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Destiny 2 – A guide to Legendary Shards, Bright Engrams and other microtransactions

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While you can grab some great loot by depositing bullets into a nearby Fallen foot-soldier in Destiny 2, you might want to have a look at the market as well during your quest to take back The Last City. Whether it be Glimmer, Legendary Shards or even some Silver, there’s plenty to buy if you’ve got the right cash to flash. Here’s a breakdown on the currencies of Destiny 2 so far.

Glimmer

Your stock-standard resource, Glimmer can be earned from all manner of activities and kills. It’s now also not hobbled by the wallet limit of 25 000 Glimmer per account, as was the case in Destiny 1, which is just rad. For the early sections of Destiny 2, it’s an easy resource that can keep your Guardian equipped with the best gear per their level, at least until you start earning more rare and legendary drops towards the endgame.

Bright Dust

You’ll need Bright Dust to shop around Tess’s Eververse stand, because even the Red Legion can’t stop the emote-train from rolling on through. How do you get the stuff? By dismantling Bright Engrams. Which can be earned through Destiny 2 if you’re lucky or paid for with…

Silver

Which costs actual, proper money. Dollars, Rands or pounds, take your pick because Destiny 2 isn’t picky about which real currency you use to pay for the stuff. Just so long as you do actually pay, unless you want Tess to break your kneecaps.

Legendary Shards

Here’s the stuff that everybody wants ahead of Xur’s arrival on Friday. One of the rarer currencies available, Legendary Shards take over from Strange Coins and can be earned dismantling Legendary and Exotic gear. Legendaries can be earned from vendors out in the field once you chuck a few tokens at them, as random drops or as prizes for outstanding performances in strikes, the Crucible and Public Events.

If you’ve got some Legendaries to spare, now might be a good time to dismantle them for the arrival of Xur.

There is some controversy erupting over the use of Bright Engrams at the moment. The stock available from the Eververse company is rarely given out, and when players do receive them as rewards you can expect cosmetic goods aplenty. If you’re lucky, you might even grab a few mods for your character and gear, and seeing as how Bright Engrams can be purchased with the Silver in-game currency that costs actual moolah, people are wondering if this is a pay-to-win mechanic.

That’s the debate raging on the Destiny 2 Reddit, as these mods are capable of allowing Guardians to benefit from increased resilience and other buffs while out in the field. They’re not major buffs, but they are present. Bright Engrams can also be earned via levelling up with vendors, so getting your hands on them isn’t exactly difficult.

Still, is this a mechanic that preys on the impatient Guardian who wants to get great gear fast by buying a few advantages instead of earning them? Well…yes. It comes down to options really. Are you desperate enough to spend money on the chance at shiny gear, or will you actually grind for the stuff? Bear in mind that Bright Engram content is random, and you see that it is a gamble. It’s way too early for me to even have an informed opinion on this, what with Destiny 2 only having been out in the wild for two days at this point.

How this impacts Destiny 2 in terms of the long game that’s being played, is something that will be worth discussing in the weeks and months to come.

Last Updated: September 7, 2017

20 Comments

  1. *waits for Otto to comment*

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    • Ottokie

      September 7, 2017 at 10:13

      I still have hope for this game xD

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        September 7, 2017 at 10:18

        :O
        WHAT!?
        :O

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        • Ottokie

          September 7, 2017 at 10:28

          The PC gaming side is barren this year 🙁

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          • VampyreSquirrel

            September 7, 2017 at 10:32

            Look at my field of PC games, and see it’s barren except for those free to play games.

          • Ottokie

            September 7, 2017 at 10:36

            We have been klopping the F2P games in search of gems this year xD

          • VampyreSquirrel

            September 7, 2017 at 11:01

            yep, those F2P games have been hammered by us.

    • Ottokie

      September 7, 2017 at 10:16

      But yes, a lot of you are aware how “emotional” I can get about micro transactions in a AAA+ priced game that is not just cosmetic, it gives stat boosts. Even though it’s not way out of line when you hit end game it is in essence a pay to win model either way, and is a very (excuse my french) shitty kick in the groin from developers for a game that costs 60 Euro for the base version.

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  2. Original Heretic

    September 7, 2017 at 10:21

    Microtransactions are for those with micro-peckers.

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  3. jimz0r

    September 7, 2017 at 10:24

    “They’re not major buffs, but they are present”

    And? Steroids aren’t a major benefit either, but its still a f**king benefit.

    Let’s not mention the fact the you could in theory reach level 20 and not receive a vehicle (it’s up to RNGesus). But you can pay for one easily through the store.

    Let’s not mention the fact the shaders are now one-use consumables, basically because micro transactions.

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    • The D

      September 7, 2017 at 10:26

      Oh I need to update that guide. You get a free Sparrow after the Red War campaign has been completed. Go visit Amanda.

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  4. Kromas Ryder

    September 7, 2017 at 10:52

    And for the PC guys. Silver can also be purchased from across the realm with ….. GOLD. 😛

    Or to be more precise Wow Tokens.

    So if you got millions of gold lying around you can quite easily buy a ton of silver.

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    • Ottokie

      September 7, 2017 at 10:57

      “So if you got millions of gold lying around”

      I nice subtle little jab there to us poor Alliance players xD

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      • Kromas Ryder

        September 7, 2017 at 10:58

        Hey I am down to 5 million gold due to some bad investments.

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        • Ottokie

          September 7, 2017 at 10:58

          Poor you!

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          • Kromas Ryder

            September 7, 2017 at 10:58

            7.3 screwed me and now I am overstocked on useless items.

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