DESTINY 2: How to Change Your Guardian’s Appearance

Guardians rejoice! We can finally change our guardian's appearance in Destiny 2 with the new Into the Light update.
Destiny 2 Into the Light

Into the Light brings plenty of long-awaited changes to Destiny 2, as Bungie puts their own spin on a “mid-season” update to hold players over until the release of The Final Shape. The first-person looter shooter has plenty of new additions, including a new social zone in the Hall of Champions, returning fan-favorite weapons, and a brand-new wave-defense game mode in Onslaught.

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However, arguably, the most significant change is the introduction of a feature Destiny players have been begging for since release: changing your guardian’s appearance.

DESTINY 2: How to Change Your Guardian’s Appearance

It’s been a long, uphill battle for players wanting to change their character’s appearance in Destiny 2. Players have been stuck with the same-looking character since the game’s launch in 2017 (or 2014 for those of us playing since the original Destiny). Many of us made grave mistakes back then, forcing our guardians into a life hidden behind a helmet. It’s practically engrained into the culture of Destiny 2 that you don’t ever take your helmet off, even in the social spaces.

Destiny 2 character select screen
Image via Bungie

However, you can now right the wrongs of the past by changing your guardian’s appearance whenever you want to. And it’s entirely free.

That’s right, put your wallets away; your money is no good here. Well, at least this time. Surprisingly, Bungie didn’t lock changing your guardian’s appearance behind a paywall, so you can save your silver, bright dust, and real-world money for whatever cosmetics are in this week’s shop.

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And as if that wasn’t enough of a gift to us players, modifying how your guardian looks in Destiny 2 is rather simple. Here’s how to do it:

Destiny 2 edit guardian menu
Image via Bungie
  1. Launch Destiny 2 and log in.
  2. On the character select screen, hover your cursor over the guardian you want to edit.
  3. Press Y (Xbox), Triangle (PlayStation), or Right-Click (PC) to choose “Modify.”
  4. Edit your guardian.
  5. Click “Finish” to save your changes. You’ll need to hold A (Xbox), X (PlayStation), or Left-Click (PC) to confirm.

And that’s it! Best of all, you can change your Destiny 2 guardian’s appearance as much as you want. Bungie didn’t set a limit, restrict how often you can do it, or lock future changes behind a paywall. However, while you can change the body type, face, head/hair, and markings, you cannot switch your guardian’s origins, so you’re stuck with whichever you chose initially (Human, Exo, or Awoken).

About Destiny 2: Into the Light

Destiny 2 Into the Light poster

Release Date: April 9, 2024
Publisher: Bungie
Developer: Bungie
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC
Genre: First-person shooter, MMOG

Synopsis: This new two-month content update issues in a rollout of exciting content, including the new wave-defense Onslaught activity; iconic fan-favorite weapons with standard and limited-edition variants; the new Hall of Champions social space; reprised The Whisper and Zero Hour Exotic missions; a new raid boss gauntlet called Pantheon; fresh rewards; and more.

Have you changed your guardian’s appearance in Destiny 2? What do you think about the Into the Light update? What other features do you think the game needs? Let us know your thoughts and opinions on social media, and keep following The Illuminerdi for more content like this.

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