Let's Prepare!

While not required, preparing for a new season provides an optimal advantage at the beginning of a new season – a head start to the grind. This guide will go over some quick ways to effectively start a new season with a pile of XP, a sufficient amount of materials, and quick knowledge of the upcoming changes that you should expect to see at the launch of the new season.

Bounty Preparation

One of the more effective ways to get a head start into a new season is to store completed bounties. Bounties offer a range of XP and can be kept for an indefinite amount of time unless the bounty states otherwise. 

Your Quest Inventory can hold up to 63 items, shared by Quests and Bounties. Keep in mind, the more quests you have on your character, the less amount of bounty space you have. Be sure to finish any quests that are nearly completed so you have more room for future quests and bounties.

Typically, it is best to store Weekly BountiesDaily Tower Bounties from certain Vendors, and Planetary Daily Bounties. Additional bounties can be used if you have room to spare, but they offer less XP. 

  • Weekly Bounties offer 12,000 XP, excluding any XP bonuses. Sources include:
    • The Moon (Eris Morn and the Lectern of Enchantment)
    • The Cosmodrome (Shaw Han)
    • Europa (Variks)
    • Iron Banner (Lord Saladin, Tower Courtyard)
    • Trials of Osiris (Saint-XIV, Tower Hangar)
  • Daily Bounties offer 6000 XP, excluding any XP bonuses. Sources include:
    • Tower (Commander Zavala, Lord Shaxx, Gunsmith, Saint-XIV, and the Drifter)
    • Planetary Vendors (EDZ, Nessus, The Moon, The Cosmodrome, and Europa)
      • Excluding Spider & Petra Venj Daily Bounties, which do not offer XP. 
    • Lectern of Enchantment
    • Note: Seasonal and Event Bounties may not carry over through seasons. 
  • Additional Bounties offer 3000 XP, excluding any XP bonuses. Sources include:
    • Tower (Commander Zavala, Lord Shaxx, Gunsmith, Saint-XIV, and the Drifter)
    • Planetary Bounties (The Moon, Europa)
    • Lectern of Enchantment 
    • Spider Wanted Bounties
    • Hawthorne Challenges


  • There is currently a third-party website that, when you authenticate your Bungie account, can track your stored bounties, glimmer and materials.
  • They also provide a score of what your progress is at. As an extra fun element, you can also see how your clan is ranking if they are also using the app, and check leaderboards!
  • We recommend using this app to track your progress! If you find their website useful, be sure to support them!

Inventory Preparation

Upgrade Materials - Primary Sources

Enhancement Cores
  • Daily Bounties from Gunsmith
  • Rank-Up Rewards from Lord Shaxx and Drifter
  • Nightfall Strikes (Greater drop chance with Higher Tiers)
  • Dismantling Gear (Masterworked will yield more)
  • Season Pass Rewards
  • Finest Matterweave Consumable
  • Lesser Core Harvest Mod via Ghost Shells
  • Visit Spider in the Tangled Shore
Enhancement Prisms
  • Purchasable from Gunsmith
  • Rank up Rewards from Lord Shaxx and Drifter
  • Nightfall Strikes (Greater drop chance with Higher Tiers)
  • Dismantling Masterworked Gear
  • Season Pass Rewards
  • Greater Core Harvest Mod via Ghost Shells
  • Visit Spider in the Tangled Shore (it’s expensive though)
Ascendant Shards
  • Purchasable from Gunsmith
  • Nightfall Strikes (Legend or Higher, greater drop chance with Higher Tiers)
  • Trials of Osiris Flawless Chest
  • Season Pass Rewards
Upgrade Module
  • Purchasable from Gunsmith
  • Rank-Up Rewards from Lord Shaxx and Drifter
  • Season Pass Rewards
  • Modularity Mod via Ghost Shells
  • Concentrated Mattergem Consumable via Eververse Store

Planetary Materials

Planetary Materials are a required resource for purchasing items through the Gunsmith or the Exotic Monument Kiosk near the Tower Vault. It is handy that you have a good amount of planetary materials stocked up at the beginning of each season to ensure you don’t run into a shortage at an inopportune time.

Sources of Planetary Materials:

  • Planetary Vendor Bounties
  • Free Roam Material Farming
  • Planetary Chests
  • Visit Spider in the Tangled Shore
    • The Spider will have a daily rotation of materials for purchase for either Glimmer or Legendary Shards.
    • Destiny Recipes and D2 Checklist both provide information on Spider’s Daily Rotation if you do not wish to visit Spider manually!
  • Season Pass Reward Packages
    • These packages reward 50 of each Planetary Materials currently available!
  • Materialism Mod via Ghost Shells grants a chance of acquiring additional materials in Core Activities.

Use a Resource Detector Mod via your Ghost Shell when farming materials in Free Roam!

Did you know? Zooming in with a Sniper Rifle or Scout Rifle allows you to see additional materials at a greater distance so long as you have a Resource Detector Mod equipped on your Ghost Shell!

Dusklight Shard
Microphasic Datalattice
Baryon Bough | Destination Material
Glacial Starwort
Etheric Spiral
Helium Filaments
Destination Materials Package


Into the New Season - Let the Grind Begin!

Important Information BEFORE you Submit Stored Bounties!

  • When the new season begins, it is very important to wait until you obtain your Seasonal Artifact before you submit your bounties. If you submit your bounties prematurely, XP will not be applied to your artifact Power Level bonus.
  • Be sure to have the Blinding Light mod or your highest XP Boosting Mod equipped on your Ghost Shell before claiming bounties.
  • If any of your friends have also been power leveling, submit your bounties as a fireteam while in an activity or social space. Fireteam XP bonuses are applied throughout the Season Pass (up to 8% bonus XP).

What To Focus On

After you’ve submitted your stored bounties, you can get to work on new bounties offered at launch (or whenever you hop on). If you’re playing at launch, some bounties may not be available if they are a duplicate for the day. In any event, there are plenty of vendors you can visit (see list above).

Obviously, Weekly and Daily bounties will be what you want to complete first, followed by Repeatable Bounties. Seasonal Challenges offer a large amount of XP as well, so be sure to keep an eye on those objectives and complete them when you can! 

It is important to note that Guardians can passively level through their Season Pass via Seasonal Challenges and general bounty grind/gameplay over the course of the season! Power leveling is only recommended if you wish to get a head start on your power bonus, or if you just wish to unlock all those rewards early! This is a personal preference!

Bounty Stacking

Bounty Stacking is purchasing a large number of bounties that have generic objectives and can be completed in a single activity. This is the easiest and most efficient way of leveling through your Season Pass as you would be completing bounties at a much quicker rate.

The Devil’s Lair Strike, Cosmodrome 

Bounties that can be purchased from vendors and completed in this strike:

  • Seasonal Daily Bounties (Season 15 Compass/Season 14 Splicer Servitor)
    • Most Seasonal Daily bounties have general weapon/ability objectives 
    • NOTE: Repeatable Seasonal Bounties focus on the Seasonal Activity only. Don’t pick those up for this.
  • Gunsmith Daily Bounties + Repeatable
    • Weapon-specific. Note that Repeatables require you to not die. If you do, the objective resets.
  • Vanguard Daily Bounties + Repeatable
    • Most can be done in regular strikes. Repeatable Vanguard bounties offer Bright Dust, so it’s a good habit of picking those up.
  • Cosmodrome Daily Bounties + Repeatable
    • The easiest to complete with generic New Light objectives. Most can be completed anywhere on the Cosmodrome.

Once you pick up your bounties, you can head into the Devil’s Lair strike on the Cosmodrome. Depending on who is with you, you can complete an average of 20-30 bounties in a single strike as most bounties listed above have similar objectives (although you may have to swap weapons/elements/subclasses out periodically). 

Thanks - For the Tip

Again, we do want to note that Bungie has made it so you can get to SR100 by passive gameplay and by completing Seasonal Challenges over the course of the Season. But, if you want to get ahead, the bounty grind is the way to go.

Quick Tips:

  • If you have alternate characters, be sure to complete the Weekly and Dailies before just focusing on Repeatable Bounties.
  • Bounty Stack when possible. This is the most time-efficient way of gaining levels fast.
  • Running low on glimmer? Visit Spider in the Tangled Shore. He typically offers glimmer in exchange for materials or legendary shards. You can also purchase materials there too if you can spare the shards.
    • Running low on materials?
      • Equip a Glimmer Mod on your ghost (keep your XP leveling on though) to increase your Glimmer Gains.
      • Focus on Planetary Daily Bounties across your characters. The Planetary Vendor bounties provide some decent material bonuses.
  • Cosmodrome and The Moon bounties (especially repeatable bounties) are the easiest to complete. Visit Skywatch and the Altar of Sorrow for a good amount of enemies to deal with. 
  • Bounty grinding can be tedious. Putting on a nice music playlist of your favourite tunes can help – and Guardian? Don’t forget to take breaks.
    • Editor’s Note: I’m from the days where doing loops around locations for material farming for hours on end in Destiny 1 was a normal thing to do. Music helps. 😂
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