Over the last couple months, Bungie has done an exceptional job communicating about major pain points within Destiny 2, and how those problems will be addressed over the coming seasons.
We’ve learned a lot about how the seasonal model will change. They’ve touched on how loot will become more purposeful and less focused on the Eververse. Bungie have even admitted that the Seasonal model and FOMO have led to more friction than fun.
But there’s one thing that they have yet to give us a deep dive into and it has major implications: Transmogrification (aka transmog). The ability to make any piece of armor look how you like has always been a coveted but intangible goal of the community. We took a small step towards this future during the Armor 2.0 shift when Shadowkeep dropped last year. Unfortunately all this step did was show us how much of a half-step it actually was.
For now, players are only able to apply Eververse ornaments to their armor which severely limits options. This is especially true for those who only joined the fight after Destiny went Free-to-Play. Pretty much the moment Armor 2.0 went live, players were left wondering why other armor sets were left out of this new, advanced cosmetic system.
The Future of Transmog
In a TWAB earlier this year, Bungie stated that players would soon be able to turn existing armor pieces into ornaments that can be applied to any other armor piece. They also stated that this will be possible via in-game activities as well as through Silver if the players so choose. But that brings us to this huge question: What in game action?
In fact, this question leads to a bunch of other questions about how transmog is going to work.
- Will players need to have the armor they want to turn ornaments in their possession or just available in Collections?
- What kind of cost are we talking about here? Ascendant Shards? A new material? Can I start farming this material now?
- Does turning the armor into an ornament consume the armor piece?
Not having a clear understanding of how this is all going to come together has left many people directionless and confused about how they should be most efficient with their time during this summer.
Consider the Destiny Content Vault. What happens to all that gear? If players have run those activities and acquired all that loot, do they need to have it in their vault in order to turn it into an ornament? This becomes especially complex when you consider the raids going away. These activities have some of the most coveted aesthetics in the game. Unfortunately, the activities themselves only drop a small portion of their loot per run once a week. That’s time that players should know if they have to budget for or not.
At this moment, if a player has found a piece of armor but since deleted it, there’s no way to get it back without refarming. The vast majority of the Collections tab acts as a trophy case more than a reacquisition source of lost gear.
How To Proceed
If we hear nothing from Bungie soon, we’re going to have to start planning for the worst. This means revisiting every planet. It means rebuying every item. And, for many, it means rerunning all of the older raids as well. Titan, Io, Mars, Mercury, and Leviathan all need to be scavenged for as many pieces of gear as possible before they go away and you’ll need to find a way to fit all of it into your vault. Many players no longer have much of this gear because it was from Year 1, making it much less viable compared to more modern sets.
If nothing else, make sure you have completed the Collections tab with every piece of gear possible. This way, if Bungie decides that ornaments will be based on Collections, you’ll be ready to go day one.
Also, since we don’t know what the cost for this ornamentation will be, make sure you stock up on as many currencies as possible. Upgrade Modules, Enhancement Cores, Enhancement Prisms, Ascendent Shards, and anything else you can get your hands on. This is generally considered good practice leading into a new year, but sound advice either way.
Show Me the Transmog
It’s possible that Bungie might not have a crystal clear view of the answer to many of these questions about transmog just yet. They directly stated that this feature was still in early development and not slated for release alongside Beyond Light. However, since so much gear is becoming unattainable with that expansion, players would be much better off with answers sooner rather than later.
For now, I’m doing my best to make room in my vault for as many armor pieces as possible. I highly recommend you take a long hard look at your vaults as well. Consider opening some space by saying goodbye to a few weapons that are getting sunset at the end of this season. It’ll be worth it, I promise.