Players of the original Destiny will be very familiar with what their Light level is and what it means to their journey through Destiny 2. However, Bungie has changed things up slightly and altered Light to Power. It works the same way as it used to, but for some odd reason a different term was in order. So, for the sake of clarity, when we talk about the Light level cap in Destiny 2 we’re also talking about the Power level cap. The terms are interchangeable.
Destiny 2 Power Level Cap
With each content release, the Power level cap in Destiny 2 increases, and as of right now, the new Power level cap is 650. This, however, is a level that is obtained by completing end game activities, so don’t expect to max out by playing the story campaign. Progression in Destiny 2 is going to be much more involved than running through the story missions, players will need to partake in some of the most challenging end-game activities to level up reasonably fast or simply grind out milestones each week. To reach the max Light and Power level in Destiny 2, focus on earning Powerful gear Engrams that are awarded from the weekly Milestones, play the game to earn Prime engrams, and complete end-game content like the Shattered Throne and Last Wish raid.
The importance of Light (or Power) level in Destiny 2 is your ability to deal and take damage against higher level enemies and in higher level events. Most events will have a recommended Power level, and anyone below that level will be in some trouble. If you’re Power (or Light) level is greater than the amount advised for the event, you’ll likely find an easier time getting through.
Light level and Power level is calculated by the score of your gear in Destiny 2. For example, if every piece of armor and every weapon your Guardian has equipped is 100, your Power or Light level would be 100. Your overall Light or Power is a calculation based on the level of each piece of gear you have.
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