Destiny 2: Xûr and Trials (Sept 24 – Sept 28, 2021)

💠 This weekend you can find Xûr hanging out at the Winding Cove on the EDZ and Trials is live on Wormhaven with a new mode called Trials Lab: Control Zones. Check out the article below for a more detailed look at Xûr’s Inventory, Trials, and more!


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XÛR, AGENT OF THE NINE

A peddler of strange curios, Xûr’s motives are not his own. He bows to his distant masters, the nine. (Note: Xur offers random rolls on all armor.)

Departs: Tuesday, Sept 28 @ 10AM Pacific

Where is Xur? Hangar, Tower (The green arrow below is where Xur is located)

Moved due to an issue, see Tweet by @BungieHelp

Exotic Armor (23 LS)

NameType
Shinobu’s VowHunter Arms
Wormgod CaressTitan Arms
Apotheosis VeilWarlock Helmet

Exotic Weapon (29 LS)

NameType
MercilessEnergy Fusion Rifle (Special Ammo)

Legendary Weapons (50 LS + 1k Glimmer)

NameTypeRoll (Perks)
Seventh Seraph CarbineKinetic Auto RifleAuto-Loading Holster, Vorpal Weapon
Last PerditionEnergy Pulse RifleUnder Pressure, Kill Clip
Whispering SlabEnergy Submachine GunGrave Robber, Vorpal Weapon
Main IngredientKinetic Combat BowKilling Wind, Swashbuckler
Timelines’ VertexEnergy Fusion RifleShield Disorient, Elemental Capacitor
Main IngredientEnergy Fusion RIfleRelentless Strikes, Whirlwind Blade
Outrageous FortunePower Grenade LauncherOutlaw, Dragonfly

Legendary Armor – 50 LS + 1k Glimmer

Hunter Armor:

Item NameTypeStat TotalStats
Simulator MaskHelmet56Mob: 2 | Res: 16 | Rec: 10
Dis: 13 | Int: 16 | Str: 2
Simulator GripsArms62Mob: 15 | Res: 14 | Rec: 2
Dis: 16 | Int: 13 | Str: 2
Simulator VestChest62Mob: 2 | Res: 12 | Rec: 18
Dis: 14 | Int: 14 | Str: 2
Simulator Boots
Legs62Mob: 2 | Res: 10 | Rec: 19
Dis: 16 | Int: 6 | Str: 9
Entanglement CloakClass Item00

Warlock Armor:

Item NameTypeStat TotalStats
Simulator HoodHelmet62Mob: 7 | Res: 3 | Rec: 23
Dis: 13 | Int: 12 | Str: 6
Simulator GlovesArms64Mob: 15 | Res: 7 | Rec: 9
Dis: 16 | Int: 6 | Str: 9
Simulator RobesChest61Mob: 8 | Res: 16 | Rec: 2
Dis: 16 | Int: 2 | Str: 13
Simulator Legs
Legs61Mob: 6 | Res: 10 | Rec: 12
Dis: 6 | Int: 19 | Str: 8
Entanglement BondClass Item00

Titan Armor:

Item NameTypeStat TotalStats
Simulator HelmHelmet62Mob: 16 | Res: 2 | Rec: 12
Dis: 12 | Int: 18 | Str: 2
Simulator GripsArms61Mob: 19 | Res: 2 | Rec: 11
Dis: 16 | Int: 7 | Str: 6
Simulator VestChest61Mob: 15 | Res: 2 | Rec: 14
Dis: 10 | Int: 11 | Str: 9
Simulator Boots
Legs59Mob: 12 | Res: 8 | Rec: 9
Dis: 6 | Int: 12 | Str: 12
Entanglement CloakClass Item00

Other Items

Exotic Engram (97 LS)

  • An engram with a predestined outcome. Contains a new Exotic if any remain to be collected; otherwise, it contains a random piece of Exotic armor. This item can be purchase only once per week, per account.

Exotic Cipher Quest (No Cost)

  • Complete strikes or win matches in Crucible or Gambit. Extra progress is awarded for more challenging activities and for succeeding with clanmates. Reward: Exotic Cipher Present it to Xûr or the Monument To Lost Lights to receive a reward. You can only hold 1 of this item at a time. (Available on a weekly cadence)

More Info

Xur Graphic: kyber3000.com/Xur | Post: kyber3000.com/Xurpost

Reddit: Xûr Mega-thread via r/DestinyTheGame


Reminder: Trials Labs: Capture Zone is live (view details below), plus earn Bonus Trials Rank all weekend!

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TRIALS OF OSIRIS

New Test Gamemode: Trials Labs – Capture Zone

Live until: Tuesday, Sept 28 @ 10AM PDT

This new mode is still Elimination, with the following changes: 

  • 30 seconds after the round starts, a capture zone is enabled. Players can capture this zone to win the round – or just eliminate the other team like normal. 
    • The capture zone has a waypoint from round start, including a countdown timer, so everyone will know exactly when and where it will be. 
  • The capture zone starts in the middle of the map in the first round and changes location each round. 
    • The team who just lost gets the advantaged spawn location. 

Plus, earn Bonus Trials Rank until the weekly reset. Learn more about Trials changes and Trials Labs here.

Map: Wormhaven

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RANK UP WEAPONS

Weekly Flawless Reward : Adept Igneous Hammer – Hand Cannon

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Rank Up Weapons (no reset)

Once you get to the max rank, you may reset your Trials rank to earn new weapons at rank 10 and 16.

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Rank Up Weapons (with 1 Reset)

This is what rewards you may earn once you reset your rank once.

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Rank Up Weapons (with 2 Resets)

This is what rewards you may earn once you reset your rank twice.

NOTE:

You can get extra rolls by winning more matches on your flawless card until you lose, and can get 1 extra Adept Reed’s Regret by turning in a 7 win card at Saint, in addition to legendary shards and glimmer. Thanks to Praetoryx for this info.

You will also get a Pinnacle Trials Engram when you win 20 rounds and another when you win 7 matches.

It looks like the Rank Up Rewards stay on whatever you last ranked up to. Meaning if you do not reset your rank then you will see/get the first set which is the Sniper at Rank 10 and the Hand Cannon at Rank 16 but if you reset your rank last weekend (or this week), your Rank 10 reward will be the Pulse Rifle and your Rank 16 will be the Sword.

Engram Focusing:

  • Non-Adept Trials Engram Focusing Requires: 20k Glimmer, 100 Legendary Shards, 1 Trials Engram,
  • Adept Trials Engram Focusing Requires: 50,000 Glimmer. 250 Legendary Shards, 1 Trials Engram

Trials Graphic: kyber3000.com/Trials | Post: kyber3000.com/Trialspost

More Info: View Guides, Rewards, and More for Trials | Trials Help Article via Bungie

RedditTrials Mega-thread via r/DestinyTheGame

View Callout Maps by @R3likt

ABOUT TRIALS LABS

Info from Bungie.net article:

While we’re excited for all of these changes, we’re also looking towards the future. What other improvements could be made down the road to benefit the playlist? We’d like to give you all an opportunity to try out some things we’re thinking on. For veteran Crucible players out there, you may recognize the name. It is time for the re-introduction of Labs!  Over the course of Season 15, we will be running a number of Trials of Osiris Labs weekends, where we will test out targeted changes and collect analytics and feedback from you! They will generally take over the entire mode for the weekend, so we can get as many players in as possible. 
We have three Labs planned for Season 15: 

  • Capture/Elimination Hybrid  
    • One capture point activates 30 seconds after each round starts, with an extended capture timer. 
    • The capture location changes each round, as do spawn locations. 
    • Capturing it wins the round, or you can always just eliminate the other team. 
    • We believe that this will help further curb round stalling and has made matches during internal playtesting much more dynamic. However, we would like to get the opinion of a wider audience before making such significant changes to the mode in a more permanent fashion. 
  • Trials Freelance 
    • A separate node from the main Trials activity, where only solo players can queue.  
    • While we believe this is the right change in a vacuum, we aren’t sure if splitting Trials into two matchmaking pools will deliver low matchmaking times and high-quality play in both pools at the same time. Prove us wrong! 
  • No Intro Quest 
    • One weekend where players who have never played in the Crucible can play! 

We don’t have a firm date for each of the above Labs weekends, but before they run, we’ll let you know in a future TWAB, on our various social channels, and in the Director. Since we know many of you are eager to dip your toes in to a solo-queue Trials experience, we’ll leave you with one small hint: What month comes after September?


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NEW TRIALS CHANGES

Changes that arrived with Hotfix 3.3.0.3:

  • Special ammo no longer refreshes upon resurrection 
  • Added hold to purchase functionality to gear purchasable from Saint-14 in order to prevent accidental purchases. 
  • Weapons received from the Trials of Osiris Reputation Rank Reward track on Saint-14 will now have their Masterwork Slots active. 

Changes arriving on Sept 24, 2021:

  • Bungie is waiting until the Sunday morning reset (10:00 AM PT) to enable the flawless pool. This serves as a middle ground between Week 1 and Week 2, and as the semi-permanent placement for enabling the flawless pool. As always, Bungie will be looking at both analytics and feedback – so keep telling them what is working and what isn’t! 
    • Bungie is working on some deeper matchmaking solutions which they hope lets them remove the flawless pool. Look out for more info in mid/late October. 
  • Bungie is turning off matchmaking help until you have played at least two matches during the weekend. 

In addition to the previously announced changes: 

  • Players will no longer get Special ammo replenished when being revived. 
  • Adding “Hold” functionality to purchase gear from Saint-14 to prevent accidental purchases. 
  • Weapons received from the Reputation Rank Reward track on Saint-14 will now have their Masterwork Slots active. Previous weapons obtained won’t receive a Masterwork Slot. 
  • Unfortunately, while Bungie previously announced that they would be removing the matchmaking counter for this week, this change wasn’t quite able to make the 3.3.0.3 patch. 

Looking further forward: 

  • Bungie expects to take another swing at matchmaking to keep some of the solo/lower skill protections from Week 2 without strongly negatively affecting flawless players.  
  • Bungie is looking at adjustments to rewards for round and match wins on seven-win cards.  
  • Other than that, updates and Trials TWAB reports will be less common as they get Trials into a more stable state. 

Iron Banner is back next week, so after Trials Labs: Capture Zone, Trials takes a week off and will return October 8! 

Source: This Week at Bungie – Sept 23, 2021 and Hotfix 3.3.0.3


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NEW PRIME GAMING EXOTIC BUNDLE

Players with an active Prime Gaming membership can earn in-game Exotic Gear Drops in Destiny 2. Each drop will contain four rewards, including Exotic weapons, Ghosts, ships, Sparrows, and weapon ornaments from previous Seasons.

Darkhorse Exotic Bundle is Available Now for a Limited-Time!

  • Dark Horse Sparrow
  • The Bandwagon Ship
  • Rust Punk Shell Ghost
  • Hold On Emote

If you do not have a membership, you may start your free trial here (*This link supports Kyber3000 with a small commission for each sign up). You may visit this page to start your free trial and support Kyber at the same time or here is a non-affiliate link).

Once you have signed up for Prime Gaming and have connected your accounts, you can claim your Destiny 2 Exotic Gear Drops every month on the Destiny 2 Prime Gaming website.

After claiming your drop, log into Destiny 2 and visit Amanda Holliday in the Tower’s Hangar where you will be able to claim your rewards from her inventory screen.

You will have until the 10 AM Pacific on the last day of the drop to claim the rewards on Destiny 2 Prime Gaming website.

Where do I get my Destiny 2 Prime Gaming Bundle?

  • Your claimed drop will be available from Amanda Holliday in The Tower next time you log in to Destiny 2.
  • Additional drops will be available to claim as long as you remain an Amazon Prime member.
  • Note: New players will need to complete the game introduction prior to receiving in-game content.
  • If you’re unable to receive your content, see the FAQs for more detail.

Note: Kyber will receive a small commission whenever someone signs up for Prime Gaming or buys eligible items from Amazon.com using Kyber’s Affiliate link.

PLEASE NOTE!

  • If you claim a reward on a wrong account, you will be unable to reclaim that reward.
  • Additionally, if you use Amazon Prime Household Sharing, only ONE person will be able to claim a reward.

Still have questions? Check out Bungie’s Help article for more details on how everything works.

Sources: Prime Gaming and Bungie

Source: Originally tweeted by PrimeGaming (@primegaming) on September 22, 2021.

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AGER’S SCEPTER CATALYST

How to Get the Catalyst: The catalyst drops in Astral Alignment. Currently, there are no indications as to what the drop chance is. 

How to Unlock Catalyst

  • Defeat 1000 combatants while using this weapon to unlock this upgrade.
  • Defeating combatants with precision damage will unlock this objective faster.
  • Obliterating destructible walls in the Shattered Realm grants additional progress.

Catalyst Perk: Will Given Form

[Alternate Weapon Action] : Drain Super energy, overflowing the magazine and empowering the beam with bonus damage and the ability to slow and freeze targets until the magazine or Super energy runs out, or the weapon is stowed. Can only be activated when Super energy is full.

Note: The catalyst will generate Orbs after rapidly defeating combatants and gain a tracker that displays the number of them defeated with it. The Masterworked weapon will also receive additional capabilities.

Check out the Ager’s Scepter page for more details and guides.

As of this week, the Catalyst For Ager’s Scepter has a chance to drop from Astral Alignment.


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THREADS OF LIGHT DIGITAL FASHION MAGAZINE

On September 23, Bungie announced their first digital fashion magazine dedicated to showcasing the style of Guardians.

Info from Bungie article:

Bungie partnered with three Guardians who had previously created their own fashion looks to highlight on their first cover. They posed for their cameras and outlined their looks for you to recreate. The next time you’re on the red carpet, be ready to answer the question “Who are you wearing?” with either Numley, Muffinbandit, or Vanguard Vogue.

Similar to previous shows of fashion, Bungie will be hunting for looks that catch their eye and sharing them on their suite of social channels across the globe. All you have to do to enter is share a shot of your Guardian’s appearance page and use #ThreadsOfLight on Instagram or Twitter. You can also tag @DestinyTheGame or our account for your region.

Bungie will be picking winners until September 30, then will pick one of each class to be on the next cover of Threads of Light sometime in the next few months. Everyone Bungie features will still get the fashion show emblem, but only one Hunter, Titan, and Warlock will make it on the next cover.

Start digging through your wardrobes and creating your look. Good luck on the runway!


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NEXT WEEK IN DESTINY

  • More secrets are unlocked in the Shattered Realm.
  • The wolves howl as Iron Banner returns.
  • Momentum Control returns to the Crucible.
  • Defeat Caitl’s Champion in the Proving Grounds Nightfall.


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THE ROAD TO THE WITCH QUEEN

Here is a look at what’s to come in Destiny 2 (check out the Official Calendar above or at Bungie.net).

October – November

  • Festival of the Lost
  • Season of the Lost Updates

December – February

  • Bungie 30th Anniversary Event
    • New Dungeon
    • Gjallarhorn Exotic Quest
    • New 6-player Offensive
    • Iconic Weapons from Bungie’s Past
    • and much more!
  • Moments of Triumph
  • The Dawning

February 22, 2022

  • The Witch Queen Arrives!!

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BUNGIE’S PLAYER SUPPORT

Hotfix 3.3.0.3 is Live

Earlier today, Bungie released Hotfix 3.3.0.3. This hotfix resolved several issues including: 

  • Adding “Hold” functionality to purchase gear from Saint-14 to prevent accidental purchases. 
  • Weapons received from the Reputation Rank Reward track on Saint-14 will now have their Masterwork Slots active. Previous weapons obtained won’t receive a Masterwork Slot.

The Clash at Cobalt’s Head

Bungie has seen some questions about the new Cobalt Clash Flawless Shader and why it’s showing up in Collections. Design Lead Josh Kulinski has stepped up to the mic to share some answers. 

“Hey Guardians, I’m here to answer questions about Flawless Shaders such as Cobalt Clash, one of the shaders that can drop on gear obtained from the Lighthouse when going flawless in Trials of Osiris. Like Vizier Regalia before it, these shaders are single-use shaders that come pre-equipped on gear obtained from the Lighthouse. 

We currently have a Collections entry for Cobalt Clash which states the source as: “Complete a flawless Trials Ticket.” While this is the means by which players gain access to gear with the shader applied to it, we were not specific enough with our wording here, as these shaders are bound to the gear and not unlocked for use on all items like other shaders in the game. 

We apologize for the confusion and will be removing the Collections entry. Furthermore, we realize that this is not an ideal player experience, and we will be reevaluating how we distribute special shaders like this in the future.”

Josh at Bungie

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