Destiny 2 Content Vault: What content is still available?

by | Nov 5, 2021 | Leveling

Destiny 2 is becoming an increasingly complicated game to get into. Be it for new players or lapsed players looking to come back.

There are several expansions to purchase, free-to-play content, and removed content. It’s not uncommon for MMOs to offer a combination of free-to-play content and expansions, but Destiny 2 is the only game to aggressively remove huge chunks of content.

In this post, we take a look at every piece of content in Destiny 2, and tell you whether it’s still available, what expansion it requires, and more.


Destiny 2 content: Premium, free-to-play, and removed

With entire planets and activities being routinely removed from the game and put into the “Destiny Content Vault” (or DCV), it has never been harder to keep track of what is still available and for how long it will remain so.

While our Beginner’s guide covers the basics, the following table tells you what content is still available, whether as premium content or free-to-play:

ContentContent typeAvailable?Still available?Requirement
CampaignsCampaigns
Beyond LightCampaignsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Beyond Light

ShadowkeepCampaignsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Shadowkeep

ForsakenCampaignsYesCheckmark icon V3

Will be removed soon

Curse of OsirisCampaignsNoError icon V2

Removed

WarmindCampaignsNoError icon V2

Removed

Red WarCampaignsNoError icon V2

Removed

RaidsRaids
Vault of GlassRaidsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Deep Stone CryptRaidsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Beyond Light

Garden of SalvationRaidsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Shadowkeep

Last WishRaidsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Forsaken pack

Crown of SorrowRaidsNoError icon V2

Removed

Scourge of the PastRaidsNoError icon V2

Removed

Spire of StarsRaidsNoError icon V2

Removed

Eater of WorldsRaidsNoError icon V2

Removed

LeviathanRaidsNoError icon V2

Removed

DungeonsDungeons
ProphecyDungeonsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Pit of HeresyDungeonsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Shadowkeep

Shattered ThroneDungeonsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Forsaken pack

PVE ActivitiesPVE Activities
Empire HuntsPVE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Beyond Light

Nightmare HuntsPVE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Shadowkeep

Strikes PlaylistsPVE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

GambitPVE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Presage / Harbringer questsPVE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Will be removed soon

Zero Hour / Whisper questsPVE ActivitiesNoError icon V2

Removed

Niobe LabsPVE ActivitiesNoError icon V2

Removed

The ReckoningPVE ActivitiesNoError icon V2

Removed

Gambit PrimePVE ActivitiesNoError icon V2

Removed

ForgesPVE ActivitiesNoError icon V2

Removed

The MenageriePVE ActivitiesNoError icon V2

Removed

Escalation ProtocolPVE ActivitiesNoError icon V2

Removed

PVP ActivitiesPVP Activities
Crucible PlaylistPVP ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Iron BannerPVP ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Trials of OsirisPVP ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

DestinationsDestinations
EuropaDestinationsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

MoonDestinationsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Dreaming CityDestinationsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

EDZDestinationsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

The CosmodromeDestinationsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

NessusDestinationsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Tangled ShoreDestinationsYesCheckmark icon V3

Will be removed soon

Tribute HallDestinationsNoError icon V2

Removed

LeviathanDestinationsNoError icon V2

Removed

MarsDestinationsNoError icon V2

Removed

MercuryDestinationsNoError icon V2

Removed

IODestinationsNoError icon V2

Removed

TitanDestinationsNoError icon V2

Removed

The FarmDestinationsNoError icon V2

Removed

Note that content listed as “Will be removed soon” shall remain available until February 22, 2022, when The Witch Queen expansion releases:

Beginning on February 22, the Forsaken campaign and the Tangled Shore destination will enter the DCV (Note: The Dreaming City destination will continue to be available), along with Year 4 Seasonal content, including the Presage and Harbinger Exotic missions.

You can read all about it here.


Destiny 2 free-to-play content: Getting started

One of the biggest complaints I see is that getting started with Destiny 2, and actually sticking around, is too difficult.

The current introductory New Light quest barely scratches the surface and leaves new players with absolutely no idea on what to do next. This is especially true for free-to-play players. If this is your case, read on.

Free-to-play activities

These are the free-to-play activities and Destinations available to New Light players:

Activity Type Difficulty
Vanguard Playlist PVE

Easy

Prophecy Dungeon PVE

Average

Vault of Glass Raid PVE

Hard

Gambit PVE/PVP

Average

Crucible Playlist PVP

Average to Hard

Iron Banner PVP

Average

Trials of Osiris PVP

Hard

The secret to getting your friends (or yourself) hooked with Destiny 2 before having to pay for Expansions, is to properly tackle the right activities in the right order:

  1. Do the New Light Quest and read our Beginner’s guide
  2. Head over to the Vanguard Playlist and do some Strikes
  3. Slowly work on increasing your Power Level by tackling the right activities
  4. Once your Power Level is high enough, work towards playing with others as a Fireteam
  5. Slowly work your way towards harder and harder Nightfall: The Ordeals
  6. Your end game is to tackle the Prophecy Dungeon, one of the best pieces of content in Destiny 2.

Obviously following this list is not as easy as it sounds when you’re new to Destiny 2. But if you take it step by step, I promise you’ll make it.


About the Destiny Content Vault (DCV)

When it was first announced last year, the DCV shook the entire community. In Bungie’s words:

Each year, usually at the expansion boundaries, we will cycle some destination and activity content out of the game (and into the DCV) to make room for new experiences.

Soon after that announcement, close to 50% of the game was “vaulted” and put into the DCV with the release of Beyond Light on November 10, 2020.

Destiny 2 DCV art

In other words, roughly half of the locations, activities, and gear were removed from the game and cannot be experienced anymore.

The logic of the DCV (rant…)

Bungie claims the DCV is a necessary evil in order to improve the game, but it’s still hard to understand the logic.

Half of Year 1 content was removed because everything had to be “reworked” and optimized in order to be functional for Beyond Light’s launch. With so much content available, removing half of it made that “rework” manageable for Bungie.

So far, so good. You may not like it, but you can understand the logic.

This means everything that was available with Beyond Light, was updated and fully functional. Therefore, why do they need to remove the Forsaken content, which is seen as the best campaign ever released in Destiny 2?

Even more confusing, why remove the two excellent Exotic quests that were introduced this year? They’re new and don’t even take place in the Tangled Shore.

There is no point in beating a dead horse. I just hope Bungie will someday provide more answers, as the systematic removal of content is slowly turning players against them.

Your Turn

Rants aside, hopefully the above table will help you better understand and keep track of what is still available (and for how long) on Destiny 2.

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