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Destiny: The Taken King – Infusion guide

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Upgrading your prized weapon in Destiny wasn’t too difficult. The best guns in the first year of Bungie’s massive space rock concert were easily the Legendary and Exotic guns available. While Exotic weapons were easier to upgrade to the maximum damage value of year one, Legendary weapons were a tad bit trickier.

And that’s because Guardians needed to use Etheric Light to boost those guns, as opposed to the Exotic shards that were more readily available for the rarer guns sold on Fridays. Year two has a completely different method for upping your game however. And just like a dodgy soap commercial, it’s all about the infusion of essences or some such guff.

It all comes down to what gear you’ve got. Here’s a few pointers to how the Infusion system works for the year two Legendary guns and armour:

  • Only legendary gear can be infused
  • The items being infused, must be done with gear that has a higher attack or defense rate than the infusee
  • Items must be the same type: Primary weapons for primary infusions, torso armour for torso infusions etc.
  • But, you don’t need to have the same type of primary weapon for an infusion. In other words, you can buff a hand cannon with a pulse rifle infusion if you choose to
  • The infusion works on a percentage, so gains may differ. One Reddit user reported seeing a 27 damage point increase from infusing a 200 autorifle with a 234 damage gun. This usually works out to 80% of the difference, if you’re into maths
  • You don’t have to use only Legendary and Exotic items for Infusions. If you have a blue item with a higher attack stat for instance, you’re good to go
  • Some perks may transfer over as well, according to other reports
  • Infusion is permanent
  • Ghosts can also be infused

And there you have it. A quick and simple explanation to how weapon cannibalism works in Destiny.

Last Updated: September 17, 2015

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