Destiny 2 This Week at Bungie we celebrate the Dawning

Destiny 2 Arbalest new Ornament – This week at Bungie

Welcome to Destiny 2 Arbalest new Ornament – This week at Bungie article! The Bungie team started the community weapon ornament voting for the Arbalest a while ago, and now we have a winning design!


The Arbalest is one of the best and most used exotic weapons in Destiny 2 currently. That’s how the Arbalest looks in the game. It’s a kinetic weapon that uses special ammo, that deals a significant amount of damage to shielded enemies. As a result, the Arbalest is great for any PvE content.

Destiny 2 Arbalest

Destiny 2 Arbalest Nerfs and new Arbalest ornaments

This week at Bungie

In Destiny 2 This Week at Bungie (12/15/2022), The Destiny 2 team looks back to a few highlights of 2022, a new weapon and more! This month, players celebrate the Dawning and their Moments of Triumph! It’s December and nearly the end of the year, Let’s see what Bunge prepared for us in 2023, including new Arbalest’s Ornament!

See the official news post, or read below for more information!


This week at Bungie, we celebrate lots of stuff! The Dawning! New partnerships! A year that is about to end and a new one that’s about to begin! Also, activities that are coming very soon! And I’m going to celebrate that this is my first time writing a TWAB. ¡Hola, mundo! (Hello, World!).

This is also the last TWAB until next year. That sounds like a long time, but worry not, we’ll be back with tons of new topics to tackle starting on January 12. We will use this time off to rest, so we recommend you try and do that, too!

But for now, let’s focus on the present. Here’s a brief summary of what we’re talking about today:

  • Did you watch that amazing TGA trailer we dropped?
  • The Dawning is here! Eva Levante is back in the Tower with cookies and gifts.
  • Celebrate your Moments of Triumph.
  • Saladin and his Iron Banner are coming back in early January with new rewards.
  • We will talk a bit about secrets.
  • We have the winners of our Ubisoft partnership community contest!
  • You chose your favorite Arbalest ornament.
  • We look back to a few highlights of 2022.
  • And last, we say goodbye to a member of the team.
  • Let’s get on with it.


Last Thursday, we launched a new Destiny 2: Lightfall gameplay trailer during The Game Awards. We hope you enjoyed it, and that it serves as a little tease of what’s coming on February 28. So, how about we watch it one more time?


Do you have your Exotic oven mitts at hand? Because the Dawning is here, and we need to cook, Guardian. We recommend you invest a bit in Resilience to handle the oven heat, maybe some Strength to carry the ingredients, and even some Intellect to remember the preferred recipes of everyone around the Tower and beyond.

If you want more information about this heartwarming, cookie-eating, and not-asking-questions-about-the-ingredients Seasonal event, we have a wonderful article with all the information you might need.

There’s a new quest to complete, a new recipe for a certain cheeky Ghost, snowballs to throw, and, of course, some wonderful rewards. Old favorites are coming back with new perks and an Origin Trait, and we also have a new Stasis Omolon Lightweight Pulse Rifle called Stay Frosty PR7.

Go talk to Abuelita (Granny) Eva in the Tower to start. The Dawning will run until January 3, 2023.

And now, check out some of the fancy new things you’ll find during the event this year. There are also exclusive unlockable items linked to the upgraded Event Card available for Silver.

Destiny 2 Stay Frosty PR7

Destiny 2 The Dawning 2022


We’re making a note here: Go complete your personal Moments of Triumph, Guardians! There’s a new Ghost and a Sparrow waiting for you. We are sure you already have some unlocked since these Triumphs are based on some of your greatest successes during the year. Once you have unlocked 28 of the 30, you can equip the MMXXII emblem and Title and, if you feel like it, acquire the real-life Seal, the patch, and/or the T-Shirt available at the Bungie Store!


Valus Forge also has a gift for you! And by that, we mean a new Iron Banner week with new loot and a new game mode to get the hang of. The Titan previously known as Lord Saladin might be an old wolf, but he can still learn a few new tricks.

Iron Banner returns on January 3 with a new game mode called Fortress where you capture and hold zones while defeating opponents, but there’s a twist. A Cabal twist! The objectives will change once Caiatl and her troops get involved, but we are not revealing the exact details of how Fortress works because we want you to run up that hill yourselves.

During Season of the Seraph, players will have a chance to earn two returning Iron Banner weapons, the Dark Decider Auto Rifle and the Gunnora’s Axe Slug Shotgun, both with new perks and the Iron Banner Origin Trait. For the complete list of weapons in the loot pool, check the TWAB from December 1.

And, of course, there’s an Iron Banner armor refresh. Wolf cloak? Mohawk helmet? The best robes on this side of the Nessus Radiolaria lake? You got it.


As Game2Give 2022 enters its second week, we have an exciting announcement to make. A Ghost of Dawning past has appeared for a limited time. Resurrected from 2019, the Gilded Shell is now available alongside the Ghost of Dawning present, the new Tenderhearted Shell, for all donations $60 or more!

For those of you who have already donated $60 or more to this year’s campaign, your Gilded Shell is waiting for you back at your redemption portal to redeem to your account.

We have already raised more than $500,000 through the community’s generous support! Game2Game runs until December 22 and there is plenty of time to get involved:

  • Donate to earn both exclusive Game2Give Ghost Shells.
  • Register to fundraise and join the Light Keepers Guild.
  • Tune in to our Featured Streamer marathon.

Head over to to learn about Little Lights, donate, or fundraise—all while earning some incredible in-game incentives.

A new child receives care through the Little Lights program every 8.4 minutes, all thanks to your generosity and support of our mission.


There were some rumors swirling around that Bungie was done making secrets forever. While the record was corrected, we wanted to talk a bit about this subject and the feedback we have been seeing from players hungry for surprise content. Here is Assistant Game Director Robbie Stevens to share some of our thoughts.

Robbie Stevens: We wanted to take a moment to address the community’s feedback around secrets in Destiny 2. But before we get started, if you take one thing away from this communication, let it be that the people working on Destiny 2 believe that secrets are an important part of this franchise, and we’re dedicated to delivering secret experiences, both small and large, throughout the coming year.

First and foremost, let’s address the Reddit AMA about the difficulty of encrypting content that brought this conversation to a head. Datamining and leaks are not unique problems to Destiny 2. Every live game deals with this issue because it’s one of the most challenging engineering problems in games today. That said, our communication was misinterpreted to mean that we were no longer building secret experiences, which is false. We’ve delivered hidden and secret story beats and content this year and will continue to do so next year.

For some in the community, ‘secrets’ have come to mean either a secret mission or a puzzle. It’s understandable that the community is hungry for more of this content and is interpreting any hidden thing we do as a signpost of something bigger to come. Just understand that we’ll never openly reveal a secret mission or puzzle before it goes live and that, although we’re intentionally hiding things for you to discover in every release, not every secret can be something as big as a mission or puzzle.

Looking back on the past year, The Witch Queen was a release containing a fair share of secrets, and the experiences on the Throne World were directly influenced by content like secret missions and dungeons. Additionally, as many of you have noticed, we’ve been layering teases and secrets about future content throughout our stories, lore entries, and world-building leading up to Lightfall. However, we know that you want more. We know that we haven’t released a secret mission that scratches the same itch as Presage, Zero Hour, or The Whisper this year. Those missions were some of the most challenging content for our teams to build, which is why we’ve only released at most one secret mission within a twelve-month period. But as we’ve developed our plans leading to Lightfall and beyond, I want to reassure you that the community’s feedback is heard loud and clear, and “putting more secrets into Destiny 2” is an initiative our teams have been working on for months before this conversation recently came to a head. Some secrets will be small, some will be large, some will come next year, and some are right around the corner, but I promise you that we’ve got a talented group of people who love this type of content and who know what it means for the community to discover and experience it.


Remember when we told you back in August that you would have the chance to vote for a weapon to get a new ornament designed by a community artist? Time flies! Long story short, Arbalest won, the community artist StellarStateLogic drafted three options for you to vote for, and today is the day we tell you which one was the fan favorite. We counted the votes, we checked the numbers against each other, and the winner with 55.5% of the votes is…

Design #3: Synthwave

We are always excited to see what the community votes for. Now, please be a bit patient while the team implements the design on our beloved Linear Fusion Rifle. And thanks one more time to StellarStateLogic for their awesome work.

Player Support Report

Yours, in time.

So, you’ve helped the Eliksni rebuild their quarters (or at least, provided a solid start to a new home), what next? Well, quite a few things have happened since then and we’ve got some updates on known issues. To go over what’s coming down the pipeline, we’ve got our epic Player Support Team here with some updates.

Do your thing, Player Support!

Known Issues List  |  Help Forums  |  Bungie Help Twitter


With the launch of the Dawning, we have learned of some potential inconsistencies with Eva’s inventory and quest steps. Players can review the following information if they have difficulty locating their quests or ovens:

  • Players who want to obtain the Dawning quest on multiple characters may need to view all pages of Eva’s inventory to find the quest.
  • The Dawning quest can only be completed once per account.
  • If one character has already obtained the Cookie Delivery Helper quest step, alternate characters will need to obtain the quest step from the Quest Archive in the Tower, not from Eva.


While we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help forum:

  • The Emberwick Ghost Shell’s preview is cut off at the top of the screen.
  • The Festively Armed daily bounty awards Balanced Flavors but does not require defeating combatants with Void energy.
  • The Unstoppable Hand Cannon mod may play audio for an extended length of time when aiming down sights on any weapon.
  • The Jade Rabbit Exotic Scout Rifle is currently disabled due to an issue.

For a full list of emergent issues in Destiny 2, players can review our Known Issues article. Players who observe other issues should report them to our #Help forum.

Thanks for reading!


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