Destiny 2: Season of the Deep — How to Get Salvage and Deep Dive Keys in D2

Learn how to get and farm Destiny 2 Salvage and Deep Dive keys in this guide to Season of the Deep.

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Destiny 2 Salvage and Deep Dive keys were added to the seasonal progression model with Season of the Deep. They’re not totally new, with the idea of activity-specific keys that open loot chests carrying over from previous seasons. In Season 21, they’re just called by a new name. You’ll need as many of them as you can get your hands on to acquire all the rewards available this season. Our guide explains how to farm Salvage and Deep Dive Keys in D2.

Where to Get Salvage and Deep Dive Keys in Destiny 2

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I’ve found that you get both Salvage and Deep Dive keys by completing activities throughout the system in Destiny 2. That, of course, includes:

  • Vanguard Ops.
  • Crucible.
  • Gambit.
  • Raids
  • Dungeons.
  • Seasonal Activities.

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You can also earn D2 Salvage and Deep Dive Keys by completing the activities that use them: unsurprisingly, Salvage and Deep Dive. You’ll receive the items when the Activity End message pops up on your screen. You can use them immediately if you’re in the right place.

How to Farm Destiny 2 Salvage and Deep Dive Keys

Farming Destiny 2 Salvage and Deep Dive keys is all about finishing activities as quickly as possible, so you need something that takes five minutes at most to get actual value. As has been the case for literal years now, the best farm I suggest is checkpointing a boss. If you have a checkpoint for the boss of the Shattered Throne Dungeon, you can have a member of your fireteam save the checkpoint, kill the boss, then load back in, repeating as often as you like.

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If you’re running solo, I recommend the core ritual playlists are your best bet. Stick to base Vanguard Ops for most completions of around 10 minutes or so, though a Crucible match where one team dominates can be over in only a few minutes.

Gambit is a third option if that’s your thing. This method is my preferred, especially late into a season, as chilling in the Strikes and Seasonal playlists is a great way to unwind or see how overpowered our Guardians have become.

Finally, you can always continue playing Salvage and Deep Dives, as you can still open the ending chest for rewards and reputation. Just don’t expect as much as if you had a key.

Now you know how to get and farm Destiny 2 Salvage and Deep Dive Keys during Season of the Deep. Farm up as many as you can tolerate now to ensure a steady supply of seasonal rewards later. For more tips, tricks, and walkthroughs, check out our D2 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.