Destiny 2's The Dawning sees the return of the game's annual Christmas event.
Fans of SRL will be disappointed once more, with the event dropping Sparrow Racing League in favour of Dawning recipes and ingredients.
Not only does this allow you to get your hands on a Powerful Engram each week, but you can complete the Deliciously Cheerful Blueprint quest by creating Vanilla Blades, Chocolate Ship Cookies and Eliksni Birdseed recipes.
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As well as the above, there is, of course, a new cosmetic Dawning Engram, as with previous Destiny seasonal events.
While the rewards and consumables available are exclusive to the event, all (should!) be cosmetic in nature, ensuring that anything purchased with Silver (bought with real-world funds) or Bright Dust will not give paying players a real world advantage.
Destiny 2 The Dawning Recipe list, and how to get Vanilla Blades, Chocolate Ship Cookies and Eliksni Birdseed
After the oven tutorial, you are given a Deliciously Cheerful Blueprint - unlocking a Exotic festive Sparrow. To get it, you have to craft three specific recipes. They are:
|Deliciously Cheerful quest steps||Ingredient 1||Ingredient 2|
|Vanilla Blades recipe (for Shaxx)||Cabal Oil||Sharp Flavour|
|Chocolate Ship Cookes recipe (for Amanda)||Cabal Oil||Null Taste|
|Eliksni Birdseed recipe (for Hawthorne)||Ether Cane||Personal Touch|
If you want to see the entire list of recipes, including the 'Burnt Edge Transit' - all of which is required to Masterwork the Eva's Holiday Oven, and upgrade the seasonal sparrow - then the following image by ZeWorst on reddit can help:
Destiny The Dawning ingredients list
This year's The Dawning event works a little differently to before. First, start the quest Eva gives you, and you'll be given an item named Eva's Holiday Oven and a series of Dawning Ingredients. Use them in sequence to craft something for Zavalla.
You can use the oven to craft recipes using ingredients. These are dropped from performing different types of kills, or purchased from Eva Levante:
|Common Ingredient||Dropped from||Cost from Eva Levante|
|Vex Milk||Vex||5 Essence of Dawning|
|Ether Cane||Fallen||5 Essence of Dawning|
|Cabal Oil||Cabal||5 Essence of Dawning|
|Chitin Powder||Hive||5 Essence of Dawning|
|Taken Butter||Taken||5 Essence of Dawning|
|Dark Ether Cane||Scorn||5 Essence of Dawning|
|Rare Ingredient||Dropped from||Cost from Eva Levante|
|Delicious Explosion||Explosive kills||10 Essence of Dawning|
|Sharp Flavour||Sword hills||10 Essence of Dawning|
|Impossible Heat||Solar kills||10 Essence of Dawning|
|Electric Flavour||Arc kills||10 Essence of Dawning|
|Null Taste||Void kills||10 Essence of Dawning|
|Flash of Inspiration||Orbs of Light||10 Essence of Dawning|
|Personal Touch||Melee kills||10 Essence of Dawning|
|Perfect Taste||Precision kills||10 Essence of Dawning|
|Bullet Spray||Automatic kills||10 Essence of Dawning|
Thanks to RiseOfBacon on reddit for helping with fleshing out the above lists.
How do you get Essence of Dawning? By completing activities, as well as from bounties which Eva provides each day. They correspond to other events in the game - so make sure you pick them up each day, complete what they suggest, and you should be able to purchase what you need in no time.
Destiny The Dawning 2018 end date
The Dawning started on Tuesday, December 11 and ends on Tuesday, January 1 on the weekly reset at the following times:
- UK: 5pm (GMT)
- Europe: 6pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 12pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 9am (PDT)
Arc Week sees the return of Thunderlord, while the rest of Forsaken's second DLC brings new Exotics for Season of the Drifter, a Destiny 2 level cap to reach, the return of Thorn and Allegiance with Drifter or Vanguard quests. As always, Forsaken activities are still worth checking out - including this week's Ascendant Challenge and Blind Well and Oracle Engine Offering activities. There's also the likes of the Ace of Spades, the Chaperone and Malfeasance to unlock.
Destiny The Dawning - what was it like in previously?
Destiny 2's The Dawning continues to be a little scaled down compared to previous years, dropping Sparrow Racing League and instead focusing on new modes and makeovers in existing parts of the game.
The Dawning 2017
Here's what was new last time:
The Tower and The Farm makeovers with a new festive theme, piles of snow, and ice hockey in the hangar.
The Dawning lanterns decorate the social space as with previous holiday events. These have no purpose beyond being decorative, so collect them and release them into the sky whenever you're ready.
Here's a video by BecomingIncognito showing them in action:
Snowballs can be thrown by interacting with piles of snow found in social spaces, on planets in in Strikes. Throwing them will deal damage and stun enemies - or simply annoy other players.
Mayhem Crucible mode returns from the original Destiny, where abilities will recharge faster for a more manic competitive experience. You will play this as part of the 'Spreading Holiday Cheer' Milestone, so it's worth activating that before playing a few matches.
'Spreading Holiday Cheer' Milestone for completing Crucible Mayhem matches (the same amount as Call to Arms, which will also unlock at the same time) and then a handful of Strikes. Completing each one will give you a Dawning Engram. That's then the end - no elaborate quests like previous years. We suspect this will reset each week.
New Dawning Engrams feature themed consumables, ships, ghosts, sparrows and emotes. You can collect several for free with the Spreading Holiday Cheer Milestone - and one from Tess at the start of the event to kick the Milestone off - while every item will be available to purchase direct from Eververse directly with Bright Dust at some point during its weekly stock rotation.
A new Emblem that tracks the number of enemies defeated with snowballs. You'll pick this up at the start of the event by talking to Ikora.
The Dawning 2016
Sparrow Racing League: The racing event will return with four tracks - two new, two returning from last year - and will live on in Destiny Private Matches when The Dawning is over. Each race will reward up to maximum Light-level gear and weapons, and as well as quests and bounties from Amanda Holliday, you can earn ranks with loot drops along the way.
Vanguard Elite Strike Scoring: This new feature will score you for killing enemies throughout SIVA Strike playlists and the weekly Nightfall Strike, and complete Bounties along the way. The score is shared as a team; streaks earn you more points, and higher scores earn a bronze, silver or gold medal rewarded at the end.
Revamped Strikes: As with The Taken King and Rise of Iron before it, The Dawning revamps several Strikes - The Nexus, The Will of Crota and The Shadow Thief - with new enemies, challenges and loot drops, just in time for Strike Scoring.
New Record Book: Just as you got your head around the Rise of Iron's Record Book, another comes along for The Dawning. The Competitive Spirit book is free for all Rise of Iron players, and offers challenges for both Sparrow Racing League and Strike Scoring - from hitting par times and high scores to completing a certain amount of Bounties - giving you something to aim for over the three week period. But if you don't finish it, it'll stick around once the event is over, too.
New Mystery Boxes and loot: As with other seasonal events, there will be new Sparrows, emotes, consumables such as shaders and emblems, and Treasures of the Lost mystery boxes available as rewards for finishing certain quests and for purchase from the game's vendor Tess Evris with Silver, the game's currency (which is purchased with real-world cash). We have more details about where to get free Boxes, as well as their contents, later in the article.
Players can also open free gifts in the Tower every day, located behind the Bounty board in the main opening area. These small presents consist of Motes of Light and planetary materials - at least based on the event's opening days - but are worth picking up for free goodies.
Meanwhile - as with Festival of the Lost - there is a hidden Sparrow to find - the Lysander's Cry by locating a Bannerfall Ghost and searching the Tower.
New Exotics, Gear and Ornaments: Year 1 favourite Icebreaker will return as part of The Dawning, alongside new void and solar versions of Arc machine gun Thunderlord (named Nova Mortis and Abaddon respectively). Meanwhile, expect new Ornaments for Black Spindle, Icebreaker, Last Word, Red Death and Thorn.
Smaller tweaks: Alongside all of the above, a patch will increase Skeleton Key drops (including a guaranteed drop from the first Nightfall run) and add new Skeleton Key loot; from level 40, all green Engrams to automatically be exchanged into materials; and new Ornaments to be sold from a vendor instead of from Xur each week.
Tower makeover: Finally, as with other events, there's a new festive makeover for the Tower.