Destiny 2 has taken player feedback to heart. The Crimson Days event rewards players’ time, not their wallets, and removes the stress of grinding through duplicate pieces of loot to get the good stuff.
Bungie has been working hard to deliver on their promises to fans, and the Crimson Days event is proving to be no exception. While previous Destiny 2 events favored players with multiple characters and forced all players to wade through mountains of duplicates before finishing their collections, the Crimson Days event will have none of that.
A Better Loot System – No Duplicates Until the Collection is Done
As I mentioned before, in previous Destiny 2 events, whether it was the Dawning or the Iron Banner, players had to pray to the RNG gods for no duplicates when trying to finish their collections. This was especially frustrating for players who set out to collect one item only to finish the event without getting it.
This will not be the case for Crimson Days loot. For this event, Bungie is implementing a “knock-out” list. Whenever a player earns a piece of Crimson Days loot that item is checked off the list of available loot in Crimson Engrams. The list will continue to shrink until the player has earned every piece of loot at which point the player will start earning duplicates for the first time.
As you may have noticed, this system favors playing on a single character since the lists are set up on a per-character basis. This is a major win for casual players who may not have the time to juggle multiple characters, which is something most devoted players had to do in order to optimize their chances for collecting loot in previous events.
No Way to Buy Your Way to Victory
Crimson Engrams are earned by leveling up a character that has reached the level cap. (20 for base players, 25 for expansion players.) Crimson Engrams will be earned in addition to the usual Illuminated Engrams. This is the only way Crimson Engrams can be earned. Unlike the Dawning, these engrams cannot be purchased from Tess in the Eververse. Sorry, you cannot complete your knock-out list by pulling out a credit card.
This is a huge win for Destiny 2’s anti-Eververse players. Not to mention, unlike the Dawning, Crimson Days loot can be broken down for Bright Dust, further alleviating any need to spend real money.
That being said, there will be a few Crimson Days items that will be directly purchasable via Tess. But as I mentioned above, CD items will break down into Bright Dust, so if you earned something you don’t want you can easily turn it into something you do want from Tess. Not to mention, any items purchased from Tess will count toward the knock-out list.
No RNG pits for your money today.
Exclusive Rewards for Participating in a Variety of Activities
There are a few items that cannot be earned via Crimson Engrams: the Fire of the Crimson Days Emblem, the Tirastrella Ghost Shell, the Undeterred Exotic Sparrow, the Dieselpunk Exotic Ornament for Wardcliff Coil, and the Flaunting Dance Emote (A.K.A. Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance.)
Here’s how to earn them, per Bungie:
- Complete the milestone “Welcome to Crimson Days” by finishing five Crimson Days matches and visiting Lord Shaxx in the Tower to earn the Fire of the Crimson Days Emblem and the Tirastrella Ghost Shell.
- Complete matches in the Crimson Days Crucible playlist for a chance to earn the Undeterred Exotic Sparrow.
- Complete either the Leviathan Raid or the Raid Lair: Eater of Worlds to claim the Dieselpunk Exotic Ornament for Wardcliff Coil from the final chest.
- Complete the Nightfall Strike during the Crimson Days event to earn the Flaunting Dance Emote.
An Improved Crimson Days PvP Mode
In Destiny 1, the Crimson Days PvP mode wasn’t much fun. It was a 2v2 game mode where players without a fireteam partner were forced to deal with a stranger who runs off and doesn’t understand that sticking together is the best strategy.
While Destiny 2’s Crimson Days mode is still 2v2 in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Bungie has made a few tweaks to make sure all players are on the same page about the “stick together” strategy. For one, standing beside your teammate increases ability recharge rate. Neat. But there is a stick to back up that carrot: players who wander away from their teammate will become a waypoint on the enemy’s screen. The enemy will know exactly where to find you, and they know that you are vulnerable to a 2v1 attack. Dun, dun, duuuun…
Better stick close if you want to stay alive.
A Good Day for Destiny 2 Players
Overall, this is a good sign for Destiny 2 fans. It is further proof that Bungie is listening, and they are doing something about what they hear. Whether you think Crimson Days is a fun week to play with your buddy, or just another reminder that you’re alone, I think this event is a good sign that Destiny fans have an exciting future to look forward to.
If you are wondering when you can expect that “future” to arrive, check out this article: “When Will Destiny 2 Be Worth Playing Again?” We update this article regularly to include new information as it becomes available.