In the past, we’ve covered various Destiny 2 currencies and today we are going to be talking about one of the most coveted currencies in the game; Bright Dust. Before we get into how to farm it, it is important to understand what it is, where you can use it, what you can get with it, and why it is one of the most scarce and sought-after currencies in the game.
What is Bright Dust?
Bright Dust is one of the many currencies available in Destiny 2 but unlike most resources in the game, it is extremely rare, hard to get, and worth saving up. It is supposed to be an extremely rare resource and is one of the brightest substances in the Destiny universe.
Where Can Bright Dust Be Used?
There is only one store in the entire Destiny 2 universe that accepts Bright Dust as a currency and that is the Eververse store. If you’ve been to the Tower even just once you are probably familiar with the Eververse store which is located right next to the Post Master and ambient voice lines in the Tower will often make mention of the Eververse store and how there is new stock in it.
The Eververse store acts as an in-game shop that you can use in order to get stuff that you can pay money for. The store is most famous for cosmetic items such as emotes, sparrows, ghosts, and ornaments but that is not all that it has to offer. It also sells the expansions that are native to Destiny 2, the season pass, as well as other progression-based items such as season pass levels, and consumables that will allow you to progress faster in the game.
It is because of those reasons that Eververse is so popular among both new and veteran players as it gives them a chance to include items in their inventory that used to be in rotation for particular seasons and allows them to customize their gear in such a way that they stand out from the rest.
What Can Bright Dust Be Used For?
Since Bright Dust is only accepted by the Eververse store, it would make sense that everything in the store could be potentially bought with enough Bright Dust but that is not the case. There are specific items that can be bought with only Bright Dust and the list includes:
- Certain Consumables
- Arrival Animations
- Ship Trails
Out of all of these, there are certain items that are only for cosmetic purposes but there are some of them that actually impact the game and can prove to be an amazing boon when playing Destiny 2. These progression-based items include sparrows that you can summon faster, ghosts that net you more Exp from every encounter, and consumables that allow you to get enhancement cores from boss enemies.
Bright Dust can be used for purchasing all of these and they can play a great passive role when completing certain activities. The ghost buff is helpful for anything that you do, the faster-summoned sparrow is great for instances such as the rainbow road in Prophecy, and the consumables are just generally good for upgrading your gear and making sure that everything is masterworked.
There are certain emotes that can also change the game in your favor. There have been instances where certain emotes can trigger changes in your character and make it so that you can destroy even the hardest of elite mobs in a matter of seconds.
Bungie has been careful after one such instance with a Titan emote which literally broke the game but there still exist emotes that can put you out of the map in a certain way or position your hitbox in a way that you can abuse it in certain situations.
Nowadays though there aren’t any emotes that can allow you to do that although it is only a matter of time as the Eververse store is updated constantly and there only needs to be one emote that is not vetted properly to break the game for all players. Most of the emotes are just for show though and the ships, arrival animations, and ship trails all serve that function.
They exist to make your guardian stand out and show off all that you have. All of these are purchasable with Bright Dust, given that you have enough of it.
Why is Bright Dust Scarce In Destiny 2?
As you can see, there are a lot of cool and useful things that you can get with Bright Dust but there is a singular reason that makes this currency so much rarer than the others that can be found in the game. The reason for that is that this is one of the main currencies that can be bought in the game for real-world money.
Since Destiny 2 went free-to-play Bungie has shifted their focus to the Eververse store and has decided to provide more cosmetic items and gear in the place of everlasting campaigns. This shift made Bright Dust more attractive because there is now so much that you can buy in the Eververse store that it becomes almost necessary to get this rare currency as much as you can.
When they made Bright Dust a purchasable currency, they also added some features that you can use in order to get Bright Dust without paying a dime. There are only two things though that allow you to do that so it ends up being necessary to accumulate as much of it as you can and spend it only on stuff that you really want rather than getting everything that you can afford.
How to Farm Bright Dust
There are only two ways that you can get Bright Dust in the game without directly paying for it. One of those methods involves Bounties and the second involves the season pass. We’ll talk about the bounties first as that is the easiest to do and doesn’t require any additional purchases.
As you are already aware, Destiny 2 focuses a lot on bounties as they are one of the main ways that you can make progress in the game, and they are responsible for giving you most of the Exp that you need for your seasonal artifact as well as for the season pass.
Bounties are also integral for Bright Dust farming as there are certain bounties that you can get from Zavala, Shaxx, and Banshee-44 that will give you the normal Exp rewards as well as a meager amount of Bright Dust for every single one that you complete. You only get 25 Bright Dust for every bounty that you do and not every bounty will give you that reward but it is definitely worth doing a few each week as the amount starts adding up.
The bounties for Bright Dust as rewards are not different in any way from the ones that you can normally complete. They are of the same difficulty, with mostly the same objectives, and will take the same amount of time to complete. You also get the Exp that you normally get from bounties as well as the additional Bright Dust.
Farming these bounties can be tedious though as they are not interested in any way but the rewards are worth it as this is the only way of getting Bright Dust without spending any money.
The season pass was introduced with Shadowkeep and it works pretty much like every other season pass in video games. There are rewards to unlock at different levels and some of the rewards are really decent.
One of those rewards happens to be Bright Dust but the caveat here is that Bright Dust can easily be farmed if you buy the season pass and get access to the best drops. If you only focus on the free rewards then you’re not going to get a lot of rewards.
Normally I wouldn’t encourage getting the season pass in any game as it just promotes bad habits, both from the players and the developers, but in Destiny’s case, there is a lot of content that can only be accessed if you have a season pass. These activities often have great rewards and the activities themselves are really fun to do so it is definitely worth it.
Getting the season pass also allows you to get a bunch of resources that are necessary for progression so it can cut down on mindless grinding by quite a lot. If you are invested in Destiny and want to experience all that it has to offer then getting the season pass becomes a necessity rather than a choice.
Bright Dust from the season pass can only be attained if you complete the prerequisite levels of it, and the best way to do that is through bounties so it all comes full circle. If you want to maximize your Bright Dust farming then you should definitely look into both these techniques as a combination of the two will get you a lot of Bright Dust in no time.