If you’re like us, you’ve already started to lose track of the hours you’ve sunk into Bungie’s Destiny 2, leveling up your Guardian and exploring everything that the ambitious game has to offer. Much of that content can be experienced solo or cooperatively, but the game’s Crucible is a robust competitive multiplayer option that you shouldn’t ignore. Packed with several different modes, a great selection of maps, and an array of powerful gear, it’s well worth your time. But how do you deal with the growing pains of the mode and actually become a force to be reckoned with? Find everything you need to know here in our Destiny 2 Crucible beginner’s guide.
You can’t access it right away
We know you’re excited to blast other players and capture strategic points in Crucible, but when you first load up Destiny 2, you won’t be able to access it. The game first runs you through a series of campaign missions that introduce you to the basic mechanics. An early story moment strips your Guardian of the “Light” power, which is needed to perform most of their abilities. Once you’ve retrieved it, you’ll head to a social area called The Farm, where you’ll find a character named Lord Shaxx inside a nearby hut. Talk to him, and you’ll be able to jump into Crucible matches.
At first, your only available option will be “quick play,” which throws you into a multiplayer match with other players for a more casual competition. You’ll still be able to play classic modes like “Control” and “Clash,” but you’ll find that many of the players using the quick play mode are new to the game and might not have the best strategies. After playing two quick play matches, you can switch to “competitive” instead. Here, the players are typically much more skilled, so the learning curve will be a little bit higher. However, you’ll also be witnessing good examples of how to complete Crucible objectives.
Neither quick play nor competitive play allow you to pick which individual mode you want to play, so you’ll have to become acquainted with them all in order to succeed. If you find yourself struggling with one of them, you’re only a few minutes away from getting to play something else. The modes are as follows:
- Clash: Kill the enemy team to score points
- Control: Capture and hold key positions to score points
- Supremacy: Collect crests from fallen enemies to score points
- Survivor: Deplete the enemy team’s reserve of lives to win each round
- Countdown: Defend/detonate a bomb or eliminate the enemy team to win each round
How to start a private match
If you do not want to play with random players and have a fireteam big enough to staff two teams, you can also enter create a private match beginning with the game’s 1.2 update. Head to the Crucible on the destinations screen and select the icon in the bottom-center. From here, you can choose any of Destiny 2‘s game modes and maps, as well as the time limit, the match score limit, and the respawn time.
Understanding your Crucible rank
Update 1.2 introduced a new ranking system for the Crucible that completely changes how you acquire gear. You now have two new statistics to keep track of — “Valor” and “Glory” — which are tied to quick play and competitive play, respectively.
Winning quick play or free-for-all Rumble matches will automatically earn you Valor points, which will subsequently increase your rank when you reach a certain milestone. Your Valor rank will not go down if you lose subsequent games.
Glory, on the other hand, is affected by your wins and loses. The number will go up and down as you win and lose competitive matches, so you have to be playing at your absolute best to make it count.
With each new Valor and Glory rank you unlock, Lord Shaxx will give you access to new gear. There are five items in each category to choose from, and acquiring them should feel a little more fulfilling than getting Crucible gear in the past.