Umbral Engrams were introduced this season as a way of targeting your loot through the Prismatic Recaster and Umbral Decoder. Earlier this week Bungie patched the notorious AFK Farming method for getting a whole bunch of Umbral Engrams and Altered Element, so you may be wondering what is the next best thing? The following is a guide for a new Umbral Engrams & Altered Element Farm after AFK Forge patch.
Umbral Engrams have been a revelation this season allowing us to level up and target farm-specific loot. However, when the season was first release things were getting a little too generous through the AFK farming method, allowing us to literally farm these engrams in our sleep. Bungie finally put a stop to that by sending us back to Orbit on a forge completion. This was a great source of not only Umbral Engrams, but also the material used for targetting them called Altered Element.
The benefits of having a whole load of Umbral Engrams plus altered element allows us to target specific weapons, whether they be from Season of Arrivals, Legacy content like The Reckoning (including the awesome Gnawing Hunger and the very underrated Nightwatch) plus content from previous Shadowkeep seasons like the grenade launcher and Breachlight, the very cool and powerful Sidearm.
Now things have been patched, then we’ll need to find the next best thing. That’s Nightmare Hunts. You can breeze through nightmare hunts either solo or in a team and there seems to be a high percentage chance of dropping Umbral Engrams and Altered Element at the end. You won’t get one every time, but the percentage and success rate does appear to be very high. The good thing here is you don’t have to do this on a higher difficulty, you can rush through the lowest power level Nightmare Hunts and still have a similar drop rate of Umbral Engrams at the end. You’ll also get a healthy amount of Altered Element too, allowing to focus and target farm-specific god rolls of available weapons.
You can do this solo, although breezing through with a fireteam would be a good bet. Either tap up some buds in your clan or get on the Bungie Companion App and try that out, as a lot of people are going to be farming Umbral Engrams.
A good build for this would include a Sword and the mod Lucent Blade for that increase in damage. Charged with Light mods are also going to be great, so if you have any of those from previous seasons then put them on as well.
The goal here is to get through the Nightmare Hunts as fast as possible. Nightmare Hunts rotate weekly, with 3 icons on the moon. This week we have access to Nightmare Hunt: Insanity. Although they do rotate each week, this one is nice and fast to get through and as you do it over and over again you’ll get faster and faster. This can be done in approx 2-3 mins per run, so it’s actually going to be more efficient than running AFK farming.
As you progress through the nightmare hunts you’ll need to kill a few nightmares to progress. These are yellow bar enemies, so try and finish them off ASAP to get through to the boss.
Before you get to the boss try and pick up charged with light and then focus your sword attacks when the boss spawns and you should be able to take him down in no time at all. It’s not going to give you an Umbral Engram each time, but after 30-40 mins of farming, you should have a nice haul.
Try out some different builds to see what works best for you. I like Trinity Ghoul, Sword, Lucent Blade and Charged with Light. We also have Suprise attack this season, which turned sidearms into god-tier weapons so if you have that and Breachlight or Devils Ruin, then that’s going to et you through these things pretty fast too.
Let me know down in the comments how you’re getting on with Umbral Engram farming and what is your favourite build to get through these as fast as possible.