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Destiny 2 confirms everything being vaulted in Year 4: Beyond Light

Published: 21/Aug/2020 6:40

by Brad Norton


The Destiny 2 community has been waiting with bated breath after Bungie announced that a heap of content would be vaulted in Year Four. With Beyond Light just around the corner, we now have a clear idea of everything that’ll be going away this November.

Since its release in 2017, Destiny 2 has been growing with each new batch of content. Every major storyline, all of the new destinations, it was all squished into a single version of the game. We ultimately reached a breaking point where it became too difficult to fit new content in without tarnishing the experience, Bungie revealed in June.


As a result, a wide array of content quickly landed on the chopping block. A number of full planets and all of the associated content were at risk. The overall size of Destiny 2 had to be reduced in order to make way for Beyond Light.

While Mars, Io, Titan, Mercury, and the Leviathan were previously confirmed for the Destiny Content Vault, Bungie has now revealed every single piece of content that will be plucked on November 10.


How Core Activities will be impacted in Year 4 of Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Beyond Light
Seven Strikes will be pulled from Destiny 2 as Beyond Light arrives.

With five full locations being removed from Destiny in the coming months, that means every instance of the space will be gone. From Lost Sectors to PVP maps and Strikes, the removal of a Destination pulls a heap of associated content. In total, seven Strikes will no longer be playable after the release of Beyond Light. The Strikes being removed are as follows:


  • The Pyramidion
  • The Festering Core


  • Savathun’s Song


  • Strange Terrain
  • Will of the Thousands


  • Tree of Probabilities
  • A Garden World
Destiny 2 gameplay
The Crucible will be saying goodbye to a ton of content from the first three years of Destiny 2.

On top of this PVE content, competitive action will also be shaken up in a big way. The Content Vault is set to claim 11 different Crucible maps as well as seven PVP modes as well. In their place, Momentum Control and Scorched are set to be ‘unvaulted’ as returning playlists. Though no exact date is set for their arrival. Here’s what’s leaving the Crucible on November 10.

PVP Maps

  • Meltdown  
  • Solitude  
  • Retribution  
  • The Citadel  
  • Emperor’s Respite 
  • Equinox  
  • Eternity 
  • Firebase Echo 
  • Gambler’s Ruin  
  • Legion’s Gulch 
  • Vostok  

PVP Modes

  • Supremacy  
  • Countdown  
  • Lockdown  
  • Breakthrough  
  • Doubles  
Destiny 2 Gambit gameplay
Bank those motes before these Gambit maps are vaulted.

As expected, the removal of these key Destinations will also impact Gambit in a big way. Expect to see the available maps shrink by a third of its current size. Both Dreaming City and Tangled Shore locations will only be around for the next few months until they’re vaulted. Here are the two locations leaving Gambit on November 10.


Gambit Maps

  • Cathedral of Scars
  • Kell’s Grave

How Raids and Dungeons will be impacted in Year 4 of Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Calus
Guardians will soon be saying goodbye to Calus in Destiny 2.

Alongside the standard batch of content across Destiny’s core modes, the more challenging Raids and Dungeons will also be moving around. With the removal of The Leviathan in its entirety, all Year One endgame activities will no longer be available. That alone has four raid experiences on the way out as Beyond Light draws near. Here’s a rundown on every raid being pulled from Destiny 2.


  • Leviathan
  • Eater of Worlds
  • Spire of Stars
  • Scourge of the Past
  • Crown of Sorrows

If you’re a fan of Dungeons, however, fear not as absolutely nothing will be changing on that front. All three Dungeons in the game today will still remain active moving into year four. 

Additional content being vaulted in Year 4 of Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Whisper exotic
A number of Exotic questlines will soon be made redundant.

Alongside these lists of soon-to-be vaulted content, there are few minor tweaks that will be made to the core gameplay experience. For instance, 16 Exotic weapon quests will soon be a thing of the past. From the MIDA Multi-tool, to Izanagi’s Burden, players will no longer have to complete associated questilines. Instead, in year four, these will all be available “through a new Memorial kiosk situated among the Vault kiosks in the Tower.” 


In terms of Exotic Catalysts, things get a little murky. If you don’t have a certain Catalyst by the time year four rolls around, there’s no telling when you’ll be able to grab it in the future. There will be no way to unlock certain Catalysts once they’re vaulted, though Bungie assured they will “come out of the vault in a future Season.”

Last but not least, the starting experience for new players is changing in a huge way. With the year one locations being removed, the entire base game storyline for Destiny 2 will no longer be playable. To address this, Bungie is “building a new, expanded Guardian origin story on the Cosmodrome.” This is set to launch alongside the major year four update and will be free to all players.


Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost returns: new Exotics, Haunted Forest, more

Published: 2/Oct/2020 4:35

by Brad Norton


Destiny 2’s annual Halloween-themed takeover, Festival of the Lost, is coming back in full effect with a ton of new loot, challenges, and plenty of frights.

Each and every year Bungie shakes up the state of Destiny with a number of unique limited-time events. From Valentine’s Day to a Christmas-themed ‘Dawning’ takeover, there’s always something around the corner. Now, it’s that time of the year where things get a little spooky.


As we gear up for Halloween, the Festival of the Lost event is coming back in full force. From a complete makeover of the Tower to a ton of new loot, there’s something for everyone to look forward to.

While early leaks gave us a good look at what to expect, we now have full confirmation of everything coming in the 2020 iteration. Here’s a complete rundown of the upcoming Festival of the Lost event in Destiny 2.


When does the 2020 Festival of the Lost event begin?

No different from previous years, Festival of the Lost is set to coincide with this year’s Halloween festivities. You can gear up for the celebrations well ahead of time though as the season event kicks off on Oct. 6 and runs until Nov. 3.

There’s no exact time locked in for the transition, though events usually roll around at the time of typical Destiny 2 updates.

Be on the lookout for Festival of the Lost to start at roughly 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.


The Haunted Forest returns

Destiny 2 Haunted Forest eventThe Infinite Forest will be haunted throughout the limited-time event.

The Infinite Forest will once again be overrun by darkness during this event. Players will have a few weeks to “race the clock” and push through as many waves as possible in a timely manner. While you’ll be met with “ghoulish enemies,” the rewards are more plentiful than ever before.

“This year, we’ve added five chests to the end of the activity,” Bungie outlined in the latest weekly blog post. This means “five times the loot,” though you’ll need to prepare before setting on your run through the Haunted Forest.

After speaking with Spider, Cipher Decoders will begin dropping across Destiny 2. Regardless of what mode you’re playing or what activity you’re pushing through, expect to see a ton of these drop in a similar vein to Umbral Engrams.


Two weapons are up for grabs in the Haunted Forest loot pool. The Legendary Auto Rifles Braytech Werewolf and Horror Story can both be found in the chests and they even come with “new perk combinations.”

Frightful rewards are around every corner

Destiny 2 rewardsA handful of Exotic rewards are on the line throughout this event.

As with each seasonal event, exclusive loot is available throughout the Festival of the Lost. While the aforementioned weapons are one aspect to look forward to, there’s plenty to get excited about.


“A new Exotic Sparrow, ship, and Ghost are all wrapped up and ready for your collection,” Bungie confirmed. These three items are all unlocked through candy, though you’ll need to complete three specific Triumphs first. Completing Haunted Forest runs and opening chests will be vital.

Destiny 2 triumphsA look at every Triumph coming in the Festival of the Lost update.

On top of these, expect to see a wide array of Festival Masks throughout every activity during the event. “There are new masks available this year as well as some favorites from the past.” From villains to your favorite characters and even engrams, players can dress up as pretty much anyone or anything in Destiny 2.

Last but not least, each class will also be receiving a “new line of spooky universal armor ornaments.” Warlocks can turn into chilling vampires, Hunters can don a Little Red Riding Hood inspired outfit, while Titan’s can appear as monstrous beings with broken armor and chains.

Destiny 2 armorEach class will have a full set of armor ornaments to chase.

Be sure to get your Fireteam ready for some Haunted Forest runs over the next few weeks. Destiny 2’s Festival of the Lost event kicks off on October 6.