We are almost two months to the day until the release of Destiny 2’s big fall Shadowkeep expansion, which will also represent the free-to-play launch of the base game. I’ve just finished my Bad Juju catalyst grind, and now I’m kind of saying “now what?” until Solstice of Heroes gets here.
A reader, @MrSavalette, asked me if I’d written a guide about what people should be trashing or keeping or farming before Shadowkeep. I hadn’t, and so that’s what I’m doing today.
There are some caveats here, namely that I am basing this off our somewhat limited knowledge of what is and isn’t changing in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, so I may have to update this as more information comes out. I’ll try to go through these different categories quickly.
Trash – All year 1 armor with no perks and weapons with 1 perk. You could always trash this stuff given that it can all be pulled from collections, but I was saving a lot of it for nostalgia’s sake. But I’ve realized that it is better to have the shards, glimmer and cores than it is to have a vault full of stuff I don’t use, so except in very rare cases where you really want to have something on hand for style points or specific use, scrap all of this.
Keep – For now, keep your year 2 armor with the rolls you like, because it’s not clear how the new system is going to work yet. There could possibly be some sort of way to extract perks from existing armor, so you might want to save those until we know for sure. With that said, I’m not sure you need to put that much stock into farming for god roll armor considering we might be starting from scratch under the new system, and those perks on existing armor may not do anything for us at all come fall. Right now I am not sure about farming stuff like EP or old raid armor for their cosmetics alone because we don’t know how that system works in Shadowkeep yet.
Farm – God roll weapons. It does not seem like we are going to be seeing any major changes with how weapons work in Shadowkeep, unlike armor, so yes, it is advantageous to keep trying to farm those god rolls of whatever you’re searching for, be they Menagerie stuff (RIP chest), forge weapons, raid and Reckoning weapons, whatever. I’m still using Forsaken-era weapons regularly, and it’s likely we’ll still be using killer year 2 stuff in year 3 with no significant changes to weapons. Also, you will still want to be grinding for top-tier pinnacle weapons like Recluse and Loaded Question as they will probably still be important in year 3.
Trash – Pretty much anything you’re not using from Eververse, shaders, exotic ghosts and sparrows, all piece of armor. This is because as of fall, you are not going to get any Bright Dust from dismantling Eververse stuff, and Bright Dust in general seems like it’s going to be harder to come by. Anything you dismantle can be pulled from collections for shards later, so there’s no advantage to keeping it. All Eververse armor is now going to be an ornament that can apply to anything instead of actual armor, so there’s no reason to have it taking up room.
Farm – As far as we know, nothing is really changing with most of the currently relevant currencies in the game, that means glimmer, weapon parts, planetary materials, shards, cores, mod components. Cores are now easier to farm than ever with gunsmith bounties that can get you 9 a day across three characters, and I’ve gotten enough to masterwork three full sets of armor for the first time all year. I believe that cores are here to stay, so continue to farm those to build up a stash. But you may not want to do what I did and masterwork armor that might be about to become irrelevant. For infusion, glimmer and planetary materials are going to be key, particularly after paying Calus a ton during the Juju quest. We don’t really know how mods are going to work with armor going forward, but they should still remain the same with weapons at least, so it doesn’t hurt to have a stash of components.
Am I missing anything? I think that’s all categories of stuff. To recap
- You can scrap anything from year 1 safely, I don’t know if farming year 1 armor for cosmetics is worth it yet
- You should probably keep the year 2 stuff you like until we know more
- Farming year 2 god roll weapons is useful, farming year 2 god roll armor probably isn’t
- Keep farming all materials/currencies as those will probably still be relevant
So, there you go. I’ll add more and update if I need to.