Upgrade Modules are one of the many Infusion materials in Destiny 2. They are important materials that you will need if you want to take on any of the end-game activities in Destiny 2.
If you aren’t quite sure what Upgrade Modules do or how you use them, then this guide is for you!
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To use Upgrade Modules in Destiny 2, go to the Details page on a piece of gear, hover over the Infusion tab under Armor Mods, and choose a piece of gear to Dismantle for Infusion. This will consume one Upgrade Module.
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How to Use Upgrade Modules in Destiny 2
In order to stay competitive in the end-game of Destiny 2, you will need to keep your weapons and armor at the highest Power Level you can.
When you get a new piece of gear to drop that you want to use, more often than not, you will need to upgrade that gear to meet your Power Level. To do this, you will need Upgrade Modules.
Upgrade Modules are a Legendary material that allows you to Infuse your gear with another piece of gear of the matching type, taking the Power Level of one piece of gear and giving it to the other.
For example, to upgrade your 1800 Power Power Level Helmet Armor piece to the Max Power of 1810, you would need another Helmet Armor piece that is already 1810 to Infuse into it.
Why would you need to change the Power Level of your gear if you already have a piece that is Max Power? The answer is stats.
Every piece of gear in Destiny 2 comes with random Perks and stats. To get the best stats possible, you will need to find high-stat gear from end-game activities such as Raids, Dungeons, and Trials of Osiris.
If your high-stat gear drops below 1810 Power Level, then you will need to upgrade it to make it competitively viable.
To upgrade your weapons or gear, open up your inventory and go to the Details of whatever gear you want to upgrade.
Underneath the Armor Mods, you should see an Infusion tab on the very left. For weapons, it will be under the Weapon Mods section.
Hovering over this tab will show you all of the gear that you currently have in your inventory that you can use as Infusion fodder. This will not display gear that is in your Vault.
Remember that you can only Infuse gear with the same type of gear. You will be able to use Hand Cannons to upgrade Sniper Rifles so long as they are both in either the Kinetic slot or the Energy slot.
You can’t upgrade a Kinetic weapon with an Energy weapon or vice versa. Armor pieces can only be upgraded with the same type of armor piece.
Once you find the piece of gear that you want to use for Infusion, hold down the displayed key to Dismantle for Infusion. This will dismantle that piece of gear and Infuse its Power Level, granting it to your high-stat gear.
Where to Get Upgrade Modules
You may notice when trying to upgrade your gear that it costs one Upgrade Module every time you Infuse anything.
This means if you want to Infuse your entire Loadout and get it to Max Power, you are going to need at least eight Upgrade Modules.
Luckily, Upgrade Modules are not hard to come by. You can purchase Upgrade Modules in the Tower from either Banshee-44 or Ada-1.
Each Upgrade Module will cost 1 Enhancement Core, 10 Legendary Shards, and 5,000 Glimmer. You can hold a maximum of 25 Upgrade Modules at a time in your inventory.
If you don’t have that many Enhancement Cores or Legendary Shards to be spending, then you can rely on the Season Pass for some Upgrade Modules.
Especially early on, the Season Pass is very generous with Upgrade Modules, rewarding two to three Modules every few Tiers.
New players shouldn’t have to worry too much about upgrading their gear very often. Once you start heading into higher-level content, you will need to ensure all of your gear is as high a Power Level as possible.
To save on Upgrade Modules, it is best only to use them when taking one piece of gear to the max Power Level of 1810.
Infusing your 1800 gear to 1806, then 1808, then 1810 is a waste of two Upgrade Modules. In most cases, it is okay to just wait until you have the right Infusion fodder for the job.
Where to Get Infusion Fodder
Infusion fodder can be any piece of gear that is a high Power Level that you don’t plan on using.
Instead of dismantling this gear as soon as you get it, it is important to keep some high Power Level gear in your Vault for Infusion fodder.
Any type of Pinnacle or Powerful Reward can be used as Infusion fodder.
If you are unlucky with your rewards and get low-stat armor or weapons with bad Perks, don’t dismantle them if they have a high Power Level. Just keep them in your Vault for now.
As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to save at least one high Power Level piece of gear in your Vault for every different kind of weapon and armor type, even if you don’t plan on using it.
Believe me, you will be glad you did. The last thing you want is to be in a position where you need to upgrade your gear but the only high Power Level gear you have around is gear that you use regularly.
Now you know what to do with your Upgrade Modules!
Do you find the Infusion system in Destiny 2 confusing? Are there any other questions you have that this article didn’t answer? Feel free to ask in the comments!