Destiny 2 community event completed in just over a day due to exploit

Destiny 2 community event completed in just over a day due to exploit

Destiny 2 community event completed in just over a day due to exploit

It’s the last two weeks Fate 2: Season of Plunder, and Bungie got fans something nice: a community event. It started on Tuesday, and was meant to last players until the as-yet-unnamed Season 19 launches on December 6. However, players completed the event on Wednesday instead, just 25 hours after Bungie launched it.

For context, this community event was to improve the Eliksni quarters in the tower – a special social space inside Destiny’s usual social space that holds fallen refugees inside an old raid arena. A mysterious donation box in the middle of the Tower Courtyard beckoned players to hunt down Captain Coins (as well as other resources) and donate them to the cause. As players reached certain donation thresholds, different parts of the quarter would grow and improve. Players will also get some kickback rewards for their contributions. It’s the kind of charity where everyone benefits.

However, players eventually unlocked the ability to donate other Season of Plunder currencies, such as Treasure Coordinates earned by completing playlist activities in Fate 2. This is where Bungie ran into some trouble. There is an in-game exploit where players can generate unlimited treasure coordinates as long as they have some to begin with already.

For some reason, when you trade an expensive treasure map (which costs Treasure Coordinates) for a special free one, the game accidentally refunds a few too many Treasure Coordinates – like getting an extra nickel back with trade money. It’s not much, but if you do the exploit over and over and over in quick succession, you can cap your tax coordinates and then dump them in the donation box. Players who had the free treasure map already unlocked and the resources to buy the expensive ones could generate hundreds of bonus treasure coordinates per minute, without using any of their own.

Players can unlock all of their individual rewards – including a cute exotic ghost – by donating 2,400 coins (or in this case, coordinates). Using the exploit only took players around 10 to 15 minutes. It’s not a big deal if only a few people did it to get the ghost, but when thousands of players did it at the same time, the donations really started coming in fast.

Bungie set the final goal for the event at 400,000,000 coins donated across the community. That’s a tall goal without the exploit, and will require around 167,000 Guardians to donate at least 2,400 coins – a tall order for an event that’s essentially “play a bunch of the stuff you’ve already been playing for three months.” It’s not unreasonable to believe that players may have needed the entire holiday weekend, as well as additional game time the following week, to generate these coins, had the exploit not been discovered. If interest really waned and players got bored, it’s possible that Eliksni could have entered next season with a half-built home.

But alas, all the Eliksni settle into their new living quarters before the Thanksgiving holiday even begins in America. This year, I know what the Fallen and the player Guardians are all thankful for: businesses.

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