Destiny 2 Revelry event bringing Arbalest Exotic, Verdant Forest activity, and new armor next week

Bungie teased the Destiny 2 Revelry event in a weeks-old roadmap update, but we've only just gotten a start date it - and it's soon. The Revelry will kick off on Tuesday, April 16 and continue through Tuesday, May 7. During that time, players will be able to earn exclusive armor, a new Exotic weapon, and a medley of cosmetics like Ghost shells and ships. 

Destiny 2's Revelry is similar to the Dawning and Festival of the Lost events. It's centered around a new activity called the Verdant Forest, a randomly generated dungeon styled after the Vex Infinite Forest. It's a lot like the Haunted Forest, but done up in springtime colors. Bungie says "the objective is to clear as many rooms as possible. The more spaces you clear, the more time you’ll have to defeat the onslaught of five different bosses and claim your reward." Expect to shoot lots of dudes and then five big dudes. The Verdant Forest will feature matchmaking, but you'll have the option of going solo as well. 

Completing the Verdant Forest will net you multiple rewards. For starters, you'll earn pieces of the Inaugural Revelry armor set. The more bosses you kill in a run, the better your chances at getting an armor drop. Powerful versions of Revelry armor will also be available via weekly bounties sold by event vendor Eva Levante. Additionally, Bungie says Eva will sell packages containing "world drops, enhancement cores, and ornaments for the Inaugural Revelry helmet" in exchange for Reveler's Essence, which can be earned "through activities." It's unclear whether all activities will yield Reveler's Essence or just the Verdant Forest. 

Destiny 2 Revelry event bringing Arbalest Exotic, Verdant Forest activity, and new armor next week

Clearing the Verdant Forest will also charge up new consumables called Reveler's Tonics, which will be available from Eva. Three cooldown-reducing tonics will be available: one for grenade, one for your melee ability, and one for your class ability. The more Inaugural Revelry armor pieces you wear, the more potent your tonic will be. I have a feeling the grenade tonic will be most popular, but after the arc melee changes in the latest Destiny 2 patch notes, the race might actually be close. 

Perhaps most importantly, by completing Destiny 2 Revelry triumphs and earning Reveler's Essence, you'll unlock the Arbalest, a previously datamined kinetic Exotic linear fusion rifle. The Arbalest uses special ammo and deals bonus damage to all elemental shields, so it could be a pretty powerful PvE weapon. 

Any Bright Engrams you earn during the Revelry will come bundled with a Revelry Engram. These contain new ships, sparrows, Ghost shells, and an alternate version of the Inaugural Revelry armor called Vernal Growth armor. You can check out some of those cosmetics below: 

Destiny 2 Revelry event bringing Arbalest Exotic, Verdant Forest activity, and new armor next week

A few Eververse-only (direct purchase) cosmetics will also be available: 

Destiny 2 Revelry event bringing Arbalest Exotic, Verdant Forest activity, and new armor next week