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Last Updated: 05/23/2023

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.

Season 21 has arrived!

Welcome back to Titan, Guardians! Use this quick menu to help you optimize your grind!

Year-End Checklist

Here are some quick action items to wrap up before Lightfall launches:

Claim all rewards from Vendors (Zavala, Shaxx, Drifter, Gunsmith, Saint-XIV, and all Seasonal Vendors)
Use up all Planetary Resources! You could stock up on Raid Banners, and claim your planetary materials for glimmer.
Claim all rewards from previous seasons via (Profile > Season Progress > Previous Seasons)
Redeem any Umbral Engrams leftover. Umbrals are being replaced in Season 20.
Third-Party Services may be down on launch day (Ex: DIM). Ensure you have all appropriate gear on your characters.
Make sure you've equipped your fashion! We should be looking good while getting absolute destroyed by the Witness, am I right?
Ensure you give yourself your platforms time to pre-load the expansion on Feb. 27. The update size is over 90GB!
Follow the Bounty & Inventory Prep on this page if you want to get a head start in Season 20!

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 Vendor Daily Bounties, then Weekly Bounties. Additional bounties can be used if you have room to spare, but they offer less XP. 

Don’t forget − the inventory limit is 63.  Keep at least one space free for any new quests that may arrive at the launch of the new Season.

Types of Bounties

Weekly Bounties (12,000 XP)
  • Weekly Bounties offer 12,000 XP, excluding any XP bonuses. Sources include:
    • The Moon (Eris Morn and the Lectern of Enchantment)
      • Both Eris and the Lectern have 2 Weekly Bounties offered every week
      • Tip: Slow-Wave Disruption and Nightmare Sojourner can both be completed during the Altars of Sorrow event in Sorrow’s Harbour. Load up on bounties and have at it!
    • The Cosmodrome (Shaw Han)
    • Europa (Variks)
    • Xur’s Treasure Hoard (Starhorse)
      • Starhorse and Xur Bounties are staying! 
      • You can only hold one Starhorse Bounty at a time
        • Save this for last. You can still play some Dares and store some Paraverse Haul Boxes (which can provide some decent loot and materials)
Daily Bounties (6000 XP)
  • 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, Savathûn’s Throne World, Neomuna, The Dreaming City and Europa)
    • Seasonal Vendors
    • Lectern of Enchantment
    • Xur’s Treasure Hoard (Xur)
    • Note: Seasonal and Event Bounties typically do not carry over through seasons. 
Additional Bounties (3000 XP)
  • Additional Bounties offer 3000 XP, excluding any XP bonuses. Sources include:
    • Tower (Commander Zavala, Lord Shaxx, Gunsmith, Saint-XIV, and the Drifter)
    • Planetary Vendors (The Moon, Europa, Savathun’s Throne World, Neomuna)
    • Seasonal Vendors
    • Lectern of Enchantment 
    • Hawthorne Challenges
    • Xur’s Treasure Hoard (Xur)


  • 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

Legendary Shards
  • Dismantling gear
    • Have anything in your vault you no longer need?
    • Do you have any vendor engrams?
    • Do you have any transmat effects you don’t use?
  • Legendary Shard Dismantle Bonus
    • Upgrade from Premium Season Pass
  • Season Pass Rewards
    • The Season Pass (Free/Premium) typically provides Legendary Shard packages
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 Master Rahool in the Tower Courtyard
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 Master Rahool in the Tower Courtyard (it can be expensive, however)
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
Ascendant Alloy
  • Purchasable from Master Rahool (once per week)
  • Rank-Up Rewards from Gunsmith
  • Possible Reward from Campaign Weekly Missions (requires Campaign completion)
  • Possible Reward from certain Seasonal Activities
  • Possible Reward from the Campaign 6-Player Activities
An Update to Planetary Materials
  • Planetary Materials are no longer used for upgrading gear and as of  Season 20, materials have been deprecated and can be removed from your inventory.
  • The majority of gear that required planetary materials will now require legendary shards.
  • You'll still be able to find planetary materials out in the wild, though it will reward glimmer and other rewards (such as reputation, depending on the location)
Dusklight Shard
Microphasic Datalattice
Helium Filaments
Baryon Bough | Destination Material
Glacial Starwort


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 your highest XP Boosting Mod equipped on your Ghost Shell before claiming bounties.
    • If any of your friends have also been power levelling, 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).

View Season Prep Journey Flow!

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! Turn those in at the end of your week-long grind and in a fireteam for maximum gains!

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 many bounties with generic objectives that can be completed in a single activity.
  • This is the easiest and most efficient way of levelling through your Season Pass as you would be completing bounties much quicker.
  • If you’re doing a grinding session, pick up various planetary, Vanguard and Gunsmith bounties and head into the Vanguard Ops Playlist! 
    • Alternatively, if Nightfall is on the Moon or Cosmodrome, that’s an easy way of doing many easy bounties at once!

The Devil’s Lair Strike, Cosmodrome 

  • Bounties that can be purchased from vendors and completed in this strike:
    • Seasonal Daily Bounties
      • Some 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.
    • 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 15-20 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.
    • 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 Rahool in the Tower Courtyard. 
    • Cosmodrome and The Moon bounties (especially repeatable bounties) are the easiest to complete and are easy to re-acquire from the respective vendor.
      • 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 when 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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