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Experience is the primary vehicle for upgrading a Guardian's level, subclass, armor, and weapons.[1] Experience is awarded to players for defeating enemies, turning in bounties, and completing quests. Motes of Light can be used to level up armor and weapons, but not levels or subclasses.

Experience gained before level 40 will go toward leveling up the Guardian. After achieving level 40, three Motes of Light will be granted for every 25,000 experience earned.[citation needed] Whether gaining experience before or after level 40, an equal amount of experience is given to equipped weapons, armor, and subclasses.

Experience earned from killing enemies that are a lower level than the Guardian are significantly reduced.[2]

The following table shows how much additional experience is required to level up from the previous level:[3]

Level Additional Experience Required
Level 1 N/A
Level 2 900
Level 3 4,100
Level 4 5,000
Level 5 6,000
Level 6 7,000
Level 7 8,000
Levels 8-37 9,000
Level 38 10,000
Level 39 15,000
Level 40 20,000
Total 346,000


  1. Foman123 (2014 June 20) YouTubeDestiny Alpha - Resource Upload Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  2. Reddit "Caveat to transferring high light items to new characters. Diminished XP. *Repost with proof". Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  3. Destiny Item Manager Source Code "Experience Per Level (2016 February 14) - progression.json (Line 1/Col 6862 - Line 1/Col 7100)". Retrieved March 19, 2016.
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