Updated for Patch 2.0.0.l
With patch 22.214.171.124, Bungie has reduced the number of materials you get per drop. It seems that the material drop rate has been reduced by 50%, meaning you’ll get half the amount of materials you where getting before the patch. I have updated the drop list at the end of the article to reflect these changes. I’ve also added the new planetary materials from The Tangled Shore and The Dreaming City.
With the release of patch 2.0 (the Forsaken patch), quite a lot of things have changed in Destiny 2. One of those things is the way that infusion works. You can no longer just infuse a higher piece of gear in to a lower piece of gear, you need something a little bit extra. Planetary materials.
Planetary materials wehre somewhat useless in vanilla Destiny 2, apart from from ranking up planetary vendors. But, now it looks like they will serve more of a purpose. This means that the grind for planetary materials is back, much like it was in Destiny 1.
This guide will show any newcomers to Destiny 2 Forsaken where to acquire each planetary material, and some ways to farm for them.
When you are out on patrol farming for planetary materials, you will probably notice that some will drop as rare(blue) as opposed to the more common green variety. From what I can gather, you will only need the common green materials to infuse your gear. The rare materials will still drop, whether they will have another purpose other than vendor ranks is unknown.
Item Description: Arcology flora and crystallized methane, synthesized with Hive materials. Bring this to Sloane in Siren’s Watch to discover its value.
Alkane Dust is collected from Alkane on the planet Titan. It can be found in random spots around the planet, from planet chests, patrol missions and from killing mini-bosses.
Planet: Earth, European Dead Zone.
Item Description: The presence of the Traveler’s Shard in the EDZ has changed this rock on a molecular level. Take this to Devrim Kay in Trostland to discover its value.
Dusklight Shards are harvested from Dusklight found in the European Dead Zone(EDZ). Dusklight Shards can be found randomly in spots around the planet, from planetary chests, from completing patrol missions and from killing mini-bosses in the world.
Item Description: Encrypted data inaccessible in an unknown hybrid state of matter-energy. Bring this to Failsafe in the Exodus Black on Nessus to discover its value.
Microphasic Datalattice is found on the planet Nessus and are harvested from Datalattice. They can be found randomly in the world, from planetary chests, patrol mission rewards and by killing mini-bosses.
Item Description: An object of interest to your allies on Io. Bring this to Asher Mir in the Rupture to discover its value.
Phaseglass Needle is found on the planet Io and is harvested from Phaseglass. It can be found randomly in the world, from planetary chests, completing patrol missions and killing mini-bosses.
Item Description: Native Martian Relic Iron that has been suffused with resonant Seraph energy. Bring this to Ana Bray to discover its value.
Seraphite is found on the planet Mars. It can be found randomly in the world, from planetary chests, completing patrol missions and from killing mini-bosses.
Item Description: This unearthly matter forms the building blocks of the Infinite Forest. Bring this to Brother Vance in the Lighthouse on Mercury to discover its value.
Simulation Seed is found on the planet Mercury. It can be found randomly in the world, from opening planetary chests, from completing patrol missions and from killing mini-bosses.
Found In: The Tangled Shore
Item Description: Eliksni Ether reacted with anaerobic fungus to produce this strange plant.
Etheric Spiral can be found on The Tangled Shore. It is a red looking plant. It can be found growing around The Tangled Shore. It can also be found in planetery chests, from patrol missions and other activities.
Found In: The Dreaming City
Item Description: A species of diffusuceae prized by the Awoken for its many uses. Take this to Petra Venj to discover its value.
Baryon Bough can be found in The Dreaming City. It is a purple, glowing plant which looks like a small tree. It can be found growing arounf The Dreaming City, it can also be found in chests and can be awarded from certain activities.
Farming for Planetary Materials
There are a few things you can do to make collecting planetary materials a bit quicker and more efficient.
The main thing to use when farming for planetary materials is your trusty companion, Ghost.
Every ghost has a chance to roll with a Resource Detector perk, there are also specific ghost shells for each planet which will come with the Resource Detector perk.
These ghost shells are invaluable for finding materials and chests quicker and easier.
You can also look through the scope of sniper rifle or other high zoom scope to spot nearby resources. Chests and resources will be highlighted in the scope, although I think you have to be looking at the resource.
Planetary chests are probably the best way to farm for planetary materials though, rather than trying to find the materials that ‘grow’ randomly. Completing patrol missions on the planets will also net you 4 materials per mission, so this is also a really fast way to farm.
If you have region chests still to collect, which you probably will have if you are a new player, then these will net you 12 materials per chest. Region chests are gold coloured chests hidden throughout the various planets.
Heres a list of things that drop planetary materials and how much they drop (Updated for patch 126.96.36.199 – material drop rates reduced by 50%)
- Mini-Boss, the yellow bar bosses that appear in the world, the ones that drop chests once you kill them – 2 materials
- Patrol Missions – 2 materials
- Yellow bar named bosses that spawn near the end of Heroic Public Events – 8 materials
- Public Event chests (normal & heroic) – 2 materials
- Region chests – 8 materials
- Normal planetary chests – 2 materials (can drop as rare materials which don’t seem to be used for infusion)
Below I have linked some articles and videos that may be helpful when you’re farming for materials.
5 Tips for Farming Planetary Materials In Destiny 2 (2.0 Update) – Heavy.com
Destiny 2 guide: How to increase your Ghost’s range to find loot chests and other resources – Polygon
500+ Planetary Materials Per Hour! Fastest Farms – YouTube
Happy farming Guardians, I will update this guide when Forsaken launches as there is sure to be new planetary materials on the new destinations.