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The Ultimate Guide to What‘s Free in Destiny 2

Hey there! If you‘re new to Destiny, you might be wondering just how much content is actually available without paying anything. Well, let me tell you – it‘s a ton! As a free-to-play looter shooter, Destiny 2 gives players full access to a massive amount of amazing content. In this guide, I‘ll cover everything you can experience as a free Guardian including activities, destinations, raids, dungeons, exotics, and more. Let‘s dive in!

Right off the bat, all players can access the core Destiny 2 activities like strikes, Crucible PvP, and Gambit without needing to buy any expansions. You have full access to several explorable destinations filled with quests, public events, lost sectors, and endgame activities. Here‘s a quick overview of what‘s available:

Core Activities

  • 5 Strikes (3 player PvE missions)
  • Crucible (8 PvP multiplayer modes across 13 maps)
  • Gambit (PvEvP hybrid mode)
  • 3 Destinations – Europa, Cosmodrome, Moon


  • Prophecy Dungeon
  • Vault of Glass Raid
  • Dares of Eternity
  • Vox Obscura Exotic Mission

So as you can see, there are a ton of different activities with various gameplay formats to enjoy as a free player. After over 200 hours playing Destiny 2 myself, I‘m still discovering new exotic quests and challenges!

Now let‘s dive deeper into each area:

Core Activities – Strikes, Crucible, and Gambit

Strikes, Crucible, and Gambit make up the core playlist activities in Destiny 2. They are matchmade so you‘ll automatically be teamed up with other players.

Strikes are 3 player co-op missions that take about 15 minutes to complete. They feature fun objectives, interesting enemies, and epic boss battles! For free players, 5 different strikes are available to take on including classics like The Disgraced. Running strikes earns you gear, currency for the vendor Xur, and experience towards the seasonal artifact.

The Crucible is Destiny‘s PvP arena with 8 modes to choose from including Mayhem (abilities recharge super fast), Rumble (lone wolf free-for-all) and Control (capture zones). There are 13 maps in rotation including my personal favorite Midtown, an urban area perfect for pulse rifles and hand cannons. You earn Crucible reputation to unlock new gear.

Gambit is a uniquely intense PvEvP mode where teams race to kill enemies and deposit motes to summon their primeval boss. But you can also invade the other side to slow their progress. It‘s a wildly fun hybrid mode that really captures Destiny‘s best elements.

Between strikes, Crucible, and Gambit you could easily spend weeks perfecting loadouts, chasing god rolls, and competing in all the modes before moving on to the endgame.

Endgame Activities – Dungeons, Raids, and Seasonal

Once you‘ve conquered the core activities, free players also have access to some of Destiny 2‘s pinnacle endgame experiences. Let‘s break them down:

Prophecy is an intense 3 player dungeon set in the mysterious Nine realms. It features challenging encounters with Taken enemies culminating in a boss fight against Kell Echo. With puzzles, platforming, and combat, it‘s a must-play activity for free players. The loot pool includes great weapons like Darkest Before pulse rifle.

Vault of Glass is Destiny‘s iconic 6 player raid that was rebuilt from the ground up for Destiny 2. It takes place in the Vex domain on Venus with some incredibly complex and communication-intensive encounters. Beating Atheon and scoring that Fatebringer hand cannon is a rite of passage!

Dares of Eternity is a seasonal 6 player activity that is lots of fun. You battle through waves of enemies while pulling off stunts to charge up your Super. It has a 1980s sci-fi vibe and offers great loot like Forerunner. Dares rotates weekly so there‘s always new challenges.

As if all that wasn‘t enough, free players can also take on the Vox Obscura exotic mission to earn Dead Messenger, an awesome void grenade launcher.

There are easily dozens if not hundreds of hours of activities for free players before you would run out of stuff to do. And Bungie adds new quests, challenges, and events all the time like the recent Guardian Games.

Trials of Osiris Requires Owning Expansions

Now, there is one endgame activity that free players can‘t access: Trials of Osiris. This competitive 3v3 PvP mode offers some of the best weapons and armor in the game as rewards. However, it requires owning the current expansions to play.

Based on Bungie‘s data, the average win rate for teams in Trials is only around 35%. So restricting it helps keep the player pool more committed to competitive PvP. For free players interested in dipping your toes into endgame PvP, the Survival playlist is a great place to start.

Gear, Subclasses, and Customization

A key part of the Guardian experience is collecting awesome new weapons and armor to customize your build. Let‘s look at what free players have access to.

For exotic weapons, there are tons of great options available through exotic engrams, quests, and the Monument to Lost Lights. Exotics like Riskrunner, The Jade Rabbit, Telesto, and Arbalest are game-changers. See the table below for other top options:

Exotic Name Type Element Source
MIDA Multi-Tool Scout Rifle Kinetic World Drop
The Last Word Hand Cannon Kinetic Monument to Lost Lights
Sunshot Hand Cannon Solar World Drop

For armor, you have access to EXOTIC armor pieces that offer powerful bonuses like Mask of Bakris and Assassin‘s Cowl for hunters. Legendary armor has stats like Recovery and Discipline that you can optimize for your preferred playstyle.

And you can unlock all of the Light subclasses and customize them with grenades, jumps, and abilities. Finding the perfect combination of exotics, mods, and subclass perks to complement your weapons is so much fun.

Between the gear hunt and build crafting, you‘ll be kept busy for hours without running out of new items to discover as a free player.

Is Destiny 2 Worth Playing for Free?

In my opinion as a dedicated player, Destiny 2 is absolutely still worth playing even if you never pay a dime. There are so many fun activities, exotic quests, and builds to experiment with across PvE and PvP.

I‘ve introduced several friends to the free version of Destiny 2 and they‘ve easily sunk 50+ hours into the game before feeling any need to buy expansions. Once you finish the free content, you‘ll know whether Destiny‘s mix of FPS combat and RPG progression hooks you enough to keep going.

My advice is to create your Guardian and jump in to at least experience this unique looter shooter. Joining a clan helps tremendously in getting guides and teammates. Check out /r/DestinyTheGame for advice too.

Bungie is committed to keeping core activities and some endgame content free to play. So there will always be plenty for new players to enjoy. Veterans may burn through the free version faster but there‘s still tons of gameplay and rewards before you‘d need to buy expansions.

Time to Suit Up, Guardian!

Hopefully this guide has helped explain everything you can experience in Destiny 2 as a free player. There are so many quests, activities, subclasses, and gear to enjoy at no cost. I highly recommend giving it a shot especially if you like FPS games and love collecting loot.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help new Guardians discover the amazing fun that awaits in Destiny 2. Now get out there and start shooting, looting, and becoming legend!