All Seasons and release date order - Destiny 2

Discover the release date and order of each Season in Destiny 2, from the time the game first launched to the latest Season announced.


Destiny 2 has received about a dozen Seasons since its release. Every few months, a new Season begins, giving players new Power to chase, Exotics to unlock, and hopefully, new and exciting activities to experience. It can get a bit murky after all these years for any players looking to think back on a Season or work out how many there are. To help with this, below you’ll find a list of every Season in Destiny 2, in order, as well as a brief description of what it included. Expect for this guide to be updated every few months.

Last updated on November 27, 2023.

All Seasons in Destiny 2

There are technically 20 Seasons in Destiny 2, with the seasonal model officially beginning after the release of Forsaken. Before then, Bungie was still utilizing a traditional DLC release schedule. Though they weren't officially called Seasons until much later, the base game and the first few DLC drops were retroactively numbered and are considered Seasons by Bungie and the community. 

Each Season typically brings with it some new stories, Exotics to chase, and better gear to unlock. Bungie has also taken to releasing a new dungeon and a new/reprised raid on alternating seasons.

With the launch of The Final Shape, Bungie shifted away from the traditional Seasonal model and name and referred to them as Episodes. For simplicity, I've still used the traditional S-number format for these Episodes to keep it consistent.

Use the below Destiny 2 Season names to jump to the appropriate Season and read a brief overview of what it introduced. Some of these Seasons will be blank, pending further information and announcements from Bungie.

All Seasons in Destiny 2
Year Season Number & Name Start Date End Date Duration Power/Pinnacle Power
Year 1
Destiny 2
S1: Red War September 6, 2017 on console, October 24, 2017 on PC December 5, 2017 90 days
42 days
(305 with mods)
S2: Curse of Osiris December 5, 2017 May 8, 2018 154 days 330
(335 with mods)
S3: Warmind May 8, 2018 September 4, 2018 119 days 380
(385 with mods)
Year 2
S4: Season of the Outlaw September 4, 2018 December 4, 2018 91 days 600
S5: Season of the Forge December 4, 2018 March 5, 2019 91 days 650
S6: Season of the Drifter March 5, 2019 June 4, 2019 91 days 700
S7: Season of Opulence June 4, 2019 October 1, 2019 119 days 750
Year 3
S8: Season of the Undying October 1, 2019 December 10, 2019 70 days 950/960
S9: Season of Dawn December 10, 2019 March 10, 2020 91 days 960/970
S10: Season of the Worthy March 10, 2020 June 9, 2020 91 days 1000/1010
S11: Season of Arrivals June 9, 2020 November 10, 2020 154 days 1050/1060
Year 4
Beyond Light
S12: Season of the Hunt November 10, 2020 February 9, 2021 91 days 1250/1260
S13: Season of the Chosen February 9, 2021 May 11, 2021 91 days 1300/1310
S14: Season of the Splicer May 11, 2021 August 24, 2021 105 days 1310/1320
S15: Season of the Lost August 24, 2021 February 22, 2022 182 days 1320/1330
Year 5
The Witch Queen
S16: Season of the Risen February 22, 2022 May 24, 2022 91 days 1550/1560
S17: Season of the Haunted May 24, 2022 August 23, 2022 91 days 1560/1570
S18: Season of Plunder August 23, 2022 December 6, 2022 105 days 1570/1580 
S19: Season of the Seraph December 6, 2022  February 28, 2023 84 days 1580/1590 
Year 6
S20: Season of Defiance February 28, 2023 May 22, 2023 89 days 1800/1810
S21: Season of the Deep May 22, 2023 August 22, 2023 92 days 1800/1810
S22: Season of the Witch August 22, 2023 November 28, 2023 98 days 1800/1810
S23: Season of the Wish November 28, 2023 June 4, 2024 189 days 1800/1810
Year 7
The Final Shape
S24: Episode 1: Echoes June 4, 2024 Pending...  Pending...   Pending... 
S25: Episode 2: Revenant Pending...  Pending...  Pending...   Pending... 
S26: Episode 3: Heresey Pending...  Pending...  Pending...   Pending... 

Season 1: Destiny 2 base – Year 1

Season 1 Destiny 2 base game
The war with the Red Legion saw players lose their Light.

Destiny 2 originally launched back on September 6, 2017, on console and then on PC on October 24, 2017. This base game introduced players to new mechanics, a double-primary weapon setup, as well as other new and strange changes from the original game. Players would fight against Ghaul and the Red Legion, ultimately defeating the Cabal leader, and seeing the Traveler wake up from its slumber. It was here that players got their first glimpse of the Pyramid ships that would eventually be the focus of Shadowkeep some two years later.

  • Power cap: 300 (305 with mods)
  • Raid: Leviathan

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Season 2: Curse of Osiris

Destiny 2 Season 2 Curse of Osiris
Curse of Osiris was a difficult moment for Destiny 2.

Curse of Osiris was the first DLC added to Destiny 2 on December 5, 2017, and is often considered the lowest point in the series. Players were jetted off to Mercury, where they helped Brother Vance and Osiris fight against Panoptes, a Vex Mind. Aside from forging a few weapons, there was really nothing going on in this season.

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Season 3: Warmind

Destiny 2 Season 3 Warmind

Warmind was the third and final mini-DLC released on May 8, 2018, before Bungie shifted to a seasonal model. Warmind took players back to Mars, where they helped Ana Bray and Rasputin take on a Hive worm god. The big appeal of this season was Escalation Protocol, a pseudo-wave defense activity, as well as the brutally-challenging quest, The Whisper, which rewarded Whisper of the Worm, a new version of Black Hammer/Black Spindle.

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Season 4: Forsaken / Season of the Outlaw – Year 2

Destiny 2 Season 4 Forsaken Season of the Outlaw

Released on September 4, 2018, Forsaken marked the first massive shift in direction of Destiny 2 and started Year 2. This major expansion changed just about every facet of the game, and is often considered Destiny 2’s own “The Taken King”. It also marked the introduction of a new end-game activity called a dungeon. These three-player activities are a mini-raid of sorts, demanding high Power levels, skill, and puzzle-solving. Those seeking more PVE-cross-PVP content were rewarded with Gambit, a mode that tasks two teams with defeating PVE combatants and invading the other team's world for a bit of PVP.

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Season 5: Season of the Forge

Destiny 2 Season 5 Season of the Forge

Season of the Forge was the first time a piece of DLC was officially classified as a "Season" and was released on December 4, 2018. Though there was a rocky launch with players unable to experience the first new activity due to a demanding Power requirement, Season of the Forge offered plenty of new gear for players to chase. This Season also went by the title, Black Armory.

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Season 6: Season of the Drifter

Destiny 2 Season 6 Season of the Drifter
Who'd of thought that the sly Drifter would become such an integral part of the Destiny 2 story?

Season of the Drifter was released on March 5, 2019. This Season was also known as Joker’s Wild. Though light on new PVE activities, Season of the Drifter’s main focus was on Gambit, and the newly-introduced Gambit Prime and The Reckoning. Players were also able to unlock Outbreak Perfected, an Exotic Pulse Rifle that was called Outbreak Prime back in the original Destiny.

  • Power cap: 700

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Season 7: Season of Opulence

Destiny 2 Season 7 Season of Opulence

Season of Opulence was the next Season to join the ranks of Destiny 2 on June 4, 2019. The Season was an instant-success thanks to The Menagerie, a new PVE activity that allowed players to farm the exact weapon they wanted. The story also shined more light on the jubilant Emperor Calus and his Leviathan ship, which had been overrun with Hive.

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Season 8: Shadowkeep / Season of the Undying – Year 3

Destiny 2 Season 8 Shadowkeep Season of the Undying

Shadowkeep was the second major expansion to hit Destiny 2 on October 1, 2019, and sets in motion Year 3. Though not as impressive as Forsaken, Shadowkeep seemed to finally hit some story notes players had been waiting for since the base game released two years prior. Players came face-to-face with the Darkness and its Pyramid ships, which would path the way for future releases.

The release of Shadowkeep also kicked off a new Season, Season of the Undying, which introduced a 100-rank Season Pass for the first time and a new mechanic, the seasonal artifact. This artifact would allow players to gain as much Power as they could by gaining exponentially more XP. Players would also be able to chase higher Power levels with a new Pinnacle system, which would grant 10 Power above the Season's soft cap, a difficult task for even the veteran players.

This Season also marked the release of a free version of Destiny 2 called New Light.

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Season 9: Season of Dawn

Destiny 2 Season 9 Season of Dawn

Season of Dawn was released on December 10, 2019, and took players back to Mercury for the first time since Curse of Osiris. This time, the story was far more impressive, with players rescuing Saint-14 (a legendary figure players have discussed since the original title) from the time-bending Vex.

  • Power cap: 960 (970 with Pinnacle gear)

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Season 10: Season of the Worthy

Destiny 2 Season 10 Season of the Worthy

Season of the Worthy was the tenth season added to Destiny 2 on March 10, 2020. The primary focus of this season was Trials of Osiris, the new Seraph Tower public event, and the Seraph Bunkers. This Season culminated with the Warmind Rasputin destroying the Cabal-controlled ship, The Almighty, in Destiny 2’s first live event.

  • Power cap: 1000 (1010 with Pinnacle gear)

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Season 11: Season of Arrivals

Destiny 2 Season 11 Season of Arrivals

Though the previous seasons were by no means unpopular, Destiny 2 really hit another stride when Season of Arrivals released on June 9, 2020. This Season added Umbral Engrams, which allowed players to chase very specific weapons with greater ease. The story also reached a new height, with Pyramid ships appearing around several planets including Io, Titan, Mars, and Mercury.

  • Power cap: 1050 (1060 with Pinnacle gear)
  • Dungeon: Prophecy

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Season 12: Beyond Light / Season of the Hunt – Year 4

Destiny 2 Season 12 Beyond Light

Beyond Light released on November 10, 2020, and was Year 4 of Destiny 2. This new Season looks to add new elemental powers for the first time since The Taken King in the original Destiny several years ago. Players will be able to wield the power of the Darkness in the form of icy “stasis” abilities. Beyond Light will also be the first time Bungie removes massive amounts of content, with Io, Titan, Mars, and Mercury being “vaulted”, along with any activities tied to those locations. Beyond Light also included Season of the Hunt, which started on November 17, 2020.

If Beyond Light follows the same seasonal model, players could likely expect three additional Seasons before the next major expansion.

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Season 13: Season of the Chosen

destiny 2 season of the chosen info

Season of the Chosen is the thirteenth Season in Destiny 2 and was released on February 9, 2021. The new Season focuses on the Cabal Empress, Caiatl, and her fight against the Vanguard after Zavala refuses to kneel. A new activity called Battlegrounds was introduced for the Season, along with Destiny 1's Devli's Lair and S.A.B.E.R. Strikes returning to the Cosmodrome.

  • Power cap: 1300 (1310 with Pinnacle gear)

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Season 14: Season of the Splicer

destiny 2 season of the splicer season 14

The Season of the Splicer is the fourteenth Season in Destiny 2 and was released on May 11, 2021. This Season focuses on the Vex and humanity's new allies, the Splicer Fallen, led by Mithrax.

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Season 15: Season of Lost

destiny 2 season 15 season of the lost

Season of the Lost started on August 24, 2021. With The Witch Queen scheduled for release in February 2022, this Season is shaping up to be one of the longest in the game's history. On December 7, 2021, the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack was released, which included a dungeon and a brand new mode, Dares of Eternity, hosted by Xur.

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Season 16: The Witch Queen / Season of the Risen – Year 5

Destiny 2 Season 16 The Witch Queen

The Witch Queen was announced in June 2020 as part of a special Bungie stream and is planned for release on February 22, 2022. The Witch Queen will be the start of Year 5 of Destiny 2. This major content release will likely focus on Savathun, the sister to Oryx, the Taken King. The release of this expansion also marks the beginning of the Season of the Risen, which focuses on Empress Caiatl.

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Season 17: Season of the Haunted

Season of the Haunted started on May 24, 2022. This Season focused on the relationship between Crow, Caiatl, and Zavala and the return of the Exiled Emperor Calus and his Leviathan. The season also brought a new dungeon to the game and raised the Power level by another 10 points.

  • Power cap: 1560 (1570 with Pinnacle gear)
  • Dungeon: Duality

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Season 18: Season of Plunder

Season of Plunder started on August 23, 2022This season focused on Eramis, who escaped from her Stasis imprisonment.

  • Power cap: 1570 (1580 with Pinnacle gear)
  • Raid: King's Fall

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Season 19: Season of the Seraph

Source: Bungie

Season of the Seraph launched on December 6, 2022 and focused on Rasputin, Osiris, Ana Bray, and Clovis Bray as well as the threat from Xivu Arath.

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Season 20: Lightfall / Season of Defiance – Year 6

Destiny 2 Season 20 Lightfall

The title for Year 6 of Destiny 2 is called Lightfall and is planned for a release on February 28, 2023. Previously, it had been scheduled for a 2022 release, but with the delay of The Witch Queen to 2022 saw Lightfall's launch pushed back. Lightfall continues the story of the Witness and its fleet of Pyramid ships finally reaching Earth, where the Traveler awaits. 

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Season 21: Season of The Deep

A promotional image for Destiny 2: Season of the Deep featuring Zavala and Drifter

Source: Bungie

The Season of the Deep sees the return of Titan and  the character Sloane. The weekly story includes underwater gameplay and the new activities, Deep Dives and Salvage. Season 21 also sees the launch of the new dungeon, Ghosts of the Deep, which also features underwater gameplay. This was the first season since the introduction of Power and Pinnacle caps that Bungie did not raise the maximum Power.

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Season 22: Season of the Witch

Marketing image of Season of the Witch

Source: Bungie

Season of the Witch kicked off on August 22, 2023 and concluded on November 28, 2023. The season focuses on Eris and Xivu Arath.

  • Power cap: 1800 (1810 with Pinnacle gear)
  • Raid: Crota's End

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Season 23: Season of the Wish

Press image of Season of the Wish

Source: Bungie

Season of the Witch was announced on November 7, 2023 and began on November 28. The season is the longest one in Destiny 2 history, totalling 189 days between its release and its conclusion on June 4, 2024.

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Season 24: The Final Shape / Episode 1: Echoes – Year 7

A calendar showing the Episodes releasing after The Final Shape

Source: Bungie

In a Destiny update called, The Road to the Witch Queen, Bungie revealed that it would need an additional chapter after Lightfall to wrap up what it refers to as the "Light and Darkness Saga". The Final Shape will also shake up the seasonal model, shifting to an Episode structure with three Episodes each consisting of three Acts which last for six weeks each. The first Episode (Echoes) may begin when The Final Shape releases or it may begin later.

On October 30, 2023, reports surfaced that Bungie fired numerous members of its development team and that The Final Shape would be delayed until June 2024. At the time, it wasn't clear whether the fourth season in Lightfall would last several months or if there would be another season or two between it and the release of The Final Shape.

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Season 25: Episode 2: Revenant

Pending announcement.

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Season 26: Episode 3: Heresy

Pending announcement.

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There are a lot of Seasons in Destiny 2, with each one adding new gear for players to chase, stories to experience, and things to discover. With the announcement and release of each new Season, expect this list to continue to evolve over time. Be sure to check out the Shacknews Destiny 2 guide for an exhaustive coverage of all things Destiny.

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