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Darryn’s Destiny Diaries – To level 20 and beyond

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When it comes to the RPG side of Destiny, the current-level cap is a tad on the low side. After all, you tell any ardent fan of levelling up that Destiny caps you at the magic number of 20, and they’ll scoff in your general direction. Scoff to the max, of course. Thing is, it’s a soft cap. And a clever one at that, because you’ve probably noticed a few players hitting numbers well beyond that limit. And it’s all about your gear baby.

Yep, Destiny pretty much tasks you with assembling proper gear once you’ve hit that wall. And this all ties into an aspect of the game that i dig: Becoming a legend. It’s not just a tagline that helped hype the game last year. It’s a genuine focus on turning your Guardian into a mythic engine of Darkness-destruction. And appropriately, getting the gear necessary to survive the expansion story content, is a Herculean effort. But it’s worth it, once your light level starts climbing and you become stronger. Just having the necessary armour is one thing, but leveling it up also impacts on your current light-standing, making it possible to climb the ranks without even equipping new gear.

Sure, you can farm for loot. I’ve picked up some great stuff from strikes, such as a fantastic piece of blue Knight armour. But for the really good stuff, for the legendary kit, you’re going to need to start hitting those Vanguard and Crucible vendors. Shaxx has plenty of great gear if you’re willing to spend a few hours in his Crucible, while your Vanguard mentor offers kit at prices that aren’t too heavy.

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The catch here of course, being that you can’t just buy the stuff with the general in-game currency of Glimmer. You’re going to need Vanguard and Crucible marks. Crucible Marks are easy enough, as you just have to hit the multiplayer. But Vanguard Marks, they’re a bit trickier. You can farm for those in events, but just getting the game to drop you into a quick mission of defending a Warsat or taking out Fallen harvesters can be a challenge.

Which is why this has become an important part of my Destiny arsenal – An event tracker. Each event hands out around 4 Vanguard marks at a gold tier rating and a daily reward. So well worth pursuing then. The big catch here of course, being that Destiny limits just how many Vanguard and Crucible marks you can farm in a week, at 100. Again, I like this decision, because it keeps me coming back for the more expensive gear. And it makes me feel like I’ve earned those Marks.

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Thanks to that nifty little site, I’ve been able to do some pretty decent farming, and I’m now a mere 13 Vanguard marks away from getting some Legendary chest armour. It all ties into the underlying ethos of the game for me, where loot actually does feel special.

Last Updated: May 27, 2015

15 Comments

  1. Amazed you could find people to play with.

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 27, 2015 at 14:43

      More than Evolve and Teso combined but way less than PS2 I bet.

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      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 27, 2015 at 14:50

        Yeah, those 200v200 fights, dayum!

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  2. Hammersteyn

    May 27, 2015 at 14:44

    Thanks for the site D, will come in nice and handy 2017 😛

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  3. FreddyBear

    May 27, 2015 at 14:51

    Bah humbug! I remember when RPG’s had a level cap of 10…..20 was unimaginable.

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  4. Splooshypooh

    May 27, 2015 at 14:56

    Absolute greek to me…

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  5. Fnuik

    May 27, 2015 at 15:56

    Leveling up is really hard if you play alone most of the time and never have enough time in the evening to do the daily strike, nightfall and story. Never mind playing them 3 times to get all the coins etc. At this point I’m just playing for the fun, not worrying about my level anymore. Cause whatever people tell you, Destiny is some of the best gunplay around.

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    • The D

      May 28, 2015 at 06:46

      I’ve picked up a few Strange Coins just from random blue decohedrant drops. Weird.

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 28, 2015 at 07:01

        What’s weird is I read that as “random blue deodorant drops”. O_o

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  6. Dawid Eduard Roestorf

    May 28, 2015 at 08:03

    Ok, so the quickest way to get vanguard marks, is to do the vanguard strikes. The hardest difficulty rewards you with 6 marks, and takes about 10 minutes to do, on average, so after an hour, you will have about 36 marks.

    As for reaching lvl cap, 3 characters on max level, almost all the time. HOW launched last week, and already I have 3 lvl34 characters. Was way to easy to get there.

    Destiny event tracker is useful, if you still do all the bounties. But for the most part, have stopped doing those long ago. Focus mainly on raids, nightfalls, weekly’s and now POE these days.

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