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Destiny 2 Legendary Shards: How to get and spend the valuable resource

A primer on what you need to do with those elusive purple crystals.

Destiny 2 Legendary Shards is one of the game's most valuable resources.

Similar to Legendary Marks, Ascendant Shards and other end-game resources from the original Destiny, it's a consumable used to buy better gear and inch you closer to the max level cap.

What Legendary Shards are used for in Destiny 2

The in-game blurb for Legendary Shards is as follows: "Remnants of powerful items. Used to improve gear or trade for other items." So what does this mean in particular? Right now, we know Legendary Shards are used for two things:

  • Infusing weapons and armour into a higher Power level
  • Used as currency at Xur, the game's weekly vendor that will visit one of four planets each Friday.
  • Repurchasing Exotics from the Vault and mission-specific rewards from vendors
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Players of the original will note this is different to Destiny 1, which had you gather Strange Coins in order to buy Xur's many wares.

Now there is a shared resource with other systems in the game, it appears buying things from Xur might require more of a choice. Do you buy that fancy looking new Exotic, or spend it on Infusing the weapons and armour you already have?

How to get Legendary Shards

As a premium item, Legendary Shards will come from end-game resources and activities, including the following:

  • Dismantling Legendary (3 Shards) and Exotic (5 Shards) gear and Mods
  • Possible drop from decrypting Faction engrams (such as those from the Crucible, EDZ, Arcology, and so on)
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When you reach the end game, Legendary Shards should come in regular supply, simply from dismantling Legendary gear. Past the 265 cap you'll only receive useful Legendary weapons from a scant few sources, meaning the rest is to infuse into (if it's a weapon you want to keep) or to dismantle.

Since Infusing is very cheap, then you won't need many Shards at hand to ensure you are always creating the gear you use. When it comes to Xur every week, the maximum you'll realistically need is around 50 - enough to cover the weapon and armour piece for your class.

If you do run low, however, then simply playing will see Legendary gear flow in from all kinds of sources. If you're stuck, then levelling up Factions with Tokens tends to be the fastest source (doing Public Events and other Patrol-based activities is ideal).

Otherwise, Legendary Shards seem to be in abundance - until the game introduces a new way to spend them.

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