Over the lifespan of the original Destiny, the armor designs kept getting more and more flashy. Each expansion paired its specific theme to its visuals, including the on-character gear designs. We got a bunch of Hive armor and weapons with The Dark Below, Taken themed items with The Taken King, and SIVA ridden gear with Rise of Iron. With Destiny 2, Bungie kicked things off by destroying the tower. Because of this, much of the base armor in the game is pieced together. Everything looks salvaged and scrapped together. We’ve certainly seen hints of more flashy armor from things like Trials of the Nine, the Season of Opulence, and now Solstice of Heroes. We’re getting back to the place where armor feels like something to show off rather than just being functionally better.
With the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion coming in October, I figured it’d also be a good time to look back at some of the armor from Destiny 1. Our hopes are high if the new moon-themed armor is the new standard.
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Allen Lee is currently a Senior Artist at Epic Games, but prior to that they worked on Destiny and Destiny 2. Their work includes lots of exotics, Trials of the Nine gear for Destiny 2, and some of the latter updates in the original game.
Siva Titan Armor
Ornamented Rise of Iron Warlock
Ironlord Warlock – Rise of Iron
James Yavorsky is currently a Principle Artist at Polyarc. They’ve worked on a handful of original armor sets and enemy designs from Destiny 1.
Trials of Osiris Warlock
Apex Harmonic Warlock – House of Wolves
Iron Banner Titan
Mike Jensen is also a Principle Artist at Polyarc. Their ArtStation profile is full of high quality renders of armor sets before they’re put into the game. That means they’re at way higher resolutions and look much better than the game engine itself can handle. So go check those out if you’re interested!
Infinite Lines Titan
Crota’s End Warlock
Ian McIntosh is currently a Senior Character Artist at Bungie. As such, they have the most armor sets to show out of the artists we’re featuring. Seriously, there’s a ton! Most are from The Taken King or later, however, and not the base game.
TTK Chroma Superior
TTK NM Chroma
Foresttracker Hunter – Taken King
Rise of Iron Hunter – House of Wolves
Blood Assassin Hunter – House of Wolves
Keeper Warlock – The Taken King
Spektar Hunter – Taken King
Desolate Warlock – Taken King
Manifold Seeker – Rise of Iron, The Dawning
Snow Angel Hunter – Rise of Iron
Crystalline Warlock – Rise of Iron
Vault of Glass Raid Armor w/ Kabr Ornament – Age of Triumph
Crota’s End Raid Armor w/ Willbreaker Ornament – Age of Triumph
King’s Fall Raid Armor w/ Harrowed Darkhollow Ornament – Age of Triumph
Spliced Nanomania Hunter – Rise of Iron
Cobra’s Vigil Warlock – Rise of Iron, Trials of Osiris