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Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted release time, new features, and what we know so far

Welcome back to the Leviathan. It's haunted!

Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted - also known as Season 17 - marks the second major update this year.

Destiny 2's Season of the Risen is set to end very soon. The new season will bring a new Solstice event (that's right, just Solstice), the Event Card system, and a vault storage increase from 500 to 600. There will be plenty of changes to Iron Banner as well, now that Lord Saladin is in a new role at the end of the current season.

There's also the usual level increase and Exotics to look forward to. Let's take a look at when Season of the Haunted will release, and what's being added.

Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted trailer

Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted release time

Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted has a release date of Tuesday, May 24th at the following weekly reset time:

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

Downtime for the new Season will begin 1 hour and 15 minutes before the above times - so 3:45pm UK or 8:45am PST - with the patch being pushed around when the weekly reset goes live. Once downloaded, you should be free to start playing.

Meanwhile, Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted has an end date of August 23rd.

We're headed back to the Leviathan.

Here's a checklist of things to do before the new season arrives, including:

  • Claiming any seasonal titles you have earned
  • Take part in the Guardian Games closing ceremony, and earn any additional The Title rolls you might need
  • Reaching Legend rank in any matchmade activities, and redeeming their vendor specific rewards
  • Redeeming any remaining season pass rewards on all classes
  • Having some completed Bounties ready, as well as maxing out relevant materials and Glimmer, to give you a head start for the start of next season

What we know about Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted

On the day of the season's release, we finally heard the confirmed name of the Season, as well as story and location details, including:

  • The return of the Leviathan, a destination first introduced in the Destiny 2 base game, and it has "its sights set on the Pyramid ship lying dormant on the Moon."
  • Nightmare Containment seasonal activity, and weekly Sever mission
  • New gear includes the Trespasser - Shiro-4's Exotic Sidearm that is the Battle Pass reward Exotic - as well as Opuliment Weapons tied to the Leviathan theme
  • A Solar 3.0 revamp, which can be customised with Aspects and Fragments.
The Trespasser.

As well as the above, we know later in the season we'll see:


Solstice (previously Solstice of Heroes) is an upcoming event that will land this Summer. It's an annual event that sees the Tower adorned with flowers. This year, players will have one set of armour to upgrade throughout the event. While you can get multiple instances of a helmet, upgrading armor will allow you to reroll its stats and the stat potential of the armor will be shared across those drops.

Solstice will also feature an activity in the European Aerial Zone called Bonfire Bash. It's a sort of wave defense mode where players will need to protect a bonfire from incoming enemies.

Event Cards

By interacting with Eva Levante in the Tower or via the Quests tab (right next to Seasonal Challenges), players will be able to access the new Event Cards. They're a lot like Seasonal Challenges, but for annual events.

New Dungeon

A brand new Dungeon will launch May 27th at 10am PDT (UK 6pm BST), allowing players to earn the following rewards:

  • 1 Legendary Armor Set Per Class
  • 4 Legendary New Weapons
  • 2 Legendary Reprised Weapons
  • 1 Exotic Weapon
  • 1 Exotic Catalyst
  • 1 Exotic Accessory (Ship or Sparrow)
  • 2 Legendary Emblems

You'll need to be power 1550 to take on the Dungeon at Normal difficulty. There will also be a Master difficulty to try.

Falcon's Chase Sparrow

Finally, Bungie has shared a look at a new Sparrow dropping as part of Trials once it returns from June 10th. It's called Falcon's Chase, and is adorned with gold.

The new Falcon's Chase Sparrow.

There's plenty to expect from the upcoming months. While you wait for the launch, be sure to check out our article on how Destiny fans are hoping to find a clue to Bungie's next project buried in Destiny 2. Any ideas?

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