With Halloween right around the corner, Bungie has decided to celebrate the holiday in style. For those of us who still play Destiny, we awoke to quite a few surprise changes to our beloved Tower. Receiving a complete cosmetic makeover, the Tower is now lined with eerie candles, bats, fireflies, and decorative designs strung through the halls. Called the “Festival of the Lost,” Destiny has added quite a few fun changes that will last until November 9th. The celebration is described on the official Bungie website as “The Festival of the Lost honors and celebrates the spirits of the dead, Guardian and citizens alike. We commemorate their sacrifices and treasure their memories. We laugh in the face of Death.”
However, the cosmetic changes aren’t the only thing that will be available for this brief period of time. Guardians can now obtain masks from the outfitter Eva Levante, who is in the section to your left when you first spawn in. (I know, I know this is the first real reason to visit her in ages)
These masks have no Light, properties, special abilities, or perks; acting as a strictly cosmetic change. Though they have no beneficial effects to your Guardian, they are hilarious and really put you in the spirit. Destiny has always been a bit lackluster on big community events, but these changes do offer some connection with the normally overlooked hub station. Running around while wearing a Croata mask and then bumping into someone wearing a mask of Croata’s father Oryx, does give me a bit of a grin. Offering a total of 16 masks, they range from Rare to Legendary with only the latter lasting after the conclusion of the festival. If you want to keep a rare mask permanently, players must use the new item Paper Glue. This will upgrade the mask of choice to a Legendary and allow you to keep it forever.
The masks also are required to complete specific quests that unlock more Halloween themed loot for Guardians. Though each section of the quest is tied to a specific mask, you can get a chance at a new mask by filling up your bag of candy. (Yes, candy.) To do this, you can kill mobs or fellow players in the Crucible. After your bag is the full return to Eva to obtain the Gifts of the Lost item bag. Once more, while the masks are just cosmetic this is an amusing way to tie in the world and Destiny players together. Some of the items you can also obtain are Chocolate Strange Coins, Flight of Shadows, and a Tiny Box of Raisins…Thanks, Eris. These and more festival specific items will offer small buffs and bonuses similar to telemetries or items like Black Wax Idols.
Along with this, there is three new horror themed emotes you can buy at the Eververse stall. Titled “Boo,” (300 Silver) “Monster Dance,” (500 Silver) and “Zombie Dance;” (700 Silver) it’s the latter that really stands out. Why? Because the “Zombie Dance” is actually Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance! Yes, it’s amazing, but it does come at a hefty price tag so it may not be worth it to some. Along with the dances, you can buy three different versions of the “Treasure of The Lost” loot boxes that offer Legendary Masks and more festival themed materials.
Finally, a new map has been added into the Crucible rotation called “Cathedral of Dusk” and is available to all Destiny players. This map will stay in the rotation even after the festival’s conclusion for those who purchased The Taken King expansion. All in all, I am very pleased with Bungie’s light-hearted take on Halloween. It’s nice to see them get in the spirit and only makes one wonder what they have planned for other holidays! Happy Festival of the Lost Guardian!
What do you think of Destiny‘s new update? Are you feeling the Halloween spirit? Which mask do you want? Sound of below!
A recent graduate of Arcadia University, Collin MacGregor is a freelance video editor and writer. He covers video games, television, and film for The Nerd Stash. Collin currently is the head film/television reviewer for the site.