Ranking up in Destiny is a grind until you hit level 20, but it's one of the primary concepts in the game. If your character's level is too low, you can't participate in certain events and missions. As you inch closer to level 20, however, things grow more enjoyable, and thus we thought it would be a good idea to help you get there as quickly as possible. Here are some tips we used to blast through the early levels of Destiny to reach the good stuff.
Visit the Bounty Tracker
One of the fastest ways to level up your character in Destiny is to visit the Bounty Tracker found at the Tower Watch. The Bounty Tracker's name is Xander 99-40, and is a robot that will give you 14 different bounties to choose from, seven for the Destiny universe itself, and another seven for the Crucible. If you are just creating a new character, visit the Bounty Tracker once you hit level 4, and then be sure to visit him each day for new XP opportunities. His stock resets each day at 5:00 AM EST.
In the early levels, some of the bounties might include things you can't do, like a mission you may not be able to take part in on a planet you've yet to unlock. Focus first on the easy Bounties, like killing 100 enemies without dying, patroling the Cosmodrome, or participating in three public events.
Crucible bounties also give off a decent amount of experience, and normally don't require you to win the game in order to complete them. They could range from playing five rounds of a particular game mode or even killing other Guardians with a specific weapon. Either way, choose options similar to your play style for the most success.
Of course, you might accept a bounty that is just a bit more difficult than you anticipated, and you don't want it to consume one of your available slots. In this case, put your cursor over the bounty you want to opt out of and choose to dismiss it. Now you can return to the Bounty Hunter and get something more your style.
Hit the Crucible and Play the Objective
Starting out in the Crucible can be an intimidating time for a Guardian, but if you're looking to power through the early levels of Destiny, it's one of the fastest ways to reach Level 20. It works even better if you combine this tip with our last one and load up on some Crucible bounties before you begin.
Once you're playing, try game modes that offer objective based competition, such as Control. This is a mode that most players will recognize as Domination from Call of Duty, or Conquest from Battlefield. Sure, you'll get points for kills, but you'll get even more points if you play the objective, and you'll certainly have more than your fair share of opportunities to engage opposition Guardians in the process. As an added bonus, the Crucible is known to provide players with some excellent drops at a round's end.
Find Some Friends and Up the Difficulty
Our final tip is the most common way to increase your level in Destiny, but it's also one that will test your skills as a Guardian. The point here is to find two of your friends who are decently ranked, then jump into a Strike and jack up the difficulty. You might not be able to do a lot of damage given your low level, but if your friends are somewhat higher, they can do all the heavy lifting, but at the end of the round share the experience with you.
These three tips are excellent ways to level up, but truth be told, there is no magic fix that won't require at least a little bit of work. Good luck!