Destiny 2 has a lot of currencies, but none are as important as Glimmer. This shimmery cube-like currency is the basis for most upgrades, bounty purchases, and more. Virtually any activity you play in-game will give you Glimmer, which is a good thing since it’s really easy to run out of if you’re not budgeting it. Naturally, we’re going to talk about Destiny 2 Glimmer farming methods and share some of the fastest ways to bank it. Since Glimmer comes and goes so fast, it can be hard to manage. However, if you want to get a jump start on your Glimmer collecting, here are a few fast methods worth exploring.
What is Glimmer in Destiny 2?
Glimmer is Destiny 2’s standard currency. Think gold or silver from other MMO-like games. It’s one of the biggest and most consistent materials needed to upgrade and progress, even if what you spend is nominal. Right now, you spend Glimmer on the following in Destiny 2:
- Purchasing bounties
- Purchasing vendor items
- Masterworking armor and weapons
- Essentially everything else, too
If you’re acquiring something in-game and it isn’t completely free, it probably costs Glimmer.
What is the Max Glimmer Cap in Destiny 2?
Currently, the maximum amount of Glimmer you can hold in Destiny 2 is 250,000. This is a hard cap, meaning that there are no methods to increase the amount you can hold. In previous years, it was a common occurrence to hit your max, but as more features require Glimmer, it’s far more difficult to do.
If you do hit your max and want to save some for later, there are a couple ways to do that. The easiest is to purchase Ghosts from collections and throw them in the vault. You can purchase a collections Ghost for 4,000 Glimmer, then resell it for 2,000. It’s a net loss, but if you’re capped it’s better than sitting at 250k and letting more go to waste.
How to Farm Glimmer Fast in Destiny 2
There’s unfortunately no Destiny 2 Glimmer farm you can go visit and pick glimmer up from the ground. The closest thing we’ve had are the occasional loot caves that continuously spawn low-level enemies, but those usually don’t last long. Not to worry, though, there are still plenty of quick and effective methods to earn Glimmer in Destiny 2.
1. Visit Master Rahool
When the Spider and Tangled Shore were removed with The Witch Queen, Master Rahool became the new best Glimmer vendor. He currently has three options for purchasing Glimmer:
- 10,000 Glimmer for 10 Legendary Shards
- 10,000 Glimmer for 10 Dark Fragments
- 10,000 Glimmer for 10 Phantasmal Fragments
- 10,000 Glimmer for 25 Herealways Pieces
These are the quickest ways to get to the Glimmer cap. The 10 Legendary Shards option is particularly great since Legendary Shards are so easy to come by. If you happen to have a ton of random materials, one of the other options might also be great. Really all four of Rahool’s choices are solid, and having access to them at the Tower is even better.
We might miss the Spider (even though we hated him at the time), but Rahool is a solid replacement vendor.
2. Apply a Ghost Glimmer Mod
Masterworking and adding Mods to your Ghost can be an easy thing to overlook. It’s also incredibly valuable for increasing the amount of Glimmer you take in for each activity. Depending on how much you’ve upgraded your Ghost, you can choose to run a Glimmer Booster ranging from +5% to +65%. Just keep in mind that the Ultimate Glimmer Booster is a temporary mod that will need to be reapplied every season.
Now, on top of boosting your Glimmer acquisition, you can also boost your resource acquisition as well. These harvesting mods will give you additional resources when harvesting from chests, natural occurrences, or both. Remember to double check which Ghost mods you have on, because you probably won’t leave the Glimmer one on all the time.
We recommend switching between whatever mod is most lucrative for the activity you’re trying to grind combined with either a Glimmer or XP mod to go with it. There are lots of great Ghost shell mods, so be sure to check them all out.
3. Upgrade Your Season Pass
One of the fastest ways to farm Glimmer is simply upgrading your Season Pass. The Season Pass truly is a wealth of riches. Aside from Exotic Engrams, Bright Dust, Upgrade Modules, and other resources, it also features regular Glimmer dumps. In fact, if you’re able to max out your Season Pass, you can earn all the way up to 250,000 Glimmer! Here are the ranks you’ll need to hit in order to earn each Glimmer bundle during Season 20:
- Rank 3 — 8,000 (free pass)
- Rank 6 — 8,000 (free pass)
- Rank 9 — 10,000 (premium pass)
- Rank 12 — 6,000 (free pass)
- Rank 16 — 6,000 (free pass)
- Rank 17 — 10,000 (premium pass)
- Rank 23 — 12,000 (premium pass)
- Rank 29 — 25,000 (premium pass)
- Rank 37 — 30,000 (premium pass)
- Rank 49 — 40,000 (premium pass)
- Rank 74 — 45,000 (premium pass)
- Rank 82 — 50,000 (premium pass)
To get the maximum amount of Glimmer from the Season Pass, you’ll need to own the paid/premium version. Additionally, you’ll get plenty of other resources and items to make it all worth it. Destiny 2 has one of the best season pass systems out there right now, as both the free and paid versions have tons of stuff to collect.
4. Join Heroic Events
Heroic Public Events are a great option to farm since they give a ton of Glimmer per completion. While the wait between each active event can be a bit lengthy, it is one of the most consistent methods for earning Glimmer. They’re also easy to find, as you can trigger them from normal public events if you know how to. (The method to start a heroic event changes per activity, so you’ll have to check that separately if you don’t already know.)
On average, you can expect to earn over 10,000 Glimmer for a Heroic Public Event completion. You can even equip a Public Defender Ghost mod to further increase your rewards, but it will require you to switch out one of your other boosters. Remember to claim the chest at the end, as the rewards come from it, not just the completion.
5. Run Short Lost Sectors
If you want an activity that requires no load times and is extremely short, you’ll want to run Lost Sectors. These smaller Strike-like locations provide a small group of enemies and a relatively easy boss to kill all with the added benefit of a chest to loot in the end. With the right build, and with the right Lost Sector, you can be in and out in a couple of minutes and jump right back in again without having to wait. From lost sectors, you can get about 2,500 Glimmer per run on normal difficulty.
We recommend running either the Veles Labyrinth in the Cosmodrome, Perdition on Europa, or K1 Revelation on the Moon. Each of these is relatively short, great for farming bounties, and are easy to run on Legend or Master difficulty. You don’t have to run them on harder difficulties to get the most Glimmer, but it can be useful if you’re trying to farm Exotics at the same time.
6. Seek Out Planetary Chests and Materials
Chests are located throughout Patrol zones (the open world areas on planets) and offer a range of weapons, resources, and of course Glimmer. You can also get a small amount of Glimmer when you harvest planetary resources. On their own, they’re not a very quick method for earning Glimmer, but that’s all changed thanks to the Wombo Detector mod. This Ghost Mod allows you to scan for chests and materials up to 50 meters away and applies a waypoint as soon as you’re within range. It helps find chests and materials quicker, so you can maximize your Glimmer earnings.
Equip this alongside a Glimmer Booster mod to truly maximize how much you earn. And if you don’t want to run around looking, you can always whip out a Sniper Rifle or other scoped weapon to extend the scan range even further. Just scope in and the game will show caches from further than usual.
The amount of Glimmer given by these chests and materials varies, but it’s usually about 400-500 each. It’s not a lot, but if you get it passively while on these planets it’s nice to have. It’s also a great method for when you only need a few thousand Glimmer and don’t want to run other activities.
7. Play Crucible Matches
Playlist activities are a guaranteed method for earning Glimmer. Out of all of them though, Crucible is the fastest option. Each round ranges in how much you earn depending on if you win or lose. Generally, you can expect to earn around 2,500 Glimmer at least per match.
To speed this process up, try to play game modes like Momentum Control, Mayhem, or Survival. These are typically more aggressive game modes with a far shorter time per round. Team Quickplay has some longer game modes, and Competitive isn’t good for farming unless you also want to play comp.
8. Dismantle Unwanted Items
Dismantling unwanted weapons and gear is a great way to get some extra Glimmer. Dismantling legendary gear also has a chance to award Legendary Shards, which can be used to purchase more Glimmer from Rahool. If you need to clear out your vault anyway, why not do it when you need some extra Glimmer?
9. Pop a Rainmaker Consumable
Lastly, be sure to pop a Rainmaker consumable buff when you plan on playing for a while. This will provide the chance to create a “shower of Glimmer” for every precision kill you happen to land. It lasts for four hours and is a great addition to any Glimmer acquisition mods you’re running. Plus, you probably have so many you’ll never be able to use them all anyway. So get to it!
Join the High Ground
Glimmer is one of those materials that is necessary for everything in Destiny 2. Hopefully, this Destiny 2 Glimmer farming guide has made it easier to stock up on this standard currency without wasting hours of your precious playtime. Be sure to share this article on your favorite social platforms to help your Fireteam grind out some Glimmer, and sign up for our newsletter for the latest on Destiny 2.
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Spider doesn’t offer this possibility anymore, article super outdated
Ty for writing in. We’ll be updating this guide soon.