Destiny 2 Statement Promises Better Rewards, Re-Rollable Stat Bonuses for Weapons

A recent statement from Bungie regarding the future of Destiny 2 confirmed that the developers are [...]

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A recent statement from Bungie regarding the future of Destiny 2 confirmed that the developers are looking to bring better rewards to players that include re-rollable stat bonuses among other incentives.

The response from Bungie regarding criticism from players is one that the community has been waiting on for some time now. After a livestream from Bungie was cancelled recently so that the company could instead focus on their response to the community, the community was certainly expecting something big from Bungie. With the new incentives and rewards that Bungie outlined, it appears that players have gotten their wish.

In their statement, Bungie outlined the changes to Destiny 2's rewards that'll be shipping both on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, but other changes "will land in the New Year."

New systems and rewards to give our most engaged players additional, optional pursuits, including:

  • A new Weapon Tier: Masterworks, which will feature stat trackers, random, re-rollable stat bonuses, unique item tooltips, and item details screens (see the December Update Details section below for more info)
  • Improved vendor rewards, adding ways for people to purchase items directly with their Legendary Shards and Tokens (see the December Update Details section below for more info)
  • Adding Armor Ornaments that grant visual permutations of armor as players complete specific Challenges (see the December Update Details section below for more info)

Better incentives for players who complete challenging Prestige activities

  • We're targeting a January update to provide better incentives to complete Prestige activities

Better rewards and replay value for Strikes, Adventures, and Lost Sectors

  • In December, we will be introducing a Heroic Strikes playlist and more generous Strike rewards
  • Rewards for Adventures and Lost Sectors are still on our radar, but will not be delivered for our December updates

Expanding on those statements, Bungie also detailed the specifics of the changes within a section covering the December updates.


  • [DEC 12] Legendary Weapons will drop as or be upgraded to become Masterworks versions
    • Masterworks will have a few advantages over the baseline Legendary weapon:
      • Track and display the number of kills with that weapon (with choice between total count or Crucible-only count)
      • Generate orbs for you and your allies on multi-kills
      • Add weapon stat bonuses that are selected randomly from a small pool and are re-rollable
    • Masterworks drop from any source of Legendary weapons for characters above 250 Power
      • Unwanted Masterworks can be dismantled into materials that can upgrade an existing Legendary Weapon into a Masterwork
      • Raid and Trials of the Nine Weapons will have a very high chance to be Masterworks
    • We have future plans to extend Masterworks to other gear and expose your kill counts in more places (e.g. Crucible kill screen)

Armor Ornaments

  • [DEC 5] Armor Ornaments will be added to some existing Armor sets for more visual customization without losing your Shaders or Mods
    • These ornaments will be unlocked by completing objectives specific to each set, and are permanently unlocked account-wide, just like Exotic Weapon ornaments
    • They will be applied to the base pieces that you may already have collected, and can now unlock on Vendors if not
    • In Season 2, the following sets have ornaments unlocked in their respective activities:
      • Vanguard Faction Armor
      • Crucible Faction Armor
      • Trials of the Nine Armor
      • Iron Banner Armor
      • Dead Orbit Armor
      • Future War Cult Armor
      • New Monarchy Armor
      • Eater of Worlds Raid Lair Armor
  • [DEC 12] Faction Armor and Weapons will be unlocked for purchase for Legendary Shards and Faction Tokens on most Faction Vendors
    • All five Armor Slots will always be present, and Weapons will rotate weekly on Factions that have them
    • Slots will be unlocked by claiming Reward Engrams from the respective Faction
    • You will get credit for engrams you may have already claimed since launch
  • [DEC 12] Xur has some new offerings for players collecting Exotics:
    • Every week, you'll be able to acquire one of the new Fated Engrams using Legendary Shards that will decrypt as Exotics that aren't already in your collection
    • A simpler Three of Coins that boosts Exotic drop rates from any source for 4 hours
      • No obscure stacking mechanics or need to re-apply before every boss
      • These cost Legendary Shards and you can have as many as you like

Outside of the new rewards and re-rollable stat bonuses for the weapons, Bungie had much more to say about the upcoming changes for Destiny 2. You can see more of our coverage of the massive Destiny 2 changes here, and you can see the full response from Bungie in its entirety through their most recent announcement.