Destiny 2 Upgrade Modules: How to Get Them

Upgrade Modules in Destiny 2 are critically important tools to increase the light level of your weapon's and armor. This guide will show all the ways you can find them.

One of the most important tasks for a Guardian in a new season of Destiny 2 is increasing the level of your weapons and armor. You could just equip whatever gear randomly drops, but eventually you will want your favorite pieces to level up with you. That is where Destiny 2’s Upgrade Modules come in.  

Upgrade Modules are consumables that allow you to take the light level of one weapon or armor and apply it to another of the same category. Helmets can upgrade helmets, kinetic weapons can upgrade other kinetic weapons, and so on.

This means that the light level of your equipment can grow alongside your Guardian, allowing you take on ever more dangerous enemies throughout the solar system. 

Destiny 2 Weapons Vendors 

The most common source for Upgrade Modules is one of the two weapon vendors.

Banshee-44 is located in the central section of the tower, to your right when you initially load in. Ada-1 can be found next to the Loom, down in the lower areas of the Tower’s western section.

Speak to Banshee-44 or Ada-1 and you will see items for sale. Each will offer two different Upgrade Module options in exchange for 5,000 Glimmer, 10 Legendary Shards, one Enhancement Core, and 25 of a Planetary Material.

Both vendors will be offering the same two planetary material options, which change daily. 

If you find yourself short on glimmer or materials, consider paying a visit to Spider at the Reef. He sells and exchanges materials and may be able to supply you with what you need to buy Upgrade Modules. Otherwise, you can wait for the next day when the requested planetary material changes, in hopes it is something you have an abundance of.  

Destiny 2 Concentrated Mattergems Farm

Concentrated Mattergems are a fast way to quickly accumulate Upgrade Modules, but they come with an important caveat: Their buff is removed when an Upgrade Module drops.

The truth is any elite enemy, those with orange or yellow health bars, will have an extremely high chance to drop an Upgrade Module.

The buff is consumed as soon as the module drops, and you can use another Concentrated Mattergem immediately thereafter. Combine that with areas with large concentrations of elites, such as the dark area below the Cosmodrome, or the beginning of the Prophecy Dungeon, and you can quickly farm a large number of Upgrade Modules.

The Concentrated Mattergems do come with another catch. They are purchased at the Eververse store in the Tower, and cost 200 Bright Dust each.

Currently there are very few ways to earn Bright Dust, which is also used to purchase cosmetic items. The only other currency accepted at Eververse is Silver, purchased with real world money, so buyer beware if you are considering spending all your Bright Dust on Concentrated Mattergems.  

Destiny 2 Crucible Rewards 

Lord Shaxx, manager of the Crucible, is another reliable source for Upgrade Modules. Rather than sell them however, he prefers to give them away as rewards for ranking up in the Crucible.

Reaching Rank 4 in either Valor (unranked Crucible) or Infamy (ranked Crucible) will earn you a pat on the back from Shaxx and three Upgrade Modules. These ranks can be reset, allowing you to re-earn the packages many times over the season, as long as you are putting your time into the crucible.

Destiny 2 Seasonal Rank 

Every Destiny 2 season brings with it another 100 seasonal ranks to climb, with various prizes along the way, including upgrade modules. Just keep playing the game and earn XP to increase your seasonal rank.

There are a few more Modules locked behind the paid season pass, but the majority are free for any players who put in the time to rank up.

Destiny 2 Mod Squad

Ghost, your small, sentient machine of light companion, has a handy trick up his non-existent sleeves to help you find Upgrade Modules.

The Modularity series of mods award Upgrade Modules after the successful completion of various in game activities.

There is a modularity mod for Crucible, Gambit, which require wins against fellow Guardians to activate, and Vanguard, which can drop after any successful Strike or Nightfall Strike.

Equipping these mods requires that your Ghost is using a fully masterworked Ghost Shell. The Modularity mods cost four Energy to equip, limiting what other mods you can use at the same time.

There is no penalty for switching to different Modularity mods to match your current activity but note that the mods are listed as “fragile,” meaning they will expire after Season 15.  


Upgrading your equipment is essential to making your guardian as effective as possible at fighting back earth’s enemies. Finding Upgrade Modules in Destiny 2 is the best way sure you are always ready for the next fight.

For more tips on being the best Guardian you can be, and where to get the latest and greatest exotic weapons, check out our other Destiny 2 guides 


Justin is a married father of two, has too many pets, and is a life-long gamer. When he's not in the virtual world he specializes in live event production, designing events for corporate clients such as Microsoft and Nintendo.

Published May. 26th 2021

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