Bungie revealed many things for Destiny during a Twitch livestream on Wednesday and followed up with a post today that further clarifies information. One of those topics is a simplification of the currency system in the PlayStation and Xbox shooter that make more changes than you may catch at first glance.
Legendary Marks are the currency in Destiny that simultaneously replaces Crucible and Vanguard Marks, as previously covered for the Inquisitr. Legendary Marks can still be used to purchase weapons and armor from faction vendors and the Speaker, it will not just come from a single pool instead of forcing players to play Crucible to buy something from Dead Orbit or New Monarchy.
To earn Legendary Marks, players can complete Daily Story Chapters, the Weekly Heroic Strikes, and Daily PVP activities. Additionally, dismantling Year Two Legendary items also grant Legendary Marks on top of the other materials gained from sharding a weapon or armor piece.
Currently, Destiny caps characters at earning no more than 100 Crucible Marks and 100 Vanguard Marks a week per character and does not let you hold more than 200 of each. That’s changing with “The Taken King” by making Legendary Marks an account-wide currency just like Glimmer. That means the Legendary Marks you’ve earned with your Titan will be available for your Hunter to spend.
There will no longer be a cap on the amount of Marks you can earn in one week. Don’t get too excited though. There is still a cap on the total number of Marks that you can carry at one time, and it is still at the same level of 200.
Bungie is essentially telling Destiny players they need to spend their Marks as soon as they’ve earned enough to purchase one of the weapons or armor pieces with this design decision. Fortunately, there is much more to buy than just those two as players will also spend Marks on Legendary Ghost Shells and to upgrade some Year One Exotic pieces to Year Two levels.
When players fire up Destiny the first time after “The Taken King” launches on September 15, they will find their Legendary Mark value at zero. Bungie will automatically convert existing Crucible and Vanguard Marks in blocks of 50 into a single reputation consumables. This reputation consumable can then be used to boost the character’s reputation with whichever faction they have pledged allegiance to in the game.
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[Update: Corrected typo on total number of Marks characters can currently hold.]