You can’t play the game if you ain’t got the green. Or blue, in Destiny’s case. Whatever. Here’s how you can make tons of Glimmer fast.
Destiny 2 has a lot of resources you gotta manage. There are Legendary Shards, Enhancement Cores, Enhancement Prisms, Recon Data for Season of the Hunt, Herealways Pieces introduced in Beyond Light, and a specific resource for each of the game’s many destinations.
But the thing you’ll always need is Glimmer. Glimmer is as close as Destiny 2 comes to cold, hard cash. You need Glimmer to buy bounties, Glimmer to slot mods, Glimmer to upgrade your arms and armor, and Glimmer to do just about anything. When you run out of Glimmer, your game grinds to a complete standstill.
Keeping up your Glimmer supplies is a necessary thing in Destiny 2, but not something you want to spend too much time on. Here’s every way you can earn Glimmer in Destiny 2 and some of the fastest Glimmer farms you can use.
Updated July 10th, 2021, by Charles Burgar: Glimmer has become more important than ever. Purchasing Upgrade Modules, bounties, and Artifact resets all cost quite a bit of Glimmer. You never want to run out of Glimmer, so we've updated this guide to give new farming alternatives and explain every notable way of obtaining Glimmer in Destiny 2.
How To Get Glimmer
Virtually everything you do in Destiny 2 will grant Glimmer. Defeating enemies, completing activities, and speaking to certain vendors will be your main sources of earning Glimmer. Notable methods of earning Glimmer is listed below:
|Dismantling Rares And Vanity Items||Misc.||100|
|**Lost Sector Chests||Activity||1,800|
|Playlist Match Completion||Activity||2,500|
|Spider's Wanted Bounties||Bounty||3,000 - 15,000|
|Spider's Resource Exchange||Vendor||10,000|
|Season Pass||Season Pass||100,000|
*Chests taper your Glimmer rewards when farmed. You'll gain less Glimmer as you open chests in a short time span.
**Only grants 1,800 for the first five Lost Sector chests that session (excluding Dreaming City and Moon chests).
Credit to Pyro Gaming for most of the Glimmer values listed above.
The Spider sells bounties and resource exchanges that both grant a large sum of Glimmer. He is mostly known for his resource exchange rates, allowing you to trade 20 of a certain planetary material (or 10 Legendary Shard) for 10,000 Glimmer. Spider can sometimes sell the material required for the daily Glimmer exchange for the cost of Legendary Shards, allowing you to indirectly exchange Legendary Shards for Glimmer. This is by far the best way of obtaining Glimmer in the game, something we'll cover later in the guide.
Each Season Pass will grant Glimmer during certain ranks, both for the free and premium tracks. Assuming you own the current season, you can earn 100,000 Glimmer from the Season Pass. Glimmer bundles are given at the following ranks:
If you’re less inclined to run laps in patrol to farm chests, there’s another option. Pick a short Lost Sector and farm it. Widow’s Walk in the EDZ's Trostland is an ideal choice because—with the right build—you can walk in, kill the boss, loot the chest, and leave within seconds. Any Dreaming City and Moon Lost Sector will work too.
To do this, your best option is to bring a Sword of some kind, but any high-damage elemental weapon should be fine. Go in, quickly take down the boss before other enemies can overwhelm you, and then take your Glimmer and leave. Even if you die at that point, it’s fine because you can just head outside of the Lost Sector to do it all over again.
Keep in mind that this “farm” can’t be used too often. After multiple runs, the Glimmer rewards will taper off until it’s not really worth doing anymore. But this is another option to make some quick Glimmer thanks to your Glimmer Booster mods.
Boosting Glimmer Gains With Ghost Shells And Rainmaker
Those planning to farm for Glimmer should consider modding their Ghost Shell and using the Rainmaker consumable item. Here's what they do:
- Glimmer Boost (1-6 Energy, Ghost Mod): Increases Glimmer gains by 5-65%.
- Rainmaker (Consumable): Precision kills have a chance to create a shower of Glimmer. Effect lasts for 4 hours.
Ghost Shell Glimmer Boosts can increase your Glimmer gains by up to 65%. This includes all Glimmer sources that drop in the world, so virtually everything except bounties and the Season Pass. Rainmaker dramatically increases the amount of Glimmer enemies drop, so consider using this item if you start to run low on Glimmer. If you've been playing Destiny 2 for a few dozen hours, you should have quite a few of these in your inventory.
Glimmer Farm #1: Talk to Spider
Easily the fastest way to get Glimmer in Destiny 2 is to exchange resources with The Spider. He's the Fallen mob boss in charge of the Tangled Shore that specializes in trade—either for materials, resources, or just straight-up Glimmer. His resource exchange rate changes daily, so remember to visit him whenever you can.
When it comes to Glimmer, he’ll usually ask for destination resources of Legendary Shards in exchange. The best and easiest way to get a ton of Glimmer fast is to just walk up to Spider and trade a bunch of Legendary Shards for Glimmer. He’ll exchange 10,000 Glimmer for 10 Legendary Shards periodically, which is honestly a steal given how many Legendary Shards you’ll accrue over the course of the game.
Usually, Spider will exchange 20 destination resources for 10,000 Glimmer, which is less of a good deal but still a fantastic option. You’ll have to see how many resources you have before you accept Spider’s trade, but keep in mind that some of the vaulted destinations aren’t worth anything BUT Glimmer, so if you’re holding onto Martian Seraphite or Mercurian Simulation Nodes, you might as well trade ‘em to Spider.
You'll want to also look at the resources he's selling when you do this. Spider will occasionally sell the resource he's asking for, asking for Legendary Shards for the resource in question. You can use this to indirectly convert your Legendary Shards into Glimmer.
Glimmer Farm #2: Farm Planetary Chests
Still not enough Glimmer? Here’s a quick combo to use with your Ghost’s Glimmer Booster Mod. In the second slot on your Ghost will be a mod called Expert Hunter, allowing you to scan chests up to 75 meters away from you. Apply it to your Ghost Shell, then head to your planet of choice. Most prefer the EDZ since it's jam-packed with chest spawn locations.
That’s not bad, but we can do a lot better. It’s unknown if this is a bug or a feature, but peering through the scope of a sniper rifle extends that 75-meter radius to basically the entire map. Suddenly, every treasure chest in your current area will be visible, with the only caveat being you have to now have to painstakingly correct your Sniper Rifle’s aim to be in the general direction of the chest to spot it.
Honestly, that doesn’t take very long, and you can easily whip out your Sniper Rifle, spot a chest, hop on your Sparrow, open that chest, and repeat for all remaining chests in the region until you’ve made a few thousand Glimmer in just a few minutes. Then all you need to do is speed off to the next area to repeat the whole process over again. Just keep in mind that these chests will stop granting Glimmer if you open too many of them in a short timeframe. If your Glimmer starts to taper off, consider farming Public Events or Patrols for a few minutes.
If you own the Beyond Light expansion, I recommend heading over to Asterion Abyss on Europa. That area tends to have a few more chests than the rest of Europa, and they give out more Glimmer than other destinations in Destiny 2. The EDZ's Trostland is also a solid spot for farming Glimmer.
Glimmer Farm #3: Farm Resources
This sounds counterintuitive, but The Spider's resource exchange is so good that farming activities for Glimmer isn't as time-effective as just farming for the resource Spider is asking for.
Check which resource is tied to Spider's Glimmer exchange, then head to the destination tied to said resource. For example, if Spider is selling 10,000 Glimmer for 20 Dusklight Shards, then you'd head to the EDZ.
When you arrive at the destination, speak to the planetary vendor. Grab any bounties that grant resources. Equip the Wombo Combo mod on your Ghost, your favorite Sniper Rifle, then hunt down some chests in your area. These will grant Glimmer and the occasional resource. Complete any resource bounties you've purchased while you're doing this.
Once the chest rewards start to taper off, look for Patrols and Public Events in your area. These will grant Glimmer and resources when completed. Do these until you either have enough resources or the Glimmer penalty on chests gets lifted. Repeat this strategy until you can purchase enough Glimmer from The Spider.
Looking to Masterwork weapons and armor in Destiny 2: Beyond Light? Then check out these ways to acquire Enhancement Cores.