'Destiny 2' Update (1.30) Adds Black Armory & More - Patch Notes

Destiny 2 update has released as version 1.30 on PS4. The substantial patch includes Black Armory Annual Pass content as well as a slew of fixes for vanilla players just getting their feet wet in Season of the Forge. Read the full patch notes below courtesy of a Bungie blog post.

Destiny 2 (1.30) Patch Notes

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'Destiny 2's Black Armory calendar keeps players occupied through February. Bungie/Activision



  • Chaos Reach
    • Tuned Chaos Reach's deactivation cost so that it consistently retains Super energy from deactivating early.
      • Previously, Chaos Reach allowed Players to save Super energy when deactivating the Super early by charging a flat Super energy cost upon deactivation (~65 percent). This meant that in order to save Super energy, you'd have to deactivate within the first second or so of the Super's duration.
      • With this change, Chaos Reach's deactivation will now always save you some Super energy. Deactivating the Super is no longer a flat energy cost but, rather, now works on a curve. The intention is to reward players for skillfully timing their deactivation.
  • Fixed an issue where the overshield granted upon respawning in Crucible would not negate damage right away
  • Increased damage required to destroy Nightstalker Tethers prior to their activation
  • Fixed an issue where the Biotic Enhancements buff would apply too much of a damage multiplier when standing in a Well of Radiance


  • Fixed an issue where Scavenger perks could be used to generate heavy ammo off of team mates who fell to self-inflicted misadventure
  • Fixed an issue where high impact scout rifles were not firing at 150 RPM
  • Fixed an issue where the impact stat bar for Fusion Rifles was not updating when upgrading a charge time masterwork for the weapon
  • Gwisin Vest
    • Fixed an issue where kills were not required to extend Super uptime
    • Fixed an issue where Super was not extended after 10 or more kills
  • Chromatic Fire
    • Fixed an issue where explosions were doing less damage than intended
  • Reduced the amount of ammo gained from the Machine Gun Scavenger perk to bring it in line with other Power weapon scavenger perks
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Black Armory weapons to sometimes roll two of the same perk
  • Duplicate perks have been replaced in each weapon's talent grid



  • Fixed an issue that caused The Mountaintop to drop above appropriate power levels for players who do not own Forsaken, making it unequipped unless pulled from collections
  • Fixed an issue that caused Valor Ranks to display different values from what their rank actually was
    • This is strictly a visual fix, ranks have worked properly since Season of the Forge began



  • Fixed an issue where the wrong team would sometimes be credited for killing the Ascendant Servitor Primeval
  • Reduced the amount of ammo that Linear Fusion Rifles receive from the Power Ammo crate in Gambit to from five to three rounds
    • Sleeper Simulant still only receives two rounds
  • Players who die with fewer than two rounds of special ammo will now always respawn with 2 rounds, to help alleviate special ammo starvation
  • Fixed an issue where players would be held in a loading screen if another player was inspecting items in inventory



  • Fixed an issue where Protheon, the Modular Mind grew three times larger than intended in Update 2.1.0
    • This strike has been reintroduced to Matchmaking, and can be launched once again from the Director


Leviathan & Raid Lairs

  • Removed "Normal Mode Completion" requirement for launching Prestige Modes for Leviathan, Eater of Worlds, and Spire of Stars

Last Wish

  • Fixed an issue where Destiny 2 would crash during the Morgeth fight



  • Fixed an issue where the "Hawthorne's Heroes" Clan Perk was not providing the proper rewards

Items & Economy


  • The "Hecuba-S" exotic Sparrow no longer requires Annual Pass ownership to reacquire from Collections
  • The "Mimesis Drive" Sparrow now properly requires Annual Pass ownership to reacquire from Collections
  • Shader reacquisition time reduced from three seconds to one second


  • Prime Engrams will now appear more frequently for players under 550 power, and provide larger power benefits when decrypted
  • Fixed an issue where the "Harbinger's Echo" sparrow was locked out for players who destroyed dragon eggs across multiple characters.
    • We are currently developing a fix for an upcoming patch to address players who have already destroyed all eggs prior to this update. Update 2.1.3 is tentatively planned for Dec. 18. 2018. Seed of Light added to the drop table of the Blind Well Heroic.
  • The "Lest Ye Be Judged" Trophy/Achievement can be completed by visiting Xur
  • Fixed an issue where the "Riddle Me This" Triumph was not unlocking properly
  • Fixed an issue where Amanda Holliday had an improper notification waypoint
  • Fixed an issue where Festival of the Lost armor could not be masterworked
  • Fixed an issue where items could not be masterworked if players did not have Enhancement Cores in inventory, even if the masterwork cost did not require cores
  • Fixed an issue where Amanda Holliday's inventory did not refresh at the proper times



  • When selecting a Last Wish or Scourge of the Past on the Director, players can now delete their current checkpoint before launching the activity
  • Fixed an issue where the Vanguard node on the top-level Director was not displaying active challenges

While the lion's share of featured content in update is exclusive to Annual Pass owners, there's a fair amount of improvements here for all players to enjoy. For example, the raised Power Level cap of 650 is something that impacts all Guardians and increases the scope of progression no matter which DLC you buy. While it may be slightly more difficult to max out, and you won't necessarily be working toward a new raid, there's more grind in store for everyone.

It's also nice to see a wide assortment of known issues from update 2.1.0 get patched as well. Having completion bugs in a major raid like Last Wish is supremely frustrating, and it's good to know the Inverted Spire strike will soon be working its way back into the rotation. The adjustments in Destiny 2 version aren't exactly massive, but they clean up some of the baggage that crossed its way into the game with Forge.

As diehard Guardians will likely know, Destiny 2's Black Armory is the start of the game's Annual Pass seasonal content that keeps players engaged through September of next year. This season in particular, Guardians can visit PvE Forges that expand lore and offer new weapons. There's also a brand-new Exotic quest due in late January, which is preceded by the Scourge of the Past raid on Dec. 7.

Destiny 2 is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Update should be rolling out now to all platforms.

What are your thoughts on Destiny 2's Black Armory so far? Does today's update make you excited for the future? Tell us in the comments section!

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