Destiny players that have been grinding it out to get the new Ghost Shells for the Crimson Days event just received some excellent news from Bungie. The developer heard the feedback of poor loot drops from the Crimson Doubles playlist and is perhaps doing more than expected with an announcement late Friday.
“Feedback has been unmistakable: the drop rate has been pretty low. We agree. We took a look at the data, and the number of Ghosts awarded has not been what we expected,” Destiny Community Manager David “Deej” Dague wrote in a post on the Bungie website.
As a result, Bungie is now guaranteeing 320 Light level Ghost Shells to those that participate in the Crimson Doubles. There are a couple of restrictions though. First, players have to complete at least seven matches. Second, they have to complete the matches legitimately. That means no suiciding.
Here is the rundown from Bungie on the rules to get a 320 Light Ghost Shell:
- After the event is over, we’ll deliver Ghosts to the Postmaster
- Anyone who has competed in seven matches will receive one
- You had to actually compete though – no suicide pacts!
- Your Ghost will be Chocolate or Crimson – the odds are even
- 320 Light will be guaranteed – the odds are totally in your favor
- Packages will be addressed by account, not character
- Qualifying players will receive their Ghost by February 23rd
Ghost Shells are one of two pieces of equipment Destiny players have taken to grinding for since the release of The Taken King in an attempt to bring their characters up to 320 Light. It’s a toss-up between Shells and Helmets as to what might be holding a particular player back, but it has turned into a source of frustration.
The response from the Destiny community to Bungie guaranteeing 320 Light Ghosts has been overwhelmingly positive. Feedback from members in the Destiny Reddit group and the Bungie forums has overwhelmingly been a big thumbs-up.
It’s also a solid way for players to get closer to max Light level, if not outright achieve it. This will come in handy as a big spring update is in the works that will increase the level cap in Destiny. This will be followed by a large expansion later in 2016.
If there is one downside to the news, it is that it appears Bungie will be unable to drop the actual loot drops for the Crimson Days event. If true, that makes the guarantee of the 320 Light Ghost a work-around instead of an actual fix. This is not the first time Destiny has had an issue with stingy loot drops.
As previously covered, players reported horrendous drop rates of Ghost Shells after pouring many hours into playing the Destiny event. For example, Reddit user irwinsstingray claims to have received zero Shells after playing in 50 games. He was echoed by others in the same thread claiming no Ghosts after playing 60, 69, 70 games, and more.
Meanwhile, TwitchTV personality sc_Slayerage spent more than 20 hours attempting to get one of the new Ghost Shells.
Many Destiny players decided the quickest way to get to obtain the coveted Ghost Shell is to quickly end Crimson Doubles matches. What is the best way to end matches quickly, you ask? By committing suicide as soon as you spawn into the arena.
Crimson Doubles is an Elimination style event. This means one team wins when both opposing players have kicked the bucket. So, players are immediately jumping over the side of the maps or finding other ways to kills themselves immediately.
The popular method was to use the Touch of Malice Scout Rifle, which causes damage to the player when the final round in the weapon is fired repeatedly until death. Destiny players would spawn into a match and then shoot the Touch until they died within a few seconds. Some even went so far as to wrap rubber bands around their controller to hold the right trigger down and fire continuously.
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