Destiny 2 includes a powerful new Infusion System that allows you to upgrade armor and weapons. Depending on the rarity, certain weapons can be upgraded to become pretty dang powerful — Exotics in particular can go from the base 750 PL all the way up to 960 PL. Not ever piece of gear in your inventory is that lucky, but if you’ve got a favorite gun or piece of armor, you can upgrade it and keep using it well into the final stages of the game.
All it requires is an Upgrade Module. These special Modules are available for purchase at Banshee-44 in the Tower. They’ll cost a pile of resources, which I’ll get into later, but they’ll give you the ability to Infuse gear. Basically, you’ll sacrifice one piece of gear to empower another. There’s more to it than that, so let’s break down everything you need to know about Infusion.
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How To Increase Power Level Of Your Gear | Infusion Guide
The Infusion System makes it possible to upgrade the Power Level of gear — weapons or armor. By infusing, you sacrifice one item in your inventory to empower another. Some gear can be pushed to the limit, and I recommend saving most of your Upgrade Modules for Exotics.
Upgrade Modules are the key items you’ll need for Infusion. Each Upgrade Module will allow you to Infuse one gear piece. They’re expensive to purchase, so don’t waste them. It’s better to wait until you’re 900+ Power Level before busting out the Upgrade Modules.
How To Get Upgrade Modules
There are two ways to acquire Upgrade Modules: Banshee-44, and through special activity rewards — by completing Season Tiers, for example.
- Banshee-44 sells Upgrade Modules in the Tower. There are two alternate ways to purchase Modules:
- Upgrade Module: (1) Enhancement Core, (10) Legendary Shards, (25) Etheric Spirals, (5,000) Glimmer
- Upgrade Module: (10) Enhancement Cores, (25) Simulation Seeds, (10,000) Glimmer
Enhancement Cores are often dropped by Nightmares. You’ll find them all over the Moon, in Lost Sectors, or by taking Nightmare Bounties. You can also rarely earn them by dismantling gear.
Legendary Shards are always dropped when dismantling purple gear.
The other materials are random Resource Node items. These seem to change weekly, but you can find a different one on each planet.
How To Infuse Gear
To infuse gear, open your Inventory Manager. Select the item you want to infuse, go to the ‘Detail‘ screen, then select the ‘Infuse‘ marker in the bottom-left corner of the weapon information menu.
Selecting ‘Infuse‘ will use an [Upgrade Module]. These can’t be refunded, so make your choice before deciding to infuse. A new list of items will appear — select the item you want to sacrifice to power up your selected item.
Infusing works on weapons and armor, but the new Armor 2.0 system is all about armor pieces.
How Armor 2.0 Works
Every piece of armor now has an Energy Level. Depending on the base Energy Level, you’ll be able to equip special Modifications. The more Energy you have for an armor piece, the more Modifications you can equip at once. Each Modification uses a certain amount of Energy — and you can have up to four slots.
The modifications themselves cost Glimmer, Legendary Shards, Enhancement Cores and Enhancement Prisms to unlock — the same goes for upgrading your total Energy Level. This costs a stack of Glimmer, Legendary Shards, and more. Check the costs — installing a modification at the base level isn’t too expensive, at least.
Like with Infusions, the Armor 2.0 system is essentially optional until you reach 900+ PL. Really, it’s most useful when completing the Raid — you can equip modifications that improve your defense against certain elements, or even just against bosses specifically. That can make your life way, way easier in a Raid. Anything to stay alive longer.
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