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Destiny 2 Brings December Update, Fixes Content Lock and More

Destiny 2 Brings December Update, Fixes Content Lock and More

With the release of Curse of Osiris Bungie also dropped what they are calling the December Update, aiming to bring changes to the Destiny 2 experience. Now, part two of that update is live. 

Alongside the release of the second half of this update patch 1.1.1.1 has also been released. This sees a temporary nerf to the broken Prometheus Lens trace rifle  (the studio will return in January to properly fix this) and by far the most important fix being to correct the mistake of players being locked out of base game content. The patch notes read as follows:

Leviathan Raid

  • Brought the Prestige "Leviathan" raid back down to 300 Power, making it accessible to all players, regardless of Curse of Osiris ownership
  • Adjusted Prestige difficulty rewards no longer grant guaranteed 330 Power items
  • Adjusted the difficulty for the normal Calus encounter

Trials of the Nine

  • Players who do not own Curse of Osiris may now access Trials of the Nine when a Destiny 2 launch map is featured

On top of that the second part of the December Update is live which brings with it plenty of new changes to the sandbox that further enhance the gameplay. Sadly, all these patches and updates have meant that the next Faction Rally, which was planned for this week, has been delayed. The changes are as follows:  

  • Legendary Weapons will drop as or be upgraded to become Masterworks versions
    • Masterworks will have a few advantages over the baseline Legendary weapon:
      • Track and display the number of kills with that weapon (with choice between total count or Crucible-only count)
      • Generate orbs for you and your allies on multi-kills
      • Add weapon stat bonuses that are selected randomly from a small pool and are re-rollable
    • Masterworks drop from any source of Legendary weapons for characters above 250 Power
      • Unwanted Masterworks can be dismantled into materials that can upgrade an existing Legendary Weapon into a Masterwork
      • Raid and Trials of the Nine Weapons will have a very high chance to be Masterworks
    • We have future plans to extend Masterworks to other gear and expose your kill counts in more places (e.g. Crucible kill screen)
  • Faction Armor and Weapons will be unlocked for purchase for Legendary Shards and Faction Tokens on most Faction Vendors
    • All five Armor Slots will always be present, and Weapons will rotate weekly on Factions that have them
    • Slots will be unlocked by claiming Reward Engrams from the respective Faction
    • You will get credit for engrams you may have already claimed since launch
  • Xur has some new offerings for players collecting Exotics:
    • Every week, you’ll be able to acquire one of the new Fated Engrams using Legendary Shards that will decrypt as Exotics that aren’t already in your collection
    • A simpler Three of Coins that boosts Exotic drop rates from any source for 4 hours
      • No obscure stacking mechanics or need to re-apply before every boss
      • These cost Legendary Shards and you can have as many as you like
  • Commander Zavala and Lord Shaxx will sell Gift consumables for Legendary Shards that can be used during a Strike or Crucible Match that will serve the following functions:
    • Grant bonus rewards to everyone in that activity upon completion, friend or foe alike
    • Award anything from Faction Tokens to a round of Exotics for everyone in the match
  • Exploit safeguards on Chests and Resource Nodes are greatly relaxed and players should encounter them less frequently
    • Even if they do, drop rates for Tokens is only reduced to 30% instead of 0%, and Glimmer will be unaffected
    • We want to associate a visual indicator with this in a future update, but we weren’t able to pull that off in this update (but we hear you!)
  • Vendors will now beckon you to hand in your Reputation Tokens only when you’re carrying enough to earn a Reward Engram

Destiny 2 and the Curse of Osiris expansion are available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Nikholai Koolonavich

Nikholai Koolonavich

Staff Writer

Enjoys long walks on the Paleozoic beach.

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