Destiny 2: Empyrean Foundation Arrives This Week [Update]
Is this the first step in the return of Destiny's Trials of Osiris?
The next big thing in Destiny 2's Season of Dawn is coming Tuesday, February 4, with the game's next weekly reset: The Empyrean Foundation. It's another step in the ongoing story of Osiris's Sundial time machine, the rescue of Saint-14, and stopping the Cabal from using time travel to mess with the solar system. It'll also introduce the last of the four Psion bosses in the Sundial. The good news, you can get ready for the Empyrean Foundation right now. Datamined evidence suggests the event will bring the community together to restore the Trials of Osiris in Destiny 2's next content season. [Update: The weekly reset has arrived, and the Empyrean Foundation aspect of the season is now live. Additionally, Xur has arrived.]
As Bungie detailed in its latest This Week At Bungie blog post, the Empyrean Foundation will be a community-wide event to which all Guardians can contribute. Unlike other parts of the Season of Dawn, this will be an event everyone can participate in, whether you've purchased the season pass for this season or are using the free-to-play version of the game.
The Empyrean Foundation will find Saint-14 asking players to donate Polarized Fractaline to the cause of building a beacon that can help draw new people to the Last Safe City, the center of life for Destiny 2's good guys. You earn Polarized Fractaline by completing the Sundial activity, running various activities throughout the solar system, and completing bounties from Saint-14 and the four Sundial Obelisks scattered on different planets. To prepare for the event, you're going to want to spend Fractaline to upgrade your Obelisks as much as you can (all their benefits unlock fully at Level 11, so that's probably a good bar to shoot for), and then bank up Polarized Fractaline to donate to Saint's cause.
According to Bungie, you earn a new emblem and a Triumph for donating more than 5,000 Polarized Fractaline, which you can earn right now. You'll likely need to donate the 5,000 Fractaline to unlock this season's Triumph Seal, so it's a good idea to stockpile it early if you can. You'll also get free Fractaline from the Tower Obelisk depending on its Resonance Power (read: how much you've upgraded the other Obelisks), which should make earning it a little easier.
As the community donates more Fractaline, everyone will earn shaders. There are seven levels to hit in total, with a new shader for each one, but Bungie hasn't fully detailed them. Here's the list as it appears right now:
- Stage 1: 400,000,000
- Stage 2: 700,000,000
- Stage 3: 1,200,000,000
- Stage 4: ???
- Stage 5: ???
- Stage 6: ???
- Stage 7: ???
If you need other stuff to do in Destiny 2 while you wait for the Empyrean Foundation, you can use our Bastion guide to unlock the game's latest Exotic weapon, a Kinetic fusion rifle that once belonged to Saint-14. And if you missed the community's last big effort, the Corridors of Time, you can check out our Corridors guide to see what it was all about, and read how its changes to Destiny 2's storytelling made it especially cool.
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