Destiny 2 Post-Game Guide: How To Farm and Get Raid Ready
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You just beat Destiny 2 on PC, PS4, or Xbox One. But while you've killed countless enemies and collected a respectable amount of Legendary and Exotic loot, you know that the "real" game has only just begun. In addition to cleaning up all of the adventures, clearing out your weekly quests, and attending strikes spread out across the galaxy, you also have to get ready for the Raid.
Destiny 2 offers a lot of content post-game, but raids are the pinnacle. Highly challenging, and highly rewarding, they also demand a lot of preparation and time. In order to help you maximize your post-game experience in Destiny, we're highlighting some tips in this guide to help you make the most of your post-game farming.
If you're new to the game, or if you just haven't beaten the final mission yet, beware that there are spoilers in the pages ahead. And if you're looking for more general tips and guides, check out our ongoing Destiny 2 review in progress, an explanation of how power levels work, and a roundup of all our Destiny 2 tips and guides.
Raise Your Power Level
This one should be obvious, but you'll want your power level to be as high as possible before attempting the raid. After the Red War campaign, you should already be close to (if not at) level 20. After you reach that level cap, your power level will continue to go up as you equip better weapons and armor. Your experience bar will continue to rise as well, and you'll earn a Bright Engram each time it gets full.
We're guessing that the power level recommendation for the Raid will be 260, but it could certainly go even higher. It's best to be prepared.
And remember, Unlike Destiny 1, your Power number does not inform the quality of the randomised gear that might drop during your travels. Having better gear your inventory (or even in your vault) is just the same as wearing it as far as the level of gear you'll earn from loot.
Turn in your Tokens
The representative factions for each map in Destiny 2 do more than help push the narrative along, they can also help you nab some sweet rewards. If you've saved all the tokens you've earned from region chests, Lost Sectors, and loot cases, once you hit 20 is the time to turn them in. Each time you max out a faction leaders reputation meter, you earn an Engram that will net you Legendary-level rewards.
If you get lost or you're just not sure what to do next, focus on your milestones. You can complete the single-player campaign without doing too many sidequests, and you should try to save these extra-curricular activities for post-game anyway, since you'll get even better rewards.
To check your sidequests, just open up the map and hit L2. Some of the available milestones will overlap with the points outlined ahead, but there are a few unique quests in Milestones as well.
Take your public events to the next level
Public events are a really good way to get a token, glimmer, gear and (if you're lucky) Legendary or Exotic Engrams. And you can make Public Events Heroic, increasing the potential for even more gear drops and Engrams. Public events are easy to find and join. But study the video linked earlier to learn how to trigger the Heroic version. This is one of the fastest ways to increase your power level. Some Heroic public events are probably a bit difficult to solo so, hopefully there are some Guardians in the area to help you out. Otherwise, get some friends and join a Fireteam.
Hold off on turning in your Powerful Gear rewards
Unlike the Engrams that you get as rewards for most quests, Powerful Gear is special. Other Engrams you decrypt are rolled for their power level when they drop, so you can redeem them whenever--normal loot doesn't scale. But Powerful Gear isn't assigned a Power Level until you collect it. Meaning you can let this sit and wait a little bit longer with a payoff that's even better suited to your level.
There are a few ways to earn Powerful Gear: Flashpoints, those weekly bounties that Cayde-6 assigns, are one way. There are also Powerful Rewards from the Crucible for completing Milestones. And if you finish the Nightfall mission, Zavala will offer up Powerful Gear. The higher your number when you collect those rewards, the better.
Get Cayde's help
Buy Cayde's scouting reports. This will give you an ability similar to the Hunter one in Destiny 1, which marks chests in the area you're exploring. They are planet-based, though, so only spend the Glimmer if you know you'll be hanging out in one location for a while. Farming the Nessus in the Exodus Black Area is one of our personal favorite spots. There are a fair amount of chests in the area which will usually give you at least a token, sometimes a legendary engram or a rare drop. Sometimes though the chest will have nothing so be prepared for that.
In addition Cayde sells Treasure maps, which reveal the coordinates of some nice treasure reserves. These chests will have rare items and sometimes Legendary engrams. We haven't found an exotic in them yet, but it's possible!
Farm all the things
Don’t forget that there are other things you can farm like Dusklight, Alkane Dust, Phaseglass Needle, and Microphasic Datalattice. These will increase your reputation with the specific planetary reps. It's a nice side thing to keep in mind while you're running around planets. Don't pass these farming deposits by!
Join a Clan and reap some sweet benefits. A clan has weekly goals, and if they are completed, they can yield Legendary engrams for your entire group. The levels are based off your own Power Level though, not on the level of your group members.
In addition, leveling up your clan (which happens through normal play) will earn you bonus rewards like increased glimmer and the chance for more Engram drops. It's cool to be a part of a team!
Planetary Daily Challenges
While you’re farming a planet make sure to check each planet’s daily challenges as completing each task will net you two coins. Some require you to do a Lost Sector in a certain area, kill X number of a certain enemy race, or steal a pike and kill 20 enemies with it. If the game is asking you to do something, you should do it.
Go on Patrol
Make sure to finish Cayde's quest for access to Patrol Missions, which you can find on Earth after finishing the main story campaign. This will unlock the same patrol missions that vanilla Destiny had, but it has nice added benefit of letting you farm in a certain area--you earn one rep token per patrol mission.
Continue the story
Don't ignore the other story mission that have unlocked post-game--those are the quests that will, ultimately, give you free Exotic weapons. Some are soloable and others will require a Fireteam. But hold off completing these until you've finished most of the other items on this list. The missions can garner you some very powerful weapons; we've gotten as high as a 285.