Destiny 2 – How the Guardian Games work

Guardian Games is here and it’s finally time to sort out once and for all which class is best – Titans, Warlocks or Hunters. We’ve got some new and interesting rewards to earn, as well as a brand new exotic, which looks like it could be one of the strongest in the game in its class. The following is a guide for how Guardian Games work in Destiny 2.

Guardian games is a free-to-play event in Destiny 2 available for all players and are available from 21st April until 11th May. As well as sorting out the best class there’s a new exotic heavy machine gun on offer as well as some pretty nice cosmetic items including ornaments and exotic ghost shells.

The Tower’s been done up all nice for the Guardian Games with a new podium installed at the front of the Tower. Here we can see which class is in the lead at all times, and it looks like Hunters are way out in front at the moment. There was talk of weighting as there are many, many more hunters in the game than Warlocks and Titans – but head back here day after day to see the progress of the classes.

In a nutshell, Guardian Games is all about:

  • Players can pick up medals from Eva and complete them. Turning completed Medals into the Tower Podium will increase your team’s daily score.
  • Pick up Laurels dropped by other players during Guardian Games to complete Medals and advance your team’s rankings. Laurels will drop in all activities except for Gambit and Crucible, where they will be awarded after a match has ended.
  • Complete Eva’s weekly exotic quest to claim one of three exotic ghosts. Complete all three weekly quests to gain all three.
  • Complete Guardian Games Triumphs to earn the new exotic heavy machine gun Heir Apparent

Before you start there’s an introduction quest that explains the mechanics of the Guardian Games.

Speak to Eva Levante

To get the event started you’ll want to head to the Tower and have a chat with Eva Levante. She’ll welcome you to the Guardian Games and give you the starting quest for Guardian Games.

A New Tradition

Next up you want to go and speak to Zavala and pick up a new class item. This class item is metallic and will reflect your current class position in the Guardian Games be it Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Class Spirit

Once you have the class item from Zavala, put it on so you can proudly show off your current standing in the Games.

A Touch Of Class

Next up you want to head back to Eva, who’s just behind you, and have a chat with her. She’ll help you out getting registered for the Guardian Games.

Guardian Games Registration

Eva will give you a Gold Medal, but first, you have to and speak to The Drifter. Make your way down to The Annex and find the Drifter. He’ll give you a little speech about betting on the games and then says go back to the podium to deposit your medal. Make your way back to Eva and interact with the podium and add your medal to complete the registration.

This demonstrates one of the main mechanics for the Guardian Games. Getting medals and depositing your medals. The class that deposits the most medals if going to win the Guardian Games.

Let the Games Begin

Now you’ve been through the tutorial, speak to Eva once again.

On Your Laurels

There’s an exotic ghost shell quest to pick up call On Your Laurels, where you get awarded a nice looking ghost shell with your class animal wrapped around your ghost shell. Pick that up as you’ll be generating a lot of Laurels throughout the Guardian Games, and you may as well get started early.


Eva’s got weekly, daily and repeatable bounties for you. They require you to get kills with various class abilities like grenades, melees and supers. Completing these bounties will work towards one of your gold medals, so pick them up and continue on.


Medals are the core of Guardian Games and Eva has a few to start with including Bronze, Silver and Gold medals for Strikes and Crucible. Presumably, later on in the event, we’ll get Gambit and Destination medals too.

The Bronze medals require a few kills, Silver medals require Laurel collection and then Gold medals require even more kills. For example, Bronze in Crucible requires 10 kills, Silver 150 points and Gold 50 kills.

Pick up all the medals and bounties and then head out into the activities stated on the medals.

Heir Apparent (Exotic Heavy Machine Gun)

Eva also has a new exotic heavy machine gun called Heir Apparent. This requires the completion of a seasonal triumph called Class Act. This requires 7 Guardian Games triumph completions. This includes:

  • Great Deeds – Collecting Laurels in activities (Gambit, Strikes, Forges, Destinations)
  • Renowned – Earn points from Super, grenade and charged melee kills
  • Embrace The Light – 25 Super kills in Rumble playlist in Crucible
  • Guardian Gamble – Redeem 10 Gambit medals
  • Medalist – Redeem 75 medals
  • Gold medalist – Redeem 30 gold medals
  • Show you colours – Earn points by completing Guardian Games bounties
  • Represent – Defeat enemies with abilities in Strikes and Nightfalls
  • World Class – Redeem Forge or Destination medals
  • Quintuple threat – Redeem a gold medal for strikes, crucible, gambit, destination and forges

You can get started on these right away, but we only have medals available for crucible and strikes right now, so gambit, destination and forge medals will open up to use later in the week.

The ones you can get started on early include Represent, where you get ability kills in strikes and nightfalls. Embrace the Light, where you have to get 25 super kills in rumble PVP and Great Deeds, where you collect Laurels in activities.

Get started on these triumphs early as you’ll want to get hold of that exotic heavy machine gun for sure.


Once you’re done in the Tower getting started and picking up the medals and bounties you’ll want to head out there into the Solar System and start collecting Laurels and working towards your targets. Laurels are class-specific motes that earn you points and by killing enemies with grenades, charged melee hits and supers.

You’ll get 1 point for a Laurel that’s not your class, and you’ll get 3 points for a Laurel related to your class. Therefore, if you group together and a bunch of the same class, then it’s going to be three times faster to generate the points for laurels collection.

Work through the objectives for the gold, silver and bronze medals and also get your bounties done. Once you have done this head back to the Tower and hand in the medals at the podium. You’ll be getting plenty of XP and rewards along the way so this will help you level up your Guardian if that’s still something you are working towards.

Getting as close to 1025 will be useful, especially if you want to take on the new Grandmaster Nightfall that’s been dropped into the game this week. I got an Enhancement Prism for my gold medal for bounties, and let me know down in the comments if you got the same.

Tower Podium

During Guardian Games, the Tower’s Guardian Games Podium will change daily to reflect the current status of the leading team. Class flags will update throughout the day to show which team is leading – gold is first place, silver is second place, and bronze is third place. There will also be a calendar showing the winner for each day throughout the event.

In addition to the Podium, player’s class items will also change colors daily to show their current place, being gold, silver, or bronze.

That’s about it for the Guardian Games. Get out there and earn Laurels and points, grab yourself some medals and hand them in at the Tower and help your class become the best class in Destiny 2. I’ll have a guide out soon for farming Laurels nice and fast, and that will help you work towards the new exotic heavy machine gun, so we can finally live out our dream as being Valus Ta’aurc. ‘Whether we wanted it or not….’ ah, you know the rest.

Let me know down in the comments what you think of Guardian Games. What do you think of the gameplay loop and will you be going for the new exotic heavy machine gun?

That’s it for this guide for how the Guardian Games work in Destiny 2. For more Destiny 2 content like this check out the Shadowkeep Guide or check out the YouTube Channel.

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