Like Destiny before it, Destiny 2 is all about earning new loot and growing as powerful as you possibly can. But figuring out how to get your strength up quickly, especially following Destiny 2’s first two expansions — Curse of Osiris and Warmind — can be a bit confusing. That’s why we’ve made this Destiny 2 power leveling guide, which breaks down everything you need to do to max out your power level. If you want to know when and how to get your characters up to the power level they need for raid readiness, use this guide to avoid wasting your time and achieve maximum “power” as quickly as possible.
Step one: Get to level 30
Destiny 2 started with a character level cap of 20, expanded to 25 with Curse of Osiris, and then again to 30 with Warmind. Your first goal on the road to reaching the endgame is to max out your character level. You do that by gaining experience points for killing guys and completing missions, so just keep at it until you reach level 30. For many players, completing the story campaign and the expansion story missions will get you most, if not all the way there on their own, but along the way you’ll find some weapons and gear are too powerful for you to handle until you’ve put the work in.
Destiny 2 also measures your capabilities by your “power” rating. As with “light” in Destiny, your power level is the average value of all your gear, and functions as a measure of your overall strength both offensively and defensively. As you move through the story, you find each activity has a suggested power level when you select it in the Director. If your power is low, spend some time completing side objectives, such as public events and adventures, to get better gear.
Your power level will steadily increase throughout the game. New, more powerful weapons and armor regularly drop from enemies. Gear that’s common (white), uncommon (green) and rare (blue) will continue to have higher and higher power levels as you go. They top out at around 300 with Curse of Osiris installed, so once you hit that power level, you can regularly dismantle any green or blue drops you get. You no longer need them.
Grab your subclasses
The other thing you want to do as early as possible is unlock your alternate subclasses. After completing a public event, you may receive a strange object, which triggers a quest to earn your subclasses back. Once they appear, you’ll see them added to your Milestones.
To earn your subclasses, complete public events until the subclass milestone directs you back to Earth. In Earth’s director map, you’ll see a mission that will take you to the Dark Forest, where you will complete a short mission that unlocks your subclass and gives you a chance to play with it. From there, continue leveling up to earn more Ability Points so you can unlock all of your classes’ perks and capabilities.