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Destiny 2: Forsaken Guide for New and Returning Players
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Destiny 2: Forsaken takes place after the events of the Red War during Destiny 2, Curse of Osiris and Warmind, and will become available on Sept. 4, 2018

Getting Started

Forsaken players who are new to Destiny 2 will first get to experience the Destiny 2, Expansion I: Curse of Osiris, and Expansion II: Warmind campaigns from Year 1. Ownership of these titles is required to play Destiny 2: Forsaken.
Destiny 2 Curse of Osiris Warmind

Players who do not own Forsaken will be referred to as Legacy Players within this article.

New Campaign

Take justice into your own hands as you venture into a new frontier filled with enemies, allies, untold mysteries, and treasures waiting to be uncovered.


Fight. Collect. Bank. Invade. Gambit is an all-new hybrid 4v4 mode combining the best of PvE and PvP. 

Crucible Activities

The Crucible is Destiny 2’s PvP game mode, which offers casual and competitive game options, along with weekly playlists.

Crucible Ranks

In Destiny 2, players can earn Seasonal Crucible Ranks by participating in certain Crucible activities. These ranks make exclusive items available from Lord Shaxx, the Crucible vendor in the Tower Courtyard, and are account-wide. Players have until the end of the current Season to earn Crucible ranks, after which they will be reset. 

View our Seasonal Crucible Ranking article


Lord Shaxx offers unique Crucible bounties to collect at the Tower. Players can view these bounties in the Pursuits section of the Inventory screen, where they will also be able to claim them upon completion for Crucible Tokens. The tokens can be turned in to Lord Shaxx for Reputation Rank and unique rewards.

Crucible Labs

Crucible Labs is an experimental Crucible playlist in Destiny 2 where players can experience new game modes before they are finished. When it is active, it can be found under the Crucible node in the Director, in the upper-right corner of the screen. 

View our Crucible Labs article

Iron Banner

Iron Banner is a week-long Crucible event in Destiny 2 where level advantages matter. Players who are higher-leveled will deal more damage to players who are lower-leveled. Lord Saladin, the Iron Banner vendor, will offer rewards to players who rank up their reputation with him by turning in Iron Banner Tokens. Lord Saladin is found in the Tower Courtyard, and can be accessed by taking the stairs next to the Gunsmith.

View our Iron Banner article

Trials of the Nine

Trials of the Nine is a weekly Crucible playlist in Destiny 2 that offers unique rewards. Trials of the Nine will be on hiatus during Season 4. Players should stay tuned to our News page for future announcements regarding Trials of the Nine. 

View our Trials of the Nine article

Private Matches

Private Matches allow players to host their own lobby to play Crucible Game Types. The Fireteam leader who creates this lobby will be able to choose from a series of options to assemble a match with the settings of their choosing.

Redrix’s Broadsword: A New Weapon Quest for Season 4

  • Season 4 will bring the chance for players to obtain Redrix’s Broadsword, through a quest given by Lord Shaxx. Once players have earned the weapon, random roll versions of Redrix’s Broadsword will start dropping from Crucible engrams. 
  • Players who earned Redrix’s Claymore in Season 3 will receive additional bonuses. Claymore owners will be granted an exclusive emblem when redeeming the corresponding Triumph, and will be eligible for drops of Redrix’s Broadsword from Crucible engrams even without completing the corresponding quest. 
  • Redrix’s Claymore will no longer be granted as an reward in Season 4.
  • Valor rank resets for the Broadsword quest only count in the season in which players have the quest in their inventory. 
  • Any rank-related objective can be completed anytime during the season and will count once players hit a required step. Making Valor progress during the early steps still makes progress towards the later step.

Year 2 Sandbox Updates

Year 2 includes several updates to the sandbox, such as:
  • Players can now perform 2-hit melee kills
  • The Titan Shoulder Charge is now a 1-hit kill
  • Hand Cannons can now perform 3-tap kills 
  • 3 new maps are available (plus 1 PlayStation exclusive) 
  • Faster Time to Kill: The amount of time a player takes to kill another player has been shortened
  • The Hunter Throwing Knife now has increased damage
  • The Hunter Golden Gun super duration has been extended by 2 seconds
  • Guardians now drop Special ammo in the Crucible when killed
For the latest patch notes, players can view them on our Updates page.

Updated Director and Milestones

In Destiny 2: Forsaken, the Director (the map where you can travel to planets and destinations) has been updated to add new destinations: the Tangled Shore, the Dreaming City, and the Gambit node. The Milestone tray has also been revamped, and will now specifically show the most important, non-repeatable quests for every player of Destiny 2, such as campaign quests. Meanwhile, world quests for destinations will now live in the Pursuits section of the character inventory. 

Many Milestones from Year 1 have been converted to activity challenges. These will continue to grant powerful rewards, but they will no longer be displayed in the Milestone tray. When players access the Director, they will see activity challenges in the tool-tip of the associated activity.

Vanguard Activities

Strike Playlists

The base strike playlist for Destiny 2 players has been updated to feature difficulty selection and modifiers. Heroic Strikes are being retired on August 28 with Destiny 2 Update 2.0.0.

Forsaken Players
  • The strike playlist has three difficulties to select from: Level 30 Power 300, Level 40 Power 400, and Level 50 Power 500.
  • Once a player is 40 Power over a given playlist, it will no longer appear as an option for players to select.
  • The Power 500 playlist will always be available.
  • Strikes will have modifiers.

Legacy Players
  • The strike playlist matches the legacy playlist that is currently available in Year 1.
  • Recommended Power 200.
  • Strikes will have modifiers.

PLEASE NOTE: Between August 28 and September 4, 2018, modifiers will be unavailable for all strike playlists.

Heroic Story Playlist

Year 1 Meditations are being retired and replaced with a Heroic Story Playlist. Year 2 campaign missions will be featured at 500 Power, while Year 1 campaign missions will be set to a Power level relative to their release. 

Ikora Rey’s Vanguard Research reputation tokens will no longer be used as a currency after August 28 and will be removed from player inventories. Ikora's Legendary gear will also no longer be available.


The Nightfall activity is also being revisited for Season 4. Prestige difficulty is being retired, but the base difficulty for the Nightfall activity will increase to 540 Power. Additionally, players will have the ability to choose one of three Nightfall strikes each week. While having three options, players may only select the strikes for which they own the appropriate releases. 

Legacy players will still be able to enable modifiers via their Challenge Card. Scoring will not be available for legacy players in the 270 Power Nightfall.

Account Restrictions and Banning Policies

Players that violate the Code of Conduct or the licensing agreement that governs Destiny may be restricted or banned from some or all Destiny content or activities. 

Help and Support

Players who encounter gameplay issues following the launch of Destiny 2: Forsaken should report to the #Help forum.
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