With the release of taken king I have binge played it for several hours and the one thing I noticed is that uncommon gear now outranks my legendaries and exotics. Now I'm a little annoyed by that considering how much time I spent acquiring that gear only to have it be declared lower tier. Not only that but I much prefer the look of my exotic equipment over the minimalist design of the new equipment. My question is, is there any way to upgrade my gear to match the same values that the taken king gear has? For instance, a similar way to the house of wolves' etheric light upgrades? Am I just better off getting accustomed to the new gear instead?
Equipment obtained in Year 1 will never be upgradeable beyond Year 1 maximums. The best you can hope for is that you might find a Year 2 version somewhere along the way.
Bungie did make Year 2 editions of some Year 1 gear, but most didn't make the cut. If you have a piece of gear from Year 1 that did fall into this category though, it still won't be able to go higher than the Year 1 caps. You'll have to find (or make) a Year 2 copy of that item if you want to upgrade.
Note that Infusing - a new mechanism by which gear and consumables can be sacrificed to boost stats on other gear - won't let you bypass this, either. There's two reasons it won't work:
- Like Reforging in HoW, Infusing requires the target item to have a specific perk. Year 1 gear won't have it.
- To perform Infusion, the sacrificed item and the target item must be of the same Year and the sacrificed item must have higher Attack/Defense stats.
Obviously, #1 is a killer on its own. But #2 also means that even if Year 1 items did have the perk, the best you could do is use Infusion to boost your gear up to Year 1 maximums anyway. After that, the highest Year 1 gear you'll have will have the same Attack/Defense as whatever you might want to combine with it for Infusion - rendering the combination ineligible.
Note that #2 also very well could imply that Year 2 gear will never be upgradeable to Year 3 stats, when that time comes. But that's a fairly long way from now in development terms, and a lot could change.