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.
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 Bounties, Daily 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.
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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:
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!
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 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:
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).
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.