Destiny 2 brings back the Sad Boys, the Decadent Counter-Revolutionaries and the Violent Nascar Fans – and they brought tons of loot with them.
This week, Destiny 2 is host to a Faction Rally – a special event pitting the city’s three political parties against each other in a friendly competition.
Bungie has confirmed that Faction Rally will be a regular event, so stay tuned for it to crop up in Destiny 2’s events calendar relatively soon.
On this page we’ll break down what a Faction Rally is, give details on how to earn loot in a Faction Rally, and finally detail the loot and goodies on offer in the latest event.
What is Faction Rally?
During a Faction Rally, Destiny 2 players are directed by a Milestone to speak to each of the three faction leaders, and can then return to any of them to make a pledge. Once you have pledged to a Faction, you’ll earn reputation tokens for that faction during a number of Activities, which you can then cash in for Legendary Engrams as you would at any vendor.
As our Destiny 2 guide notes, vendor engrams are a great way to level up and get more Power fast, especially before you hit about 260 Power, so it’s nice to have another source of loot – as well as some different-looking sets of gear.
You can only pledge to one of the three during each Faction Rally, so make your choice wisely. Ideology aside, your Faction Rally choice depends on what kind of loot you’d like to receive. Each faction has its own collection of gear and shaders, mush of which is available in other engrams but is most easily obtained as Faction Rally loot.
Additionally, at the end of the Faction Rally the group with the greatest support will offer a unique weapon for sale. Those who pledged to the winning faction will be able to purchase this weapon for 1,000 Glimmer – and everyone else will be charged a whopping 50,000 Glimmer.
The winner is announced when the event ends – at reset the following week – and Bungie does not provide updates on the competition while it is live. Tokens earned during a Faction Rally can be cashed in after the event ends, so don’t worry if you don’t make it back to your faction leader in time with your pocket full of coins. Any engrams you have not collected will auto-decrypt and appear in your inventory.
The victory reward weapon will go on sale immediately after the event ends – in the case of the September 2017 Faction Rally, that means after the downtime for Destiny 2 hotfix 22.214.171.124, which will delay reset a little.
Incidentally, Faction Rally gives you a chance to earn Loot-a-palooza Keys and start a Dance Party in Destiny 2.
How to earn Faction Rally loot
It’s very easy to earn loot in a Faction Rally. You only need 20 tokens to receive a new Legendary Engram, and tokens are awarded for a variety of standard Destiny 2 Activities. You can easily earn hundreds of tokens an hour with focused play, and plenty just by continuing your usual habits.
One of the easiest ways to fill your boots is to participate in the new Faction Rally Public Event. As you’re wandering around a Destination you may notice clusters of public event symbols. Approach and you’ll find stacks of crates surrounded by capture circles. Stand inside the circles, fending off the baddies who come for you, until the meter hits 100 and you get the message that “supplies have been seized for the city”. Then simply move onto the next one. There are generally three or four sets of supplies per event, and once every set has been captured or lost, a loot chest will spawn with a stack of rewards.
Each day, check your Director menu for a new Faction Rally Daily Milestone. This will guide you to a particular Activity that rewards bonus faction tokens. For example, the very first Faction Rally Milestone challenged players to enter Lost Sectors in the European Dead Zone and destroy marked crates. Your reward for completing the Daily Faction Rally Milestone is a big whack of faction tokens, too.
You also earn Faction Rally tokens for the following Activities:
- Completing Strikes
- Completing Public Events
- Completing Lost Sectors
- Complete the Leviathan Raid
It’s very easy to farm Faction Rally tokens by finding a short Lost Sector near a fast travel zone, clearing it and fast traveling outside to reset it and start again. Do this too often and you’ll trigger a cooldown, but even so it’s a quick way to stock up – especially if the Challenge for blowing up supplies is active.
That said, Faction Rally tokens seem to rain down as you just fool about on any Destination, to be honest. Fill your boots by doing whatever you want.
There is a limit on Faction Rally engrams, though; after you’ve nabbed 30, you’ll find they only drop shaders, not equipment. This is probably to stop you collecting so many Legendary Shards you clear Xur out for the rest of his life.
September 2017 Faction Rally loot
Destiny 2’s first Faction Rally began at 2:00am PT September 26 and runs through 2:00am PT on October 3. Take a look at each faction’s goodies, plus the weapons they’re offering, below.
Dead Orbit Faction Rally gear
Dead Orbit Faction Rally victory weapon – scout rifle
Future War Cult Faction Rally gear
Future War Cult Faction Rally victory weapon – pulse rifle
New Monarchy Faction Rally gear
New Monarchy Faction Rally victory weapon – sidearm
Which Faction is best?
As a reminder, Dead Orbit believes humanity should abandon Earth, and fancies black, white, grey and silver shaders. New Monarchy thinks the answer to humanity’s problems is to elect a single leader, and likes red, white and gold. Future War Cult is pretty convinced apocalyptic conflict is inbound so we should all fight all the time to prepare for it, and likes red, blue, and yellow.
Supposedly your feelings about these philosophies should affect your Faction choice … but there doesn’t seem to be any story content attached to the factions whatsoever. The real difference between the factions is their gear and shaders, which you can check out above.
If you really can’t deice, there’s god news – your Faction Rally pledge is character-bound, not account-wide, so you can send your alts to support the other teams if you fancy.