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Destiny Loot Patch Will Hopefully Fix Engrams

Bungie announced a Destiny patch this afternoon that's sure to please a lot of players. Patch 1.0.2's main objective is to help players acquire new gear quicker.

Many enemies in Destiny drop Engrams, mysterious items that can then be exchanged at the Cryptarch for loot. This system gives players something to look forward to at the end of their mission. However, both Legendary and Rare Engrams tend to produce much crappier loot than expected. This tiresome fact of life even inspired a parody Twitter account:

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This is a devastating issue for Destiny. Acquiring better gear is the focus of the game after you finish the campaign so you can tackle advanced challenges like raids.

Patch 1.0.2 will fix the Engrams problem, however. Moving forward, the Cryptarch will decode Engrams into items at the same quality or above.

"Legendary Engram items that exist in your inventory will be demoted to Rare quality when the patch goes live, so decode them while you can. But let’s be honest--even if you don’t, we all know they were blues already," Bungie jokes.

Here's the full list of fixes in the patch:

Cryptarch Changes

  • Cayde-6 took the Cryptarch aside and showed him a sack of doorknobs. He decoded that mystery pretty quickly.
  • Legendary Engrams will always produce Legendary or better quality items, including Materials or Exotics
  • Rare Engrams will always produce Rare or better quality items
  • Rare engrams will have an increased chance to produce Legendary quality items

Activity Changes

  • Daily Heroics, Weekly Heroics, and Vanguard: Tiger Playlist activities will include Rare and Legendary Engrams in addition to their existing rewards

Item Changes

  • Ascendant materials have been promoted to Legendary to closer associate them with the gear they are used to upgrade

Yesterday Bungie released a patch that removed the "loot cave" exploit from the game. The combination of fast-spawning enemies and tight quarters made that cave in Old Russia an ideal place to farm up Engrams.

I kind of wish Bungie had held off on patching out the loot cave until they released the Engram fixes mentioned above. However, the cave admittedly was ruining gameplay. Some players were just sitting there all day instead of playing the new content Bungie was adding. Something had to be done, and quickly.

If you're looking for an easy place to rustle up some loot before the patch hits, don't worry. Players are claiming that there's a second loot cave over in the Rocketyard. You can find Loot Cave 2.0 through this PS4Trophies video.

Pete Haas

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.