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Prepare Your Guardians for Destiny 2: Forsaken

Prepare yourself for new adventures on the Reef by catching up with the improvements in Update 2.0 to weapons, armor, subclasses, and more!

By Dennis Scimeca on August 31, 2018
Level 7

You are about to hunt enemies deadly enough to kill one of the most powerful Guardians the Lost City has ever seen. RIP, Cayde-6. On September 4, Forsaken, the latest adventure in the Destiny universe, will be released.

In the new Forsaken launch trailer, you witnessed Vanguard leader Ikora Rey calling for vengeance for their fallen comrade. But before all of you Hunters, Titans, and Warlocks invade the Reef to take retribution against Uldren Sov and his Barons for the death of Cayde-6, you should be aware of a substantial number of changes that went live in Destiny 2 with Update 2.0 in preparation for the release of Forsaken. Bungie has provided a brand new ViDoc to clue everyone in.

Try The All-New Director

The Director, where you choose your next destination and track your weekly milestone goals, is laid out a little differently after Update 2.0. The planets have been rearranged and space has been made for the Reef. The Leviathan Raid and the Raid Lairs are now accessible through the Nessus map.

A big change to the Director is in the weekly milestone pane because, as Bungie noted in the ViDoc, the way Milestones work is changing with the release of Forsaken. You can still see Milestones indicated on the Director next to the planets where the Milestone can be completed. A recent Flashpoint was Mars, for example, and if you open the Mars map you’ll see that Ana Bray will be giving out your Flashpoint reward. Take a tour through the new Director and get used to the changes.


Master The New Weapon System

We’ve talked in previous posts about how combat is changing with the release of Forsaken. Now, after Update 2.0, you can try the new weapons system for yourself and get used to the changes.

All weapons now have an ammunition type listed: Primary, Special, or Heavy. For the most part all weapons of the same class use the same kind of ammo. Auto Rifles use Primary ammunition, for instance, so if you run an Auto Rifle in both your Kinetic and Energy slots you may need to make sure you’re getting enough of the right ammo drops.

Some weapons can be equipped in different slots than they could be prior to the update. Most Fusion Rifles, Shotguns, Sniper Rifles and Breech Feed Grenade Launchers can now be equipped as Energy weapons instead of Power weapons and they require Special ammo. Take this week to experiment with the new weapons system so that you’re not entirely learning the new system on the fly while also learning how to tackle the new Scorn enemies in Forsaken.

Maximize Your Mod Components

In Destiny 2: Year 1 you were able to switch the damage type on Energy and Heavy weapons between Arc, Solar, and Void by swapping in the appropriate damage mod. When Forsaken launches on Sept. 4 you will no longer be able to change damage types with mods, and weapons will be locked to whatever damage type they were set to when Forsaken goes live. Take the time now to decide which weapons are your favorite guns to pop Arc, Solar, and Void shields and set their damage type mods accordingly.

The mod system in Destiny 2 is changing entirely with the release of Forsaken. All of your current Year 1 Rare and Legendary mods will be useless. Rare Year 1 mods when dismantled will have a chance of dropping mod components and Legendary Year 1 mods when dismantled will be guaranteed to drop mod components. That makes this week a good time, if you have the Glimmer to spare, to stock up on Rare mods to combine into Legendary mods. Then, after Forsaken goes live, you can dismantle all your mods and get the most bang for your buck.


Enjoy Your Increased Vault Space

After Update 2.0 you have 500 Vault spaces instead of 300, which is great news for everybody. It’s particularly good news for collectors because now is the time to finish your collections of Year 1 weapons and armor. When Forsaken launches on September 4, some Year 1 weapons and armor will be retired from vendors. You can check out the complete list on If you have the glimmer and the gunsmith materials and the planetary tokens, grab the Year 1 items now that you want. You have plenty of space for them!

Read The Patch Notes

Once you’ve done all of that, it’s time to head over to and go over the long list of content and gameplay changes introduced by Update 2.0. Exotic armor has been updated. Weapon characteristics across entire weapon classes have been adjusted. Weapon perks have changed. Every Guardian subclass has been tweaked.

There is way too much to even try summarizing here. If you want to grasp the totality of what Update 2.0 has introduced, this time you really need to read the patch notes. And once you know what’s changed, you can begin experimenting with your favorite subclasses and armor and weapons to see how your playstyle may want to evolve.

Get some practice in this week and make your adjustments to be ready for Forsaken on September 4! You’re going to need to be on top of your game to take down Uldren Sov and the Barons, and earn justice for Cayde-6.

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