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How to get Umbral engrams - Destiny 2

Umbral engrams can be focused into the gear you want most, but how can you get them?


Originally introduced with Season of Arrivals, Umbral Engrams became a popular item among Guardians in Destiny 2. This new type of Engram offers another route to unlocking new weapons and armor. What's more, Umbral Engrams can be focused to provide you the items you want most. In this guide, we’ll talk about all the different ways you can get Umbral engrams.

Last updated on March 8, 2021 at 9:30 p.m. PT.

Umbral Engrams

Umbral Engram Destiny 2

The primary way to get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2 is to simply play the game. During Season of Arrivals, the new Contact public event provided a means of acquiring them, but now the best way is to go about your business. These Engrams can drop from just about every activity and even from enemies you kill along the way. Here are some of the ways to get Umbral Engrams:

  • Ranking up the War Table
  • Season pass rewards
  • Patrols
  • Strikes
  • Nightfall: The Ordeal
  • Crucible
  • Gambit
  • Public Events
  • Blind Well
  • Nightmare Hunts
  • Empire Hunts
  • Exo Challenges
Umbral Engram Farming Destiny 2
Season of Arrivals allowed players to upgrade the Umbral Decoder, much like how it's possible to upgrade the War Table.

It’s safe to say that you’ll be swimming in Umbral engrams before long. It seems they can drop just about anywhere. This means you shouldn't be far from finding a new weapon or piece of armor you want to use. Remember to focus the Umbral Engram if you can as this will ensure you have a better chance of getting the exact item you need.

Now that you know how to get Umbral Engrams in Destiny 2, you can get back to earning these Darkness-infused Engrams. What could go wrong? Be sure to also take some time to look over the Shacknews Destiny 2 guide, it's full of content, so much content that you can't even imagine. Go on, have a look.


Bill, who is also known as Rumpo, is a lifelong gamer and Toronto Maple Leafs fan. He is known for his guide writing and, unsettlingly enough, enjoys grinding out in-depth collectible articles. Tweet him @RumpoPlays if you have a question or comment about one of his guides.

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