Destiny 2 - Infusion System Changes and Planetary Materials
Bungie has made changes to core mechanics in Destiny 2 in Year 2 than you might have anticipated. Along with major changes to the weapons systems, the infusion system and reputation systems have also been overhauled, though less dramatically so.
Changes to Reputation
In the past, Guardians would earn Tokens on the various planets and locations by performing tasks such as Patrols, Public Events, opening chests, and defeating mini-bosses. These Tokens could then be turned into the local vendor to earn reputation and unlock gear specific to that planet.
The Token system has been removed in Year 2, though your existing Tokens can still be turned in for reputation. Instead of these Tokens, you now need to collect planetary materials in order to gain reputation. You were able to do that in Year 1 as well, but in Year 2 that is the only way to turn reputation on planets.
Changes to Infusion
Perhaps more disruptive is the change to how weapons and armor are infused. The mechanic itself hasn’t changed, but the resources required to perform an infusion have been expanded. Not only do you need to have a certain amount of Legendary Shards, but you also need planetary materials now. Which kind of planetary material is required and differs by weapon and armor piece.
Where to Find Planetary Materials
Each planet and location has its own specific planetary material. Consult this list to determine where you have to go to find the specific material you’re after:
Dusklight Shard – EDZ, Earth
Dusklight Shard is the material found in the EDZ on Earth and can be traded in for reputation with Devrim Kay, or be used to infuse weapons and armor that require it as an infusion ingredient.
Alkane Dust – New Pacific Arcology, Titan
Alkane Dust is the primary planetary material on Titan and can be traded in with Sloane for reputation. It is also used to infuse weapons and armor that require it as an infusion ingredient.
Microphasic Datalattice – Arcadian Valley, Nessus
Microphasic Datalattice is found on Nessus and can be traded for reputation with Failsafe, or used to infuse weapons and armor that require it as an infusion ingredient.
Phaseglass Needle – Echo Mesa, Io
Phaseglass Needle is the planetary material found on Io and can be traded for reputation with Asher Mir, or used to infuse weapons and armor that require it as an infusion ingredient.
Seraphite – Hellas Basin, Mars
Seraphite can be turned in for reputation with Ana Bray, or used to infuse weapons and armor that require it as an infusion ingredient.
Simulation Seed – Infinite Forest, Mercury
Simulation Seed can be found on Mercury and can be traded in with Brother Vance for reputation, or used to infuse weapons and armor that require it as an infusion ingredient.
Baryon Bough – The Reef
Baryon Bough is a new planetary material in Forsaken and can be given to Petra Venj for reputation, or used to infuse weapons and armor that require it as an infusion ingredient.
Etheric Spiral – The Tangled Shore
Etheric Spiral is another new material introduced in Forsaken and is desired by The Spider who will increase your reputation if you bring it to him. It is also used to infuse weapons and armor that require it as an infusion ingredient.
How to Find Planetary Materials
Planetary Materials can be gathered by collecting them from nodes that appear on the planet surface, as well as by completing tasks in each specific area. You will be rewarded with materials by completing patrols and public events, as well as defeating mini-bosses that roam the area. The chests you open will also contain these materials, but be aware of the hidden cooldown mechanic implemented by Bungie to keep you from having too much fun too quickly.
Good luck out there, Guardian. Better get collecting all these materials so you can infuse your new gear. For more helpful articles, swing by our Destiny 2 Guide Hub.