Recently, the Destiny 2 community was given a laundry list of changes Bungie has been planning for the sci-fi shooter. Instead of delivering the third and final livestream for Curse of Osiris, the game’s first expansion, the developer decided to be more transparent in a blog post over players’ concerns and detail what to expect from the game moving forward. While many areas of the game were covered, from XP mechanics to a new weapon class, a large portion of the blog discussed how Legendary shards, Faction tokens, and Reputation tokens will be used in the future.
The main update housing a majority of the changes discussed in the blog post will launch on December 5th, alongside Curse of Osiris, but a patch on December 12th will also carry in new options, including the ability to purchase gear with Legendary consumables. Currently, Legendary shards have few uses, with Guardians infusing them with Legendary gear to raise its Power level or treating it as currency to buy materials from Xûr. Earning the shards is simple, too, as Nightfall strikes, Faction Engrams, and dismantling Legendary gear provides more of the item. In turn, most players above the level 20 cap have a heaping pile of shards and nothing to use them for, but thankfully, Bungie is making the shards a major currency with the update.
According to the blog post, “most” Faction vendors will soon sell specific Faction armor and weapons for Legendary shards and Faction tokens. For example, in the screenshot seen below, the keeper of the Crucible, Lord Shaxx, is selling the Hunter’s Binary Phoenix Cloak, for 15 Legendary shards and 10 Crucible tokens. Xûr will also continue accepting the shards as currency, but new Fated Engrams, which house Exotics players don’t already own, will be in the mix.
All five armor slots will be available from each vendor, with weapon availability rotating on a weekly basis. There is a catch, though. Guardians will only be able to unlock the different armor slots by claiming Engrams from a respective vendor, but once an Engram awards, let’s say a gauntlet, then that armor slot will be open moving forward. The great news is that Guardians will get credit for slots from any Engrams they’ve previously acquired, so this unlock system likely won’t affect most daily users. Overall, players can now acquire Faction-specific gear they may have missed, and more importantly, have a use for the many shards clogging up their inventory.
Also in the December 12th patch, Commander Zavala and Lord Shaxx will offer new Gift consumables to use in Strikes and Crucible activities. Using Legendary shards, players can buy two types of items from the commanders: one that grants bonus rewards to all players in an activity, and one that awards a random item to all players, like Faction tokens or Exotics.
As for the main update on December 5th, the Tower’s Gunsmith, Banshee-44, will have a new way to use mods in combination with Legendary shards. Players will be able to dismantle rare mods in exchange for Gunsmith Materials that can create Legendary mod components. Previously, collecting Legendary mods was tedious, as Guardians were forced to grind through high-level activities that never promised to drop the mods players needed. Thankfully, that will be a thing of the past, and to make the new mod offerings even better, Banshee-44 will also sell specific Legendary mods that rotate on a daily basis.
Also in the December 5th patch, for Vanguard vendors like Zavala, Reputation tokens they typically trade for Engrams will also drop in more balanced ways. Players will earn more of the Vanguard-specific tokens from daily challenges, Strikes, Cayde’s hidden treasure chests, and Leviathan. However, to balance the new drop ratio, Bungie has increased the cost of Reputation Engrams by 37 percent for Factions and fifty percent for the Gunsmith. If that’s not enough, Master Rahool in the Tower will sell Legendary Engrams directly for Legendary shards, which is just another way players will be able to acquire gear they need at the cost of a consumable that didn’t have much purpose previously.
The new methods to purchase weapons and armor weren’t the only updates discussed in Bungie’s lengthy post, though. The new Masterworks weapon class will act as an upgraded version of Legendaries, with unique benefits, like re-rollable stat boosts and a kill tracker. Beyond the December updates, players can expect changes to PvP in 2018, too, with private matches. Bungie’s new intentions to be transparent with the community should mean more details about everything that was discussed in the blog, including which vendors will take the Legendary shards, will be revealed once the December 5th update arrives.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Game Rant