We’re still grinding away at Destiny 2 but today we were alerted to something, well, strange.
Bungie is selling players a character boost for players to use on characters to make the “grind” a little easier. The thing is, what Bungie is offering is not at all appealing.
With the launch of Shadowkeep and Season of the Undying, Bungie automatically leveled every character to power level 750. Haven’t played in two years? You’re now at 750. Tried Destiny 2 for an hour last year when it was free for a brief period on PC and never picked it up? You’re now at 750.
Power level is important as it determines how easily you can dispatch enemies or how quickly they can dispatch of you.
As is tradition with new Destiny 2 expansions and seasons, the latest release increases the maximum power a player can reach to 960 with a soft cap of 900, and Bungie wants to sell you a boost to 900 but there is a caveat – one of your characters must have already passed the 900 power level mark.
The boost costs 2 000 Silver (the currency in Destiny 2 that can only be obtained with real world money) or R299.
At first glance that may seem fine if you’ve already gone through the pain of getting one character to 900, but there is an easier way.
As you can see I have three characters with the Warlock being my preferred or “main” character. At the conclusion of the Shadowkeep campaign I was well over 850 (the level you need to be for the final mission) and by the time I had completed my weekly quests for Strikes, Crucible, Gambit and the like I had hit 910 power level.
Granted, this process has taken me three weeks of playing but on my Hunter and Titan it has taken far less time – less than an hour a piece in fact.
As you can see above, my Titan and Hunter are rather similar in power level and neither of those characters has completed the main Shadowkeep campaign or indeed any quests at all.
In order to power level myself I transfer my most powerful weapons between characters. As gear is class specific, this only works with weapons. However, with your weapons being a higher level than everything else you have available to you, the game responds by bringing your gear up to the same level albeit slowly.
If you really want to speed up the process, head to Collections and go to the Levelling gear for a character – or which ever Blue or Green rarity armour you have access to – and craft a set until you aren’t getting a boost anymore.
For an even speedier but completely randomised experience turn in Vanguard or Crucible tokens at Zavala and Shaxx respectively for gear and weapons.
You don’t need to use this gear it just needs to be in your inventory and the game will start dropping gear at the level of the trash you just crafted.
While the prospect of a boost is great, from experience we can say that getting from 750 to 900 is the easy part, the slog from 900 to 950 has been rather brutal.
A number of players have recoiled at the idea that Bungie is offering a boost just weeks after the release of Shadowkeep but I think Bungie was right to release this now.
To get to 943 I have had to plough 77 hours into Destiny and I am nowhere near ready for end-game activities such as the raid as I’m still levelling up my gear and weapons while searching for the best rolls on that gear.
Those that are just diving into Destiny 2’s latest expansion and season now will surely have a hard time keeping up with others who have much more time to grind.
With that having been said, just play the game naturally and you’ll hit 900 easily.
Of course it’s your money and time at the end of the day.