Destiny’s Rise of Iron expansion has just hit consoles, players were really excited and jumped right into the story. But where do you start? Iy you are the type of player that just complete the story missions and then you don’t know what to do, here are some good tips to get you started.
1- Focus on the story missions
With Rise of Iron, every player is presented with the new and short lived set of missions focussing on Destiny’s universe. By prioritising this campaign players will easily flow towards the higher light levels with little to no resistance and see some cool cinematics in the process. You just need to brace yourself for Lord Saladin’s constant reminder that you are still a “young wolf”.
2- Fill the book
If you aim to complete the Rise of Iron book while levelling up your main character, the journey for your other characters will be dramatically reduced. To a point in which most characters will be sitting pretty at 340 light (or higher) just through items earned in the reward system alone. So, open up your book (it’s in the progress tab of your character) and complete all the things you can!
3- Keep your engrams
Unfortunately jumping straight in to Rise of Iron and handing the Cryptarch all your well-earned loot is actually to your detriment. Instead save those precious items up and keep them in a safe place until you are above 365 light. Blues will decode up to 340 and purple up to 365 – with the option of giving you an exotic higher than that. The exotic engrams will give you higher things if you are 365 light or above.
4- Be aware of side quests
Rise of Iron is teeming with loads of new gear and one way to secure a true weapon worthy of Destiny’s legacy is through the side quest “Beauty in Destruction”. By pottering about in the Plaguelands and completing a few missions you will be presented with an opportunity to earn yourself Gjallahorn. And not just any Gjallahorn, a 350 light Gjallahorn with bells and whistles. Beyond packing a punch this weapon will once again boost you a few levels in light and build towards that all important raid load out. There are at least 4 exotic weapon quests within Rise of Iron, so be on the lookout for any and all the quests you can find.
5- Patrol the Plaguelands
Rise of Iron’s new patrol area the Plaguelands has its own challenge area, much like The Taken King. The Archon’s forge allows players to offer up different items to create a series of enemies come spewing out from all the nooks and crannies in the arena. Within Archon’s Forge you can be teamed up with up to 5 players and all take on these threats, netting a lot of engrams and some extra glimmer in the process. It also seems that through completing these instances continuously will generate another one of the required items for your party. After spending about 1 hour of completing these quests, with two members of our party only having the necessary item for the first two instances, it’s safe to say a fireteam of 3 with a few of these each could spend a whole day wiping out minions in Archon’s Forge.