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Bungie rushes Destiny 2 update to fix Season of Arrivals farming exploit

Published: 16/Jun/2020 8:44

by Brad Norton


Bungie has rapidly pushed out a Season of Arrivals hotfix to address a particular exploit that allowed Destiny 2 players to farm items and experience without even playing.

Since the release of the latest Destiny 2 season on June 10, players have been putting in the hours to level up once again. Hitting the new maximum power cap is a common goal among the dedicated player base. Naturally, finding any shortcuts to expedite that process always becomes a major talking point.

Just days into the Season of Arrivals and players uncovered an exploit that allowed for Umbral Engram farming — an exploit that also allowed players to farm without even playing the hugely-popular MMORPG title.

How were players exploiting the new season in Destiny 2?

Forges aren’t new in Season of Arrivals but they quickly became the go-to activity.

Forges are one of the few activities in Destiny that still provide rewards upon failing. If you rush through a Forge attempt by keeping your characters still and having the fireteam die, everyone will be given new rewards in no time at all. This was a common practice in earlier seasons but purely for farming materials.

In the latest season, however, failing a Forge can still net you an Umbral Engram – one of the most sought after items in Destiny 2 today. This led to a period where power-hungry players would simply join into a Forge and leave their game open for an extended period of time.

New hotfix from Bungie to address Forge farming

Umbral Engrams were the main reason behind the latest farming exploit.

It didn’t take long for Bungie to put an end to this method of power-leveling in the latest season. On June 15 the developers pushed out a hotfix that forced all players back into orbit “after completing the Forge activity.”

This meant that players would have to reopen the activity and spawn back into a Forge in order to repeat the process. Thereby dramatically reducing the effectiveness of the exploit.

Bungie’s fix couldn’t have come at a better time either. After players made their way through the brand new dungeon at the beginning of the season, the crux of what remained was to reach the new power cap. As a result, 63% of all Destiny 2 activities were failed Forges before the latest change.

If you’re looking to rush your way to the new seasonal level cap, you’ll have to put in the hard yards once again. This means pushing through weekly activities, getting your powerful Engrams on all characters, and farming Umbral Engrams where possible.

One of the most reliable ways to secure the new Engrams is through the brand new Contact Public Event. Here’s a quick guide on how to trigger Heroic to increase your chances.


How to get Destiny 2’s new ‘Splintered’ Triumph title in Beyond Light

Published: 23/Nov/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre


Destiny 2 has added another Triumph title, “Splintered,” to the collection in Year 4, and it’s going to take a fair bit of trekking across Europa to unlock; here’s how to get your hands on the shiny new Beyond Light reward in Season 12.

Triumph titles are the ultimate badge of honor in Destiny 2. The grind to unlock them ⁠— seasonal titles notwithstanding ⁠— can be immense, and Guardians know exactly who they’re dealing with if they see “Unbroken” or “Conqueror” floating above an enemy’s head.

Beyond Light has added another Triumph title to the pool too: “Splintered.” The badge of honor is named after the expansion’s frosty Stasis power, and once it’s unlocked, represents the completion of all things Year 4 in Destiny 2, so far.

Here’s how to get your hands on Destiny 2’s new “Splintered” title.

Destiny's new raid, Deep Stone Crypt, has a chance to fix several Beyond Light flaws.
Beyond Light has added another Destiny 2 Triumph title: “Splintered.”

All required Beyond Light Seal Triumphs

To earn the Beyond Light title, you must complete what the game lists as 45 full steps. That list is a little smaller than it seems, thankfully; all up, there’s actually only 11 challenges you’ll have to navigate to get your hands on the Guardian emblem.

  • Studying Darkness: Find all Entropic Shards scattered across Europa.
  • Europan Collector: Complete the Europan Collector badge.
  • Master of the Hunt: Elective-difficulty hunt complete.
  • Masterful Saboteur: Complete all Tier 3 Sabotage quests from Variks.
  • Solo Lost Sector Mastery: Complete any Europa Lost Sector on Master difficulty without a fireteam.
  • Fallen Brig Brigade: As a fireteam, defeat Fallen Brigs as part of the “Crux Convergence” Public Event.
  • Training Complete: Complete all Exo Challenges.
  • Born in Darkness: Complete “Born in Darkness” missions.
  • Reuniting the Eventide Rookery: Recover all the penguin toys on Europa.
  • Salvage of the Past: Find all dead Exo collectibles hidden across Europa.
  • Secret Triumph: This objective is hidden in-game.

Most of these Triumphs aren’t that difficult to complete, especially easier ones like the “Solo Lost Sector Mastery” and the Heroic event-based “Fallen Brig Brigade” challenge.

There are also three ‘treasure hunt’ type challenges involved in unlocking the Splintered title in Beyond Light. These do require a little bit of trotting around, digging through secret areas on Europa.

Here’s our guides on each of these individual Triumphs:

New Destiny 2 Beyond Light map location, Europa.
Guardians will get pretty familiar with Europa during the “Splintered” title grind.

The final slog that comes with the “Splintered” grind is the ‘Europan Collector’ title Triumph. This is where the 45 challenges really come into play; Bungie sends you all over the new Beyond Light planet in search of enemies and challenges.

Unlike in the Season of Arrivals, Guardians will have to collect all the guns, armor pieces, and cosmetics from Beyond Light to unlock the Season 12 title.

How to unlock the ‘Europan Collector’ badge

  • Last Flight Home Exotic Ship
    • Triumph: Europan Tour – Earn a score of 1,400 or more in the Europa Destination Triumphs.
  • Bright Warning Shader: Found exploring Europa.
    • Triumph: Salvage the Past. (See above)
  • Shattered Sky Shader: Found exploring Europa.
    • Triumph: Reuniting the Eventide Rookery. (See above)
  • Gilded Smoke Shader: Fallen Empire campaign.
    • Triumph: Hunt for Power – Generate Orbs of Power in Empire Hunts.
  • Europan Eclipse Emblem: Found exploring Europa.
    • Triumph: Hunting Party – While in a fireteam, defeat Champions in Empire Hunts on the elected difficulty of your choosing.
  • Salvation’s Downfall Emblem: Found exploring Europa.
    • Triumph: Stasis Warrior – In the Europa Eclipsed Zone, defeat combatants with your Stasis subclass equipped.
  • Complete the Europa Armor Set
    • Crystocrene: Helmet, Arms, Chest, Legs, Class Item.
  • Complete the Europa Weapons Set
    • Subzero Salvo
    • Bonechillder
    • Arctic Haze
    • High Albedo
    • Hailing Confusion
    • Thermal Erosion
    • Coriolis Force
    • Biting Winds
  • Salvation’s Grip Exotic: Gathering Intel Exotic Quest
  • The Lament Exotic: Here’s how to unlock the new sword.
  • Cloudstrike Exotic: Here’s to unlock the new sniper rifle.
Destiny 2 Beyond Light Guardian Holding Lament
The Lament is one of three Exotics required to get the Beyond Light “Splintered” title.

So there you have it ⁠— how to unlock Destiny 2’s “Splintered” Triumph title, released in Beyond Light. It may not be as much of a grind as something like “Unbroken,” but the Year 4 title is still a hefty whack; get ready for a slog across Europa!