How to get Prime Engrams in Destiny 2

Gain more powerful gear by farming for Prime Engrams in Destiny 2: Forsaken.


Engrams are a primary source of increasing power and damage in Destiny 2, and with the release of Forsaken, a new addition has joined the polyhedral line-up: the Prime Engram. These new Powerful Engrams are thanks to the efforts of Master Rahool, the Cryptarch in the Tower. At first, players might not even realize what they are, but they will quickly want to know how to get more Prime Engrams once their value is made known.

How to get Prime Engrams

Prime Engrams take on a similar appearance to Legendary Engrams with the only difference being they do not auto-decrypt on pick-up. Instead, Prime Engrams go directly into the Engram slot, have a white glow in the center (similar to a Powerful Engram), can only be decrypted at a Cryptarch, and will grant a piece of gear at a higher Power level than the item in the slot for which it dropped.

These new Prime Engrams only begin dropping once players reach Level 50 and receive their first one from the Cryptarch in the Tower. From this point on, players will have a chance at getting a Prime Engram from defeating powerful enemies and completing Crucible matches.

It’s worth playing each day until the Prime Attunement buff disappears or deactivates, because as long as the buff is there, the chance of getting a Prime Engram remains. A good method of farming Prime Engrams is to complete Lost Sectors, Heroic Public Events (like the Cryo-Pod or Ether Harvest on the Tangled Shore), Wanted bounties, or even high-level targets in missions. This is one of the many ways players can now acquire powerful gear in order to level up to become raid ready.

Players looking to increase their power level should also spend some time unlocking Ace of Spades and getting the Chaperone, as Exotic weapons typically drop at a high Power level compared to player level. Be sure to check out the Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide for more walkthroughs and helpful farming articles.

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