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  • Basics
  • Primary Weapons
  • Special Weapons
  • Heavy Weapons
  • Classes
  • Sub-Classes
  • Races
  • Story Missions
  • Strike Missions
  • Collectible - Dead Ghosts
  • Collectible - Gold Chests
  • Game Modes
  • Vanguard and Crucible Bounties
  • Exotic Bounties
  • Multiplayer
  • Multiplayer Maps
  • Trophies

Leveling Up Tips

Destiny's level cap is 20 and each level has a significant difference especially when it comes to mission difficulties. Hitting the level cap is not tedious or time-consuming. The offers several options how players can earn experience points effectively, without needing to do mindless grinding.


Once you've reached Level 4, you can accept Vanguard and Crucible bounty missions. These are the game's equivalent of sidequests but they're not treated as separate, standalone tasks. Vanguard Bounties focuses on single player/ cooperative missions while Crucible bounties focuses on competitive multiplayer. After completing the bounties, you have to return to the Tower and talk to the Bounty Tracker to get your experience and reputation reward.

TIP: Before turning in your bounties, equip any weapon and gear that can be leveled up - even if you're planning to scrap them later on. Swap them to your maxed main weapons and gear, turn over the bounties to unlock their perks, activate those perks using glimmer, then scrap them. You'll get more materials doing this way than dismantling them outright.

There are Vanguard bounties that have coinciding tasks, which allows you to have progress on each of them at the same time. For example, Relic Harvest missions requires you to collect 200 items dropped by enemies (depending on the location). Since you have to kill enemies to get these items, you can accept other bounties like It's All in the Head (Kill 100 enemies with precision damage), Predator and Prey (Kill 20 enemies without taking damage from them), and Body Dropper (Kill 100 enemies without dying). Since taking out enemies using precision hits (critical hits to the target's weak point) usually kills them instantly, you'll be able to meet the requirements of these bounties all at the same time. Four birds with one stone! (Provided that you're able to accept all of them and they're available at the same time.)

For Crucible bounties, it is recommended to go through the basic "participation" bounties, even if you don't want to play competitively at all. These bounties will just require you to complete a certain number of matches per multiplayer type, regardless if your team wins or not. There's also a chance for you to get great equipment and items even if you didn't perform well during the post-match evaluation.

Here are the Crucible bounties that any casual player can complete:

All for One - Complete 5 Skirmish Matches.
Death or Glory - Complete 5 Clash Matches.
Dominion - Complete 5 Control Matches.
Reclamation - Complete 5 Salvage Matches.
Stay Golden - Complete 5 Rumble Matches.

Patrol Missions
This is the game's free exploration mode where you can go and do whatever you want without being restricted by objectives. When on Patrol, you can accept Patrol Missions by interacting with the green beacons, scattered in the field. It is recommended to have some Bounties that will go well with the Patrol Missions. (e.g. "Complete 6 Patrol Missions on the Moon"). This method is perfect for lone wolves or players that simply prefer doing PvE rather than PvP.

Test your mettle in the Crucible
Playing in the Crucible can be intimidating, especially for non-competitive players. However, it is one of the quickest way to level up, without grinding. Spending a few rounds in the Crucible is enough to boost your level. I recommend accepting Crucible bounties at the same time, even the simplest ones in order to make the most out of your matches. Aside from getting good amount of experience per match, you also have the chance to score great loot after each match, regardless of your performance.

Strike Missions
Strike missions can be lengthy and challenging, depending on the difficulty level. If you have some high-level friends, it will be beneficial to tag along with them, as long as the level difference isn't that high; otherwise, you won't be able to deal any damage at all. If they're okay with doing most of the work, you can just go along with their high-level strike mission, let them do the killing, and focus on surviving. You'll get the same amount of experience points with them. You can access higher level Strike Missions through the Weekly Strikes and Strike Playlists.

Increasing the Difficulty
You can replay previously completed missions and increase their difficulty. Increased difficulty puts stronger, aggressive enemies, including Majors and Ultras. (enemies with yellow health bars) These enemies yield more experience, and glimmer when killed. You can do this solo, or with a Fireteam.

Comments for Leveling Up Tips

7 comments, latest first.
I'm a fan of the game but I suck @ it cause I'm 60 and have no friends to help me learn the game since i just got it on ground hog day so is it anyway someone with slow reflex and old man eyes get to be a level 30??
Guest | Added 8th May 2015, ID #42
love this game
Guest | Added 2nd Jun 2015, ID #45
I'm 62, and have arthritis throughout my body. I purchased the game in december 2014.
my guardians at this typing are as follows: Hunter-Level 30, Titan-Level 31, and Warlock-Level 32.
I am in the same boat... Have no friends to help, and the ones I did assist in the game, didnt help me when I needed to raise my level, so I'm kinda leary of helping others now.... a couple people can screw it up for everyone...
Anyway, my point is that YES you can get to level 30..... It does seem easier as you advance, or should I say you gain knowledge from previous exploits in Destiny....
Guest | Added 20th Jul 2015, ID #52
Once I reached level 34 I seemed to stop levelling up, I fully upgraded as a Voidwalker before ever seeing that I could switch to the other gunslinger feature is this what was the hold up or is it because I'm not a gold member yet....thanks
Guest | Added 20th Mar 2016, ID #77
This walkthrough seems a little outdated.
Guest | Added 3rd Jun 2016, ID #81
I agree with ID#77. I've reached level 34 and can't seem to advance any farther. What do I need to do?
Guest | Added 15th Jul 2016, ID #86
I would love to play with anyone who wants to play I haven’t done any raids yet and I need people to play with! Driftjunky
Guest | Added 11th Oct 2017, ID #94
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