Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Release Time - How to Get Started With Shadowkeep

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Release Time - How to Get Started With Shadowkeep

Everything you need to know about the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep release times, as well as how to get started with the new DLC.

Shadowkeep is live in Destiny 2! Once you've downloaded the latest patch for the game on PC, PS4, or Xbox One, you can dive straight into the action on the Moon. In this guide, we'll be compiling all the information you need to know about the brand new Destiny 2 Shadowkeep expansion so far, including how to get started with the DLC, and more.

Destiny 2: How to Get Started With Shadowkeep

After an extensive maintenance period for Destiny 2, Shadowkeep has now finally launched. To get started with the expansion, you'll obviously need to download the new patch on PC, PS4, or Xbox One.

As soon as you load into Destiny 2, your character will immediately be Power level 750, if it wasn't already. We'd actually recommend hitting up the Tower before the Moon, because you'll find that nearly every NPC has some form of quest or objective for you complete in Shadowkeep.

But after you've checked in with everyone, pull up the Director, and initiate the opening mission on the Moon. This has a recommended Power level of 750 (which you'll already be at), and opens up the brand new Shadowkeep storyline.

As ever, there are a fair few new Exotics arriving in Destiny 2 with Shadowkeep. For a complete list of all the Exotic weapon and armor items we've seen so far, head over to our Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Exotics guide.

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Launch Trailer

Just below, you can see the final Destiny 2 Shadowkeep launch trailer. It showcases the Moon in greater detail, especially the sorts of Hive enemies we'll be facing deep within the fortress on the Moon. There's new Exotics, activities, dungeons, and the Garden of Salvation Raid, among many other things.

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Battle Pass

Back in August, Destiny director Luke Smith detailed some changes coming to the way Bungie deploys new content for Destiny 2. Whereas before we purchased the Season Pass for the release of Forsaken and everything that followed, this time we'll be purchasing individual passes for the different seasons after Shadowkeep launches.

Sure does look like a Battle Pass. | Bungie

Every future season for Destiny 2 will feature 100 Season Pass ranks to progress through, with rewards on each level. There's one track for those who don't want to purchase the $10 Season Pass, and a premium track through the 100 levels for those who purchase the pass. That sure sounds a lot like a Battle Pass.

Everyone who purchases Shadowkeep at launch will automatically get a pass for Season of the Undying, which launches alongside Shadowkeep. However those that don't purchase Shadowkeep or the $10 Season Pass will be able to progress through the first 35 reward tiers in Season of the Undying. The debut seasonal event will run for 10 weeks in Destiny 2, and Luke Smith says there are plans for players to be able to purchase reward tiers in the last 2-4 weeks of the season.

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Armor Changes

In Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, Bungie is making some big changes to the way that armor works. The most notable change is that armor mods will be unlockable perks, instead of random loot drops. Each armor item can hold a maximum number of mods, gated by the individual energy cost of each mod. You can upgrade armor items to take on more mod energy, thus unlocking more mod slots.

This change entirely replaces randomized armor perks in Destiny 2. While armor with the original, randomized system of perks will remain in Destiny 2 after Shadowkeep launches, Bungie has stated that they'd like to entirely switch over to the 'armor 2.0' change at some point in the future.

Destiny 2 Season of Opulence

The Season of Opulence is now live in Destiny 2. When you first boot up Destiny 2 now that the new content has launched, you'll be briefed with a new video detailing the additions in the Season of Opulence. To kick things off, head to the Tower and meet greet Benedict-44, an old vendor from the Leviathan Raid who returns for this new content.

The big new addition for the Season of Opulence is the new Menagerie activity. This is a 6 player, matchmade activity, which you'll only unlock after progressing through a series of quest objectives (for more, see our Destiny 2 Menagerie guide). Elsewhere, the Power level cap has now been raised to 750 for all players that own the Annual Pass.

When you beat the Menagerie, you'll be presented with a Chalice. Players can then use runes to request specific loot items from the Chalice, so you have more power of the loot items you're granted. Check out the full Season of Opulence release calendar below, which features two new Menagerie bosses, and a new Heroic mode for the activity.

The Destiny 2 Season of Opulence release schedule. | Bungie

Bungie opted out of the previous staggered launches that they've had for Raids in Destiny 2, and launched the new Crown of Sorrow Raid practically alongside the new Season of Opulence. For everything you need to know about the Raid, you can head over to our Destiny 2 Crown of Sorrow guide.

Destiny 2 Season of the Drifter

The Season of the Drifter is now live in Destiny 2. Once you've downloaded the relatively small 4GB update on your platform, you're good to go with the new season.

The new Season of the Drifter update is here. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Bungie

When you're next in Destiny 2, head straight to the Tower. Stop off at the Eververse Trading Company to check out the contents of the new Notorious Engrams. Check out the Red String of Fate ornament just below for an example.

The new Red String of Fate Ornament. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Bungie

Once you've talked to the Drifter, he'll set you up with the new Gambit Prime mode. If you're looking to raise your level to get access to the new Reckoning mode, head over to our Destiny 2 Season of the Drifter Power level guide.

As ever, there's always a ton of new weapons to obtain within the Season of the Drifter. For a complete list of all the new weapons we've uncovered so far, check out our Destiny 2 Season of the Drifter weapons guide. In particular, Thorn is back in business in Destiny 2 for the first time, but there's a bit of a long road to unlock the Exotic. Head over to our Destiny 2 Thorn guide for more.

In the video from Bungie just above, the developer details a ton of new changes coming to the game in the Season of the Drifter. The big addition is the new Gambit Prime mode, a hardcore mode of Gambit that features only one round for the two teams to win in.

There's also a new PvE mode called The Reckoning arriving in the Season of the Drifter. Although we don't know that much about the new mode, it'll be really difficult, requiring a pretty high Power level, and will function on multiple different tier difficulty levels. As always, there'll be a surge in the maximum Power level in Season of the Driter, and your character will be able to rise up to 700.

Destiny 2's new DLC roadmap. | Bungie

Just below, we've highlighted some of the other, more minor changes coming to Gambit in the Season of the Drifter.

  • Changed round 3 of Gambit to a sudden-death, Primeval rush mode.
  • Overhauled invader spawn locations, and the number of spawn locations for each map.
  • Idle Proection means that players who remain dormant for too long won't get any rewards from the match.
  • Adjustments to Blocker types by tier:
  • Small Blocker is now a Taken Goblin with less health than the Taken Phalanx.
  • Medium Blocker is now a Taken Captain with more health than the Taken Knight.
  • Large Blocker is now a Taken Knight with more health than the Taken Ogre.
  • Linear Fusion Rifles will get damage and accuracy reductions when firing from range.

For now, this is all the information that Bungie has revealed about the upcoming Season of the Drifter in Destiny 2. Be sure to check back on this guide at a later date, especially as we draw closer to the launch date, as Bungie will be revealed new information over the coming weeks.

Destiny 2's three major seasonal events. | Bungie

Destiny 2 Black Armory

In the image below, you can see Bungie's full plan of content for the Season of the Forge in Destiny 2. As we're now into 2019, we've got precious few events left to go for the current season, and the whole thing will be drawing to a close in early February with the Crimson Days event.

The Destiny 2 Season of the Forge schedule. | Bungie

But, if you've only just got going with the new Black Armory update as part of the Season of the Forge in Destiny 2, then you might be wondering how to access all the new content. Just below, we've outlined the first few steps of the quest that you'll need to undertake, in order to unlock all the Season of the Forge content.

  • Firstly, visit the Spider in The Tangled Shore.
  • Enter the brand new area of the Tower, and talk to Ada-1.
  • Obtain a Weapon Core from a Black Armory crate on Earth.
  • Collect 25 Compound Ether from Fallen enemies.
  • Get multikills and Hive kills using a Power weapon.
  • Defeat 25 powerful enemies (the ones with the orange health bars).
  • Collect Radiant Seeds from said powerful enemies.
  • Return to Ada-1 in the Tower.

Once you've completed the steps listed above, you'll have access to Volundr Forge, the new mission type featured in the Season of the Forge. For a walkthrough of how to complete Forges, and other new missions, check out our individual guides list just below:

Destiny 2 DLC Schedule

Looking ahead into the first and second quarters of 2019, Bungie has a roadmap planned out for Destiny 2. You can see the full schedule just below, which includes the Season of the Drifter launching in March 2019, and then an unknown seasonal event following on nearer the middle of the year.

Destiny 2's major content roadmap. | Bungie

Destiny 2 Forsaken DLC Expansion

So far, as of early 2019, Destiny 2 has received three full DLC expansion packs since launch. The first of these was the Curse of Osiris in December 2017, followed by the Warmind expansion in May 2018. Finally, the Forsaken expansion launched in September 2018, which was the first piece of DLC content to be covered by the new Destiny 2 Annual Pass.

If you're still working your way through the older parts of Destiny 2 before moving onto newer content, then we've got you covered. Just below, you can find a complete list of all our Destiny 2 Forsaken guides, which include Gambit tips, Forsaken weapons, and more.

Destiny 2 Annual Season Pass

We previously mentioned the Destiny 2 Annual Pass, that covered the Forsaken expansion in late 2018. However the Annual Pass also covers content leading into 2019, a complete list of which you can find just below:

  • Forsaken Expansion in Fall 2018.
  • Black Armory update in Winter 2018.
  • Joker's Wild update in Spring 2019.
  • Penumbra update in Summer 2019.

This is the culmination of all the information that we currently have on the Destiny 2 DLC, but we'll be sure to keep this guide updated with any new information the moment it breaks.

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