Destiny 2 Sunsetting explained: Sunset chart and when seasonal gear will be sunset explained

How to know when your favourite weapon or armour will sunset and when.

Sunsetting in Destiny 2 will see gear such as weapons and armour 'max out' their max power as time goes on.

Introduced from November 2020 alongside the Beyond Light expansion, the system is designed to encourage players to try new weapons on a regular basis, instead of relying on existing ones.

There are multiple ways to find out when gear will be sunset in Destiny 2, which this page explains, alongside various sunsetting exceptions from 2021 and beyond.

On this page:

What to expect from Beyond Light's new Exotics and gear.

What is sunsetting in Destiny 2 and how does it work?

Sunsetting is the term to weapons and armour having a power level cap, meaning they can no longer be infused past a certain point based on when they were first introduced into the game.

As described by Bungie, the system is designed so that "strong weapons [will] have their time in the sun, and whenever possible we want you to expect and prepare for powerful gear to cycle out of the endgame meta."

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The Power Cap is the current cap, while the Seasonal Power Cap is the sunset cap - the maximum it will ever be.

In short, sunsetting works as follows:

  • Every armour pieces and weapon will have a max power level to which it can be infused to
  • This cap (let's call it the sunset cap) will come into effect one year after its initial debut in the game - meaning it'll be relevant for four seasons total (including its debut season)
  • Weapons can always be used once they have been sunset - meaning they are viable in modes where Power doesn't matter - they just can't reach the level cap
  • If armour you like using for cosmetic reasons has been sunset, then using transmog will allow you to keep its appearance
  • Exotics do not have a max power level and will never sunset

There are a few various exceptions in the short term to help players ease into the system, but the long and short of it is - gear will be sunset around one year after the gear's debut in the game.

When will sunsetting start in Destiny 2?

Though you could see the sunset cap in your gear at the end of Year 3, Season 12 (also known as Season of the Hunt, or the release of the Beyond Light expansion from November 10th) is when sunsetting came into effect for a number of weapons.

In practice, this means:

  • Gear originally released in Year 3 (Seasons 9 to 11) will not be capped until sometime in Year 4
  • Any weapons or armour released in Years 1 and 2 (Seasons 1 to 8) will be capped at the Year 3 cap of 1060 Power
  • Last Wish and Garden of Salvation gear (weapons and armour) will be capped at the Season 14 sunset cap
  • Armour from Leviathan, Eater of Worlds, Spire of Stars, Scourge of the Past and Crown of Sorrow will be capped at the Season 14 sunset cap

Again, the general rule of thumb is - all gear has a shelf life of one year after its initial debut in the game. Note that gear will be sunset based on when it was first introduced to the game, not when you pick it up.

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Gear dropping from raids will have a longer life than usual.

This means you'll have to keep upgrading things regularly in order to play end game content, which requires a degree of planning ahead.

Destiny 2 Sunsetting Chart: When seasonal gear will be sunset season-by-season

What follows is a chart explaining when sunsetting will occur for various seasons:

Starting seasonSunset date
Seasons 1-7 (Years 1-2)Season of Arrivals, November 2020
Season 8 (Season of the Undying, October 2019)Season of Arrivals, November 2020
Season 9 (Season of Dawn, December 2019)Season 12, 2021
Season 10 (Season of the Worthy, March 2020)Season 13, 2021
Season 11 (Season of Arrivals, June 2020)Season 14, 2021
Season 12 (Season of the Hunt, November 2020)Year 5, late 2021

There are some exceptions to the above, including:

  • Exotics (which will never be sunset)
  • Last Wish and Garden of Salvation gear (weapons and armour) will be capped at the Season 14 sunset cap
  • Armour from Leviathan, Eater of Worlds, Spire of Stars, Scourge of the Past and Crown of Sorrow will be capped at the Season 14 sunset cap

Year 4 has begun! Learn about new Beyond Light Exotics, including post-campaign quests for Salvation's Grip, The Lament andBorn in Darkness, plus how to reach the new Destiny 2 max level cap and how sunsetting works. There are a couple of new and returning areas in the game - here's how to track down Perdition, Bunker E15 and Concealed Void on Europa and Exodus Garden 2A and Veles Labyrinth on the Cosmodrome - and new collectables to find in the form of Entropic Shards. Looking ahead beyond this new expansion, we explain all Destiny 2 PS5 and Xbox Series upgrade details, as well as Destiny 2 crossplay and transmog. We also have an explainer on Destiny 2 cross save support.


How to track when specific gear will be sunset in Destiny 2

There are several ways you can find out which gear is being sunset and when in Destiny 2.

This is useful as Bungie has suggested gear will be reissued as time goes on, meaning a once sunsetted weapon or armour piece could see a new cap at a later date - which, we assume, will need to be collected a second time).

Additionally, all gear will be sunset when it was first introduced to the game, not when you collect it - so it's worth checking to see when it will become capped before you put a lot of materials into upgrading it.

How to see when gear will be sunset in-game

The most direct way to know when your gear will be sunset is to investigate it in game.

You can see this by attempting to Infuse the gear as usual, where a pop up window will show the current power, the power limit (for this season) and the seasonal power cap (the max it can ever become).

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The Power Cap is the current cap, while the Seasonal Power Cap is the sunset cap - the maximum it will ever be.

Of course, having to do this for every gear item you own is a bit tedious. To help, the 'watermark' of a gear's icon will change to reflect whether it can no longer reach the current season's cap at a glance.

If it can, it'll be the usual white on a black background:

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If it can't, then it'll be inverted - black icon on a white background.

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This means you can go through your vault at the start of each new season and clear out gear which is no longer relevant. Handy!

How to follow when gear will be sunset using community trackers

If you prefer to find out if something you don't own yet is going to be sunset, then the community has created several resources to find which gear will be outdated and when.

The first is this spreadsheet, titled 'D2 Massive Breakdown of Non-Sunset Weapons', created by vinfox on reddit. As the title suggests, this is a list of weapons (and not armour) which won't be sunset. Check your favourites are on there, and you'll be good to use them when the start of Year 4 rolls around.

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The other is light.gg, a Destiny database which has specific sections on weapons and armour which will be sunset soon, as well as other insights into the many gear pieces across the game.

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