The journey to max Power in Season of Opulence in Destiny 2 can be as casual or sweaty as you make it. Some players might like to move slowly and work through the content at a leisurely pace but there are those who want to be raid-ready on the first day. For that latter group of players, there’s a lot of work to be done beforehand.
Before we get into the meat of it, it’s important to credit and give kudos to the incredible efforts of the Destiny 2 community. JpDeathBlade has put together a comprehensive list of tasks to complete before and after Season of Opulence begins. Similarly, Sweatcicle has a detailed checklist for those looking to min/max leveling with three characters.
All Challenges that reward Powerful Engrams
There are over 30 ways for you to acquire Powerful engrams in Destiny 2. These are available across all activities and range from completing weekly quests, finishing matches, and turning in bounties. Completing all of these on a single character should be enough to bump your Power up a reasonable amount, but for the best results, you can complete these on two or three characters.
This table does not include Prime engrams, Exotic engrams, or Exotic quests, all of which guarantee to increase your Power. If at any point during the completion of these challenges you receive a Prime engram, immediately decrypt it.
|Ada-1||Recipe for Success: Forge two Powerful weapon frames||Weekly||3 Powerful|
|Forge two Powerful weapon frames||Weekly|
|Hawthorne||Clan Rewards: 5,000 XP||Weekly||5 Powerful|
|Crucible, Nightfall, Gambit, and Raid completion clan engrams||Weekly|
|Ikora||Guardian of All: complete 20 bounties||Weekly||1 Powerful|
|Drifter||Gambit Prime Bounty: Role-specific||Weekly||2 Powerful|
|Gambit Bounty: Random objective||Weekly|
|Vanguard||3 Heroic Story missions||Weekly||5 Powerful|
|3 Heroic Strikes with matched subclasses||Weekly|
|Nightfall Strike 100,000 Score||Weekly|
|Gambit||1 Gambit Match||Daily||4 Powerful|
|3 Gambit Matches||Weekly|
|4 Gambit Prime Matches||Weekly|
|Crucible||1 Crucible Match||Daily||2 Powerful|
|5 Crucible Matches||Weekly|
|Flashpoint||Heroic Adventure||Daily||2 Powerful|
|Tangled Shore||Spider’s Wanted Bounty||Weekly||1 Powerful|
|Dreaming City||World Quest||Weekly||7 Powerful|
|War for the Dreaming City quest||Weekly|
|Heroic Blind Well first completion||Weekly|
|Gateway Between Worlds quest||Weekly|
|2 Petra Venj weekly bounties||Weekly|
|Total Powerful Engrams: 32|
Before Season of Opulence
There are a few tasks you can complete in the lead-up to Season of Opulence to make the grind to max Power easier. These tasks can be tackled at any time, but the sooner the better.
The aim of these is to have your game poised in such a way that doing minimal work rewards you with the more Powerful gear – that is to say, more bang for your buck. Alternatively, it’s also to ensure you have ample resources available to create builds on the fly as you’re tackling the new raid, Crown of Sorrow.
One of the most important things you can do prior to Season of Opulence is to unlock the Outbreak Perfected Catalyst and charge it with the configuration puzzle in the Heroic Zero Hour mission. However, if you’ve yet to even get Outbreak Perfected, it could be a good idea to save it for the last thing you do, as it should drop at a high power.
Stock up on resources
Resources in Destiny 2 are extremely important, even more so at the launch of a new season. With new weapons to use and lots of opportunity to infuse, you will want a good supply of everything.
- Enhancement Cores
- Legendary Shards
- Planetary Materials
- Raid Banners
- Ballistic logs
- Ghost Fragments
- Tincture of Queensfoil
Ballistic logs will be needed to forge weapons for Ada-1 at the start of the new season. By having two saved, you can avoid the hassle of grinding out a couple of bounties. Make sure you use these on June 4 to purchase a powerful weapon frame before heading out to complete challenges.
Similarly, Ghost Fragments are useful for purchasing the Wanted bounties from Spider. You can transfer Ghost Fragments out of your inventory and into the Vault to circumvent the 20-item limit. If you’re just leveling one character, you only need enough to purchase a single bounty.
As for the Tincture of Queensfoil, you will want to ensure you have a few of these for the Ascendant Challenge, which should be Keep of Honed Edges in the Harbinger’s Seclude.
In the event your Enhancement Core collection is embarrassingly low, there is a trick you can use to increase your supply. You will want to ensure you have ample Legendary Shards. Head to Spider in the Tangled Shore and purchase as many Simulation Seeds as you can. Go to Brother Vance in Mercury and use the Simulation Seeds to receive rank-up packages. Dismantle everything you get from Brother Vance.
The way this works is that each time you level up Brother Vance, you will get a Legendary weapon, which may be Masterworked. If it’s a Masterwork weapon, it is guaranteed to drop at least one Enhancement Core. To sweeten the deal further, everything you dismantle – including shaders – will drop Legendary Shards, so you should walk away with roughly 70-80% of your Legendary Shards.
Leave Engrams at vendors
A strategy for giving yourself more powerful gear on June 4th will be to leave engrams sitting at a vendor ready to collect. These engrams drop at your power level when you pick them up, and because they aren’t technically in your inventory, they aren’t locked to 700 Power.
The Flashpoint for May 28 is scheduled to be Io. For the May 28 weekly reset, complete the Flashpoint but do not collect the engram from Asher. It will sit in his inventory even after the weekly reset on June 4. You will need to do the same with Ikora. Complete 20 bounties and leave the engram sitting in her inventory.
Save completed bounties
Preparing for the release of Season of Opulence means saving various bounties to hand-in once reset rolls over. The reason you want to save these bounties is that you can very quickly complete a vendor’s weekly challenge, which often requires you to complete several daily bounties.
Ensure you save the following bounties:
- 7 Dreaming City bounties (No Lost Sectors)
- 3 Hawthorne Clan bounties
- 7 Ada-1 bounties
The reason you want 7 Dreaming City bounties is so that the 8th bounty can be from the new season. There are reports that if all 8 are from the previous season, then the Powerful reward will be locked to the previous season’s power level. As for not doing the Lost Sector, it’s because this is the fastest bounty to complete, so you want to save it as your 8th.
Another bounty you can edge is the Offering to the Oracle. Grab this bounty from Petra Venj on May 28 and then complete a single Heroic Blind Well offering (tier 4). Doing this will have it at 50% complete, meaning one more Tier 4 will charge it fully on June 4.
After Season of Opulence begins
As soon as Season of Opulence goes live, you will want to begin the process of collecting bounties, turning bounties in, claiming engrams, and finishing Challenges.
Go to the Tower and pick up all the bounties that reward Powerful gear from Ada-1 and the Drifter. Then, start turning in the Ada-1 bounties you saved. Completing these bounties counts toward your 20 bounties for Ikora. From here, you can begin the process of visiting patrol zones, collecting bounties, picking up engrams, and completing challenges.
- Spider for the Wanted Bounty
- Asher for the Powerful engram
- Dreaming City for Petra’s bounties and the 7 you saved
With all the bounties collected, you can now start crossing things off of the list. Ideally, you will want to start with the three main activities: Vanguard, Crucible, and Gambit. These will take the longest and reward the smallest bump in Power. Completing these will net you roughly 11 Powerful engrams based on activity completion alone. If you’ve collected bounties from Drifter and completed them, you will receive even more Powerful gear.
From here, aim to complete the Flashpoint on Mercury and then shift to igniting forges. The best forge is no doubt Bergusia, as it can potentially drop Jotunn, which would mean another nice bump in Power. Ensure you have a Powerful weapon frame charged before going in.
The last task should be everything in the Dreaming City. This area rewards the most Powerful gear, and with 7 Powerful drops, you should hopefully see your Power creeping up beyond 715. If you have the time, a run through the Shattered Throne will yield even more drops.
It’s also worth noting that Exotic weapon quests and Prime engrams are an excellent means of bumping up Power. Saving Exotic quests to the final moments to complete will guarantee you a weapon at high Power. If you’ve yet to get Last Word, Thorn, or Outbreak Prime, unlock them last.
The Crown of Sorrow raid has a recommended Power of 715, which will only increase with each boss and encounter. While there’s no guaranteed number you’ll reach, if you get to or over 715, you should be pleased.
Keep in mind, this guide simply covers leveling up a single character. If you want to get your Power higher, even more work is required. Depending on how much time you want to invest, you can min/max this process by completing it with three characters, saving your main until last. This will ensure your primary Guardian reaches the highest Power possible at the start of Season of Opulence in Destiny 2. Check out the Shacknews Destiny 2 guide for more walkthroughs and tips!