1.0.2 Patch Preview (Engram Buff)

Published on: Sep 26, 2014 @ 16:13

This article can also be found at Bungie.net 

The 1.0.2 patch will go live next week, and includes several changes to the Cryptarch and Engram experience. These changes guarantee that Engrams will always decode into items at or above the quality of an engram.

Only Engrams that drop after 1.0.2 are subject to this change.

The changes

Cryptarch Changes 

  • Cayde-6 took the Cryptarch aside and showed him a sack of doorknobs. He decoded that mystery pretty quickly.
  • Legendary Engrams will always produce Legendary or better quality items, including Materials or Exotics
  • Rare Engrams will always produce Rare or better quality items
  • Rare engrams will have an increased chance to produce Legendary quality items

Activity Changes

  • Daily Heroics, Weekly Heroics, and Vanguard: Tiger Playlist activities will include Rare and Legendary Engrams in addition to their existing rewards

Item Changes

  • Ascendant materials have been promoted to Legendary to closer associate them with the gear they are used to upgrade
  • Legendary Engram items that exist in your inventory will be demoted to Rare quality when the patch goes live, so decode them while you can. But let’s be honest–even if you don’t, we all know they were blues already…

New community data

In other news, DestinyDB.com has another great breakdown of the Guardians in-game and how the community is choosing to play.

Number of players

There’s now 539,957+ Guardians – almost the same population as Las Vegas!

First level 30

Few Guardians have reached level 30, with the first being this past Monday, check out the the current level breakdown below:

The Vault of Glass

Many have braved the Vault of Glass and have come out victorious, and in all the runs we’ve tracked since the raid launched we’ve seen a subclass breakdown of:

Top PvP Classes

The Crucible is where some of the most battle-hardened Guardians test their mettle against each other and we’ve pulled some interesting stats on them.

Subclasses of the Top 100 Guardians by Combat Rating with at least 100 games played:

The subclasses of those who stayed alive in PvP matches for 1 minute or longer split out as follows:


Check out forums.planetdestiny.com if you’d like to talk to others about Destiny in a friendly and welcoming community! :)


  • chris

    Kinda cool but I hope that the legendary engrams have a VERY low chance of exotics being I grinded hard for all of mine (I didn’t sit in the cave I did bounties daily) and don’t want to see everyone with my shit because then it will be like every other game where all people have the same stuff and are just copies of each other

    • Nater-ater

      At the moment, legendary engrams only have a 2% chance of dropping an exotic. I doubt bungie would change that chance

  • Micah Yang

    Glad that blues always drop blues

  • Micah Yang

    Can any PLEASE tell me when this patch is getting released? I’ve found two blue primary engrams and they were both greens but I found another one and I’m waiting for this patch. I CAN’T TAKE ANOTHER GREEN!!!

    • Andy DelTaco

      Details here: http://bit.ly/1DGf7lY

      • Micah Yang

        Thank you so much

    • Jason Talbert

      And remember, this patch will only change engrams collected AFTER it goes live. Any you’ve found already, and find before the patch goes live, won’t change so you might as well decode them.

      • Micah Yang

        Really? I just thought that purples will be changed to blues

        • Jason Talbert

          Second sentence on Bungie’s post (http://www.bungie.net/en/News/News?aid=12202) says, “Only engrams that drop after 1.0.2 are subject to this change.” That change being the engrams decrypting into only their color tier or higher tier items.

          You are correct on the Legendary Engrams though: at the bottom they mention that any Legendary Engrams you have will be demoted to Rare Engrams.

    • mlocke22

      I was under the impression that this patch would have launched with the weekly reset today. As of 8AM EST this patch has not been applied. Might be worth holding off on the Weekly Strikes and Nightfall until it is live.


    like always they made the game easy cause ppl can’t find loot and cry

    • SyntheticReign

      No, they fixed a huge problem. It’s getting REALLY annoying finding Legendary Engrams only to have them ALWAYS demoted to Rare weapons that I really don’t need at lvl 25. Right now, Legendary Engrams only have around a 4% chance to actually be Legendary. THAT’S ridiculous, especially since Exotic Engrams NEVER DROP EVER.

  • insanetrasher

    Are you kidding me??! :

    Ascendant materials have been promoted to Legendary to closer associate them with the gear they are used to upgrade”

    So basically, forget upgrading your armor pieces anytime soon once the patch is on. So farm those mats before the patch.

    Are they even playing their game or what…

    • Not sure what you mean. Instead of “Ascendant materials” being colored blue (Rare) they’ll be purple (Legendary), as those materials are for upgrading Legendary+ items. Dailies on harder (24+) difficulties reward these 100% of the time, and you’ll get them from dismantling Legendary gear as well.

    • ElekTriX

      It just means the background colour will be changed to purple instead of blue to reflect their importance in the game and what they represent as a material. It doesn’t mean their drop rate will change at all.

  • ElekTriX

    I hope legendary engrams have a much lower chance at dropping now that every one will give you something good. Otherwise people will be farming for engrams more than they even did before instead of actually enjoying the game, and everyone will be running around with max level characters a few hours after starting new.
    It was like it was because a chance at dropping a legendary was small, and an even smaller chance at getting a legendary made it very rewarding when one DID drop. Too bad everyone complained that they couldn’t get to level 30 within a day, so they had to make everything too easy.

  • Jake Samuels

    does anyone know when this will go live? i just decocted an legendary and it gave me a rare!?!?!??