Destiny 2: Everything To Do Before Shadowkeep Launches

Shadowkeep, Destiny 2's fall expansion launches in just one month, and that means most players will want to start preparing for Shadowkeep and getting any last grinding done and collecting materials to be most ready for a new expansion and the increase coming to the Power level cap.

Here is GameRant's guide about how to prepare for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep.

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Stop Infusing

Destiny 2 developer Bungie revealed that everyone will be auto-leveled to 750 Power when Shadowkeep launches. This is mainly due to the release of New Light, the free-to-play/lite version of Destiny 2 that is launching alongside Shadowkeep. Bungie wants new players to be able to jump into substantial content immediately instead of having to grind for tens of hours before being able to play with friends who may be experienced players.

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With that said, every player's gear is going to be auto-leveled to 750 so, unless players need to level up for an endgame activity currently in the game, it is best to stop infusing and save the materials for future needs.

Focus on Progress and Collecting Needed Gear

With players shifting their focus away from leveling up, they should instead focus on making any progress they need to make, including completing seasonal Triumphs, unlocking all the subclass paths on all their characters, or getting a weapon they still need from a raid or dungeon.

If players have yet to get their hands on exotics like Outbreak Perfected or Bad Juju, they will want to make sure they complete those. Completing any incomplete quests in their Pursuits should be more of the focus for players in this time in order to prepare for Shadowkeep and go in with as clean a slate as possible.

Stop Chasing Armor Rolls

Except for players who have a nearly complete high-tier end game armor set build that is almost perfectly rolled for endgame content, there is really no reason to be hunting down armor. With the new Armor 2.0 system coming in Shadowkeep, players are going to start migrating toward the new system over time.

It is likely that players who have their armor exactly how they want it will migrate slower due to having to unlock the mods for Armor 2.0, but eventually, most players will be using the new Armor 2.0 system. Because of that, it's best to stop spending time chasing down armor sets and spending any kind of materials on them because all Legendary and Exotic armor from all sources in the game will drop as Armor 2.0 after the release of Shadowkeep.

Stop Spending and Save Materials

Similar to why players should not chase and level more armor, it is best to stop turning in tokens and materials at the game's vendors. Because of all the changes coming with Armor 2.0 and hopefully a renewed inventory at most of the Tower vendors (Bungie has yet to comment if Tower vendors will have refreshed gear sets, but it is likely based on past expansions), it is best to stock up on materials for use after Shadowkeep instead of using them now.

Dismantle Unused Bright Dust Items

The Eververse Store is undergoing big changes in Shadowkeep, and Bungie itself is recommending that players dismantle Eververse items they do not regularly use in order to get the Bright Dust that drops from those items when they are dismantled. That's because, in Shadowkeep, those items will no longer dismantle into Bright Dust but into Legendary Shards and Glimmer.

Bright Dust will become a currency that players earn by playing the game. It will still be used in Eververse; however, items will be able to pull from Collections in exchange for Legendary Shards and Glimmer.

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We recommend dismantling absolutely everything that is not something players use regularly or has a perfect roll. That means every Eververse item, including Shaders, Ghosts, Sparrows, and Transmat Effects. Because all former Eververse armor sets are becoming a Universal Ornament, those armor pieces should also be dismantled. The only item that players should hold onto is Fireteam Medallions which boost XP gains, something that will come in handy in the upcoming power grind.

Do Eververse Bounties

In the last few weeks before Shadowkeep, players should focus on completing the weekly and daily bounties from Eververse to help further contribute to their Bright Dust amount. While Bungie has yet to show the new Eververse store and some of the items previously in the store look to be part of the new Season Rank system, items will be purchasable with either Silver (from microtransactions) or Bright Dust that come from completing activities in the game. Having more Bright Dust will give players more spending power (without actually spending real money) in the future of Eververse.

Do Gunsmith Bounties

Enhancement Cores are still going to be a vital part of the game after the launch of Shadowkeep and with players grinding up to the new Power level cap and wanting to infuse their favorite armor and weapons, this is often the time when players need the most Enhancement Cores. With the addition of Gunsmith bounties, players have a clear path to stockpiling Enhancement Cores and Mod Components, so be sure to start building up those reserves in this last month leading up to Shadowkeep.

Finish Up Pinnacle Weapon Quests (or hold off completely)

The progress on pinnacle weapon quest steps such as reaching a specific Glory rank in the Competitive playlist in the Crucible will reset at the end of the season. So anyone close to reaching the needed rank for a weapon like The Mountaintop or Recluse should focus on completing that before the end of the current Season of Opulence, or else all their current progress will be reset in Shadowkeep.

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On the flip side, as the season winds down, players who have yet to make substantial progress on these quests should just hold off at this point. Competitive is getting a big change in Shadowkeep with it becoming a 3v3 Survival and 3v3 Survival Solo Queue playlist that awards Glory. It is not yet known if that playlist will be easier or harder than the current Competitive landscape; however, most veteran fans from Destiny 1 are excited about the return to a 3v3 setup and solo players should have a bit of an easier time by going into the Solo Queue playlist in order to avoid matchmaking against fully-stacked teams.

Play Iron Banner

Any players interested in collecting the current Iron Banner armor or weapons should spend some time focusing on getting through the new Iron Banner quest this season and earning the armor sets and turning in tokens for weapons. As mentioned earlier, this is more of a vanity and collection objective at this point with the introduction of Armor 2.0, but it is worth mentioning for those who want to collect it before it is gone.

Iron Banner is currently active in the game right now with one last event planned for the week of September 17th.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep releases October 1, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.

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