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Shadowkeep is the fourth paid expansion to Destiny 2, released on October 1, 2018.[1] After being revealed on June 6, 2019 via livestream, it was announced that the expansion would release on September 17, 2019. However, on August 1, 2019, Luke Smith and Mark Noseworthy wrote a news post on Bungie's website stating that they felt a delay was necessary, pushing the release of Shadowkeep back two weeks to October 1, 2019.[2]

Alongside Shadowkeep launched a rebranded release of Destiny 2 known as Destiny 2: New Light. New Light replaced the paid base game of Destiny 2, as it includes Destiny 2, Curse of Osiris, and Warmind, all free of charge.[1] It was also at this time that Destiny 2 became available on Steam, and that cross-platform progression was added to the game.[1]

Shadowkeep was the first release in the Destiny franchise that was self-published by Bungie, as the company had separated from their previous publisher and partner in developing Destiny and Destiny 2, Activision, as announced on January 10, 2019.[3] This shift had the side effect of Bungie losing the supporting developers of High Moon Studios and Vicarious Visions at Activision, who had helped them develop Destiny 2, Forsaken, and the Forsaken Annual Pass content. However, it also offered Bungie more flexibility and freedom in developing and releasing Destiny content.

The events of the expansion revolve around the reintroduction of Eris Morn into the story of Destiny, after being absent since the events of Destiny 2. It follows the Guardian working with Eris after she discovers a Pyramid of the Black Fleet on the Moon, which provokes the Hive, and unleashes the dark Nightmares throughout Sol.


Major Characters Major Antagonists Minor Characters & Antagonists
  • Zavala
  • Toland, the Shattered
  • Sanctified Mind, Sol Inherent
  • Consecrated Mind, Sol Inherent
  • Zulmak, Instrument of Torment


The events of Shadowkeep are kicked off when Eris Morn, while investigating a recently erected Hive structure, the Scarlet Keep, discovers a Pyramid of the Black Fleet beneath the surface of the Moon. This unleashes Nightmares throughout the solar system, and sends the Hive of the Moon into a frenzy. The increased Hive activity prompts Zavala to send Guardians, including the Guardian, to the Moon to reestablish a foothold. The Guardian fights through waves of Hive and into the Scarlet Keep, eventually reaching a cavern where they are faced by the Nightmares of Crota, Son of Oryx, the Fanatic, and Dominus Ghaul. After engaging them, it is clear they cannot be beaten, although the Guardian is able to recover an unknown essence from the Nightmare of Crota. Eris Morn then arrives, not a moment too late, and performs an enchantment to rescue the Guardian. After their inquiring, Eris informs the Guardian about the Pyramid and the Nightmares, and the mysteries therein. Claiming that, in order to know more, they must find a way inside the Pyramid.[4]

Eris takes the essence obtained by the Guardian and tasks them with investigating the Hive near the Scarlet Keep.[5] It is discovered that the Hive are unaffected by the Nightmares, but the mission is interrupted as Eris is attacked in the Sanctuary by the Nightmare of Omnigul. Through the attack, she learns that Nightmare essence can be used against the Nightmares, thanks to the essence retrieved from the Nightmare of Crota.[6] Further, she realizes that she can combine Nightmare essence with Hive curios in order to craft Dreambane armor, which can empower the Guardian against Nightmares,[7] as well as allow them to pierce the veil surrounding the Pyramid.[8] After defeating the Nightmare of Omnigul, the Guardian delves into the Scarlet Keep to face Hashladûn, Daughter of Crota. In defeating Hashladûn, it is learned of the existence of a Cryptoglyph that the Hive are using to protect themselves from the Nightmares.[9] Leading the Guardian into the Hellmouth to retrieve it for themselves.[10] Upon returning with the Cryptoglyph, the Guardian is able to empower Eris' Lectern of Enchantment with the Hive artifact. Allowing them to craft additional armor from Nightmare essences.[11]

After a visit from Ikora Rey, granting Eris the blessing and support of the Vanguard, the Guardian begins felling more Nightmares to gather essences. With which they can craft the remaining pieces of Dreambane armor once cleansed, using the Cryptoglyph.[12] Once the final piece is crafted, the Guardian dons the full set of Dreambane armor, and heads toward the Pyramid. As they approach, the Pyramid possesses the Ghost, and the Guardian is pulled inside the Pyramid. The Pyramid tells the Guardian of the failures of the Light, as the Guardian faces the Nightmare of Ghaul, the Fanatic, and Crota. Until the Guardian reaches the end of the path, meeting a veiled statue, and being granted an unknown artifact. The Guardian is then brought to the Black Garden, where they are confronted by the Darkness appearing as themselves, claiming they are humanity's salvation. Once finished, the Guardian is returned to the Moon, where they meet with Eris, who explains that the Darkness is spinning lies, and that they should focus on halting the spread of Nightmares going forward.[13]


Launch Editions

Edition Price Contents
Digital Standard Edition $34.99 USD
  • Shadowkeep
  • Active Season Pass
Digital Deluxe Edition $59.99 USD
  • Shadowkeep
  • Season of the Undying
  • Season of the Worthy
  • Season of Dawn
  • Season of Arrivals
  • Eris Morn Exotic Ghost Shell
  • Hearing Whispers Emote
  • Benighted Omen Emblem
Collector's Edition $149.99 USD (Game Code)
$89.99 USD (No Game Code)
  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Digital Deluxe Edition*
  • Hive Cryptoglyph Replica
  • Metal Luna Mission Container
  • Luna Mission Handbook
  • Luna Journal
  • Artifacts from the Golden Age
  • Cryptologist Emblem
  • Eris Morn Exotic Ghost Shell
  • Hearing Whispers Emote
  • Benighted Omen Emblem
*Only included in a Game Code version of the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Collector's Edition.

Digital Standard Edition

The base edition of Shadowkeep was priced at $34.99 USD, and also included the currently active season pass during Year 3.[14]

Digital Deluxe Edition

The Digital Deluxe Edition of Shadowkeep includes the four Year 3 season passes in addition to the base expansion for $59.99 USD.[14] If the Digital Deluxe Edition was purchased after any Year 3 seasons had concluded, the excess season passes were refunded as Silver (1,000 Silver per season pass) by the time Year 4 began.[15] It also includes a set of three cosmetic items, the Eris Morn Exotic Ghost Shell, the Hearing Whispers Emote, and the Benighted Omen Emblem.[16]

Collector's Edition

Shadowkeep's collector's edition included various items themed around the events of the expansion's campaign as well as elements of the Moon destination such as the K1 mission. It also included the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Original Soundtrack digitally, as well as the cosmetic items included in the Digital Deluxe Edition.[16] It could be purchased with or without a code for the Shadowkeep Digital Deluxe Edition, for $149.99 USD with the code, and $89.99 USD without.[14]

Bonuses and Related Releases

Preorder Bonuses

Digital Items
  • Two-Tailed Fox Exotic Rocket Launcher
  • Chasing Kitsune Two-Tailed Fox Ornament

A preorder of any edition of Shadowkeep would allow players to receive the Two-Tailed Fox Exotic Rocket Launcher and a newly introduced ornament for the weapon called Chasing Kitsune. These items could be claimed from Eris Morn after completing the introductory mission of the expansion.[16]

Destiny 2: Upgrade Edition

Shadowkeep was included as part of the Upgrade Edition of Destiny 2, which became available alongside the release of Shadowkeep. For $49.99 USD, it included Forsaken, the Forsaken Annual Pass, Shadowkeep, and a season pass for the active year 3 season.[17] It was eventually replaced by the Destiny 2: Legendary Edition which became available at the start of Year 4.[18]

Destiny 2: Legendary Edition

As mentioned, in Year 4 of Destiny 2, Shadowkeep was included as part of the Destiny 2: Legendary Edition. This edition of the game was priced at $79.99 USD and it included all of the annual expansions of Destiny 2, Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and Beyond Light.[18]


The Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Original Soundtrack was composed by Michael Salvatori, Skye Lewin, Josh Mosser, Michael Sechrist, Rotem Moav, and Pieter Schlosser. It is only available digitally, purchasable on the Bungie Store. It was also included with a purchase of the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Collector's Edition. It contained 22 tracks spanning one hour and six minutes, making it the shortest soundtrack of an annual expansion in Destiny to date.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Original Soundtrack
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Soundtrack 1.jpg
Composed by Michael Salvatori, Skye Lewin, Josh Mosser, Michael Sechrist, Rotem Moav, and Pieter Schlosser.
1 Eden 1:43
2 Shadowkeep 3:37
3 Terroris Somnum 3:40
4 Call to Arms 2:20
5 Whispers in the Dark 2:05
6 Eye of the Storm 3:07
7 Dark Horizons 3:37
8 Bloodline 3:31
9 Solitude 2:36
10 Necropolis 2:18
11 Storm the Keep 2:52
12 On the Hunt 2:40
13 Hashladûn’s Fall 3:17
14 Unworthy 3:09
15 Forgotten Wounds 2:36
16 Heretical Omen 3:00
17 Respite 3:08
18 Escape the Abyss 3:09
19 Salvation 1:48
20 Apparitions 3:20
21 Temptation 3:58
22 The Sanctified Mind 3:43
22 tracks // 1 hour 6 minutes

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