Destiny 2’s Guardian Games is all about proving which class is truly better. Running until May 15th, this event has players completing medals and earning points for their respective teams. At the end of each day (and the event!) users will be able to flaunt their standing via a new Class Item that is colored either bronze, silver, or gold. The key to completing Medals are Laurels, a new item that drops from enemies and rival players. However, Laurels have a fairly vague description of how they drop, but thankfully it’s actually a pretty easy system to learn.
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How to Get Laurels
The way you get Laurels appears to remain the same every week according to light.gg. Revolving around the new exotic Ghost Shell quest, players can produce Laurels by killing enemies with Supers, grenades, or charged melee abilities. Doing so will drop a mote on the ground that you can collect. The color will vary depending on which class you are playing, so keep this in mind when you are in mixed fireteams.
- Yellow – Warlock
- Red – Titan
- Blue – Hunter
Laurels are worth points, which will make progress towards your quest, medals, and bounties. You will get one point for picking up Laurels the opposing class produces and three for ones of your own. So if I’m a Warlock and I pick up a Hunter Laurel I will only earn a single point, while one of my own nets three. The game doesn’t physically drop extra Laurels, just their value is weighed differently. You will not earn Laurels by completing activities.
Where to Farm Laurels
If you are looking to farm Laurels then there are a few solid choices at your disposal. Strikes are always a solid option since they coincide with the Medals and bounties for Guardian Games. Keep in mind you will need to do the Strike playlist for some Medals. But if you are looking to farm Laurels without completing a secondary mission then The Hollowed Lair, Strange Terrain, Lake of Shadows, and Savathun’s Song. These Strikes have a high amount of low tier enemies that are perfect for farming grenade or ability kills.
If you don’t feel like doing Strikes, the Kingship Dock, Core Terminus, and Chamber of Starlight Lost Sectors are all terrific farming spots. Alternatively, you can just participate in Seraph Tower, Escalation Protocol, or Blind Well activities, but getting ability kills is a little inconsistent since there will be multiple people with you. I recommend sticking to the Lost Sectors listed above, especially if you are a solo person trying to maximize the amount of Laurels you earn.
Unless you’re completing bounties or Medals just avoid PVP. It’s not an ideal activity for farming, especially when you need a large volume of Laurels for certain quests. Gambit is also iffy, mainly because after the first round enemies can withstand grenades or charged melee punches. You can still get a lot of Laurels in Gambit, but trying to collect the colored motes alongside the regular ones can lead to headaches.
Warlock Laurel Farming
For Warlocks, there are two builds I strongly suggest using if you want to have an easier time farming. First is the top tree Dawnblade and Sunbracers combo. This lets you constantly refresh your melee ability, so you can spam Solar grenades at your enemies. It’s a blunt, but effective strategy that allows you to easily produce a ton of Laurels for you and your team. For those who prefer Arc, Getaway Artist, Monte Carlo, and middle tree Stormcaller gives you a different avenue for collecting Laurels. While not as efficient as the Solar build, it can be quite effective and far more hands-free.
Hunter Laurel Farming
Hunters have some pretty solid options, but my personal favorite is a combination of top tree Arcstrider, Liar’s Handshake, and your bottom dodge roll. Together, these allow you to just roll around enemies to refresh your melee charge to full so you can punch them. So long as there are foes around, you will always get your melee back if you roll close to them. It’s completely possible to clear out an entire room by just charged melee punches with this build. If tumbling around like a dryer isn’t your jam, then the Raiden Flux and Gwisin Vest helped extend the duration of your Super. It’s not as flashy, but you’ll be able to make good use of your Super with these exotics.
Titan Laurel Farming
Finally, Titans should absolutely rock the Hallowfire Heart as it greatly increases your ability regeneration when your Super is full. This trade-off is well worth it since you’ll be able to spam grenades and Titan punches with far more frequency. Combine this with your middle tree Hammer of Sol to constantly have your flaming hammer off cooldown. Just make sure to pick it up after you throw it! Insurmountable Skullfort, Severance Enclosure, Armamentarium, and the ACD/0 Feedback Fence are all decent backup plans if you feel like using other sub-classes.
We’re in the process of playing the early stages of the Guardian Games event. Make sure to check our guides section later for more information including how to get the new exotic auto rifle, details on the triumphs, and much more! Thanks as always for the continued support, Guardians. Get out there and fight!