Get ready for Destiny 2 Shadowkeep with these steps
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep comes closer and closer with each day, bringing not only a massive new expansion to the Destiny 2 experience but also changing on the PC platform from Battle.net Launcher to the much favorized Steam plattform. Here’s how you as a player can prepare for the change coming Tuesday, October 1st when Destiny 2 Shadowkeep launches.
#1 Play before the one day long maintenance
If you have any interesting in playing a bit of Destiny 2 before Shadowkeep drops, mind you that Bungie revealed this week that there will be a 24 hour downtime on all platforms to prepare for the release of Destiny 2 Shadowkeep. Especially on PC, the whole transition over to Steam is a massive load of work. But after these 24 hours, you’ll be able to play Shadowkeep right away. PC players can go to Steam right now and start preloading the 80Gb of Destiny 2, no matter if you plan to play as a new free to play Destiny 2 New Light guardian, or if you planned or have already preordered Destiny 2 Shadowkeep. There is no difference in the game files, that you can preload right now. Console players will sadly only be able to start preloading the new content coming next Monday, when the 24 hour maintenance window will begin.
Maintenance times are planned to begin on Monday, September 30th 2019 until Tuesday, October 1st 2019.
There was no exact time mentioned in the Bungie tweet you can find here , but it is assumed to begin at around daily reset time. The latest TWAB post on Bungie.net gave an update to the times and it just to happens that at the usual reset time of 10 AM PDT or 5pm UTC (6pm UK Time) the maintenance will begin.
#2 Don’t bother with gear grinding
As Shadowkeep drops, every item on your account will be leveled up to be automatically power level 750. 750 is the current pre-Shadowkeep maximum power level for you and your gear, meaning both weapons and armor pieces. This is based with the release of the Destiny 2 New Light version, which is a free to play version of the base Destiny 2 experience. Everyone who will start on October 1st as a new player with the free to play version will also be power level 750. If you’re curious, the new power level cap will be at power level 960. So every item you ever kept until now for infusion material, you can safely dismantle and instead use their materials for later use. Which leads me to the next point.
However, you should definitely start gathering bounties and finish them, but not yet use them to get your experience. The more you can save up of these finished bounties, the further you can headstart into Destiny 2 Shadowkeep.
Every bounty you will use up this week could be used next week to get your guardian faster to maximum power level. This only works now for non Crucible, Gambit, or Vanguard completed bounties. Meaning gunshmith, eververse bounties and such will be coming over to Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, but Crucible, Vanguard and Gambit bounties can be safely turned in. If you don’t turn them in, these bounties will be reset and your progress on them will be lost.
Also finalized in the latest TWAB post, levels will be gone in Destiny 2. Instead the previously experience points will be turned into season pass experience points. Power levels are here to stay and are the only factor now for which you’ll get higher and higher rewards.
#3 dismantle all unnecessary items
There’s a few changes coming to Destiny 2 with the Shadowkeep expansion. Such as that the cosmetic items at the Eververse store will not be dismantled anymore into bright dust, but into legendary shards. If you’re interested in some cosmetics after Shadowkeep drops, it is advised to gather up as much bright dust as possible. As this will be the new currency to also buy cosmetics at the Eververse store.
Additionally, as mentioned at #2, infusion material can be dismantled and the material from it should be kept for later use after the launch of Shadowkeep as we don’t know yet how you’ll be able to use them aside from further infusion fuel. For the mods, also shred them all but one. Duplicate mods will be useless and you can rather now dismantle them but keep only one. Mods will become reusable in Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, so there is no need to have multiple mods on your account. Use the material from the duplicate mods to unlock new mods you may have not yet on your account, else you can keep the mod material to maybe get new mods after Shadowkeep launches.
#4 Enable Cross-Save and migrate to Steam
Useful for all players is to go to Bungie.net/crosssave and to enable this function as we explained in our own article here. You just need to link your current Bungie account with all gaming platforms available. You have a Bungie account already if you played Destiny 1 or Destiny 2 on any platform before. Linking and enabling Cross-Save on your Bungie.net account allows you to progress your Guardian on any platform you want to play. Say if you played so far Destiny 2 on PS4 and want to try it on Steam since it is now available as a free to play title, you can enable Cross-Save, link you Playstation and Steam accounts and continue playing on PC with the Guardian you created on PS4.
Also, check out the official PC migration landingpage over on Bungie.net where you can additionally see if you’re ready when Destiny 2 moves over to Steam on PC. It is important to know that not all activities from Destiny 2 Forsaken will be ready immediately. The following activities will be available shortly after the launch of Destiny 2 Shadowkeep as background maintenance work for the migration from Battle.net to Steam will be in progress:
- Forsaken campaign missions
- Forsaken quest content
- The Last Wish raid
- The Shattered Throne dungeon
But there’s also a bunch of Destiny 2 Forsaken activities and locations available on day one such as:
- Gambit playlist activities
- Forsaken strikes in strike playlist activities
- Forsaken maps in Crucible playlist activities
- Patrols on the Tangled Shore destination
- Patrols on the Dreaming City destination
#5 Play the last week of Destiny 2 Forsaken before it’s gone forever
This may be something not everyone is interested in, but it should be mentioned at least. Bungie did double the rank points you’ll get from playing crucible this year, so if you want to play for the reset, this week is the perfect week before year 3 of Destiny 2 will come around. Other than that, there will be a rush of new guardians next week coming to the game when it launches into the free to play version of Destiny 2 New Light. So maybe take your time to take it all in before potentially hundreds of new guardians sworm the worlds and you have to try to explain to everyone again how to turn the current world event into a heroic version.
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