Just came back. I have questions.

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#1 Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:42
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Just came back. I have questions.

I just came back after playing the game around two years ago. I have a few questions that maybe you folks could answer.

1. I'm at lvl 40 i have got my light up to around 375. What is the bar near the bottom of the screen for now? It did represent lvl progress but it now moves up and down.

2. Is there any reason to play the Iron Banner that came out today? I played a couple of games so far and did well as far as K/D goes so it seems I can hang in there even though I thought I would get killed without the best gear.

3. What are ornaments for and how do you use them? They are there and just say "discard".

4. How do I get 400 light gear?

I could use help with just about anything as I havent finished the story or done most strikes. It would be hard for me too do raids due to to the time requirements but ocassionally I could do them. I've only ever did the vault of glass once a very long time ago. I'll probably end up being more into PvP once I gear up. Thanks for any help you can give.

P.S. Also I'm trying to get any achievements I can including the play with your clan ones. I've joined the 2o2p clan.

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Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:24
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IB is good for getting up to 400 as is any Crucible event. Always play with your highest LL gear.

Always wear your highest lvl gear when decoding engrams.

Archon's Forge drops higher lvl gear in both rare and legendary.

Factions and mentors drop gear at 390.

Seems like Strikes drop gear up to 400. That's definite for the chests.

Work on one class to get it to 400. Then it is easy to get 400 gear for infusion into your other characters.

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:25
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Welcome back Assassin. I'm sure we probably played a few games back in the day.

I'll try to address your questions.

1.) The progress bar, once you reach level 40, basically gives you motes of light when the bar fills up. The bar fills as you play, kill stuff and complete bounties. So, you may be playing and notice at random times some motes will appear on the screen and it's because the bar filled up.

2.) YES! This also plays into your #4 question. IB is one of the activities that will drop 400 LL gear. The Light level of the gear will increase as your character Light level increases, so at 375 it will be a slow climb to 400. However, the post game drops and the IB bounties will give you higher light stuff. Tip: make sure you are max Light before turning in your bounties. 

3.) The ornaments are used only for specific gear that have ornament slots. Most of the exotic weapons have ornaments and certain armor pieces too. The recent update brought new armor sets to all of the raids and include ornament slots. The same applies to the Chroma, in that certain gear will have a chroma slot that allows you to augment it with a different color.

4.) Most 400 LL gear comes from activities such as Iron Banner, Trials of Osiris, Nightfall, Weekly Crucible (Shaxx) and Vanguard (Zavala) bounties and the Raids. Archon's Forge will drop certain pieces at 400. I think most of the Vanguard and Faction packages drop up to 390 now, but I'm not 100% on that one. 390+ LL is suggested for the hard mode raids, but you could run the normal modes at your current Light. 

The game has changes A LOT since the last time you played, so I'm sure you'll have more questions. Hopefully you'll be able to get into some of the Raids too as they are challenging, but also a lot of fun.

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:55 (Reply to #3)
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After AoT all faction rep packages can drop at 400 now.  Legendary engrams decode up to 390.  After AoT its really quite easy to get 400 light items now, lots of things will give it.  Run Banner, good loot comes out fo the bounties you get and you'll have chances for primary/secondary weapons and gauntlets and class items this week.  Outside of PVP, I recommend running bounties to get rep packages if you are going to grind/farm.  If you have access to the Iron Temple, do the Shiro Bounties, they give a lot of rep and are usually doable in the Archon Forge, which gives you rep & chances at loot there too.

 

390-400
  • Exotic Engrams
  • Raids (390s)
  • Archon's Forge (Ghost/Artifacts/Class and all legendary drops, not engrams)
  • Skeleton Keys/Strike Chests
  • Nightfall
  • Crucible drops
  • Shaxx Weekly Bounty
  • Crucible Quartermaster bounties
  • Trials (5-7 win drops, and gold bounty) / Iron Banner
  • Faction Packages (Vanguard, Crucible, Faction, Eris Morn, Gunsmith, Queen's Wrath,House of Judgement)
385-390
  • Everything Above
  • Heroic Siva Strikes
  • Legendary Engrams
0-385
  • Everything Above
  • Vendor Gear (380)
  • Siva Strike Playlist
  • Rare Engrams
Wed, 04/12/2017 - 14:13
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Just remember that at 375 you won't see 400 drops. Most drops will be up to 5 LL higher than your current LL, hence the earlier comment about having your highest level gear on before decrypting or leveling up factions.
Mon, 04/17/2017 - 16:09 (Reply to #5)
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Thanks everyone for the help and replies. I've now gotten up to 390 now. Looks like I'm gonna have to get into some more difficult stuff to get to 400. Really loving the game and having lots of fun. Wish I would have came back sooner. I really need to devote time to finishing the story though as I've got alot to do there and I think it will open up these other areas that you guys mention and I don't know what they are. Thanks again.

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 07:00
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Hopefully you can carve out some time for raiding - it's really what Destiny is all about. Now that you are 390 Light, you are set to get into all of the raid activities.

Glad you are enjoying the game, there is a lot to do if you've been gone for a long time...lol

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