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Bungie buffs Destiny 2 Menagerie rewards after the community smashes the Mars challenge

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A few weeks ago, Bungie announced Destiny 2's first proper community challenge. Basically, players had a week to kill a metric butt-load of Hive on Mars (opens in new tab) and earn exclusive cosmetics. More importantly, clearing the challenge would unlock improved loot in the Menagerie. Lo and behold, players killed a butt-load of Hive. True to its word, Bungie buffed the Menagerie loot over the weekend, granting additional rewards from its final chest every run. The buff will be active until the release of Destiny 2 Shadowkeep (opens in new tab) on October 1. 

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As longtime Menagerie grinders well know, the activity's rewards were nerfed (opens in new tab) after several loot-tastic weeks enabled by a loot bug. Back in the day, you could get upwards of eight drops from a single run just by repeatingly running away from and looting the chest. You can't get quite that many even with this buff, but the Menagerie will become increasingly rewarding every week from now until Shadowkeep. By the end of the month, the average haul should at least rival the activity's glory days. As Bungie previously explained:  

"Starting when goals are met, players will be guaranteed two rewards when slotting their runes and opening the chest, and an additional reward will be added each Friday for the remainder of the Season." 

Ironically, a new bug hindered the post-community challenge Menagerie buff at first, but it's now working properly. If you missed out on some god-roll Destiny 2 Menagerie weapons (opens in new tab), now's your best chance to grind them out. And if you need to brush up on your Destiny 2 Menagerie rune combos (opens in new tab), we've got you covered. 

Speaking of loot buffs: here are the latest Destiny 2 patch notes (opens in new tab)

Austin freelanced for the likes of PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and he's been with GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a staff writer is just a cover up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news and the occasional feature.