This week is the launch of Season 18 but that doesn’t mean that won’t be getting our weekly doses of Destiny 2 weekly reset updates. Here’s everything you need to know about Destiny 2 in terms of activities and other updates.
Of course, the big thing is the start of Season 18 and the introduction of ARC 3.0. This will take into effect after the Destiny 2 Showcase. Expect a brand new season pass and all the things that come with a new season of Destiny. (Namely story content and a brand seasonal artifact.)
Destiny 2 August 23 Showcase
The Destiny 2 Showcase will kick off at 9 AM PST this Tuesday. In this event, we are expecting plenty of reveals on top of Season 18 content. But look towards anything that hints at Destiny 2 post Lightfall expansion.
Also, small reminder. You can get a unique emblem in commemoration of the Showcase. And all you need to do is to link your Bungie account to your Twitch account and after watching 30 minutes of the events, you should see the reward on your Twitch Drops page.
In preparation for the new season, Destiny 2 will undergo scheduled downtime from 9 AM PST. (4 PM UTC) to 11 AM PST (6 PM UTC) on August 23.
9 AM PST: Maintenance is scheduled to begin.
9:45 AM PST: Destiny 2 is brought offline.
10 AM PST: Destiny 2 will be brought back online. Update 6.2.0 will be playable on all platforms and regions.
Be sure to set your alarms until the end of maintenance, guys. Don’t want to encounter any weird bugs that could potentially mess up your precious vault loot.
Festival of the Lost
This being a Season 18 update, we might as throw in the yearly event before moving on to this week’s activities. The yearly free-to-play event, Festival of the Lost, will return to Destiny 2 on October 18, 2022.
Moving on to this week’s activities starting with this week’s Nightfall.
Destiny 2 August 23 Nightfall
For the new season, the first featured Nightfall will be “The Glassway”. (That’s the Vex on Europa if you’re wondering.) It’s a nice and straightforward strike. Unfortunately, we don’t know yet the featured Nightfall weapon. We’ll update this article as soon as we know what it is. So stay tuned for that one.
Grandmaster Nightfalls will return on October 04, 2022. You’ll need to be 1595 in terms of Power Level.
Destiny 2 August 23 Crucible
For all our Crucible players, it would appear as though “Mayhem” will be making a return for the first week.
“Rift” will be featured as a rotator mode but not in this season’s Iron Banner. Instead, it will be in a weekly rotator in the Crucible available to play Week 1, 8, and 14, as well as Private Matches. Iron Banner will introduce players to the new “Eruption” game mode this season as well, might be worth a look-see.
Trials of Osiris
Looking a bit into the future here, Trials of Osiris will bring back the “Lighthouse” on September 16. It’s a good thing that Iron Banner will return a little sooner starting on September 6th.
Up next we have Sandbox activities… starting with the undisclosed Raid. So Bungie has yet to announce what the Raid is but they did say that many of us Guardians are already somewhat familiar with it. (We’re assuming those Guardians who have been with the game for a very long time now.) We will update this article when we know more about it.
Destiny 2 August 23 Major Raid
The new raid goes live at 10 AM PST on August 26, 2022.
A lot of players in the community are convinced that the featured raid is going to be “King’s Fall”. Bungie’s been teasing it for a while now but we’re not calling it yet until we know for certain. What we are certain of, however, are the expectations Bungie has set up for the World First race:
The raid will launch with Contest Mode enabled for 24 hours.
Players will need to be at 1560 Power to be at the cap for all of the encounters.
Clearing the raid with Contest Mode active is the first step to access the new Challenge Mode in the Director and the special Triumph for completing all of the challenge Triumphs for each encounter.
Completing the secret Triumph, a curated list of challenges in this newly unlocked Challenge Mode, will be how a fireteam crosses the World First finish line and claims their prize.
To enforce the Triumph requirements in the Challenge Mode, your team will wipe if you fail the success conditions during any encounter.
Update: King’s Fall return has been confirmed as of the Destiny 2 Showcase.
Destiny 2 August 23 Raid and Dungeon
From what we’ve gathered, this week’s Raid will be “The Last Wish” as well as the “Shattered Throne” Dungeon. This is very strange since we just had these for this week. It might be that it is a new season and we’re just getting an updated loot pool. If that doesn’t turn out to be the case, we will simply update the article with the right information. But seeing as Bungie is bringing back a reprised raid, don’t be surprised if they decide to bring back the “Garden of Salvation” Raid and also the “Pit of Heresy” Dungeon.
This week’s featured raid is indeed “Garden of Salvation”. And this week’s Dungeon is “Pit of Heresy”.
Destiny 2 August 23 Weekly Activities
The featured weekly mission will be from the Witch Queen campaign. This week’s mission is “The Cunning”, it sees us following a lead from everyone’s second favorite conscientious objector, Fynch. We’ll need to search all four corners of the Throne World and find out how Savathun stole the Light.
August 23-30 Lost Sectors
We don’t know quite yet which armor pieces will be in rotation at the start of the season. We’ll update again as we get a feel for what comes next.
August 23 – K1 Communion
August 24 – The Conflux
August 25 – Metamorphosis
August 26 – Sepulcher
August 27 – Extraction
August 28 – Excavation Site XII
August 29 – Skydock IV
August 30 – The Quarry
Destiny 2 August 23 Dares of Eternity
Dares of Eternity, in Season 18, is getting some subtle changes to its loot of items. Not only are the weapons getting a unique origin trait, but we could also see changes to the loot pool itself.
Based on what we can expect for this week the loot pool:
This can change at a moment’s notice so check back with us for an update if need be.
As for the weapons this week: (subject to change)
The Season of Rivals
First In, Last Out
Steel Sybil Z-14
Toil and Trouble
The Last Dance
Destiny 2 Season 18 Banshee 44 Changes
Starting in Season 18, Banshee-44 will see some policy changes that will result in Guardians getting more out of their calibration testing. Firstly, completing daily Gunsmith bounties will grant 50 Gunsmith reputation each completed daily (up from 25) for a total of 200 Gunsmith reputation each day.
Secondly, Gunsmith reputation gained from dismantling Legendary or Exotic weapons and armor will be increased to 5 each (up from 3). All in all, we’re seeing a considerable boost to the rate at which Guardians rank up in this Vendor. How knows? We might actually get to reach that coveted reset before the end of season hits.
Destiny 2 August 23 The Eververse Store
Typically, we should be seeing updates to the Eververse Store by now. Or at least a preview of what’s going to be shown. But that doesn’t seem to be the case for this week. It might be a surprise from Bungie. (*Cough* Collaboration)
Regardless, we’re just going to have to wait and see after the big reveal. We will update this article the moment we know what’s in the store for this week.
Unchained Exotic Emote – 3,250 Bright Dust
Force Squad Display Rare Emote – 400 Bright Dust
Harpy Entrance Legendary Transmat Effect – 450 Bright Dust
Destiny 2 is out now on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as on PC (via Steam). Season 17, 18, and 19 season passes are available for purchase on all available platforms in exchange for 1,000 Silver or $9.99.
Check out this video from Youtuber xHOUNDISHx where he goes through what to expect for Destiny this week.