Hello fellow guardians! Based off of vast experimentation, I have compiled a solid list of the light caps for each avenue in the game. I figured with the Hard Mode Raid dropping soon that it would be wise to have some sort of guide to get you up to 385 as fast as possible.

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Soooo without further ado here we go:

Light Caps for Engrams:

  • Blue Engrams (Encrypted): up to 340
  • Purple Engrams (Legendary): up to 365
  • Gold Engrams (Exotic): up to 387 (tested; 7/10 engrams dropped over 385 light)

Light Caps for Faction Packages: up to 387 (EDIT: gunfromsako has RNG from the gods and pointed this out; more data the better to support his claim)

Light Caps for Activities:

  • Nightfall: up to 389 (Confirmed via multiple sources)
  • Normal/Heroic Strikes: up to 365 (various testing done here)
  • Skeleton Key loot: up to 387 (tbd; needs more tests; dammoooUK confirmed SGD)
  • Archon’s Forge has two different tiers:
    • Class Armor (Marks, Bond, and Cloaks): up to 387(tested multiple characters and times)
    • Armor/Weapons: up to 365 (tested multiple characters and times; verified by multiple users too)
  • Iron Banner has two different tiers:
    • Weekly bounties: up to 387
    • Efrideet’s Questline: up to 389
  • Challenge of Elders: up to 365
  • Wrath of the Machine Normal: up to 385-387 (need to verify)
  • Wrath of the Machine Hard: up to 400 (this is the only confirmed 400 light drops)
  • Crucible: up to 387 (EDIT: thedarkerride confirmed higher than 385 drops waiting on some more sources)
  • Trials of Osiris: up to 389 (EDIT: gunfromsako has RNG from the gods and pointed this out; more data the better to support his findings)

Other Raids hold the same light caps as they did in Year 2.

NB: I will make any edits to this and accept any all feedback. Other than that see you star side Guardians!

EDITS WILL BE MADE AS NEW INFO POURS IN.

EDIT: On the light caps, I have set some of those to the highest reported light since there have been multiple reports of items dropping between 385-389. Until confirmation of the cap is revealed, that is what I will set them at for the time being. THIS IS A GENERALIZATION TO MAKE THINGS EASIER TO REMEMBER, IT IS NOT ABSOLUTE UNTIL THE LIGHT CAP IS SET IN STONE.

THANK YOU FELLOW GUARDIANS FOR ALL THE INPUT!! KEEP IT COMING!!

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Additional Guide Tips Welcomed!