Destiny 2 power level cap: Season of the Wish, Pinnacle cap & how to reach it

Destiny 2 power level cap: Season of the Wish, Pinnacle cap & how to reach it
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Written by 

Dave McAdam

Last updated 

15th Dec 2023 12:05

Hitting the Destiny 2 power level cap has never been easier than it is this year. Destiny 2 is a numbers game, and there is nothing we Guardians love more than seeing that power level number go up.

The level cap has been static for a while now, which is a change from how the game used to work, so here is what you need to know about it.

What is the power level cap in Destiny 2?

The current power level cap in Destiny 2 is 1810. This is the Pinnacle cap, which can only be reached with Pinnacle rewards from Dungeons, Raids, and other Pinnacle activities.

The hard cap - the one that can be reached with powerful loot drops - is 1800. Players who reach that level will need to focus on Pinnacle rewards in order to climb those last ten levels.

The power cap was increased to 1810 with the launch of Lightfall, and unlike previous years, it has not changed with the release of new seasons. Previously, the power cap would increase by ten levels each season, but Bungie has since changed this.

If you reached the level cap of 1810 during Season of Defiance, Season of the Deep, or Season of the Witch, rest assured that you do not need to grind further in order to reach a new power cap in Season 22.

How to reach the power level cap in Destiny 2

Cover art for Destiny 2 Lightfall, which brought the level cap up to 1810
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Increasing your power level in Destiny 2 requires you to gather new gear of increasingly higher levels. For starters, there is a soft level cap of 1750, and any legendary or rare gear will take you to that level.

If you want to surpass it you'll need to earn "Powerful" gear, which is earned through activities like Strikes, Crucible matches, and Gambit. This will bring you all the way up to 1800, which of course is still 10 levels away from the coveted power level cap.

The following ten levels through to 1810 are tied to a type of gear called "Pinnacle Gear", which can be earned through some of the most difficult challenges and activities available, like dungeons and raids, Nightfalls, the weekly story mission, and events such as Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris.

So that's all you need to know about the Destiny 2 power level cap and how to reach it. For more on the game, check out our Destiny homepage, our rundown of the best PvE weapons, or check out everything from the reset this week.

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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