Destiny 2 transmog system explained, from release date to current Universal Ornament system explained

Everything we know about changes to Destiny 2's armor customisation system.

Destiny 2's transmog system is one of the most anticipated features coming to the game.

Transmog - short for 'transmogrification', and also known as 'tmog' by the community - is a term used in online games such as MMOs to change the appearance of an armour piece to another.

The concept was first introduced to Destiny 2 in 2019 alongside the arrival of the 'Armour 2.0' revamp with the Shadowkeep expansion as part of Universal Ornaments, allowing you to adopt the appearance of only a select few cosmetics.

Bungie soon plans to roll this feature out to all armour pieces - at least, in theory - allowing you to fully customise your appearance.

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What we know about how Destiny 2's transmog system will work

The transmog system will allow players to change the appearance of their equipped armour to another, without sacrificing stats, perks and other unique traits.

Unlike the current Universal Ornaments system, which only allows you to change armour to select cosmetic appearances from Eververse and events, this should allow you to adopt the appearance of any armour you have collected.

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An early - and not final - look at the transmog system in Destiny 2.

For example, you have a Raid armour set you really like to use for its stats. But, there's a Trials set you prefer to appearance of. The transmog system will allow you to keep the Raid armour equipped, but make it look like the Trials set.

How exactly transmog will work in practice is unknown. In July 2020, when the feature was first announced, Bungie said it would "allow players to turn their Armor into Universal Ornaments". Whether it'll directly make armour into Universal Ornaments, or was compared to this system as a shorthand to describe how it'll work, is not clear.

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An early - and not final - look at the transmog system in Destiny 2.

Additionally, it mentioned players could "do this with in-game effort OR Silver" - suggesting it comes at a cost for items you wish to transmog. ("In-game effort" could be referring to Bright Dust, the 'soft' currency for cosmetics rewarded from completing certain Bounties and the Battle Pass in Year 4, for example.)

So for now, there are a few questions to be answered, but Bungie has been clear it is waiting until the system is fully designed before it talks about it openly.

In the meantime, the good news is this you don't need to hang on to current armour for transmog to work, as the system will pull armour from Collections rather than those stored in your Vault. This was confirmed in October 2020, meaning you should be safe to clear armour out and retrieve the designs later:

This is assumedly without any caveats - meaning random rolls and pre-Armor 2.0 sets should be logged for you by Collections to freely delete, though if you're particularly worried about something possibly not making the transition, hang onto it just in case.

Destiny 2 transmog release date explained

During a blog post timed with the release of Destiny 2 on PS5 and Xbox Series in December 2020, Bungie confirmed transmog would be added to Destiny 2 alongside Season 14.

This will be the last season of the game before Year 5 - putting a release somewhere around June, July or August 2021, depending on Bungie's seasonal schedule.


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How Universal Ornaments currently work in Destiny 2

If you want to change your armour ahead of the full transmog system, then it's possible in some cases with Universal Ornaments.

Introduced with Shadowkeep and the 'Armour 2.0' revamp, it allows Armor pieces released from Year 3 onwards to equip Universal Ornaments, a type of cosmetic which changes their appearance.

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Solstice of Heroes 2020 armour.

Universal Ornaments are mostly sourced from the Eververse and events, and doesn't apply to armour you might earn in-game. An additional exception are Exotics, the appearance of which cannot be changed.

To equip a Universal Ornament, on the perks screen, scroll down where to says 'Appearance' below.

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From here, you can make cosmetic changes - including equip Universal Ornaments, Shaders and if supported, Glows.

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