Destiny 2 Season 18 Release Date Status, Arc 3.O, New Raid, Iron Banner & Crucible and Guns

Season 18 of Destiny 2 is on the horizon, and undoubtedly, it looks like it’s going to be a bigger one. However, the exact seasonal activities aren’t known, but we do have an idea that the Arc subclass is having its hardly required amendment to be compatible with Solar and Void. A new raid will also be there, supposed to be a returning favorite from the previous game.

Apart from all of these, it’s also getting some weekly missions, armor, seasonal weapons, and ornaments, along with the returning modes such as Trials of Osiris and a new edition of the Iron Banner. Read the full article below to know about Destiny 2 Season 18 release date and a new raid, Arc 3.0, and others.

Destiny 2 Season 18 Release Date

Destiny 2 Season 8 is scheduled to be launched on August 23, 2022. The weekly maintenance takes place at 6 p.m. and after that, you can proceed straight into the upcoming season. Generally, servers get overloaded immediately following the reset, though, after a couple of hours, you can play.  

Destiny 2 Arc 3.0

There are changes that have been introduced to the Arc subclass of Destiny 2 Season 18 similar to the Solar 3.0 and Void 3.0 that opens in a new tab prior to that. It will have a number of fragments and aspects to unveil and fix up, revamping your playstyle, though we can also expect new damage super for Hunters as they just have one currently.

Taking into account the game’s Arc., it seems as if chain-lightning or blind might contribute as keywords, however, this is just a speculation as of now. You need to get your hands into any Arc-based exotics from Xur ahead of the upcoming season if you sought to prepare for an Arc build. 

What Is the New Raid in Destiny 2?

The new season also comes up with an all-new raid. Whilst the definite raid would not be disclosed before the launch of Destiny 2, we are aware that it’s a changed raid from the original game, identical to Vault of Glass. It will be live on August 26 at 6 p.m. BST and there will be the first race in the world to see which fireteam can finish all the challenges. 

For the initial 24 hours, the raid will be released in contest mode, and following that it will be accessible normally, but the anticipated power level will be 1560. Whilst we aren’t sure about which raid it will be, it will be either Wrath of the Machine or King’s Fall and the latter one is the most infamous raid ever. 

During a September 2021 interview, Joe Blackburn, who is the game director of Destiny 2 said about the Crota’s end: “We know we want to bring back a banger. So, it’s really about the complexity of bringing the raids from D1 to D2. I think by saying it will be one of the big raids, that takes one out of the equation.” 

Destiny 2 Season 18 Iron Banner and Crucible

Season 18 is also coming up with a new Iron Banner named Eruption which is all about kill streaks; the higher kills you land in a row, the higher points you will be able to score, and the more energy you regenerate for your powers. Moreover, after you make your way to 5-kills and be “Primed”, you will explode after 15 seconds if you do not continue to score kills. In the next season, Rift will be replaced by Eruption.

The Crucible is revamped as well. As Bungie indicated that in the next season, they are considering launching skill-based matchmaking in the Control playlist in order to make PvP a bit fairer and also beginner friendly. Though, they do not intend to include this in each Crucible playlist and will continue to tune as the season advances. 


Ultimately, in the new season, several weapons are being taken out of circulation: 

  • Peace bond (Iron Banner sidearm)
  • Archon’s Thunder (Iron Banner machine gun)
  • PLUG ONE.1 (Nightfall fusion rifle)
  • Hothead (Nightfall rocket launcher)
  • Eye of Sol (Trials of Osiris sniper rifle)
  • The Summoner (Trials of Osiris auto rifle)

But you can still have PLUG ONE.1 in the GM Nightfall every week that begins on the 9th of August, whereas you can get your hands on the Trials of Osiris weapons on weekends. Stay tuned to to know more about such news.