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According to Forbes – Games (This article and its images were originally posted on Forbes – Games August 14, 2018 at 08:52AM.)
Some how, some way, I have played Destiny more per day since Warmind’s release than I probably did all throughout Destiny 1 or 2, thanks to the game revitalizing itself by giving me tasks I actually wanted to complete. I have just wrapped up my time with Solstice of Heroes, grinding out three full sets of armor for my characters, grabbing unique ships, sparrows and the like tied to the event. And I’m pretty sure I even got all the good Eververse stuff along the way too.
But I am under no illusions that this past grind was terribly useful ahead of Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion launch. My 400 power armor is sure to get outclassed pretty quickly when the cap is raised to 600, and on top of that, pretty much all my current armor is useless because it doesn’t have any inborn perks like new armor will have. The same goes for my legendary guns which have one less perk than their randomly-rolled counterparts will have come September.
And yet, there is still stuff to grind for that you will find useful come the launch of Forsaken.
Some currencies are going away (planetary tokens), other stuff is likely to be reworked, but based on what we know about Forsaken, there’s some stuff that should still prove useful when the changeover comes.
1. Masterwork Cores
While the Masterwork system is changing, Masterwork cores are going to be more useful than ever before, based on the number of them you’ll need to upgrade your weapons. With the new ten-level masterwork system for legendary weapons, you need something like 20-25 Masterwork cores to take them the last few levels up to max, far more than the 10 you need now to instantly Masterwork an item. I’m not sure if armor works the same way, but the point is that I would avoid spending any cores on any legendary right now, considering most legendary gear will be outclassed by its bonus-perk-having counterparts come fall, so save as big a pile of cores as you can.
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2. Weapon Parts
The same goes for weapon parts. Not that you need them for upgrades, but because there’s little point using them now for Banshee to give you soon-to-be-useless guns, no matter how badly you want that Antiope-D. With the introduction of random rolls, weapon parts are about to be a lot more useful, as they just might be your slot machine ticket that produces something truly great. And because of that, the cost is going up. It will now cost 100 parts to get a rank from Banshee instead of 40, because the drops are potentially a lot more valuable now. Save all the parts you get from now on.
3. Vanguard Tokens
Once you hit rank 50 with Zavala this season, there’s really no point at all in continuing to dump tokens into him before Forsaken. If you save enough tokens, you may be able to race your way through all the rewards of season 4 very quickly, getting all the unique guns and whatever his rank 50 reward is this time. And you’ll probably get a lot of new, now randomly rolled gear from engrams along the way. You can (and probably should) also save Crucible tokens, though with no rank system there, it’s a bit different.
4. Exotic Catalysts
While almost all your legendary gear is going to get outclassed very soon here, that’s not going to be the case for exotics, which are not getting bonus perks and are staying fixed. And everything you have now will be able to be infused up to new power levels. As such, keep hunting exotics you don’t have, but also it’s probably worthwhile to continue to grind for catalysts to make them better. I would especially recommend catalysts for things like Polaris Lance and Whisper of the Worm, ones with clear objectives for weapons that will absolutely remain powerful going forward. Others like the strike and Crucible catalysts you may not want to break your back for, given that you’re going to be playing plenty of PvP and strikes when Forsaken launches, and might just end up with some that way. But overall, it’s not not worth it to hunt these down right now.
5. Redrix’s Claymore
I know I said your legendary gear was about to be useless with Forsaken, but there are a few exceptions to that, and Redrix’s Claymore is one of them. Only a couple thousand people (out of millions of players) have this gun, the most rare one in the game, which you get from grinding out competitive Glory ranks. This is something with a time limit, as in, you literally have the next two weeks to get this done before the season ends, but the reward is a gun that will no doubt still be useful in the Forsaken era in both PvP and PvE given that it has a unique set of fixed perks that are unlike anything else in the game (reloading during Outlaw increases rate of fire = nasty). I personally do not have it in me to do this grind given the current state of competitive and the fact that I am at best, kill leader of the losing team most of the time in Quickplay, but the gun is undeniably useful, and worth it if you can get it.
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