This Week In Destiny – 11/22/2023
Nov 22, 2023 - Destiny 2 Community Team
This week in Destiny, we are TWIDing a bit early.
Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, and many at Bungie are taking the day to spend time with their loved ones. One reason to be grateful is the amazing community that has grown for years around Destiny. Thank you for being here, Guardians.
Also, this is the last TWID before Season of the Wish launches! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here’s what we have for today:
- Our latest collab!
- The new Seasonal Artifact and its perks.
- Changes coming to abilities next Season…
- … and to many Exotic armor pieces, too.
- Fireteam Finder beta.
- New cutscenes added to our archive.
- Destiny 2 expansions are on sale!
- Our weekly Player Support Report.
- And the latest Movie of the Week and Art of the Week picks.
Ready? Let’s go.
Announcing Our Latest Collab!
Saladin might call him the White Wolf. Mara Sov would refer to him as Gwynbleidd. And the Cabal would revel in the stories about the Butcher of Blaviken. He has many names, but for us he is Geralt of Rivia, whose gear is the focus of our latest collaboration. We'll share more details about it, as well as a trailer, very soon. For now, gaze at the amazing art we shared yesterday.
New Artifact, Who Dis?
It's high time we show you the upcoming Season’s Artifact perks so you can start thinking about new builds. We are focusing on three elements: Solar, Strand, and Stasis. There’s also a focus on Rocket Launchers, some new and very strong perks around ignitions and shatter, and even some beloved perks making a comeback.
All in all, the Queensfoil Censer allows for several outstanding combinations.
Your equipped Sidearms fire shield-piercing rounds and stun Barrier Champions. Additionally, Sidearms are always overcharged when that modifier is active.
Flame, Fiber, and Freeze
Combines the Solar/Strand and Solar/Stasis Siphon mods into one.
Rapid Solar weapons precision hits and rapid Solar weapon final blows grant Radiant.
Picking up an Orb of Power grants Strand weapons Unraveling Rounds.
Damaging unraveled targets with a weapon occasionally spawns a Threadling.
Unstoppable Hand Cannon
Aiming down the sights of a Hand Cannon for a short time loads a powerful explosive payload that stuns unshielded combatants. Strong against Unstoppable Champions. Additionally, Hand Cannons are always overcharged when that modifier is active.
Radiant causes Solar weapons to apply Scorch to unscorched combatants.
While radiant, deal increased weapon damage to combatants affected by Strand and Stasis debuffs.
Pillar of Ice
Killing an encased combatant spawns Stasis crystals.
Hail The Storm
Shattering encased targets and Stasis crystals deals increased damage. Shattering a Stasis crystal releases shards of ice that damage and slow targets.
Holding a Bow fully drawn for a short time loads a powerful explosive payload that stuns unshielded combatants. Strong against Unstoppable Champions. Additionally, Bows are always overcharged when that modifier is active.
Rapid final blows with Rocket Launchers and Grenade Launchers grant Armor Charge.
Heart of the Flame
Casting your Solar Super grants nearby allies Radiant and increases the damage of your Super for each nearby ally.
Causing damage with a Solar ability weakens Champions and bosses for a short duration.
Rays of Precision
While radiant, Solar precision final blows cause combatants to ignite.
Overload Auto Rifles
Sustained fire from Auto Rifles disrupts combatants, stunning them, delaying ability energy regeneration, and lowering combatant damage output. Strong against Overload Champions. Additionally, Auto Rifles are always overcharged when that modifier is active.
Origin Perk Specialization I
Improves the benefits provided by the Sundering, Nano-Munitions, and Nanotech Tracer Rocket Origin Traits. Additionally, weapons with these traits are always overcharged.
Origin Perk Specialization II
Improves the benefits provided by the Noble Deeds, Unsated Hunger, Head Rush, and Dragon’s Vengeance Origin Traits. Additionally, weapons with these traits are always overcharged.
Overload Rocket Launchers
Rocket Launchers are especially effective against Overload Champions.
While you are the only member of your fireteam, you deal increased damage to all combatants.
Overload Pulse Rifle
Sustained fire from Pulse Rifles disrupts combatants, stunning them, delaying ability energy regeneration, and lowering combatant damage output. Strong against Overload Champions. Additionally, Pulse Rifles are always overcharged when that modifier is active.
From Whence You Came
Increases ability damage to Taken and Scorn combatants.
Wished Into Being
While your Super is nearly fully charged, ability final blows spawn Orbs of Power. Wearing Season of the Wish armor decreases Super amount threshold.
Breaking a combatant’s shield with a Strand or Stasis weapon has a chance to suspend or freeze that combatant. Wearing Season of the Wish armor increases this chance.
Firing a Rocket Launcher consumes one stack of Armor Charge, granting increased damage and reload speed until you reload or stow your Rocket Launcher.
Ability Changes Coming Next Week
Here’s a preview of the coming sandbox tuning in Season of the Wish and beyond. To set the stage, let’s lay out our overall goals for this release:
- Ensuring that abilities (particularly those in our longer cooldown tiers) are meeting our intended cost-to-output ratio.
- Reducing cases of player survivability that exceed our power bar.
- Making first steps at Well of Radiance and Ward of Dawn tuning.
- Taking a tuning pass on Stasis abilities, with more to come in the future.
Let’s get started. We’ve laid this out a number of times in previous posts, but it’s worth repeating. We believe that powerful abilities need to come at a meaningful cost to the player, to force difficult decisions about what fits best in their build. To put it plainly: we’re not hitting that goal. There are many buildcrafting avenues that grant flat chunks of ability energy and ignore ability cooldown tiers. This gives them extremely inconsistent value, depending on what grenade, melee, or class ability you have equipped. Here’s an example:
- A perk that grants 10% grenade energy on activation results in a cooldown reduction of 6.4 seconds to Firebolt Grenade, but results in a cooldown reduction of 15.2 seconds for Lightning Grenade.
When players stack these buildcrafting elements together (e.g., Grenade Kickstart + Innervation + Absolution + Demolitionist + a chunk energy fragment), it results in long-cooldown abilities having uptime that is dramatically higher than what we intend for their potency level.
With Season of the Wish, we’re taking a first step at addressing that problem. Starting in update 7.3.0, the base passive cooldown tiers for abilities will also influence the amount of chunk energy they receive from perks. For our fastest-charging abilities, things are not changing. But as we progress through the passive cooldown tiers into the slower-charging abilities, that immediate burst of energy will be reduced to a floor of 50% of base for our slowest-charging grenade and class abilities, and 60% for our slowest-charging melee abilities.
- Here's that same example under the new system: a perk that grants a base value of 10% grenade energy on activation results in a cooldown reduction of 6.4 seconds for Firebolt Grenade and results in a cooldown reduction of 7.6 seconds for Lightning Grenade.
With Season of the Wish, we’re only implementing this change for grenade, melee, and class abilities—perks that add Super energy are unchanged. We’re also excluding any perk that either intentionally grants a full refund (like Knock ‘Em Down) or targets only a single, specific ability (like Shinobu’s Vow). These will still work identically to their behavior in the live game.
In our playtesting, this results in more of the intended variance between high- and low-uptime abilities and an opportunity cost that more closely matches potency, but we don’t expect (or desire) that anyone’s build is going to be made obsolete overnight by this change. We're going to keep iterating on this new system going forward, so expect future updates as we see how it plays out alongside all of you.
As our roster of Player-Elected Difficulty (PED) activities has expanded in recent years, we’ve shifted the sandbox to enable more of our (often risky) gameplay loops to feel effective against increasingly difficult lineups of combatants. This can be seen in the addition of more defense- or support-focused tools, including the standardization of overshields, expanded access to healing through Restoration and Cure, and the development of keywords like Woven Mail.
However, we still need our aspirational content to remain challenging. We’re currently in a position where applying combat pressure to a well-buildcrafted player is extremely difficult, which doesn’t leave our activities teams with many options for tuning difficulty while still having things feel fair across a broad spectrum of player types.
In short, player survivability at the top end is too high (a problem we’ve touched on in the past), and we need to find a better balance between the two extremes of enabling players to heedlessly dive into the fray or making it feel like long-range chip damage is the only option to clear an encounter. To that end, we’re making an initial pass at tuning some of our top-end outliers, but we anticipate that this will be a process that takes place over many releases, so that we can ensure that things are trending in a healthy way.
For this first pass, we’re targeting a small number of subclass keywords that we believe most strongly contribute to excessive survivability in combat: Woven Mail, Restoration, and Devour.
With Update 7.2.0, we took a small stab at Woven Mail’s PvE damage reduction, but with Update 7.3.0 we’re reducing it a further 10%. While this is a relatively small change, we want to evaluate it alongside some changes to Banner of War (that you’ll read about later on) before taking any larger swings.
- Woven Mail
Reduced damage resistance vs. PvE combatants from 55% to 45%.
Restoration’s heal rate is being reduced in both PvE and PvP. Similar to the Woven Mail case, we want to see how this feels sitting alongside some changes to Throwing Hammer and Sol Invictus further down.
Reduced healing rate at Restoration x1:
Reduced healing rate at Restoration x2:
Last up is Devour, whose potency is largely due to the ease-of-use of the Echo of Starvation Fragment, which was initially developed when there were fewer Orbs of Power being generated. We’re making a targeted change to Devour that excludes Voidwalkers, reducing its heal amount from 200hp to 100hp unless Feed the Void is equipped. For our Voidwalkers out there, we’re also increasing the amount of grenade energy that Devour defeats grant with Feed the Void, to offset some of the chunk energy changes detailed above.
Healing amount (both on activation and when refreshed) reduced from a full heal to 100hp unless Feed the Void is equipped.
Now refills both health and shield sections more smoothly rather than adding health to each section separately.
Feed the Void
Increased grenade energy regeneration per kill while Devour is active. This amount varies based on the type of target defeated.
Now also improves the strength of Devour's heal when equipped.
This is going to be an ongoing process for us, so please continue to give feedback on how things are feeling, and we’ll adjust accordingly as we go forward.
Sprint and Slide Melees
In Update 3.4.0, we made the decision to remove the capability for shoulder charge abilities (Shield Bash, Seismic Strike, and Hammer Strike) to one-shot enemy players. This was part of an ongoing effort to make sure that any one-shot ability in the game comes with significant risk or cost, whether that’s a significant windup time (e.g., Thunderclap or Consecration), aim skill (e.g., Flux Grenade), or a specific buildcrafting choice (e.g., Peregrine Greaves). We believe that this is still the right call, and we want to maintain the intended level of risk for using powerful melee abilities against players.
Players are currently able to circumvent this change by sliding, firing their weapon, and still being able to initiate a shoulder charge or slide melee. This results in an effective one-shot kill that is extremely difficult to track or understand if you’re on the receiving end. Starting in Season of the Wish, firing your weapon while sliding will now prevent the activation of sprint- or slide-activated melees. We originally intended for this change to be isolated to Shoulder Charge abilities, but in our initial playtesting we quickly realized that the Shoulder Charge was easily replaceable with a Tempest Strike, Lightning Surge, or our other slide melees, so we’re including them in this change as well.
- Sprint- and slide-activated melees can no longer be activated after the player fires their weapon during a slide.
This affects the following melee abilities:
Howl of the Storm
Alongside this change, we’re also increasing the potency of Tempest Strike, which has felt somewhat left behind given the powerful synergy between Flow State and Lethal Current.
- Tempest Strike
Increased base damage from 110 to 125.
Reworked tracking behavior to be more consistent at longer ranges.
Improved consistency when traveling over rough terrain.
Bonk Hammer and Banner of War
With Season of the Witch, we released Banner of War, which has quickly jumped to the top of the Aspect list for our Titan players. It’s currently equipped for nearly 20% of all Titan playtime for Season of the Witch PvE activities. This is rivaled only by Into the Fray at 15% of playtime, which is Banner’s natural pairing. We’re very happy with the way Banner of War has supported the Berserker class fantasy and don’t want to reduce its ability to do so when at maximum charge. However, it’s currently too easy to build up to that maximum charge very quickly in content with sufficient density of combatants, especially with the help of your teammates.
With Season of the Wish, we’re making a change to slow down the charge progression, increasing the number of defeats required to level the Banner up at each tier. As part of this change, we’re also slightly increasing the timer extension granted by each enemy defeated to compensate.
- Banner of War
Increased the number of enemy defeats necessary to level up the Banner by approximately double and increased the amount of time added per enemy defeat at each level to compensate.
These values vary depending on the type of target defeated.
Fixed an issue where unpowered Swords were being granted a damage boost by Banner of War.
Let’s talk bonk. Prior to Solar 3.0, Throwing Hammer was in the Code of the Devastator subclass tree which didn’t have much in the way of survivability tools, other than picking up the hammer after a hit. This meant that players needed to be significantly more careful in their play and generally weren’t as capable of standing in a Champion’s or boss’s face with impunity while they chucked a hammer at its torso over and over again. While this makes for a fun visual, we don’t believe that this behavior is healthy for the game, so alongside the changes to Restoration detailed above, we’re looking more fundamentally at how Throwing Hammer functions.
We started this section off talking about the relationship between potency and uptime, and how the rules of the sandbox begin to break down when these don't match up for a given ability. Throwing Hammer isn’t currently matching up. We don't want to remove the full energy refund on pickup because the conventional gameplay loop is still really fun, but we do want to add some downtime between throws to discourage the stand-next-to-the-boss-and-bonk-them behavior.
To that end, picking up a Throwing Hammer will now return its energy over a short duration, rather than instantly. We’re also increasing the projectile’s tracking strength so that players who choose to chuck the hammer at longer ranges are more consistently rewarded for taking that risk.
- Throwing Hammer
When picked up, now returns melee energy over 1.4 seconds rather than instantly.
Increased projectile tracking strength by about 20%.
Part of this equation is also Sol Invictus, which offers reliable safe havens in Sunspots. Similarly to our Throwing Hammer changes, we don’t want to discourage players who want to move from position to position, advancing through the combat space, but do want to make sure that players who bunker in dangerous positions (such as at the feet of a boss) aren’t able to do so for too long.
- Sol Invictus
Reduced maximum Sunspot duration from 20 seconds to 12 seconds.
This duration is only ever reached when the player is standing inside the Sunspot. Sunspot duration without the owner standing inside it remains unchanged at 5 seconds.
Well of Radiance and Ward of Dawn
With Update 3.4.0, we made a change to our Super cooldowns, placing Well of Radiance and Ward of Dawn in the fastest recharging tier. This decision was largely based on their kill potential versus Supers that deal burst damage or allow you to roam the field for potential team wipes. The game has changed significantly since then, and with changes to Trials of Osiris (Dominion as the game mode and shorter round times in general), we want to reevaluate their placement.
In Season of the Wish, we’re increasing their base cooldown times by one tier, matching the passive cooldowns of some of our burst Supers, like Blade Barrage or Chaos Reach. Our goal is for Well and Ward to have stronger competition in round-based modes, giving other players more tools to effectively deal with them under the time pressure that a mode like Dominion has.
- Well of Radiance and Ward of Dawn
Increased base cooldown time from 417 seconds to 455 seconds.
On a longer timeframe, we’re evaluating Well and Ward’s place in the sandbox more fundamentally. These two Supers are currently operating in too similar a space, leaving little room for them to breathe on their own. Well of Radiance in particular offers too much, and its effective invulnerability is not something we believe the sandbox can or should continue to support. We’re not making further changes to Well or Ward with Season of the Wish, but we have a suite of future changes planned to reduce Well’s dominance in PvE and push the gameplay space of these two Supers further apart. We’ll provide more details on that closer to their release.
The Near and Slightly Farther Future of Stasis
A week and a half ago, Stasis turned three years old. A lot has happened in that time: We’ve seen massive changes in the sandbox as we released the Light 3.0 subclasses, we added Strand as a fifth damage type in Lightfall, and the overall power bar of the sandbox has shifted significantly, resulting in Stasis feeling like it’s been left behind. We’ve given Stasis some tuning updates here and there, but we believe it’s time to give it a bigger shot in the arm.
Starting in Season of the Wish (and continuing in The Final Shape), we’re making a number of quality-of-life changes to improve Stasis’s reliability in combat, and we’re reevaluating some of our previous tuning changes for Stasis abilities with the goal of bringing them up to the current abilities power bar.
Let’s start off with the Fragment suite. For this release, we focused on our stat bonuses and penalties, removing those that felt unnecessary, tweaking them to make underperforming picks a little more attractive, or shifting them to better suit the gameplay of the Fragment.
- Whisper of Hedrons
Removed -10 Strength penalty.
Whisper of Impetus
Now provides +10 Resilience.
Whisper of Shards
No longer provides +10 Resilience.
- Whisper of Hunger
Stat penalty changed from -10 Mobility and -10 Intellect to -20 Strength.
Whisper of Bonds
Removed -10 Discipline penalty.
For our Hunters, we’re making changes targeted at improving the reliability of Withering Blade in all content and Winter’s Shroud in PvE. Withering Blade now travels faster, has longer lifetime, bounces an additional time before expiring, and is more consistent in finding a target—both before and after a bounce.
- Withering Blade
Increased projectile speed by 10%.
Increased maximum projectile lifetime by 10%.
Increased maximum bounce count from 2 to 3.
Increased tracking consistency.
Winter’s Shroud is getting an update to be more forgiving against PvE combatants, with a longer slow duration and increased area of effect. We’re also increasing its slow stack count against PvE combatants from 40 to 60, enabling things like Sixth Coyote to more easily freeze enemies, or for a freeze to occur more quickly after a quick Duskfield/dodge combo.
- Winter's Shroud
Increased slow stacks applied to PvE combatants from 40 to 60.
Increased slow duration applied to PvE combatants from 4s to 8s.
Increased slow detonation size vs. PvE combatants from 8m to 9m.
For Titans, we’re walking back a few changes made in Hotfixes 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 to Shiver Strike and Glacial Quake that no longer fit the current sandbox. We've returned the ability to freeze nearby players on cast with Glacial Quake (with a reduced radius from its previous version), making casting it in close quarters significantly safer than its current iteration. For Shiver Strike, we’ve restored its slow application to players on hit. This was previously removed in a world where collision damage was still lethal to players. Now that targets don’t need to be able to air brake with a movement mode or risk being splattered, we’re more comfortable giving Shiver Strike a bit more offensive spice.
- Shiver Strike
Now slows players on hit, a behavior previously removed in Hotfix 126.96.36.199.
Fixed an issue where Shiver Strike would not function with the Melee Kickstart armor mod.
Now freezes nearby players on cast, a behavior previously removed in Hotfix 188.8.131.52.
On-cast freeze impulse size vs. players has been reduced from 8m to 6m.
We’re also implementing a change to improve Howl of the Storm’s consistency against players because seeing a target touching a Stasis crystal created by Howl and not being frozen was a frustrating experience.
- Howl of the Storm
Fixed an issue where Howl of the Storm was not consistently freezing targets in contact with the created Stasis crystals.
For Warlocks, we’re making a couple of quality-of-life improvements to Frostpulse and Penumbral Blast. Shadebinder is a strong pick already, and we don’t feel like it needs much of a push, so we’re focusing on areas where it can sometimes fail the reliability test. Frostpulse’s area of effect is being increased against PvE combatants, and we’ve improved its network performance.
Significantly increased consistency against fast-moving targets.
This change involved reworking how this ability applies freeze to targets, reducing the latency between when the ability is activated and when the target is actually frozen.
Freeze detonation size vs. PvE combatants increased from 8m to 8.5m.
Penumbral Blast is intended to be a skill shot with a high payout, but the change made in Hotfix 184.108.40.206 to reduce its detonation size when impacting the environment can sometimes make it feel too inconsistent. With Update 7.3.0, we’re increasing that detonation size by 33% to increase its ease-of-use.
- Penumbral Blast
Increased detonation size when impacting environment from 1.5m to 2m.
Shadebinders will also directly benefit from a tuning change being made to Glacier Grenade. Currently, Bleak Watcher’s cooldown is directly tied to the base cooldown of Glacier Grenade, regardless of what grenade you have equipped. With Update 7.3.0, Glacier Grenade’s cooldown is being reduced, which will also translate to a lower Bleak Watcher cooldown.
- Glacier Grenade
Reduced base cooldown time from 152 seconds to 121 seconds.
The cooldown penalties for Duskfield Grenade and Coldsnap Grenade when Bleak Watcher is equipped have also been updated, so that their cooldown times match the new Glacier Grenade cooldown time.
While Coldsnap Grenade’s reliability has significantly improved with our recent passes, there are still instances where it can fail to meet expectations, so we’re making further tweaks.
- Coldsnap Grenade
Fixed an issue where the seeker was not consistently created in the direction the projectile was moving after a bounce.
Increased arming shape size from 0.9m to 1.4m.
Tracking strength now ramps down from full strength to 0 over the course of the grenade's lifetime, rather than immediately turning off after the seeker had reached 0.5s lifetime.
Finally, we’re increasing the bonus damage that Special weapons deal to frozen targets by a small amount, to help make shattering enemies feel more consistent.
Increased Special ammo weapon damage bonus vs. frozen targets from 5% to 10%.
These aren’t the only changes for Stasis that we have in the works, and we have some long-requested changes for a future release that we’ll discuss once they’re closer. Here’s a quick sneak preview:
- A new Stasis keyword we're tentatively calling Frost Armor, aimed at addressing some of the player feedback regarding survivability when running Stasis, particularly when not using Whisper of Rime and Whisper of Chains.
Additional tuning changes and reworks to existing Stasis Fragments.
Adding additional behavior to the Harvest Aspects.
Tune in next week for the full list of patch notes, which will include a few items we didn’t mention here. As always, we’ll continue to digest feedback as it’s coming in, so please keep it coming.
Upcoming Exotic Armor and Armor Mods Changes
It’s time for another set of Exotic armor balance changes! We once again wanted to buff some underused Exotics, with a particular focus this time on broadening the number of viable melee-oriented Exotic options for all three classes. We also wanted to improve the two least popular Aeon cult sects, with the goal that running a team of Aeon would provide more value in high-end PvE play. We also snuck in a few miscellaneous changes that we feel improve the armor sandbox.
Here are the details, broken down by class. Please note that, unless otherwise specified, the following changes leave the rest of the Exotics' benefits intact.
Shards of Galanor
- Throwing Knife kills now grant Super energy ranging between +2.5% and +5% depending on the type of enemy killed.
- Knife kills now grant a stacking damage bonus (+30%/+60%/+100% for 5 seconds) to throwing knives. Dodging refreshes the duration.
Feedback about the previous St0mp-EE5 change indicated that requiring full class ability made movement while wearing this Exotic feel too variable between its states and disproportionately hurt certain builds. In this update, we have removed the requirement of having full dodge energy to activate the benefits and have reduced the bonus to airborne lateral acceleration that the Exotic provides to be more in line with its other bonuses (sprint speed, grounded acceleration, airborne vertical acceleration, slide distance, and jump height) in terms of effectiveness. We also added damage resistance while airborne in PvE, to make St0mp-EE5 a more desirable option outside of the Crucible and jumping puzzles.
- Removed requirement to have full class ability energy to benefit from the movement bonuses.
- Reduced the airborne lateral acceleration bonus.
- Now provides damage resistance against combatants while airborne.
- The Sidearm damage bonus now persists for 5 seconds after your shields begin to recharge.
- Sidearm kills extend the damage bonus' duration by 3 seconds and completely reload your Sidearm from reserves.
- The damage bonus has been reduced in PvP to compensate for it lasting longer. It is now +10% Sidearm damage (down from +35%).
- Now applies 20 slow stacks to enemy players and 40 slow stacks to PvE combatants.
- Increased Glaive melee damage bonus while surrounded to +100% for both PvE and PvP (up from +30% in PvE and +10% in PvP).
- Precision kills now grant Super energy ranging between +1.5% and +4.5%, depending on target type killed.
- Increased size and damage of the explosion.
- Kills with the Exotic's explosion will now trigger an additional explosion.
- You now have to be airborne for a brief time before the Exotic effects will apply.
- Damaging Champions, Tormentors, or mini-bosses with a shoulder charge deals further increased damage and refunds your melee energy.
- The Burning Fist Exotic effect has been reworked. It is now a meter that increases with melee kills and finishers and decays over time.
The meter is broken up into five sections which provide escalating melee and Glaive melee damage bonuses. The upper end of the meter also provides escalating weapon damage bonuses.
As the meter decays, it passes back through the earlier tiers rather than deactivating immediately. The meter decays more quickly the more full it is.
- Fusion Grenade impacts now stun Unstoppable Champions.
While we wanted to bring the generic melee bonus down a bit to give space for other, more specialized melee Exotics to shine in their specific niches, we felt it was safe to bring Synthoceps’ Glaive melee bonus back up a substantial amount. We have also swapped the increased melee lunge range for increased weapon handling and reload speed.
- Removed extended melee lunge distance.
- Now improves weapon handling and reload speed while surrounded.
- Reduced the PvE surrounded melee damage bonus to +165% (from +200%).
- Increased Glaive melee bonus to +100% (from +50%).
- Kills with weapons matching your subclass now apply Restoration Tier 1 for 1.5 seconds in PvP and 3 seconds in PvE.
- Now when you cast a Frostpulse rift, nearby allies gain a Tier 2 Stasis Surge weapon bonus for 10 seconds in PvE and 5 seconds in PvP. They also gain a 50hp overshield.
- The stasis damage bonus provided to allies by the Winter's Wrath Shockwave is now the Tier 4 Stasis Surge weapon bonus. When your Winter's Wrath ends, you gain the Tier 4 Stasis Surge weapon bonus as well.
- Casting your Super now grants Cure Tier 3 for you and nearby allies.
- After your Super ends, you now temporarily gain greatly increased melee and grenade regen for 8 seconds.
- Moved the size of the weakening burst and duration of weaken up one tier against all targets, except for finishers against bosses, which retains the maximum size and duration.
- Melee kills now grant Cure T3 and Restoration T1 for 8 seconds.
- Finishers now grant Cure T3 and Restoration T2 for 8 seconds.
Aeon Swift, Aeon Safe, and Aeon Soul Exotic armor all received the following changes to their "sect" mods.
Sect of Force
This has been reworked to be all about providing your allies significant bonus weapon damage against powerful combatants. The bonus grenade and melee energy has been moved to be the special benefit granted to Aeon cult allies using a different sect.
- Rapid precision hits provide quicker reload and weapon swap speeds, and the bonus now lasts for 10 seconds (up from 6 seconds).
- No longer grants bonus melee, grenade, or Super energy on stunning a Champion or defeating a boss or miniboss. Instead, stunning a Champion or rapid precision hits against Champions, elites, or minibosses will mark them for your allies.
- Allies deal +20% more damage to marked targets.
- When a target is first marked, nearby Aeon cult allies who do not have the Sect of Force role equipped gain grenade and melee energy.
Sect of Insight
Sect of Insight had a strong role in endgame PvE teams, and we don’t want to change that. The one modification we do want to make is changing the Aeon cult ally bonus to be Super energy instead of weapon damage, as we want Sect of Force to be the source of weapon bonuses.
- Nearby Aeon cult allies who do not have the Sect of Insight role equipped no longer gain a bonus to weapon damage for a short time. Instead, they gain a burst of Super energy.
Sect of Vigor
Sect of Vigor already had a strong theme as the supporting role in the Aeon cult. We wanted to boost its effectiveness by having it provide damage resistance in PvE, in addition to its class ability benefits. Our goal is to make Sect of Vigor players shepherds for their team, keeping their allies near to protect them from harm.
- Now provides damage resistance against combatants when an ally dies or is resurrected, in addition to the existing class ability energy.
- When you cast your Super, nearby allies no longer gain an instant burst of healing or an overshield. Instead, nearby critically wounded allies gain damage resistance from combatants as long as they stay near you. Nearby Aeon cult allies who do not have the Sect of Vigor role equipped will also recover class ability energy more quickly.
Those are all the changes planned for Exotic armor that will be available the moment Season of the Wish launches. As always, let us know how you feel about these, try them in your favorite activities, and keep that precious feedback coming!
Armor Mod Changes
In addition to the Exotic changes listed above, we’re also adjusting several Armor Mods. To reiterate what was touched on in the Gameplay section, the high potential power output of abilities means they need to have proportional uptime and require meaningful (and sometimes difficult!) buildcrafting choices. Currently, the high-water mark for ability uptime is higher than we’d like. In order for us to hit our broader goals of reigning in ability energy sources across the sandbox, we need to reduce the amount of energy fed into the energy economy via Armor Mods.
- Heavy Handed, Firepower, and Reaper
These now have a 10-second cooldown for generating an Orb of Power.
Reaper also requires a kill be secured within 10 seconds of using your class ability.
Melee Kickstart, Grenade Kickstart, and Utility Kickstart
Now provides between +16% and +45% ability energy and requires at least a single armor charge be consumed.
Momentum Transfer, Bolstering Detonation, Impact Induction, and Focusing Strike
Now provide 12%/17%/20% ability energy for 1/2/3 stacks respectively and require a powered melee attack.
Outreach and Bomber
Now provides 12%/17%/20% ability energy for 1/2/3 stacks respectively.
Outreach, Bomber, and Distribution
Outreach and Bomber now provides 12%/17%/20% ability energy.
Distribution now provides 4%/6%/7% ability energy.
Energy provided is further reduced based on the cooldown of the class ability used, with the shortest cooldowns reducing it by 60%.
We believe these changes will help return some meaningful choice to both ability usage and the Armor Charge system, while still allowing each Armor Mod to provide a valuable effect.
LF5M: Fireteam Finder, 1810, KWTD, I’m Wellock
After almost two years of hard work, we will start Fireteam Finder’s beta test shortly after Season of the Wish launches. Starting on November 30, players will have access to the first public Raids Stress Test of the new group-finding tool, while we gather data to help get things working smoothly.
This first test will focus only on raids. Be aware that this is one of the most ambitious launches we've had for Destiny in a long time, so please be patient and share with us all your feedback, so we can work the gremlins out of the system. Our goal with this launch is clear: to ensure Fireteam Finder scales properly for millions of players and to deliver a world-class LFG tool for all activities in the near future. We have a lot more to share about this in the article dedicated to Fireteam Finder, so go check it out if you haven't already.
Update to the Cutscene Archive
The Destiny 2 Cutscene Archive has grown a lot since we started this project a year ago. Today, we couldn’t be happier to bring two more Seasons and an expansion to our YouTube playlist.
Season of the Undying (Season 8)
Season of Dawn (Season 9)
And since we have you here, why not check our Light and Darkness Saga Story Moments video to relive some of the memories of the past years, before jumping into the new Season?
Some Very Good Destiny 2 and Bungie Store Deals
For those looking to upgrade their Destiny 2 catalog, we have good news for you: Lightfall and other content packs are up to 67% off on PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam until November 28! It doesn’t stop there though. Starting November 24, the Bungie Store begins its biggest sale of the year and relaunches limited quantities of previously retired Bungie Rewards.
Those participating in the sale will receive the Darkstar emblem with any purchase made during this period. Also, throughout the sale, all orders shipped in the 48 contiguous US states, EU, and UK will have a $7 flat rate shipping. The Bungie Store sale ends on December 1 at 8:59 PM PST. And last but not least, the new Wishing Well emblem will also be available for purchases made on November 24 and later during the Season of the Wish.
Player Support Report
Give thanks, the Fifteenth Wish is here!
End of Season Approaches
Season of the Witch concludes on November 28, 2023, at 9 AM PST. Players should make sure to claim all engrams and other rewards before the new Season begins. Any rewards not claimed from non-Seasonal vendors will be removed at the beginning of the next Season.
Updated Text Chat Filtering
One of our core values is “creating worlds that inspire friendship,” which includes protecting players and encouraging positive teamwork. With this aim, in early December we will begin implementing significant improvements to text-chat language filters. Some things to note:
To minimize unintended behavior, this will be the first step of a multiphase rollout. We will continually audit the filter’s performance and update its rules.
Players can still toggle “Allow Profanity” on and off through the in-game social settings. However, in the initial rollout, some of these settings may be overridden by the new filters. This means some players may temporarily see terms that were previously hidden by their personal settings. We are working to resolve this in a future phase.
The system will prioritize the thirteen languages/dialects officially supported by Destiny 2. Players chatting in non-supported languages may experience the system filtering out words that do not violate the Code of Conduct. We’re working on an FAQ with details about this and related questions.
Initially, the filter system will automatically filter language but not affect any player accounts. However, while auditing system performance, Bungie staff may manually act on behavior that violates our Code of Conduct.
Players who encounter unexpected filter behavior will be able to report it via a dedicated submission form in the near future.
While we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help forum:
- The Ascendancy Rocket Launcher does not appear in the preview screen of the Legacy Gear Menu at the Monument to Lost Lights.
The All for One Crota's End raid challenge may not be completing for players who correctly meet the conditions for the challenge.
The Good, The Bad and the Iron Banner
UPDATE: We have picked a new MOTW after noticing the previous one had already been featured in the 10/26 TWID. Pardon our dust.
We love cowboys. We love Tex Mechanica. And we love this video, too. (Some strong language, be advised)
Movie of the Week: Let's be Cowboys! Yee-haw
O Guardian mine
This impressive #Destiny2AOTW reminds us of our Season of the Wish key art from another angle. Hopefully you are not afraid of all the sharp teeth, claws, and muscles. Amazing creation!
Art of the Week: “Wish once more, O Guardian mine” by @theEverdrift via Twitter/X
We hope the info shared today will help you assemble the most powerful build to face the many challenges that are coming. We can't wait to see what crazy combinations you end up making while playing the new Season. We wish you all the best!
That said, maybe we should avoid wishing so carelessly? Just for the foreseeable future... You never know who or what might be listening, and wishes are a very powerful type of magic. Last time someone (not pointing fingers) went too far with them, we ended up having a whole city trapped in a temporal loop. So, let's cut this outro now to avoid any problems.
See you next week, O Reader Mine.
Destiny 2 Community Team