Destiny 2 will be getting a brand-new content pack for Bungie’s 30th anniversary, and whether you’re looking for its release date or are excited for Gjallarhorn, we’ve got everything you need to know to grab the Anniversary Pack content yourself.
Destiny 2’s next expansion, The Witch Queen, was pushed back to February 2022, but Bungie has added a new content pack to help players keep playing until Season 16 alongside its traditional Dawning event.
The Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack will celebrate the developer’s lineage, across the likes of Myth, Marathon, Oni, Halo, and of course, Destiny. While the pack’s content is divided up between free and paid items, this guide should make things a little easier to digest.
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Trailer revealed – December 7
Today’s the day – so here’s a new trailer to get you excited.
Grasp of Avarice soundtrack released – December 5
As part of their free “Gjallardays” holiday rewards, Bungie released at least one piece of the 30th Anniversary dungeon’s soundtrack.
The content arrives on December 7, 2021. That’s a Tuesday, and it’ll arrive at the usual weekly reset.
As a reminder, that’s 10 AM PT | 1 PM ET | 5 PM GMT | 3 AM AEST (Wednesday).
That means today is the day at the time of writing – will it arrive alongside The Dawning?
We know already that a huge patch will land on the same day. Check out our full guide to the patch notes. You can also expect the game’s servers to go down for maintenance, so don’t expect to jump straight in.
You can pre-order the 30th Anniversary Pack for Destiny 2 right now on Steam, or on the Xbox or PlayStation stores, whichever you play on.
The Bungie pack currently costs $24.99/£21.99 no matter where you purchase it, and there’s no sign that will change before release. The cost of the DLC has been contentious among fans.
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The pack is also included in the Destiny 2: Witch Queen and 30th Anniversary Edition – that’ll set you back $99.99/£87.99, but also includes the Witch Queen expansion, season passes for Seasons 16, 17, 18, and 19, two Year 5 dungeons, an exotic SMG and catalyst, and a sparrow.
The 30th Anniversary pack will feature some free content, as well as paid extras. Here’s everything you’ll find, whether you buy the pack or not.
In terms of free content, players will be able to take part in a new six-player matchmade activity: the Dares of Eternity. We’d imagine this will be along the lines of a traditional seasonal activity – think Astral Alignment, Override, or similar.
It seems to share some aesthetic similarities to the paid dungeon, but you will be able to experience Dares of Eternity whether you purchase the pack or not.
There will also be “iconic weapons to collect”, although whether these are new or reprised Destiny 1 weapons is anyone’s guess at this point. Expect at least one of these to be tied to the aforementioned six-player matchmade activity, though.
Bungie has mentioned “mysteries to unravel,” which points to some sort of narrative element. We’ll add to this when we know more, but Bungie has also promised “rewards that commemorate our long and storied history together,” although we still don’t know what those will be.
To help fuel the hype train, Bungie released the Grasp of Avarice dungeon’s theme song a few days early. This pirate-inspired take on Destiny 2’s signature musical style is available for all players to download free of charge, and further reinforces the dungeon’s swashbuckling theme.
In addition, players can also expect a hefty balance patch for Destiny 2, with a focus on shotguns and exotics, as well as big changes to Supercharge times.
Players will also get their hands on some new gear as part of the free update, too:
- Forerunner Exotic Sidearm
- Forerunner Exotic Sidearm Catalyst
- BxR-55 Battle Legendary Pulse Rifle
- Half-Truths Legendary Sword
- Retraced Path Legendary Trace Rifle
- Wastelander M5 Legendary Shotgun
- Pardon our Dust Legendary Grenade Launcher
In a recent blog post, Bungie explained that the 30th Anniversary pack functions as a DLC, and not seasonal content. As a result, players won’t be able to buy it once and play anywhere – you’ll need to get the pack on every platform you play on.
First and foremost, we have to talk about the Gjallarhorn. This exotic rocket launcher from the original game is being added to Destiny 2 for Bungie’s anniversary.
It’s unknown whether or not it will be available for players who don’t get the pack at this point, but either way, players will need to “complete a quest to unlock the classic Exotic Rocket Launcher,” according to Bungie themselves.
Want even more Gjallarhorn? Well, the anniversary pack also includes an awesome-looking Sparrow with the weapon’s gold wolf livery. You’ll have a tough time finding a better-looking way to speed around than this.
You’d think the dungeon, Grasp of Avarice, would be space pirate-themed, but we wouldn’t count out Bungie including the nautical variety either. It’ll be set in the Loot Cave on the Cosmodrome, too, a fun nod to the first game’s history.
The Thorn-inspired Armor Set you can see in the header image of this article will also be included, along with some special Bungie-themed ornaments and cosmetics, including the streetwear-style set at the top of the page.
Destiny 1 weapons including Eysaluna and 1000 Yard Stare will make a comeback. Paid players can also get the Matador 64 Shotgun and Hero of Ages Sword.
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Finally, players who get the pack will also receive the Claymore Sword from Myth to use in Destiny 2, which looks perfect for cutting up enemies left and right.
Like the free Dares of Eternity activity, the pack’s Steam page also gave us a few enticing details on what to expect when diving into the Grasp of Avarice.
“Reveal a tale of riches and regret as you follow an adventurer who traded his humanity for treasure,” the page reads, giving us a brief glimpse into the apparently tragic tale that awaits us inside Destiny 2’s take on the D1 Loot Cave.
So, regardless of whether you pick up the pack or not, there looks to be plenty on offer for all Guardians once the 30th Anniversary bundle celebration fires up inside Destiny 2 on December 7.
Given Halo is a massive part of Bungie’s history, many have wondered if Guardians will see any nods to the developer’s prior franchise in the 30th Anniversary pack. While Bungie hasn’t outright confirmed anything, it looks like the Halo Combat Evolved Magnum and Halo 2 Battle Rifle are included.
Check out these stills from the trailer:
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen doesn’t come out until February 22, but in the meantime be sure to check out more of our Destiny 2 content: