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DESTINY 2 update is out today, bringing with it the Shadowkeep and New Light content. Here are the patch notes for the Bungie download.

PUBLISHED: 17:46, Tue, Oct 1, 2019 | UPDATED: 18:03, Tue, Oct 1, 2019

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Destiny 2 update is being released today by Bungie, bringing with it the Shadowkeep DLC content and New Light free-to-play download.

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep is the fourth major expansion for Destiny 2, which will see Guardians return to the moon with Eris Morn.

The Destiny 2 Shadowkeep release will also bring with it the launch of New Light, a free-to-play version of Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 New Light will include all the year one content for the Bungie shooter and will be free to download.

Both Destiny 2 Shadowkeep and Destiny 2 New Light are available today, and are part of Destiny 2 update

Destiny 2 update will be available to download from 6pm UK time today. Here are the patch notes for the latest Destiny 2 download...

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Finisher System added. Press the finisher button to finish critically wounded combatants.

PvE Damage Numbers Display

Goal: To provide players with useful and legible feedback for damage dealt to enemy combatants across many years of Power progression.

Displayed damage numbers for damage dealt to non-Guardian enemy combatants are crunched

Damage dealt is displayed using fewer digits to enhance readability of damage output

Occurrences of displayed damage getting capped at 999,999 should be significantly reduced or eliminated

The exponential curve used to calculate damage numbers for display is replaced with a new linear curve that is built to last for many years

As players grow in Power, displayed damage numbers increase at a much more measured pace than previously

This is a UI update only; player damage output, whether measured as hits to kill, time to kill, or DPS, remains unchanged by this update

PvE Difficulty Tuning

Goals: Widen the sweet spot where fighting higher-level combatants provides a fun, challenging, and rewarding combat experience for a more enjoyable Power climb. Also, allow players looking for even greater challenges to confront much higher-level enemies.

Combatants that are 10–40 levels higher take less time to kill and deal less damage

Higher-level combatants continue to increase in difficulty up to 100 Power levels above the player

When enemies are 100 Power levels or higher above the player, they are immune to damage

Nameplate icons on higher-level combatants have been updated to reflect these changes

These changes affect only higher-level combatants; the at-level or over-level experience remains unchanged




Nightstalker Way of the Pathfinder (Bottom)

Goal: We want to lean into the fantasy of a speedy disruptor. Pathfinders need more tools to scout the battlefield and a skill based way to engage with that gameplay more often. We should reward this scouting and battlefield control gameplay, executed well, with more opportunities to do the same. At the same time shadow shot needed some quality of life improvements for long standing frustrations.

Vanish: Smoke bomb grants invisibility to allies

Gives 1 stack of Heart of the Pack (newly revamped) to all allies hit

Grants +34 to armor, recovery, and agility

Gives weapon reload speed and handling

Max 3 stacks

Increased invisibility duration from 7 8 seconds

Provision: Killing tethered enemies creates super orbs and increases agility, armor, and recovery for allies

New Perk (old perk benefits moved to be part of Mobius Quiver)

Damaging enemies with your grenades reduces the cooldown of your smoke bomb (6% per damage tick)

Making allies invis gives you grenade energy (17.5% per ally)

Moebius Quiver: Fire super multiple times and deals massive damage to tethered targets

Added the old Provision perk to naturally be part of Mobius Quiver

Killing tethered enemies creates super orbs and grants stacks of Heart of the Pack for allies

Expanded the range of Heart of the Pack from 20 30 meters.

Shadowshot Super (Top and Bottom path)

Damage increased from 150 250

One shot kill in PvP

Improved tether accuracy near obstacles

Suppress on hit is more consistent

Sentinel Code of the Protector (Top)

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Goal: This path is the main support role for Titans and focuses heavily on melee kills while staying near allies. We want to focus more heavily on buffing allies so that players care about the timing of their buff usage. With a loop which allows players to get their melee energy back more quickly this will be a more engaging path to play. Additionally, Ward of Dawn is currently not up to snuff, and needs a buff that ties in to the fantasy of buffing allies.

Defensive Strike: Melee ability that creates an overshield for nearby allies

All kills while the overshield is active grant melee energy for the player with the shield (works for all allies you grant a shield to)

This is based upon enemy threat level from 5% (minors) to 25% (players and bosses)

Rallying Force: Melee kills heal nearby allies

Heal buffed from 10 health and 10 shields to 10 health and 20 shields (50% increase)

Ward of Dawn: Alternate super that creates a shield bubble

Increase ward health versus supers

Most supers will require the whole thing to be dumped on the ward to destroy it but will (usually) not kill the players inside

Ward grants weapons of light buff when passing through it (35% weapon damage for 15 seconds)

Grants an additional super orb (3)

Auto-generated orbs now grant the same amount of super energy as regular super orbs (previously the orbs gave less super energy on par with masterwork orbs)

Sentinel Code of the Aggressor (Bottom)

Shield Bash: Shoulder charge that disorients nearby enemies

Now suppresses the target hit and any enemy within 2 meters (have to be basically right next to them)

Voidwalker Attunement of Hunger (Bottom)

Vortex: Nova Bomb leaves behind a damaging AoE pool

Initial explosion damage increased 15%

Lingering damage increased 15%

Dawnblade Attunement of Grace

Well of Radiance: Alternate super that creates a healing/buffing field for allies

Grants an additional super orb (3)

Auto-generated orbs now grant the same amount of super energy as regular super orbs (previously the orbs gave less super energy on par with masterwork orbs)


Nightstalker Way of the Trapper (Top)

Shadowshot: Fires an arrow that damages enemies and debuffs enemies nearby

Damage sharing for the Nightstalker player specifically reduced from 100% to 50%

Now all allied players have 50% damage sharing on tether

Nightstalker Way of the Wraith (Middle)

Flawless Execution: Headshot kills while crouched grant invisibility and truesight

Truesight now lasts 3 seconds (down from 9)

Shattering Strike: After performing a Flawless Execution, your melee attacks have a longer lunge range and weaken enemies

Advanced warning: When we made the change to Flawless Execution this also unintentionally nerfed this ability to only last 3 seconds (it was directly tied to the truesight). We have prepared a fix for the 4.6.1 patch to restore the weaken and lunge range increase to last the entire 9 seconds regardless of truesight and invisibility status.

Instant Reloading

Goal: In the beginning, Lunafactions and Rally Barricade did exist, but they were clunky to use. They still had dramatic impact on gameplay even in that state, but eventually we decided to make their effects easier to handle. The problems they introduced always existed in the game, but over time these have become magnified due to new abilities, perks, and weapons introduced into the Destiny 2 sandbox. The impact of something that takes all reloading out of the equation means that other perks or effects like the Hunter’s Marksman Dodge or the Sealed Ahamkara’s Grasps can simply fall to the wayside – Even swords take a hit in comparison, being one of the few weapons that naturally never needs to reload.

Reloading is one of those mechanics that are simple, but have wide ranging consequences. Because the effect on gameplay of removing reloading is inversely proportional to the size of your weapon’s magazine and how slow your general reload animations are, weapons like Rocket Launchers and Shotguns can benefit greatly compared to other weapons. This, alongside the increase in general access to damage bonus effects like Well of Radiance left us with the decision to remove this effect from these two sources, as they were causing things to quickly snowball out of control.

Titan Rally Barricade

This ability now provides a large increase to reload speed for the duration of the effect

This ability no longer automatically reloads your weapons from reserves

Warlock Rift/Well of Radiance

Lunafaction Boots now provides a large increase to reload speed for the duration of Well of Radiance

This exotic no longer automatically reloads your weapons from reserves

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Super Energy Regeneration

Goal: These changes will reduce the speed with which players are able to earn their super which supports difficulty and reduces the current ability to trivialize certain content through excessively chaining supers. Systemically, we want to reduce base sources of supers on a large macro scale without diminishing the feeling that your actions are gaining you a worthwhile energy boost. By reducing the speed at which you gain super we can make mods and perks feel more worthwhile. We still want it to feel like you can make meaningful progress not only through normal play but by augmenting super energy through teamwork, class choices, gear, and skillful play.

New Energy Granted by Super Orbs:

Super Orb: 7.143% (50% reduction)

Masterwork Orb: 2.5% (50% reduction)

Kills: (25% reduction)

Minor: 0.6%

Elite: 0.96%

Mini-boss: 1.8%

Boss: 3%

Player: 3%

Assists: (25% reduction)

Minor: 0.3%

Elite: 0.48%

Mini-boss: 0.9%

Boss: 1.5%

Player: 1.5%

Damage Multipliers

Goal: At Destiny 2 launch, damage buffs were fairly sparse – There was Empowering Rift for a small increase, and you could combine it with a weakening effect such as Hammer Strike, but very little else. As time has gone on, we introduced Well of Radiance, Weapons of Light, Guiding Flame, Frontal Assault, etc, and combining these effects has resulted in player damage output far beyond what was previously available. Even with just a small amount of them, a player can go from 1x damage to 3x and beyond, causing there to be an extremely large gap between standard player output and theoretical output.

By preventing the larger effects from stacking, we are able to keep each of them around without having to do something in response like raise boss health to compensate for these tactics, as well as create more of them. As an example, Lumina would not have been created in world where the damage bonus effect of Noble Rounds stacked with other damage effects, and these changes are simply an extension along those same lines.

While the weakening effects never stacked, we also took a look at them and adjusted their values as many of our more powerful units would simply evaporate when touched by one of them, but we compensated for that in other ways, such as either extending the duration of the effect or in the case of Shadowshot, making it affect power weapons.

Player Damage Buffs

Player Bonuses

Bonus damage effects that apply to all of a player's weapons simultaneously no longer stack multiplicatively. The highest applicable bonus will be used instead

This does not affect single weapon buffs such as Rampage, Kill Clip, or exotic weapons that increase their own damage. These will still stack multiplicatively.

Buffs that provide bonus damage will still exist simultaneously on the player, so in the event that the one with the highest multiplier wears off the next highest will be used instead.

This change affects the following weapons/abilities (Empowering Rift, Frontal Assault, Guiding Flame, Sun Warrior, Inertia Override, Well of Radiance, Lumina/Noble Rounds, Weapons of Light)

Notable exceptions: Vengeance (One Eyed Mask)

Frontal Assault

Bonus damage is now +20% (Previously +25%)

Sun Warrior

Bonus damage is now +20% (Previously +25%)

Well of Radiance

Bonus damage is now +25% (Previously +35%)

Weapons of Light

Bonus damage is now +35% (Previously +25%)

Enemy Debuffs (Weakened)


Incoming PvE damage is now +30% (Previously +35%)

Incoming PvP damage is now +50% (Previously +55%)

This effect no longer excludes power weapons

Tractor Cannon (Repulsor Force)

Incoming PvE damage is now +30% for all elements (Previously +33%/50% for Non-Void/Void damage respectively)

Incoming PvP damage is now +50% for all elements (Previously +33%/50% for Non-Void/Void damage respectively)

Hammer Strike

Incoming PvE damage is now +30% (Previously +50%)

Duration increased from 6 to 10 seconds in PvE


Shattering Strike

Incoming PvE damage is now +30% (Previously +50%)

Duration increased from 6 to 10 seconds in PvE

Reduced Super Damage Resistance

Goal: Since the launch of Destiny 2 we have slowly introduced buffs to supers, especially roaming supers. While we believe supers should be powerful they should not be mindless. We want supers to be more risky in both PvE and PvP. We want players to think about positioning and timing more. Not so long ago we experimented with Spectral Blades by lowering the damage resistance substantially. These changes were generally well received and improved the experience of the super for both the person running it and the person who was running from it. In PvE players shouldn’t feel like their super makes them invulnerable and casting one should call for situational strategic thinking. In PvP players need to feel like they can challenge a super and that with skillful play there’s a chance they can beat it.

Super Damage Resistance removed from masterwork armor

Inherent Super Damage Resistance lowered by category (see below)

Low- 54% → 49%

Nova Warp

Thunder Crash

Blade Barrage

Nova Bomb

Well of Radiance

Medium - 56% → 51%

Hammer of Sol


High - 60% → 53%

Fist of Havok

Burning Maul

Sentinel Shield

Arc Staff

Arc Lightning


Other (unchanged)

Spectral Blades - 52% / 54.4%

Golden Gun - 0%

Chaos Reach - 40%

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Fixed an issue where abilities that dealt lingering damage were dealing higher damage than intended at higher framerates

This includes abilities such as Nova Bomb, Vortex Grenades, Solar Grenades, Smoke Bombs, Fan of Knives, and Sun Spots

Fixed an issue where the Hunter's Tempest Strike melee ability couldn't be performed if the Sprint button/key was set to Hold

Fixed an issue where the increased sustain damage perk of the Stormtrance super would break if a player swapped their sub-class to Chaos Reach and then back to Stormtrance within an activity

Fixed an issue where the Liar's Handshake perk Cross Counter was intermittently failing to activate and trigger healing

Sealed Ahamkara Grasps perk Nightmare Fuel will now correctly reload weapons when used in tandem with Knife Trick and the Tractor Cannon

A Titan's Burning Maul line attack will no longer be blocked and detonate early if they have Telesto projectiles attached to them

Borealis and Hardlight now match the Prism modifier when changing elements on reload, rotating through Void Arc Solar

The Hunter's Combination Blow ability buff will now correctly be removed when switching sub-classes while the buff is active

The Phoenix Protocol Hearth perk will no longer award bonus super energy on kills and assists to Warlocks inside a Well of Radiance who do not also have the Well of Radiance (Attunement of Grace) sub-class equipped

The Enhanced Momentum Transfer perk now displays the correct icon

The Mad Warden will no longer get frozen in time when destroyed by a Hunter's Golden Gun

Fixed an issue where Warlocks couldn't perform their Well of Radiance super during the reload animation for breach loaded Grenade Launchers

If interrupted, the reload animation will complete after the super is cast

Fixed an issue where allied Golden Gun projectiles weren't going through Banner Shields

Fixed an issue where the Queen's Wrath perk for the exotic Wish-Ender bow wasn't correctly highlighting players if their shield was depleted

The Warlock's Arc subclass ability 'Pulsewave' buff will no longer clear the Quickdraw perk bonus granted from a weapon upon its expiration

The Warlock's 'Alchemical Etchings' perk buffs from Lunafaction Boots will now correctly be removed if/when their Well of Radiance is destroyed

Khepri's Sting will no longer consume the owner's melee ability energy charge when hit by a friendly Hunter's smoke bomb

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Weapon mods are now treated as reusable unlocks instead of consumables. Any mods you have in your inventory will be converted to unlocks

This gives players the opportunity to play with different mods more frequently

If the only copy of a mod you have is already in a gun, you will need to reacquire one to unlock it

Minor enemies (Rank-and-File) no longer take more precision damage than other enemies

These enemies previously took twice as much damage to their precision hit locations than enemies of higher ranks

You will still deal precision damage, but this is now entirely dependent on the weapon, as it is for higher ranked enemies

The amount of time allowed between kills to generate a masterwork orb has been reworked per archetype:

2.5 seconds for shotguns, hand cannons, scout rifles, machine guns, and pulse rifles

3 seconds for auto rifles and trace rifles

4 seconds for bows, fusion rifles, rocket launchers, and grenade launchers

5 seconds for sniper rifles, linear fusion rifles, sidearms, submachine guns, and swords

Auto Rifles

PvE damage increased between +30% and +25% depending on combatant rank


PvE damage increased by +31% against minor enemies, and +26% against major enemies

Fixed an issue where bow draw times were displayed incorrectly in the inspection screen

Hand Cannons

PvE damage against minor enemies increased by 30%

Lightweight and Adaptive hand cannons use a new firing animation while aiming down sights

This change was made to increase weapon accuracy when firing these weapons as fast as possible

Ex: Currently, players can shoot faster than the recoil animation of 140/150 archetypes – so while the Hand Cannon looks to have fully reset from recoil, the following projectile will be shot as if the weapon was still in a recoiled state

Reduced the effect the range stat has on damage range falloff (effective range) for this weapon archetype

Machine Guns

PvE damage against minor enemies increased by 25%

Increased the effects of damage range falloff on this weapon archetype

Pulse Rifles

PvE damage against minor enemies increased by 28%

Increased the effects of damage range falloff on this weapon archetype

Archetype specific damage changes (impacts both PvE and PvP gameplay)

Rapid-Fire Pulse Rifles now deal 14/23.8 base/precision damage (Previously 13/21.4)

High Impact Pulse Rifles now deal 21/33.6 base/precision damage (Previously 20/32)

Scout Rifles

PvE damage increased between +36% and +18% depending on combatant rank


PvE damage increased to minor and major combatants by 16%

Sniper Rifles

PvE damage increased by +47% against minor enemies, +20% for others

Exotic sniper rifle perk damage bonuses have been modified to compensate for this change and they will not receive the full benefits as a result


PvE damage increased by 22.5% against minor/major combatants

Aggressive Frame

Removed the intrinsic effect of "Deals bonus damage at close range."

This bonus was 10%, but was unintentionally always active

The bonus damage has been moved to the base damage for 750 RPM Submachineguns, resulting in no damage change

As a result, Tarrabah and The Huckleberry gain 10% damage in both PvE and PvP


Sweet Business

Increased magazine size from 100 to 150.

Increased PvE damage by 15%.

High Caliber rounds have been replaced with Armor Piercing rounds.

Damage changed to 15/21.2 base/precision (Previously 13.21/21.14)

This weapon no longer requires you to be firing when you pick up ammo to have it automatically reload.

Graviton Lance

PvE damage

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