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How to use the Destiny 2 transmog system

Make sure you're raiding in style with the Destiny 2 transmog system, which gives you the ability to weild ultimate power, and look good doing it.

A Destiny 2 character standing on the Tower

The Destiny 2 transmog system is a way to give players a way to transform the look of their favourite pieces of armour. The transmog system applies to all pieces of armour, and even sunsetted pieces of gear. Players don’t need to store their favourite armour sets in vaults, instead, the transmog system draws from collections. In theory, this means you can freely remove any old armour sets.

Ada-1 has taken over from Banshee-44 as the new armour vendor in Destiny 2. Not only does Ada sell players armour in the free PC game, but she also hosts the Armour Synthesis system. Completing Ada’s quests rewards you with the materials needed to create universal ornaments. Here’s everything you need to know about the Armor Synthesis system in Destiny 2.

How to use Destiny 2 transmog

These are the steps you’ll need to follow to use the transmog feature.

  • Defeat enemies to earn Synthstrand.
  • Spend Synthstrand on bounties to earn Synthcord.
  • Convert Synthcord at the Loom in the Tower into Synthweave.
  • Use Synthweave to convert an unlocked armor appearance (Legendary quality or lower) from Collections into a Universal Armor Ornament.

You can earn Synthstrand by killing enemies, but you’ll need 150 before you can visit Ada in the Tower who will offer Synthcord as a reward for completing bounties. With enough materials, you can turn any piece of armour in your collection into a permanent universal ornament.

If you don’t want to do these quests, you can also purchase Synthweave Templates from Eververse using Silver. One Synthweave Template equates to one Token and costs 300 Silver, while five Tokens costs 1000 Silver.


The types of class-specific bounties where players can spend their Synthstrand to earn Synthcord include  Vanguard, Crucible, Gambit, Destinations, and Raids and Dungeons.

In Season 14, Bungie raised the cap of how much Synthweave you can earn per season, per class to 20, but it will be capped at ten for future seasons.

How to use the Destiny 2 transmog system

Destiny 2 transmog shaders

Shaders are being reworked to make them more useful overall. From Season 14, shaders will now be permanent unlocks, saving players from carrying stacks of them in their inventory. It’s also much easier to use shaders, as they can be applied to individual pieces or all-equipped gear in a single click.

Now you know how to use the Destiny 2 transmog system, it’s time to get yourself looking all fancy like, and start gearing up for the Destiny 2 raid. It’s always good to have a healthy supply of Destiny 2 Lightfall exotics on hand to deal with whatever comes your way, and the best Destiny 2 builds should help with that.