Season of the Seraph

Destiny 2 News – Huge Grandmaster Nightfall news, plus Iron Banner improvements and more

Bungie was back today with their This Week At Bungie Update, and it’s the first TWAB of the year, plus we have some HUGE news concerning Grandmaster Nightfalls, we have dates for the second Iron Banner, plus some XP improvements coming our way, and we have more info on free mods, which went live yesterday in-game. Stay tuned for all the latest news from Bungie, as I round up the latest TWAB.


Between Moments of Triumph, Iron Banner Fortress, Revision Zero, and [gestures wildly to the game in general] there was a lot going on, so we want to make sure you have all the deadlines you need before the Season wraps up in 47 days.

  • Grandmaster Nightfalls – January 17
  • Next Iron Banner – January 31
  • Final week of Season 19 – February 21


As a little preview of some of the changes coming to Grandmaster Nightfalls in Lightfall, when Grandmasters launch on January 17, we are making the following Power adjustments:

  • Decreased the Power level needed to enter Grandmasters by 25 to 1580 (the powerful cap).
  • Decreased the overall Power level of Grandmaster activities by 10 to 1620.
  • The current Power difference of -25 (all enemies are at least 25 Power above you) is still in effect.

This means you can enter at 1580, but enemies will be 40 Power above you. You can use Artifact Power and/or pinnacle drops to increase effectiveness up to 1595, where you reach maximum effectiveness. We’ll have more information on further changes to Grandmaster Nightfalls and other high-difficulty modes coming soon!


After two and half Seasons of playing the new Iron Banner, and experiencing three new Iron Banner modes – Rift, Eruption, and Fortress – we have gathered a lot of feedback and have some upcoming changes to share.

When Iron Banner returns on January 31, we’re planning on increasing the amount of Iron Banner Rank you earn at the end of matches, doubling the multipliers you get from wearing Iron Banner gear, halving the multipliers you get for completing challenges, and significantly increasing the multiplier you get for wearing an Iron Banner emblem. We expect this to decrease the number of games needed to earn a Rank reset by around 40% and make it more worthwhile to play earlier in the week.

Additionally, starting next Season, Iron Banner will be available three times a Season, and an Iron Banner emblem will be available on the Rewards track during the first reset for those who don’t already have one. We’ll have more information about the modes and dates to expect in Season 20 as we get closer to launch.


Yesterday, all standard armor mods were unlocked for everyone! With big changes coming to buildcrafting in Lightfall, we want to give everyone a chance to enjoy all of the standard mods in their current state for the rest of the Season. Standard mods refer to everything but raid and artifact mods. Players who were granted access to armor mods in yesterday’s patch will not have them appear as unlocked in Collections. They can still use them freely in their armor.

We have a blog post planned for next week with more information on how mods and buildcrafting all up will be evolving in Lightfall… stay tuned!


Starting next week, we are making the following changes to the cost of focusing weapons and armor.

  • Focusing costs for all Trials of Osiris, Iron Banner, Crucible, and Gambit weapons and armor will be reduced to 25 Legendary Shards (down from 50).
  • Adept weapon focus cost will also be reduced to 50 (down from 250).
  • The Glimmer cost of focusing regular ritual weapons has been reduced to 5,000 (down from 10,000.)

We are making these changes to make focusing gear more available to players, especially newer players who haven’t been saving up Scrooge McDuck piles of Legendary Shards over the years.

We want to make sure players have opportunities to chase more spicy rolls without breaking the bank. You can try these out next week by visiting the vendors for Trials (next Friday), Crucible, Gambit, and hitting up Lord Saladin when he returns on January 31.


Our goal in creating real world, made-to-order merchandise, is to give all eligible players opportunities to celebrate and commemorate their in-game achievements.

Depending on the product type, it can take up to 12 months to manufacture physical merchandise and varying transit times to distribution centers. With a live service game like Destiny, pre-orders allow us to offer physical rewards without putting a limit on the number of players who can participate in purchasing a collectible reward.

We share a commitment that our community deserves an exceptional ordering experience, and we understand that we have not always hit that bar. We acknowledge the need to make improvements in this area, including offering alternative approaches that will create a better ordering experience, improve speed to market, without compromising quality or customer service. We will be casting a wide net to engage with players for feedback, which will inform us of how best to address many of the issues being discussed.


As of Tuesday, January 10, players are no longer able to access Destiny 2 from the Stadia platform. Destiny 2 players whose main characters are from Stadia should set up Cross Save with another platform so they do not lose access to their characters after the full platform shutdown on January 18, 2023.

Additionally, after January 18, players with Google Stadia as their primary account should not deactivate Cross Save for any reason. Doing so will result in players completely losing access to their characters.

For more information, please see our Save Your Stadia Characters article.

Stadia players who encounter issues accessing their characters once they set up Cross Save should see our

Stadia Cross Save Troubleshooting Guide.


Players who have Stadia in their Cross Save setup don’t need to remove their Stadia accounts from their profile prior to the shutdown of the platform. Inactive Stadia account links will be automatically removed from player profiles after January 18, 2023, and Cross Save will be unaffected.

Players who intended to set their Stadia characters as their active Cross Save prior to the shutdown but encountered issues should see our Stadia Cross Save Troubleshooting Guide.