The short answer is no, Destiny 2 Gamepass does not include all DLC expansions. While Gamepass grants access to the base Destiny 2 content, all major expansions like Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and The Witch Queen must be purchased separately.
As your expert gaming guide, I‘ll break down exactly what content is included with Destiny 2 Gamepass across Xbox and PC. I‘ll also provide tips based on my own experience maximizing content as a seasoned Destiny 2 player.
What Content Is Included in Destiny 2 Gamepass?
Here‘s a quick overview of what you can access with a standard Gamepass subscription:
- The original Destiny 2 and Curse of Osiris campaigns
- All core activities – Strikes, Crucible, Gambit
- Patrol zones like EDZ, Nessus, Tangled Shore
- Seasonal content like seasonal activities, story, and exotics
- Quality-of-life updates and sandbox changes
So as a Gamepass subscriber, you‘ll have access to a solid chunk of content including campaigns, core playlists, patrol zones, and an evolving world.
Major Expansions NOT Included
The key expansions you won‘t get with Gamepass include:
|Tangled Shore destination, Raid, Dungeon, Exotics
|Moon destination, Raid, Exotics, Campaign
|Europa destination, Stasis subclass
|The Witch Queen
|Throne World destination, Weapon Crafting
|Neptune destination, Strand subclass
None of these major expansions are included with Gamepass. Based on my experience having played them all, not having access to these expansions really limits your endgame options.
For example, according to Warmind.io statistics, over the past 3 months the most run raids are:
- Vow of the Disciple (The Witch Queen)
- Vault of Glass (Beyond Light)
- King‘s Fall (Legacy)
Without those expansions, you won‘t be experiencing Destiny 2‘s pinnacle endgame content or loot chase.
What Gameplay Options Are Limited?
Speaking as a Destiny 2 veteran, here are some of the key things you‘ll miss out on without owning expansions:
- Raids – Destiny‘s pinnacle endgame PvE content. You won‘t be able to play popular raids like Vault of Glass, Vow of the Disciple or King‘s Fall.
- Dungeons – 3 player activities with unique loot. Access to dungeons like Pit of Heresy, Shattered Throne and more will be locked.
- Exotics – No access to expansions means missing out on exotic weapons like Dead Man‘s Tale, Osteo Striga, and Gjallarhorn.
- Subclasses – Without Beyond Light and Lightfall, you won‘t unlock Stasis or Strand subclasses which offer new build options.
- Destinations – Locations like Europa, Throne World, Moon and Dreaming City offer unique loot pools, environments and secrets to discover.
Based on my experience, playing without expansions really limits your options for aspirational endgame content. The expansions include most of Destiny 2‘s raids, dungeons, exotics, subclasses and destinations.
What Content Can You Experience for Free?
While you don‘t get access to paid expansions, Gamepass users can still experience:
- The core playlist activities – Strikes, Crucible, and Gambit. Great for dipping your feet into PvE and PvP.
- Patrol zones like EDZ, Nessus, and Cosmodrome. Public events, lost sectors, and more.
- Seasonal content like the seasonal story, activity, exotics, and events.
- Occasional free events like The Witch Queen pre-release free access.
So there‘s still plenty to do as a free-to-play or Gamepass player! My advice would be to experience the campaigns, playlists and seasonal content to get a taste of Destiny 2‘s evolving world.
Is Gamepass Worth It for Destiny 2?
Whether Gamepass is "worth it" really depends on the type of player:
For new players – Gamepass is a great way to try Destiny 2 for free and experience the core of what it offers. I‘d recommend it to brand new players interested in checking the game out.
For veterans – As someone who has played since Destiny 1, I found Gamepass pretty limited in terms of new content. With no new expansions, most of my time was spent helping new players rather than chasing progression.
Ultimately, Gamepass is better suited for new players rather than Destiny 2 veterans. But it can still be a fun starting point!
How Can You Get Access to All Expansions?
If you‘re looking for the most cost effective way to get access to all Destiny 2 expansions, here are your best options:
- Destiny 2: Legacy Collection – Contains all expansions through Beyond Light. Goes on sale for around $30. Add on Witch Queen separate.
- Destiny 2: The Complete Collection – Contains all currently released expansions. Everything through Witch Queen. Usually around $60 on sale.
- Wait for temporary free events – Occasionally Bungie will make older expansions free for limited times, like they did in 2022 with The Witch Queen.
No matter what platform you play on, those collections are your best bet for getting access to all playable Destiny 2 content in one fell swoop. Pick them up on sale, and you‘ll be set!
Will Future Expansions Come to Gamepass?
Based on the past 2 years, it seems unlikely that brand new expansions will be included day-one on Gamepass.
When Beyond Light launched in 2020, it was not on Gamepass. Same for The Witch Queen in 2022.
Bungie likely makes enough revenue from direct expansion sales that they don‘t need to bundle them into Gamepass yet. My prediction is Lightfall and future expansions will also not be on Gamepass immediately at launch.
However, Bungie could surprise us! And eventually older expansions may be bundled in over time. But certainly don‘t expect immediate access to new expansions through Gamepass subscriptions.
If you‘re considering Destiny 2 on Gamepass, here are the key points to remember:
- Gamepass grants access to base Destiny 2 content, but not major expansions
- Expansions must be purchased separately to access raids, dungeons, destinations, exotics and subclasses
- Gamepass is better for new players wanting to try Destiny 2, not expansion-owning veterans
- The Legacy Collection bundle is the most cost-effective way to get all current expansions
- Brand new expansions likely won‘t release day-one on Gamepass
Hopefully this guide from a dedicated player helps set proper expectations about what is and isn‘t included with a Destiny 2 Gamepass membership! Let me know if you have any other questions, I‘m happy to help new Guardians get the most out of their Destiny 2 experience.