Every new season comes with a new XP grind, be it to earn your Season Pass rewards or unlock your seasonal Artifact and Mods.
If you’re new to Destiny 2, the next section will explain how XP works and why it matters. But if you’re a more experienced player, you can jump to the next sections where we go through the best bounties in the game and come up with the most efficient XP farming method available.
In Destiny 2, XP is needed for only 2 things:
- Unlock your Season Pass rewards
- Upgrade your Seasonal Artifact to unlock Mods and bonus Power Levels
This part is simple. Getting the XP is another story, though.
Season Pass Rewards
Destiny 2’s Season Pass works in the same way as in any other online shooter. The pass has 2 different tracks, a free track and a track reserved for Season Pass owners only, and each track has 100 levels to unlock:
The premium track obviously offers more rewards but it’s important to know this: the best rewards are part of the Free track. This includes one of the new Exotic weapons, the new Legendary weapons, the Exotic cipher, and more.
Even if you don’t purchase Season of the Hunt, you still want to grind XP and get all the rewards the Free track has to offer. They are well worth it.
Seasonal Artifact and Mods
The seasonal Artifact plays an important role in Destiny 2. Not only does it grant extra Power Levels, but it also includes several Seasonal Mods.
The extra Power Levels are useful for high-end content and will help you along with your Max Power Level grind. The Seasonal Mods, on the other hand, are mandatory. These include the Anti-barrier, Overload, and Unstoppable mods needed to deal with Champions, on top of extremely powerful mods such as Unstoppable Shotgun.
Needless to say, even if you don’t care about Season Pass bonuses, XP plays an essential part in preparing you for the most difficult end-game content in the game. Plus, the exotics and legendary weapons are amways good to have.
The fastest and most efficient way to earn XP in Destiny 2 still revolves around bounties.
The community has complained a lot about “bounty farming” and with reason. But if you’re looking to efficiently get XP, you don’t really have a choice but to grab the best bounties (highlighted below) and work on them simultaneously:
|Source||Bounty||Type||Base XP||Cost (glimmer)|
|Europa||Varyks Daily (x3)||Daily||6000||250|
|Cosmodrome||Shaw Han Daily (x4)||Daily||6000||250|
|Cosmodrome||Shaw Han Weekly (x2)||Weekly||12000||1000|
|Moon||Eris Morn Daily (x4)||Daily||6000||250|
|Moon||Eris Morn Weekly (x2)||Weekly||12000||1000|
|Tower||Gunsmith Daily (x4)||Daily||6000||250|
|Tower||Gunsmith Weekly (x2)||Weekly||12000||1000|
|Tower||Strikes Weekly (x2)||Weekly||12000||1000|
|Tower||Crucible Weekly (x2)||Weekly||12000||1000|
|Tower||Iron Banner (x4)||Montly||12000||1000|
|Tower||Gambit Daily (x4)||Daily||6000||250|
|Tower||Gambit Weekly (x2)||Weekly||12000||1000|
|Tower||Trials Daily (x4)||Daily||6000||250|
|Tower||Trials Weekly (x2)||Weekly||12000||1000|
|Moon||Lectern of Enchantment||Repeatable||4000||3000|
|Moon||Lectern of Enchantment Daily (x4)||Daily||6000||250|
|Moon||Lectern of Enchantment Weekly (x2)||Weekly||12000||5 Fragments|
|Destinations||EDZ and Nessus Daily (x3)||Daily||6000||250|
|Tangled Shore||Spider Wanted (x13)||Weekly||3000||Fragments|
|Tangled Shore||Spider Daily (x4)||Daily||1000||250|
|Seasonal Event||E.g. Dawning||Repeatable||4000||3000|
|Seasonal Event||E.g. Dawning Daily (x4)||Daily||6000||250|
|Seasonal Event||E.g. Dawning (x2)||Weekly||12000||1000|
Now that we have a good understanding of what bounties give the more XP, it’s time to combine them and get them done as quickly as possible. Now, there are two disclaimers:
Farming XP as fast as possible requires you to grind XP on all three of your characters!
But if you too have limited time to play Destiny 2 and prefer to play on only one character, everything is not lost.
I’m far from having the most Seasonal ranks unlocked so far. Hell, many of my clanmates are already well above 40. But it’s still possible to play Destiny 2 at a reasonable pace, enjoy it, and farm enough XP to be way ahead of most casual players.
This guide will focus on how to maximize XP farming without having to mindlessly run Lost Sectors but also earn Powerful/Pinnacle gear and Bright Dust in the process!
My XP farming method
This is the XP farming method I recommend to have good results while having fun:
- Grab all the Weekly bounties at the Tower (Crucible, Strikes, and Gambit)
- Grab all the Gunsmith bounties (weeklies, dailies, etc)
- Grab all of Varisk’s bounties on Europa (weeklies, dailies, etc)
- Play the campaign or work towards new Aspects (switch weapons to work on your bounties)
- If you’re done with all the main Europa quests, head to the Moon
- Grab all the bounties from Eris
- Go to Altars of Sorrow to get them done
- Moon bounties could be replaced with the Cosmodrome’s
‼️ Don’t turn your bounties until you are in a Fireteam and have a Ghost shell with an XP boost! More on that below…
At this point, most of your “general” daily and weekly bounties should be done. Instead of grinding repeatable bounties over and over again, I recommend you start tackling the core activities. Example:
- Grab all the Strikes bounties
- Run Strikes until they are done (including the weekly bounties or any other general bounty still left)
- When all Strikes bounties are completed, you can tackle Gambit, then Crucible, etc.
This will allow you to get your Weekly bounties done (and earn a lot of XP and some Bright Dust!) and work towards your Pinnacle gear challenges. At this point, if you still have the time and energy, you can start all over on a different character.
If you prefer a video version of how to optimize XP grinding in Destiny 2, you can check this great video from Jarv.
These are the best practices and principles you should always follow to maximize XP:
Always have a Ghost with the biggest Blinding Light Mod possible equipped
With the new Ghost 2.0 system in Beyond Light, you can now choose your own mods and prioritize your Ghost’s bonuses based on your activities. Without going too much into the details, all you need to know is that you want the biggest Blinding Light Mod possible. With the Blinding Light mod that costs 6 Energy, you can get a +12% bonus XP!
Trust me, that bonus will count in the long run…
Turn in your bounties only when in a Fireteam
The Season Pass grants bonus XP called Shared Wisdom when you’re part of a Fireteam. Therefore, you ideally want to always be in a Fireteam when turning in bounties.
|Season Pass level||XP Fireteam Boost|
These bonuses are part of the Premium track of the Season Pass.
If you’re a solo player, you can do what I often do:
- Go to Europa or the Cosmodrome and find an active Public event with other guardians
- Join a random guardian’s Fireteam (open your Director, head over to Roster and join someone with an open Fireteam)
- Tell them you’re there to help with the event
- Turn all your bounties
- Help with the event
- Leave the Fireteam
This is somewhat tedious so I only do it at the end of a very long session when my inventory is full of completed bounties to turn it.
Purchase the Season Pass if you’re serious about XP
The Season Pass grants a +20% XP bonus at Rank 1 (i.e. immediately at the start of the Season). This percentage steadily increases as you earn more Seasonal Ranks, making it a huge XP bonus.
|Season Pass level||XP Boost|
These bonuses are part of the Premium track of the Season Pass.
Use the Ghost Overlay if you’re on PC
Stay away from repeatable bounties
Repeatable bounties can help speed the process but they are very expensive and sometimes longer to complete than the average daily bounty. The Moon’s repeatable bounties are somewhat better and I recommend going for those if you must grind repeatable bounties all day. But I prefer to switch activities once all the dailies are done.
For example, after completing all of Europa’s bounties, I head over to the Cosmodrome, then the Moon, then focus on Crucible bounties, etc.
Now you know everything there is to know about maximizing your XP farming in Destiny 2.
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