Here's Destiny 2's New Gear, Auto Rifle, And Halloween Masks From Festival Of The Lost 2018
By Chris Pereira on
Check out the spooky new items available for Halloween
Bungie is making up for skipping last Halloween in a big way. October 2017 came only a month after Destiny 2's release, so the franchise's annual Halloween event, Festival of the Lost, skipped Year One of the new game. For 2018, Bungie is doing more than ever with the event. Most significantly, it's introduced a brand-new activity type (which arguably makes better use of the Infinite Forest than the DLC that added it ever did). But another big highlight is the new gear, masks, and other rewards you can get your hands on. We're now in Week 2 of the event, and while the overall slate of items available hasn't changed, you can check out Eververse for some new direct-purchase options, including a new Exotic Sparrow. Here's the full rundown on Festival of the Lost 2018.
A fixture of Festival of the Lost in the original Destiny was the variety of masks you can obtain and wear, and this year is no different. Among those we've already gotten a look at are Petra, Shaxx, and the Traveler, though the best of the bunch might be Cayde's chicken friend. Masks can be obtained by purchasing them with Fragmented Souls. This is a new type of currency earned by completing Festival of the Lost daily bounties offered by Amanda Holliday. Once you complete some initial missions for her, you'll receive the Fighting Lion, an Exotic grenade launcher, and its accompanying catalyst. It's at this point the new Haunted Forest activity opens in full and Holliday becomes a vendor offering bounties, masks, and a gun.
We don't yet know if there will be other ways of getting your hands on masks. However, we do know there is a special Bright Engram--the Ephemeral Engram--that you'll receive in addition to the usual Steadfast Engram every time you fill the XP bar (assuming you've reached the level cap). These Engrams will contain a variety of new items, some of which will also be sold for Bright Dust at Eververse during the event. Tess at Eververse will also task you to equip a mask and complete a challenge--these can be seen in the director and include the daily and weekly tasks attached to various planets and activities, such as playing a match in Gambit or completing the Flashpoint.
Many of these items are also pictured above--there are Sparrows, ships, Ghosts (including one that looks like a cat), Ghost Projections, emotes, and more. In terms of usable gear, we know there's a new auto rifle called Horror Story that you'll be able to purchase with the aforementioned Fragmented Souls. Better yet, it'll be available at Power level 600.
Alongside all of these new items to acquire, there are new activities to take part in. First and foremost is the Haunted Forest, where you'll take on increasingly difficult enemies over the course of a 15-minute run in a modified Infinite Forest. This can be played solo or with a Fireteam of three (with matchmaking available if your friends are too scared to dive in). There's also a murder mystery involving the cryptarch Master Ives; you'll have to find out who killed him over the course of a questline that rewards Powerful gear.
Festival of the Lost is now live and runs until November 6. Its debut coincides with the return of Iron Banner, which has been revamped with better rewards and easier bounties to complete. Additionally, a new update--patch 2.0.4--launches today.