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Destiny 2 - Beginners Guide (2019)

Written by Saul   /   Updated: Oct 1, 2019    

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Welcome, Guardians to Destiny 2. We’re in our third year and there’s plenty to be learned. Destiny 2 is a multiplayer first-person shooter with deep lore and expansive worlds, oriented around gathering loot to power-up your character.

Classes and Armour 2.0

Destiny 2 has three classes:

  • Hunter
  • Titan
  • Warlock

Each class has its own unique abilities. Likewise, each class has exclusive armour pieces. Weapons, however, are accessible for all classes.

Which class you choose is personal preference based on a few factors. These can include, how you wish to look, how you wish to play the game, what classes your friends are playing.

There is no punishment for playing the same class as your friends, yet, certain situations may benefit from having different classes. Similarly, there is no ‘best’ class. Some perform better at specific moments than others, but they are well-rounded and personal preference should be the primary factor in helping you decided which class to play.

Each class has a set of subclasses which alter their abilities. This allows the player to tailor their experience to a desired style of play.

In Destiny 2, you can create three characters. This allows you to create a character of each class should you so choose.


The Hunter is focused on being agile and has the highest natural mobility stat of any class. This means the Hunter can jump the highest, walk the fastest, and strafe the fastest.

The Hunter subclasses are:

  • Arcstrider
  • Gunslinger
  • Nightstalker

Hunter’s play like a traditional assassin/rogue. The Hunter’s class ability is Dodge which allows the player to quickly evade fire while reloading.


The Titan is focused on strength and has the highest natural resilience stat of any class. This means the Titan has the most health.

The Titan subclasses are:

  • Striker
  • Sentinel
  • Sunbreaker

Titans play like a traditional tank/bruiser. They have a strong melee attack which is lethal at close range. The Titan’s class ability is Barrier which creates cover for the player and their allies.


The Warlock is focused on healing and has the highest natural recovery stat of any class. This means the Warlock will be the fastest to start regenerating health after suffering damage.

The Warlock subclasses are:

  • Dawnblade
  • Stormcaller
  • Voidwalker

Warlocks play like a traditional support. The Warlock’s class ability is Rift which creates an area of affect to heal or provide buffs to the player and their allies.

Whilst each class has the highest natural level of its respective attribute, through equipping armour and mods the attributes can be raised on any class.

Armour 2.0

There are six character stats:

  • Resilience
  • Mobility
  • Recovery
  • Discipline
  • Intellect
  • Strength

These stats and their effects be viewed to the right of the character on the character screen.

They operate on a tier-based basis. For example, the effect of having 61 points in Recovery will be no different to having 69 points in Recovery because they are both values of the sixth tier.

Each class also has unique abilities and unique ‘Supers’ which can be used to devastating effect. Since the customisation of abilities isn’t locked, it is best to try out each subclass and discover what you like the most and feel suits your style of play.

Your character will become stronger as you level up, and your Power Level increases.

Levels, Power Levels, and How to Increase Them

Starting out in Destiny 2, levels needn’t be your primary concern. They will come naturally as you advance through the campaign. Killing enemies and completing missions/activities will grant you experience which increases your level.

Once you have reached the maximum level, currently 50, you will continue to receive experience as before but upon filling the experience bar you will receive a Bright Engram rather than a level.

The Power Level, displayed in blue alongside your character on the character screen, is the average value of the Power Level’s of your gear. Equipping gear with a higher Power Level with increase the overall value which dictates how strong you are.

Attaining gear with a higher Power Level is easy at the beginning of the game. It will happen naturally as you play the story and complete activities and events.

Further into the game, higher Power Level drops will be sparser. Once you find it harder to increase your Power Level, you should start doing weekly challenges and milestones. At this point, blue-tier gear becomes insignificant.

If you have a particular item you like because of the mods or look etc. but it is a low Power Level, it is possible to infuse it with another item of the same slot to increase the Power Level to that of the sacrificial item. This process costs materials and glimmer and will destroy the higher Power Level item.

Enemies also have levels. An enemy whose level is too high for the player to fight will have a skull displayed beside their name.

The levels of enemies will scale once the player surpasses them to keep the game competitive.


  • Adventures / Heroic Adventures (PvE)
  • The Blind Well (PvE)
  • Escalation Protocol (PvE)
  • Flashpoints (PvE)
  • Gambit (PvE/PvP)
  • Lost Forges (PvE)
  • Lost Sectors (PvE)
  • The Menagerie (PvE)
  • Public Events / Heroic Public Events (PvE)
  • Crucible / Iron Banner (PvP)
  • Raids (PvE)
  • Strikes / Nightfall (PvE)


The main currency of Destiny 2 is glimmer.

There are also legendary shards, bright dust, infusion shards, and materials.

Currencies can be earned from any activity in the game with glimmer being the most common.

Glimmer will drop from enemies and be deposited to the player.

Legendary shards can be attained by dismantling legendary items.

Materials can be found in their respective areas and can be earned from NPCs and dismantling.

Bright dust can be earned from challenges.


Engrams are the die-like boxes which contain items. Engrams are dropped by enemies and as rewards for completing activities.

There are four types of engram you will encounter.

  • Decoherent (Blue) which contain rare gear.
  • Legendary (Purple) which contain legendary gear.
  • Exotic (Yellow) which contain exotic gear.
  • Bright (White) engrams which contain cosmetic gear, bright dust, ghosts, sparrows, and ships.

Decoherent and Legendary engrams will open automatically, and the gear will be deposited in your inventory. Exotic and bright engrams can be opened (decrypted) in the social space by Master Rahool and Tess Everis, respectively.

If you fail to collect an engram while playing, it will be kept by the Postmaster in the social space until you retrieve it.


Exotic weapons and armour come from yellow engrams and are the rarest items in the game.

You can only have one Exotic weapon and one Exotic armour piece equipped at any given time.

Because they are the rarest items, each Exotic has a unique ability which will be displayed on the character screen and should be read.

Weapons and Ammunition

Destiny 2 features three weapon slots.

  • Kinetic (Top/White) weapons are effective against enemies without shields.
  • Energy (Middle/Green) weapons are effective against enemies with shields.
  • Power (Bottom/Purple) weapons are effective against everything.

It is best to match the weapon of each slot to the appropriate enemy.

For instance, using a Kinetic weapon against an enemy with only a red health bar and no shield will be most effective. Comparatively, using an Energy weapon against the same enemy will still damage them, but the damage output will be lower compare to a Kinetic Weapon.

All Energy and Power weapons have an element type.

  • Arc (Blue)
  • Solar (Orange)
  • Void (Purple)

The shields of enemies will also have an element type. As with the weapon types, it is most effective to match the element type of your weapon, to the corresponding element of the enemy.

For instance, an Energy weapon of the Void element will be very effective against an enemy with a purple shield but will be less effective against an enemy with a blue or orange shield.

When defeating an enemy shield with a weapon of the corresponding element, the shield will burst causing additional damage to that enemy and surrounding enemies.

Power weapons are very strong and accordingly should be saved for powerful enemies.

Each weapon slot has corresponding ammunition which can be identified by its colour. Power weapon ammo is the scarcest and will typically only drop from enemies with a yellow health bar.

In Crucible (PvP), the weapon types are insignificant. However, Energy weapons will do more damage to an opponent in their super than a Kinetic weapon.


In the social space you will find several NPCs to interact with. They operate as everything from quest givers to vendors. Similarly, you can collect challenges from them which will reward you upon completing the given parameters.

The social space NPCs include:

  • Amanda Holliday
  • Arach Jalaal
  • Banshee-44
  • Benedict 99-40
  • Commander Zavala
  • Executor Hideo
  • Ikora Rey
  • Lakshmi-2
  • Lord Saladin (Temporarily)
  • Lord Shaxx
  • Master Rahool
  • Suraya Hawthorne
  • Tess Everis
  • The Drifter
  • Xur (Temporarily)

NPCs can also be found on planets/areas. They will give you quests.

The area NPCs include:

  • Asher Mir (Io)
  • Brother Vance (Mercury)
  • Devrim Kay (Earth)
  • Failsafe (Nessus)
  • Sloane (Titan)
  • Xur (Various (Temporary))


  • WASD to move
  • Left Mouse to shoot
  • Right Mouse to ADS
  • R to reload
  • F to use super ability
  • V to use class ability
  • Spacebar to jump
  • Shift to sprint
  • Ctrl to crouch
  • E to melee
  • G to interact
  • Q to throw grenade
  • Tab to access Ghost
  • F1 to open character menu
  • 1 to access Kinetic weapon
  • 2 to access Energy weapon
  • 3 to access Power weapon

Written by Saul.

Game:   Destiny 2