Five Years of Dramatic and Transformational Changes in Destiny 2
Today, Destiny 2’s armor system makes it quite easy to create loadouts for different situations and activities. Many new weapon and armor mods have been added to the game over time, bringing new ways to play, such as with features like Warmind Cells, Charged with Light, and Elemental Wells. But even simple things with mods were much more difficult – and expensive – in Destiny2.
These days, once you own a mod, you own it forever, and you can apply it to any piece of armor or weapon that can use it, but originally the mod system required that you have multiple copies of mods. Every time you’ve added a mod to a piece of gear, you’ve consumed it; If you wanted change mods, the first mod you applied to this gear has been lost forever and you need to replace it. Buying and earning mods was a big part of the gameplay, with a special currency – Mod Components – dedicated to buying mods.
Also, it didn’t just cost you the mod to change your gear and loadout, it also cost you Glimmer. Inserting a mod into gear required spending Destiny 2’s main currency, and the fees were quite steep. This meant that once you configured a piece of gear a certain way, you didn’t really want to worry about it.
Thankfully, the Shadowkeep expansion also saw the release of the Armor 2.0 system, which drastically revamped the armor system and made it much more manageable. this is the system we know today. Armor 2.0 made mods persistent rather than consumable – once you owned a certain mod, you just possesses it, and could apply it to anything. Bungie also reduced the cost of slot mods and added the elemental affinity system to armor, which means some mods can only be slotted into Sun, Arc, Void, or Stasis armor.
There was one last added item with mods that changed over the years: Ghost mods. In the early days of Destiny 2, Ghost Shells had different abilities, like trackers to show you destination materials, or increased experience point gains. You had to use different Ghost Shells for different perks, meaning you would keep several at a time. With Beyond Light, Bungie added a mod system to Ghosts, which included Armorer mods that let you adjust your armor drops for particular stats. Suddenly Ghosts have become much more useful and you can use your favorite Ghost cases for any activity or need.