Destiny 2 Legendary Shards are a very important currency that Guardians make sure that they don’t run out of in the game. These shards are mainly used to upgrade gear to higher Power Levels, to exchange for resources, to purchase inventory from vendors, just to name a few.
In this guide, we will look into the various ways of obtaining Legendary Shards and also talk about best methods of how to farm them in the current version and season of Destiny 2.
How to Get Legendary Shards in Destiny 2?
There are several ways of getting Legendary Shards in Destiny 2, though not all of them yield the same amount shards in a given amount of time. So, we will talk more about the main and the most efficient method first, but we will also look into the side activities that you can squeeze into your playing sessions, as the fastest ways to farm legendary shards fast in Destiny 2.
Legendary Shards from Dismantling Weapons and Gear
The main method of obtaining Legendary Shards is by dismantling gear and weapons that you get as drops from doing activities or through opening Engrams. The amount of shards that you get will vary depending on the rarity and type of gear being dismantled.
Legendary Shader or Mod – 1 shard
Legendary Weapon or Armor Piece – 3 shards
Exotic Weapon or Armor Piece – 5 shards
Masterwork Legendary Weapon or Armor Piece – 5 shards
This means, you want to make sure that you get all the weapons and gear that you can, pick out the ones that you think you can use for your character, and then dismantle the rest. But before you go on a dismantling spree, we’ll look at one bonus perk that can get you more shards out of the stuff that you dismantle.
Season Pass Rewards: Legendary Shard Dismantle Bonus
The Season Pass is also one way of getting legendary shards, though you can only get a limited amount per season. If you are a free-to-play Guardian, leveling up to Rank 10 will get you 50 shards. If you purchase the paid season pass, leveling up to Rank 44 will get you an additional 100 shards, adding up to 150 shards in total. There are also the various engrams that you can get along the way from where you can get more stuff to dismantle.
For those who paid for the season pass, reaching Rank 20 will get you the Legendary Shard Dismantle Bonus for the rest of the season. What this does is it gives you an additional Legendary Shard on all weapons and gear that you dismantle. Legendary weapons and gear will now give 4 shards, while Exotic ones will now give 6 shards.
So the best way to go about this is to stock up, reach Rank 20 as quick as you can, and then dismantle away once you have the boost up. Taking up bounties will earn you Season XP, so make sure to get them before doing activities. Though the bonus may look small, it will add up quickly the more stuff that you dismantle.
Weapon and Gear Farming in Strikes and Crucible
Depending on your playstyle, you would want to either do Strikes for PvE or Gambit and Crucible for PvP to gain more loot to dismantle. Plus, these activities allow the use of Prosperity Mods on Ghosts so that you can get a better chance of getting additional legendaries.
Farming Dares Of Eternity
Legendary Shards and some of the strongest weaponry in Destiny 2 may be found at Dares of Eternity. Dares of Eternity’s reputation grind is a lot slower than other ritual activities, but the weapons you get from them make up for it. Additionally, as you complete your Dares of Eternity runs, Treasure Keys will become available to you. As a result, you’ll be able to open a chest at Xur’s Treasure Hoard and acquire even more Legendary items.
Treasure Keys make up for the lack of Prosperity Ghost Shell mods in this activity. But it is possible to develop a Play Streak by playing Dares of Eternity, just like a typical ritual vendor. While you’re at Xur’s center area, you might want to pick up some Starhorse Bounties because some of the bounties include Paraversal Haul consumables, which can be used to obtain even more Legendary gear.
Best thing about farming in Dares of Eternity is that you do not need the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack.
Playing The Witch Queen Campaign
The missions in the Witch Queen campaign on legendary mode drop numerous amounts of legendary weapons and gear on their first clear, so you can play through the campaign with all of your three characters in your account roster (if you have them) to get more stuff that you can pick from and dismantle.
Vendor Reputation Rewards
Completing certain tasks in activities will increase your reputation for that activity and earn you rewards from the vendors and NPCs. Banshee-44 takes in Gunsmith Materials which you can get from dismantling and he gives weapons as rank up rewards, too.
You’ll need to harvest ritual playlists such as Crucible, Gambit, and Vanguard Ops, as well as Gunsmith bounties in order to rank up vendors in the game. Increase your reputation by sticking to an active playlist. You should also be on the lookout for playlists that have double reputation points throughout certain times of the year. Keep an eye out for the “Next Week in Destiny” login prompts to see whether these are coming. In the event of a double-reputation week, playlists will also indicate greater reputation gains.
As you gain reputation with tower vendors, you’ll be able to access new reward tracks. Every vendor gives out a Legendary Engram as a reward for every rank increase. In exchange for three to four Legendary Shards, you receive a legendary piece of equipment each time you open one of these Engrams.
Clear Up Your Inventory
Legendary Shards can be earned the quickest for veteran players by clearing up their inventories. Within Destiny 2, players will have multiple ways to manage their Inventory, whether it be through items held on Characters, within the Vault, or received by the Postmaster. The majority of Destiny 2 gamers hoard weapons and gear in the hopes of one day using them, and some players may find that their Vaults are nearly filled.
Most players will be able to build up a stockpile of Legendary Shards by clearing up their inventory space. If you have the purchased Season Pass and are a high enough level, each weapon and armor item you dismantle is worth three Legendary Shards. If you own the current season, dismantling 300 weapons and equipment from your Vault will net you 1,200 Legendary Shards.