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Destiny’s unconventional level cap

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Destiny’s beta restricted players to a rather low level of 8, meaning that you probably maxed out your character just a few hours into playing. That got a lot of people talking, considering the level cap was thought to be only 20. How was Bungie going to keep progression going with such a low cap? Well, because things change completely at that level.
For starters, you don’t stop leveling up. A new video posted by IGN clearly shows a Level 29 Titan, which confirms that Destiny’s Level 20 cap is nothing more than a soft cap. By that, I mean that conventional experience gain doesn’t become a factor anymore. The way you progress in Destiny changes at this point, and it’s probably what’s going to keep you playing for months on end.

Once you hit level 20, XP is out and Motes of Light are in. You might have seen those in the beta and not known what they hell they were meant for. Equipping the right gear will reward you with Motes of Light after taking down some Fallen. These Motes are your new form of experience, and help yo push your level beyond 20. In a way, it’s almost like how the Paragon Levels work in Diablo. There’s a level cap, but it’s not a dead end for your character by any stretch.

So at Level 20 everything becomes more about the gear you’re using than XP grinding, which is how a lot of other MMO’s work in fact. It’s probably just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Destiny’s endgame content, proving that Bungie definitely have a lot of content still hidden up their sleeves. You can check out for higher level Titan gameplay below, including how to turn your Titan into Superman.

Last Updated: August 1, 2014

55 Comments

  1. Please, I pray to the gods….Please tell me how this is NOT an MMO…

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    • Sageville

      August 1, 2014 at 09:34

      Was Diablo III an MMO?

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      • Umar

        August 1, 2014 at 09:38

        Diablo 3 did not have huge areas with people from all over the world running around fighting fighting enemies. It never had a hub world where real people could gather and hang out. This game has SO many MMO-like qualites, but they don’t want to admit its an MMO. But why though? Are they afraid of the of being tied down to MMO conventions

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        • Jonah Cash

          August 1, 2014 at 09:51

          I also don’t understand, just say to people that it is an MMO… But also different in certain parts than an MMO… But this game is so many different genre’s that I don’t think they quite know what to call it!!!

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          • Umar

            August 1, 2014 at 09:52

            LOL that is true, it has a whole bunch of genres and we all know they’re gonna have racing for your rides

          • Jonah Cash

            August 1, 2014 at 09:53

            Exactly!!
            Destiny is best summed up as the following:
            asdfg’;lkjhMMOqwertJRPGpoiuyFPSzxcv/.,mnBANANA….. that is what Destiny is!!!

          • Umar

            August 1, 2014 at 09:54

            I see JRPG in the mix there LOL A JRPG Banana , always wanted to play that

          • Jonah Cash

            August 1, 2014 at 09:57

            I am so in love with the game, that I don’t even care what they call it…. It can be whatever you as the player want it to be, co-op, single player, multi player… free roam sandbox…. anything… anything… even a Lego game if you look hard enough!!!

          • Rince/Trev4quoteofweek

            August 1, 2014 at 10:08

            Me too!

          • Rince/Trev4quoteofweek

            August 1, 2014 at 10:08

            You summon the nana, before 12?!

        • Sageville

          August 1, 2014 at 10:02

          While I totally agree, I’m just trying to suss out what parts of an MMO they feel they aren’t about. “If it looks like an MMO, smells like and MMO and tastes like an MMO, then I’m gonna says its a gorram MMO!”.

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    • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

      August 1, 2014 at 09:36

      You’d have better results with One

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    • allencooper985

      August 1, 2014 at 10:15

      as Norman implied I am inspired that a mom able to get paid $5514 in one month on the computer ..

      How ??? .. click FINANCIAL REPORT in ………. ??BSL??.???

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    • CAE9872

      August 1, 2014 at 10:29

      Oh it is by and large – couldn’t agree more.

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  2. Sageville

    August 1, 2014 at 09:33

    September… Hurry the fuck up already!

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    • Rince/Trev4quoteofweek

      August 1, 2014 at 09:38

      I’m with you on this man! So keen!

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    • Marius Nell

      August 1, 2014 at 10:10

      Agreed. I’m so hyped. Hope to see the other classes high level soon. Still cant decide my starting class

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      • Sageville

        August 1, 2014 at 11:12

        I’ve seen how overpowered Titans are… my gaming senses tell me a nerf will be incoming…

        I’ll stick with the hunter for my starting class.

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        • Marius Nell

          August 1, 2014 at 11:23

          I just hate that the golden gun is not just the amount of bullets but also on a timer. The titan and warlock can easily clean room in one fell swoop.

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          • Sageville

            August 1, 2014 at 11:34

            Its very situational, but once you know when to use it, its pretty awesome,

            Range + one shot kill = Baws

            I do think the Titan will get nerfed – the slam radius…

  3. Rince/Trev4quoteofweek

    August 1, 2014 at 09:38

    So keen for this game. Had a load of fun with it in beta, bring it to me NOW!

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    • CAE9872

      August 1, 2014 at 10:30

      What did you play it on? I thought you were master race member only?

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      • Rince/Trev4quoteofweek

        August 1, 2014 at 10:40

        ME a PC Masterbater? I think not. I have a PC, I have some games on it, but I like my console more, call it indoctrination and enjoyment of ease πŸ™‚ Played on Xbox360.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          August 1, 2014 at 10:56

          Minesweeper & Solitaire don’t really count. What’s with the name?

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          • Rince/Trev4quoteofweek

            August 1, 2014 at 11:01

            I just know that if you do not win quote of the week we’ll all be looking after your wrecked ego this weekend. I don’t want that responsibility.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 1, 2014 at 11:10

            Well that’s true. Thanks buddy!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 1, 2014 at 10:55

        Him? No, sies.

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  4. Mark Treloar

    August 1, 2014 at 09:42

    And suddenly I couldn’t care anymore. One of the things I disliked most about WoW was having to spend hours a day running instances to try get better gear.

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  5. Matthew Holliday

    August 1, 2014 at 09:43

    thats actually quite nice, with most RPGs, no one bothers much with gear untill theyr max level, this way keeps the level growth, but still keeps the armour stuff open.

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  6. Rags

    August 1, 2014 at 09:43

    I dislike leveling for FPS games. FPS games should be about skill. With the right strategy and good enough aim you should be able to take down anything. 😐 This is why I could never get into borderlands.

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    • Kensei Seraph

      August 1, 2014 at 09:47

      You can, but you have to hope that the guy with the overpowered assault rifle that just sprays and kills you doesn’t notice you before you can kill him.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      August 1, 2014 at 10:01

      but it is both an RPG and FPS in equal measures.

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      • Sageville

        August 1, 2014 at 10:03

        …but definitely NOT an MMO!

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        • Weanerdog

          August 1, 2014 at 11:13

          MMO = massive multiplayer online, so it clearly is an MMO what is the actual question.

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          • Sageville

            August 1, 2014 at 11:34

            Hey, they say it’s NOT MMO! Dare we disagree??

          • Weanerdog

            August 1, 2014 at 12:17

            Sure I mean they said it it must be true, now where is that new BMW I was promised after the last 5 elections.

  7. Jonah Cash

    August 1, 2014 at 09:49

    This game still makes me happy, everything they say about it just makes me more and more happy!! Can’t wait for the full release!!!

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  8. Hammersteyn

    August 1, 2014 at 09:51

    Fuck off IGN

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    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      August 1, 2014 at 10:01

      What gripe do you have with IGN? I’ve only recently started watching their stuff on Youtube and I don’t know their history. What made you hate them so?

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    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      August 1, 2014 at 10:01

      What gripe do you have with IGN? I’ve only recently started watching their stuff on Youtube and I don’t know their history. What made you hate them so?

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      • Hammersteyn

        August 1, 2014 at 10:32

        It was a culmination of things. Articles highlighting innovations that were introduced or streamlined by the Call of Duty series (really?), There was a writer who gave a JPRG game a bad score even though he hasn’t played JRPGs before. Giving games low scores for being too hard. Monopolizing exclusive content and reviews. Pay publishers to review games first.
        Then there was this article admitting reviews are skewed
        http://www.zeldainformer.com/news/former-ign-employee-admits-review-scores-are-skewed-due-to-public-relations#.U9tQQGMVfHg
        I can probably find more reasons.

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        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          August 1, 2014 at 10:57

          Cool thanx.

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    • Pieter Kruger

      August 1, 2014 at 10:26

      Be honest, is it because Brian Posehn seems to be working there now? ROFL!

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      • Hammersteyn

        August 1, 2014 at 10:32

        Hahahaha

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  9. Hammersteyn

    August 1, 2014 at 09:58

    Destiny needs melee weapons, Sledge hammers,Samurai swords and light sabers for instance.

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    • Rince/Trev4quoteofweek

      August 1, 2014 at 09:59

      Cool You can use those bud, I’ll use the tactical nuke launcher and we can duel…

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    • Umar

      August 1, 2014 at 10:00

      Samurai swords….Day one purchase

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    • Sageville

      August 1, 2014 at 10:05

      You had me at “Light Saber”

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    • CAE9872

      August 1, 2014 at 10:32

      W-A-R-F-R-A-M-E has those…well not light sabers but no doubt you could make your sword glow in the dark…and make the “vvvrrrrrmmmmmm” sound.

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  10. Hendrik

    August 1, 2014 at 10:17

    I don’t have innernet, so I won’t be playing Destiny πŸ™ πŸ™

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    • Norm

      August 1, 2014 at 11:24

      Same here :<

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  11. CAE9872

    August 1, 2014 at 10:31

    My pre-order is in – now we wait!

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  12. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    August 1, 2014 at 22:46

    Sigh, Activision is going to screw us over with DLC and map packs. As much as I enjoyed the Destiny Alpha and Beta (and will probably enjoy it in a few months time), I am worried. I don’t think it will carry the same amount of content as a typical Borderlands game. I thought that the game would be huge, but the level cap and the recent news about one major hub per planet indicates that Destiny might not be this huge game that we thought it was going to be….

    That makes me sad… πŸ™ I wanted to explore places… sigh!

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  13. Tulipdame

    August 5, 2014 at 12:07

    What I love about this game, apart from its awesomeness and content, is that you can play with your character on your 360 and One. I am going to do single-player on the One and multiplayer on 360 (yes, I am buying 2 copies). This game was my first insight on the upgraded graphics of the One – it really looks more crisp than on 360. But its cool because now I can play with the same character on my own (One) or with friends (360) without needing more than one character at a time. Sweet,

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  14. Tulipdame

    August 5, 2014 at 12:11

    Oh, and also sweet is the fact that multiplayer matches are equal – meaning advantages are taken away. This is good and eases out the whole “grinding for gear” need. Unless you want to play Iron Banner the whole time

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