Destiny 2 Content Vault: What is still available in 2022?

by | Mar 1, 2022

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 exactly what content is still available, whether as premium content or free-to-play:

ContentContent typeAvailable?Still available?DLC Requirements
CampaignsCampaigns
Beyond LightCampaignsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Beyond Light

ShadowkeepCampaignsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Shadowkeep

ForsakenCampaignsYesCheckmark icon V3

Removed

Curse of OsirisCampaignsNoError icon V2

Removed

WarmindCampaignsNoError icon V2

Removed

Red WarCampaignsNoError icon V2

Removed

RaidsRaids
Vow of the DiscipleRaidsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires The Witch Queen

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
DualityDungeonsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires The Witch Queen Deluxe

Grasp of AvariceDungeonsYesCheckmark icon V3

30th Anniversary Pack

ProphecyDungeonsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Pit of HeresyDungeonsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Shadowkeep

Shattered ThroneDungeonsYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Forsaken pack

PvE ActivitiesPvE Activities
WellspringPvE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires The Witch Queen

Empire HuntsPvE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Beyond Light

Nightmare HuntsPvE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires Shadowkeep

Vanguard PlaylistsPvE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

GambitPvE ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Presage / Harbringer questsPvE ActivitiesNoError icon V2

Removed

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
Trials of OsirisPvP ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Requires The Witch Queen

Crucible PlaylistPvP ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

Iron BannerPvP ActivitiesYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

DestinationsDestinations
Derelict LeviathanDestinationsYesCheckmark icon V3

Free-to-Play

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 ShoreDestinationsNoError icon V2

Removed

Tribute HallDestinationsNoError 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.

Looking ahead: The future of Destiny 2

Bungie gives. Bungie takes away. But it wouldn’t be fair to focus only on the things that are leaving the game. In fact, according to Bungie, content has been removed to make room for new content.

This Destiny 2 roadmap covers all the biggest new features and pieces of content planned for the game. And if you want to get your information straight from the source, this post covers all recent TWAB (Bungie’s weekly blog post).

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. This includes excellent story missions, narrative arc and timeless quotes are gone.  If you’re feeling like walking down memory lane, this post covers every season (and its top content) released since the launch of Destiny 2 in 2017.

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.

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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4 Comments
  1. Dave

    The content vault is total BS. They charge exorbitant amounts for literally everything, but instead of hiring a few more people, they just ditch content and the executives put millions of dollars in their pockets. They’re stealing from anybody who paid for that content. As far as I’m concerned, the next expansion should be free for anyone who has lost content they paid for. Somebody should file a class action lawsuit, you’d probably get hundreds of thousands of people onboard.

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    • Rk

      The DCV is necessary because if Bungie allows the content to pile up with each new expansion then the game will get too big for consoles and it will get harder to maintain the past content. Its scummy but plausible.

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      • kennydoge39

        I think they could have gotten away with not vaulting everything by making download packs for the old content similar to what they did in call of duty modern warfare. In that game, you could download separate parts of it, like the co-op, campaign, regular PVP, and warzone.

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  2. Thomas Nordby

    Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 08:15 CST

    I’m thinking of everything possible to give Bungie the go-ahead with their recent actions; I can’t find one…
    Why on Earth would Bungie/Steam and other sales distributors offer a wonderful end of Summer/Labor Day sales event of great games while knowing what they are selling is a huge scam? ( referring to Destiny 2 Legacy download only).
    Destiny/Bungie is a great game/company, so why would that put their reputation on the line just for a few lousy discount bucks? It makes zero sense to me. How are they winning on this one?

    Now, instead of being a continuing Destiny player, I feel cheated and can’t really enjoy playing that game anymore. Plan and simple, it really SUCKS! It’s cheap and very unethical.

    There’s nothing else to say, others have spoken their minds and more people will be adding their fair share of complaints as the anger continues to grow.

    An apology and a refund would be the proper move, but I highly doubt that will happen. It might be the right thing to do for us devoted patrons to consider filing a class-action lawsuit to help prevent these sneaky and unethical tactics again. I know the odds are not in our (buyers) favor, but if we do nothing about it, these big companies will continue to take advantage of their devoted customers which in its-self sounds terrible.
    Sorry Bungie, you really disappointed your life-long Destiny fans with this one! Please prove us wrong!

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