With the Season just launching, some Powerful Reward sources might be missing here. We will update this page as we learn more!
How does Power Levelling work in Destiny 2?
Your Guardian’s Power Level is the average of all equipped gear and allows you to improve your damage output for your weapons/abilities and damage resistance from enemies
In short − the higher your power level, the stronger you become.
There are certain Power Level ‘floors’ that you will reach:
Starting Level: This is your base light when you start your character. With every yearly expansion, the floor is raised and any weapon and armour piece lower than the new starting level will be raised.
Complete activities and earn loot out in the wild to increase your power level to the Soft Cap.
Soft Cap: This is where you’ll unlock weekly challenges.
At this point, you’ll need to complete powerful and pinnacle gear by completing weekly challenges and playing various activities.
Weekly Challenges will be displayed on your Director with a gold star; hovering over the activity will show the requirements!
Hard Cap: Once you reach the Hard Cap, only pinnacle rewards will progress your power level further.
There aren’t as many pinnacle reward sources available, and most are related to endgame activities.
Max Cap: Once you’ve reached the max cap, any powerful or pinnacle reward you earn will be at your max power level.
With every yearly expansion and season, expect to see the power level floor and cap increase to a new set amount.
Endgame Content typically requires higher power levels in order to participate.
How do you earn Pinnacle Rewards?
Complete higher-difficulty content to earn Pinnacle rewards.
Pinnacle Rewards will grant you high boosts to power as you are levelling through the hard cap.
Once you reach the hard cap, focus on completing these activities to boost your power to Pinnacle Cap.
Note: Not all higher-difficulty content is matchmaking-enabled.
For the best experience, we recommend forming a fireteam to tackle these activities!
How do you earn Powerful Rewards?
Powerful Reward sources are split up into tiers, with higher tier levels offering a larger boost in power when you are levelling.
Complete Seasonal Activities and acquire Exotic/Prime engrams for powerful rewards up to [+4] light.
Be sure to decrypt your Prime engrams as soon as possible − it may give you a nice boost in power!
Complete Base Activities to earn powerful rewards up to [+2] light.
Base activities are your primary source of levelling throughout the season.
Completing each weekly challenge will provide a good amount of XP to help level your season pass.
SOFT CAP: 1750
Acquire loot in the wild or participate in activities to level yourself up. This portion of levelling is quick and many sources help boost your overall power levels. Refrain from completing or acquiring any Weekly Challenges during this phase of levelling.
HARD CAP: 1800
Additional Weekly Challenges unlock at this phase of levelling. Once you reach the soft cap, generic reward drops do not help boost your power. Complete Weekly Challenges and acquire Exotic/Prime engrams to continue levelling up.
PINNACLE CAP: 1810
At this phase, only Pinnacle Rewards help boost your power. These sources are considered end-game level activities and require more focus. Pinnacle sources drop at +1 or +2 depending on the pinnacle source. Pinnacle cap is the max cap of the season.