Is there a level cap, if anything, in Destiny?

From this article, it says there's a soft level cap of 20, but it says you can go past that.

Does this mean the level cap is stuck at 20, but then how does it say you can go past that?

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    With house of Wolves out now the new level cap is 34. You can use etheric light to ascend (upgrade) any of your old legendary or exotics though to catch up with the new gear and level cap. Get more info here: goo.gl/VPztvk Commented May 19, 2015 at 16:11

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The soft level capacity is at 20, yes. That means when you reach level 20, experience will no longer make you level any more. If you want to go past level 20, you'll need Motes of Light to buy equipment from the Speaker. This armor will have a stat called Light which determines how many more levels past 20 you can get to. Max level 32. This increases when new content is added to Destiny.

The class items bought from the Speaker does not give any stats. So the only way to get equipment with the Light stat is to kill enemies and hope for good equipment with the light stat. Only higher level equipment will have the light stat.

EDIT 2 (Feb 6, 2015)
Motes of Light are given to you when you accumulate experience after you've reached level 20. Equipment with the Light stat can be bought from the Vanguards and from Xûr. It can also be awarded after missions, strikes, raids, and battles in the Crucible/Iron Banner. The rarer the equipment, the more light.

UPDATE: (May 19, 2015)
With house of Wolves out now the new level cap is 34. You can use etheric light to ascend (upgrade) any of your old legendary or exotics though to catch up with the new gear and level cap. Get more info here: http://goo.gl/VPztvk

Update: (September 9, 2015)

With Update 2.0.0 the Character Level Cap will be increased to 40 on 9/15/15, and you no longer need armors' light stat to further increase your effective level. It's now purely EXP based. There is also now a gear score component, where each equippable gear piece's defense or a attack level contributes to your overall light level. This maxes out at 310, and is based on the average value (possibly with some weighting) of all of your currently equipped gear.

Update: (April 12, 2016)

Bungie released their Update 2.2.0 on April 12th, 2016. The Light Level was increased to 335; the maximum XP level still caps at 40

Update: (September 20th, 2016)

In the Rise of Iron Expansion, Bungie increased the maximum light to 385

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    The equipment at the speaker bought with motes of light are class armor that do NOT add light stats. To improve your light level you'll need to find gear with light or grind faction rep/marks to purchase gear with light from faction vendors in the tower.
    – turbo
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 15:15
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    @turbo I'm sorry if I'm mistaken here, I only wrote what I'd been able to find on the internet. I have not played the game enough yet to see this for myself. Digging deeper, I found what you said true, and I will add an edit to my original answer so this it does not mislead anyone! :)
    – Havatra
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 15:50
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    To further clarify you can buy equipment with light on it, just not from the speaker. The vanguard class vendor sells armour with light on once your rep is high enough and I am pretty sure (though I've not looked as closely) that other faction vendors do likewise.
    – Chris
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 13:02
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    Probably should update this stating that with expansions the max level due to light can and probably will change (i.e. with Crota's End the max cap is now 32). Commented Jan 22, 2015 at 22:07
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    Armour can be purchased from both the Vanguard and the Crucible vendors at Rank 3 reputation using marks and the respective commendations
    – IG_42
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 20:40

I don't have source but I believe it's 50 and that's when you're officially Legendary and have every legendary piece of armour.


IGN has already released an article of someone being level 26 and saying that's max level.


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