Destiny 2: Shadowkeep brought major changes to the way Destiny‘s Eververse Store works, particularly when it comes to earning Bright Dust. While the Eververse’s randomized Bright Engrams and certain item packages are purchasable with real money, the Bright Dust currency does not have a direct, real-money conversion. In the past, Bright Dust was earned as a random drop from Bright Engrams and as a reward for dismantling unwanted Eververse items. In Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, that has changed, and Bright Dust is now mainly earned as an in-game reward. This Destiny 2 Bright Dust guide will tell you how to farm Bright Dust in Shadowkeep, and we’ll provide some Bright Dust farming methods and a list of all Bright Dust bounties.
Destiny 2 Bright Dust | How to earn Bright Dust and engrams in Shadowkeep
The old method of getting Bright Dust relied mostly on earning Bright Engrams. Players would earn XP until they ranked up, which would reward them a Bright Engram. The items found in this engram could then be dismantled for Dust. Players could also complete Eververse bounties for Dust, but this all changed with Shadowkeep. Now, the only way to earn Bright Engrams is to either buy them or unlock them as occasional Seasonal Rank rewards. For example, reaching rank 13 will grant you one Nostalgic Engram, a type of Bright Engram that rewards gear from past seasons. As opposed to the old system that rewarded Bright Engrams on every level-up, the Seasonal Rank system rewards engrams every five ranks, so you won’t see another until rank 18. All Bright Engrams earned through Seasonal Rank-ups are a part of the unpaid season, meaning Season Pass holders will not earn extra Bright Engrams. (Note: The only type of Bright Engrams currently available both for purchase and as a part of the Seasonal Rank system are Nostalgic Engrams, so it appears no current-season items can be earned through random engram drops at this time.)
To counteract the reduction in Bright Engram drops, earning Bright Dust is now much more direct. Bright Dust is still occasionally rewarded as a random drop from Bight Engrams, but it can be earned more reliably by completing various bounties. In addition to rewards like glimmer and planetary materials such as Helium Filaments, these bounties will award Guardians with a small amount of Bright Dust. Picking up bounties will cost you glimmer, so it’s best to be careful about which bounties you select. Not every bounty rewards Bright Dust, so we’ll go over which bounties to look out for in the next section. Bungie also said in a June blog post that “there will be an additional avenue to keep grinding out Bright Dust” after you complete the weekly available bounties. Perhaps the team was simply referring to daily, repeatable bounties, but it’s otherwise not yet clear what exactly this method is.
Destiny 2 Bright Dust | Bright Dust bounties and farming methods
There is currently no list in-game of which bounties reward Bright Dust, and without a universal list of all available bounties, it can be a huge pain to run from bounty-giver to bounty-giver in order to find relevant bounties. Thankfully, Destiny Reddit user PursuantOdin94 has done the massive amount of work required to dig through all the Season 8 bounties in the light.gg Destiny 2 database to find out which ones reward Bright Dust. Thanks to PursuantOdin94’s post, we now know the complete list of all Bright Dust bounties for Season 8 (organized below alphabetically and by number of objective completions required). Only three types of bounties reward Bright Dust — Crucible, Gambit, and strikes — so don’t waste your time searching for it elsewhere.
- Hunter Slayer: Defeat 5 Hunter opponents.
- Super Slayer: Defeat 5 enemies with super final blows.
- Titan Slayer: Defeat 5 Titan opponents.
- Warlock Slayer: Defeat 5 Warlock opponents.
- Arc Slayer: Defeat 10 enemies with Arc final blows.
- Auto Rifle: Slayer Defeat 10 enemies with Auto Rifle final blows.
- Grenade Slayer: Defeat 10 enemies with grenade ability final blows.
- Melee Slayer: Defeat 10 enemies with melee final blows.
- SMG Slayer: Defeat 10 enemies with Submachine Gun final blows.
- Void Slayer: Defeat 10 enemies with Void final blows.
- Combat Drill: Earn 100 points by completing Crucible matches. Defeating opponents and assisting or being assisted by your teammates grant the most efficient progress.
- Quantum Mechanic: Earn 100 points by completing Crucible matches and defeat opponents with Void damage. Defeating opponents with Void Supers and Void Power weapons grants the most efficient progress.
- Ride the Lightning: Earn 100 points by completing Crucible matches and defeat opponents with Arc damage. Defeating opponents with Arc Supers and Arc Power weapons grants the most efficient progress.
- Step Into the Light: Earn 100 points by completing Crucible matches. Casting your Super, defeating opponents with your Super, and shutting down opponents in their Super grant the most efficient progress.
- Thrill of Victory: Earn 100 points by completing Crucible matches. Wins grant the most efficient progress.
- Blocker Gamble: Send 5 Blockers to your opponents.
- Guardian Gamble: Defeat 5 opposing guardians.
- Super Gamble: Defeat 15 enemies with Super final blows.
- Arc Gamble: Defeat 25 enemies with Arc damage final blows.
- Auto Rifle Gamble: Defeat 25 enemies with Auto Rifle final blows.
- Grenade Gamble: Defeat 25 enemies with Auto Rifle final blows.
- Melee Gamble: Defeat 25 enemies with melee final blows.
- Mote Gamble: Collect and bank 25 Motes.
- SMG Gamble: Defeat 25 enemies with Submachine Gun final blows.
- Void Gamble: Defeat 25 enemies with Void damage final blows.
- Do It: Earn 5 points. Wins add 3, losses add 2.
- Might of the Traveler: Earn 100 points by casting Supers, defeating enemies with Supers, and creating Orbs of Light.
- On the Grind: Earn 250 points by defeating enemies, defeating Guardians, and banking Motes.
- Finishing Striker: In strikes, defeat 5 enemies with finisher final blows.
- Arc Striker: In strikes, defeat 25 enemies with Arc damage.
- Auto Rifle Striker: In strikes, defeat 25 enemies with Auto Rifle final blows.
- Grenade Striker: In strikes, defeat 25 enemies with grenade ability final blows.
- Hive Striker: In strikes, defeat 25 Hive enemies.
- Melee Strike In strikes, defeat 25 enemies with melee final blows.
- SMG Striker: In strikes, defeat 25 enemies with Submachine Gun final blows.
- Vex Striker: In strikes, defeat 25 Vex enemies.
- Void Striker: In strikes, defeat 25 enemies with Void damage.
- Break The Machine: Complete 3 strikes and defeat at least 1 Vex strike boss.
- End The Ritual: Complete 3 strikes and defeat at least 1 Hive strike boss.
- Force Projection: In at least 3 strikes, defeat 150 enemies with Void final blows.
- Lightning Strikes: In at least 3 strikes, defeat 150 enemies with Arc final blows.
- Thin the Horde: In at least 3 strikes, defeat 150 Hive enemies.
- Wrench in the Works: In at least 3 strikes, defeat 150 Vex enemies.
According to PursuantOdin94’s testing, the most efficient Bright Dust farming method could be completing strike bounties (available from Zavala at the Tower). If the strike you begin doesn’t have the kind of enemy you need for your bounties (Fallen, Hive, etc.), PursuantOdin94 suggests entering a nearby Lost Sector populated by that enemy type while you’re within the strike activity. This will allow you to complete bounties dependent on enemy types not normally found in that strike. PursuantOdin94 said they were able to get around 200 to 250 Bright Dust per hour while completing strike bounties.
Destiny 2 Bright Dust | Eververse Store item prices
Knowing you’ll get about 200 Bright Dust per hour if you grind efficiently, it’s useful to know which Eververse items you’ll be able to afford for each hour you put into Bright Dust farming. While most items in the Eververse Store are sold for the premium Silver currency, Tess Everis (the store’s vendor) keeps a weekly-rotating stock of items available for Bright Dust. You can find some of these items on the main store page below the week’s featured Silver items, and more are found on a separate page within the store labeled “Bright Dust.” Tess sells the following types of items for the listed Bright Dust cost. Tess has yet to sell some item categories, so we’ve noted those missing with three question marks (“???”). We’ll update this guide as more items are sold.
- Legendary shaders: 40 Bright Dust
Tokens (Reward participants with Eververse items upon match/strike completion)
- Gleaming Boons of the Crucible: 500 Bright Dust
- Gleaming Boons of the Vanguard: 150 Bright Dust
- Legendary transmat effects: 450 Bright Dust
Emotes, Ghost Shells, & Ghost Projections
- Rare emotes: 400 Bright Dust
- Legendary emotes: 700 Bright Dust
- Exotic emotes: 3,350 Bright Dust
- Legendary Ghost projections: 1,500 Bright Dust
- Legendary Ghost shells: 250 Bright Dust
- Exotic Ghost shells: 2,850 Bright Dust
- Legendary (universal) armor ornaments: 1,200 Bright Dust
- Exotic armor ornaments: ???
- Legendary weapon ornaments: 700 Bright Dust
- Exotic weapon ornaments: 1,250 Bright Dust
Ships & Sparrows
- Legendary ships: 600 Bright Dust
- Exotic ships: 2,000
- Legendary sparrows: 600 Bright Dust
- Exotic sparrows: ???