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Bungie has sought to eradicate an early exploit in Destiny: The Taken King that allowed players to easily farm Exotic Engrams.
The exploit came through a new currency in the form of The Three Coins, a new item sold by Xur. You can buy stacks of five of these in exchange for Strange Coins, which significantly increase the chance of an Exotic Engram drop from defeated bosses.
Players quickly jumped to one of Destiny’s easiest bosses, in the Scourge of Winter mission, to make good use of the new item, and found an abundance of Exotic Engrams. A spawn point lies just before the final boss, so players would sneakily kill the boss with a rocket launcher close enough so the explosion would also kill themselves, kicking them right back before the boss so they could rinse and repeat.
Destiny’s latest patch notes detail how this will no longer be possible, as “Three of Coins now provides a smaller increase in Exotic Engram drop chance when rapidly killing Ultras”, so no more abundance of Exotic Engrams for you.
Here’s a full list of the patch notes:
– Fixed an issue with Year 1 Moments of Triumphs in which Golden Chest node completions were disappearing after TTK release
– Fixed an issue where players who reached Level 40 before turning in the Reach Level 30 objective did not properly receive the Level 40 quest
– Fixed an issue where the quest “High Value Targets” did not correctly reward Legendary Marks upon completion
– Fixed an issue where Year 1 Strikes were not dropping Uncommon and Rare quality gear as intended
– Some treasure chests in the Dreadnaught are now in a location that only allow them to be looted once per spawn
– Three of Coins now provides a smaller increase in Exotic Engram drop chance when rapidly killing Ultras
– Dismantling leveled-up Exotics now have a reduced chance to produce 2 Exotic Shards