Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost event kicks off on October 16th

Destiny is back, baby!  Thanks to Destiny 2: Forsaken (our review here), we’re playing Destiny 2 more than ever so now’s the perfect time for Bungie to drop off a Fall holiday-themed event for us all to enjoy.

Festival of the Lost, for those who haven’t kept up with the franchise, is a autumn/Halloween-themed event which gives players a bunch of little special quests to work through and very fun gear and items to unlock.  This year’s event, which is open to all Destiny 2 players (not just those who purchased the expansions or DLC) will kick off on Tuesday, October 16th and run through Tuesday, November 6th.

Up for grabs are Festival of the Lost rewards, Festival of the Lost Triumphs and a new Ephemeral Engram which will grant players the new loot such as spooky Sparrows and Ghost Shells which can be seen in the gallery below. These Festival items can also be purchased or obtained in other ways of course.  The tower will be transformed for the event as well.

Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost screens:

Check out the details at the official Bungie Blog here or below.

?I?ll be damned if we?re gonna sit around and mope all day?Cayde woulda hated that. So let?s have some fun, huh? Put on this mask, and go show the bad guys they can?t keep us down.? ?Amanda Holliday

For Guardians, death is usually a temporary condition, no more dangerous than a splinter and forgotten just as quickly. Even after Eva Levante first brought the City?s traditions to the Tower with Festival of the Lost, it was less a time for remembrance and more of an irreverent celebration.

The last year has changed everything. The Red Legion razed the Last City. Countless Guardians were lost. Despite victories on Mercury and Mars, morale in the Tower is low after the fall of a legend: Cayde-6. This year, death has not passed us by. It has come to stay.

More than ever, it?s important to remember loved ones who have fallen, and to celebrate the fact that we have lived to fight on in their honor. Festival of the Lost begins for all players of Destiny 2 on Tuesday, October 16.

Light in the Dark
No one has heard from Eva Levante since the City fell. Shipwright Amanda Holliday has stepped up to raise everyone?s spirits. Thanks to her, the Tower is filled with merriment, as memories good and bittersweet fill our hearts.

New Triumphs will be available for you to earn, and Holliday will offer daily bounties that award Fragmented Souls. These items can be used to purchase Festival of the Lost masks, as well as the Horror Story Legendary Auto Rifle.

But even with the Tower illuminated by spooky violet candles, there’s always something scary lurking just out of sight.

Fear and Fright
This year, Festival of the Lost brings more than just masks. For a limited time, all players of Destiny 2 are invited to the Haunted Forest. Guardians have been tasked with clearing out its ghouls and demons, which are spooking up a storm. You?ll have 15 minutes to dive as deep as you can into the Haunted Forest and clear out the Nightmares lying in wait. Be wary?the deeper you go, the more difficult your job will become.

You can jump into the dark as a solo player, with a pre-made fireteam, or through matchmaking to join other Guardians in the fight.

On the Case
Most players of Forsaken have already won justice for Cayde-6. But near the conclusion of Festival of the Lost, they’ll be called once again to avenge a fallen friend. Master Ives has been struck down. Maybe someone wanted to settle an old score, or lost their temper when receiving an Edge Transit. Whatever provoked the wrongdoing, justice must be served.

This pursuit of Master Ives’ killers will take place through a quest line, which adds an additional powerful reward for you to earn each week. The hunt begins on Tuesday, October 30.

Treats for All
Alongside the Festival of the Lost rewards from Amanda Holliday and the Festival of the Lost Triumphs, players will earn an Ephemeral Engram every time they fill their XP bar after achieving the max character level. Players will receive this engram in addition to the Steadfast Engram, which effectively awards players double Bright Engrams for the duration of Festival of the Lost. Players may also purchase Ephemeral Engrams from Tess Everis in the Tower, if they so choose.

Tess will also feature rewards from the Ephemeral Engram on the Bright Dust store throughout the event, for those wishing to purchase specific items directly.

Every Guardian is invited to shoot their way through the masquerade. Festival of the Lost begins on Tuesday, October 16, and concludes at 10 AM PST on Tuesday, November 6.