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Destiny 2 Beyond Light: Release date, content vault, new exotics, season pass, and more

The latest expansion of Bungie's looter shooter is right around the corner and if you're on the fence about it, we present you all the info you need to know about Destiny 2 Beyond Light.
Destiny 2 is about to enter its new era with Beyond Light, with Bungie revealing almost a complete overhaul to how the FPS will work moving forward.

As a newcomer, or maybe a player that returns after a long absence, seeing every tidbit of information spread around might be a turnoff, so, in order to help those looking to get into Bungie's looter shooter, we've put together all the information necessary to enjoy a first-time trip to Europa, new exotics, and all the content coming up with Destiny 2 Beyond Light.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light - Release date

Destiny 2 Beyond Light
(Photo: Bungie)

First thing's first, Destiny 2's latest expansion, Beyond Light, is set to be released this upcoming 10th November for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Google Stadia.

A free upgrade for users that get an Xbox Series X or a PS5 will be available on 8th December, so keep your eye on that if you're one of the people moving to next-gen hardware.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light - Preload and file sizes

PlayStation

Beginning on November 8 after 8 PM PST (0400 UTC), users can start pre-downloading Update 3.0.0.1 by:

  • Navigating to Destiny 2
  • Pressing the “Options” button
  • And selecting “Check for Updates”

In an effort to decrease server load, some PlayStation Plus users may be able to pre-download Update 3.0.0.1 starting on November 7 after 8 PM PST (0400 UTC).

Xbox

Pre-load for Xbox will be available shortly after Destiny 2 is taken offline for expected maintenance at 7 PM PST (0300 UTC) on November 9. 

PC

Pre-load for PC will be available shortly after Destiny 2 is taken offline for expected maintenance at 7 PM PST (0300 UTC) on November 9. Update 3.0.0.1 should automatically be put in the Steam download queue once it is available to pre-load.

Below are the updated storage requirements for Beyond Light:

  • Xbox Series XIS and Xbox One: 65.7gb
  • PS4: 171.68gb
  • PS5: 70.78gb
  • PC 186.2gb

While the install size is much smaller, PS4 and PC users are required to have the current version of Destiny 2 installed on top of the pre-load file.

Bungie has mentioned that once Beyond Light goes live, the file size will become smaller on these platforms to line up with the rest.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light - Cost

There's plenty of ways players can get ahold of Destiny 2's Year 4 expansion. First off, the standard edition of Beyond Light will set you back $40, or the equivalent depending on your region. This price does not include the Season Pass for Season of the Hunt, the first one of Year 4, but more on that later.

There is also a Deluxe Edition of Beyond Light, priced at $70. These will give you the following perks:

  • 4 Season Passes that will cover the entirety of Year 4
  • Freeze Tag Exotic Emote
  • No Time to Explain Exotic Pulse Rifle
  • No Time to Explain Exotic Catalyst
  • Any Other Sky Exotic Sparrow
  • No Time to Explain Exotic Ornament

For hardcore collector's, there is a special edition that grants you all the benefits of the Deluxe Edition plus a statue of the Exo Stranger, the mysterious character that didn't have time to explain why she didn't have time to explain back in the original Destiny that's finally making her return after six years.

Exo Stranger Destiny 2 statue
(Photo: Bungie)

This special statue will set you back $129.99, and you can get your hands on it via Bungie's site

Oh, by the way, if you're a Game Pass owner, you'll get the expansion for free! (You'll still have to pay for the Season Pass, though...)

We mentioned Season Pass a lot there, didn't we? Well, now it's time to look at...

Destiny 2 Season of the Hunt 

Destiny 2 Season of the Hunt
(Photo: Bungie) 

Season 12, or Season of the Hunt, will be available alongside the release of Beyond Light, featuring both premium and free tiers for players to grind. 

The story of the Season follows Xivu Arath, the sister of the Hive god Oryx, and her quest to build a corrupt army using Hive Cryptolyths.

A cool thing Bungie has confirmed that will start with Season of the Hunt is that none of the activities or gear set to make their debut during this time will be removed at all during Year 4, leaving players the opportunity to jump at a later date and experience everything the game has to offer.

Some interesting pointers that were revealed in the roadmap are:

  • The new strike, Glassway, and Empire Hunts will be available on launch day
  • Adept Weapons will be added to PvP's Trials of Osiris on 13th November.
  • Season Mission and Wrathborn Hunts begins on 17th November
  • The new Deep Stone Crypt raid is available on 21st November

Remember that if you only buy the standard edition of Beyond Light, you'll have to fork out an extra $10 to get the Season Pass.

I see something at the bottom of the roadmap image caught your eye, and yes, Bungie already revealed all the exotics coming initially with the Beyond Light expansion, so let's take a look at them.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light - New Exotics

Bungie has confirmed a total of 12 new exotics are coming to Destiny 2 with the initial release of Beyond Light.

For those that purchase the Season Pass, the No Time To Explain Exotic Pulse Rifle and its Catalyst will be available right from the get-go. However, if you don't acquire it, you'll have to wait until the Season ends to earn it.

No time to explain pulse rifle
(Photo: Bungie) 

Other Exotic weapons revealed include the Cloudstrike Sniper Rifle or The Lament sword. Here's the full list down below:

  • Hawkmoon
  • Cloudstrike
  • No Time to Explain
  • Duality
  • Salvation's Grip
  • The Lament
  • Icefall Mantle
  • Mask of Bakris
  • Athyrs's Embrace
  • Dawn Chorus
  • Necrotic Grip
  • Precious Scars

Check out a more in-depth look at some of them as well as requirements for how to unlock them right here!

New gear is not the only new thing that's coming to Destiny 2, we have new subclasses!

Destiny 2 Beyond Light - Stasis

Titans, Warlocks, and Hunters will gain access to a new subclass that feeds from dark energy, a first in Destiny's history. Each class will boast different abilities and supers that take advantage of these new stasis power. 

Here's a quick rundown of all three subclasses:

Warlock - Shadebinder

  • Melee: Penumbral Blast - Fire Stasis energy from your staff and freeze opponents in their tracks.
  • Super: Winter's Wrath - Summon a powerful Stasis staff whose projectiles instantly freeze their targets. Detonate the staff’s crystal to send a shockwave of destruction towards your frozen foes, shattering them in the process.

Hunter - Revenant

  • Melee - Whithering Blade: Hurl sharp-edged shuriken into the fray. These Stasis-powered projectiles bounce off multiple foes, damaging and slowing them.
  • Super - Silence  & Squall: Channel Stasis shards to form a deadly pair of Kama blades. Throw the first blade towards enemies and freeze them in place. Follow it up with the second blade which detonates on impact and creates a Stasis storm that hunts down stragglers

Titan - Behemoth

  • Melee - Shiver Strike: Launch towards the enemy, summon your Stasis gauntlet, and do what Titans do best: smash.
  • Super - Glacial Quake: Forge a mighty Stasis gauntlet and even the odds, one fist at a time. Slam the gauntlet into the ground, sending shockwaves of Stasis crystals that freeze nearby enemies. 

Destiny 2 Beyond Light New Location - Europa

The new location players will be able to visit is the snowy Europa, a frozen moon that hides secrets from humanity's Golden Age and a whole new threat for Guardians of the Light (and Dark) to overcome.

Destiny 2 Europa map
(Photo: Bungie) 

The Points of Interest of Europa in Destiny 2 Beyond Light include:

  • Eventide Ruins
  • Asterion Abyss
  • Cadmus Ridge
  • Charon's Crossing
  • Beyond

Destiny 2 Beyond Light - Content Vault

With all this new content, Bungie is preparing for a purge of old one with the introduction of the Content Vault that will take a way a huge portion of the game's current activities, which according to the developers, are just eating up at player's hard drive.

So, which content and currencies are leaving? Take a deep, and we mean DEEP breath, and get ready for the full list down below:

Destiny 2 beyond light directory
(Photo: Bungie) 

Destinations

  • Mercury
  • Mars
  • Titan
  • Io
  • The Farm
  • The Leviathan

Activities

  • Gambit Prime (merged with Gambit)
  • The Reckoning
  • Escalation Protocol
  • Black Armory Forges
  • Zero Hour
  • The Whisper
  • Crucible Game Modes: Supremacy, Countdown, Lockdown, Breakthrough, Doubles, Momentum Control, and Scorched will no longer be available for private or playlist matches.
  • Nightfall (replaced by Nightfall: The Ordeal)
  • Niobe Labs
  • The Menagerie
  • Prophecy Dungeon
  • The Tribute Hall

Campaigns

  • The Red War
  • Curse of Osiris
  • Warmind

Seasonal Narratives

  • Season of the Forge
  • Season of the Drifter
  • Season of Opulence

Raids

  • The Leviathan 
  • Eater of Worlds
  • Spire of Stars 
  • Scourge of the Past
  • Crown of Sorrow 

Exotic Quests 

  • Relics of the Golden Age
  • Sight, Shoot, Repeat.
  • Rat King's Crew
  • Legend of Acrius
  • Nodes and Protocols
  • Nascent Dawn
  • Cayde's Will
  • The Cleansing
  • A Butterfly's Grace
  • A Giant's Might
  • A Mysterious Box
  • The Essence
  • Bearer of Evil's Past
  • A Scrap of Paper
  • The Other Side

Strikes

  • A Garden World    
  • Tree of Probabilities    
  • Savathûn's Song
  • Pyramidion    
  • Festering Core    
  • Strange Terrain    
  • Will of the Thousands

Vendors

  • Ada-1
  • Benedict-66
  • Werner 99-40
  • Ana Bray
  • Sloane
  • Asher Mir
  • Brother Vance
  • Visage of Calus

Items and currencies

  • Advanced Paradox Amplifiers
  • Adventure Tokens
  • All Bounties and Quests from Season of the Forge, Season of the Drifter, and Season of Opulence
  • All Ritual and Pinnacle Weapon Quests (the gear will become available in our Monument to Lost Lights Exotic Archive)
  • Black Armory Schematic Consumables
  • Boons of Opulence
  • BrayTech Schematic
  • Cayde's Odds and Ends
  • Concentrated Radiolarian Culture
  • Dance Party Keys
  • Expired Ramen Coupons
  • Faction Wars Materials
  • Faded Card
  • Five of Swords Challenge Card
  • Forge Polymers
  • Imperials
  • Letter Fragments
  • Loot-a-Palooza Keys
  • Lost Memory Fragments
  • Modulus Report Consumables
  • Motes (Weak, Middling, Powerful): Collector, Invader, Reaper, Sentry
  • Notes From Cayde
  • Obsidian Accelerators
  • Obsidian Radiance Temper Effect (including those applied on weapons)
  • Override Frequencies
  • Paradox Amplifier
  • Radiant Matrix
  • Radiolarian Culture
  • Rasputin Armory Codes
  • Resonate Stem Consumables
  • Runefinder
  • Synths: Collector, Sentry, Invader, Reaper
  • Tokens: Dead Orbit, Future War Cult, New Monarchy
  • Transcripts
  • Treasure Maps: EDZ, Titan, Io, Nessus, Mercury, Hellas Basin (Mars)
  • Wealth of the Emperor Buffs

Now, don't fret, as some of these things might be available in the...

Destiny 2 Beyond Light - Monument to Lost Lights Exotic Archive 

destiny 2 exotic archives
(Photo: Bungie)  

Here, players may acquire various Exotics and Legendary Pinnacle/Pursuit weapons that were once available through now-retired quests. As many of these Exotics were tied to lengthy quests or difficult objectives, Bungie wanted to make sure their prices reflected those previous efforts.

No information regarding which specific quests will make their way to the Archives as of yet.

 

We hope this guide has everything you need to jump into Destiny 2 Beyond Light.

Stay tuned for more Destiny 2 content in the future!