Glimmer in Destiny 2 racks up to the maximum cap pretty quickly, but it's not immediately clear what you can spend it on.
Early on, it's useful enough for ploughing into gear sold by vendors around the game world, but soon enough you'll outscale anything they can sell, and deciding what to spend Glimmer on can be a little difficult.
Once you do though, suddenly Glimmer will seem a lot more scarce, so as well as telling you how to spend your Glimmer, here on this page we'll also take you through how to earn Glimmer in Destiny 2 so you can keep on splasing that weird blue cash.
Note this page is in need of an update with the arrival of Destiny 2's second year, so be aware some content might be out of date. In the meantime, read our Destiny 2 Forsaken guide and how to reach the new Destiny 2 level cap for an overview of what's new and changed. Plus, there's the return of theThorn quest and Thorn Ornament, Wishes of Sorrow, and our trusty friend Xur, too - here's the answer to where is Xur, Xur's location and what Xur's selling this week!
What to spend Glimmer on in Destiny 2 - what's the best way to spend it when you hit the max Glimmer cap?
Being the most generally accepted currency in the game, there are a plenty of things you can spend Glimmer on in Destiny 2, but not all of them are particularly efficient uses of it.
How you spend it really depends on where you are in the game, but ultimately it comes down to two options. Either way, you want to spend it somehow, because Glimmer has a hard cap of 99,999, and you simply won't get Glimmer from anything you do once you hit it!
The best way to spend Glimmer in Destiny 2
- Before 200 Power / level 20 - Items from vendors. Each Planet in Destiny 2 has an overseer, who's also a vendor - on Earth, for example, it's Devram Kay - and each of these will sell gear up to a cap of 200 Power. Generally through the campaign their gear will be a few levels above your own, and with Glimmer having a hard cap that you're likely to hit during the course of the main story anyway, you might as well spend it where you can.
- After 200 Power / level 20 - Random weapon Mods from the Gunsmith. Say hello to the grind! After you finish the story, you'll be bumped to experience level 20, and your Power level will soon blow past an average of 200. From there, you can no longer buy gear from vendors that's above your own, but Glimmer can still help to raise your Power level. Once you hit 280 Power you'll be able to turn blue weapon mods into the Legendary purple ones, and those add +5 Power to the weapons or armour you add them onto.
A little more detail on that second point - this is one of the key ways to get past the soft level cap - you can read more on it in detail in our Power level guide - and even if you're nowhere near level 280, it's still worth dumping the vast majority of your Glimmer into those random weapon Mods.
You can stockpile huge amounts of them, and you'll need them when you do hit those higher level. It'll cost 5,000 Glimmer a pop to install a Legendary Mod but, as you'll see below, Glimmer is so generally abundant that if you do want to use it for something else, then you'll quickly earn it back. There's no point in letting it sit there at the cap doing nothing!
What else can you spend Glimmer on?
There are two main, end-game things you can also spend your Glimmer on.
The first, as mentioned above, is attaching those Legendary Mods that you've bought for 5,000 glimmer at a time. This bumps up the Power level of your items and lets you grind for the next Power level up a little easier.
The second is purchasing Treasure Maps and Scout Reports from Cayde-6, which can lead you to, yes, more Glimmer, as well as a variety of other rewards including high-powered loot.
Neither of those take up quite the same cost as buying buckets of random Mods, though, so that should still be your late-game priority!
In 2020, we've seen several new additions - from the Empyrean Foundation taking us up to new Season of the Worthy Exotics, new Powerful and Pinnacle Gear and new ways to earn it. Earlier in the year, we've seen the recent arrival of the Garden of Salvation raid challenges, and elsewhere in Year 3 Armor 2.0, K1 Logistics, K1 Revelation, K1 Crew Quarters and K1 Communion locations. There are also several new weapon quests, including the Deathbringer quest, Divinity quest, Leviathan's Breath quest and Xenophage quest. The Trials of Osiris have also returned. We also have a list of our best Destiny 2 weapons recommendations, which includes Jotunn and Le Monarque.
How to earn Glimmer in Destiny 2
The simple answer is that Glimmer is earned from just playing the game, but some methods are more efficient than others.
The best, so far, is grinding out Public Events on a planet of your choice. That's because you'll earn a small amount of Glimmer - around 10 - for every enemy defeated, around 120 Glimmer for defeating the mini-bosses of the Public Events, and upwards of 700 Glimmer as a direct reward for most Public Events, with potential for a little more if they're Heroic (here's how to unlock all Heoric Events, if you need to know!).
On top of that, you'll also earn a few Engrams along the way, and at least one (and usually more) Blue piece of equipment per event. Dismantling Blue items also gives you 100 Glimmer a pop, so suddenly things add up.
Let's say you kill fifty enemies, at 10 Glimmer each, in a Public Event (which should be easy enough when you factor in the general enemies you'll encounter to and from it just in the wild), then one Public Event mini-boss at around 120, and receive 750 Glimmer for completing the Heroic Public Event, that's already around 1300-1400 Glimmer.
Dismantle two Blue items each time, and that's another 200, and this is only around ten minutes of play time. Add in a few 500-1000 Glimmer chests that you might find along the way between events on that planet, any other additional enemies and rewards, and you're in the money! We estimate a minumum of 10,000 Glimmer an hour from this, but it could easily be more depending on your speed and proficiency at the events and generally getting around the map.
So, grind out more Public Events (again!), dump your Glimmer into Random blue Weapon modifiers at the Gunsmith, and repeat! It's really as simple as that.