Destiny 2 Map Fragments Explained: How To Get Them

Destiny 2 Map Fragments Explained: How To Get Them
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Eoin Black

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25th Aug 2022 16:50

Destiny 2 Map Fragments are a seasonal currency added to the game with Season of Plunder. They're a core part of Destiny 2's Season 18 gameplay loop, so understanding what they are and how to get them is vital in making sure you're grinding out activities as efficiently as possible. Whether you're planning on playing through the remastered King's Fall raid, or you just want to take it easy this season, making the most of Map Fragments is going to be vital in staying on top of your power level grind, and your seasonal challenges. 

Destiny 2 Map Fragments: How to Get Them

Destiny 2 Map Fragments - What They are and How to Get Them  - Ketchcrash
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Destiny 2's Map Fragments only drop from one activity: Ketchcrash. This is a new mode added to the game with Season 18 and does quite a good job of encapsulating the pirate themes that Season of Plunder is running with. It involves you, five other Guardians, and your pirate crew fending off an enemy Ketch before boarding and plundering it for yourself.  

You can load Ketchcrash from the Destinations Map in the H.E.L.M. Each run should only take you around 10 minutes or so, and you'll receive 10 Map Fragments per run. Given that you can only hold 50 Map Fragments at any given time, it won't take long for you to max out your inventory.

 

 

Just bear in mind that the rewards at the end of a Ketchcrash, including the Map Fragments, can take quite a while to load after the mission has been completed. You need to wait until you see the rewards pop up on your screen before you leave the mission. Otherwise, the run won't count and you won't get any loot at all. 

It's also worth pointing out that Destiny 2 Map Fragments seem to be a little bit bugged for some players. It's not a regular occurrence, but some community members are reporting not getting any drops from Ketchcrash at all. If this happens to you, make sure you have less than 50 Map Fragments in your inventory, then load up another Ketchcrash and try again. 

Destiny 2 Map Fragments: How to Use Them

Destiny 2 Map Fragments - What They Are and How to Get Them - Captain's Atlas
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So, you complete Ketchcrash to get Map Fragments. Great - but what then? Well, Map Fragments are used (in conjunction with Treasure Coordinates that drop from playlist activities) to create Treasure Maps using your Captain's Atlas in the quests menu. 

You can then take your Treasure Map into an Expedition - yet another new seasonal activity launched from the H.E.L.M. and use it on one of the three treasure mounds at the end of the mission. Doing this will use up your Treasure Map but award you with loot based on what type of Treasure Map you have equipped. 

When you're first starting out Season 18's gameplay loop, you'll likely only have access to the basic map, the glimmer map, and possibly the armour map. What each of these awards is fairly self-explanatory. As the season goes on and you upgrade your Star Chart, you'll gain access to different types of maps that offer more powerful and bountiful rewards. That's all you need to know about Destiny 2 Map Fragments.

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Eoin Black
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Eoin Black
Eoin has been playing video games his entire life. With a background in Call of Duty and Valorant Esports, he brings a wealth of competitive experience to everything he writes.
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