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What to spend Legendary Shards on in Destiny 2 before they go away


Banshee-44 polishes Telesto in a screenshot for Destiny 2
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How to get the most out of your Legendary Shards

Legendary Shards are disappearing in Destiny 2: The Final Shape. If you’re a veteran player, or have played Destiny 2 for any significant amount of time, you probably have a pretty big stockpile of Shards that you need to get rid of before June 3, which is when the servers go down to prepare for the new expansion.

In this Destiny 2 guide, I’ll help you figure out what to spend your Legendary Shards on before Bungie deletes them from your inventory.


What to spend Legendary Shards on in Destiny 2 before they go away

If you’re like me, you have a lot of Legendary Shards to get rid of after seven years of hoarding. If you just wait until June 4, Bungie will delete them all for you, which is convenient. But if you want something more useful after all your time grinding, you can exchange them for a few different items in-game.

A Guardian purchases some Phantasmal Fragments on the Moon
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Most players are taking their excess Legendary Shards and using them to purchase Phantasmal Fragments at the Lectern of Enchantment on the Moon for 10 Legendary Shards a piece. Rahool, the Cryptarch in the Tower, will allow you to exchange 10 Phantasmal Fragments for 10,000 Glimmer. While Bungie could take this exchange away, it’s better than nothing, and a solid way to turn your Legendary Shards into potential Glimmer.

If you’re a raider, another option is to buy Raid Banners from Hawthorn in the Tower. You can buy 10 Raid Banners for 30 Legendary Shards.

A Guardian inspects the Lunulata-4B bow in Destiny 2
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The best Legendary Shard exchange is, unfortunately, completely dependent on RNG. Rarely, Banshee-44 will sell a weapon with a Masterwork level of five (you have to buy each weapon to find its masterwork level). If you purchase a Masterwork five weapon over and over again, you’ll get an Enhancement Core out of each one that you dismantle. You can also do this if the Masterwork level is four, but the Enhancement Core won’t be guaranteed.

Enhancement Cores are very useful for upgrading gear, and getting them is a lot more difficult than restocking your Glimmer. Keep an eye on Banshee’s inventory over the weekend and see if you get lucky.


What is replacing Legendary Shards in Destiny 2’s economy?

Legendary Shards have been the catch-all currency in Destiny 2, alongside Glimmer. With Shards going away, Glimmer is going to be the only general currency, and you’re just going to need to pair specialty currencies — like Ascendant Shards — with it to purchase the things you want.

The catch there is that Glimmer has a cap of 500,000, so you can’t just stockpile it indefinitely like you could Legendary Shards. That’s why having Phantasmal Fragments or old Planetary Materials to exchange for Glimmer is so useful.

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