‘Destiny 2’: Pinnacle Engrams Are Getting A Much, Much Needed Buff

Forbes 1 month ago
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If you have spent the past few weeks beating your head against Destiny 2’s oppressive 950-960 “pinnacle” grind, I’ve got good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that you spent the past few weeks beating your head against Destiny 2’s oppressive 950-960 pinnacle grind, and that’s a tough thing for anyone to realize. The good news is that things are about to get easier. Bungie is making the system less horrible, as per this week’s blog post:

“We’re not hitting our goals for the availability of rewards in all slots for the pinnacle-level rewards. You may have experienced getting duplicate Energy weapon drops from these sources, which is compounded by the need to get a drop in all slots in order to gain enough Power to raise your character’s overall Power by 1. To mitigate this, we have increased the Power granted by pinnacle rewards to +2 instead of +1.”

Bungie also notes that this won’t go into effect until next Thursday, so you should avoid opening next week’s Pinnacle Engrams until after that. Doesn’t do us a whole lot of good this week, so open away.

It sounds, for someone not enmeshed in this grind, like a small change. Just one power level! But here’s the thing: your power level is only going to go up to 951 if every single piece of gear you’ve got is up at 951. Which means, under the old system, that you are never going to get a piece of 952 gear until you’ve filled every single slot with 951 gear. That makes the process of obtaining that last slot excruciating, because you’ve only got a 1/8 chance of getting what you want and a very limited number of dice rolls each week.

With this new system, you only need 4 pieces of 952 gear to raise your average to to 951, at which point you’ll start getting 953 gear, and so on and so forth. It means that you’re significantly less likely to find yourself in a situation where you’re opening up multiple weeks’ worth of pinnacle engrams and just cursing the sky because you can’t ever seem to roll that 951 hat you’ve been wanting.

I’ll be honest, I had totally given up on the pinnacle grind after hitting 950: I’ve done the raid and was planning on getting a full set of armor out of that if possible, but the old system was too long and too painful for me to be able to assign valuable mental space towards being dissapointed by it. Now? Sure, I’ll push that number up a bit with the limited number of pinnacle activities available to me. I’d like to ease things up for that 980 master nightfall, after all.


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