The Crucible is the player vs. player game mode in Destiny and Destiny 2. Items bought or earned in the game can be used more effectively in the Crucible, and weapons/armor received elsewhere can also be used in the rest of the game. The Crucible will sometimes randomly reward players after matches, regardless of rank after the game, while players can also purchase weapons from the Crucible Quartermaster as well as Armor and Shaders from Lord Shaxx and Lord Saladin.
The mode returns in Destiny 2, but the player cap was been reduced to 8 players at launch, but was later raised to 12 in all quickplay and Iron Banner modes. The HUD has been reworked to give players information on their opponents, such as whether they have their super attack ready or if they’ve picked up ammo for their power weapon.
All Crucible maps are completely separate and unique from explorable locations in the game. Each map will feature nearly all game modes on them with exceptions made to much larger maps made to be used in the mode Combined Arms. Players start out with ammo for their Primary weapon, and a small amount for their Special weapon, though throughout each map, there are multiple chests of Special ammo, and Heavy ammo chests appear in the middle of the match that replenish more slowly than Special ammo chests. After Hotfix 220.127.116.11, all players lose their special ammo after dying, and must wait for a crate to spawn. These changes did not affect sidearms, the No Land Beyond or the Universal Remote. Anyone who opens heavy chest gains Heavy ammo for themselves, and any teammates that are close by, but can only be used once per game, with the exception of Mayhem game modes. Players are also restricted from using ammo syntheses, since it could potentially lead to an unfair advantage for one team over another.
Level advantages are normally disabled in the Crucible in order to have an even playing field. The two exceptions to this are the Iron Banner and the Trials of Osiris, where level advantages are enabled. Private matches can also be set up to have level advantages enabled. This means that having high-level gear matters in those events. Also, Crucible bounties can be completed in Iron Banner matches, whereas Iron Banner bounties must be completed in Iron Banner matches. The Trials of Osiris weekend Elimination tournament also has special bounties that refresh every day of the event. In addition to standard Crucible bounties, every week Lord Shaxx has a set of weekly bounties that are more difficult to complete, with several objectives to complete instead of just one. Completing these weekly bounties will reward a Nightfall-tier reward such as a legendary or exotic piece of gear, as well as various materials.
The "Mercy Rule" was implemented with the release of The Taken King. This allows matches to end early when one team has more than approximately 2/3 more score than the opposing team. When the rule is enacted, no more players may join the match and the game clock is forwarded to 10 seconds. After those 10 seconds, the match will end normally. All players will receive their end of match rewards and return to matchmaking, splitting up those teams so they can't get matched against that same team. Bungie will update the rule's identification function over time. Players who are successful in forcing a mercy rule will receive a special medal, but no additional rewards.
In a significant change from Destiny, all Crucible playlists in Destiny 2 are fought by two teams of four players each, except for Iron Banner which is six versus six. Power weapon ammo distribution has been reworked: Power ammo is now granted more frequently at various terminals across the map, but only a single player can access each drop, and Power ammo is lost on death. However after patch 1.1.4 a player killed while holding Power ammo will a drop brick of Power ammo containing 50% of their remaining ammo. Completing matches earns both gear and reputation tokens (with additional rewards dropped if players use a Boon of The Crucible consumable) to be redeemed for additional rewards at the appropriate vendor. Furthermore, no mode or event has level advantages enabled, ensuring that player skill is equally as important as obtained gear and loadout. The Mercy Rule from Destiny is enabled in all Quickplay modes, including Mayhem.
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