Destiny: The Taken King – What’s New?

The Taken King has arrived! Or “Oryx” as his friends like to call him. With this new expansion to Destiny come a raft of changes, changes Bungie have been kind enough to wrap up in one list. And that list is below.

The Taken King

  • Oryx and his army has arrived
  • Meet them on Phobos, a moon of Mars
  • Requires The Taken King and a minimum character level of 25
  • General

  • Max Character Level Cap now increased to 40 (Requires The Taken King)
  • New Vanguard and Crucible bounties are now available at your local Bounty Tracker
  • Year One Moments of Triumph are now locked in history and cannot be progressed
  • VIP ‘Founders Fortune’ rewards will be distributed in the Tower (Requires The Taken King)
  • “Spark of Light” Level 25 Character Boost consumable is available at the Postmaster (Requires The Taken King)
  • Classes

  • Subclass quests for new subclasses are now available after the completion of The Coming War story mission (Requires The Taken King)
  • Activities

  • Patrols now offer rewards once again
  • Daily Heroics

  • Required Level: 40
  • Requires The Taken King
  • These missions will include selections from Year One and Year Two
  • Vanguard Strike Playlists

  • Weekly Heroic Strike has been replaced by the Vanguard Heroic Strike Playlist
  • There are now three Strike playlists:
  • Legacy Strike Playlist
    1. Available to all players
    2. Contains all Year One Strikes, including original Dust Palace and Undying Mind Strikes

    Vanguard Strike Playlist
    1. Requires The Taken King
    2 Contains all new The Taken King Strikes, as well as 3 remixed Year One Strikes (Dust Palace, Undying Mind, and Cerberus Vae III)

    Vanguard Heroic Strike Playlist
    1. Requires The Taken King
    2. Contains all new The Taken King Strikes, as well as 3 remixed Year One Strikes (Dust Palace, Undying Mind, and Cerberus Vae III)

    Heroic Strikes earn bonus rewards on weekly completion
    1. Legendary Engram (1 time per character)
    2. +10 Legendary Marks (3 times per account)

    1. Playing multiple Strikes without returning to orbit increases reward chances
    2. All The Taken King and Updated Strikes now feature random encounter variation and may contain Taken combatants


  • Required Level: 40
  • Requires The Taken King
  • Wiping in Darkness Zones no longer kicks player to orbit
  • Resurrection timer is now a 30-second cooldown (must be resurrected by teammates)
  • Crucible

  • Year Two Crucible is now in effect (Requires the Taken King):
    1. Rift, Control, Clash, Skirmish, Salvage, Rumble, Elimination are now Year Two core playlists
    2. When Trials of Osiris is active, Elimination will only be playable via Trials of Osiris playlist
    3. Featured Daily and Weekly activities are now active
  • Year One Core Playlists now contains Classic 6v6, Classic 3v3 and Classic FFA playlists
  • Tower


  • The Cryptarchs will now exchange Legendary Marks for Legendary Engrams
  • Available engrams will be randomly selected by each Cryptarch every Tuesday
  • Legendary Engrams no longer have a chance to produce simple Materials
  • Rare Armor Engrams have a chance to produce Artifacts instead of Armor
  • Banshee

  • Starting on Armsday (Wednesday), Banshee-44 will accept Orders for new Foundry Weapons to characters at Gunsmith Rank 1 or higher. Higher Ranks will allow placement of more orders per week
  • Speaker

  • Legendary Armor has been added to the Speaker’s inventory
  • Shaxx

  • PvP Quests are now provided to players (Required Level: 5)
  • Shaxx now carries a set of Weekly Crucible Bounties, with Nightfall equivalent rewards for completing all five in a week
  • Arcite

  • Arcite now carries a set of Weekly Crucible Weapon Bounties
  • Roni-9940

  • The Vanguard Quartermaster will now exchange old Class Armor Materials for new unified Armor Materials
  • Queen’s Wrath

  • Petra now has new bounties available in the reef upon completing a new quest
  • These bounties will also drop a Treasure Key the first time one is completed each week
  • Economy

  • Vanguard and Crucible Marks deprecate and are converted to Commendations (at a rate of 50:1)
  • Legendary Loot drop rates have been increased across all activities
  • Legendary Marks are now earnable by completing Daily Story Chapters, Weekly Heroic Strikes, Daily PVP
  • Activities, Weekly PVP Activities and Dismantling Year Two Legendary items
  • Strike rewards now drop from bosses instead of in the PGCR
    1. Except for Sepiks Prime, who has been known to cleverly fly above water to deny victorious Guardians their rightfully earned spoils
  • Strikes reward tables now include items for all Armor and Weapon slots
  • Known Issues

  • Strike Legacy playlists are currently not providing rewards
  • This is known issue and will be hotfixed as soon as possible
  • There we go. Are you enjoying The Taken King so far? Let us know in the comments!

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