If you’re a Destiny 2 player who wants to make the most of the new Festival of the Lost rewards, but you don’t actually have much time to play the new event, you’re a little bit out of luck now. Before the latest update, a simple Destiny 2 Spectral Pages farm was your ticket to all the Halloween-themed cosmetics you could ask for. Now, though, Bungie has put a stop to all that.
That’s right; sadly, Bungie’s latest Destiny 2 patch – update 184.108.40.206 – has “fixed an issue” which essentially enabled players to farm Spectral Pages through Lightfall campaign missions. We know this isn’t going to stop this being one of the best FPS games out there and constantly a contender for our most-played game – despite all the new Xbox games and new PS5 games coming out – but, we can’t help but feel like this fix is a bit of a shame.
If you’re wondering why you should care about Spectral Pages in the first place, these are unique Festival of the Lost event items that you earn by completing any activity while wearing the Festival of the Lost mask. They’re something you need to convert into Manifested Pages before you can use them – to fill out the Book of the Forgotten and progress through various event challenges – but they’re an important part of earning everything you possibly can from the Festival of the Lost event.
They’re also a lot of effort to actually collect. Playing things like Gambit, Crucible, and taking part in Strikes and Public Events are the most consistent way to earn Spectral Pages – with you earning anywhere from three to five per each completion. However, save-scumming a Lightfall campaign mission checkpoint with a full fireteam was a way you could farm nine to ten Spectral Pages, repeatedly, in a much shorter amount of time.
Now, though, as you can see in these recent Destiny 2 update 220.127.116.11 notes, Bungie has “fixed an issue where Lightfall campaign checkpoints could be used to gain far more Spectral Pages than intended quickly and repeatedly”. Yes, the farm is dead. We still think Destiny 2’s Festival of the Lost is one of the best Exotic farms right now, though – which is somehting.
However, it doesn’t matter if you’re using the best Destiny 2 Titan build, the best Destiny 2 Hunter build, or even the best Destiny 2 Warlock build, you’re going to have to collect your Spectral Pages the old fashioned way – for better or worse. Sure, it’s a great excuse to play some more Destiny 2 throughout the Halloween period but you only have two weeks to get all the Spectral Pages you need.
For context, you should need around 126 Manifested Pages to fully complete the Book of the Forgotten and earn everything you can from the Festival of the Lost event. From what we can tell, there’s no definite conversion rate of Spectral Pages to Manifested Pages, so you’re going to need at least 126 of those. That means, in theory, you’ll have to play at least 32 games of Gambit in the next two weeks. That’s around three a day, consistently, every day from now until the end of the Festival of the Lost. It doesn’t sound like a lot when you break it down, but it’s also quite a lot of Gambit – although, of course, you can mix and match activities.
While you’re doing all of that, though, you should make sure you don’t miss out on Bungie’s new free Destiny 2 Prime Gaming rewards. Although, if you’re on the hunt for Exotic armor, don’t get your hopes up just yet. Bungie hasn’t shown the “full scope” of Destiny 2’s Exotic armor changes just yet and they could be quite impactful.