We’re coming up on the first Valentine’s Day since the launch of Destiny 2. Much as it did with the previous game, Bungie will mark the occasion with a special Crimson Days event that introduces a variety of new rewards to get your hands on.
Crimson Days begins on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 13. Like the Destiny 1 incarnation, it centers around a 2v2 Crucible gametype. You’ll be playing a round-based Clash mode where staying close to your teammate causes your abilities to recharge faster. By moving away from your partner, you’ll not only lose that buff, but the enemy will be notified about your whereabouts with a waypoint. You’ll always have a marker to guide you to your teammate, which will be particularly useful when playing with random players, as you can join solo and be matched up with someone.
This is all played out on a new version of the Burning Shrine map. Called The Burnout, Bungie describes it as “set in a future timeline where the Vex have succeeded in altering our reality.” You can get a glimpse of it in the gallery below.
Bungie says in a blog post that taking part in this playlist is the optimal way to get your hands on the event’s new rewards, also noting that it’s “tuned the experience to focus on rewarding single-character play.” The Crimson Engram contains “most” of the new rewards and will not hand out any duplicates until you’ve obtained all of the new gear. The playlist isn’t the only way to get items, however, as you’ll get both a Crimson Engram and an Illuminated Engram each time you level up while playing any Destiny 2 activity during the event.
Crimson Engrams will only be obtainable through gameplay, meaning there shouldn’t be any complaints that players are being pressured into purchasing them with real-world money. That said, you can purchase a “selection” of items directly from Eververse using Bright Dust. There’s no cap on the number of Crimson Engrams you can earn, but you’ll need to be at the level cap (20 for non-DLC owners, 25 for those with Curse of Osiris) in order to get the level-up reward Engrams. The rewards inside, including shaders from the event, can be dismantled into Bright Dust.
Bungie qualifies that “most” of the rewards come through the Engrams because there are also five others that are obtained in other ways. Things like an Exotic sparrow and Ornament can only be had through specific means. Here are the goals, as described by Bungie:
- Complete the milestone Welcome to Crimson Days by finishing five Crimson Days matches and visiting Lord Shaxx in the Tower to earn the Fire of the Crimson Days Emblem and the Tirastrella Ghost Shell.
- Complete matches in the Crimson Days Crucible playlist for a chance to earn the Undeterred Exotic Sparrow.
- Complete either the Leviathan Raid or the Raid Lair: Eater of Worlds to claim the Dieselpunk Exotic Ornament for Wardcliff Coil from the final chest.
- Complete the Nightfall Strike during the Crimson Days event to earn the Flaunting Dance Emote.
Crimson Days begins on February 13 and runs until the weekly reset the following Tuesday, February 20. The event comes not long after the first Iron Banner of Season 2, which recently wrapped up, as well as an update that introduced Raid armor perks and Masterwork armor. More significant updates are also on the way in the months ahead.