How to get Opaque Cards in Destiny 2’s Season of the Witch

Finding Opaque Cards is a big part of Destiny 2‘s new Season of the Witch. Besides the usual seasonal vendor, the Lectern of Divination grants powerful benefits if you find and return these cards to the deck. Minor Arcana are a little like the bonuses from last season, providing buffs for crafting seasonal armour and weapons, or free engrams and keys. 

Major Arcana are a little more involved, though, and you’ll have to complete specific objectives to unlock their combat buffs for running Savathun’s Spire or Altars of Summoning. If you haven’t yet, be sure to do the Unveiled quest if you want the new Strand Aspects. Otherwise, here’s how to get Opaque Cards in Season of the Witch, plus how the Deck of Whispers works.

Destiny 2 Opaque Card locations

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Destiny 2 Opaque Cards - Savathun's Spire

You can get Opaque Cards from Savathun’s Spire and Altars of Summoning (Image credit: Bungie)
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Destiny 2 Opaque Card in the Athenaeum

There is a card hidden in the Athenaeum (Image credit: Bungie)
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Destiny 2 Opaque Cards - Seasonal vendor

Ranking up with the seasonal vendor will get you four cards (Image credit: Bungie)
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Destiny 2 Opaque Cards - Minor Arcana

Activate your Opaque Card at the lectern to get its reward (Image credit: Bungie)

There are four different ways you can currently get your hands on Opaque Cards:

  • Complete Savathun’s Spire and Altars of Summoning: Both seasonal activities drop Opaque Cards upon completion most of the time.
  • Complete playlist activities: Vanguard strikes and Crucible matches both seem to have a chance of dropping Opaque Cards, but the drop rate is far less consistent than just playing the seasonal activities instead.
  • Find them: There are a few hidden Opaque Cards in the world, such as the one at the far end of the Athenaeum hidden behind the tree, and the Elemental Attunement cards you can see in Savathun’s Spire, but are currently unable to pick up.
  • Raise your season vendor rank: As you earn more seasonal vendor XP and rank up, you’ll be able to collect four Opaque Cards from the Ritual Table in the Athenaeum.

Once you get a card, head back to the Lectern of Divination to activate the Arcana and receive its associated reward. Minor Arcana can give you seasonal bonuses such as being able to craft a Deepsight weapon once per week, one-off rewards like engrams, or Witch’s Keys to use in the Savathun’s Spire activity.

Destiny 2 Deck of Whispers: How does it work

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Destiny 2 Opaque Cards - Major Arcana quest

You’ll need to complete each Major Arcana quest to use the card (Image credit: Bungie)
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Destiny 2 Opaque Cards - Deck of Whispers

You can tweak your Deck of Whispers in the Athenaeum (Image credit: Bungie)

As you complete the main seasonal quest, you’ll unlock Major Arcana cards at the Lectern of Divination. Each card has a list of seasonal benefits, but before you can get them, there are two things you need to do:

  • Complete its quest: Activating a Major Arcana at the Lectern of Divination begins its quest, requiring you to gather Insight by completing specific objectives and steps. These generally just involve doing activities or killing enemies across the system with certain weapons.
  • Unlock five Major Arcana: Before you can use the Deck of Whispers, you’ll need to complete the associated quests for five Major Arcana cards.

Once both of these are done, you can build your Deck of Whispers. Each Major Arcana grants a specific buff in seasonal activities. When you start either Savathun’s Spire or Altars of Summoning, a random card will be drawn from the Deck of Whispers, granting that bonus.

You can only have a few cards active in the deck at any one time. Since there are only five Major Arcana cards available in week one, this doesn’t matter so much now, but as more appear it’ll become relevant. To swap out cards in your Deck of Whispers, walk over to the row of big floating cards in the Athenaeum and you’ll be given the option to remove or switch them around.

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