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, Mod switches, 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.

That’s because virtually everything in Destiny 2 involves Glimmer. One moment you find yourself maxed out and a few upgrades and purchases later, you’re suddenly running dry. Luckily, you’ll earn some back just by playing like you normally would. However, if you want to get a jump start on your Glimmer collecting, here are a few faster 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:

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.

How to Farm Glimmer Fast in Destiny 2

There’s, unfortunately, no Destiny 2 Glimmer farm you can go visit and pick glimmer from the ground. The closest thing we’ve had are the occasional loot caves that continuously spawn low-level enemies, but the latest one on Europa has been patched out. Not to worry, though, there are still plenty of quick and effective methods to earn Glimmer in Destiny 2

1. Visit Spider

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Due to the sheer simplicity/amount you get from the ratio, trading with Spider tops our list as one of the best ways to farm Glimmer in Destiny 2. The sole vendor in the Forgotten Shore actually provides multiple ways to earn sizable amounts of Glimmer. To start, you should check back regularly to see about trading planetary resources for Glimmer. 

More than likely you have a stash of unneeded planetary resources sitting around that you can transfer. Just trade in twenty of a given material to Spider to earn 10,000 Glimmer. The actual currency will rotate on a regular basis between Baryon Bough, Phaseglass Needles, Alkane Dust, Simulation Seed, and Seraphite. He sometimes even offers a trade of ten Legendary Shards for the same exact Glimmer deal. 

The other method to earn Glimmer with Spider involves you taking on some Wanted bounties. Completing just one of these will provide you with a 3,000 or 7,500 Glimmer reward, depending on the difficulty. Just know that these are not designed to be quick, so it may take some time to track down and kill your targets. However, these bounties often overlap with other Glimmer-making activities, making them far more lucrative.

2. Apply a Ghost Glimmer Mod

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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. This is incredibly useful if you plan on turning in resources to Spider and want to grind out some more resources beforehand. 

We recommend switching between whatever Mod is most lucrative for the activity you’re trying to grind combined with at least one of the Glimmer acquisition Mods. There are a few other Mods worth mentioning, but we’ll cover those as part of a few specific tips later on in this list. 

3. Upgrade Your Season Pass

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The fastest way 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 100,000 Glimmer! Here are the ranks you’ll need to hit in order to earn each Glimmer bundle:

  • Rank 3 — 8,000
  • Rank 6 — 8,000
  • Rank 12 — 6,000
  • Rank 16 — 6,000
  • Rank 17 — 10,000
  • Rank 23 — 10,000
  • Rank 37 — 10,000
  • Rank 42 — 12,000
  • Rank 62 — 14,000
  • Rank 82 — 16,000

To get the maximum amount of Glimmer from the Season Pass, you’ll need to own the paid version. Additionally, you can also expect to earn regular Destination Resource Bundles as you rank up. This is another passive way to grab fifty resources at a time that you can trade with Spider for some Glimmer.

4. Run Short Lost Sectors

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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. 

We recommend running either the Veles Labyrinth in the Cosmodrome, Bunker E15 on Europa, or K1 Revelation on the Moon. Each of these is relatively short, great for farming bounties, and are easy to run on Legendary 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.

Just know that you can only do this five times in a single session before the Glimmer acquisition drops down. You’ll need to move locations and sometimes even wait until the next day to start earning again.

5. Seek Out Planetary Chests

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Chests are located throughout Patrol zones and offer a range of weapons, resources, and of course Glimmer. On their own, they’re not a very quick method for earning Glimmer, but that’s all changed thanks to the Expert Tracker Mod. This Ghost Mod allows you to scan chests up to 75 meters away and applies a waypoint as soon as you’re within range. 

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 range even further. Just keep in mind that like Lost Sectors, this will diminish over time, and you’ll need to play some other activities to reset it. As far as a location to farm, check out the EDZ or Europa.

6. Play Crucible Matches

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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 net between 500–700 Glimmer upon each completion. 

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.

7. Join Heroic Events

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Heroic Public Events are a great option to farm as you’re seeking out chests in Patrol Zones. While the wait between each active event can be a bit lengthy, it is a consistent method for earning Glimmer and easy to find. On average, you can expect to earn around 600 Glimmer along with 20–100 more depending on how many enemies you kill. You can even pop a Public Defender Ghost Mod to further increase your rewards, but it will require you to switch out one of your other boosters.

8. Dismantle Unwanted Items

Dismantling Shaders used to be the go-to method for gaining Glimmer. Now, Shaders are a persistent item, and instead, you have to rely on simply dismantling Armor and Weapons. This is not a fast or consistent method, but it’s worth keeping in mind as you play. Just keep dismantling any items that you don’t want and do not plan to use for upgrading to gain a steady supply of Glimmer.

9. Pop a Rainmaker Consumable

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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 close-range precision kill you happen to land. It lasts for four hours and is a great addition to any Glimmer acquisition Mods you’re running.

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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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