Destiny 2 Activities

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New Light

Once players create a Destiny 2 Character, the New Light quest will begin. Some missions will require or recommend specific Character Power levels.

DPS-Icon_New-Light_96x96.png Through New Light quest steps, players will progress through the Destiny 2 locations and activities to earn experience and unlock destinations and new activities. Many Destiny 2 features are unlocked as quest steps are completed. 

For information on how to play through New Light, please refer to this guide.

Destination Activities

As players progress through the New Light campaign, they will unlock Destinations that hold multiple activities. Some activities will require progression in the New Light campaign to unlock, while others will require specific Character Power Level in order to participate.

Public Events

Public_Event.jpg Public Events are available on each Destination once they have been unlocked. All players in a public space are eligible to participate in a Public Event and potentially earn rewards for their participation. At the Director level, players may see when Public Events are set to occur by hovering their cursor over the Event node. If they wish to invite other players within the Destination to participate, they may interact with an in-game Public Event Flag to set a waypoint for all to see.

Public Spaces

Social.jpg Once a player has unlocked a Destination, they will also unlock access to unique Vendors specific to that location.  Each vendor will offer specific Quests and Rewards. Additionally, players will unlock access to Social Spaces, such as The Tower, during the New Light quest. There are a variety of Vendors in the Social Spaces, as well as Vaults and Collections. For additional information, please see the Destiny 2 Inventory Management Guide.


Destinations hold a variety of other activities for players to engage with, each having specific character requirements, and granting Destination rewards.

Lost Sectors




Once players have met Lord Shaxx, he will grant access to the Crucible. This activity consists of multiple playlists. For additional information, please see below:


Quickplay.jpg Control the zones. Every zone captured awards the team 1 point. Defeating opponents while controlling more zones awards the team more points. First team to 150 points wins. 


Fight and eliminate all opponents in a 3v3 round-based game mode.

Weekly Rotator

The Weekly Rotator playlist features a variety of Game Modes that can be played solo or with a fireteam. The mode changes each week at the weekly reset.
The following Game Modes are found in the Weekly Rotator playlist in Destiny 2: 
Clash: Defeat enemy guardians. Every opponent defeated awards the team 1 point. The first team to 150 points wins. 
Mayhem: The rules are similar to Clash, but Supers and abilities have an increased recharge rate, Power Ammo can be found more commonly, and respawn time is decreased.
Showdown: Take out the enemy as many times as you can within the time limit to win each round, best 3 out of 5.


Defeat enemy guardians in a no teams free-for-all battle, where whoever eliminates the most guardians wins.

Glory: Survival

Crucible.jpg In this 3v3 round-based Game Mode, players on a team share a pool of lives. Being defeated costs the team 1 life. Defeating an opponent costs their team 1 life. The last team with lives remaining wins the round and is awarded 1 point. The first team to 4 points wins the match. 

Freelance Glory: Survival

The Freelance Survival playlist has a similar game mode to the above Survival playlist, but this playlist is specifically for solo players without a fireteam.

For more information on the seasonal Crucible ranking and the Iron Banner Crucible mode, please follow the links below:


While progressing through the New Light Campaign, players will unlock access to Strikes.

Strike.jpg Strikes are a matchmaking enabled playlist that will form Fireteams of up to 3 players to complete objectives and defeat higher difficulty encounters within Destiny 2. Strikes will present challenges within the matchmade playlist, along with rewards at the end of each activity.