Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2021 COUNTDOWN: Start Time, Rewards, Activities & Everything We Know

Destiny 2's big Halloween event, Festival of the Lost, is nearly upon us and should be launching with plenty of spooky new content to get fans into the festive mood. Bungie has already revealed a few details about what players can expect to see when the fan favourite holiday event returns, but there's plenty we already know about the event. This spooky spectacular is also likely to revive some of the games best content, so if you missed out on past seasonal items, don't worry, now is a chance to once again enjoy Bungie's best creations. Here's everything you need to know about the game's next big event.

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Festival Of The Lost Start Time Countdown

With Bungie confirming a release date for the Festival of the Lost we now know when the Halloween event will begin. Ahead of launch, Bungie will drop Destiny 2 Update 3.3.1, so you may have a small update to download before you jump in. More importantly, though, we've added this handy countdown clock so you can see precisely how long you have to wait until the event begins.

Time Until Festival Of The Lost Starts In Destiny 2

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12 October 2021 [4:30 pm EDT] -

If you're just getting started in the Festival - or don't know where to start - we've got the guides for you.

12 October 2021 [3.00pm] -

Bungie has at long last confirmed all the details for the 2021 Festival of the Lost Event.

There's a lot to unpack, so we suggest watching the trailer (below), but here are the key details you need to know:

Haunted Sectors

Three new tales in the form of Haunted Sectors are ready for the fearless (or foolhardy). Headless creatures stalk the dark crevasses of the Moon, a Guardian is hunted on Nessus, and the shocking result of a Vex Mind and an Exo merging into something new and terrifying.

Rewards for the Brave

Unlock the new Legendary Jurassic Green Pulse Rifle to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies, cruise around in an Exotic Sparrow to show off your courage, and more rewards are up for grabs during the Festival of the Lost. Eva will also offer the Bump in the Night emblem to Guardians who haunt the Haunted Sectors.


The community had their say earlier this year with #TeamDino, bringing an end to one of Bungie's most difficult decisions. Dinosaur-inspired ornament sets are now available in the Eververse store.

12 October 2021 [12.50pm] -

For those curious, it's good to know that the new Dino Armor coming with Festival of the Lost will be available in the eververse store, costing roughly 1500 silver or 6000 bright dust.

12 October 2021 -

Here's a quick sneak peek at the Festival of the Lost, courtesy of Xbox's upcoming Twitch schedule.

Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost
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11 October 2021 -

Just in case you were wondering when we might get more info on the Festival of the Lost event, well, sounds as though Bungie will be sharing everything when the next Weekly Reset takes place.

7 October 2021 -

This Week At Bungie, the developer confirmed a release date and start time for Festival of the Lost.

This is a time for Guardians to take a moment and reflect upon the past year, celebrating those we’ve lost as we continue to overcome each challenge that’s been thrown our way. Many of the themes found within Festival of the Lost can be compared with those of a holiday celebrated by many in our community: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Diversity and representation is not only important in the worlds of Destiny 2, but throughout our real-life community.

In honour of this celebration, Bungie also revealed the new Calavera Ghost Shell (Below), concepted by artist Luis Yepez.

Destiny 2 Calavera Ghost Shell
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5 October 2021

Xbox has announced that Destiny2: Beyond Light is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC on October 12. We'd wager that's when the Festival of the Lost event is due to begin, although again, nothing is confirmed so far.

4 October 2021

It's the first week of October and although we have a Destiny 2 Reset coming tomorrow, but we're not expecting the Festival of the Lost event to begin just yet. We imagine we'll get some sort of heads up of what to expect from the next This Week At Bungie Blogpost, which arrives this Thursday. Fingers crossed we're hoping for a 12 October launch!

1 October 2021

It's now officially October and the spooky season is nearly here. Get ready for some Festival of the Lost news, which we suspect will arrive next week!

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When did Festival of the Lost start in past years?

Because we know you're curious...

  • 2015 - October 25 to November 8
  • 2016 - October 25 to November 8
  • 2017 - No Festival of the Lost Event
  • 2018 - October 16 to November 6
  • 2019 - October 29 to November 19
  • 2020 - October 6 to November 3
  • 2021 - TBC "October to November"

Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2021 Start Time

We expect Bungie's annual event to kick off in early October, as it has done in previous years.

The 2020 Festival of the Lost ran from October 6th to November 3rd but as you can see from the above, it was a bit of an outlier. Bungie's Season of the Lost Roadmap has so far only confirmed Festival of the Lost will run from October to November. However, the roadmap doesn't offer a specific start or end date.

We suspect with Witch Queen delayed to 2022, Bungie may be keen to fill the space until February as best as they can.

That's why we suspect Festival of the Lost could start the middle of October and run until the middle of November.

Either way, we know the event will begin following a Destiny 2 Weekly Reset, so you're guaranteed to see it go live on one of October 12, October 19 or October 26.

Our money is on October 12.

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Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2021 Activities

While we don't know what the activity is, there's a good chance the Haunted Forest will be back in some guise.

Essentially this is a gauntlet that sees Guardians attempting to slay as many bosses as possible within a time limit, it's been great fun in the past.

Previously we said we'd like to see Bungie shake it up a little and that could be the case since the roadmap mentions that this year’s event will include 'Haunted Sectors'.

Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2021 Rewards

We'll also be treated to some new festival masks. Last year’s new mask selections included:

  • Ana Bray
  • Variks
  • Wrapped Traveler
  • Fractured Traveler
  • Bubbling (a papercraft witch’s cauldron)
  • Exo Stranger

This year we're hoping for a Caiatl mask, alongside maybe Savathun, evil Osiris and god damn if there's no baby fallen, we riot.

Obviously, though, everyone will be running with the Lost Prince, because LOOK AT IT.

Destiny 2 Dark Prince Mask
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Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost Armor Sets: Dinosaurs VS Movie Monsters

Of course, the big draw is new armor sets, and earlier this year Bungie held a fan vote to see which players would prefer:

"Movie Monsters VS Dinosaurs! Two larger-than-life legends battle for control over this year’s Festival of the Lost. The universe isn’t big enough for both of them and they have only one goal: Winning your vote. Now you might be thinking, “Hey, that dinosaur has some pretty good policy ideas.” But maybe the Movie Monster charging towards you as you fill out your ballot is making you nervous. We get it, it’s a high-pressure situation. Now choose!"

FULL DISCLOSURE - The Dinosaurs won the vote, so you can 100% guarantee to see these released this year.

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Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2021 Triumphs

A new event means new Triumphs, Destiny 2's in-game achievements.

Expect some to task players with collecting candy, chocolate Strange Coins or even tied to collecting masks.

Whatever they are, we'll have them here when we know what they are.

Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2021 Trailer

Once we see the first trailer, we'll add it right here.

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