Crimson Days returns to Destiny 2 for 2019 this week. As a long-time hobby of mine and more importantly as a fantastic example of the sort of lore-rich game worlds I want to cover here on HEROIC, it seems fitting that the first piece of content on this site should be about Destiny.
In an article published on bungie.net, Cozmo provided a full breakdown of this year’s event including what’s new as well as what will be returning from last year.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Crimson Days is Destiny’s Valentine’s Day holiday event and centres around the Crimson Doubles PvP mode, where you get to team up with that special someone and take on opposing pairs of Guardians in the Crucible.
This year the Crimson Doubles 2v2 Clash mode is back as per usual, but with a ‘round-based twist.’ And that’s not all. Staying close to your partner in the heat of battle will grant you both a boost to ability regen speeds, whereas if you stray too far apart the opposing team will be given a waypoint leading them straight to you.
Bungie have also sweetened the deal this time around by throwing in Crimson Doubles matchmaking and Valor Rank bonuses for all PvP modes throughout the week.
You can start the event by speaking to Lord Shaxx in the Tower, who will award you the ‘Fire of the Crimson Days’ emblem. With it you will gain access to daily and weekly Crimson Days bounties. Both PvP and PvE bounties will be available so if the Crucible isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it, Bungie’s got you covered.
Completing Crimson Doubles matches and turning in Crimson Days bounties will award players with Confectionery Hearts, which you can turn in to Shaxx to purchase some sweet (hur hur) Crimson Days loot. Most of the loot is cosmetic – ghost shells, sparrows, emotes, and the like. But there is also an exclusive event weapon up for grabs.
Just like the Horror Story legendary auto rifle that was available during last year’s Festival of the Lost, The Vow is a fully masterworked legendary bow that is guaranteed to drop at max power level. It will also be the first bow that is available to all Destiny 2 players, not just those who have purchased the Forsaken expansion.
A Crimson Doubles win will award players with seven Hearts, losses will award five. Turning in daily Crimson Days bounties will also net players 15 Hearts per bounty, but if you want to win big you’re going to have to work for it. The weekly Crimson Days bounty ‘It Takes Two to Tango’ requires players to clear a Nightfall strike with a fireteam of just two, but successful Guardians will be rewarded with a whopping 75 Confectionery Hearts.
Players who earn The Vow will also obtain a discount code to unlock The Vow hoodie from Bungie Rewards. Every hoodie comes with a free Bungie Foundation pin and the Bungie Store will donate $7 for every pin distributed during the Crimson Days event to support the Bungie Foundation in granting technology wishes for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
In addition to all this Bungie have also included a list of Crimson Days Triumphs for players to chase after. Details of these Triumphs have yet to be released but players who complete all Crimson Days Triumphs will earn the Sugary Shell, an adorable exotic ghost shell reprised from Destiny 1.
Lastly, double drops for Bright Engrams are making a return for the duration of the event. For every Etched Engram earned players will also receive a Crimson Engram, which gives access to the same pool of loot available in Crimson Days 2018. So if you missed out on something last year or you’re new to Destiny, Bungie are giving you another chance to grab some of those items.
Crimson Engrams can also be purchased from Eververse using Silver. Eververse bundles for the Tiny Bow exotic emote and the Shot Through The Heart weapon ornament for The Vow will also be available for direct purchase.
Crimson Days will commence this Tuesday 12th February and will come to a close on the weekly reset, Tuesday 19th February.