Season 18 of Destiny 2 is on the verge of being a banger. We were more eager than ever to discover the truth about the Traveler and the secrets of the Light and the Darkness as the narrative progresses into a storyline conclusion.
Season 18 promises to keep new content fresh from the original Destiny, as well as PvP changes and other quality-of-life improvements.
Season 18 release date, time, and name
Season 17 is scheduled to conclude on August 23, which will lead players directly into the beginning of season 18. Season launch events normally take place at the same time as the regular weekly resets on Tuesdays at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST.
Bungie's Destiny 2: Lightfall showcase is happening an entire season earlier than most expected. This is when Bungie will reveal season 18s names and preview where the story will go next. When Lightfall launches in 2023, Bungie believes the series will resolve some of the franchise's most significant plot areas.
Bungieoften will need time to re-manage servers between seasons, so prepare for season 17 to end a few hours before the reset time. During this time, players will not be able to log into Destiny 2, so make sure any open seasonal quests or bounties are completed a few hours before the season launch. Likewise, once the new season launches, server overload can cause login difficulties that can last as long as an hour or two.
Bungie has followed the standard practice of naming season 18 as Season of the [REDACTED]. The whole name for the season will be revealed much closer to the release date.
Season 18 campaign and season pass
Season 17's campaign culminated in players' first look at The Witness, which will likely continue throughout season 18. Players only know a little about the Witness, except that it is the leader of the Black Fleet that caused Io, Mars, Titan, and Mercury to vanish before the Beyond Light expansion.
Players who purchase the Beyond Light expansion, the seasonal content pass, will have several weeks of story missions and access to a seasonal activity.
This ties into the content players receive every new season, as well as an exotic weapon, although Bungie has been unusually quiet on the details of the forthcoming seasons weapon. Over the past few seasons, pass holders have also accessed a seasonal artefact, which they can level up to unlock armour mods.
Format, aspects, and fragments of Arc 3.0's update
Bungie has already revealed that a major Arc rework will be coming to the game shortly after the previous changes.
Players should unlock Arc class aspects and fragments as part of their preparation. This allows players to customize their character builds and adapt to their own playstyle. Justlike the Void, Solar, and Stasis elemental classes, therell likely be a series of quests to complete in order to unlock Arc aspects and additional objectives to unlock fragments.
What is the new Destiny 2 raid?
The season 18 will feature new seasonal content and an additional raid. However, Bungie will be bringing back a raid that first appeared in the original Destiny. The Vault of Glass rework and the now-defunct Leviathan were both previous instances of this happening.
Some community members believe Kings Fall is the next expansion for The Taken King, which is regarded by many as one of the best expansions in the franchises eight-year history. Therefore, players may be able to play a modified version of the classic raid.
Others speculate that Rasputin might return for the next season, making the next content release a SIVA season. This implies the returning raid might be Wrath of the Machine.
Crotas End is the last viable option for a returning raid, although some argue that it is too short, and developers would have to completely revamp it to fit the current meta of Destiny 2.
Bungie has already disclosed some information about the raid to allow players to prepare adequately. On Friday, August 26, the raid will be available at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 7pm CEST, and Contest Mode will be enabled for the first 24 hours. Players must be at a power level of at least 1560 for all challenges, and clearing the raid in Contest Mode will unlock both Challenge Mode and a Triumph.
Worlds First is a Bungie-sponsored event that determines which raid team will be the first to complete the raid. This time, a team will become the Worlds First if they are the first to complete a secret Challenge Mode triumph. While in Challenge Mode, a team will wipe out if they do not meet the winning conditions for any encounter.
Crucible and Iron Banner details for Season 18 PvP
Season 18 will also incorporate several new PvP activities. For example, Season 17s Iron Banner introduced the Rift game mode and the Disjunction map set in Savathuns Throne World. These will not be included in the Crucible pool. Bungie is also making changes to its skill-based matchmaking, which will look at player connection quality.
Iron Banner will also get a new mode called Eruption, which is basically Clash with energy boosts based on killstreaks.
Bungie made several changes to weapon balancing, including adjustments to Airborne Effectiveness penalties, and modifications to shotguns, glaives, and linear fusion rifles in season 17. These changes will continue throughout the new season as the team continues to iterate and improve its balancing.
Iron Banner drops Peacebond and Archons Thunder, Nightfall weapons PLUG ONE.1 and The Hothead, and Trials of Osiris weapons Eye of Sol and The Summoner.
The game will also introduce new Gunsmith bonus points, designed to aid players in getting faster to level their characters. The bounties will now give you 50 reputation instead of 25, and dismantling Legendary and Exotic weapons will now earn five reputation instead of three.
With our Destiny 2 Solar 3.0 and Void 3.0 build guides, players can anticipate more in Destiny 2. Season 18.