Destiny 2 Chalice of Opulence Guide — Runes, Rewards, Menagerie

Destiny 2 Season of Opulence brings a whole new way to “grow fat from strength,” as the great Emperor Calus would say. It’s time to return to his Leviathan ship, raid his Menagerie, and fill up the brand new Chalice of Opulence to earn the season’s new weapons. It’s time, dear readers, for our Chalice of Opulence guide to Destiny 2!

“Calus would see you grow fat from strength,” Bungie said in a blog post about the Chalice of Opulence. “During Season of Opulence, he will be granting players the Chalice of Opulence, which serves as players’ gateway to treasure. Players who emerge victorious in the Menagerie will use the Chalice to serve up an offering of runes in exchange for the weapons and gear they choose from the selection of items available. The treasure you find will be limited at first, but over time you’ll be able to upgrade the Chalice to acquire more plentiful and powerful rewards.”

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But what does that mean, exactly? It certainly paints a pretty picture, but we’re here for the nitty gritty facts. Thankfully, the developer has us covered. Here’s how Bungie says the Chalice of Opulence actually works in Destiny 2.

  • Earn runes to slot on your Chalice through the following:
      • Completing weekly bounties
      • Opening up the weekly chests on the new Nessus Barge
      • Using a consumable that will reward you a rune after a strike, Crucible, or Gambit completion
          • The same consumable will also give other players in your fireteam a chance to earn an additional rune
  • Slot the runes into your Chalice before you enter the Menagerie
  • Play the Menagerie in Destiny 2 to earn your rewards
  • Completing the Menagerie will award you the gear you chose with your rune setup
      • Each rune affects what you receive and some of its properties, depending on how you slot them

There are going to be a lot of different combinations of runes to create specific weapons with specific perks, but Bungie offered one “freebie” so far. For a “Beloved” Sniper Rifle with Handling as its Masterwork trait, you would use a Rune of Jubilation, any red rune, and any purple rune.

Note that you can purchase two different buffs from Werner 99-40:

  • Runefinder: Increases the chances of finding Chalice runes in strikes, Crucible matches, and Gambit matches. Allied Guardians who also have the buff active increase everyone’s odds of earning runes.
  • Wealth of the Emperor: Significantly increases the chance of earning Imperials from strikes, Gambit, and the Crucible. Greatly increases the chance of earning Imperials in the Menagerie. Effect lasts until Imperials are earned.

That’s just one example of many, many combinations. Check back here for combinations of runes as they become available.

Chalice of Opulence Rune Combinations

There are 256 possible rune combinations. Needless to say, we won’t be listing them all here. Rather, this is just a quick roundup of options. Head on over to this community maintained spreadsheet for a better look.

  • Austringer – Rune of Desire + Rune of the Beast
  • Bad Omens – Rune of Ambition + Rune of Joy
  • Badlander – Rune of Wealth + Rune of Desire
  • Calus Mini-Tool – Rune of the Beast + Rune of Joy
  • Dreaded Venture – Rune of Jubilation + Rune of Joy
  • Fixed Odds – Rune of Ambition + Rune of Pride
  • Trackless Waste – Rune of the Beast + Rune of Ambition
  • Twilight Oath – Rune of Jubilation + Rune of Joy
  • Zenobia-D – Rune of Ambition + Rune of Gluttony

How to Upgrade the Chalice of Opulence

Destiny 2 Season of Opulence will offer a slew of new Triumphs and bounties to complete. These will, in turn, reward a new currency called “Imperials.” You can use Imperials to upgrade the Chalice and further acquire different perks with different kinds of effects — “from giving you more powerful rewards per week to allowing you to choose the specific gun and Masterwork stat you get from the Menagerie!”

You can also earn Imperials by completing weekly bounties, certain Triumphs, using special consumables, and through Chalice upgrades that allow you to earn Imperials from playlist activities. You can also get them from the chests on the Nessus Barge. These chests reset weekly.

The gameplay loop for the Chalice is to play the Menagerie activity, which is also new for Season of Opulence. Head to the Leviathan and into the Menagerie to fight enemies and complete objectives, and eventually the Chalice will grow in power. What’s coolest is that you can choose which upgrades you unlock first!

Chalice of Opulence Upgrades

You can unlock various upgrades for the Chalice of Opulence which help you earn better and more frequent rewards. In total it’ll cost 36,000 Imperials to fully upgrade your Chalice. Thanks to Charlemagne for rounding these up.

  • Rune Bonus I (2500 imperials) – Grants an additional rune from Werner 99-40’s bounties and Runefinder consumables.
  • Rune Bonus II (3500 imperials – One actively slotted rune is refunded upon looting the final chest in the Menagerie.
  • Rune Bonus III (6000 imperials) – Grants a chance to gain an additional non-powerful reward from the final chest in the Menagerie during Season of Opulence.
  • Power and Efficiency I (2500 imperials) – Grants an additional weekly powerful reward from the final chest in the Menagerie and unlocks chests found on the Imperial Barge on Nessus.
  • Power and Efficiency II (3500 imperials) – Grants an additional weekly powerful reward from the final chest in the Menagerie. Playlist activities may now rarely award Imperials.
  • Power and Efficiency III (6000 imperials) – Weekly powerful rewards from the final chest in the Menagerie will now drop a Season of Opulence mod.
  • Rune Compatibility I (1000 imperials) – Grants the ability to obtain and slot red runes, which can be used to guarantee the drop of class-specific arm and leg armor, as well as Power weapons.
  • Rune Compatibility II (3000 imperials) – Grants the ability to obtain and slot green runes, which can be used to guarantee the drop of class-specific head armor, Hand Cannons, and Sidearms.
  • Rune Compatibility III (8000 imperials) – Grants the ability to obtain and slot blue runes, which can be used to guarantee the drop of class-specific chest armor, Fusion Rifles, and Shotguns.
  • Perfected (Once Chalice is fully upgraded) – Loot sources that ordinarily drop Imperials will now drop runes.

All Chalice of Opulence Runes

Each of the 12 rune types have different effects depending on which slot you put the rune in! They are numbered one through three, from top, left, and then right on the Chalice of Opulence.

As a note, we have not been able to confirm which slot is which! These may be in the wrong rune slot, but the effects are correct.

Rune of Ambition Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to be Power weapons.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have a resilience trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune have average rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Solar-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked reload traits.

Rune of Cunning Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to be gauntlets, gloves, or grips, depending on your class.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a mobility trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have average rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Solar-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked reload traits.

Rune of Desire Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to be Hand Cannons.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a recovery trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have low rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Void-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked range traits.

Rune of Excess Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to be Fusion Rifles.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a recovery trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have average rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Solar-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked stability traits.

Rune of Gluttony Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to be greaves, boots, or strides, depending on your class.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a recovery trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have average rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Solar-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked reload traits.

Rune of Joy Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to be marks, bonds, or cloaks, depending on your class.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a mobility trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have excellent rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Arc-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked handling traits.

Rune of Jubilation Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to be Sniper Rifles.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a resilience trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have high rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Arc-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked handling traits.

Rune of Pleasure Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to be chests, robes, or vests, depending on your class.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a mobility trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have average rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Solar-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked stability traits.

Rune of Pleasure Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to be chests, robes, or vests, depending on your class.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a mobility trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have average rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Solar-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked stability traits.

Rune of the Beast Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to be Submachine Guns.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a recovery trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have excellent rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Arc-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked handling traits.

Rune of War Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to be helms, hoods, or masks, depending on your class.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a mobility trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have low rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Void-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked range traits.

Rune of War Effects

  • Rune Slot 1: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to be Shotguns.
  • Rune Slot 2: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a resilience trait.
  • Rune Slot 2: Weapons rolled with this rune active have average rounds-per-minute traits.
  • Rune Slot 3: Armor rolled with this rune active is guaranteed to have a Masterworked Solar-resistance trait.
  • Rune Slot 3: Weapons rolled with this rune active are guaranteed to have Masterworked stability traits.

Check back here on June 4 once Season of Opulence goes live for more information on the Chalice of Opulence, the Menagerie, and more.

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Scott Duwe

Scott has been writing about video games for the better part of a decade, with bylines at sites like PC Gamer, Dot Esports, Red Bull Esports, and more.

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