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Destiny 2 Defiant Keys, how to get them

Find out how to get Destiny 2 Defiant Keys to open the bonus chest in the Season 20 Defiant Battlegrounds and earn yourself some extra loot.

Destiny 2 Defiant Keys: A Titan wearing the new Season of Defiance armour and wielding a new auto rifle.

Destiny 2 Defiant Keys marks the first change in how the seasonal activity reward loop works in quite a while, swapping clunky currencies from previous seasons to more easily understood Defiant Keys in Season of Defiance. However, you might be curious about how to get Destiny 2 Defiant Keys to open the bonus Defiant Chest, given the changes made.

While you’re grinding to earn Destiny 2 Defiant Keys, you can also make progress towards earning some of the best Destiny 2 PvE weapons or best Destiny 2 PvP weapons by checking out the loot sources. It’s also a good opportunity to experiment with the Destiny 2 Lightfall Exotic weapons and Destiny 2 Lightfall Exotic armour you might have come across.

Destiny 2 Defiant Keys

Destiny 2 Defiant Keys are a currency used to open a bonus chest at the end of the Defiant Battlegrounds activity during Season of Defiance.

While this chest is completely optional, you’ll want to know how to get Defiant Keys so you can earn some extra treasure. This is especially important towards the start of the expansion and season to level up, and working towards getting the Destiny 2 Lightfall and Season 20 craftable weapons.

How to get Defiant Keys in Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Defiant Keys can be earned from the following sources:

  • Vanguard Ops playlist
  • Crucible playlist
  • Gambit playlist
  • Raids
  • Terminal Overload activity in Neomuna
  • Lightfall campaign missions
  • Certain ranks of the Season 20 battle pass
  • Certain ranks of the H.E.L.M war table for Season 20

While you might expect Defiant Keys to be earned in the Defiant Battlegrounds, they are not. Instead, they are earned from completing nearly every other type of activity in the game, namely the core playlists of Vanguard Ops, Crucible, and Gambit.

The best way to get Defiant Keys is likely to be completing Crucible matches as these are often quick to complete. However, if you’d rather not enter the Crucible for some PvP action, then Vanguard Ops will be your best bet for Defiant Keys.

Thankfully, Defiant Keys can also be earned from participating in the new Lightfall content, such as campaign missions and Terminal Overload. You might find that you already have some in your inventory that you can spend on the Defiant Battlegrounds bonus chest.

That’s everything you need to get Destiny 2 Defiant Keys. Put together the best Destiny 2 Titan build, the best Destiny 2 Warlock build, or the best Destiny 2 Hunter build and get grinding activities Guardian. Bonus loot awaits those who put in the effort.