Season of the Splicer

Destiny 2 – Synthstrand Gone, New Nightfall Weapons and Double Rewards Week Coming

Bungie gave us their weekly news dump this week with This Week At Bungie on 23rd July 2021, and it contains details about crucial changes to the Destiny 2 transmog system, they are making the process a little simpler. Also, we have Nightfall weapons returning and the rotation is going to be altered slightly, plus double rewards in Nightfalls coming up this week, so it’s going to be a great time to jump in and get some top Nightfall loot.

Let’s dive into the update from Cozmo:

This week at Bungie, we march on.

It’s already late July. Can you believe it? Seems like 2020 lasted about 5 years but 2021 seems to be moving along at a better rate. Who says time is a constant?

Anyway, Solstice of Heroes is going strong. Have you upgraded your armor yet? Next week is the final week of the event so go check out the EAZ and earn that armor before the event ends on 8/3. We had a lot to go over last week with a preview of ritual reputation changes coming next Season. It’s a little lighter this week but we do have some important info about the new Bungie Store and some changes to Armor Synthesis. Let’s get to it.


Since the launch of Season of the Splicer we have been monitoring reception and behavior around our new Armor Synthesis system. Today we’d like to review a minor update around the system’s currencies.

Effective at the start of Season 15 we will deprecate the passively-earned world currency, Synthstrand, that was used to purchase Armor Synthesis bounties from Ada-1. In its place, these bounties will be purchasable for 10,000 Glimmer instead.

Our hope is that this change reduces the time needed to earn your 10 Synthweave tokens per class each Season.

Removing this currency also frees up a slot in the Consumables inventory bucket — a bucket that could be full for those of you carrying around a large quantity of items. Finally, we hope this change reduces the complexity of the Armor Synthesis system, with only one remaining currency for each class that can be immediately turned in at Ada-1’s Loom for a Synthweave token.

We’ll continue to monitor the conversation and use of Armor Synthesis as Season 15 rolls out. In the meantime, keep showing us your new looks! The team is inspired and delighted by the incredible creativity they’ve seen from Guardians around the world so far. We can’t wait to see more!


The Bungie Store team has been hard at work behind the scenes making the Bungie Store a better place to shop, especially for Bungie Rewards. Existing Bungie Store customers can now reset their password and migrate their Bungie Store account to the new site. From there they can link their Bungie Store account to their account to view and purchase Bungie Rewards without a code. If you reset your password before July 31, 2021 11:59 PM PT, you’ll get a free exclusive in-game emblem, New Blue sent via email by August 6.

Go check out the new and improved, see what Bungie Rewards you’ve unlocked, and treat yourself to some new merch. You deserve it.


Next week, Nightfalls will feature double rewards. We will also have a mixed bag of rewards as Palindrome, THE SWARM, and Shadow Price will all be dropping. So everything is on the menu, and with double rewards it’s a fantastic opportunity to pick up more rolls of add them to your collection for the first time.

Speaking of Nightfall rewards starting in Season 15, the Nightfall weapon rotation will be changing. Instead of six weapons in a 1/1/1/3 rotation as we had in the second half of Season 14, we’ll have eight weapons, in pairs consisting of one newer and one older weapon. You might remember the new weapons being reprised from Destiny 1 as a hilarious Shotgun and a Rocket Launcher that was the ultimate reward for doing the longest Crucible quest. Each week, one of these new additions will be featured along with another weapon already in the pool.

For example:

The Comedian / Shadow Price
The Hothead / Hung Jury

The additions this Season have the spicy perk combinations typical of Nightfall loot, including a couple of perks not seen on these archetypes in the past.


You ever wonder what it’s like to create the thing that allows the creators to create? We updated the Bungie Tech Blog yesterday with a new article covering what it’s like to be a Tools Engineer at Bungie.

If you are a new engineer, still in school, or just really interested in getting into game development and still considering which area you want to pursue, this is a great read on what it’s like to make development tools at Bungie.


Now we welcome our Player Support team to give important information on the state of the game and known issues.


On Tuesday, we relaunched the Bungie Store and made it easier than ever to get your Bungie Rewards! To purchase your earned Bungie Rewards, go to the Bungie Store and log into your store account. You may have to press “Forgot my Password” and create a new password. Go into your account settings and link your account. You’ll need to approve the Bungie Store to access your account. Once the accounts are linked, you’ll be able to purchase any Bungie Reward you qualify for without having to use a code.

For more information about Bungie Rewards, visit our article.

For more information about Bungie Store accounts or resetting your store password, visit Bungie Store’s FAQ page.


Earlier today, Update was released. Some notable issues that were resolved include:

Solstice Packages and Fragments should no longer get removed from player inventories when creating new characters.
The Ludomaniacal emblem will now unlock for players who reset their Infamy three times.
Some Dreaming City weapons will now drop for all players as intended.
One Fell Strike Triumph is now unlocked for all players.


Upgrades to Magnificent armor sometimes drops the armor’s Power level to 1100.
Insight Terminus can sometimes produce BIRD error codes during the boss fight.
The Ghoyster Ghost Shell displays somewhat off-putting white eyes with no pupils on some platforms.
The Foetracer Exotic clips through the Siegebreak Cloak ornament.
Some players didn’t get their EAZ Weekly Challenge reset.
Riven sometimes doesn’t get stunned on the second level of the Last Wish raid.

Let me know what you think of the news plus which nightfall weapons are you looking forward to earning?

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