how to get ether destiny 2

How to Get Ether in Destiny 2

Ether is the primary currency to run activities in Season of the Splicer. Learn more about how to get Ether so you're never in short supply!

There are a ton of new things to do during Season of the Splicer. With this season’s focus being on Eliksni, it should come as no surprise to find out that Ether, their primary resource, is a new currency. We learned from a scannable in the Eliksni quarter that there’s much more to Ether than we thought, but it’s also how we’re able to run the new seasonal activities.

How to Get Ether to Drop

You may have noticed some small, random white wisps that track your character periodically. This is Ether and it’s the same Ether that’s in the Ether collector public events throughout the Solar System. This is what you’re collecting this season.

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There are a handful of ways to earn Ether this season.

Sources of Ether During Season of the Splicer

  • Defeating combatants: Defeating combatants in any activity throughout the solar system has a chance of dropping Ether.
  • Completing playlist activities: Receive Ether from completing playlist Strikes, Crucible, or Gambit matches.
  • Completing public events: Successfully completing public events
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There’s no other way to get Ether outside of these three sources. However, there are a few upgrades you need to keep your eye on when you’re leveling the Splicer Gauntlet. This will help improve your chances of getting Ether and how much you get each when it does drop.

  • Ether Filter: Tier I upgrade that gives defeated combatants an increased chance of dropping ether.
  • Ether Recirculator: Tier II upgrade that gives defeated combatants a higher chance of dropping ether.
  • Ether Purifier: Tier III upgrade that gives defeated combatants an even higher chance of dropping ether and increases the Ether earned from completing activities.

Now, early on in the season, these perks really aren’t necessary. You can only carry so much Ether at one time and it isn’t much. The current amount you can carry, with the Ether Filter upgrade, is 150 Ether. This will increase as the season progresses (up to 300 at Tier III) and time-gate restrictions are lifted.

In the meantime, you’ll be able to max out your Ether rather quickly. Be sure to use it to purchase Key Codes so any excess Ether doesn’t go to waste. Then, run Override to unlock the Conflux chest to consume those keys. This gameplay loop will keep you flush with both Ether and Key Codes so you can earn more Decrypted Data which will help you unlock more Splicer Gauntlet upgrades.


If you’re planning on running Override to get your hands on this season’s new gear, you’re going to need a steady supply of Ether. It isn’t too difficult to get Ether in Destiny 2 as long as you’re actively playing the game. So, to get Ether to drop, you need to:

  • Defeat enemy combatants
  • Run playlist activities
  • Complete public events
  • Keep buying Key Codes
  • Run Override

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