Destiny players who have been with the game since day one sometimes forget how tough the grind for new gear was. For starters, the game had numerous glitches, and with that came the discovery the fabled Loot Cave, a map location that had dramatically faster enemy respawn. Although attempts have been made to replicate the mass engram drops that characterized the early days of Destiny, none of them have been as effective for as long as the original beloved cave.
Given the player history of Guardians in Destiny, Bungie shouldn’t be too surprised that one of the first things gamers have done in The Taken King is attempt to find the easiest way to acquire legendary loot. After all, Bungie has already gone on record saying that they were fine with the Loot Cave at launch, and have a history of being lenient with players for exploiting loot drop rates.
Well, Destiny fans, take a moment to pat yourselves on the back. Some enterprising Guardians have done it again, and Destiny: The Taken King has a brand new exploit that allows players to stock up on exotic engrams with minimal effort.
It works like this. First, players have to meet up with Xur, who just reappeared in the game this weekend, and pick up some Three of Coins consumables. This item increases the likelihood of an exotic drop from your next boss kill.
Next, find a Destiny “ultra” (the named bosses that have a yellow health bar) and get them down to low health. Use a Three of Coins and then finish off the boss with a rocket launcher at close quarters, killing both of you. The boss will drop an exotic engram which you can collect after respawning. If you’re more of a visual learner, check out the video YouTube user “DivineForcesBro” made below.
Although the Loot Cave remained in Destiny for a period of weeks, those looking to use this loophole to farm exotics will likely want to do so quickly. Bungie’s community manager, Deej, has gone on record in a Reddit post that the drop rates are “too damn high”, which indicates that a fix is likely in the works and will be released sooner rather than later. Despite players using the exploit, Deej went on to assure Guardians that Bungie “like[s] you just fine”.
That fan appreciation is understandable, given that Destiny: The Taken King broke PlayStation download records when it was released on September 15. Despite its polarizing effect on the gaming community, Bungie’s RPG/FPS hybrid is still clearly going strong, and reports from those who’ve played The Taken King DLC indicate the game has made massive improvements to its loot system and other previous short-comings.
Are you an honest gamer who never uses exploits? Or are you already halfway through your first exotic engram farm with this method right now? Let us know how you feel in the comments.
Destiny: The Taken King is available now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.