Destiny 2 How to Get Red Runes

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There are many different weapons and pieces of gear to unlock during the Season of Opulence in Destiny 2 and what you earn will be directly tied to the type of Runes that you equip to the Chalice of Opulence. Purple Runes, Red Runes Blue Runes, and Green Runes can all be slotted into the Chalice. This guide will explain what you need to do to start getting Red Runes for the Chalice to unlock more powerful weapons and gear.

To start getting Red Runes make sure you have upgraded the Chalice of Opulence with Rune Compatibility

Before you do any of this, you’ll need to have completed the Invitation quest which introduces you to the Chalice and allows you to start upgrading it. If you haven’t done so already, grab the Chalice by completing these steps.  At the onset of your time with the Chalice you will be getting purple runes that will get you started with unlocking items.  However, you’ll want to start upgrading it so that it can be used to get other items.


Three of the upgrade slots on the Chalice of Opulence are for Rune Compatibility.  Unlocking these upgrades with Imperials will allow you to slot Red Runes (Rune Compatibility I – 2500 Imperials), Green Runes (Rune Compatibility II – 3500 Imperials), and Blue Runes (Rune Compatibility III – 6000 Imperials).  Getting Imperials is done through a number of different challenges, triumphs, and activities during the season.

You can upgrade the Chalice of Opulence by heading into the Pursuits tab and then selecting the Chalice.  Simply hover over the Compatibility Upgrades at the bottom of the screen and then confirm your purchase (with Imperials).

Once you have unlocked this first Rune Compatibility upgrade for the Chalice of Opulence you will notice that when you perform activities that reward Runes (Completing Werner Bounties, finding treasure chests) you will notice that you have the chance to get Red Rune drops alongside the purple ones.

Once you’ve got Red Runes you can then slot them in the Chalice of Opulence to unlock different weapons or armor.    As you continue to upgrade your Chalice you’ll get not only Red Rune drops, but green and blue ones as well which you can combine in the Chalice to roll different equipment drops.

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