In our last Destiny 2 post, we went over the basics of clans in the game as well as the process for making a clan. But if you don’t have a dedicated group of friends in the game, or your goals don’t align well with the goals of your existing clan, you may want to look into joining an existing clan instead.
Technically speaking, the process for joining a clan in Destiny 2 is simple and straightforward. But when it comes to attracting the attention of a clan you want to join…that’s a little less obvious.
Fortunately, Destiny’s community is about as warm and welcoming as a gaming community gets (just like Clutch!), and there are more than enough players out there ready to welcome you with open arms. You just have to know where to begin.
Join a Destiny 2 Clan in 3 steps
We’ll deep dive into each of these in-depth below, but if you’re looking for a top-level overview, here it is:
- Consider your in-game goals
- Find the Destiny 2 clan you want to join in-game, through Bungie’s official app, or via another online community like Reddit or Clutch.
- Send a request in-game, via the official app, or at Bungie.net
Actually sending that request to join a clan is the easy party. The more complicated—and way more important—part of the process is to find the right clan.
Step 1: Consider your in-game goals
I’ve talked about this quite a bit already, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to know what you want out of your experience when you jump into joining a Destiny 2 clan. A common reason players venture outside of their immediate group of friends in the game, for example, is because they want to find others who are serious about raiding.
Destiny raids are legendary at this point, and they really present some of the most unique and rewarding content the game has to offer. They’re also typically the only way to access some of the most powerful exotics in the game, but getting through a raid means a lot of preparation and, much more importantly, a dedicated, well-equipped team (remember that Destiny raids are 6-player affairs).
If you’re a competitive player by nature, the Destiny community also tends to rally around each new raid release to see who can be the first clan and/or fireteam to complete it. Ascend, for example, became the first clan to finish the new Shadowkeep raid just last week, nabbing the title just two-and-a-half minutes ahead of the next fastest team.
Other clans may be more casual by nature. Or they may not care as much about raiding at all. They may be much more heavily invested in competitive PVP, for example.
So before you set out looking for a group to join, consider what your own motivations and goals are in the game. It may sound strange for a game, but, trust me, you’re going to get way more out of this if you stop and think about it for just a minute:
- Where are you in the game now? Do you have god-tier gear and a 970 power level, or are you still relatively new to Destiny? This is very important as some clans and groups are going to make snap judgments about how well you do or don’t fit in based on what they can see at a glance: your guardian.
- Are you just looking for some new friends to play casually or do you want to really dedicated time out of your days and/or weeks to playing with a group?
- How much time do you have available to you to play?
- Do you tend to gravitate towards PVE or PVP play?
- Are you the kind of player who likes to figure out the obscure puzzles in Bungie’s raids manually? Or would you rather have someone “sherpa” you through them?
Once you feel like you’ve got a better sense of what you’re looking for, it’s time to find your dream clan.
Step 2: Finding your Destiny 2 clan
There are a few different ways that you can find new clans in Destiny 2. First things first, you’re probably not going to be able to just send a request to a high-profile group like Ascend and immediately get in. If you’re an exceptionally skilled player, you may never know, but you’re probably going to have a much easier time of just finding a group of players with a similar set of goals as your own (see step 1).
If you head over to the clan page at Bungie.net, you can actually find some clan suggestions for you there. Different clans have different restrictions in terms of how they accept new players:
- Open clans can be joined by anyone directly from their clan profile page
- Approval required clans are probably the most common; any player can request to join the clan from its profile page, but an admin will have to approve your request before you’re in
- Invite Only clans are completely locked down; you can view their profile, but the only way to join the team is to have an existing clan member send you an invitation
In my experience, Bungie’s recommendations are pretty weak at best, and they seem to be focused on finding teams that are geographically close to you (at least that’s why I assume they recommended an LDS gamers clan to me here in Utah).
Looking for a group
You might have better luck using the official “looking for group” function on the official website and mobile app, which Bungie calls “find fireteam.” Using the tool’s a bit like posting a classified ad, though. You more-or-less describe what you’re looking to do in the game right now, and other players can join up with you.
Once you’ve played with the fireteam, though, you can get a sense for whether you’re compatible with them. If you hit it off, go ahead and ask for an invite into their clan(s).
Bear in mind, though, that if they’re using the fireteam finder, they might not have a particularly active clan themselves. Maybe you can spark some life into it, but you may be better off just starting a new one with your new friends anyway.
Reaching out through the community
Really, I think this is your best bet. Like I said above, Destiny 2 has a pretty wonderful and welcoming community, and it’s easy to get involved. You just gotta know how to approach it.
Bungie’s homegrown community isn’t a bad place to start. You can get some recommendations from them for a group to join (not to be confused with a clan), for example, or just dive into the more traditional forums, where Bungie actually has a forum set up specifically for clan recruitment
The forum implements a tagging system to organize posts. You’ll see tags for PVE, PVP, casual, etc. Use the tagging system to either search for a clan that meets your goals, or consider making your own forum post. If you go that route, refer to step 1 of our guide here and describe exactly what you’re looking for in a team.
Some good alternatives to Bungie’s official community are the ones you’ll find on Reddit:
- /r/destinythegame was the premier Destiny subreddit, and it’s still one of the best communities of Destiny players on the internet today; they don’t actually allow clan requests there, but it’s a good place to meet and interact with other Destiny 2 players
- /r/Fireteams by contrast is a subreddit designed specifically to matchmake fireteams and harkens back to a bygone era when Destiny didn’t really have an official option; you’re bound to find a good group here, and they even have a weekly “clan recruitment megathread” that’ll come in handy
- /r/DestinySherpa and /r/CrucibleSherpa are similar to /r/Fireteams, but they’re specifically focused on pairing inexperienced players looking to be hand-led (our “sherpa’d”) through the game by more experienced folks; the latter of the two is focused on the PVP mode of the game
Step 3: A final consideration and sending the clan request
As you’re meeting and playing with new players, there is one crucial final consideration you should be making before you send that clan request: did you actually enjoy playing with them?
If the answer is “no,” that’s okay! Thank them for playing, and move on. It doesn’t matter why you didn’t really jibe with them. Life’s too short to be wasting it with folks you don’t really care for.
If, however, you feel like you’ve got some chemistry going, go ahead and request to join their clan. You can do so using the official mobile app, through Bungie.net, or even from within the game via the Roster menu.
If the clan members felt the same way about you and approve the request, you’re in! All that’s left to do is get out there, guardian, and fight back the darkness. And don’t forget to create an account with us here at Clutch to capture and share your gameplay clips as you and your new friends explore the solar system together!