Destiny 2 Engram Focusing System Guide

Since Destiny 2’s first release, the game’s loot system has significantly changed. From static rolls to complex crafting systems, it can be overwhelming for veterans returning to the game after a long break. One of the most puzzling mechanics right now is Engram Focusing.

What Are Seasonal Engrams?

Seasonal engrams are special loot boxes that can be earned during limited-time events throughout the year. These engrams contain exclusive gear, weapons, and cosmetics available only during that particular season. Each season brings a new set of engrams with unique rewards, making them highly sought after by dedicated players. They are a crucial component of Destiny 2’s ongoing content updates and provide players with exciting new items to collect and use in-game.

Players can earn seasonal engrams by completing specific activities or leveling up their character. The vast majority of D2 vendors offer unique Engrams that, when obtained, can drop fantastic items; however, you’ll have to spend the correct amount of currency. This gives players the opportunity to farm specific weapons or gear by engaging in their preferred in-game instances. Engram Focusing is essential if you’re seeking new armor sets or red border seasonal weapons. 

From Season 20 onwards, Destiny 2 has ceased dropping Umbral Engrams and shifted to employing Seasonal Engrams for its seasonal content. The Engram Focusing system has now been introduced to almost every core vendor in the game. We expect this to continue in Season 21.

What is Engram Focusing?

First featured in Season of Arrivals, Engram Focusing is now crucial to the gameplay, as it’s a fantastic method to obtain crafting blueprints through resonance weapons and target farm the exact gear you desire.

Engram Focusing enables players to obtain a specific weapon or armor piece from an Engram. You can do this by heading towards H.E.L.M or the Tower and finding a vendor. You’ll have to deliver a specific amount of Glimmer or Legendary Shards if you want something specific, like a high-stat armor. 

Each vendor stores playlist-specific Engrams in their reward track, which you can find at the top-right of the rewards screen. The vast majority of the activity vendors offer 2 focusing tabs:

  • Focused Decoding: Includes the latest items, usually launched within the last year.
  • Legacy Gear: Contains earlier items launched over a year ago and is more costly. They typically are armor sets.

Note that H.E.L.M vendors cannot provide you with legacy focusing. Soon, a significant modification in the game’s loot mechanics in Season 21 will enable players to focus Exotic engrams. We will talk more about it towards the end of the guide.

What Vendors Provide Engram Focusing Options?

  • Zavala
  • Shaxx
  • Drifter
  • Saint-14
  • Lord Saladin
  • The War Table. 

How Much Does Focusing Cost?

25 Legendary Shards, 5.000 Glimmer + a particular Engram type.

Legacy focusing is more pricey, as you’ll need at least 50 Legendary Shards and 10,000 Glimmer. You’ll also require extra Trials Engrams if we talk about Trials of Osiris Legacy focusing. On the other hand, Zavala’s focusing will need Vanguard Engrams. You can obtain them from Vanguard Ops and Nightfalls.

We recommend you wait until the end of the season to start focusing Vanguard, Crucible, and Gambit Engrams. This is because Focused loot will inevitably be affected by vendor resets when regulating bonus perk options.

How Can I Obtain Vendor Engrams?

By engaging in any instance that uses a reputation system, you can already obtain vendor Engrams, which you can focus. In Vanguard activities, you’ll find Vanguard Engrams, the same thing with Crucible Engrams, that can be obtained in Crucible matches. Seasonal Engrams drop from almost any activity.

H.E.L.M. vendor upgrades and Season Pass bonuses can make seasonal Engrams drop from particular instances. You can check various Engram drop sources in the following table.

Engram

Vendor

Acquisition Method

Legendary Engram

None

Drops from your defeated foes and activity rewards.

Pinnacle Engram

None

Don’t drop usually from your defeated foes and activity rewards.

Crucible Engram

Lord Shaxx

Tower

Valor Rank: Accomplish PvP matches in some non-competitive playlist.

Wins will give you bonus progress.

Defiant Engram

War Table 

H.E.L.M.

Defiant Rank: Accomplish Defiant Battlegrounds.

War Table upgrades grant you different methods to obtain them.

Gambit Engram

The Drifter

Tower

Gambit Rank: Accomplish Gambit matches.

Wins will give you bonus progress.

Iron Engram

Lord Saladin

Tower

Iron Banner Rank: Accomplish Iron Banner matches

when the playlist is still active. Wins will give you bonus progress.

Trials Engram

Saint-14

Tower

Trials of Osiris Rank: Accomplish Trials of Osiris matches when

the playlist is still active. Round wins and certain Passages will give

you bonus progress.

Vanguard Engram

Commander Zavala

Tower

Vanguard Rank: Accomplish Vanguard Ops and Nightfall activities.

Higher scores will give you bonus progress.

Vanguard Focusing Options

Focused Decoding (Vanguard)


Requires Vanguard Engrams

Vanguard Ops Rewards

Xenoclast IV

  • Shotgun (Arc)

  • Lightweight Frame (80 RPM)

The Third Axiom

  • Pulse Rifle (Arc)

  • Adaptive Frame (390 RPM)

Royal Entry

  • Rocket Launcher (Void)

  • Precision Frame (15 RPM)

Empty Vessel

  • Grenade Launcher (Solar)

  • Lightweight Frame (Special)

Punching Out

  • Sidearm (Solar)

  • Rapid-Fire Frame (450 RPM)

Fortissimo-11

  • Shotgun (Kinetic)

  • Pinpoint Slug Frame (65 RPM)

Strident Whistle

  • Bow (Solar)

  • Precision Frame (684 Draw Time)

Pure Poetry

  • Hand Cannon (Kinetic)

  • Aggressive Frame (120 RPM)

Prolonged Engagement

  • Submachine Gun (Stasis)

  • Lightweight Frame (900 RPM)

Photosuede Set

  • Helm, Arms, Chest, Boots

  • Low Stat Totals

Nightfall Gear

The Militia’s Birthright

  • Grenade Launcher (Kinetic)

  • Lightweight Frame (Special)

Mindbender’s Ambition

  • Shotgun (Solar)

  • Aggressive Frame (55 RPM)

Wendigo GL3

  • Grenade Launcher (Arc)

  • Adaptive Frame (Heavy, 120 RPM)

Hung Jury SR4

  • Scout Rifle (Kinetic)

  • Precision Frame (180 RPM)

THE SWARM

  • Machine Gun (Arc)

  • High-Impact Frame (360 RPM)

Buzzard

  • Sidearm (Kinetic)

  • Adaptive Frame (300 RPM)

Weekly Adept Weapon

  • Any Nightfall Weapon

  • Requires Adept Nightfall Ciphers (Drops In GMs)

Legacy Gear (Vanguard)

Requires x2 Vanguard Engrams

Plug One.1

  • Fusion Rifle (Arc)

  • Precision Frame (780 Charge Time)

Uzume RR4

  • Sniper Rifle (Solar)

  • Adaptive Frame (90 RPM)

The Comedian

  • Shotgun (Void)

  • Aggressive Frame (55 RPM)

The Hothead

  • Rocket Launcher (Arc)

  • Adaptive Frame (20 RPM)

Duty Bound

  • Auto Rifle (Kinetic)

  • Adaptive Frame (600 RPM)

Silicon Neuroma

  • Sniper Rifle (Kinetic)

  • Aggressive Frame (72 RPM)

D.F.A.

  • Hand Cannon (Kinetic)

  • Adaptive Frame (140 RPM)

Horror’s Least

  • Pulse Rifle (Arc)

  • Rapid-Fire Frame (540 RPM)

Xenos Vale IV Armor Set

  • All Slots

  • Low Stat Totals

Vigil Of Heroes Armor Set

  • All Slots

  • Low Stat Totals

Phobos Warden Armor Set

  • All Slots

  • Low Stat Totals

Crucible Focusing Options

Each focusing option is worth 10,000 Glimmer, 50 Legendary Shards, and an activity-specific Engram.

Focused Decoding (Crucible)

Requires Crucible Engrams

Stars In Shadow

  • Pulse Rifle (Solar)

  • High-Impact Frame (340 RPM)

The Keening

  • Sidearm (Arc)

  • Adaptive Frame (300 RPM)

Frozen Orbit

  • Sniper Rifle (Void)

  • Aggressive Frame (72 RPM)

Survivor’s Epitaph

  • Hand Cannon (Kinetic)

  • Precision Frame (180 RPM)

Sorrow’s Verse

  • Auto Rifle (Arc)

  • Adaptive Frame (600 RPM)

Crisis Inverted

  • Hand Cannon (Arc)

  • Adaptive Frame (140 RPM)

Riptide

  • Fusion Rifle (Stasis)

  • Rapid-Fire Frame (540 Charge Time)

Out of Bounds

  • SMG (Arc)

  • Lightweight Frame (900 RPM)

Blowout

  • Rocket Launcher (Arc)

  • Adaptive Frame (20 RPM)

Clutch Extol Armor Set

  • Helm, Arms, Chest, Boots

  • Low Stat Totals

Legacy Gear (Crucible)

Requires Crucible Engrams

Ankaa Seeker IV Armor Set

  • All Slots

  • Low Stat Totals

Wing Theorem Armor Set

  • All Slots

  • Low Stat Totals

Cinder Pinion Armor Set

  • All Slots

  • Low Stat Totals

Gambit Focusing Options

Focused Decoding (Gambit)

Requires Gambit Engrams

Crowd Pleaser

  • Grenade Launcher (Void)

  • Adaptive Frame (120 RPM)

Bottom Dollar

  • Hand Cannon (Void)

  • Aggressive Frame (120 RPM)

Trinary System

  • Fusion Rifle (Solar)

  • Adaptive Frame (680 Charge Time)

Borrowed Time

  • SMG (Solar)

  • Aggressive Frame (750 RPM)

Servant Leader

  • Scout Rifle (Kinetic)

  • Rapid-Fire Frame (260 RPM)

Herod-C

  • Auto Rifle (Stasis)

  • High-Impact Frame (360 RPM)

Dead Weight

  • Shotgun (Arc)

  • Rapid-Fire Frame (140 RPM)

Yesteryear

  • Pulse Rifle (Arc)

  • Adaptive Frame (390 RPM)

Viperidax Armor Set

  • Helm, Arms, Chest, Boots

  • Low Stat Totals

Legacy Gear (Gambit)

Requires Gambit Engrams

Ancient Apocalypse Armor Set

  • All Slots

  • Low Stat Totals

Calamity Rig Armor Set

  • All Slots

  • Low Stat Totals

Defiant Focusing Options

Defiant focusing options require Defiant Engrams and Glimmer.

Defiant Focusing

Requires Defiant Engrams

Raconteur

  • Bow (Stasis)

  • Precision Frame (684 Draw Time)

Royal Executioner

  • Fusion Rifle (Solar)

  • Adaptive Frame (660 Charge Time)

Perpetualis

  • Auto Rifle (Strand)

  • Adaptive Frame (600 RPM)

Prodigal Return

  • Grenade Launcher (Arc)

  • Lightweight Frame (Special)

Regnant

  • Grenade Launcher (Void)

  • Adaptive Frame (Heavy, 120 RPM)

Caretaker

  • Sword (Solar)

  • Adaptive Frame (Uppercut Heavy Attack)

Unyielding Favor Armor Set

  • All slots

  • Medicore Stat Rolls

Top Focusing Options

  • All Seasons: Armor focusing options often yield high-stat armors with favorable distributions, particularly when you have armor focusing mods on your Ghost.
  • Vanguard: Hothead, Prolonged Engagement
  • Crucible: Riptide, Frozen Orbit
  • Gambit: Borrowed Time, Trinary System
  • Defiance: Regnant

Exotic Armor Focusing On Season 21

Starting in Season 21, Guardians can approach Rahool to transform their Exotic engrams into specific gear items they desire. With the upcoming change, Exotic Engrams won’t auto-decrypt into armor pieces but will stay in the player’s inventory. Guardians can then go to Rahool for free decryption, obtaining a random Exotic gear as before. Additionally, they can focus the engram with two different methods: 

  • The first option lets players focus an Exotic engram of a particular expansion’s release. By spending one Exotic engram, one Ascendant Shard, and 30,000 Glimmer, they can obtain a specific gear piece from a particular year of Destiny 2. 
  • The second option allows players to directly focus on the Exotic armor they want, which requires one Exotic engram, three Ascendant Shards, 60,000 Glimmer, and one Exotic Cipher. The Exotic Cipher stack limit will increase from one to five to accommodate their enhanced usage.

Destiny 2 Ghost mods, which help players target specific stats in armor drops, are expected to work with the Exotic focusing system. The devs clarified that new armor pieces cannot be focused, and players must acquire them through Lost Sectors or Vex Strike Force for now.

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