Destiny Cometh – Be Prepared With These 8 Steps

Aside from kissing your friends, family, and loved ones goodbye, there are a few important steps you need to take before this Tuesday, September 9. What’s happening this Tuesday, September 9, you ask?

We’re going on an adventure.


But, not one filled with Hobbits, dwarves, and dragons. No. One filled with Guardians, aliens, and space magic. Though, I suppose you will find wizards in both.

We’re going on an adventure in a brave new world forged by the talented minds at one of the most iconic video game studios of our time, Bungie.

September 9 marks the launch of Destiny on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, an always-online, shared-world first-person shooter that puts you in the boots of Earth’s last hope, protectors guided by the Light of The Traveller known as Guardians.

Your enemies will be ferocious and unforgiving, but you are not alone. Fellow Guardians will have your back as you will have theirs — a fellowship of the Light, one could call it. Still, here are eight important steps to take before setting off on this epic journey.


Step 1 – Sign Up at

While The Tower will act as your central social hub in-game, will remain your home base in real life.

Here, you can keep tabs on your Guardian, stay up-to-date on news, interact with friends and clan-mates, catch up on lore, and much more. You can also take it with you on the go by downloading the official Destiny Companion App on iOS or Android.

Be sure to visit to create your own profile by signing up either through your Microsoft, PSN, Facebook, or Google account and download the app before September 9 in order to skip that step later on.

Now would also be a good time to get set up with Clans and Groups before the real fun begins.

Step 2 – Redeem These Codes

Another thing you can do on is redeem codes.

If you haven’t yet, here are a bunch of redemption codes gathered from various trading cards that you can use to unlock Grimoire entries, Emblems, and Armor Shaders for use in-game. Just copy ’em up and paste ’em here after signing up.

Grimoire – Warlock \\ YKA-RJG-MH9
Grimoire – Hunter \\ MVD-4N3-NKH
Grimoire – Titan \\ 3DA-P4X-F6A
Grimoire – Rixis \\ TCN-HCD-TGY
Grimoire – Old-Russia \\ HDX-ALM-V4K
Grimoire – Hive \\ 473-MXR-3X9
Grimoire – Moon \\ JMR-LFN-4A3
Grimoire – Gjallorhorn \\ HC3-H44-DKC
Grimoire – Duke MK.44 \\ 69P-KRM-JJA
Grimoire – The Tower \\ 69P-VCH-337
Grimoire – The Hive: Ogre \\ 69R-CKD-X7L
Grimoire – Vally of the Kings, Mars \\ 69R-DDD-FCP
Grimoire – The Fallen \\ 69R-F99-AXG
Grimoire – Red Death \\ 69R-VL7-J6A
Grimoire – The Cabal \\ 69X-DJN-74V
Grimoire – The Devastated Coast, Venus \\ 6A7-7NP-3X7
Grimoire – Vex Minotaur \\ 6A9-DTG-YGN
Emblem – Binding Focus \\ FJ9-LAM-67F
Emblem – Illusion of Light \\ JD7-4CM-HJG
Emblem – Ab Aeterno \\ JDT-NLC-JKM
Emblem – Field of Light \\ JNX-DMH-XLA
Emblem – Lone Focus, Jagged Edge \\ 7CP-94V-LFP
Shader – Double Banshee \\ 7MM-VPD-MHP
Shader – Oracle 99 \\ RXC-9XJ-4MH

Thanks, A13x231!

Step 3 – Explore Worlds, Redeem Another Code

Explore some of the areas you’ll stumble upon in-game using Destiny’s Planet View, powered by Google. It’s just like Google’s Street View, but in space and on different planets.

If you’re up to the task, viewing all entries on each planet will score you another redemption code that unlocks the Sign of the Finite emblem. If you’re not, you can also copy and paste the code below into the same redemption screen you used above to redeem the emblem.

EmblemSign of the Finite \\ 7F9-767-F74

Still, we suggest viewing each entry, as you’ll likely learn a thing or two about Destiny’s lore, enemies, locations, and gear that will only serve to prepare you for the road ahead.

Step 4 – Choose Your Guardian

Now, you won’t quite be able to choose your Guardian class until Destiny is in your hands, but you can do your homework ahead of time so you can make an educated selection on September 9.

Below are three guides for each Guardian class, along with their respective sub-classes. You’ll learn about the types of grenades each carries, the sort of Super abilities each wields, the variation of melee attacks each performs, the assortment of passive abilities each possesses, and more.


Most of the info was gathered from the Destiny beta, but it should be accurate enough to give you a pretty good idea of what you’ll be getting yourself into, come September 9.

Thanks, hSix-Kenophobia!

Step 5 – Pre-Load Destiny

If you want to be among the first to play your digital version of Destiny the moment the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday morning Pacific Time, you’ll definitely want to have that sh*t pre-ordered and pre-loaded on your console pronto.

As of this writing, you can pre-load any digital version of Destiny on your PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or Xbox One right now, and we highly suggest you do so in order to avoid any potential server downtime when thousands of gamers who might not have though ahead begin downloading their copy of the game at the same time. Things could get messy, and you don’t want to be a contributing factor.

If you’re going physical, then be sure to enjoy any midnight launch parties you may be attending and spend some time getting acquainted with all the sweet loot included in the Limited or Ghost editions of the game. Check out this link to find out whether or not your closest GameStop is participating in a midnight launch event.

Speaking of which, if you’re a bit confused about all the different physical and digital versions of Destiny out there and what’s included in each, you’ll find everything you need to know right here.

Step 6 – Learn About Upgrade Options

If you’re picking up any digital version of Destiny for either your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 this September 9, know that you can upgrade to a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version of the game any time before January 15, as long as its within the same console family.

The best part? You get to keep your previous-gen copy of the game after upgrading and, because profiles are stored on PSN and Xbox Live, you’ll have access to your Guardian and all of his or her stats and gear on either platform at all times. The same applies to DLC content.

For details, be sure to read the official FAQ here.

Step 7 – Know Your Pre-Order Bonuses and Exclusive Content

Unless you like surprises, it’s always nice to know what sort of extras are in store for you if you’re one of many who’ve pre-ordered Destiny.

PlayStation users will also boot up their copy of Destiny to a ton of exclusive content ranging from weapons and armor to Strike missions and multiplayer maps.

Get all the details below!

Vanguard Armory Pre-Order Bonus

Read the details, watch the trailer:

Red Sparrow GameStop Pre-Order Bonus

Read the details, watch the trailer:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare GameStop Pre-Order Bonus

Read the details.

PlayStation-Exclusive Content

Read the details, watch the trailer:

Step 8 – Get Hyped, Watch These Trailers

Hopefully, these eight steps have provided the guidance and direction necessary to not only prepare you, but get you immeasurably hyped for Bungie’s new project.

Now, watch these trailers, and see you online September 9, Guardians!

David Veselka
Co-Founder / Editor-in-Chief
Musician, Gamer, Geek.
  • Got Destiny and the Vanguard Armory downloaded on my Xbox One already, and coincidentally have Tuesday off work. Should be a great day for everyone getting Destiny. Let’s hope Bungie invested in some decent servers, definitely don’t want to see any crazy downtime on day 1.

    • Did you get a Vanguard Armory code ahead of time? I’m still wondering if I get it only on launch day or if EB Games up here in Canada even participates…

      EDIT: I’m going physical so I assume they need to hand me a code or something.

      • Merffy

        I think it’ll be a code that’ll be inside the game case.

      • Dirtknap

        It’s no biggie, but the binding focus emblem code appears to be missing a character.

        • Yes. Fixed 🙂

          • idefaultzz

            I go to EB Games in Canada as well, Toronto, Preorder codes should be on the receipt on the bottom, also just in case i highly recommend you asking them where u can find your preorder code, sometimes they have to manually put the code on the receipt, and they normally wouldnt give a shit unless u ask. Just from my experience, at Toronto EB Games,

            • Good point. I pre-ordered before they announced the Vanguard Armory so I may have to ask.

  • Mr Frags

    I enjoyed the Destiny beta, and I’ll give Bungie credit, it looks and plays out phenomenally; however, I feel that this game is way overhyped and will ultimately lead to utter disappointment. I fear lack of content will hold this games longevity back.

    • roland0811

      Lack of content has unfortunately been the norm in the industry for over half a decade now. I don’t see an upswing in the trend anytime soon.

  • MegaMan3k

    This is a very unusual sort of an article. It kind of rubs me the wrong way.

    • Enochrewt

      I know it’s slow games time, but would you prefer no articles (Like it’s been for the last 3-4 days)?

  • phanta_rei

    Codes….. Codes everywhere!!

    • Da coedz!

      Are these reusable? As in anyone can use each code once?

      • MegaMan3k

        I think so. If not, I just took all the codes for myself lol

      • Deciver95

        Yeah. Everybody gets one

  • wuzup916

    Emblem Sign of the Finite 7F9-767-F74
    Emblem Binding Focus FJ9-LAM-67F
    One was missing and the other was missing a character..

    • Dirtknap

      Thank you kind sir!

    • Thanks! Sign of the Finite is in the section after, however 🙂

  • Daniel P

    Surely it must be a mistake you keep referring to release date as november 9th?
    Otherwise great article, thank you!

    • David’s known for doing that, it’s sort of a running joke among MP1st readers

  • ThePoolshark

    Since I just decided to get a console, and have pretty much ignored any press/info/everything about this game until a week ago….. is there a TL;DR for the classes?

    • MegaMan3k

      Titans have a lot of armor and are powerful
      Warlocks have a lot of AOE attacks and are powerful
      Hunters have a lot of direct damage attacks and are powerful

      Classes in this game basically affect four things: Grenades. Melee. Super-power. And passive buffs.

      • ThePoolshark

        Awesome, thank you. Sounds like I will like Hunter.

        • MegaMan3k

          I put plenty of time into the Hunter in the beta, so if you have any basic questions I might be able to field them.

  • jahladagaming

    Not sure what I think about giving all the codes out. I know they’re readily available all over t’internet. I got the one for exploring the entire world on their google maps thing. That was a great site btw.

  • George

    Dem codes doe

  • shout out for the editor..! for writing all of this beautifully..! 😀

  • asgaro

    I’m getting disgusted by game journalism.
    Why produce fake hype for a game that doesn’t even have a single review score available??
    This is not only a remark towards this site: all big game news websites seem to take part in this fake manufactured hype.

    • Sgt. Mofo

      Hype articles can be infuriating, especially when titles don’t offer much in the way of actual gameplay or hands-on time before release, such as Watch Dogs. Destiny is different in that the game has been playable at multiple events for the press, as well as the playable Alpha and Beta for the general public (barring you had the requisite platform). At this point, everyone has a good gist of what to expect once the game releases, which is why a vast majority of our staff (and judging by the comments, the readers as well) have the game pre-ordered.

  • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

    The game is a bit overhyped, dont you think?

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  • xHDx

    Shame I don’t have the money until Friday :/, may have to bribe someone so I can get it early lol. At least I won’t get caught in the first hours where the servers implode, should be great. Best thing is, I get 2 copies for near enough the price of one. I’m chuffed.

  • Leon

    What a lovely and at the same time informative writing! The beginning is humorous and catchy. And I don’t even own a console and don’t plan to buy the game. Thanks for your efforts, David! 🙂