Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2023 start time, date, armour & more

Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2023 start time, date, armour & more
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


13th Oct 2023 13:00

Festival of the Lost is returning to Destiny 2 for another spooky season of themed loot and rewards. Destiny 2 events like this bring unique activities and gear to the game for players to tackle and collect.

Festival of the Lost 2023 has some changes in store from previous years, giving returning players even more reason to get involved. Here is everything you need you need to know about Festival of the Lost in Destiny 2 for 2023.

Festival of the Lost 2023 start time & date

Eva Levante, the vendor for Festival of the Lost in Destiny 2
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Destiny 2 will kick off Festival of the Lost 2023 at the weekly reset, 6 PM BST/10 AM PDT/1 PM EDT on Tuesday, October 17. Players will likely need to install a small update ahead of the festival just to incorporate the new content.

There hasn't been any downtime announced for this event, so players should be able to jump right in when the reset takes effect on October 17.

New activity in Festival of the Lost 2023

A Guardian carrying a glowing pumpkin in a Haunted Sector during Festival of the Lost
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While previous iterations of the Festival of the Lost have had us delving into Haunted Sectors, a spooky take on Lost Sectors, this year we will be faced with Legend Haunted Sectors. Whether Legend Haunted Sectors will be quite as challenging as Legend Lost Sectors remains to be seen, but we know for sure they will be a step up from the normal version.

We also know that they will be a great source of Eerie Engrams, the new event-specific engram that can be earned by taking part. These have a chance to drop from Haunted Sectors but have a higher chance of dropping in the Legend version.

Eerie Engrams can be decoded as normal for some random rewards, but they can also be used for focused decoding. Hocus Focusing will allow players to spend their Eerie Engrams, as well as some candy, to focus the engram for specific reward types.

These rewards include random Festival of the Lost weapons, specific FotL weapons for an increased price, and even exotic armour. Decoding Eerie Engrams into exotic armour pieces will be costly, but they can reward you with armour pieces you don't already own.

All weapons available in D2 Festival of the Lost 2023

A Titan firing the new Acosmic GSP grenade launcher introduced to Destiny 2 in Festival of the Lost
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With each year's Festival of the Lost, a new weapon is added to the pool of potential rewards. This year, players will be able to grab three returning weapons and one new weapon from Eerie Engrams.

According to Bungie, the weapons available during Festival of the Lost will be:

  • Horror Story (Auto Rifle, now a Stasis weapon)
  • Jurassic Green (Pulse Rifle)
  • Mechabre (Sniper Rifle)
  • Acosmic GSP (NEW Heavy Grenade Launcher)

Surprisingly, the only previous Festival of the Lost weapon not mentioned is the Braytech Werewolf, so we will have to wait and see if it is included in the event.

New Memento in Festival of the Lost

The upcoming Memento trace rifle arriving to Destiny 2 during Festival of the Lost
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A new memento is available in Festival of the Lost, which provides an all-black shader called the Twilight Keepsake for your crafted weapons. To unlock it, you must complete a secret triumph. The three steps of this triumph are:

  • Complete the Fallen S.A.B.E.R. Strike while wearing the Clovis Bray mask
  • Defeat 100 enemies on Neomuna while wearing the Nimbus mask
  • Perform 25 finishers while wearing the Tormentor mask

Each of these masks can be earned through the Festival of the Lost event card, so check the challenges there to find the masks you need.

Cosmetic rewards from Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2023

The three new insect-inspired armour sets added during Festival of the Lost
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Alongside all of the Eerie Engrams and Festival weapons, we also have a slew of new cosmetic items being added to the store. Number one with a bullet are the new Festival of the Lost armour sets as voted on by the community. These insect-inspired suits are certainly fitting for the time of year, and not for the arachnophobes among us (I speak with experience).

Titans can get their pincers on the Crawling Chaos set, which is very spider-like in its design. The Hunter set is called Mygalomorph and is just as spidery as the Titan. At least the spider-averse Warlocks among us get a break, as their Carapace set is based more on a beetle design. It's not a massive improvement for those of us who don't like creepy crawlies, but at least it isn't more spiders. For future Festivals of the Lost, my vote is for less spiders.

Furthermore, we can expect some new Ghost shells such as the Confection Shell which dresses our Ghost up like a cupcake, the angelic Heart-Powered Shell, and the (oh great another one) spider-designed Spinneret Shell.

For travelling in style, we have some new Sparrows and ships on the way. The Mourner is a Sparrow in the shape of an old-timey funeral carriage, which will only get you so far without the Stygian Steed Sparrow with a pretty intense-looking horse design. There is also the Sugary Staple, a more traditional Sparrow design with an interesting colour pattern.

Finally, you can't have Halloween without a spook from outer space, which is why the Extra-Terrestrial Vehicle is the perfect ship for the occasion. If you have ever wanted a classic UFO design for your Destiny 2 ship, the Festival of the Lost has you covered.

That will do it for our guide to Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2023. For more, head to our Destiny 2 homepage for guides like our Destiny 2 best PvP weapons list or our weekly Trials of Osiris guide.

Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.

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