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Destiny Material, Resources, and Consumables Guide

Materials in Destiny can be not only useful, but necessary to upgrading your weapons & armor, or even exchanging for some Glimmer, Vanguard Marks, or Crucible Marks.

Destiny Materials & Resources

Name Type Uses Notes/Tips
Ascendant Energy Ascendant, Legendary Upgrade legendary & exotic weapons Where to find: Public Events, Legendary Engrams, Dismantling legendary/exotic weapons, daily Heroic missions, Loot chests, completing Vault of Glass, completing Crucible matches
Ascendant Shard Ascendant, Legendary  Upgrade legendary & exotic gear (armor) Where to find: Public Events, Legendary Engrams, Dismantling legendary/exotic armor, daily Heroic missions, Loot chests, completing Vault of Glass, completing Crucible matches (Note: Certain legendary armor do NOT yield Ascendant Shard when dismantled; like those from the Queen’s Wrath missions)
Hadronic Essence Dismantle material (Warlock armor) Upgrade rare or higher Warlock armor Dismantle uncommon or rarer Warlock armor
Plasteel Plating Dismantle material (Titan) Upgrade rare or higher Titan armor Dismantle uncommon or rarer Titan armor
Sapphire Wire Dismantle material (Hunter) Upgrade rare or higher Hunter armor Dismantle uncommon or rarer Hunter armor
Weapon Parts Dismantle material (Weapons) Upgrade weapons  Dismantle uncommon or higher weapons. Upgraded weapons can yield more weapon parts
Helium Filaments Resource (Moon)

Upgrade material

Found on the Moon during Patrols or in Loot Chests. 200 for single inventory stack. Can be exchanged at Vendors in stacks of 50 for Reputation, Glimmer, and Vanguard or Crucicle Marks. Tip: Loot chest farm Helium filaments on the Moon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlhJhxQhwi8)
Relic Iron Resource (Mars) Upgrade material Found on Mars during Patrols or in Loot Chests. 200 for single inventory stack. Can be exchanged at Vendors in stacks of 50 for Reputation, Glimmer, and Vanguard or Crucicle Marks. Used in heavy armor & high-density ammunition. Tip: Farm Relic Iron (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMdoUcFsPKs)
Spinmetal Resource (Earth) Upgrade material Found on Earth during Patrols or in Loot Chests. 200 for single inventory stack. Can be exchanged at Vendors in stacks of 50 for Reputation, Glimmer, and Vanguard or Crucicle Marks. Used in everything from armor to jumpship components. Tip: Farm Spinmetal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBCGNj2CCmY)
Spirit Bloom Resource (Venus) Upgrade material Found on Venus during Patrols or in Loot Chests. 200 for single inventory stack. Can be exchanged at Vendors in stacks of 50 for Reputation, Glimmer, and Vanguard or Crucicle Marks. Used to upgrade armor and more. Tip: Farm Spirit Bloom (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDBuAZw1tp8)

 

Destiny Consumables

Consumables may not be the most practical things to use. The best uses for the Consumables is in farming situations (increase Glimmer received) or in big battles where respawns and potentially ammo are limited.

Name Uses Notes/Tips
Ammo Synthesis Replenishes Primary Weapon ammunition Can only be used once, but players can carry multiples. 5 minute cooldown after using. Can be purchased from the Gunsmith in the Tower.
Special Ammo Synthesis Replenishes Special Weapon ammunition Can only be used once, but players can carry multiples. 5 minute cooldown after using. Can be purchased rom the Gunsmith in the Tower.
Heavy Ammo Synthesis Replenishes Heavy Weapon ammunition Can only be used once, but players can carry multiples. 5 minute cooldown after using. Can be purchased rom the Gunsmith in the Tower.
Black Wax Idol Boosts Glimmer gained from killing Hive  Drops from killing high-ranked (Yellow) Hive. Can only be used once, but players can carry multiples.
Blue Polyphage Boost Glimmer gained from killing Vex Drops from killing high-ranked (Yellow) Vex. Can only be used once, but players can carry multiples.
Ether Seeds Boost Glimmer gained from killing Fallen Drops from killing high-ranked (Yellow) Fallen. Can only be used once, but players can carry multiples.
Resupply Codes Boosts Glimmer gained from killing Cabal Drops from killing high-ranked (Yellow) Cabal. Can only be used once, but players can carry multiples.
Weapon Telemetry Used to upgrade specific weapon quickly Sometimes received when dismantling rare or higher, or upgraded weapons.

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