Everything There is to Know About Destiny and The Taken King (So Far)

Everything There is to Know About Destiny and The Taken King (So Far)

Bungie has had a series of live streams revealing a lot of new features about the new expansion to Destiny, The Taken King.  The first stream was to explore the new Tower, in which Bungie revealed a whole slew of new features we can look forward to in The Taken King.  The Second dove into one of the three new strikes (four on PlayStation).  The most recent stream showcased the Court of Oryx and reviewed some new details on the new raid, King’s Fall.  In this page you will find all the new information Bungie has let out so far.  So sit back, get comfortable, this may take a while.  This is everything you need to know about Destiny: The Taken King.

  • The Streams


1. The Tower

The first main feature they showed off was the new ‘Collections’ systems.  These systems will help collectors and hoarders alike.  In the previous Destiny game if you wanted to keep an exotic peace of gear or weapon you need to store if in the very limited space of the vault or exotics_dtkk.0have another one of your Guardians hold this scared gear so its not accidentally lost.  Lucky this is now a thing of the past.  Bungie will be implementing these collections and blueprints so any Exotic weapon or piece of armor will be forever saved in a data pad on the wall near the vanguard vendors.  Once you obtain an exotic it will be unlocked in the collection, this ensures you will never lose it and if you don’t need it you can delete it and repurchase it as long as you have the right amount of consumables.  This is also is the only way to get the upgraded versions of these exotics.  In year two certain weapons will have upgraded year two versions.  The only way to obtain these new exotics is to have the year one version.  These blueprint collections look to give you greater control over you stock of weapons and armor and your vault space.  The collections don’t just stop there though, emblems, shaders, ships, and speeders will also be part of there own collections and will function much like the exotics, however you will not need to repurchase these items.  You will be able to delete a new shader you get as get it and it will then be unlocked in your collection to be pulled out for free whenever you desire.  Bungie did not want to stop there, we also got a look at the newly added quest system.  destiny-the-taken-king-progress-tab_1920.0There is now a new page in the options menu called ‘Progress’ where all of your active quests will live, along with your bounties which have been increased so you can now hold up to sixteen.  This will also be a quick way to found out your rank in all of your alliances, such as Iron Banner, Vanguard, and Crucible.  This will also be where you will see your rank in the faction you so choose to align with.  During the stream Bungie described they revamped the way Future War Cult, New Monarchy, and Death Orbit work.  Once a week you will be able to change your fraction, however once you decide you cannot change until the weekly reset.  Because of this you will not have to ware a class item on your character to gain reputation.  By choosing a side for the week you will now obtain reputation for that fraction along with your Vanguard or Crucible depending on what you are playing.  Gone are the days where you stop gaining reputation for one group just because you choose to aline with a fraction.  2902604-7211878874-quest

Finally Bungie reviled the new HUD for the ghost.  Prior to The Taken King when you opened your ghost you only two options; go to orbit, and spawn vehicle.  However now you will get to see a list of your four most recent quests an how far you are to completing each.  This addition will not only help track your current quests but also keep you from feeling over whelmed by too many quests.

2. Strikes

Bungies second stream was of a new strike called Shield Brothers.  This live stream we slightly shorter and more focused.  Instead of showcasing the improvements this stream was focused on all new content, and boy did it deliver.  Right off the bat we are shown a detailed look at all three new subclasses.  I will not bore you with the details but at the bottom of the page there will be a link to all the lives streams so far, if you are interested I recommend checking them out.  Once they are done running over the new subclasses the real fun begins.  Bungie lifts the lid on the Dreadnaught but showing us the map of the new area.The-Taken-King-Destiny-Mission-Map-Dreadnaught

The new strike they showed off was something not seen before in Destiny.  The majority of bosses in Destiny up until this point where what most call ‘Bullet Sponges’.  This is an enemy that requires a large amount of bullets and very little strategy to defeat. This changes with The Taken King.  Two Cabal captains appear at the end of the strike.  The first is strictly offensive, jumping and slamming himself into you and the ground around you.  As you fight him and slowly bring his heath down adds will spawn that you will also have to deal with.  Once he is down to half heath he retreats, confused you aren’t sure if you are to fallow him or wait for him to repair, neither happen.  Instead he tags his brother into the fight.  This fight just did a 180.  While the first boss was all offensive this one seems to be more defensive, hanging back shooting you with a giant mortar on his back.  Just like the first fight once he is weaken to half heath he retreats.  Now, as the guardian, you feel that you have a good handle on this fight by expecting the first bother now to come back out.  You’re half right.  Destiny-Taken-King-Shield-Brothers-Strike-700x388They Both return, bringing adds and new dynamic to how to fight.  The first brother is still very much offensive, chasing you around the map shoulder charging you and shooting you, while his brother sits back shoots mortars at you and now has a Titan-esque bubble shield around him.  This kind of boss encounter show how well Bungie is listening to their fans and how most where complaining about the current boss fights, this is something that no longer needs addressed.

2.5. Xür’s Instagram

During the week of the second stream Bungie snuck a small surprise to its fans that are lucking enough to have Instagrams. Xür, an agent of the nine who every Friday and Saturday brings exotic items for your Guardians to buy, showed off his new inventory for The Taken King. Below is the list that he shared to the world.

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3. Court of Oryx

The third stream was our first free roam session with the Dreadnought. This stream was to show off The Court of Oryx, a player started public event inside the Dreadnought. The difficulty of the court varies bases on the relic you sacrifice. The relics drop in different events randomly in Destiny, but will also drop in public events on the existing planets you can visit in game. As you obtain these relics there are different tiers.  Some relics do not require anything to use, these relics are their one, however higher tier relics require the completion of lower tiers in order to sacrifice them.


The court, like the new strikes, will feature all different boss fights then what we are used too.  Some bosses may only take damage from exploding thraws, or three sister wizards need to have there heath lowed in tandem so that not one wizard dies before its sister.  In order to defeat them all three wizards need to be killed moments within each other.  These are just a few examples of the new boss fights you will encounter in Court of Oryx and The Taken King.

Destiny: The Taken King is set to revise Destiny and all of the faults players have found with it and there is still very little we know about The Taken King.  This week Destiny 2.0 will launch.  2.0 is a re load for The Taken King and changes a lot of what we already know about Destiny year one.  This is the perfect time to jump back into Destiny and the future is bright…Eyes up Guardian.

Below are the Twitch reveals

1. The Tower

2. The Shield Brothers

3. Court of Oryx

And just for hype

Mark Kriska

Mark Kriska is a journalist for Mammoth Gamers. He plays primarily on PlayStation but also plays on Xbox and Nintendo systems. Mark is an all around nerd and if he is not playing games he's watching sports, movies, or TV and if all else fails enjoying a nice book or comic.