Hey guys! I know it’s over 6 years late (10/09/2020), but seeing more and more people buying, joining or coming back to Destiny1, It’s clear that the fan base is still very active, and it’s such a fantastic game! However, I felt like I needed to make a post about something that has upset me for the longest time… Something I’ve been challenged with in accomplishing… That something was getting up my guardian’s light to 400… which is really easy for a lot of people, and harder for others… So I sat down, did my research and watched a ton of videos and looked up different methods all over the internet, saw what worked and what didn’t, even taking Bungie’s rumored statistics about drop rates, cooldown’s, etc into consideration. I am happy to say that I have come up with a method that is super consistent and easy, and I will explain it as detailed as I can get!
(Disclaimer: DLCs are required, because max level without DLCs is 34 and the light cap is, or around 170. Also, if this method already exists, I’ll give full credit to them, but I haven’t found it or heard anything about this method, or else it would’ve made my whole leveling experience so much easier, and making this whole post go so much more smoothly because I could’ve just perfected their method! My entire method of hitting 400 is efficient and convenient, mostly because everyone you need to talk to is at the Tower by!)
Step 1) First off, you gotta hit level 40! “Duh…” Do all those pesky story missions, replay boss missions, Use the “Spark of Light” level 40 boost, do whatever you gotta do to hit level 40! That’s your main goal. If you are level 40; Congratulations, keep reading! lol…
Step 2) GRIND THE HELL out of Blue (Rare), Purple (Legendary) and Yellow (Exotic) engrams. The best method of getting engrams I’ve experienced is hoping onto Venus Patrol, going to Ishtar Cliffs, and getting on top of the high ledge next to a Vex gate. Once there, you jump, which triggers a Fallen spawn area inside a little cave next to some water. Dreg, Vandals, Shanks and Servitors will spawn in and run out of the cave in 2 randomized sets. Stay up there, kill these enemies, jump to reset the spawn and repeat… Kill them with any accurate weapon of choice and they will drop Green (Uncommon), Blue (rare) and Purple (legendary) engrams. This is also a great way to grind House Banners for glimmer from the Cryptarch, Ammo Drops to save your Ammo Synthesis and completing any Bounties you may have. (There are other Venus Engram Farming videos floating around, pick one YOU prefer! But this is my favorite) As for Yellow (exotic) engrams, you will need to purchase a set of five “Three of Coins” (3oC) for seven “Strange Coins” each, from Xur on the weekends. Buy up as many as you can. I’m not gonna get too in depth of obtaining strange coins, but the easiest way of obtaining them is from level 28 Prison of Elders and rewards for completing bounties. I wouldn’t recommend buying exotics from Xur because they’re not light level based, meaning if you’re 399 light, and all you need it boots, and he has boots, those exotics might be 150 to 350 light… What a waste! Personally, I’ve NEVER had an Exotic engram drop from a boss without using a 3oC but I’ve seen it done by someone else before. Just start a mission that ends in a boss fight, pop ONE 3oC before the boss, and luck will play it’s part. I would suggest avoiding using more than one 3oC. And yes, I know it is a stackable effect, however, I’ve never had an Exotic drop using two 3oC. And I believe the 3oC are just being wasted if you’re popping four or five at a time. If you HAVE the DLCs, there are significantly more bosses that you can grind. The Dreadnaught Patrol has a secret Hive boss inside the Cabal ship, pop a 3oC and kill it! (you can find this boss method all over the internet for more details) Did you get an Exotic? Yes? Great job! Did you get an Exotic? No? Dang it… Either way, you’ll need to wait 30 minutes before killing a boss again because 3oC has a secret cooldown of 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the boss. Longer battles with bosses boasts faster cooldown, compared to bosses that I can tap once with the GoldenGun + Celestial Nighthawk. Heads Up!! Don’t hunt the same boss over and over again, as it actually decreases your chances of Exotics dropping each time! Get around and dabble with other bosses! Easier ones and harder ones! And take your time getting those exotics; -because you kinda have to!
Step 3) After you start getting all of those shiny little engrams, Save them, Save them, Save them!!! Save and stash them in your vault and put them on your other characters until you have no more room!!! Hoard them! You’ll be tempted to open those exotics, just wait, you will! You’ll want to have at least 9 engrams in all 8 slots (Helmet, Arms, Chest, Legs, Class item, Primary, Special, Heavy) Here is some quick maths: (9 engrams ? 8 slots = 72 engrams per character ? 3 characters = 216 engrams + however many engrams you’re putting into your vault (vault max: 216 engrams)) Your vault is able to fit 108 Weapons and 108 Armor, totalling your potential amount to be 432 engrams max! In my case, I saved up 380+ engrams. Bottom line: Save Them!
Step 4) ONLY OPEN THEM UP ONE BY ONE!!! I can’t stress that part enough! (Only Open 1 Heavy , 1 Special, 1 Primary, 1 Helmet, 1 Gauntlet, 1 Chest, 1 Legging, 1 Class item) Start with Blue (rare) engrams first until you hit 385*, then Purple (legendary) until you hit 390*, and then Yellow (exotic) till you hit 400*. Read notes below about engram light caps
Step 5) EQUIP Everything that is a HIGHER Light Level or Defense than whatever you currently have equipped! Example: If your helmet is 320, open a Blue engram! Got a 325 helmet? PUT IT ON!!! Did you like your current helmet? Save it for later or combine it with the highest light helmet at the end!!
Step 6) If you just didn’t quite hit 400, you should repeat steps 2, 3, 4 and 5 until your light is 400! It’s gonna take work! That’s why it’s called a Grind! And it’ll feel so great once you hit 400!
Step 7) If you’re still struggling like I did …(All my gear was 400 except for my ghost. I couldn’t find a ghost with 400, mine was 397)… You can also hit up your respective Vanguard guides, a Faction of your choice (Dead Orbit for me), the Cryptarch for engrams, or Eris Morn, and receive rewards from them for leveling up or donating resources to them via “Material Exchange” **you’ll earn rewards such as Ghosts, Artifacts, class items, armor, weapons, etc… Chroma Rewards and/or Weapons Rewards are always my go-to because they give me my guaranteed items plus, they actually have a higher chance of getting the “possible items” portion than Armor Rewards! Press Y on xbox or Triangle on PS4 to view the contents of the Rewards before selecting! Heads-up! I get all my Artifacts from Eris Morn, so if your Artifact level is slacking, I advise you to level it up with Eris by increasing your Crota’s Bane Reputation! However, if getting Crota’s Bane Reputation is extremely difficult for you, I would recommend Zavala’s weekly bounties as an alternative. The rewards could contain a random class, light based Artifact that you can just combine with your current one. (Side-note: only Purple (legendary) and Yellow (exotics) can be combined with a higher piece gear)
(NOTE 1: Blue (Rare) engrams max out at 385, Purple (Legendary) engrams max out at 390, Yellow (Exotic) engrams max out at 400. Refer to note 3)
(NOTE 2: If your helmet is 388 Defense, Do Not open a Blue (Rare) engram because they max out at 385 so you won’t get anything higher than 385 and it might be a waste of an engram… HOWEVER, Blue (Rare) engrams have a low chance of dropping Purple (Legendary) gear, and Purple (Legendary) engrams have an even lower chance of dropping Yellow (Exotic) gear!)
(NOTE 3: The only time a Blue (rare) or Purple (legendary) piece of equipment is over it’s “cap” is if it’s a Rewarded Item or if it has been combined with a greater piece of gear. Example: At 399 light, Faction or Vanguard items will drop 400 Rare and/or Legendary gear, succeeding their 385 and 390 caps because they are rewards, not engrams!)
(NOTE 4: Try to keep ALL your gear at the same level when opening engrams. If most of your gear is at 360 but a few things are at 350 or below, focus on that gear! Your light level, being the combined average of all your gear, will be less than 360 until you get that gear up! Example: If all your gear is at 320 but your arms are at 315, open an Arm Engram! It’ll push it either closer to 320, or above! Remember: Your light level is the combined average of all your gear!)
(NOTE 5: When buying engrams from the Cryptarch, watch your Legendary Marks(LMs). The most you can carry is 200 and if you’re dismantling legendary gear, you’re collecting LMs. But if you’ve collected 200 LMs, further dismantling more legendary gear will only waste those LMs. Instead, buy an engram or two from the Cryptarch, perhaps a piece you need to focus on and increase, then continue to dismantle more legendary equipment for more LMs!)
(NOTE 6: It is most efficient to have at least 2 Exotics per slot. Use the Rare engrams to get your light to 385 easily then use Legendary engrams to climb to 390. Use Rewards from factions or Vanguard to climb as high as you can from 390, then top off your light with exotics! If you’re out of engrams and you haven’t hit 400, consult step 7!)
I cleared my vault and scrapped things I didn’t need. I saved up engrams and stored them on all 3 of my characters (Titan, Hunter, Warlock) and stored the rest in the vault. I took my Light Level of my Hunter from 210 to 400, warlock from 222 to 400, and Titan from 208 to 400, each character took about 25 minutes of opening up engrams and equipping those items. Grinding all my engrams took about 2, almost 3 weeks of playing for a few hours at a time. I saved somewhere around 380 engrams containing: 29 Exotic engrams, 72 Legendary engrams, and the rest were Rare engrams. Once you have 1 character with 400 light, you could easily just send the extra 400 armor over to your other characters via the vault, and get them to 400 quicker by combining the low gear with the transfered 400 gear! I took my Titan to 400 light the quickest using this method and taking all the extra 400 gear from my Hunter and Warlock and sending it over for my Titan. I didn’t think to do this with my Warlock unfortunately so I was stuck leveling him up the same way I did my Hunter. But as long as you have one 400 light character, this method can be applied to both of your extra characters. Once your characters have leveled up their lights, dismantle anything you don’t want and store what you want to keep into the vault! Then open ALL of your engrams in no particular order to celebrate! Dismantle what you want, keep what you want! (I dismantled everything besides exotics in the end)
All in all, I really hope this guide was helpful at getting your Guardian’s light level to 400 or getting it even closer! I’ve never seen this done by anyone, and everyone I recommend this method to ends up loving the outcome! It’s very rewarding in the end seeing Your light level at 400 and knowing You leveled up to 40, You got the engrams, You got to experience opening them and You took Your character(s) light to 400! My only problem with having three characters maxed out at 400, is figuring out what to do now! If you have any questions or comments, my Xbox GT is at the bottom! 🙂 Thank You to All! <3