Bungie is changing the way that Eververse items and Exotic cosmetics work slightly with Shadowkeep, namely making them dismantle into Legendary Shards and Glimmer instead of Bright Dust, which is why you need to dismantle all of yours now.
As of the 1st of October 2019, when Shadowkeep and Destiny 2 New Light launch, Eververse items, Exotic Sparrows, Exotic Ghost Shells, and anything else that currently dismantles into Bright Dust, such as certain shaders, will all change to produce Legendary Shards and Glimmer when dismantled. If you’re like me and simply hang on to all of this stuff for the love of collecting, then like me you’re being a fool.
Bright Dust is an in-game premium currency that can be used to purchase items from the Eververse Store. This is basically a way to get those premium cosmetics, such as the Micro Mini Sparrow, without needing to pay any real world money for them. You can currently earn Bright Dust by dismantling any of the aforementioned items, or completing Eververse Bounties, but they don’t award that much per week.
Why is Bungie Changing the Bright Dust Production Line?
Bungie is making this change for a very good reason. Right now, should something like the Micro Mini Sparrow come up in the Eververse Store, Guardians can simply dismantle all of their cosmetics until they end up with a load of Bright Dust to buy it with. Bungie doesn’t want Guardians to be able to do this, because it defeats the point of Guardians constantly working to earn Bright Dust with the activities and economies they’ve put in place.
From the 1st of October it will be imperative to earn Bright Dust by completing weekly Bounties for Tess Everiss, to ensure you have enough Bright Dust for that ‘just in case’ purchase. However, if you haven’t made the most of being able to dismantle items for Bright Dust yet, you need to do so before the change is made.
The upside to the Collections in Destiny 2 is that you can pull any Exotic item you have back into the game, even if you’ve deleted it. This means that it makes no sense to keep all of those items in your Vault, because they’re just taking up space that could be Bright Dust in your pocket.
I will say that if you have some Exotics and other cosmetics that could be Bright Dust that you use all the time, don’t delete them. Personally I use the Micro Mini Sparrow all the time, and until something more awful comes along I’ll never stop. I have an obscene Shader on it and everything. If you’ve got some items like that, be they Armour, Ghost Shells, Shaders, or Emotes, don’t delete them for the hell of it.
In short, you’ve got the ability to build up a massive pile of Bright Dust before all of the new cosmetic items hit Destiny 2 with Shadowkeep. There will almost certainly be cosmetics you’ll want in there, and you won’t care about the old ones at all once you see them. Do yourself a favour and get your Bright Dust now, before you wish you had.
Let us know how many items you’ve deleted in total, and how much Bright Dust you’ve amassed, in the comments.