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10 Bounty tips for quick XP in Destiny

The tricks of the trade to boost your Guardian to Legendary status quickly.
Written by Nathan Irvine
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If you're farming XP in Destiny, the tried and tested tricks work best. Bungie’s sci-fi shooter is rich with exploits that have existed since it launched in 2014. To reach Legendary status, you must grind missions, multiplayer, Strikes and more. Bungie knows only too well that the struggle is real for those wanting to reach the top, which is why we think it hasn’t patched out the more notable farming spots for specific Bounties.
Destiny
Destiny
We won’t complain. After all, half the fun of Destiny is the incremental advances that you make with weapons and your character, each unlock sending a fizzy feeling through your belly. So keeping these somewhat ‘cheaty’ areas is fine by us.
So whether you’re a seasoned Guardian looking for that extra leap up or a gritty lvl 20 shooter wanting to toughen up a little, these old Bounty exploits will see you right. Remember Vanguard and Eris Morn Bounties are found at the Tower. And the Reef ones are found at the, erm, Reef. You ready? Then let’s do this… Oh, one final thing. We've assumed you've already reached lvl 20. No? Go and finish the Story mode. Now let's do this!
1. Exalted Hive | Vanguard | Kill 10 Hive Majors or Ultras | 5000XP
Destiny
Destiny
Jump into the Cosmodrome Patrol (read: free roam). Head to the left until you come across a shack with a set of stairs leading down. Zip down the steps, turn right and then right again until you see a room with electronic equipment dotted about the place.
Three Hive enemies - the ones with the gold bars - will come out. Drop 'em, and then head back up the stairs for a few seconds. The enemies will then respawn, so you can repeat this process until you reach ten.
2. In The Zone | Vanguard | Capture 10 zones in Control | 2500XP
Destiny
Destiny
This is probably one of the easiest Bounties to complete in multiplayer. Jump into a game of Control (the one where you capture flags) and then follow the majority of your chums to the nearest checkpoint.
The beauty of this Bounty is that it mostly involves standing still, so even if it’s your first step into the killing fields of the Crucible you should be able to complete it within two matches.
3. Overcharge | Vanguard | Kill two enemies at once with a Fusion Rifle, 20 Times | 5000XP
Destiny
Destiny
Drop into the Dark Beyond story mission on the Moon. Complete all of the checkpoints until you descend towards the Temple of Crota. You’ll know you’re in the right spot because a cutscene kicks in showing a fallen Guardian before the doors open and all hell breaks loose.
Stand near the door with your Fusion Rifle ready. Wait for the Hive to pour out and you’ll get the perfect opportunity to line up two kills for one shot. You’ll need to ‘Go To Orbit’ a couple of times, but the checkpoint on your return to the mission will put you right before the cutscene.
4. Walking Tall | Vanguard | Complete any Strike without dying | 5000XP
Destiny
Destiny
The Devils’ Lair is so easy even your dog could complete it, so do this Strike for this Bounty. All you have to do is remember not to get too cocky. So no charging into battle with melee attacks, ok? Good.
Play each separate stage of this Strike by staying out of heavy fire and you’ll breeze this for a cool 5000XP in no time. Pro tip: Pick up the Prime Target Bounty from the Reef and take out Sepiks Prime to earn 10000XP in one go.
5. Fallen Leaders | Vanguard | Kill 10 Fallen Majors or Ultras | 5000XP
Destiny
Destiny
Head to the Cosmodrome on Patrol and then jump on your Sparrow to the Rocketyard. In the far right corner (see image) a number of different enemies appear. Take out each wave and you’ll come across two Reaver Vandals.
Blast them down and then wander around for a bit until the next wave hits. Repeat the killing of each group and the two Reaver Vandals will soon arrive.
6. Targets | Vanguard | Kill boss in specific story mission | 5000XP each
Destiny
Destiny
Right then, there are quite a few target Bounties for you to get busy with - twelve, in fact. They’re all really simple to find as the Bounty tells you the mission you need to fire up to find them. You’ll need to set the difficulty with a Heroic modifier (choose the first/easiest). While we’re not going to break down each boss battle - just shoot them until they fall - we’ve got an even handier tip for you.
As soon as you down one of these targets, ‘Go to Orbit’ immediately before the cutscene or end of level babble kicks in. Why? Well, if you ever get this Bounty again you can drop in right before the boss without having to shoot through the preamble again. Clever, eh?
7. Cabal Command | Vanguard | Kill 10 Cabal Majors or Ultras | 5000XP
Destiny
Destiny
You’ll want the Exclusion Zone mission on Mars for this one. Just follow the instructions and head to the bit where your ghost tries to break into a security system. It will set off an alarm and lots of Cabal will descend on the area.
There’s one dropship that appears that unleashes a number of Cabal Majors. Kill as many as you can, obviously, but here you have two choices: 1) Leave one Major alive so he can kill you and you respawn to fight them all again, or 2) ‘Go To Orbit’ and restart the mission without the death. It’s up to you.
8. Blades Of Crota | Eris Morn | Hunt the Knights who serve as Blades of Crota on Earth and the Moon | 3750XP
Destiny
Destiny
The sword-wielding Knights will appear from time to time on Earth and the Moon, but the best place to farm them is at the Rocketyard on Cosmodrome Patrol. You must kill three of them.
A timely method is to wait in the Rocketyard and then dash to one of two locations when an in-game message says the ritual has begun. If you’re quick, you can whack them and their cronies before they even step foot out of their room. This leads us nicely onto...
9. Cut Them Down | Eris Morn | Kill Hive using a Blade’s Sword on Earth | 3750XP
Destiny
Destiny
You can dual-wield this Bounty with the one above for maximum XP. As soon as you kill a Knight, grab the sword and start slicin’ and dicin’ the Hive that are around the Rocketyard. You’ll have to polish off 15 Hive to grab this Bounty.
10. Revengeance | Vanguard | Earn 5 Postmortem Medals | 5000XP
Destiny
Destiny
All you need to achieve this Bounty is a set of grenades - preferably of the sticky variety - and a quick reflex. As soon as it looks as though you’re going to die just fling out a grenade and laugh as your killer is sent back to his maker via your quickly tossed explosive.
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