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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Leveling Guide – Fast XP and Season Pass Levels

Our Destiny leveling guide brings quick and easy instructions on how to quickly get to 900+ power level while earning a ton of experience to get all of the sweet season pass rewards.


Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light introduce the season pass concept into the world of Destiny. The well-received concept offers a way to gain further special and unique rewards while you are going about your usual business. While your primary goal remains to get to that sweet 900+ power level so you can participate in the endgame, the season pass offers some nice stuff too. Here we bring a simple yet highly effective leveling guide which will show you how to boost your character to max level and get your hands on all season pass rewards in no time at all.


Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Leveling Guide - Easy 900+ power level

From zero to hero in only a couple of days

Our leveling guide starts with the gear power level since it’s tied to being able to participate in many activities Destiny has to offer. With that being said, leveling gear power in Destiny is actually very easy. Starting out, it’s easy to fall into “Wow, that armor looks cool” mindset, but I’m here to tell to not worry about that. At least not yet. If you get a unique or exotic armor or weapon piece – deposit it into your vault and use it for PvP (where power level doesn’t matter) and for later when your gear score nears its absolute max. 

For now, partake in your favorite activities because all of them will reward you with new gear. You can also spend planetary resources at their respective vendors to buy new pieces of gear. This is a great method for players returning for Shadowkeep who have a massive stock of these as they can get to power level 900 in literally 10 minutes using this method.

When you get to around 940 power level, things will slow down to a crawl and you’ll need to participate in the hardest Destiny has to offer. So get a good fireteam and enter them raids for those pinnacle gear drops. But, even without that, you can fully enjoy most of what Destiny has to offer and still get some cool looking armor. Once you hit your max power level, bring out those unique and cool looking armors out of your vault and infuse them to your current gear level with the accumulated upgrade modules so you don’t look like a total noob with vanilla armor. 


Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Leveling Guide - Guiding Light

Guiding Light boosts all XP by 10%

No leveling guide is complete without this quick and easy way to speed up your XP gain for those Shadowkeep season pass levels. On your journey to max power level, you’ll stumble across multiple different Ghost shells. Some of them will grant you an experience boost for different activities on different planets.

Sure, you could get an exotic Ghost shell that will grant you +10% experience from all sources but these are an extremely rare commodity. Instead, when first starting out, it will be important to diversify your shells. Check your stock of Ghost shells before going to a destination and equip an appropriate one that boosts XP for that planet or activity.


Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Leveling Guide - Small XP Boost

Small XP boost can quickly become a huge XP boost

Having a full fireteam can bring more than success in the most difficult activities of Destiny 2. The season pass brings a reward that will boost your and your fireteam members XP by 2%. While this doesn’t seem like much, the good thing is that this bonus increases the higher you go up the season pass ladder for more than 30% boost and it further stacks from all fireteam members. 

This means that you’ll be raking in significant amounts of bonus XP if you have a full fireteam with season pass bonuses. Additionally, if you happen to have the previously mentioned Ghost shell with an XP boost – you’ll get an insane amount of experience and power through your season pass in no time. 


Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Leveling Guide - Easy Bounties

Best bounty is a quick bounty

Bounties are a surefire way of getting tons of experience to level up your season pass and the primary focus of this leveling guide. Destiny 2 has bounties on almost all planets and they come in a couple of flavors. Some are short and sweet, while others can be difficult and/or time-consuming. Depending on those factors, they’ll shell out different sized chunks of XP upon completion. While you might be tempted to go for some of the more grindy bounties that will give you more XP, I found it much easier to go for multiple short and sweet ones.

Each and every activity in the game has a corresponding vendor NPC that will give you bounties. Make sure to visit each one before entering any activity in his or her domain. Each planet has one, Zavala runs Strikes, Shaxx does Crucible and so on.

Additionally, one of the easiest and fastest ways to get XP is to combine bounties from several sources. The Gunsmith has weapon calibration bounties that can be completed across all activities and destinations. Combine these with the bounties for your chosen activity and add destination bounties to get huge XP gains. You’ll easily jump two to three season pass levels using this method. 

The leveling in Destiny 2 is also made easier by the Season of Dawn and the Dawning event which added a couple of more ways to add to the XP gains. First up, Eva Levante gives out general, easy to complete bounties that award double XP. Her additional bounties are especially easy and require you to bake and deliver Dawning cakes to various vendors. You also have 4 additional general bounties from Saint-14 and these can be completed while you’re going about your usual business.

Of course, most of this wouldn’t exactly be possible if it weren’t for the ability to purchase more randomized bounties for 3000 glimmer. While this can seem like much if you are just starting out – don’t worry. It won’t be long until you are literally swimming in the currency so make sure to purchase additional bounties whenever you can. 


Gunning after the seasonal rewards can make you lose track of the fact that Destiny is supposed to be fun. While our leveling guide brings the most efficient and quickest way to get experience, remember to switch up the things you do so you don’t burn yourself out long before reaching all those sweet seasonal rewards. You still have plenty of time to get them.

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You don’t need to equip the gear to get better drops

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