Everything being included – and eliminated – with the December season.

Remember Mercury? Destiny 2’s tiniest location is getting a revamp with Season of Dawn, presenting a brand-new matchmade activity for those who purchase into the season pass, and a little number of game-wide updates to the rest of Destiny 2 even if you do not.

It likewise includes much of what the previous season provided – consisting of a fight pass with 100 tiers of benefits, a brand-new artefact with its own set of mods and a Power level increase, and a series of Exotic questlines.

Our Destiny 2 Shadow of Dawn guide describes what’s coming the first day and week-by-week as part of the roadmap, along with a list of Battle Pass additions, consisting of the brand-new Exotic scout rifle Symmetry .

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As for when it’s coming – Destiny 2’s Season of Dawn has a release date of December 10th prior to ending March 9th, beginning and ending at the typical weekly reset time.

Destiny 2 Season of Dawn guide: This season’s roadmap discussed

Destiny 2 Season of Dawn is the 2nd season of material in the video game’s 3rd year, following on from the launching of Season of the Undying that released along with Shadowkeep and New Light in October.

This season’s story sees Osiris calling you to Mercury. With the Vex beat last season, the timeline has actually altered – with the Red Legion returning in an effort to reverse their triumph.

It’s worth keeping in mind there’s no particular verification of any story objectives concerning Season of Dawn – though there is the tease of ‘Save a Legend’ on December 17th, which is most likely to see the re-appearance of the famous Saint-14, along with mystical ‘Obelisks’ being contributed to locations, which will likely connect into the Red Legion time-changing plot.

First, what you get with the Season of Dawn pass:

  • Access to ‘The Sundial’, a 6 gamer match-made activity that sees you battle in various mixes of Mercury’s past, future and present (December 10th) with brand-new managers included subsequent weeks
  • New ‘Timelost’ weapon benefits from finishing Season of Dawn activities (December 10th)
  • Access to premium Battle Pass tiers, that includes instantaneous access to the brand-new ‘Symmetry’ Exotic Scout Rifle (December 10th)
  • The intro of Obelisks on Nessus and the EDZ (December 17th)
  • Legend problem in The Sundial (January 7th)
  • Devil’s Ruin Exotic Quest (January 7th)
  • Bastion Exotic Quest (January 28th)
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Saint-14 and The Sundial activity.

And here are the additions and modifications coming to all players throughout the season:

  • Obelisks added to four destinations (December 10th)
  • Level cap increase (by 10 to 960 Powerful / 970 Pinnacle, December 10th)
  • Update to Solar sub-classes (December 10th)
  • A new season artefact, The Lantern of Osiris (December 10th)
  • Elimination Crucible mode (December 10th)
  • Return of Destiny 1 map ‘Rusted Lands’ in Crucible (December 10th)
  • Access to free Battle Pass tiers, including access to the Symmetry Exotic Scout Rifle at Tier 35 and the ‘Righteous’ set of Seasonal Ornaments (December 10th)
  • The Dawning seasonal event (December 17th to January 14th)
  • Empyrean Foundation (Unknown, February 4th)
  • Crimson Days seasonal event (February 11th to February 18th)
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The ‘Righteous’ set of armour available to all in the battle pass

Finally, here are some other modifications coming as part of the Season of Dawn update:

  • The new Season artefact’s Champion mods will be available in the first column, allowing you to access them for high-end activities right away, and will focus on long-range weapons (such as Pulse Rifles, Bows, Scout Rifles) as well as Solar and Void elements
  • A new buff when using Season of Dawn armour named Charged with Light, enabled by using select mods
  • You will now be able to cycle through a list of Finishers by favouriting them
  • The ability to use Sparrows on Mercury (at last!)
  • Scourge of the Past raid Exotic Anarchy’s drop rate is increasing 5% to 10%.
  • Fated Engrams are no more, and now when you open an Exotic Engram, it awards a new (class-specific) Exotic if any remain to be collected, otherwise it’s just a random piece of Exotic armour.
  • Escalation Protocol’s final seventh wave no longer requires a Charged Decryption Key (which are now being removed from the game) and can be opened as soon as the wave is over. Each completed wave gives you a piece of armour until you have the entire set.
  • Weapon mod equipping costs have been reduced from 5,000 Glimmer to 500.
  • Gunsmith now has repeatable bounties, and the weekly ‘Field Calibration’ objective now grabs progress from all sources, not having to play Strikes / Crucible / Gambit.
  • Crucible bounties are also seeing changes – there’s a mode-specific bounty, completion requirements are lowered for others, while grenade and melee bounties are being removed entirely.
  • There is a Crucible map refresh for this season – The Dead Cliffs, Legion’s Gulch, Retribution and Solitude are in, while Emperor’s Respite, Equinox, Firebase Echo and Vostok are out.

Destiny 2 Season of Dawn Battle Pass content, including Symmetry

Bungie has teased what to expect from the Season of Dawn battle pass. If you levelled up through the Season of Undying battle pass, there are a lot of similarities here.

Highlights include:

  • An exclusive Exotic, Symmetry, available instantly with the premium pass or at Tier 35 for free
  • Two armour Ornament sets, one available free (Righteous) and several premium weapon ornaments
  • Other cosmetics, including a Finisher and Emote
  • Various consumables, including Glimmer, planetary material bundles and Legendary Shards
  • Eververse, Exotic and Legendary Engrams

Tiers 1-10:

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Tiers 11-20:

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Tiers 21-30:

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Tiers 31-40:

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Tiers 41-50:

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Tiers 51-60:

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Tiers 61-70:

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Tiers 71-80:

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Tiers 81-90:

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Tiers 91-100:

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Currently active is the Festival of the Lost event, which features Cipher Decoders, and coincided with the end of the Interference quest.

Looking ahead to Year 4 and beyond, we explain all Destiny 2 PS5 and Xbox Series upgrade details, as well as Destiny 2 crossplay and transmog.

Season of Arrivals has introduced new Exotics, including Traveler’s Chosen and Ruinous Effigy, as well as new Powerful and Pinnacle Gear sources.

Elsewhere in Year 3 we saw the introduction of Armor 2.0 and K1 Logistics, K1 Revelation, K1 Crew Quarters and K1 Communion locations.

There are also several new weapon quests, including the Deathbringer quest, Divinity quest, Leviathan’s Breath quest and Xenophage quest.

We also have an explainer on Destiny 2 cross save support.


What is disappearing with the arrival of Season of Dawn in Destiny 2?

The new seasonal structure means as some things arrive in the game, others will disappear. These are things introduced with Season of the Undying, including its matchmade activity Vex Offensive and Vex spawns and their associated rewards, including Triumphs.

Here’s what’s being removed on the arrival of Season of Dawn on December 10th (the following lists are verbatim from Bungie’s support website):

  • Season of the Undying Season Pass and bonuses from the Season Pass
  • Eriana’s Vow (the Battle Pass Exotic) acquisition, and the catalyst quest (both of which will be available through alternate means in future)
  • Season of the Undying Seal and Title
  • The Vex Offensive
  • Vex invasions on the Moon
  • Weapon frames and bounties from Ikora for the Vex Offensive
  • Ikora’s Vex Offensive Weekly Challenge
  • Emblems and Shader Quests/items from Season of the Undying
  • Incomplete items in the Collection Badge will turn invisible
  • Lore – “The Last Days on Kraken Mare”
  • The Gatelord’s Eye seasonal artifact
  • Player power increase from the Gatelord’s Eye
  • Season of the Undying artifact mods
  • The Leviathan’s Breath exotic quest if gamers didn’t own the Season Pass
  • Season of the Undying specific materials (Vex components, etc)
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This also includes the following Triumphs:

  • Season 8: Power Bonus
  • Season 8: Progress
  • The Front Lines
  • Final Assault
  • Rapid Assault
  • Precise Assault
  • Perfect Assault
  • Flawless Assault
  • Offensive Expert
  • Offensive Tactician
  • Offensive Sharpshooter
  • Offensive Finisher
  • Operative
  • Moonlight Crescendo
  • Lunar Fashion
  • Dark Side of the Moon
  • Crater Spark
  • Over the Moon
  • Season 8: Vanguard
  • Season 8: Nightfall
  • Season 8: Engagement
  • Season 8: Rituals
  • Season 8: Combat
  • Season 8: Challenges
  • Season 8: Valor Legend
  • Season 8: Valor
  • Season 8: Glory Streak
  • Season 8: Glory
  • Season 8: Iron Banner
  • Season 8: Iron Will

A bonus reminder: Before the season ends, don’t forget to log into any alternative character classes and redeem their respective armour pieces and ornaments from the Battle Pass, since their progress is shared and each class has a different set to collect. You won’t have actually an opportunity once again when the season ends!