Invite Notifications. When this feature is disabled, players will no longer receive clan invite notifications during Destiny 2 gameplay. Players on other platforms can expect this feature to arrive at a later date.

Please note that all players can already disable clan invites entirely if they so choose by visiting their profile settings. In a desktop browser, this can be found under Settings > Privacy > Destiny Privacy. Here, players can individually choose which platforms they do and do not wish to have clan invites enabled on.

Movie Times

Welcome to Movie of the Week, our ongoing effort to seek out community videos and share them for all to see. If you don’t know the drill, it’s pretty simple. We pick a few of our favorite videos created by the community and then send a special emblem to the creators. If you are a lucky winner, please make sure you include a link to your profile so we can know where to send the prize. Here are this week’s winners.

Movie of the Week: Wild Ride

Honorable Mention: Back to Back to Back…

There is nothing left to say. 

You have your mission. It begins next week. Use the Sundial to repair the timeline and save an old friend. Also, of course, there will be loot!

See you on Mercury.

<3 Cozmo

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