As we head into our third week with Destiny, it seems like would be as good a time as any to introduce a new daily feature for the site. As such, Destiny has become its own category here on the site.
Destiny Daily will rundown the bounties that are available each day as well as the Daily Heroic Story Mission. It’ll also serve as a mini game log for me.
Right now, I’m primarily playing a level 27 Hunter (maxed out Gunslinger, currently working on maxing out Bladedancer). But I also have a level 5 Warlock (Sunsinger) and a level 3 Titan (Striker).
All of my armor I had to buy with Vanguard Marks. I didn’t have any luck getting Legendary armor for my guy until AFTER I purchased and upgraded my gear. But that’s okay, because the legendary armor I’ve gotten since have promptly been dismantled for the Ascendant Shards. I’m four shards away from being able to max out my gauntlets; 18 additional shards away from being able to fully upgrade my leg armor. I really want an exotic helmet; and no, I didn’t have enough Strange Coins during the first week to buy that sweet exotic. I’ve got over 30 now, and I will wait until it becomes available again.
My weapons on the other hand were all random awards/loot drops. I got Thunderlord exotic machine gun from playing PVP. My legendary shotgun (The Comedian) was from a legendary engram from a legendary package after ranking up with the Cryptarch. My legendary primary (Shadow Price assault rifle) came as a reward for reaching rank 3 with the Vanguard. It’s now upgraded to have almost no recoil whatsoever (as is Thunderlord, and a machine gun with super high stability is beastly).
I’ve been 27 for quite a few days now, so the grind to 28 has been longer than I wanted. Who knew Ascendant Shards would be so hard to come by. My plan is just to use Vanguard/Crucible marks to buy more legendary gear to dismantle for the shards.
I’m currently doing an exotic bounty called Toland’s Legacy that will reward the exotic pulse rifle Bad Juju upon completion. I have still have 19 strikes left to do, and then I’ll have to get 10,000 points in PVP (not the usual score, which would be super fast to do, but rather 25 points awarded for kill as/against (I’m not sure) a Hunter or Titan and 75 for Warlock). I’m in no hurry, primarily because pulse rifles are my least favorite weapon type and I’m happy having Thunderlord equipped for now.
If you have not yet hit your weekly limit of 100 for both Vanguard and Crucible Marks, you need to get that done today. Tomorrow the limit resets, and you want/need all the Marks you can get, so put in the effort today to finish them off if you haven’t done so yet. I know lots of folks like to farm engrams in hopes of getting better gear, and complain about the loot when they don’t, but the easiest/quickest way to legendary gear is to simply rank up and have enough marks to buy the gear from a vendor.
What’s the best way to rank up? It’s by completing bounties of course. Each bounty will either reward +50 or +100 rep, so you should be trying to complete all of them each day (I tend to ignore a lot of the PVP bounties though, and not including the ones that are impossible to complete like complete five games of Salvage while the mode isn’t even available).
The bounties available for today are:
- Relic Harvest – Venus: Collect 200 Pumice Threads on Venus (+50 Rep, +2500 XP)
- Relic Harvest – Mars: Collect 200 Olympus Tears on Mars (+50 Rep, +2500 XP)
- Cleansing Light: Kill 3 or more enemies with a single super use, 20 times (+50 Rep, +2500 XP)
- Knuckleduster: Melee Kill 30 enemies without dying (+50 Rep, +2500 XP)
- Unstoppable: Earn 9000 XP without dying (+50 Rep, +2500 XP)
- Patrol Mars: Complete 6 Patrol missions on Mars (+50 Rep, +2500 XP)
Those are all way easy to do and you can do all five of them on Mars within 30 minutes, so not bad. A little disappointed that there are no +100 Rep bounties today, but that’s mainly because I’m 754 points away from hitting Vanguard rank 4.
- The Wild Hunt: Defeat 25 Hunters in the Crucible (+75 Rep, +3750 XP)
- Broken Scholar: Defeat 25 Warlocks in the Crucible (+75 Rep, +3750 XP)
- In The Zone: Capture 10 zones in Control (+50 Rep, +2500 XP)
- Headhunter (Defeat 50 Guardians with headshots (+100 Rep, +5000 XP)
- Stay Golden: Complete 5 Rumble Matches (+100 Rep, +5000 XP)
- Electrocutioner: Earn 10 Fusion Rifle Sprees in the Crucible (+100 Rep, +5000 XP)
With the exception of the last one, all of these are super easy to get, so do pick these PVP bounties up today.
Today’s Crucible Playlist is Control, so go take advantage of that extra XP by playing what I find to be the best mode in the PVP. Today’s Daily Heroic Story mission is Eye of a Gate Lord on Venus. If you can do the level 28 one, do it so that you get 2 Ascendant Materials and +7500 XP bonus. If that’s too much for you, do the level 24 one for one Ascendant Material and +6000XP.
I completed the level 28 story just a few minutes ago (with a plan on posting the video below but either my USB sucks or PS4 sucks at transferring share videos, but I wasn’t going to wait hours to get it on my PC to then upload to YouTube. I got two Ascendant Energies… I was hoping for Shards, but I need those too.
Tomorrow not only sees the weekly reset, which will allow you to earn another 100 Vanguard Marks and 100 Crucible Marks, but will also see a new Weekly Heroic Strike. So if you haven’t done this week’s Weekly Strike, knock it today and get your Strange Coins. This week’s strike was super easy to solo, so no excuse to not have gotten it done.
More importantly, tomorrow sees the beginning of The Queen’s Wrath special event. Special new bounties and “challenging mission modes” will be available. Completing these will reward Unique Legendary Gear and Unique Rare Gear, so this is something you’ll want to do. We’ll see what its like tomorrow, but if I had to guess I’d imagine the bounties will be similar (but smaller/easier in scope) to the existing Exotic Weapon Bounties that some folks (myself included) have randomly gotten.
That’s it for today’s Destiny Daily. Get out there Guardians and complete those bounties and finish up earning your Marks if you still have any left to get. Don’t forget to participate in a Public Event to get your daily reward for getting a gold rating for it. Love it when I go to the postmaster and have Ascendent Shards waiting on me.