Unlock Strand's full potential in this guide to the newest Subclass in Destiny 2 Lightfall.

Destiny 2 Lightfall: How to Unlock the Strand Subclass, Get Aspects and Fragments

Unlock Strand's full potential in this guide to the newest Subclass in Destiny 2 Lightfall.

The Destiny 2 Strand Subclass introduced in Lightfall is a unique take on cosmic energy, and the abilities your Guardian gets when using it are equally novel. You’ll get some experience with it during the expansion’s campaign, but unlocking its full potential will take much longer.

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Like all Subclass 3.0 versions, there are Aspects and Fragments you’ll also need to acquire. In this guide, we’ll go over how to unlock Strand in the world and how to max out the subclass.

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How to Get the Strand Subclass in Destiny 2

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You unlock the Strand subclass at the end of the Lightfall campaign, but it’s incomplete. You don’t have either of the starting Aspects that you used during the story. More importantly, you have none of the Fragments that can turn a reasonably balanced addition to Destiny 2 into something terrifying.

To improve Strand, visit the Pouka Pond in the Hall of Heroes on Neomuna. There, you’ll spend a currency called Strand Meditations to earn additional Grenades and Fragments.

Strand Meditations: How to Get Aspects, Fragments, and Grenades

Earning enough Strand Meditations to unlock all of Strand will take a while. Here’s how much each ability costs.

  • Strand Aspects: 150 Meditations.
  • Strand Fragments: 200 Meditations.
  • Strand Grenades: 50 Meditations.

You’ll want to spend the 500 free Strand Meditations you get at the end of the Lightfall campaign to unlock your Aspects and a single Fragment. If you want to spend some to get your two other Grenade options, that’s not a bad option either.

How to Get Meditations

From there, you’ll need to do activities of all kinds throughout the system, and on Neomuna especially, to get more Meditations:

  • Defeating enemies with Strand anywhere in the system.
  • Doing activities on Neomuna like Patrols, Public Events, collecting from loot chests, etc.
  • Defeating enemies and completing activities in the current Vex Incursion zone, where Meditation rewards are doubled.
  • Complete Partition activities once you have access to Nimbus’s weekly bounty
  • Completing Nimbus’ Vendor challenge by earning a Reputation

If you grind enough, you can unlock everything in the Strand Subclass in a single weekly reset, but you’ll need to be dedicated. Thankfully, if you’re early in a playthrough of Lightfall’s post-game, there’s plenty of reason to explore Neomuna. For more coverage of Destiny 2’s latest expansion, check out our guides hub.

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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.