Destiny is home to countless planets, ships, outposts, you name it. Destiny has always been known for its loot and gunplay, however I feel like we need to start appreciating some of these classic destinations (not Mercury) a little bit more. These destinations are all unique in their own way and I love all of them (except Mercury), but there’s a few of these Destiny destinations that I like just a little bit more than some of the others. Seriously, I very strongly dislike Mercury. Unfortunately, with the release of Destiny 2: Beyond Light, some of these destinations such as Titan, Io, The Leviathan, Mars, and Mercury (yay!) were vaulted and removed from the game completely. Thankfully, I wouldn’t have included any of these locations on my list for the top 5 destinations in Destiny, with the exception of maybe The Leviathan, as it was pretty cool, but not a hard favorite. So, let’s get right into my favorite destinations across Destiny and Destiny 2!
5. The Cosmodrome
The very first location that players are dropped into when launching Destiny for the very first time, the Cosmodrome is one of the most nostalgic destinations in Destiny history. The Cosmodrome is located on Earth as part of the Old Russia area and is where players are introduced to Ghost after being resurrected in Fallen territory. The Cosmodrome destination includes areas such as The Steppes, The Divide, Mothyards, Sky Watch, Dry Sea, King’s Watch, Rocket Yard, and the Devil’s Lair. I’ve always loved the Cosmodrome ever since the launch of Destiny, definitely one of my favorite destinations.
Europa is the most recent destination to make its way to the Destiny universe with the release of Destiny 2: Beyond Light in November, 2020. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Europa may remind you a little bit of Hoth, the frozen ice planet from The Empire Strikes Back. Europa is one of the first “live planets” with its dynamic weather system creating a constantly changing experience depending on the length of your journey. Europa had actually been added to the game files of Destiny before Destiny 2 was even conceived, so many players were waiting for the day that Europa would be brought into the game. While I am not the biggest fan of the activities brought into the game with Beyond Light, I actually quite enjoy the atmosphere of Europa it’s a very cool (pun not intended) location and I would like to see more of these “live planets” in the future of Destiny 2. Europa includes areas such as Eventide Ruins, Cadmus Ridge, Asterion Abyss, Charon’s Crossing, and Beyond.
3. The Plaguelands
The Plaguelands was a location in Destiny that came with the launch of Destiny: The Rise of Iron in 2016. This Destiny destination was a variation of a section of the fan-favorite destination, the Cosmodrome. The Plaguelands was overrun by a faction of Fallen soldiers known as the “Devil Splicers” that had been using SIVA technology to enhance their abilities as well as infect the surrounding area with this SIVA technology. The Plaguelands location includes areas such as Bunker Triglav, Doomed Sea, Felwinter Peak, Forgotten Pass, Giant’s Husk, Lords’ Watch, Splicership Menkis-Syn, and The Archon’s Keep as well as the public event Archon’s Forge. Man, I miss Archon’s Forge.
2. The Dreaming City
The Dreaming City was added to Destiny 2 with the 2017 release of Destiny 2: Forsaken. It is one of the most beautiful and stunning locations across all of Destiny and Destiny 2. Home to what many players call the greatest Raid of all time, Last Wish, The Dreaming City is the most sacred location of the Awoken, it is where they study and meditate on greater paracausal powers through dreaming. The Dreaming City is also the location of the Blind Well public activity and is filled with Scorn, Taken, Hive, and Riven, the last known Ahamkara, before Guardians entered The Dreaming City and defeated her. The Dreaming City includes areas such as Divalian Mists, Rheasilvia, and The Strand. This is definitely one of my favorite Destiny destinations and I hope that more like it are introduced to the game.
Destiny: The Taken King is by far one of the best expansions that Destiny has ever had to offer. One of my favorite parts about the expansion is the brand new destination that it brought players – The Dreadnaught. This was a massive Hive ship and home to the Taken King himself, Oryx. As soon as I stepped foot onto The Dreadnaught, I fell in love with it. The ship itself with its Hive decor, the Court of Oryx, and the massive Cabal ship that crash landed directly into The Dreadnaught. This Destiny destination includes areas such as the Altar of Oryx, Gateway, Hull Breach, The Bridge, The Narthex, Dantalion Exodus VI, Court of Oryx, Mausoleum, The Founts, The Asylum, and The Hanging Crypts. The Dreadnaught is, and always will be, one of my favorite Destiny destinations of all time.