destiny 2 tips and tricks

Looking for Destiny 2 tips and tricks for speeding through the campaigns? Then you’ve come to the right place.

For a beginning player, getting into all this content can be overwhelming. I felt the same way when I first started playing Destiny 2.

Thankfully, I wasn’t new to looter shooters so I managed to learn my way around the game very quickly.

This is a list of tips I had to learn the hard way. The guide is mainly about surviving the main campaigns and expansions all by yourself. Since I’m a PVE-only player, these are all PVE-focused tips.

Let’s dive in.

#1 Start With New Light

destiny 2 map new

I used to recommend players to get all the expansions of Destiny 2 at the start, but since there are so many expansions and editions available in the game right now, it can be pretty expensive to buy them all.

So, if you’re new to the game, I recommend that you try the New Light free-to-play version of the game. It’s enough to get a sense of the game and see if it’s your type of game.

Then you can get Beyond Light expansion. If you’re happy with that expansion, go ahead and grab the Witch Queen expansion. It has some of the best content in the game right now and it won’t necessarily make you feel like out of the loop.

Of course, you can grab other expansions any time, if you can afford it.

#2 Go With Titan

destiny 2 titan class

The biggest decision I had to make before starting the game was to pick a class. And I know it’s a hard decision for most other players as well.

Titan has better stats, despite his thicc look. But Hunter and Warlock look super badass. For this reason, most players choose Hunter.

I decided to go with Titan and now I’m glad I did. Titan has the coolest abilities. One of which lets you wield a Thor-like hammer and throw it at enemies. Another turns you into Captain America.

For your first playthrough, go with Titan. It’s super fun and it will help you survive the campaign missions. You can create new characters later in the game, but you’ll need to play through the story missions over again.

#3 You Can Build Weapons

destiny 2 weapon building

If you own the Witch Queen expansion, you can now build weapons with unique stats in the forge.

One of the first weapons you get to build is a Glaive, which is quite powerful and fun to play around with. It makes you feel like a samurai.

It’s not crucial to playing the game but I just wanted to let you know about this cool feature.

#4 Complete The Campaign

When you create a new character, Destiny 2 gives you the option you skip the main campaign missions and jump straight to the endgame. Don’t do this in your first playthrough. Finish the campaign at least once and complete all missions.

The campaign is the best part of this game, in my opinion. You won’t regret it.

#5 There Are More Sub-Classes

destiny 2 titan abilities

Every class has its own unique special abilities. When you first start the game, you’ll only have one ability. These abilities are called sub-classes.

You’ll discover more subclasses as you progress through the game. You can then master all abilities and choose one that fits your play style.

#6 Different Weapons For Different Enemies

destiny-2-damage-types(Source: Destinypedia)

There are 4 types of weapons in the game that do higher damage against specific types of enemies. Try to keep one of each damage type in your arsenal to take down enemies more effectively.

  • Arc Damage: Does arc damage. Best for enemies with blue shields.
  • Void Damage: Does void damage. Best for enemies with purple shields.
  • Solar Damage: Does solar damage. Best for enemies with orange shields.
  • Kinetic Damage: This is the default damage type that does physical damage. Best for enemies without shields

#7 Join The Discord Channel

Destiny 2 has a dedicated and large community around the world. Joining a Destiny 2 Discord channel is a great way to connect with other players and seek help when you get stuck.

You can also use Discord to find other players to team up to do missions like Strikes and Public Events.

#8 Join A Beginner-Friendly Clan

Clans are also a big part of Destiny 2. Joining a clan has many benefits. But, you should wait at least until you reach level 30 to join a clan. There are both serious and friendly Destiny clans out there. Try to find out that tolerates beginners.

Use the Discord channels or Destiny 2 Reddit to find a clan.

#9 Choose Your Armor Wisely

destiny 2 armor

Destiny 2 has several types of armor with different stats. If you’re in the very beginning of the game, don’t worry about the stats. Just equip any armor that helps improve your power level.

As you level up, you’ll also come across more advanced armor pieces with different stats. Choose the ones that help your play style.

If you’re playing a tanky character, go for a Resilience build. If you want to move around quickly, go for armor with higher Mobility stats. Or use a Recovery build if you keep dying in the game.

#10 Best Ways To Get Better Gear

Getting better loot is a game of its own in Destiny 2. Doing the main campaign missions alone is not enough to get better gear, you also need to do other activities.

  • Do daily and weekly missions/bounties
  • Boost your reputation with Vanguards
  • Do public events
  • Complete Strikes

Doing these activities will help rank up and get better gear to complete difficult missions in the campaign. Although, this is something you can worry about once you reach the endgame.

#11 Do Daily Bounties

destiny 2 daily bounties

Daily bounties are acquired through Vanguards or the people on each Planet like Eris Morn. Completing these missions will give you specific resources and items, which you can trade with the Vanguards to get engrams.

This is one of the fastest ways to get the best gear.

#12 Be Careful What You Destroy

destiny 2 vault

In the Tower, you’ll have access to a storage system called the Vault. You can store your cool items here to save the best items. If you have another character you can transfer better gear to that character through the Vault as well.

Destroy the grey, green, and blue items. But save your powerful gear with better stats. You can upgrade these later in the game to increase the power levels.

#13 Power Levels

destiny 2 power level

In Destiny 2, your Power Level acts as your character level. So your ultimate goal would be to reach the current Power Level cap in order to be able to complete the competitive activities in the game.

To boost your Power Level, you need to equip weapons and gear with higher power. You can find better gear from engrams, completing activities, missions, and generally playing the game.

#14 Check Power Levels Before Starting Missions

Each campaign mission in the game recommends a specific power level. For example, if a mission recommends 1300 power level, you should level up your character to at least 1320 before starting that mission. Otherwise, you would end up dying multiple times.

#15 You Can Level Up Fast With Public Events

destiny 2 public events

Doing public events with strangers or friends is the fastest way to level up in the game, at least until you reach the endgame. Public events also reward you with better loot and gear as well.

#16 Enemies Have A Weak Spot

Every enemy in the game has a weak spot. For example, Vex has a glowing thing in its chest which when hit takes down the enemy faster. Study each enemy to find their weak spot. Because going for the headshots is not always the best option in Destiny 2.

#17 You Don’t Have To Look Good

When you join a new game with a team of strangers or land on The Tower, you’ll be surrounded by lots of other high-level players with cool armor.

Don’t feel tempted to buy microtransactions or start building an armor set yet. You’re still in the early stages. Focus on finishing the campaign and getting to level cap (as of 2023, level soft cap is at 1520). Then you can think about building a gear set.

#18 Unlock Your Engrams Right Away

destiny 2 engrams

One of the biggest mistakes I did when I was going through the story missions is that I saved the engrams hoping they will be of use later in the game. Turns out engrams only give you items in the same power level as you were when you acquired them.

For example, if you scored an engram while you were power level 200 and you open it when you’re 300 power level, you’ll still get 200 power level items.

So do yourself a favor, open those engrams as soon as you get them.

#19 Start Gathering Resources From Day 1

destiny 2 resources

In each world you travel, you’ll find some type of resources lying around like the Dusklight Shards in the EDZ. You can trade these in for rewards. So start collecting these from level 1.

#20 Don’t Worry About Crucible & Gambit

Don’t even think about playing PVP until you reach level 50 and have some better weapons. You’ll get obliterated. So be patient. Level up. Complete the adventures and campaign.

#21 Don’t Infuse Or Use Mods, Yet

destiny 2 fusion

In Destiny 2, weapons and armor can be upgraded with mods. You can also upgrade a weapon to a higher power level by infusing it with another weapon.

But, don’t waste your resources by infusing or modding weapons early on. Wait until you reach at least 1500 power level to start modding and infusing.

#22 You Can Get Gear Back From Your Collection

destiny 2 collections

Destroyed a great piece of gear by accident? Don’t worry, you can acquire it back from your collection. You just need to find the required resources to acquire it and you’ll get that awesome sniper back.

#23 Weekly Resets & Xur

All of the weekly missions, bounties, and challenges in the resets every week on Tuesday. Remember to complete your weekly’s before this time.

Also, keep an eye out for Xur. He’s like an underground black market vendor who popup every weekend in a random location. You can check Discord or Reddit to find his location. You can buy some cool exotics from Xur.

#24 Build Weapons

destiny 2 build weapons

Destiny 2 recently added the ability to build weapons using the forge. You’ll need the Witchqueen expansion to access this feature.

Using this system, you can build weapons by infusing your own custom stats into the game.

#25 Dungeons and Raids

Dungeons and Raids are the endgame of Destiny 2.

If you’re not into PVP matches in the Crucible, you can choose to do Dungeons and Raids to keep farming for better gear and loot.

Now, I would not recommend you to get into Raids early on. Try to get into a clan first or use Discord to find groups to do Raids with. Either way, it’s a fun part of the game that needs to be experienced.

#26 Remember To Have Fun

Overall, Destiny 2 may seem overwhelming at first. But, if you take it slow and enjoy the ride, you’ll see how fun this game really is.

So whether you’re playing with a friend or playing solo, remember to relax and have fun. If it feels like too much, take a break to avoid burnout. Play a different game. And then get back to Destiny 2 later.

FAQs About Destiny 2

You can learn more about Destiny 2 with these frequently asked questions.

Is Destiny 2 an Open-World Game?

Destiny 2 is not entirely open world but it has open-world areas and zones that you can freely explore to do missions and play with other players.

Is Destiny 2 Single Player?

Destiny 2 is not a single-player game. It’s an MMO-like multiplayer game that requires an internet connection to play. However, you can play the game solo without having to team up with other players.

What Can You Do in Destiny 2?

There are so many things you can do in Destiny 2. Once you finish the campaign, you can do exotic quests to find exotic weapons and gear. You can also participate in raids. Do dungeons. Farm better gear to hit the hard level cap. As well as doing PVP combat.

Is Destiny 2 Good For New Players?

It’s fairly easy to get started in Destiny 2, if you have some experience in playing looter shooters. If you’re coming from games like Borderlands or Warframe, Destiny 2 will be easier for you to get into.

How Many Classes Are in Destiny 2?

There are three main classes in Destiny 2. Titan, Hunter, and Warlock. You can create characters based on these classes. And they also have sub-classes that you can freely switch between to create awesome builds.

GandalfTheGamer
GandalfTheGamer is the editor and founder of Loot And Grind. He's a huge fan of games with a grind. Right now he's obsessed with Destiny 2 and Warframe. Follow him on Twitter @GandalfTheGamr

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