Since House of Wolves came out, it seems the need for (and provisioning of) Ascendant materials is all but removed.

All of the Legendary equipment I see on offering from the various class and faction vendors don't have the multi-step Damage and Defense upgrades which would normally require those materials. Additionally, the usual sources of Ascendant materials (legendary engrams, loot screens) appear to have gone away as well.

However, I still have some old equipment that wasn't fully upgraded yet. Rather than buy new equipment to replace it, I'd like to just top it all off. How do I go about doing that properly?

Do I still need to do the multi-step Damage/Defense upgrades for my old gear, or can I just directly Ascend them to their max stats when I get the Etheric Light and other resources needed?


My teammate last night had a couple of exotic shards sitting around and tested this. He Ascended two exotic weapons: one fully upgraded and one not. The weapon that wasn't fully upgraded did not have its damage upgrade nodes unlocked automatically after the Ascend, so it looks like you still need to fully upgrade the weapon to maximize its potential. Granted, this test was with Exotic equipment, legendaries may be different.

I think this Ascend feature was less for maxing out incomplete equipment, and more for upgrading maxed out equipment from the pre DLC 1 days. Case in point, I have a Vision of Confluence from the Vault of Glass that was awesome until the first DLC launched with higher damage weapons. With the Ascend feature, this weapon becomes useful again.

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  • This is both good and bad news. The update removed some common sources of Shards/Energy - what options do we have left to get those now? – Iszi May 20 '15 at 14:22
  • @iszi that would make a great question indeed! – user66184 May 20 '15 at 14:56
  • @Thebluefish Figured that out already. But thanks! – Iszi May 20 '15 at 15:14

You still need to do the multi-step upgrades. Ascending them will up the Max Light/Defense to the new levels, but you still have to upgrade your current gear to "max" regardless of if it's old max or new max.

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