Experience is the primary vehicle for upgrading a Guardian's level, subclass, armor, and weapons. Experience is awarded to players for defeating enemies, turning in bounties, and completing quests. Motes of Light can be used to level up armor and weapons, but not levels or subclasses.
Experience gained before level 40 will go toward leveling up the Guardian. After achieving level 40, three Motes of Light will be granted for every 25,000 experience earned. Whether gaining experience before or after level 40, an equal amount of experience is given to equipped weapons, armor, and subclasses.
Experience earned from killing enemies that are a lower level than the Guardian are significantly reduced.
The following table shows how much additional experience is required to level up from the previous level:
|Level||Additional Experience Required|
- ↑ Foman123 (2014 June 20) YouTube: Destiny Alpha - Resource Upload Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- ↑ Reddit "Caveat to transferring high light items to new characters. Diminished XP. *Repost with proof". Retrieved February 25, 2016.
- ↑ Destiny Item Manager Source Code "Experience Per Level (2016 February 14) - progression.json (Line 1/Col 6862 - Line 1/Col 7100)". Retrieved March 19, 2016.