'Destiny 2' Update 1.57 (2.9.1.2) Nerfs Leviathan & Stronghold : Patch Notes

Destiny 2 update 2.9.1.2 is officially live on PS4 as version 1.57, and the patch introduces some questionable nerfs to which longtime Guardians may object. Farming Leviathan rewards is no longer possible, and the Stronghold isn't as potent as it used to be.

Read the full patch notes courtesy of the latest Bungie blog post.

Destiny 2 Update 2.9.1.2 (version 1.57) patch notes

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'Destiny 2' update 1.57 has released on PS4, with nerfs to Stronghold and Leviathan. Read the full patch notes below. 'Destiny 2' is available on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia. Bungie

Nightfall: The Ordeal

  • Fixed an issue where the Ordeal version of Lake of Shadows was inaccessible at tiers above Adept for players who do not own Forsaken.
  • Fixed an issue where the Festering Core Master Nightfall was listed as 1080 Power in the Director, but was actually 750 Power.
      • Guardians should expect a much greater challenge when engaging with this strike.

Raids

  • Leviathan rewards of XP, Glimmer, and chances towards Exotic Engrams or Bright Engrams are now back on a weekly lockout.
      • Note: Weapons and armor are not affected by the weekly lockout, and can be earned multiple times a week.

Investment

  • Fixed an issue where some players could not acquire the "Means to an End" quest from the Prismatic Recaster.

Armor

  • Fixed an issue where Ruinous Effigy could trigger the heal from the Stronghold Titan Exotic armor while blocking with the carry object.
  • Fixed an issue where Umbral stat Focused engrams could provide less than 10 in the selected stat.

As a hotfix as opposed to a full update, Destiny 2 version 1.57 doesn't totally overhaul Season of Arrivals as players know it. That being said, there are some tweaks that are well worth discussing. With the shift to most Leviathan rewards now being on a weekly lockout, it's not possible to farm the raid for XP, Glimmer or Engrams. This makes the task far less lucrative for endgame players, which significantly nerfs the game's overall loot spread. Things get significantly worse for sword-wielding Titans who had been taking advantage of Stronghold following the sword buffs added in Season 11. Fans of increasingly popular Stronghold swords builds won't like the adjustment, but it does keep things in balance for everyone else.

Overall, Destiny 2 update 1.57 is pretty light, but there are big things headed to the game in the coming weeks. This Thursday, Bungie has teased that it will reveal the very first details about Solstice of Heroes 2020, which should give Guardians a new reason to engage with the game that has somewhat stagnated in the runup to the Beyond Light expansion this November. Another Iron Banner run also begins today as well. Updates like build 2.9.1.2 aren't that exciting, but they're necessary to keep Destiny 2 feeling polished in between bigger additions.

Destiny 2 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia.

What do you think of the latest update to Destiny 2? Are you OK with the Leviathan nerf? Tell us in the comments section!