Destiny 2 Bright Dust and Bright Engrams are a way of getting hold of cosmetic items, from new Sparrows and Ships to weapon-changing Ornaments.
Though all of the above can involve spending real-world money on loot box-style Bright Engrams, thankfully everything can be unlocked without spending a penny, if you have time on your side and a dose of luck to get what you want.
Note this page is in need of an update with the arrival of Destiny 2's second year, so be aware some content might be out of date.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.
How to get Bright Dust in Destiny 2
Bright Dust is an optional but very useful material when it comes to sourcing the game's many cosmetic items.
While Silver (purchased with real-world money) is used for buying Bright Engrams (which we discuss at the end of this article), Bright Dust allows you to purchase individual items that can be found within these Engrams.
Each week, Eververse will have a set selection 14 items - a mixture of Shaders, Sparrows, Ornaments, Engrams and more - that can be bought with Bright Dust. If nothing takes your fancy, then wait until the next weekly reset for a new inventory to appear.
The next question is, where do you get Bright Dust? It comes from the following sources:
- Opening Bright Engrams. Like any item inside a Bright Engram, while not guaranteed, there is a chance you'll receive some Bright Dust upon opening.
- Dismantling Eververse items. Anything you receive from a Bright Engram or purchase from the Eververse shop can be dismantled in return for Bright Dust.
It's worth noting the amount of Bright Dust from dismantling objects not only varies between categories, but even from item to item - meaning Legendary Sparrows will give a similar but not matching amount of Bright Dust, while Exotic Sparrows will be worth more than any other Sparrow. Thanks to the Destiny subreddit for breaking down these items to test this.
Destiny Ornaments - Where to find them and how to use them
Ornaments allow you to change the appearance of Exotic weapons and as of Curse of Osiris, certain Armour pieces.
Armour Ornaments work differently to those from the original Destiny or even weapons, unlocking when completing specific objectives. One example is winning 25 Iron Banner matches will unlock Ornaments for that specific armour set.
Once you have completed the objective, it'll automatically unlock the Ornament on that armour set.
The list of weapon Ornaments in full:
- Vanguard Faction Armor
- Crucible Faction Armor
- Trials of the Nine Armor
- Iron Banner Armor
- Dead Orbit, Future War Cult and New Monarchy Armor from Faction Rally
- Eater of Worlds Raid Lair Armor
In order to get your hands on Weapon Ornaments, you can find them from two places:
- Dropping at random when opening a Bright Engram mystery box
- Purchased with Bright Dust from Eververse's inventory if it's on sale that week
It means if you want to get your hands on a specific Weapon Ornament, you must either wait until it appears at Eververse on sale, or be lucky enough for it to drop as part of opening a Bright Engram.
The exception to the above is Legend of Acrius Ornament The Emperor's Pleasure, which arrives at the conclusion of the World-Eater Exotic quest.
Other things you should know about Ornaments:
- To equip an Ornament, go to the weapon's Perk tree, and use the corresponding slot on the far right to select the style of your choice. Unlike during the launch of Rise of Iron, it doesn't cost any material to apply an Ornament.
- Each select Exotic has one Ornament to find, and unlike Rise of Iron, there are none available for any armor sets.
- Note: This page is a due a revision with the arrival of Curse of Osiris. We'll be updating this page with new information at a later date.
Destiny 2 Ornament list
|Sweet Business||Down to Business|
|Vigilance Wing||Book of the Dead|
|Graviton Lance||Particle Accelerator|
|Rat King||Black Plague|
|Merciless||Break the Dawn|
|Fighting Lion||Jade Counteance|
|Tractor Cannon||Under Construction|
|D.A.R.C.I.||Mind Of Its Own|
|The Wardcliff Coil||Tesla's Revenge|
|The Prospector||Comstock Lode|
|Hard Light||The Future is Chrome|
|MIDA Multi-Tool||All The Essentials|
|Skyburner's Oath||Beware The Red Legion|
|Legend of Acrius *||The Emperor's Pleasure *|
* Legend of Acrius Ornament The Emperor's Pleasure can only be unlocked upon completing the World-Eater Exotic quest.
Coldheart ornament 'Sub-Zero':
Sweet Business ornament 'Down to Business':
Vigilance Wing ornament 'Book of the Dead':
Graviton Lance ornament 'Particle Accelerator':
Sunshot ornament 'Red Dwarf':
Sturm ornament 'Symbiosis':
Rat King ornament 'Black Plague':
Riskrunner ornament 'Summer Storm':
Merciless ornament 'Break the Dawn':
Fighting Lion ornament 'Jade Counteance':
Tractor Cannon ornament 'Under Construction':
D.A.R.C.I. ornament 'Mind Of Its Own':
The Wardcliff Coil ornament 'Tesla's Revenge':
The Prospector ornament 'Comstock Lode':
Hard Light ornament 'The Future is Chrome':
MIDA Multi-Tool ornament 'All The Essentials':
Skyburner's Oath ornament 'Beware The Red Legion':
Legend of Acrius ornament 'The Emperor's Pleasure':
The Last Word quest has finally a rrived, wrapping up the Black Armory DLC after theMysterious Box quest and Machine Gun Frame quest steps have come and gone. There's still the Scourge of the Past raid to replay, if you want to get more out of the mini-expansion! Completing the above requires some serious Destiny 2 levelling of course, and it helps if you know how to complete the latest Ascendant Challenge and Blind Well and Oracle Engine Offering activities. There's also Exotics such as the Ace of Spades, the Chaperone and Malfeasance to unlock.
How to get Bright Engrams in Destiny 2
Similar to Sterling Treasure and Radiant Treasures introduced in the original Destiny, Bright Engrams are a loot box give players a range of consumables.
All players earn a Bright Engram each time they gain a new experience level past the experience cap of level 20. In short, simply playing the game - completing activities and missions, killing enemies and so on - will give you experience, and when you complete the experience gauge you receive a Bright Engram. The more you play Destiny 2 in the end-game, the more you'll receive.
You can also purchase additional Bright Engrams by spending Silver at vendor Tess Everis (Silver is the game's premium currency that can be purchased with real-world cash) at a social space.
As well as single Bright Engrams, there are usually bundles available if you are using Silver. But remember, simply playing will give you a steady access to Bright Engrams, so you can unlock anything cosmetic in the game without spending a penny.