The Destiny April Update has now gone live. What's the best way to prepare? How big is the update? What's the first thing you should do? Find the answers here.
The first substantial content drop since The Taken King has now launched for Destiny. Here's everything you need to know to get ready and get the most of the Destiny April Update.
Is it free?
The April Update is free for anyone who owns The Taken King expansion.
How big is the update?
- PS4: 1718 MB
- PS3: 1040 MB
- Xbox One: 1736 MB
- Xbox 360: 793 MB
What's in the April Update?
- Increased Light Level cap to 335
- Two new Prison of Elders modes: (1) a Level 41 version and (2) the new Challenge of the Elders
- New "Blighted Chalice" Strike
- Remixed "Takenified" Winter's Run Strike
- Updated Light level drops in King's Fall and Court of Oryx
- Updated 1-for-1 Infusion System
- New Chroma and Taken armor sets
- Updated Year 1 Legendaries and Exotics
- New Eververse emotes and items
- "No HUD" Mode
- Balance changes to select weapons and the Warlock class
- Updated, higher Light Trials of Osiris gear
- Higher Light Iron Banner gear
- Increased Vault Space
- Fixes a bug that didn't allow certain Ghost shells to display in menus
Full Patch Notes will be posted by Bungie when the April Update is pushed to Destiny, which will include other minor changes not yet announced by Bungie.
What's the best way to prepare for the update?
First off, make sure there's room on your console (see above), although it shouldn't be a problem except for those really hurting for hard drive space.
Bungie announced today that all the vendor weapons in the Tower will be getting a perk refresh, meaning while the weapons will stay the same, all the perks will be rerolled. So if there are any weapons you still need to pick up, do so now. Some fan favorites are Hung Jury from Dead Orbit, Apple of Discord from the Vanguard Quartermaster, Hawksaw from the Crucible Quartermaster, and The Villainy from Future War Cult.
The other thing lots of players do before an update is called "edging" Faction ranks. That means running Patrol missions or other missions that credit faction reputation and taking it right to the edge before a new rank. That way, once the new gear has been added to the faction rank up packages in the update, players can quickly rank the rest of the way and get a drop.
The last way to prep is to farm engrams. That means going into any PvE activity and shooting stuff. Lots of stuff. Look for and hold onto Legendary Engrams. Also, if you have Three of Coins, pop those on every named yellow-bar enemy for a chance to get an Exotic engram. Hold onto those until after the patch as well. While Bungie hasn't confirmed whether current engrams will decrypt into new gear post-update, they're worth holding onto just in case they do.
What's the first thing to do?
Head to the Reef. Variks is the primary quest giver for this update, and he will have a quest or two waiting for all players. Play through the new quest(s).
What's the fastest way to the new level cap?
If you're 320 Light, pick up an Elders' Sigil scorecard from Variks and start running Challenge of the Elders. Reach the score goals and then return it to Variks for one high-level weapon and armor piece per week, per character.
Also, run Court of Oryx tier three for a chance at a maxed 335-Light artifact.
Shaxx's Weekly Crucible Bounty can also drop 335 Light gear. Pick the bounties up from Shaxx and complete them.
Trials of Osiris will also drop high-level gear. Competing and completing the bounties can net up to 330 gear while going Flawless can net up to 335 Light items.
What if I'm not 320 Light yet?
Run the new Level 41 version of Prison of Elders. It will drop gear that will help players reach 320 Light. Once there, start running Challenge of the Elders.
King's Fall Normal Mode will also drop 320 Light items, so that is another path up to 320 Light.
How do I earn the updated Year 1 Legendary weapons?
The Year 1 Legendaries being refreshed to the new Year 2 levels will only drop from Vanguard and Crucible faction rank up packages. But Bungie has increased reputation gains from numerous sources and activities so players should be getting more packages more often.
Where do I get new gear?
The new Chroma-enabled and Taken armor drop from Sterling Treasure, a new item. They will drop at Level 3, so they'll need to be infused to be viable. Here's how to get Sterling Treasure:
- One will be delivered weekly via the Postmaster
- Completing one match in the Weekly Crucible Playlist
- One will be awarded for completing Challenge of the Elders, once per week
Are Nightfalls worth running anymore?
Drops from Nightfalls are being increased to end-game 335 Light levels. Add them back to the weekly rotation schedule.
A note about leveling:
It's been a while since players have been on the level grind, but don't forget how the leveling system works in The Taken King. Engrams will often decrypt at a level slightly higher than your current level. So do not just blaze through a bunch of engrams. Check after each one, and if the new gear is a higher Light level, equip it before decrypting more. This will help stair-step players up the Light ladder a bit.
What about those PlayStation exclusives?
Also, be on the lookout for Sublime Engrams. They are Legendary engrams, but called Sublime. They are guaranteed to drop the new PlayStation-exclusive class armor.
That should get most players started on the Destiny April Update.
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