How To Farm Glimmer, Enhancement Cores And Legendary Shards In ‘Destiny 2,’ The Only Real Currencies Left

Destiny 2 has mercifully severely reduced its wide range of currencies lately, both in recent seasons and with the Lightfall expansion. Planetary materials are gone now, as is essentially every type of crafting material, save for one or two that remain.

As such, Destiny 2 now has three mainstays of economy: Glimmer, Enhancement Cores, and Legendary Shards. Essentially, everything costs one of these three, if not all three, from crafting perks to upgrade modules, and players may find themselves short of them if they never have in the past. So I want to make a guide I never really thought I would have to make, tips on how to farm all three.

MICA – This has the most options, which is good considering how much you’ll be spending these days.

Ghost mod – First and foremost, the key to too much Glimmer is the 65% increased Glimmer Gain Ghost Mod, which boosts gains from all sources I’m about to list except for a few. I basically always have this on when I hit 100 in the Season Pass and don’t care about rank anymore.

Rahol – Rahool still sells Glimmer in 10,000 pieces for old planet mats if you have any left over, but also old, fairly irrelevant currencies from previous expansions like Shadowkeep and Beyond Light and Forsaken. He also sells Glimmer for Legendary Shards, but you might be even shorter on these and not want to spend them.

World Chests and Material Nodes – If you activate the treasure hunter with the Glimmer Win mod to show you all the locations of chests and nodes, you will usually get 500-1000 Glimmer from each of them, which makes for quick wins if you do something like Neomuna patrol stuff.

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Heroic public events – This is by far the fastest and easiest source of Glimmer now, although after six years we’re all tired of running it. With the Ghost Mod enabled, you can get about 14,000 Glimmer from a Heroic Public Event. Pick the shortest ones (i.e. not the Fallen Glimmer exercise) and if you time it right, not only can you get them done in 2-3 minutes, but you can sometimes reload into the same activity and do them twice in a row for 30K shimmers almost instantly.

rainmaker – Christ, these things. You should also keep them on at all times as the mod will give you a good amount of passive shimmer over time. But yes, they are stupid and should be written off.

Other activities – With ghost mod enabled I found that most other activities like all playlists will get you about 3K Glimmer per Crucible match, normal Strike, Gambit game etc.

IMPROVEMENT CORE – Not only does it cost one for each upgrade module, but now it costs 17 for a focused crafting frame and 3 for each normal perk you apply. You go fast now.

banshee – The easiest and most consistent way to get these is from Banshee Bounties, 4 per day for 12 cores across three characters for just a handful of weapon kills for each.

Rahol – This one sucks. It charges 30 legendary shards per core, which is a total rip off. I wouldn’t do that unless you’re drowning in shards.

Drops/dismantling – You can get cores randomly next to legendary drops or when dismantling legendary items, but it’s unpredictable.

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Lost Sectors – Legend Lost Sectors now give out a few cores at a time, but given how inefficient these are to farm with difficulty increases, it’s not a good farm at all.

matter tissue – Christ (again), these things. Another thing Bungie needs to kill, but always try to have one active and pretty much your first orange bar kill will spawn a core after that.

Ghost mods – The best of these is the Crucible, which occasionally gives you cores after headshot kills. Otherwise, you can do upgrade module drops in Gambit or Strikes since it’s essentially a core and a glimmer at the same time.

LEGENDARY SHARDS – Yes, uh, unfortunately not much here.

degradation – This category is essentially just a pure time investment. How much do you play to get the legendary drops you have to disassemble for four shards a piece? If you’re playing a ton like me, you might have amassed quite a bit (12k), but if you’re obsessed with new channeling abilities at vendors, you might have spent a ton of your stash. There is no good way around this. I’ll say things that fall most Legendaries are currently opening Neomuna Terminal Overload Chests or Defiance Battleground Double Chests with keys. That’s usually four legendary drops at once, and if you split them all that’s 16 shards at once.

Open to other suggestions for growing methods that I may have overlooked.

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