First Thing’s First: Get to Level 40
Destiny: The Taken King has changed everything when it comes to leveling up. In Year One, it was all about your gear but now hitting the cap is based on experience points instead. The first step for tackling Destiny: The Taken King’s highest level content is hitting that new level cap of 40. Let’s break down how to get to 40 and beyond (via light level) as quickly as possible.
If you’re just starting out or are creating a new character, your first step should be to use the Spark of Light if you have it to boost you up to level 25. This is where The Taken King’s content begins.
After hitting 25, you’re going to want to start working on The Taken King’s story. Work through its missions and quests making sure to take every bounty from the tower possible. This will make a huge difference and speed up your progress immensely. Use Ghost’s new tracking feature to keep tabs on your progress and knock out those bounties as you play. While we are on the topic of new stuff, by the way, remember that Ghosts, Class Items, and Relics all count towards your light level. Always wear the best gear you can.
If you’re not 40 by the time you kill Oryx, you should be pretty close. Either start working on the post game quests that appear after defeating Oryx, or grab some Crucible bounties and finish up there. Either way, once you hit 40, the real challenge begins and Light Level kicks in.