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Destiny 2 Season of Dawn roadmap: new PvE mode, exotic quests, and events

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Perhaps it's related to Bungie's newfound independent status, but this year the Seattle studio has been more communicative than ever with Destiny 2's playerbase. Key to the information flow is the Destiny 2 roadmap, which Bungie just updated to reflect the first post-Shadowkeep content cycle, Season of Dawn.

Season of Dawn, launching on December 10 and running until March 9, brings a new PvE quasi-horde mode called Sundial. That's the main addition announced so far, but the season is also peppered with a couple of exotic quests and other goodies to sink time into.

Destiny 2 Season of Dawn update roadmap

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Season of Dawn is Bungie's first new season since the launch of Shadowkeep in October with Season of the Undying. With a new expansion and season happening simultaneously, Destiny 2 was rich with new content. Without an expansion, Season of Dawn will be an understandably lighter season, though there's still interesting stuff on the horizon.

The biggest of which is the mysterious new PvE mode, Sundial. We don't know a ton about it yet, but we do know it's a 6-player matchmade mode set on Mercury, featuring the Cabal as enemies. The 'Legend' version of the mode lands on 7 January, which looks to be the hard version and will require premade teams, similar to how raids work. The Sundial will feature rotating bosses, and on the roadmap we see the various names of these spread across the months of Season of Dawn:

  • 12/4/19 - The Sundial: Niruul, The Hollow Voice
  • 12/17/19 - The Sundial: Ozletc, The Sky Piercer
  • 12/24/19 - The Sundial: Tazaroc, The Suneater
  • 2/4/20 - The Sundial: Inotam, Oblivion's Triune

Each boss appears to be a different Psion Flayer, though we'll have to see what unique abilities or mechanics they involve.

Season of Dawn pass details

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As the roadmap image points out, Season of Dawn is divided into content exclusive to those who buy the 1000 Silver ($10) Season of Dawn Pass and content free to everyone.

Season of Dawn Pass

  • Sundial PvE mode
  • Save a Legend
  • Legend Sundial
  • Exotic quest: Devil's Run
  • Exotic quest: Bastion

Free for all Destiny 2 players

  • New seasonal artifact: The Lantern of Osiris
  • PvP mode: Elimination
  • Reprise PvP map: Rusted Lands
  • Tangled Shore and Mars Obelisks open
  • Solar subclass update

The Season of Dawn pass itself is also a battle pass with 100 ranks to grind through. Progress through the pass is earned through normal XP gains, so you don't have to adhere to specific challenges. Now, players will earn Eververse Bright Engrams with each new rank, starting at level 13. Unfortunately, this change also means Bright Engrams aren't earned when leveling up anymore.

As in Season of the Undying, climbing through the ranks will also bring unique season rewards. Scroll down on the season's official home page and you can find the season track rewards listed in full. The season pass is also cross save compatible. So if you own it on PC, you'll also get it on Xbox One and PS4.