Alongside the May 8th release of Destiny 2‘s second story expansion, Warmind, players will have the opportunity to raise their Power levels past the current maximum capacity. To balance out the level increase across all in-game activities, Bungie has revealed it will be taking a new approach to the drop mechanics of older raid activities.
In response to a player’s question on Twitter, Destiny 2‘s reward designer, Daniel Auchenpaugh, stated that previously released raids “will have their drops buffed to help you get to 380 by running them.” However, as also seen in the tweet below, the raids’ Power level requirements will not increase.
Yes the old raids will have their drops buffed to help you get to 380 by running them, no their power levels aren’t increasing
— Daniel Auchenpaugh (@danielOut) April 26, 2018
According to Auchenpaugh, this means Leviathan and Eater of Worlds will soon offer reward gear that will be a higher level than the actual activity. With past Power level increases, Bungie locked the Power level of an older raids’ gear to the activity’s overall level. For example, if a raid required a Power level of 300 to participate, the gear earned during it would not exceed that number. This would force Guardians to take on the latest and greatest raids to earn the gear that would help them reach the most recent Power level cap.
The new direction is good news for players unable to purchase the upcoming DLC, as they won’t be locked out of the new Power climb grind. However, in a later tweet, Auchenpaugh also said the older raids won’t drop the powerful armor and weapons forever. He added that the upcoming raid lair for Warmind, Spire of Stars, will be the best place to earn high-level gear.
Whether or not you purchase the upcoming expansion, the most effective way to reach 380 will be through endgame activities, according to the developer. While public events and Lost Sector runs will drop powerful gear occasionally, Bungie recently said participating in raids and Trials of the Nine will award the better gear.
Thankfully, players that do grab the DLC will have a great deal of new content to experience. The Warmind expansion will take place on Mars, which will house a new survival mission with unique rewards. Also, the new Crucible rankings will give Guardians in the competitive scene a chance to fight for glory and earn one of the most powerful weapons in the game.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Daniel Auchenpaugh on Twitter