Update: The exploit Destiny 2 players were using to hit the soft cap for Beyond Light has been fixed

Update: It's been patched. The drop rate for legendaries in the Widow's Walk lost sector, which players were repeating to power-level their way to Beyond Light's soft-cap, has been nerfed. Bungie tweeted the fix, and millions of voices suddenly cried out in disappointment that they hadn't had time to make use of the exploit, and were silenced.

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Original story: The Beyond Light expansion for Destiny 2 is less than a day old and yet inventive players have already found a way to power-level in record time. Beyond Light comes with a soft cap of power level 1200 which players are already hitting in between 60 and 90 minutes.

As the video above explains, to hit the cap fast you just need to spam a specific lost sector. It's pretty boring (given how much fun new stuff there is to play), but it will make playing the campaign easier because you won't be under-levelled, and it will save you on upgrade modules along the way. 

The lost sector in question is called Widow's Walk, and it's located on the left of the Trostland spawn in the EDZ. Once you're there (with a fire team if you really want to go quick) simply kill the boss. In our, ahem, testing, he dropped a legendary every time. For some reason, the gear will be 10 levels higher than you currently are, meaning you can quickly boost up. In order to refresh the lost sector, just run out until you see the word 'Trostland' on the screen, indicating you're in a new area. Rinse and repeat.

Interestingly, you'll also be getting the new ghost mods added in Beyond Light while you're at it, but mostly the point is to hit that soft cap as quickly as you can. There are sections of the campaign where you should be at least level 1160, so getting there now will save some grinding later on.

Of course, like the loot cave and every other Destiny exploit, this one's going to be patched out—maybe even tonight. So while I'm not saying you should abuse this to save yourself some hassle later on, if you're going to then get in quick.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.