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The Drifter
The Drifter npc.png
Name The Drifter
Title Rogue Lightbearer
Race Human
Gender Male
Location The Tower
Description The name says it all.

The Drifter is a Rogue Lightbearer, acting as the interim Hunter Vanguard in place of the late Cayde-6. He manages quests, bounties, and rewards related to Gambit.


  • The Tower — In the Annex, in the room between the Landing Zone and Ada-1.

Vendor Tooltip

This tooltip appears when hovering over the icon in the upper-left corner of the vendor screen:


  • Complete Gambit matches to earn Gambit Ranks. Winning or completing multiple matches in a row grants additional progress.
  • Complete Ranks to earn Gambit Engrams.
  • Earn Gambit weapons at the end of matches, in engrams, or from focusing more weapon perks as you complete up to 4 Rank resets in a Season.

Weekly Challenges

Name Description Objectives Rewards
Shady Schemes Complete bounties from this vendor to earn powerful rewards.
  • Bounties: 8

Gambit Rank

"I don't care if you win or lose. I just want you to get paid. Heh." —The Drifter

Complete Gambit matches to gain Gambit Rank points. Complete them back-to-back to increase your activity streak. Earn more points with higher streaks.

Starting a different ritual activity may reduce your streak.

Players can increase their rank with the Drifter (sometimes referred to as Infamy) by completing Gambit matches. Completing matches will also increase the player's Gambit activity streak, granting increased reputation rewards with each match, up to a maximum streak of 5. The player's current streak can be seen by hovering over the reputation icon on the Gambit screen in the Director. Completing Vanguard, Crucible, or Dares of Eternity activities will reduce the player's Gambit streak while adding to those activities' streaks. Players can only have a total of 5 streak progress across all four activity types, rebalancing depending on the activities completed.[1]

Some weeks will feature a modifier that increases the amount of Gambit Rank points gained. When this is active, an "Increased Gambit Rank" modifier will be visible when launching Gambit. This modifier will be active until the next Tuesday reset. Bonus Gambit Rank weeks are usually announced the weekend before through a "Next Week in Destiny" alert in-game.

Rank can be reset to 1 after rank 16 is completed. Resetting rank once will give a chance for weapons obtained from Gambit match completions, text-center Gambit Engram decryptions, and Focused Decoding to drop with additional Traits in the third and fourth perk columns. The chance and number of additional perks increase with each reset, up to 4 resets.[2]


Rank Number Rank Name Total Points Needed Points Until Next Rank
3 GUARDIAN III 125 125
4 BRAVE I 250 250
5 BRAVE II 500 450
6 BRAVE III 950 600
7 HEROIC I 1,550 375
8 HEROIC II 1,925 600
9 HEROIC III 2,525 825
10 FABLED I 3,350 525
11 FABLED II 3,875 775
12 FABLED III 4,650 1,050
13 MYTHIC I 5,700 750
14 MYTHIC II 6,450 1,075
15 MYTHIC III 7,525 1,475
16 LEGEND 9,000 1,000
(Maximum Rank)
10,000 N/A

Rank Rewards

Rewards can be obtained when certain ranks are reached. Rank will be automatically reset to 1 at the beginning of the next season, and any unclaimed rewards will be lost.

Season of the Deep

No Resets 1 Reset 2+ Resets
Every Rank text-center Gambit Engram
Every Major Rank text-center Powerful Gear N/A
Rank 4 3 text-center Enhancement Cores 3 Upgrade Module.jpg Upgrade Modules
Rank 7 Neon jungle icon1.jpg Neon Jungle (Shader) 3 text-center Enhancement Cores
Rank 10 2 text-center Enhancement Prisms 3 text-center Enhancement Cores
Rank 13 text-center Gun and Run (Ghost Projection) 2 text-center Enhancement Prisms
Rank 16 Last rite icon1.jpg Last Rite (Scout Rifle) Outcast rubric icon1.jpg Outcast Rubric (Last Rite Weapon Ornament) 2 text-center Enhancement Prisms
Reset Rank (Rank 16 Completed) text-center Ascendant Shard Exotic engram icon1.png Exotic Engram

Past Seasons

See also: The Drifter/Past Seasons

Focused Decoding

The Drifter Focused Decoding icon.jpg

Gambit Engrams, earned by increasing one's rank with the Drifter, can be focused into specific weapons and armor items with random rolls. Alternatively, they can be decrypted from the vendor screen to reward random drops from the current Gambit loot pool. To focus an engram into a specific item, the item must first be unlocked in Collections.

Each item costs 1 text-center Gambit Engram, text-center25, and text-center5,000.


Decoded weapons will have one trait in the third and fourth perk columns. Resetting rank once with the Drifter will give a chance for these weapons to decode or drop with additional traits in these columns. More resets will increase this chance, as well as the number of additional perks, up to 4 resets.[2]


Titan Hunter Warlock
Helmet text-center Viperidax Helmet text-center Viperidax Helmet text-center Viperidax Hood
Gauntlets text-center Viperidax Gauntlets text-center Viperidax Grips text-center Viperidax Gloves
Chest Armor text-center Viperidax Plate text-center Viperidax Vest text-center Viperidax Robes
Leg Armor text-center Viperidax Greaves text-center Viperidax Strides text-center Viperidax Boots

Note: The Viperidax Class Items (text-center Viperidax Mark, text-center Viperidax Cloak, and text-center Viperidax Bond) cannot be focused.

Legacy Gear

The Drifter Legacy Gear icon.jpg

Gambit Engrams can also be focused into older armor sets that are no longer in rotation. These items can be focused without having acquired them in Collections. However, items will cost more to focus if they have not been previously obtained.

Legacy Armor

If not in Collections, a legacy armor item costs 3 text-center Gambit Engrams, text-center50, and text-center10,000.

If in Collections, a legacy armor item costs 1 text-center Gambit Engram, text-center25, and text-center5,000.

Legacy Armor I

Titan Hunter Warlock
Helmet text-center Ancient Apocalypse Helm text-center Ancient Apocalypse Mask text-center Ancient Apocalypse Hood
Gauntlets text-center Ancient Apocalypse Gauntlets text-center Ancient Apocalypse Grips text-center Ancient Apocalypse Gloves
Chest Armor text-center Ancient Apocalypse Plate text-center Ancient Apocalypse Vest text-center Ancient Apocalypse Robes
Leg Armor text-center Ancient Apocalypse Greaves text-center Ancient Apocalypse Strides text-center Ancient Apocalypse Boots
Class Item text-center Ancient Apocalypse Mark text-center Ancient Apocalypse Cloak text-center Ancient Apocalypse Bond

Legacy Armor II

Titan Hunter Warlock
Helmet text-center Calamity Rig Helm text-center Calamity Rig Mask text-center Calamity Rig Cover
Gauntlets text-center Calamity Rig Gauntlets text-center Calamity Rig Sleeves text-center Calamity Rig Gloves
Chest Armor text-center Calamity Rig Plate text-center Calamity Rig Vest text-center Calamity Rig Robes
Leg Armor text-center Calamity Rig Greaves text-center Calamity Rig Strides text-center Calamity Rig Boots
Class Item text-center Calamity Rig Mark text-center Calamity Rig Cloak text-center Calamity Rig Bond





The Drifter sells 4 randomly chosen Gambit bounties daily for text-center250 each. They each reward XP+.


The Drifter offers repeatable Gambit bounties for text-center3000 each. They each reward XP and 10 Bright dust1.pngBright Dust.

Patch History

    • Ritual vendors in the Tower (Zavala, Shaxx, Drifter, Banshee-44, Saladin, Saint-14) now have help tooltips describing the core ritual and reputation, as well as explaining some of the less visible features.
      • Legacy Gear focusing options added to the Drifter.[4]
      • text-center Gambit Engrams no longer need to be claimed, and can now be decrypted through Drifter's vendor screen.
    • Some items that were previously sold by the Drifter or dropped from the Primeval Servitor boss in Gambit now have a small chance of dropping upon completion of a Gambit match.
    • The Drifter now offers weapon and armor focusing.
      • New Gambit engrams can be spent on focused equipment from the Drifter, or be decrypted by Master Rahool.


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