Destiny 2’s Season 17 will bring new PvP content and big changes to the game’s new weapon crafting system. Here’s when it starts, and what else it’ll include.
That gives Season 17 the tough task of following it up and beginning to lay the groundwork until the next major expansion, Lightfall.
- Start Date
- New weapons and gear
- Subclass 3.0
- Story and Characters
Season of the Risen will run until May 24, meaning we’re just over a week away from whatever comes next.
Dungeons are activities for three players that offer Raid-like mechanics and encounters, and we’re expecting another one to be added in Season 17.
While the player base vented its frustration at Bungie in recent months due to Dungeons being locked behind the Digital Deluxe Edition of Witch Queen, the developer did say that players could upgrade their purchase later.
Bungie had stated that new Raids or Dungeons would be added every three months (an unprecedented cadence for Destiny 2), and Bungie’s April 14th blog post confirmed that there will be a new Dungeon in Season 17.
Bungie’s latest blog post revealed more information on the upcoming rotation for Raid content in Destiny 2.
Kicking off in Season 17, Raid activities will be split into Seasonal and Weekly categories “so players can have a little additional freshness,” devs explained.
On the Seasonal side, the latest Raid and Dungeon will grant Pinnacle rewards for all encounters, this includes the upcoming Season 17 Dungeon. On the Weekly side, the game will rotate Raids and Dungeons every seven days, offering a single Pinnacle reward for completing a specific Weekly Challenge.
Rest assured, these categories will never overlap, meaning Vow of the Disciple won’t be both the Seasonal and Weekly Raid all at once.
The current Destiny 2 Raids, in case you’d forgotten, are:
- Vow of the Disciple
- Vault of Glass
- Deep Stone Crypt
- Last Wish
- Garden of Salvation
We’re finally getting a new PvP map, Disjunction, which is set on Savathun’s Throne World.
It’ll be ideal for the return of Rift, which is being reintroduced as part of a sizeable Iron Banner rework in Season 17, before being added to the Crucible in Season 18.
Gambit saw sizeable changes in Season of the Risen, but it’s Trials of Osiris’ turn in Season 17.
“Fear not, Trials fans, while our main focus for Season 16 is Gambit, we still have some fun changes planned,” the post reads. Here are the changes mentioned so far:
- Capture Zone and Freelance weekends will continue.
- Seven maps per season in the rotation, one of which will be decided by player vote.
- Adept reward changes.
Bungie is making big changes to Iron Banner, including bringing back the long-dormant Rift mode.
Rewards will now be tied to a Trials-like Reputation system, too. Find out more in our Iron Banner rework guide.
The Witch Queen added a new weapon crafting system, but players have found their creativity curtailed by material caps and a large number of required elements.
Bungie is patching the first issue as part of Season of the Risen, but Season 17 will see all elements except for Neutral ones be removed. Bungie has said the idea is to make weapon crafting simpler, and is also looking to change how Patterns are earned — but wouldn’t give any further details.
Looking for what’s changed in regards to weapons, abilities, and more? We’ve got you covered.
For even more depth, be sure to read Bungie’s small novel on the subject, too.
We know that the new ritual weapon will be a Machine Gun called Chain of Command — complete with skins for Gambit, Vanguard, and Crucible.
Season 17’s Ritual Weapon – Chain of Command. pic.twitter.com/838G3Yg5cb
— DeltaIntel (@DeltaINTEL) April 28, 2022
Then there are exotics — the last few seasonal exotics have been pretty wild, ranging from the Cryosthesia being our first Stasis sidearm to the Grand Overture that’s a machine gun/rocket launcher hybrid. We’re expecting one to be tied to the battle pass again.
It appears that Bungie forgot to redact the Japanese version of the Robocop-style sidearm in a recent blog post, and that means we could see it in Season 17. For those that don’t remember, the gun was found in the Rise of Iron expansion from Destiny 1, and it fires bursts of arc ammo. Reloading after a kill causes a longer, more powerful burst, too.
- Read more: All Destiny 2 Witch Queen exotics
According to Bungie, players will also be able to earn the new Riptide Fusion Rifle, Dead Weight Shotgun, and Strident Whistle Bow from Crucible, Gambit, and Vanguard activities respectively.
Check out the new Nightfall, Iron Banner, and Trials of Osiris rotations below.
|Activity||Being removed in Season 17||Being added in Season 17|
Occluded Finality (Sniper Rifle)
|Nightfall||The Comedian (Shotgun)
Palindrome (Hand Cannon)
|Horror’s Least (Pulse Rifle)
D.F.A. (Hand Cannon)
|Trials of Osiris||Shayura’s Wrath (Submachine Gun)
The Messenger (Pulse Rifle)
Burden of Guilt (Fusion Rifle)
We do know some weapons that are leaving the game (at least for now) in Season 18, as per Bungie:
- Iron Banner
- Peacebond Sidearm
- Archon’s Thunder Machine Gun
- PLUG ONE.1 Fusion Rifle
- The Hothead Rocket Launcher
- Trials of Osiris
- Eye of Sol Sniper Rifle
- The Summoner Auto Rifle
Sandbox Lead Kevin Yanes has suggested that many of the Synaptic Spear moves and attacks found in Season of the Risen are actually a testing ground for Arc 3.0.
Remember when I said this was a tip to the future of arc 3.0?
Speed is a part of arcs kit so we gave the synaptic spear two blinks (back to back before CD), a super slide, and insane jumps/movespeed.
Excited to see y'all using it in the wild!
— Kevin Yanes (@_Tocom_) February 26, 2022
Still, longtime Destiny 2 leaker @DestinyTwoLeaks said on Twitter that Solar 3.0 is up next.
Bungie has previously suggested Arc 3.0 will be tied to speedy attacks and AoE (think chain lightning), while Solar 3.0 will feature healing effects as well as burning.
Season of the Risen is focused on continuing our offensive against the Lucent Hive, even after Savathun is defeated at the end of the Witch Queen campaign.
It seems unlikely we’ll continue to fight alongside Caiatl’s Cabal forces in the next season as well, but one theory seems to suggest Rasputin could make a return.
The AI hasn’t been seen since the pre-Forsaken Warmind expansion, and his loyalties are tough to decipher — he’s just as likely to help Guardians as he is to nuke them from orbit.
As noted by Forbes’ Paul Tassi, it appears Rasputin could be given an Exo body and a new name: Archangel. Is it time for a reunion?
Whatever is coming, Bungie devs are excited about it. The game’s new senior narrative designer, Dr. Hazel Monforton, had the following to say.
Y’all… I cannot stress enough how good the next season on Destiny 2 is. It’s phenomenal. @Sphynxian and @THICCEST_YOSH (and me, a little bit) absolutely killed it. It’s fantastic. Y’all are gonna love it.
— dr. hazel 💐 (@HazelMonforton) April 17, 2022
Season 17 will continue with the Season Pass model, meaning you can buy in for around £10 per season.
If you have Witch Queen’s Deluxe Edition, you’re already covered for seasons 17, 18, and 19.
Could it be time for Destiny 2 to move to a subscription model?
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