Now that Shadowkeep has arrived and the free-to-play New Light along with it, Destiny 2 is being swarmed with new and returning players. So many, in fact, that the game got the old gamer hug of death this week.
If you’ve been away from Destiny for a while—or maybe you’re just new to Bungie’s massive space opera shooter—you might be feeling the itch to check out what’s got fans (including those who share their Destiny 2 clips on Clutch) so excited.
Well, dive on in! There’s never been a better time to explore the solar system with your friends, find some exotics, or check out one of the game’s famous (or infamous) raids. You don’t need much to get started, but Destiny’s the kind of game that’s best with friends, so if you’re not already a part of one, you should consider either joining or starting a clan.
Not sure how to do either? Fortunately, Bungie makes it pretty straightforward, and we’re here at Clutch to walk you through the process.
Earlier this week, we showed you how to make a more general gaming clan, but this guide will focus specifically on creating a clan in Destiny 2. And don’t worry, if you’d rather join an existing clan; just stay tuned. We’ll help you out there soon.
Getting started with Destiny
Now that the Destiny 2 is free-to-play, there aren’t really many barriers to entry. One of the more incredible and long-awaited features that’s been added to the game is Cross Save, which lets you use the same guardians (player characters) across PC, PS4, and Xbox, so you can really play the game wherever it best suits you and with whomever you like.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the series, don’t worry about buying Shadowkeep right away. Download the free version of the game, which they’re calling Destiny 2: New Light, and get your start there. You’ll probably be surprised at just how much content is available to you for literally nothing.
The game has a die hard core community, but like many persistent online games, the player base tends to fluctuate around major in-game events. And in-game events don’t get much bigger than a major expansion like this one.
Fortunately, that means you’ll be in good company no matter what your experience with Destiny 2 is, and, as I said before, this is a game that’s really at its best when you’re playing with some close friends.
Destiny helps you and your friends organize your play time through the clan system, which might sound more intense than it actually is. In fact, it’s a pretty simple way to wring the most out of your time with the game and earn a few extra perks along the way.
Destiny Clans Overview
Clans go way, way back in the online multiplayer space, and they can be as serious or as casual as you want them to be. At the most basic level, as my fellow Clutch teammate Benny put it, “making a gaming clan is as simple as getting a group of people together.”
In Destiny 2, a clan system is fully integrated into the game. Well, sort-of. As you’ll see, much of the actual clan management happens outside of the game in either the official mobile app or at the official site. Destiny has a storied history of directing players away from its own game for stuff, but we won’t get into that now.
What’s important to know for the time being is that the game will reflect your clan in a variety of ways once you’ve started or joined one. First off, your clan name and/or banner will be displayed prominently as you play. In PVP, this can create a fun dynamic because other players can immediately see that you and your crew are official.
Additionally, Destiny 2 likes to throw extra little incentives for completing clan activities. One of the vendors in the game’s central hub world will offer quests (“bounties”) that you and your clanmates can complete on a daily and weekly basis to unlock rewards for everyone in the clan.
As you start to get really addicted—I mean serious—to the game, you’ll find that the biggest benefits offered by clans are in the ways they enable you to take on its most interesting and challenging pieces of content: raids.
Because Destiny raids are unique in that they’re PVE challenges that require six players to work together as opposed to the typical fireteam size of three, finding a time that works for you and your crew might prove challenging. Bungie’s clan system lets you communicate in-app and even schedule raid (or other event) times with your one another. You can even then sync the schedule to your Google calendar.
Starting a clan vs. joining one
Look, I’m going to level with you. Despite the fact that I’ve invested literally hundreds of hours into Destiny since the series first launched back in 2014, I still consider myself a fairly casual player.
When I play, I’m not interested in dominating at PVP or being one of the very first players to finish the new raid. I’ll leave that kind of power gaming to the members of our community. That means that trying to join up with a dedicated existing clan hasn’t ever really been a priority for me.
Instead, I really just want to explore the solar system with my close friends and maybe try our hands at raiding. That’s why we created our own clan.
That meant we got to set our own unspoken rules about the group. No one’s ever going to get booted from the team for not pulling their weight, for example. Just show up when you say you’re going to, and have fun.
For us, that’s the number one priority. And if you have a similarly minded group, or a large enough group of friends with the same motivation as you regardless of what that might be, starting your own clan is probably the right move.
And don’t worry if things don’t work out in the long run: nothing is permanent here. It’s easy enough to leave a clan and join a new one whenever.
How to create a clan in Destiny 2
If you’re like me, you probably shudder whenever someone talks about an official tie-in app for a game, but the one for Destiny 2 is truly solid. With it, you can manage your gear and your guardians, see what your friends are up to, and find fireteams (i.e. looking for group) when your regular crew isn’t available.
Of course you can also use it to manage and interact with your clan. Alternatively, you can always head straight over to the official website and manage your clan there. Since we’re creating a clan from scratch, let’s do that now.
Sign into your account (you can log in using your PlayStation, Xbox, or Steam account credentials), and hover over Community and click on Clan Search. Click the Create a Clan button.
Now you’ll need to enter your clan’s name and motto as well as a brief description about your group. Your motto is like your team’s collective action movie one-liner: go as cheesy or as dramatic as you like.
Your summary field, however, is probably best used to describe what your clan’s motivations are. Are you interested in raiding? PVP? A little of everything? And are you casual, serious, or maybe even professional?
Next, choose your method of accepting new members (you’ll need at least one other member before the game will recognize you as an official clan). There are three options here, and it’s important to know the difference. And again, you can always change this later.
- Approval Required: under this setting, anyone can request to join your clan, but they won’t actually get in until a moderator approves the request. I typically recommend this option.
- Open Membership: anyone can join the clan whenever they want.
- Invite Only: new members have to be manually invited by an existing clan member. This is the most restrictive option but also the one likely to create the least amount of noise for you since you’ll be moderating the clan moving forward.
Note that while you’ll likely not need them if you’ve been following along, Bungie’s got tons of resources to help you if you happen to get stuck somewhere.
Getting the most out of your Destiny 2 clan
The beauty of making your own clan in Destiny 2 is that you really get to leverage the system to whatever unique play style you and your friends enjoy. To really start making the most of it, I’d recommend you do a few a things right out the gate:
- Invite as many of your friends as you can, particularly if they’re new to the game. If you’re not sure where to start, why not use the “Teams” feature of Clutch and see who’s interested in checking Destiny out with you?
- Assign Admin privileges to whomever you trust to help you run the clan and keep things tidy. A good rule of thumb here is to only offer top-level privileges to those folks who actually need it. If someone’s not going to be approving clan requests, they likely don’t need to be an Admin.
- Download the mobile app and sync to your Google Calendar if you have one. The service is great for helping you organize your Destiny 2 game time, but it only works if you actually use it.
- Start a fireteam! It doesn’t really matter what activity you want to do. Start a fireteam within your clan and start knocking out strikes or daily challenges.
- Use the in-app chat function to coordinate when you and your crew will play together. Sure you could fall back on any other social app, but it’s nice to coordinate here so you can reference back to your past experiences in the game.
- Talk to Hawthorne in the central hub of the game. The Last City’s resident falconer will give your clan quests and rewards, so it’s good to check in with her at the beginning of every play session.
Let’s review: step by step
Just to summarize what we’ve talked about so far, to create a Destiny 2 clan, you’ll follow these steps:
- Head over to Bungie’s Clan Search page
- Sign into your account using the gaming credentials for your Destiny 2 platform (i.e. Xbox, PS4, or Steam)
- Enter a name for your clan
- Create a clan motto; remember this is your team’s “action movie” one-liner
- In the clan “about” field, inform potential clanmates what your motivations are to play. Are you interested in raiding? Are you primarily a PVP clan? Are you more casual or more serious?
- Select your clan’s recruitment preference: Open Membership (anyone can join at anytime), Approval Required (anyone can request to join but must be approved by an Admin), or Invite Only (new members must be invited by existing ones)
- Click “Create Clan” button
- Start inviting new clan members. You’ll need at least one other before your clan is official.
Leverage Clutch’s tools and share your adventures
That’s it! Well, mostly. Make sure you head over to Clutch’s main site and invite the rest of your clanmates to do the same. Create a team within our app so that you can take your clan with you to other games.
And as you and your clan of guardians begin to explore the wonders of the solar system, make sure you’re capturing clips of your otherworldly adventures to share with our community. As I said before, Destiny’s a game that plays best with friends, and trust me when I say that there’s always more depth to the game when you’re leveraging its social aspects.