Destiny 2 Guardian Ranks explained

With the Lightfall expansion comes Destiny 2 Guardian Ranks, a new way to learn the ins and outs of the game while unlocking new features and helping others.

Destiny 2 Guardian Ranks explained: A team of Guardians wearing the cowboy outfits from the Spire of the Watcher dungeon.

Destiny 2 Guardian Ranks are a new system coming to the game with the release of the Lightfall expansion, aimed to guide players both new and old. With Guardian Ranks, Bungie hopes to improve the new-player experience and provide long-term goals, even for veteran Destiny players. To find out how to progress in the Destiny 2 Guardian Rank system and all the rewards you get for doing so, you’re in the right place.

For more on what’s coming next for Destiny 2, including when you can get your hands on Guardian Ranks, check out the Destiny 2 Lightfall release date, story, and more. In Lightfall, we’ll also get access to a new subclass, meaning you’ll want to know all you can about Destiny 2 Strand before diving in and exploring the new Destiny 2 Strand subclasses.

Destiny 2 Guardian Ranks explained

Destiny 2 Guardian Ranks are a new system designed to introduce new players to the game more smoothly and provide targets for both new and old players alike to chase. With a total of 11 Guardian Ranks, players will climb through the ranks by completing designated challenges and tasks that take them through the many events and activities in the game.

Destiny 2 Guardian Ranks: A work-in-progress Guardian Ranks UI, showing Commendations, Seals, Triumphs, and more.

We’re not sure quite what these challenges will be as of yet, but since the goal of the Guardian Rank system is to expose and familiarise players to the menagerie of different systems in Destiny 2, it’s likely that the Guardian Rank challenges will task players with using these systems. For example, players could be tasked with completing a variety of activities on each planet, such as Patrols, Lost Sectors, and Public Events, or with crafting and levelling up an arsenal of weapons. Completing these Guardian Rank challenges and objectives will increase your Guardian Rank.

Bungie has alluded to rewards and unlockables tied to the Guardian Rank system, though it is moreso intended to convey a player’s experience and knowledge of the game to assist in social and group activities. For instance, from an official blog post on buildcrafting in Lightfall, we can see that the new loadout slots are awarded through progressing up the Guardian Ranks ladder.

That’s all we currently know about Destiny 2 Guardian Ranks. We’re sure to find out more as the Lightfall release date draws near, so we’ll keep this guide updated. In the meantime, why not check out the best Destiny 2 Titan build, the best Destiny 2 Warlock build, or the best Destiny 2 Hunter build to give yourself a leg-up.