Destiny's Festival of the Lost returns for the first time in Destiny 2, bringing a taste of Halloween to the Tower and beyond.

Masks make a comeback, which are purchased with a new currency - Fragmented Souls. Plus, there's also a murder mystery questline to look forward to.

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As with other Destiny seasonal events, while the rewards and consumables available are exclusive to the event and Quests requiring their use to complete, it (should!) all be cosmetic in nature, ensuring that anything purchased with Silver (bought with real-world funds) will not give paying players a real world advantage.

There should be plenty of non-paying players to dig into too.

Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost masks, quests and other activities

Bungie says this year's Festival of the Lost is "a celebration of lost heroes and a new challenge to tackle. It includes a costume party, and you're all invited. It ends with a quest to solve a murder."

Amanda Holliday is the primary Festival of the Lost vendor - taking over from Eva Levante, who has been absent in Destiny 2. Here's what it involves.

Haunted Forest and Bounties: Set in the Infinite Forest, this is the main focus of Festival of the Lost. Start by visiting Amanda, which sends you on quest through several Lost Sectors on Io.

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After that, you'll visit the Infinite Forest for the first time, then can revisit it again with Bounties, allowing you to earn Fragmented Souls and start unlocking new masks.

New Festival of the Lost Masks

These are purchased with Fragmented Souls, completing Triumphs and opening Ephemeral Engrams. As with previous events, Masks are based on well-known characters and bosses, and Destiny 2's selection does not disappoint:

Festival of the Lost MaskHow to unlock
Glitterball
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Ephemeral Engram drop / Bright Dust purchase
Colonel
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Ephemeral Engram drop / Bright Dust purchase
Master Rahool
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Rewarded from Festival of the Lost questline
Traveller
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Purchased with Fragmented Souls
Lord Shaxx
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Purchased with Fragmented Souls
Petra Venj
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Purchased with Fragmented Souls
Dominus Ghaul
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Purchased with Fragmented Souls
Jade Rabbit
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Purchased with Fragmented Souls
Will of the Thousands
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Purchased with Fragmented Souls
Scorn
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Purchased with Fragmented Souls
Emperor Calus
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Purchased with Fragmented Souls
Dark Prince
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Complete all Festival of the Lost Triumphs

Each one can be upgraded with buffs, earned from defeating Nightmares in the Haunted Forest:

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Festival of the Lost Triumphs

There are also Festival of the Lost Triumphs to complete while the event is active. Though there are no Triumph points up for grabs, there are rewards for completing certain objectives:

TriumphObjectiveReward
Lost in the ForestComplete all Festival of the Lost TriumphsDark Prince mask
We Came, We Saw, We SurvivedComplete the Festival of the Lost questlineNone
MasqueradeAcquire 9 Festival of the Lost masksAmaranth Atrocity shader
Lucid DreamerFully unlock all perks on Festival of Lost masksNone
This is My StoryAcquire Horror Story assault rifleNone
A Bounty a DayComplete 40 Festival of the Lost Bounties]None
You Don't Scare MeDefeat 100 Nightmares in the Haunted ForestNightmare's End emblem
Seventh BranchCleared the seventh branch in Haunted ForestDeep in the Woods emblem

Max Power level 'Horror Story' Auto Rifle

For earning 140 Fragmented Souls over the course of the event, you can purchase the 'Horror Story' Legendary Auto Rifle, which is available at a fixed 600 Power level - which will give you a generous boost to your light level.

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Ephemeral Engrams and new Tess Everis store items

Ephemeral Engrams are rewarded every time you level up in addition to the ordinary Steadfast Engram. Some of the items they drop - as well as the Ephemeral Engrams - can also be purchased direct from Tess Everis, and include cosmetics and emotes.

Even if you have no interest in these, it's well worth unlocking the Okular Fortitude Shell Ghost, which gives you a 10% XP boost across all activities, and can be purchased direct with Bright Dust (at least in the first week of the event):

New questline: There is a quest that has players solve the mystery behind Master Ives' murder (the Reef Cryptarch), rewarding players with a "powerful reward" (we assume, a Powerful Engram) each week. This specific event won't begin until Tuesday, October 30th.

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Tower makeover: Finally - as per usual with these events, expect the Tower to have a different look. The decorations are pretty Engram-heavy!

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How to get Fragmented Souls in Destiny 2's Festival of the Lost

Fragmented Souls is an new currency added in Festival of the Lost, and something you'll want to earn to unlock Masks, the 600 Power level Horror Story weapon and other rewards. You earn them from:

  • Completing Haunting Forest completions (around one per branch completed)
  • Completing Festival of the Lost daily bounties (1 each)
  • Completing Festival of the Lost weekly bounties (15 each)
  • Finding chests randomly placed through Haunting Forest runs (around 2-4 each)
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It's all pretty straightforward - pick up Festival of the Lost bounties each day, play plenty of the Haunted Forest to complete the weekly bounties before the end of each reset, and look out for chests along the way. Don't forget to wear those masks!

If you want everything - Horror Story and every mask - you'll need to play plenty of the mode. Here's Arekkz with a few more details:

Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost end date

The Festival of the Lost start date is Tuesday, October 16th, and has an end date of Tuesday, November 6th at the usual weekly reset time:

  • UK: 6pm (BST)
  • Europe: 7pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 1pm (ET)
  • West Coast US: 10am (PT)

Meanwhile, one component - a questline involving solving the murder of Master Ives - will begin towards the end of the event on Tuesday October 30th.


Good news - Festival of the Lost is here! Whether you're playing the seasonal event or not, there's plenty of other things to do in Destiny 2 - including the weekly Ascendant Challenge and Blind Well and Oracle Engine Offering activities, and of course, the Last Wish raid - after you've done plenty of Destiny 2 levelling of course. There's also Exotics such as the Ace of Spades, the Chaperone and Malfeasance to unlock.


How Destiny Festival of the Lost worked previously

Destiny Festival of the Lost last appeared in the original Destiny in 2016, running until Tuesday, November 8. It had three components.

One was filling up bags of sweets by going killing enemies after visiting Eva Levante in the Tower, giving you an Empty Candy Satchel.

If you fill a bag of sweets, you could trade it for one of three Masks available that day, or for a Gifts of the Lost mystery box (featuring 2015 Festival consumables).

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Not only wereMasks used for larks, but were required to complete the festival's Quests. 2015 had players perform certain activities while wearing a Mask - such as performing Sword kills wearing the Crota Mask, or tripping off the Tower wearing Atheon - and there was something similar for 2016.

Here's a rundown of Festival of the Lost 2016 Quests:

QuestGiverRequirementsReward
Sweet Memories Eva Lavente Visit the Speaker, Eris, Shaxx, Ikora Rey, Cayde-6, Zavala, Cryptarch in the Tower Uncommon Engram Mask
Masker Plan Eva Lavente Earn 30 Crucible kills while wearing a Mask Tiger Mask
Old Wolf, New Tricks Tyra Karn Receive Saladin Mask, visit Saladin, chat to Trya Karn then get 50 Solar ability kills, 25 Relic Axe kills Frame's Honor Emblem

Finally, there were new emotes and consumables as drops from Trials of Osiris, Crucible Matches and Strike chest rewards, and also from Treasures of the Lost mystery boxes, which are available to purchase from the game's Eververse vendor Tess Evris for 200 Silver, the game's currency purchased with real-world cash. Festival of the Lost will also debuted new Ornaments for the Bad Juju Exotic.

There were, of course, some secrets too. One was a broom you can ride as a Sparrow - as seen in our Lost Broom Sparrow location page - while another was a fetch quest involving trading A Tiny Box of Raisins for a Superblack Shader.

Returning 2015 MasksNew 2016 Masks
Atheon Mask Aksis Mask
Skull Mask Firewolf Mask
Crota Mask Ghost Mask
Cryptarch Mask Lost Prince Mask
Eris Morn Mask Revenant Mask
Exotic Engram Mask Saladin Mask
Legendary Engram Mask SIVA Mask
Oryx Mask Wolf Mask
Petra Venj Mask
Rare Engram Mask
Skolas Mask
Speaker Mask
Tiger Mask
Traveler Mask
Uncommon Engram Mask
Warden Mask
Xur Mask
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Standard Wolf Mask
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Ghost Mask
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Revenant Mask
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Aksis Mask
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Lost Prince Mask
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SIVA Mask

Festival of the Lost consumable items

  • Ascendant Raisens
  • Bad Dream
  • Chromatic Jackolyte
  • Crawl of Creeps
  • Flight of Shadows
  • Gifts of the Lost
  • Sleepless Gaze
  • Strokes of Midnight
  • Treasures of the Lost (mystery box)
  • Whim of Rahool
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A consumable will allow you to turn your head into a giant (slightly gross) eyeball.

Festival of the Lost Emotes

  • Howl - 300 Silver
  • Terrify - 500 Silver

The Boo, Monster Dance and Zombie Dance emotes have also made a return.

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The Howl emote in action.

Festival of the Lost Ghosts

These can be found in Treasures of the Lost mystery boxes from Eververse.

  • Deviled Ghost
  • Ghost Ghost
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Deviled Ghost
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Ghost Ghost

Festival of the Lost Shaders

These can be found in Treasures of the Lost mystery boxes from Eververse.

  • Candlelight
  • Sea of Tears
  • Unquiet Spirit

Festival of the Lost Sparrows

  • S-35 Jealousy - This can be found in Treasures of the Lost mystery boxes from Eververse
  • Lost Broom - Found hidden in the Tower
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Everything else you need to know about Destiny's Festival of the Lost 2016

  • A Treasures of the Lost mystery box will cost 200 Silver, and contains Legendary Masks, consumables and other items:
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Fingers crossed for that neon Sparrow, eh?
  • All three social areas - the Tower, the Reef and Iron Temple - will be decorated for the Festival.
  • If you use the new Wolf emote while wearing the Firewolf Mask, it'll change colour from red to blue.
  • To coincide with the arrival of the festival, a new 'Holiday' kiosk has appeared in the Tower, allowing you to redeem Masks and other items from previous years.
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You can find this kiosk in the same wing as the Speaker.
  • As Eva Levante is a Quest giver and trades Masks for bags of candy, you won't be selling Emblems again until the festival is over.
  • Quests and many consumables (Fruit Motes, Glimmer Chew, Salty Engram, Sour Engram, Sugary Engram, Chocolate Strange Coins, Void Fizz) still active from last year's Festival of the Lost will no longer be active as soon as the Festival starts.
  • If you have Paper Glue left from last year's Festival, it can now be shedded into 1 Silver Dust.
  • All Crucible matches will take place at night, though we assume Private Matches will be exempt!
  • Festival of the Lost will require the Rise of Iron expansion to play.

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