How to get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2

Learn how to get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2 so you can focus your attention on the best loot possible.

itting for its name, the Season of Arrivals brings several new features to the game, including Umbral Engrams that can be used to obtain the weapons and armor you’re after instead of relying on the fate of the gods. Below, we’ll talk you through all the methods for how to get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2 so you can secure the power boosts you need.

How to get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2

How to get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2
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Umbral Engrams are an Umbral Gift earned from the Prismatic Recaster (on the Gifts of Light and Dark tab). You can upgrade the Umbral Discovery of the Recaster through three levels to increase your haul from one per activity to three per activity. Doing this as quickly as possible will get you all the engrams you need.

To get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2, you mainly need to take part in the Contact public event, a new activity introduced during the Season of Arrivals. The normal version of the event has a chance of rewarding what we’re after, but completing the Heroic Contact public event will guarantee a nice dose of Umbral Engrams. Our friends at Shacknews have a nice guide for starting the Heroic event, so head over there if you need some advice on that.

While the Contact public event is the best way to get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2, it’s far from the only one. There are a bunch of ways you can increase your haul through new activities and PvP modes. We’ve listed all the ways that we know of the get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2 below:

  • Complete the Contact public event (Heroic guarantees Umbral Engrams)
  • Complete the Contact weekly challenge
  • Rank up your Prismatic Recaster
  • Complete Umbral Discovery Strikes
  • Complete Umbral Discovery Nightfall: The Ordeal
  • Complete Umbral Discovery Crucible matches
  • Complete Umbral Discovery Gambit matches
  • Complete Umbral Discovery Menagerie matches
  • Complete Umbral Discovery Dungeons
  • Complete Umbral Discovery Raids
  • Earn Season Pass rewards
  • Random drops from enemies

In short, there are a lot of different ways to earn Umbral Engrams, so don’t stress too much about where you choose to earn them. Make sure you upgrade the Umbral Discovery of your caster to increase the amount you’re earning. Once you have the Umbral Engrams, you then need to focus them with Altered Element (click here to learn how to get that) in order to get the stuff you’re after.

Related: How to get Twisted Energy in Destiny 2

Hopefully this guide has taught you everything you need to know about how to get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2. Head over to our game hub by clicking here for more tips and tricks for Season of Arrivals.

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