Increasing your power level can be one of the biggest challenges in Destiny 2 and with the release of The Witch Queen expansion that ceiling for power level caps have become even higher. If you’ve been looking for ways to close the gap between you and high power level players, then our guide will teach you how to reach max power level quickly in Destiny 2.
How to Increase Power Level Fast in Destiny 2 The Witch Queen
You can quickly increase your power level fast in Destiny 2 The Witch Queen by tackling the new campaign on Legendary difficulty. Finishing the Legendary campaign will give you a new set of gear that is 1520 power along with other rewards.
This new armor set, which you’ll get as a reward for completing The Witch Queen campaign on Legendary, includes eight slots in total, one piece of armor and one weapon per each slot. This will replace every character slot and instantly boost you to 1520 Power Level. This immediately bypasses the Powerful Cap. Acquiring this armor set is the fastest way to get a good head start on increasing your power level fast in this new expansion.
Each player starts at 1350 for The Witch Queen expansion since Bungie levels everyone’s power level once a new season starts. For the current Season of The Risen, there are three power caps which set the power level ceiling even higher.
Soft Cap – the soft cap is at 1500. So long as you’re in between 1350 and 1500 anything you do will increase your power level.
PowerfulCap – the powerful cap is at 1550. This means that once you’ve gone past 1500 only powerful gear will increase your power level.
Pinnacle Cap – the powerful cap is at 1560. There is only a 10 power level difference between the powerful cap and the pinnacle one. The only way to reach the pinnacle cap is via pinnacle gear.
Tips on Increasing Power Level Fast
At the beginning of The Witch Queen expansion you’re going to want to avoid finishing any major milestones that reward you with Powerful and Pinnacle gear. We’ll explain more about the Power Caps in this expansion below.
Instead what you’re going to want to do is focus on garnering Rare blue gear. It may be tempting to pull for Purple and Yellow gear but avoid doing so until you reach Power Level 1500.
Once you’ve reached Power Level 1500, focus on activities that reward you with Powerful gear. You won’t be able to push your Power Level any further. This is important because Powerful rewards are only available once per week. You can claim Powerful rewards on the official Bungie reward page for Destiny 2. You’re going to have to claim these rewards to replace your lower level gears.
The real challenge starts once you’ve hit Power Level 1550 in which only Pinnacle rewards can push you past that threshold. By this point, you’ll have to focus on activities that grant Pinnacle rewards. Like Powerful gear, these can only be claimed once per week.
Tips on Completing The Witch Queen Campaign on Legendary
Tackling The Witch Queen main campaign on legendary is no easy task. The missions have become more difficult and you’re likely to just get frustrated if you tackle them as a beginner at 1350.
We recommend that you finish the main campaign first on classic before moving making an attempt.
Find a competent Fireteam to ease the difficulty of tackling the campaign on Legendary.
After finishing The Witch Queen campaign, you’ll unlock quests which allow you to gather exotic weapons and armor which can help you tackle the campaign on legendary difficulty.
Breakdown of Powerful Rewards
Powerful rewards have two tiers. The higher the tier of the activity, the better reward you have. Here is the powerful rewards breakdown:
Tier 1 (Powerful Level +1)
Completion of the eight vendor bounties: Gambit, Banshee, and Crucible
Winning seven rounds of the Competitive Crucible
Participating in weekly Nightfall challenges
Tier 2 (Powerful Level +2)
Running Three Dares of Eternity
Vault of Glass
Breakdown of Pinnacle Rewards
Pinnacle rewards also have two separate tiers. Like before, the higher the tier of the activity, the better pinnacle reward you’ll get. Here is the pinnacle rewards breakdown:
Tier 1 (Pinnacle Level +1)
Rewards and bounties from Hawthorne
Three Crucible matches
Three Gambit matches
Match the weekly elemental singe while competing in three Vanguard strikes
Tier 2 (Pinnacle Level +2)
Grasp of Avarice
Nightfall score of 100,000
Dares of Eternity score of 250,000
How Do Power Levels Work in Destiny 2?
Power Levels in Destiny 2 are directly tied to your gear. Every piece of armor and weapon you collect have their own individual Power Levels. Each piece of armor is specific to a certain slot and each slot will be added up to calculate the total Power Level each gear gives you.
Each new season introduces new power caps. You’ll earn Power Levels based on your gear and how you earn them. With every season, the power cap is increased.
How to Increase Power Levels of Your Gear in Destiny 2
You can fuse your old gear with new ones in order to increase the Power Level of your gear in Destiny 2. This will increase their power level and you’ll be able to participate in more difficult missions in The Witch Queen expansion without having to replace your favorites with new gear.
You may realize this comes at the cost of having to ditch your old gear for new ones. This can be rather difficult when you’ve fallen in love with what you have and don’t want to part with it. The good news is that you don’t have to.
This doesn’t mean that you can infuse your current gear with any new items. You’ll have to purchase find gears in the same category as the old gear you want to keep. You’re also going to need an Upgrade Module to this which you can find by looking for it out in the fields, opening treasure chests, or buying them from Banshee-44.
Check out this levelling guide from KackisHD for Destiny 2 The Witch Queen expansion.