Bungie Lists Full Patch Notes to Prepare You Against Oryx for Destiny: The Taken King’s Launch

on September 15, 2015 11:05 AM

Destiny players have an exciting day ahead of them today in anticipation of the game’s major expansion The Taken King launching today, and for those looking to dive in and see what changes await them along with the evil Oryx and his army, Bungie has provided plenty of them.

Developer Bungie has released the full patch notes for today’s updates coming for Destiny: The Taken King, which already had a sizable number of changes implemented last week with the release of the game’s 2.0 patch prior to The Taken King‘s release today – you can view the full patch notes below:

The Taken King
  • Oryx and his army has arrived
  • Meet them on Phobos, a moon of Mars
  • Requires The Taken King and a minimum character level of 25
General
  • Max Character Level Cap now increased to 40 (Requires The Taken King)
  • New Vanguard and Crucible bounties are now available at your local Bounty Tracker
  • Year One Moments of Triumph are now locked in history and cannot be progressed
  • VIP ‘Founders Fortune’ rewards will be distributed in the Tower (Requires The Taken King)
  • “Spark of Light” Level 25 Character Boost consumable is available at the Postmaster (Requires The Taken King)
Classes
  • Subclass quests for new subclasses are now available after the completion of The Coming War story mission (Requires The Taken King)
Activities
Patrols
  • Patrols now offer rewards once again
Daily Heroics
  • Required Level: 40
  • Requires The Taken King
  • These missions will include selections from Year One and Year Two
Vanguard Strike Playlists
  • Weekly Heroic Strike has been replaced by the Vanguard Heroic Strike Playlist
  • There are now three Strike playlists:
    • Legacy Strike Playlist
      • Available to all players
      • Contains all Year One Strikes, including original Dust Palace and Undying Mind Strikes
    • Vanguard Strike Playlist
      • Requires The Taken King
      • Contains all new The Taken King Strikes, as well as 3 remixed Year One Strikes (Dust Palace, Undying Mind, and Cerberus Vae III)
    • Vanguard Heroic Strike Playlist:
      • Requires The Taken King
      • Contains all new The Taken King Strikes, as well as 3 remixed Year One Strikes (Dust Palace, Undying Mind, and Cerberus Vae III)
    • Heroic Strikes earn bonus rewards on weekly completion:
      • Legendary Engram (1 time per character)
      • +10 Legendary Marks (3 times per account)
    • Playing multiple Strikes without returning to orbit increases reward chances
    • All The Taken King and Updated Strikes now feature random encounter variation and may contain Taken combatants
Nightfall
  • Required Level: 40
  • Requires The Taken King
  • Wiping in Darkness Zones no longer kicks player to orbit
  • Resurrection timer is now a 30-second cooldown (must be resurrected by teammates)
Crucible
  • Year Two Crucible is now in effect (Requires the Taken King):
    • Rift, Control, Clash, Skirmish, Salvage, Rumble, Elimination are now Year Two core playlists
      • When Trials of Osiris is active, Elimination will only be playable via Trials of Osiris playlist
    • Featured Daily and Weekly activities are now active
  • Year One Core Playlists now contains Classic 6v6, Classic 3v3 and Classic FFA playlists
Tower
Cryptarch
  • The Cryptarchs will now exchange Legendary Marks for Legendary Engrams
  • Available engrams will be randomly selected by each Cryptarch every Tuesday
  • Legendary Engrams no longer have a chance to produce simple Materials
  • Rare Armor Engrams have a chance to produce Artifacts instead of Armor
Banshee
  • Starting on Armsday (Wednesday), Banshee-44 will accept Orders for new Foundry Weapons to characters at Gunsmith Rank 1 or higher. Higher Ranks will allow placement of more orders per week
Speaker
  • Legendary Armor has been added to the Speaker’s inventory
Shaxx
  • PvP Quests are now provided to players (Required Level: 5)
  • Shaxx now carries a set of Weekly Crucible Bounties, with Nightfall equivalent rewards for completing all five in a week
Arcite
  • Arcite now carries a set of Weekly Crucible Weapon Bounties
Roni-9940
  • The Vanguard Quartermaster will now exchange old Class Armor Materials for new unified Armor Materials
Queen’s Wrath
  • Petra now has new bounties available in the reef upon completing a new quest
  • These bounties will also drop a Treasure Key the first time one is completed each week
Economy
  • Vanguard and Crucible Marks deprecate and are converted to Commendations (at a rate of 50:1)
  • Legendary Loot drop rates have been increased across all activities
  • Legendary Marks are now earnable by completing Daily Story Chapters, Weekly Heroic Strikes, Daily PVP Activities, Weekly PVP Activities and Dismantling Year Two Legendary items
  • Strike rewards now drop from bosses instead of in the PGCR
    • Except for Sepiks Prime, who has been known to cleverly fly above water to deny victorious Guardians their rightfully earned spoils
  • Strikes reward tables now include items for all Armor and Weapon slots
Edit – Known Issues
  • Strike Legacy playlists are currently not providing rewards
    • This is known issue and will be hotfixed as soon as possible

Destiny is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 – the game’s major expansion The Taken King is available today for all platforms.

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Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.
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