Destiny 2 Bright Dust guide: How to best farm it

by | May 5, 2021

Allowing you to purchase sexy items from the Eververse store without having to take out your wallet, Bright Dust is one of the most sought-after resources in Destiny 2.

And unlike Silver, which can only be purchased with real money, Bright Dust can be earned while playing the game. But in reality, Bright Dust remains a rare resource that can only be earned in very limited quantities per week.

In this post, we’ll cover all the Bright Dust sources in 2021, beginner tips, and more.


How to get Bright Dust in Destiny 2

In Destiny 2, Bright Dust only comes from very specific and limited sources and it cannot be purchased with money or any other in-game currencies.

This table covers absolutely every single Bright Dust available in Destiny 2 in Season 14:

SourceLocationFrequencyBright DustCost (glimmer)RequiresRequirements?
Free TrackSeason PassSeasonal7,500-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Paid TrackSeason PassSeasonal3,000-Destiny 2 Season 14 logoSeason 14
All Seasonal Challenges
By completing all "normal" challenges
Seasonal ChallengesSeasonal6,000-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Final Seasonal Challenge
By completing 75 out 77 Challenges
Seasonal ChallengesSeasonal4,000-Destiny 2 Season 14 logoSeason 14
Special Events Weekly bounties
2 total per week
TowerWeekly2001,000Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Special Events Repeatable bountiesTowerRepeatable103,000Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Strikes Repeatable bountiesTowerRepeatable103,000Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Crucible Repeatable bountiesTowerRepeatable103,000Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Gambit Repeatable bountiesTowerRepeatable103,000Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Bright EngramsSeason PassRandom50-200*-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Vanguard Weekly challenge
By completing 8 Gunsmith bounties
TowerWeekly120-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Crucible Weekly challenge
By completing 8 Gunsmith bounties
TowerWeekly120-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play
Gambit Weekly challenge
By completing 8 Gunsmith bounties
TowerWeekly120-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Free-to-Play

* Note that while Bright Engrams can reward you with Bright Dust, that happens very rarely and cannot be considered a farming method.

Latest changes to the Bright Dust economy

There used to be many other ways to get Bright Dust just a few seasons ago. If you were willing to put in the work, you could technically farm Bright Dust as much as you wanted. You could dismantle cosmetic items, grind specific activities, and more.

But every year, Bright Dust sources become smaller, and Season 13 was not any different. Bungie drastically changed, again, the ways players can earn Bright Dust.

In a nutshell:

  • The Season Pass offers much more Bright Dust than before
  • Weekly Playlist bounties are entirely gone (previously the primary sources of Bright Dust)
  • New “Seasonal Challenges” have taken their place

Bungie’s rationale is that players who only played on one character will now earn more Bright Dust per Season. And that is accurate. However, dedicated players who were willing to grind weekly bounties on all three characters got screwed.

Destiny 2 Bright Dust store

Bright Dust: Principles

These are a few important Bright Dust principles to keep in mind:

  • Bright Dust Cannot Be Purchased: Bright Dust cannot be purchased directly from Eververse Trading Co. and cannot be traded in for Silver or for other in-game currencies.
  • Account Bound: Bright Dust is bound to the account that acquired the Bright Dust and cannot be transferred or gifted. Bright Dust and items purchased with Bright Dust cannot be shared between accounts by platform license sharing features.
  • Balance Shared Between Characters: The Bright Dust currency is automatically shared between Characters on a Destiny 2 account.

This information comes straight from Bungie and can help you understand the limitations of Bright Dust.


What can you buy with Bright Dust?

Every week, the Eververse will have a limited selection of items requiring Bright Dust for sale. You can all Bright Dust items in the following sections:

  • Bright Dust section of the Eververse Homepage
  • The Bright Dust page

Among the several items for sale, you’ll always have an assortment of shaders, consumables, and items.

Destiny 2 Eververse store

These are, in a nutshell, the different items you can purchase with Bright Dust every week:

Consumables:

These consumable items (i.e. items that can only be used once) are available for sale every week:

  • Concentrated Mattergem – 200 Bright Dust: Bosses have a chance to drop an Upgrade Module when defeated.
  • Glimmershard – 250 Bright Dust: Defeated bosses have a chance to create a shower of Glimmer.
  • Scavenger’s Boon – 250 Bright Dust: Combatants defeated with precision final blows have a chance to drop planetary materials.
  • Gleaming Boon of the Vanguard – 250 Bright Dust: When this is used during a strike, all players receive an Eververse Gift at the end of that strike.
  • Gleaming Boon of the Crucible – 500 Bright Dust: When this is used during a Crucible match, all players receive an Eververse Gift at the end of that match.

‼️ As Bright Dust is so limited, I recommend staying away from these consumables and save up for some of the bigger items below.

Legendary Flair items:

The Eververse is also full of “flair” items, which are:

  • Legendary  Shader – 300 Bright Dust: Allows you to change the color of your armor (you’ll need to buy one shader per piece of armor).
  • Transmat Effects – 40 Bright Dust: Changes the appearance of your spawn animation.
  • Ghost Projections  – 40 Bright Dust: Adds a small projection to your Ghost.

‼️ Just as with consumables, I recommend staying away from these items, which are usually very expensive for what they are.

Legendary and Exotic Items:

This is where things get really interesting, and the reason why you should save as much Bright Dust as possible:

Big Blind Ace of Spades Weapon Ornament Destiny 2

The Eververse-exclusive Big Blind Exotic ornament

Weapon and Armor ornaments:

  • Legendary Armor Ornament – 1,200 Bright Dust:
  • Legendary Weapon Ornament – 700 Bright DustOnce acquired, Legendary weapon ornaments are unlocked on all characters of a player’s account.
  • Exotic Weapon Ornament – 1,250 Bright DustOnce acquired, Exotic weapon ornaments are unlocked on all characters of a player’s account.
  • Legendary Ship – 600 Bright Dust

Ships and Vehicles:

  • Exotic Ship – 2,000 Bright Dust
  • Legendary Sparrow – 600 Bright Dust
  • Exotic Sparrow – 2,500 Bright Dust
Callisto Lancer Ship Destiny 2

The Eververse-exclusive Callisto Lancer Ship

Emotes and Ghost Shells:

  • Rare Emote – 400 Bright Dust
  • Legendary Emote – 700 Bright Dust
  • Exotic Emote – 3,350 Bright Dust
  • Legendary Ghost Shells – 250 Bright Dust
  • Exotic Ghost Shells – 2,850 Bright Dust

How you spend your Bright Dust is, of course, up to personal preferences. If you dig collecting transmat and ghost projections, go ahead! But I recommend saving your Bright Dust for more high-end items such as Weapon and Armor ornaments.


The Last Word

Now you know everything there is to know about maximizing your Bright Dust earnings in Destiny 2.

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