Destiny 2 1.23 Patch Notes for PS4 and Xbox One Released

Destiny 2 update 1.23 is now rolling out for players onPlayStation 4andXbox One. According to the official Destiny 2 1.23 patch notes, the new update brings many changes to the game in preparation for Forsaken. Some features may not be fully operational until September 4. In addition, Destiny 2 version 1.23 also contains stability and performance improvements.

Bungie previously released a patch with a big list of fixes and changes. Unfortunately, many players were experiencing a number of issues when trying to play the game online. Today’s Destiny 2 patch 1.23 hotfix is expected to fix these issues.

Destiny 2 1.23 Patch Notes

Player Character

  • Subclass screen updated in preparation for Forsaken

Weapons and Armor

Exotic Armor
  • Orpheus Rig
      • No longer grants Super energy on bloom and damage sharing
      • Raised base Super amount that you receive from tethers to create a more consistent and less exponential experience
      • Super energy given is scaled up when more powerful enemies are tethered
      • When used with Moebius Quiver, grants additional tether shots
          • Does not grant ability energy on tethering targets
  • Celestial Nighthawk
      • Now grants 33% of your Super energy back if the target is killed by the shot
  • Wormhusk Crown
      • No longer starts regeneration of health and shields
      • Instead grants a larger health and shield bump at the beginning of dodge instead of at the end
  • Knucklehead Radar
      • Enhanced radar resolution while crouching
  • Lucky Pants
      • Extended duration of Illegally Modded Holster
  • Shinobu’s Vow
      • Skip grenade returns some energy when it damages an enemy


  • The Stag
      • Rift dropped from death now has standard rift duration
  • Eye of Another World
      • Ability recharge bonus increased
  • Nezarac’s Sin
      • Increased duration of Abyssal Extractors
      • Rapid kills extend the duration up to 20 seconds
  • Skull of Dire Ahamkara
      • Destiny 2 update 1.23 increased Super energy gained from Nova Bomb kills
      • Killing higher-ranked enemies now rewards more Super energy
  • Transversive Steps
      • Enhanced mobility
      • After sprinting for a short time, your currently equipped weapon is automatically reloaded
  • Winter’s Guile
      • Tuned damage and duration per stack to be more consistent


  • Mk. 44 Stand Asides
      • Overshield granted by sprinting appears faster
  • Hallowfire Heart
      • Base cooldown reduction when Super is uncharged in addition to CDR when charged
  • Helm of Saint-14
      • Grants allies an overshield for a short duration when passing through Ward of Dawn
  • Mask of the Quiet One
      • Destiny 2 version 1.23 increased energy gain from incoming damage
      • While critically wounded, health is granted from kills
  • Crest of Alpha Lupi
      • Healing pulse is more effective
  • Peacekeepers
      • Increased movement speed when wielding an SMG
  • Wormgod’s Caress
      • Destiny 2 patch 1.23 tuned damage and duration per stack to be more consistent
  • Primary ammo weapons and Special ammo weapons may exist in either the Kinetic or Energy slot.
  • Heavy ammo weapons can exist only in the Power slot.
  • Ammo type and damage type are now fixed attributes of a specific weapon.
  • Ammo distribution models updated entirely to support weapon slot changes.
  • Energy weapons no longer deal bonus damage to active enemy Supers.
Ammo Economy
  • Primary Ammo Weapons
      • Hand Cannons
      • Scout Rifles
      • Auto Rifles
      • Sidearms
      • Submachine Guns
  • Special Ammo Weapons
      • Fusion Rifles
      • Shotguns, Sniper Rifles
      • Trace Rifles
      • Single Shot Grenade Launchers
  • Heavy Ammo Weapons
      • Drum-Loaded Grenade Launchers
      • Rocket launchers
      • Linear Fusion Rifles
      • Swords
The following Year 1 weapons have moved to the Kinetic slot
  • Baligant
  • Shepherd’s Watch
  • Hawthorne’s Field-Forged Shotgun
  • Alone as a God
  • Perfect Paradox
  • The Frigid Jackal
  • Silicon Neuroma
The following Year 1 weapons are now locked to Solar damage
  • IKELOS_SR_v1.0.1
  • IKELOS_SG_V1.0.1
The following Exotic weapons did not change slot and still use Heavy ammo
  • Tractor Cannon
  • The Legend of Acrius
  • D.A.R.C.I.
  • Whisper of the Worm
Primary Ammo Weapons
  • Increased precision damage output of Primary ammo weapons
  • Increased in-air accuracy
  • Decreased body shot damage in PvE
      • Decreased Auto Rifle damage required to stagger enemies to compensate for reduced body damage
Special Ammo Weapons
  • Reduced damage output of Special ammo weapons
      • Increased damage of Trace Rifles
      • Trace Rifles now disintegrate defeated enemies
Heavy Ammo Weapons
  • Grenade Launchers:
      • Increased damage and blast radius
  • Linear Fusion Rifle
      • Increased damage
      • Reduced time to charge and fire
      • Reduced aim assist
  • Swords
      • Increased ammo
      • Increased damage mitigation when guarding
  • Sleeper Simulant
      • Destiny 2 update 1.23 fixed issue where charge time was not displayed properly on weapon
      • Magazine size increased
      • Destiny 2 1.23 reduced base damage
  • Borealis
      • Bonus damage after breaking a shield increased on precision hit
      • Still grants bonus damage on body shots
  • Prometheus Lens
      • No longer generates Special ammo on kill
  • Tractor Cannon
      • Repulsor Force’s Weaken effect now also increases non void damage by 33%, but no longer stacks with other weaken effects. (Shadowshot,Hammer Strike, etc).
  • Explosive Payload
      • Destiny 2 version 1.23 reduced bonus damage output
  • Ambitious Assassin
      • Increased time allotted between kills to earn bonus ammunition
  • Backup Plan
      • Decreased amount of time weapon must be stowed for perk to become available
  • Box Breathing
      • Reduced time required for perk to activate
      • Reduced precision bonus
      • Perk now resets after firing
  • High-Impact Reserves
      • Damage bonus granted earlier in magazine
  • Grave Robber
      • Now reloads your entire magazine
      • Primary ammo is granted directly to magazine
      • Heavy and Special ammo is transferred from reserves to magazine
  • Field Prep
      • Increased inventory reserves
      • Destiny 2 1.23 increased stow, ready, and reload speed when crouched
  • Auto-Loading Holster
      • Reduced time required for perk to activate when weapon is stowed.
  • Opening Shot
      • Increased falloff range (weapon does more damage at longer ranges)
  • Triple Tap
      • Grants ammo directly to the magazine; no longer pulls from reserves.
  • Starting with (9/4/2018), Year 1 mods can no longer be inserted into gear or weapons. You will no longer be able to insert any mods into Year 1 gear or change the elemental damage type come next week.
  • Fixed an issue where Rocket Launcher stability stat was not working as intended
  • Destiny 2 patch 1.23 addressed an issue where the Impact Casing perk on Grenade Launchers did not function
  • Swords now have the ability to accept shaders
  • Visual layout of perks has changed in subclass paths
  • Increased base Guardian melee damage
  • It now takes two melee hits to defeat an enemy Guardian in PvP
  • Increased the base damage of Seismic Strike, Hammer Strike, and Shield Bash
  • Adjusted active Super bonus damage resistance values
      • Added a timer to the status effect for Healing Rift, Empowering Rift, and Rally Barricade to communicate the time remaining before they expire
  • Axion Bolt
      • Increased base damage
      • Increased the amount of time it takes for the tracking strength to lower
  • Flashbang
      • Increased base damage
  • Incendiary Grenade
      • Increased base damage
  • Storm Grenade
      • Increased base damage
  • Scatter Grenade
      • Re-tuned range and falloff ranges for the detonations for more reliable damage
  • Magnetic, Fusion, and Flux Grenade
      • Increased base damage
      • Damage is now the same whether a target has been stuck or simply walked over grenade when detonating
      • Magnetic Grenade now detonates a second time only if it’s attached to a target
      • The second detonation no longer only occurs on the grenade itself and will now be applied to each individual target hit by the initial detonation
  • Skip Grenade
      • Increased impact damage of each Skip Drone impact for a higher total potential damage
  • Voidwall
      • Increased the damage of initial Void Wall wave
  • General
      • Marksman’s Dodge is now considered a reload; it can interact with Kill Clip, Rat King, etc.
  • Gunslinger
      • Practice Makes Perfect perk now grants Super energy on throwing knife kills
      • Increased the duration of all versions of Golden Gun
  • Nightstalker
      • Once activated, the Shadowshot tether will find enemy targets more reliably within its search radius
  • General
      • Rally Barricade no longer requires players to take cover to reload—it now feeds ammo to your magazine over time
  • Striker
      • With Terminal Velocity enabled, the opening Fists of Havoc slam no longer leaves a lingering damage area
      • Lowered the health threshold for triggering Knockout so that it triggers sooner, to keep up with the PvP lethality changes
      • Increased the lunge range of the Fists of Havoc melee attack
  • Sunbreaker
      • Sol Invictus will now trigger on burn kills
  • Sentinel
      • Increased Ward of Dawn health significantly
      • Increased the amount of health provided by the Ward of Dawn overshield
      • Sentinel Shield Super
          • Increased Shield Throw projectile speed
          • Shield Throw no longer loses damage after bouncing or ricocheting off targets
          • Faster attack animations for grounded melee attacks
          • Increased Sentinel Super damage in PvE
  • General
      • Increased Healing Rift effectiveness
      • Empowering Rift now increases precision damage (previously, bonus damage was capped at the weapon’s precision damage in PvP)
  • Stormcaller
      • Increased the PvP damage of Stormtrance
      • Increased Arc Soul’s projectile speed
  • Dawnblade
      • Increased Dawnblade projectile speed and base tracking strength
  • Voidwalker
      • Significantly reduced the length of time that Blink disables your radar and HUD
      • Chaos Accelerant no longer costs Super energy to use
      • Increased the damage bonus granted by Chaos Accelerant for each Voidwalker grenade

PvE changes in Destiny 2 update 1.23

Daily Heroic Story Playlist
  • Year 1 meditations have been retired and replaced with a Heroic Story playlist
  • These will share modifiers with Heroic adventures and strikes
  • Forsaken campaign missions will be featured at 500 Power, while Year 1 campaign missions will be featured at 200 Power
  • Wanted escapees from the Prison of Elders now roam the open world
      • They will not drop rewards until September 4, 2018
  • Increased the difficulty of Lost Sectors
      • Example: EDZ Lost Sectors are now 240 Power
  • Replayable adventures have been removed from destination vendors
  • Heroic adventures have been added to all destinations
  • Destinations without Heroic adventures before Forsaken will have them available during their Flashpoint weeks
  • A random Heroic adventure will be available each day
  • Mercury and Mars Heroic adventures are unchanged
  • Heroic adventures will share similar modifiers with daily Heroics and strikes
  • Vanguard Strikes
      • Heroic Strike playlists have been retired for all players and replaced with a single content-appropriate playlist:
          • Legacy
              • Strikes playlist matches the legacy playlist that is currently available in Year 1
              • Recommended Power 200
              • Will have modifiers
          • Forsaken
              • Strike playlist has three difficulties to select from:
                  • Recommended Power 300 (not available when your level is 40 Power higher)
                  • Recommended Power 400 (not available when your level is 40 Power higher)
                  • Recommended Power 500 (always available)
              • Will have modifiers
  • Nightfall
      • Retired Prestige difficulty
      • Increased base difficulty for Nightfall activities
      • Players can choose one of three Nightfall strikes each week
      • Players may select only the strikes for which they own the appropriate expansions
      • Legacy players will still be able to enable modifiers via the Challenge Card, but scoring will be disabled in the 270 Power Nightfall
  • Escapees from the Prison of Elders now appear in strikes, Lost Sectors, and public areas


  • New ammo model for maps to accommodate weapon slots

Items & Economy

  • Collections (emblems and Exotics) that are found in the vault will be unavailable during the week of August 28–September 4, but they will return with in the upcoming Collections tab
  • Exotics will now always drop at or above your Guardian’s Power level
  • Year 1 challenges will no longer grant destination materials or tokens
  • Destination materials can be earned via bounties, available from their respective destination vendors
  • Anything that previously granted destination tokens or Rare materials will grant Common destination materials moving forward
  • Destination tokens and Rare destination materials are no longer granted, but they can still be redeemed for reputation if you have them in your inventory
  • His will is not his own
      • No longer displays a vendor icon on destination maps
      • No longer tied to Flashpoints
  • He has a clear purpose but cannot explain it—forgive him
      • Fated Engrams grant only pre-Forsaken Exotics
  • Destiny 2 1.23 increased vault size to 500 slots
  • Players can now dismantle shaders in stacks of five in Master Rahool’s vendor screen
  • Cayde-6 has left the Tower to investigate disturbances in the Reef
  • Removed Treasure Maps and Scout Reports


  • Destiny 2 version 1.23 added Korean language support to consoles
User Interface
  • Destiny 2 1.23 updated title screen to reflect Forsaken launch
The Director screen has been updated to reconfigure the way challenges, milestones, Flashpoints, and quests are presented:
  • Challenges
      • The Year 1 challenge system has been removed and converted into bounties, which will be available through their respective destination and activity vendors on September 4
      • Bounties are displayed in the Pursuits bucket of the inventory screen
      • In Year 2 (Forsaken), “challenges” now refer to the bonuses that grant rewards on a daily or weekly basis
      • These can be seen in the Director via new indicators on a playlist or destination when available
  • Milestones
      • The milestone tray will now be limited to showing specific quests and quest steps
          • One-time completion objectives, such as campaign missions, subclass missions, and strikes introductions will remain as milestones
          • Players who do not have any active milestones will not see a milestones blade being displayed
      • Many Year 1 milestones have been converted into challenges
          • These challenges will continue to grant powerful rewards
  • Weekly and daily milestones
      • Previous weekly and daily milestones, such as strike completion and Crucible, will now appear as weekly or daily challenges on their associated playlists
  • Flashpoints
      • The Flashpoint milestone will now appear as a challenge visible on its respective destination vendor
          • Flashpoint progress has been expanded to include Lost Sectors and Heroic adventures
  • Exotic quests
      • Exotic quests are now displayed in the Inventory tab under the Pursuits bucket
      • They can be recovered at the quests’ associated vendor if abandoned
      • Exotic quests now correctly use Exotic coloring in the UI
      • Icons for Exotic quests are now appropriately represented with Exotic rarity
  • World quests
      • World quests are now displayed in the Inventory tab under the Pursuits bucket
  • Updated the Director with a new theme and layout to better represent destinations for Year 2
      • Presell is in the Reef location
      • The “Leviathan” raid and raid lairs have been moved to Nessus
Character Screen
  • Weapon slots
      • Weapon tooltips now display ammo types
          • White ammo icon – “Primary”
          • Green ammo icon – “Special”
          • Purple ammo icon – “Heavy”
      • The HUD will show a color based on the associated ammo type next to each weapon on the weapon tray
  • Subclass screen
      • The path name is now being displayed along the bottom of the character art
  • Collections
      • Collections are not available until September 4
  • Triumphs
      • Triumphs are not available until September 4
  • Gear tooltips
      • Perks are displayed by name only on tooltips for Ghost Shells, weapons, and armor
      • Exotic perks will display a short description
  • Destiny 2 1.23 added fixes for crashing issues.
  • Added performance and stability performance.

Destiny 2 update 1.23 is now available for download on PS4 and Xbox One.

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