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Destiny 2 Guardian Games 2021 leaks: Start date, loot, how to win

Leaks are pointing towards the existence of the second-ever Guardian games that will take place in Bungie’s Destiny 2.



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Destiny 2 players can start getting excited as a leak has all but confirmed the return of Bungie’s Guardian Games in 2021.

After the success of the inaugural 2020 edition, it seems Bungie’s ultra-competitive Guardian Games are going to be making a welcome return to Destiny 2.

After pitting Hunters, Titans, and Warlocks against each other during Season of the Worthy, the three factions will once again go toe-to-toe with one another in Season of the Chosen.

We have all the details on the 2021 Destiny 2 Guardian Games leaks below.

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Guardian Games 2021 start date

The leak was discovered by a Twitter user by the name of joshhunt who found that the Official site had gone live too early, with extra information also being available on the Destiny 2 help page.

It confirms that the 2021 Guardian Games are due to begin on April 20 and will finish on May 9, 2021.

Will Destiny 2’s Guardian Games 2021 be any different?

Instead of just grinding it out to see who prevails at the end of the Guardian Games, there will also be weekly incentives to fill the void left by the end of the Season of the Chosen weekly challenges.

Players will be competing for rewards each week to see who will be the “Head of the Class.” Obviously, the three teams will be fighting hard to claim the overall victory that the Titans claimed in the first year of the Guardian Games, but extra prizes will keep the competition interesting.

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How to win the 2021 Guardian Games in Destiny 2

New to Destiny 2 and not sure how the games actually work? We’ve got you covered. Each player will be representing the starting class they picked: Hunter, Titan, or Warlock.

You will obtain a special Guardian Games item specific to your team that you will need to use when competing in PVP modes.

This will earn medals for your chosen class, and also go a long way to helping you pick up some awesome loot.

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Guardian Games 2021 Exotics & loot

Exotic weapons are rare and powerful weapons that can usually inflict a lot of damage and chaos upon whoever gets in their way. Season of the Chosen has offered players incredible Exotics such as Dead Man’s Tale and Ticuu’s Divination, and the Guardian Games are providing players the chance to show off even more.

The Heir Apparent Exotic Machine Gun is going to be a focal point of loot rewards in 2021’s Guardian Games. There are also honorable mentions for an Exotic sparrow, a unique-looking Ghost, and full armor sets.

Additionally, all three classes are set to receive a new Legendary class item. The Guardian Games look set to be the farewell Event for Season of the Chosen with Season 14 set to go live a few days after.

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Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer Battle Pass: Full tiers & rewards list

Season of the Splicer is the next official chapter in Destiny 2, and here’s all the tiers and rewards you can earn in the new Battle Pass.



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Bungie’s sci-fi shooter Destiny 2 has had its next stage officially unveiled with Season of the Splicer. As with every new season, there is also a sparkly new Season Pass packed with content, and here is everything you can find in it.

After weeks of suspense, Season 14 of Destiny 2 is no longer a mystery as Bungie showed off the successor to Season of the Chosen. The debut trailer for Season of the Splicer revealed what is to come for fans of the series and it bodes well.

The new season will bring interesting new buffs and nerfs, the Vault of Glass Raid and World’s First race, and even a new Exotic Pistol – Cryosthesia 77k.

But all the while Guardians are raiding, striking, and 1v1ing in the Crucible, there is also plenty of progress to be made on Season of the Splicer’s new Battle Pass. So we’ve crammed every tier into one handy guide to see what you can earn.

Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer Season Pass Tiers

Each tier is represented by a symbol pertaining to a specific reward that you can redeem to use in Destiny 2.

Here’s the full overview of all the new content in Bungie’s new Battle Pass for Season of the Splicer.

Tiers 1 – 10

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Tiers 11 – 20

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Tiers 21 – 30

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Tiers 31 – 40

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Tiers 41 – 50

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Tiers 51 – 60

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Tiers 61 – 70

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Tiers 71 – 80

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Tiers 81 – 90

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Tiers 91 – 100

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How much does the Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer Battle Pass cost?

As with every other season of Destiny, players do not need to buy the full Battle Pass if they don’t want to as Bungie does make a few items free.

But if you want the Premium Pass, here’s how you can get your hands on it.

We expect the Season of the Splicer pass to remain the same as previous passes and cost 1,000 Silver. You can buy Silver from the Bungie store, along with the Pass itself.

Players that purchased the Digital Deluxe version of Beyond Light will already have access to the Season of the Splicer Pass, as well as Season 15 in the future.

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How to unlock Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k exotic sidearm in Season of the Splicer

The Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k exotic sidearm is one of the new things coming in Season of the Splicer, and here is how you can unlock it.



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Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer will be bringing various new things for Guardians to experience, with one of the more exciting items being the ability to unlock the Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k exotic sidearm in Season of the Splicer.

Exotics are some of the most exciting items that players can get their hands on in the world of Destiny 2, especially exotic weapons, thanks to their ability to dish out insane damage and are overall usually awesome looking.

Season of the Splicer will bring a new exotic sidearm to Destiny 2, known as the Cryosthesia 77k. Here is how you can unlock the Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k when you are playing Season of the Splicer.

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How to Unlock Cryosthesia 77k in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer

Guardians have two routes they can take to unlock the Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k exotic sidearm. Players who purchase the Season of the Splicer Season Pass will automatically unlock the new weapon for their inventories.

If you would rather not burn a hole in your wallet to automatically unlock the Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k, you can level up the Season of the Splicer Season Pass and unlock this weapon when you reach Tier 35, as it is one of the free rewards players can earn in the Season of the Splicer Season Pass.

It all boils down to how soon you want to unlock this exotic sidearm, as purchasing the Season Pass will give it to you right away, while going the free route will make you wait and play a bit before it is added to your inventory.

According to the official description of the weapon from Bungie, it is a Stasis-powered sidearm with liquid cooling technology that is gifted to players from Mithrax as a token of friendship.

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Mithrax is known as the Kell of the House of Light and is a Fallen Splicer who you must work with to stop the Vex from plunging humanity into eternal darkness during Season of the Splicer.

For more Destiny 2, check out the official reveal trailer for Season of the Splicer and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more news and guides.

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Every weapon buff & nerf in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer

With Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer almost here, there are plenty of buffs and nerfs to look forward to, and you can check them all out here.



All buffs and nerfs in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer

With Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer just around the corner, Bungie has plenty of new content planned for the coming update, including various balancing changes. So here’s a full overview of all weapon buffs and nerfs.

Bungie introduces new content in each season update for Destiny 2 so that the game feels fresh. These updates also bring some major balancing adjustments to many of the in-game weapons to improve the player experience.

Season of the Splicer is no exception, as the developers have many buffs and nerfs planned for the update when it goes live in just one week.

Here’s a complete rundown of all the balancing changes in the upcoming update for Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer.

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Destiny 2 weapon archetype changes in Season of the Splicer

The new season will bring some major alterations to the Linear Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2. Their Precision damage and reserve ammo will receive a boost in the update.

There’s a small buff planned for Precision Auto Rifles, which will increase their overall damage per bullet, and Standard Fusion Rifles will be nerfed with a slightly bigger damage falloff distance when Season 14 goes live.

Precision (450 rpm) Auto Rifles:

  • Increased Precision (450 rpm) Auto Rifle damage per bullet from 17 to 18.


  • Added existing but unobtainable rare Linear Fusion Rifle and Breech Grenade Launchers to the World Loot Pool.

Linear Fusion Rifles:

  • Increased precision damage by 15%
  • Increased reserve ammo by 20%

Fusion Rifles:

  • Increased damage falloff start distance for Fusion Rifles, no effect on 100 range stat, +2m on 0 range stat.
Linear Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2

Weapon perks changes in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer

Dragonfly is a fan-favorite perk in Destiny 2. It will receive a buff that ensures a more effective Unrelenting, along with a more powerful Sympathetic Arsenal in Season of the Splicer.

There is also a change planned for Subsistence which will keep reserve ammo from being reduced when using the perk. Additionally, SMGs will be given the same effects as Auto Rifles to boot.


  • No longer reduces reserve ammunition.
  • Submachine Guns now receive the same ammo fraction per takedown that Auto Rifles do (was 10%, like most weapons, now 17%, same as Auto Rifles).


  • Now works on heavy shanks and servitors, and occurs even faster than after the Season of the Chosen fix.
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High-Impact Reserves and Under Pressure:

  • These are now active as long as their conditions are met.


  • Now easier to trigger in PvE (immediate trigger on majors) and heals 20% more.

Sympathetic Arsenal:

  • Now grants +20 reload in addition to its primary effect.

Hip-fire Grip:

  • +1 degrees precision hip fire angle threshold, +1.2x reticle stickiness falloff distance.
  • One degree doesn’t seem like that much, but for reference Hand Cannon aim assist cone angle is 2.5 degrees at 0 AA, to 3 degrees at 100 AA, and you can feel the difference between a 90 AA hand cannon and a 100 AA hand cannon (a 0.05-degree increase), so a small difference can be significant.
  • Note that precision hip-fire angle caps at the aim down sights aim assist cone angle.

Iron Grip, Iron Gaze, Iron Reach:

  • Reduced secondary stat penalty from -40 to -30.

Osmosis and Elemental Capacitor:

  • Osmosis now switches the weapon to Stasis damage when playing a Stasis subclass – this should work for any mechanics that ask for Stasis damage (but not for Stasis ability damage). Also created stasis VFX for all weapon types that Osmosis can appear on (more coming later).
  • Elemental Capacitor with a Stasis subclass grants +recoil direction and reduces ADS move speed penalty.

No Distractions:

  • Reduced trigger time from 1.5s to 1s and increased flinch reduction from 30% to 35%.

Celerity and Bottomless Grief:

  • Celerity: Now always grants +20 to handling and +20 to reload in addition to the triggered effect.
  • Bottomless Grief: Now always grants +30 to magazine in addition to the triggered effect.
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Weapon mods changes in Destiny 2

Bungie also has a few weapon mod changes planned for Season of the Splicer. Adept Mag and Adept Targeting will come with lesser penalties, while Adept Counterbalance will receive recoil improvements in the new update.

Adept Mag, Adept Targeting:

  • Reduced secondary stat penalty from -20 to -15.
  • Fixed Adept Mag not granting reserves when applied to a Sword.

Adept Counterbalance:

  • Increased recoil direction benefit.

All Exotics changes in Season of the Splicer

Bungie also has a couple of changes planned for Destiny 2’s Exotics in Season of the Splicer, with the Hawkmoon receiving more Paracasual Charge priority and Paracausal Shot buff text. You can look at all the Exotics changes below:

MIDA Multitool:

  • Changed the catalyst perk from Outlaw to No Distractions.


  • Increased priority of Paracausal Charge and Paracausal Shot buff text
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That covers all the buffs and nerfs that have been confirmed for Destiny 2’s Season of the Splicer update. The developers will mainly focus on Fusion Rifles, Hand Cannons, and Shotguns.

While Shotguns are a popular pick, the developers hope to spotlight other weapons after the Season of the Splicer update goes live. We expect to see some interesting changes in the coming season.

We’ll keep checking for new developments regarding this and will be sure to update this article once something new is announced for Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer. As the season draws to a close, there’s still time to complete the weekly challenges.

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