Destiny 2: Season Of Plunder Guides, Season Pass Gear, Exotics
Here's everything you need to know about Destiny 2's Season of Plunder.
Destiny 2 Season 18--now known as Season of Plunder--has officially begun, adding new missions, weekly activities, and the Arc 3.0 subclass upgrade to the game. The new season pass is in effect from August 23 to December 6, and we've run down everything that you can earn from the new season pass, including the new Exotic weapon you earn when you start Season of Plunder, as well as the new armor that Titans, Hunters, and Warlocks can get from it as the Lightfall expansion draws closer. Preordering that expansion and the upcoming Annual Pass will get you a number of items for use right now, including the Quicksilver Storm Exotic auto rifle.
You should be aware that the Power level cap has increased once again by 10. Additionally, a number of things are reported to be broken. That includes the buff to heavy grenade launchers, which was detailed in the Season 18 patch notes. That turned out to be much stronger than intended, leading to Bungie temporarily disabling almost all heavy grenade launchers just prior to the launch of the King's Fall raid, which is now live.
Season of Plunder storyline
After being defeated in the Beyond Light expansion and frozen by her own Stasis powers, Eramis has broken free of her icy prison. Now loose, Eramis has rallied old pirate lords of Eliksni legend to assist her in recovering lost relics of great power. To stop her, you'll need to assemble a crew and steal those artifacts first as you explore new uncharted regions of the solar system.
A new six-player activity, Ketchcrash will let you and your fellow Guardians engage in spaceship-to-spaceship combat as you wreak havoc on Eramis and her pirate crews.
How to play Ketchcrash
In a nutshell, Ketchcrash has multiple defense and attack phases that you'll engage in. For more details, you can check out how to play Ketchcrash in our dedicated guide.
Uncover treasure maps, dig for booty, and get it back to your ship all while fending off enemy pirate crews in this new three-player activity.
Map Fragments, Treasure Coordinates, and Treasure Maps
New activities means new loot in Season of Plunder, and if you're looking to get dressed up as a Swashbuckler, you can click through for a breakdown on how to get Map Fragments, Treasure Coordinates, and Treasure Maps.
Weekly mission: Pirate Hideouts
Get ready to shiver some timbers in weekly missions, as you take the fight to Eramis and her Pirate Lords. Defeat them, and you'll earn some great treasure for your efforts.
The Arc 3.0 overhaul is here, bringing Stasis-style customization to the Arc subclass. That means tweaks to the way your Supers work, the Aspect/Fragment system to build your subclass in many different ways, and more. Notably, not all Arc 3.0 Fragments are available just yet, but we expect those to be unlocked before long.
More than 20 new and returning weapons have emerged in Season of the Plunder. A number of these can be crafted, and the same is true for the Bungie 30th Anniversary weapons added last year, giving you plenty of reason to visit the Relic. You can also see the Season of Plunder-themed weapons in the image above.
King's Fall Raid
Available for free to all players, the King's Fall Raid--the much-beloved activity from the original Destiny's Taken King expansion--has returned in Destiny 2. While it will be fundamentally the same, Bungie has made some tweaks to it, and it even brings a returning Exotic weapon as a reward. If you're attempting the Raid, check out our King's Fall Raid and secret chest guide.
Season of Plunder will offer several optional challenges to complete every week, which in turn will offer various rewards and substantial experience points. You'll be able to pursue these objectives at your own leisure, and there are normally 10 weeks of unique objectives to accomplish throughout a given season. Complete all of them, and you'll be rewarded with a pile of Bright Dust that can be used to purchase some neat cosmetic gear from the Eververse shop. For a look at all of the ones released so far, check out the Season of Plunder challenges guide.
As you work your way up the rewards track at the Starchart seasonal vendor, you'll receive Treasure Beacons, which kick off quests to uncover buried treasure. These entail solving pirate riddles, and while they aren't terribly difficult, you may get tripped up on certain steps, so we've put together a guide on how to complete the Cryptic Quatrains riddles.
Season Pass unlocks
Seasonal armor can be earned from both the free and premium tiers of the season pass, but the seasonal gear and weapons with the best stats will be found in the paid-for season pass. You can expect higher ratings, an instant unlock for the seasonal Exotic weapon, an ornament to change up its appearance, and more resources with that version of the season pass. If you're interested in what Destiny 2 has to offer in Season 18, you can read the list below that highlights the best gear to earn and see what the new armor sets will look like.
New Exotic armor
Each class has a new piece of Exotic armor to earn by completing Legend Lost Sectors. Both Titans and Warlocks get Arc-themed ones with Point-Contact Cannon Brace and Fallen Sunstar, respectively, while Hunters get Gyrfalcon's Hauberk, which provides buffs when going invisible.
Exotic fusion rifle: Delicate Tomb
This new Arc fusion rifle works differently than most, and it's something you can potentially get your hands on right away. Check out our Delicate Tomb guide for all the details on the gun and its catalyst.
Free season pass
- Rank 7 -- Bright engram
- Rank 13 -- Bright engram
- Rank 17 -- Bright engram
- Rank 20 -- Exotic engram
- Rank 23 -- Bright engram
- Rank 27 -- Bright engram
- Rank 30 -- Season of Plunder sidearm: Brigand's Law
- Rank 33 -- Bright engram
- Rank 35 -- Delicate Tomb Exotic fusion rifle
- Rank 37 -- Bright engram
- Rank 43 -- Bright engram
- Rank 45 -- Season of Plunder Legendary machine gun: Plank's Stride
- Rank 47 -- Bright engram
- Rank 53 -- Bright engram
- Rank 55 -- Exotic Cipher
- Rank 57 -- Bright engram
- Rank 63 -- Bright engram
- Rank 65 -- Exotic engram
- Rank 67 -- Bright engram
- Rank 73 -- Bright engram
- Rank 77 -- Bright engram
- Rank 83 -- Bright engram
- Rank 87 -- Bright engram
- Rank 93 -- Bright engram
- Rank 97 -- Bright engram
Premium season pass
- Rank 1 -- Delicate Tomb Exotic fusion rifle
- Rank 6 -- Season of Plunder shader: Dusted Tome
- Rank 10 -- Legendary emote: Flintlock Fury
- Rank 13 -- Umbral engram
- Rank 25 -- Exotic engram
- Rank 30 -- Exotic sparrow: Bucca's Jollyboat
- Rank 35 -- Umbral engram
- Rank 41 -- Umbral engram
- Rank 50 -- Exotic Ghost shell: Castaway's Shell
- Rank 54 -- Exotic engram
- Rank 57 -- Season of Plunder gauntlets
- Rank 60 -- Season of Plunder boots
- Rank 64 -- Season of Plunder gauntlet ornament
- Rank 65 -- Exotic engram
- Rank 67 -- Season of Plunder Titan mark, Warlock bond, Hunter cloak
- Rank 73 -- Season of Plunder boot ornament
- Rank 74 -- Exotic engram
- Rank 77 -- Season of Plunder chest armor
- Rank 80 -- Legendary emote: Victorious Captain
- Rank 83 -- Season of Plunder Titan mark, Warlock bond, Hunter cloak ornament
- Rank 85 -- Ascendant shard
- Rank 87 -- Season of Plunder helmet
- Rank 88 -- Exotic engram
- Rank 91 -- Season of Plunder chest armor ornament
- Rank 94 -- Ascendant shard
- Rank 97 -- Season of Plunder helmet ornament
- Rank 98 -- Exotic engram
- Rank 99 -- Exotic emote: Pirate Treasure
- Rank 100 -- Delicate Tomb Exotic ornament: Avante-Garde Mausoleum