Destiny Loot Chests Broken When Farming Hadium Flakes

By | 1 year ago 

When Destiny first launched back in September of last year, many gamers had criticisms about the title’s story structure. While most found the gameplay compelling, the lack of a narrative through line, or a tangible sense of why the player was going from place to place, seemed to leave a lot to be desired. But with the launch of The Taken King expansion, a lot of those issues have been fixed, or at least improved upon.

One element that hasn’t changed with the launch of Destiny: The Taken King, however, is the need to farm resources, specifically Hadium Flakes. Any player who has been on the hunt for their Exotic Sword knows the Hadium Flake farming runs all too well, and how difficult it can sometimes be to acquire 25 of them. And unfortunately, a recent Destiny patch has made that path even more difficult.

Although Bungie’s Destiny patch this week was originally intended to remove an exploit with the Three of Coins consumable – so that players could not farm exotic engrams quickly – it has actually brought more problems than the developer likely expected. First, the patch broke the loot drop on the Valus Ta’aurc strike on Mars, making it so players can’t collect rewards from killing the final Cabal boss. And now the patch has also made it so treasure chests start losing loot after a certain point during Dreadnaught patrol.

Any who have tried farming chests on the Dreadnaught have likely noticed a problem where they loot a chest but receive no rewards. Apparently, the chests will time out within a given area after farming a few, and any new chests will appear without loot. In order to fix it players will need to head into a new area of the Dreadnaught patrol and loot those chests, before returning to their original area.


As if Hadium Flake and Dreadnaught chest farming wasn’t time consuming enough, this unexpected bug makes things infinitely worse. Yes, Destiny: The Taken King eliminated a lot of the grind from Year 2, or at least made the grind more fun, but there are still some quests and tasks that become tedious. Farming Hadium Flakes is easily towards the top of the list, and now with this new bug, the task has become even more of a pain.

Considering how quickly Bungie fixed the exotic engram farming exploit, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them release a hot fix that address both the strike boss loot problem and this Hadium flake issue. Granted, the Destiny developer tends to act quicker on exploits than they do problems, but this is a big one for veterans. Perhaps we might hear more about a fix in this coming week’s Bungie Weekly Update.

Destiny players, have you encountered problems trying to farm chests on the Dreadnaught?