With the release of the Bad Juju Exotic Pulse Rifle in Destiny 2 on July 9, 2019, players who wanted to blitz through the Invitation from the Emperor quest found themselves spending a lot of resources. Legendary Shards, one of the most in-demand currencies in the game, took a particularly hard hit since it’s used to buy just about everything. That was some time ago, but you just never know when you'll need thousands of Legendary Shards at your disposal. Here’s how to farm Legendary Shards in Destiny 2 if you’re running low for any reason at all.
Last updated on June 29, 2020 at 4:55 p.m. EDT.
Purge the Vault
The best place to start hunting for Legendary Shards is somewhere that you probably don’t pay a lot of attention to, which is your vault. If you’re like my fireteam, you keep loads of junk in there that you’ll not need again. Have a look through for anything Year 1 that can be pulled from Collections later. Blow it all up for three (four, in certain circumstances) Legendary Shards each. Look for any Exotic armor or weapons that you can pull from out of Collections at a higher Power level down the line. Blow all those up for five (six, in certain circumstances) Legendary Shards each. Next, grab any weapon that isn’t something you’ll ever use (maybe do some research first), doesn’t have a good roll, and dismantle it. Those should also provide a small bump in Legendary Shards, but you probably want more.
If you’re like me, and I hope you are, you have several stacks of 999 Gunsmith Materials sitting in your vault. I like to keep about 3,000 or so on hand, but some players have more. If you’re desperate for those Legendary Shards, turn them in to Banshee-44. If you have 3,000, that will get you 30 packages from the Gunsmith, which will be 30 weapons minimum, and theoretically that will turn into 90 or more Legendary Shards. Be on the lookout for Truthteller, though, which is possibly replacing Mountaintop when it gets sunset next season.
Should you have stacks of 40 or 50 Legendary shaders, consider purging them into stacks of 20, as you probably won’t need more than that in the short term. Head to Master Rahool in the Tower and start dismantling shaders that will give you Legendary Shards. 30 shaders from a single unwanted stack will turn into 30 Legendary Shards. I made 185 Legendary Shards in two minutes using this method. Feel free to blow up anything you find ugly and wouldn't be caught dead in.
Once again, I like to save resources that I don’t need to spend now, so I found myself walking around with tokens for most of the NPC representatives on each planet. In some cases, I had more than 500 tokens. Turning in 500 tokens to Failsafe, for example, would result in 25 packages from her, which would result in a minimum of 75 Legendary Shards if you blew up everything she gave you, and that’s not including the shaders you’d also acquire. If you’re hoarding tokens but desperately need Legendary Shards, turn them in so you can blow up the gear. This is especially true for any planet that's being removed after Season of Arrivals.
As someone who always keeps thousands of Legendary Shards on hand, Spider is a daily visit for me. He will often sell planetary materials for Legendary Shards, but he also sells Legendary Shards for Glimmer. If you have 250,000 Glimmer, consider buying a few Legendary Shards from Spider. 100,000 will get you 20 Legendary Shards. Now, that said, this shouldn’t be used for things like the Tribute Hall in Destiny 2. The Tribute Hall will required hundreds of Legendary Shards but buying Tributes will also cost Glimmer and planetary materials. Only use Spider for Legendary Shards if you’re about to jump into a raid and need to infuse something right now. Spider should not be used on a large scale if you’re in need of Legendary Shards.
Legendary Shard Dismantle Bonus
For those that pay for the season pass in Destiny 2, ranking it up to 20 will unlock the Legendary Shard Dismantle Bonus. This means that if you are dismantling Legendary gear, you get four Legendary Shards instead of three. If you are dismantling Exotic gear, you get six Legendary Shards instead of five. I wouldn't buy the seaosn pass for this reason alone, obviously, but it's a cool perk if you're already planning to pick it up. It's also a benefit that will likely prevent you from running out of Legendary Shards in the future, since you'll gain hundreds more than you would have without this benefit.
Play Destiny 2
I really hate this one, but it’s true. You can’t possibly get thousands of Legendary Shards without playing the game for hundreds of hours and spending your resources wisely. There might be things you can do, but for those to be available (such as turning in 3,000 Gunsmith Materials), you must play the game and earn resources for trade.
Now that you have a decent handle on how to farm Legendary Shards, visit the Destiny 2 strategy guide for more help with everything a Guardian could need.
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