Destiny 2 is one of the most popular looter-shooter-type games at the moment. Its gameplay majorly revolves around its leveling system, which can be a bit difficult to grasp for newbie players.

In fact, many beginners make similar mistakes that could have easily been avoided with some proper research and guidance. If you’re just starting your journey as a Destiny 2 player, we’re here to help you reach the soft legendary cap as soon as possible.

So, without any further ado, let’s get to the bottom of this!

1. Taking a „linear approach“ to the game


Destiny 2 is packed with content – it’s one of the reasons why it’s so popular among many FPS lovers all around the world. While it does have tons of quests and a couple of story campaigns, completing them one-by-one is not a requirement. There’s no „final bosses“ nor endgame content in Destiny 2 – it’s simply not that type of a game.

Play whatever seems the most fun to you at any given moment, especially when you’re trying to reach the soft cap! No matter which activities you choose to play, you’ll still be able to climb at this phase of your Destiny 2 journey.

So, yes, avoid playing whatever feels too boring or too difficult at the moment, and try to enjoy yourself as much as you can. Those campaigns aren’t going anywhere, so you don’t have to „force“ yourself to play them at the beginning.

2. Not joining a clan


One of the best things about Destiny 2 is its community. While yes, there are a couple of toxic players here and there (just like in all PvP games for that matter), interacting with the community might be the best way to learn the game. You can do this by simply joining a clan. It won’t only allow you to learn from more experienced players, but it will also open up many new opportunities to farm valuable gear.

You can find clans through Discord servers, forums, and other online communities pretty quickly. If you have friends who’re already into the game, make sure to ask them about their clans and whether they accept new members. You could even contact professional boosters such as those at if you have any difficulties finding a clan or understanding how something in the game works.

Overall, there are many benefits to joining a D2 clan, which is something many new players ignore for far too long. The game itself is much more fun when you have someone to play with, so don’t hesitate to look for a clan as soon as you start playing.

3. Not understanding the leveling system


Many people claim Destiny 2 has an „overly complex leveling system, especially compared to others that fall into the same genre. While there’s some slight truth to that statement, we don’t think it’s something that should stop you from playing the game altogether. All you need to do is some research – reading a couple of guides and watching a couple of tutorials and you’ll be set in no time whatsoever.

Again, the entire leveling system mostly revolves around farming different types of gear.

As a beginner, you won’t have to worry about exotics or pinnacle gear for some time, but it’s still something to be aware of once you’ve reached the soft cap.

You can find more detailed explanations online, but the main things you should be aware of as a beginner are the three different caps to work towards. They are:

  • 1270 Power Level – Legendary Gear Cap
  • 1320 Power Level – Powerful Gear Cap
  • 1330 Power Level – Pinnacle Gear Cap

As the names suggest, you’ll be able to climb to these levels by farming cap-specific types of gear (Legendary, Powerful, and Pinnacle).

4. Rushing to complete the milestones


Milestones are important objectives that will appear on your Director periodically. They’re a great way to farm powerful and pinnacle gear after you’ve successfully reached the

Legendary soft cap. With that being said, they’re not really meant for beginner players, as you won’t get as much value from them as you’d get once you’re leveled up.

We advise you to focus on core activities and avoid these milestones in the early phases of your climbing journey. Future you will thank us!

5. Not paying attention to your subclasses


Destiny 2 has three main classes – Warlock, Titan, and Hunter, all of which have optional subclasses that allow you to tweak your passives and abilities. Now, we can’t give you any universal advice on which subclasses to choose, as it all depends on your unique playstyle.

Since these choices aren’t anything permanent, we recommend that you experiment with them until you’ve found a perfect build and got a better idea of what your playstyle needs actually are.

6. Not visiting Xur every chance you get


As creepy as he is, Xur is every Destiny 2 player’s favorite vendor, especially when it comes to beginners. He’ll visit a random location on your Director every Friday, so make sure you have your Legendary shards prepared once he appears. His inventory is the best way to complete your exotic collection, so he should never be ignored!

There are entire websites dedicated to tracking Xur’s location such as, so take advantage of those if you can’t find him right away. He sells some of the rarest weapons and armor in the game, which certainly makes him worth your time.

The bottom line

Destiny 2 is an incredible First-Person looter shooter that’s packed with interesting content and exciting gameplay in all of its game modes. While it’s certainly not the most „noob-friendly“ game out there, you won’t have any issues enjoying it if you remember to do your research.

In this article, we’ve listed some of the most common mistakes new players make when trying to reach their first PL cap. We hope all of this can help you reach your goals a bit faster and we wish you the best of luck on your journey to the Pinnacle Cap this season!