After level 20, my experience meter says that Motes of Light are awarded for further exp gain... but it doesn't say how much is needed. How much experience is needed for a post-level 20 Mote of Light? Is this amount fixed, or does it change as I earn more Motes of Light?

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    not sure the exact number, but if you look at your inventory and hover over the 20 for your level (not your light level), it will show you how much progress you have towards your next mote
    – Eben
    Sep 21, 2014 at 0:00
  • I believe it to be a fixed amount, although I am not sure if there is a way of determining how much experience is needed.
    – turbo
    Sep 22, 2014 at 15:57

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When I turned in enough bounties to get about 10k EXP, I measured the jump as much as I could. Assuming it is a static amount from level to level and not exponential, it looks like it is about 35k to level.



Go to here and punch in your gamertag and it'll show you the exact amount in number against the actual bar.

  • You should quote the number from the bar. Its 80,000 for each of my three characters and likewise for a friends so I assume this is a static value.
    – Chris
    Dec 30, 2014 at 19:03

Motes of light will be granted when a player has earned enough experience to "level up" again. You will notice if you have the Destiny app on your phone or view it on the computer on the bungie site that there is an experience bar that does not reflect what your light level progress is. That is your experience bar, when that fills you will receive a mote of light as a reward. Just one way they keep you remotely interested in leveling up still.

This is the page for it on the Destiny wiki: Mote of Light

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    You can also see your progress towards your next Mote of Light by hovering over the big "20" to the left of your character in the menu screen.
    – Adeese
    Sep 23, 2014 at 21:15
  • good to know. never even bothered to try that.
    – Dupree3
    Sep 26, 2014 at 12:55

Nobody knows the exact amount yet, but you can see about how much you need by hovering over your level in your character screen. (The white level "20" not the yellow "light" level). One way to try and figure it out would be to get a bounty, wait until you fill the bar up and get your note of light, then turn the bounty in. Try and gauge about how far the bar has now filled up in comparison to how much XP you earned from your bounty. Hope this helps.


every 80,000 exp

according to http://destinystatus.com. I'll note that I've seen estimates between 35–60k and that 80k is on the high end, but I haven't seen this number contested since that site went live.

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