I was running crucible with a new set of Ahamkara Spines last night and noticed they leveled up VERY slowly. This all makes sense now.
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Over the past couple days I've been wondering how much it takes to level up gear. After doing multiple tests and using DestinyStatus.com, the first circle on Legendary Boots only takes 5,058 XP to fill it in. Which went in line with most of my testing I did when I used Motes of Light AND turning in bounties. So, here we go to the reason why I am making this post.
Feeling pretty frustrated, I then started testing how much a Mote of Light gives, they give 1,000 XP.
I then popped a Focused Light Boost (Red Bull Code 50% increase), so that would mean now a Mote of Light = 1,500 XP. I tested it on a Kingslayer Shell and it did in fact jump to 1,500 XP when I refreshed the page.
With a Focused Light popped, I then had to use 44 Motes of Light exactly to fully upgrade my boots. For a total of 66,000 XP just on Motes of Light.
Making it a grand total of 157,750 XP used to level up ONE single piece of gear. SURELY there has to be something wrong here. It shouldn't take 3 days worth of bounties to level up 1 piece of gear, that's completely insane.
Are the bounties "bugged" where some are not giving their CORRECT pay out of XP or not giving it at all? Either way, where did all the XP go?
EDIT #1 : I just did another test. I completed a 2,500 XP Bounty. I made sure I only had on ONE piece of gear (Boots). I turned in the Bounty and the FULL 2,500 XP was applied to my Light Level Up Bar (for the 5 motes) and only 500 was applied to the Boots. There is something clearly wrong here OR they have nerfed how much XP is applied. Either way, this was never brought up by Bungie.
EDIT #2 : In one more test, Motes of Light XP (1,000 or 1,500) are FULLY applied to said piece of armor/weapon.
EDIT #3 :
They doing us dirty mang....