Destiny 1.0.2 Patch is Now Live – Patch Update Notes


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On the heels of last week’s announcement, the patch that ensures the Cryptarch vendor will always reward players with legendary or better gear for their purple engrams went live.  This change continues the steady stream of updates and enhancements that Bungie is making every week and will continue to make to the world of Destiny based on player feedback.  The Destiny community is vital to the process of growing this universe.

With this patch, we address some widely-discussed concerns with how Engrams are earned and claimed. Strikes have become more rewarding, and the rewards gained from them are more predictable. Also affected is the rotation of maps that appear in the Crucible.


  • Legendary (purple) engrams will always produce a Legendary quality item or higher
    Note: Legendary engrams that exist in your inventory will change to Rare quality items when the patch is applied. However, decoding these engrams will still produce the same results as before
  • Rare (blue) engrams will always produce a Rare quality item or higher
  • Chance for Legendary gear increased
  • Materials: Ascendant Shards and Ascendant Energy promoted to Legendary quality (from Rare quality)


  • Rare (Blue) and Legendary (Purple) Engram drops added to the potential rewards for:
    Vanguard: Tiger Strike Playlist
    Daily Heroic Missions (first time per day)
    Weekly Heroic Missions (first time per week)
  • Known issues – When selecting a higher difficulty for daily missions, XP Bonus not show in the reward display. You will still get the XP bonus, you just won’t see it in the UI


  • Reduced time limit on Bastion and First Light in Control and Clash from 15 to 12 minutes, bringing them in line with non-vehicle maps in those playlists
  • Lowered weighting on Bastion and First Light in Control and Clash so they appear less often in those playlists

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