Festival of the Lost is Destiny 2’s special spooky season event and it’s coming back next week. With the festival comes a slate of limited-time loot, challenges, and a festive reskin of the game’s social space, the Tower. This year’s Festival of the Lost starts on Tuesday, October 6.
This year’s Festival of the Lost is much like last year’s in terms of limited time gameplay additions. The main feature of the festival is the Haunted Forest, a special instance of the Infinite Forest location on Mercury. The Infinite Forest is a brightly lit, somewhat boring environment with some procedurally generated geometry. The Haunted Forest is much the same except with spookier lighting, tougher enemies, and candy plus other rewards hidden throughout. Players get fifteen minutes to run through the forest and collect as much loot as possible, all while trying to survive the enemies hiding in the dark.
The weapons available to earn in the festival are the same two auto rifles as the previous festivals, the Horror Story and the Braytech Werewolf, but with different randomized perks. It’s still unclear what the power level cap for these is in addition to the new perks. Since Destiny 2’s power level cap of 1060 is set to raise on November 10 with the coming Beyond Light expansion, these weapons would be essentially useless for the new content without a buff. In addition to the weapons, the festival also allows players to earn special armor mods that are only active in the Haunted Forest.
In some ways, the more meaningful loot offerings in the Festival of the Lost are the cosmetics and not the gameplay-related loot. Once again this year’s festival makes a slate of consumable masks of various NPCs and spooky artifacts available. There are also permanent cosmetics available during the festival. Each class can earn a Universal Ornament, Destiny 2’s version of a stat agnostic skin: Hunter’s get a Werewolf ornament, Warlocks can become Vampires and Titans can turn their armor into Frankenstein’s monster. In previous year’s festivals, there were witch-themed cosmetics like brooms to ride on and pointy hats for your ghost. The theme this year is mummies with a jump ship, sparrow, and ghost skin wrapped in bandages to evoke the ancient Egyptian burial practice and its accompanying curse.
Get ready to fight some aliens for candy Destiny fans. Will you be running through the Haunted Forest, grabbing everything you can carry? Let me know in the comments!