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How to Apply Shaders in Destiny 2

With the arrival of the new season, it's not surprising that some Guardians are jumping back into the galactic grind after a long time away. Need a refresher on how to apply shaders in Destiny 2?
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With the new season in Destiny 2 finally being a thing, there have been a ton of returning Guardians hot onto the scene. With that being said, it’s not just getting up to date with the latest weapons and challenges that await in the galaxy! Those who have been away from the Guardian life for too long might have forgotten some really important basics – like how to glam up your armor and your gear. Never fret! Here’s our guide on how to apply shaders in Destiny 2, all simplified for your convenience. 

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How to Apply Shaders in Destiny 2

So, you’re wanting to play the true end-game when it comes to Destiny 2 content. Forget Nightfall strikes. Forget raids. You know what’s truly important when it comes to defending The Tower – doing it in style, and with pizazz. To do that, you’re definitely going to need to know how to apply shaders. Unlike the original Destiny, it’s not as easy as applying one to change everything about your gear. You have to individually shade each piece of gear that you’re wanting to change, so a full set would set you back by 5 lots! Just something to think about. 

Here, let’s break down the steps to actually applying a shader to a piece of gear. It’s about as easy as following the steps that we’ve laid out below to a T.

  • Inspect the armor that you want to shade
  • On the menu that pops up, click on Appearance
  • Select the shader that you want to use on the piece of gear
  • Rinse and repeat

It’s honestly as easy as doing that. There’s not a whole lot else to it, though it might be a bit frustrating that you can’t smack one singular shade on everything once and just call it a day. We kind of like how all this customization works, honestly, but there will be some who wish it was the old system all over again. Well, too bad. This is what you’re stuck with, and our advice should make it pretty easy. 

Now that you’ve got our guide on how to apply shaders in Destiny 2, it should be easy for you to get your Guardian looking exactly as flash as you’d like. It’s not quite the one step process that it was in old Destiny, but we wouldn’t say that it’s a whole lot more difficult; at least it’s consistent. Need a hand with anything else about the Season of the Worthy, or other aspects of Destiny 2? Check out these guides that we’ve put together for Guardians just like you in our dedicated hub for the game:

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Ginny Woo
Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.