11 Methods to Fix FPS Drops and Lag in Destiny 2: Lightfall

Ever since Destiny 2: Lightfall got released, many players have been complaining about lag and FPS drops in the game. This of course puts you at a disadvantage against your rivals, and you become an easy target.

The FPS drops are usually due to incorrect game settings. First, you need to have a compatible PC that at least meets the minimum requirements to run the game. Secondly, the settings in the game need to be changed as we instruct in this article.

In case changing the settings doesn’t negate the lag and fluctuations, the problem will be with your device drivers. So, simply updating the graphic drivers will solve the issue.

Below, there will be a total of 11 methods through which you can fix the frame rates of Destiny 2: Lightfall. Go through them one after another and see which one works on your end.

1. Change Game Settings

Before trying any other way, start off by changing your in-game settings. Sometimes the graphics and FPS rates are set very high, which your driver doesn’t support, and thus the game lags. So, you’ll find a list below of our recommended video settings. Make sure to adjust yours in accordance.

Window ModeFullscreen
Framerate CapOff
Field of ViewAccording to personal preference
Anti-aliasingSMAA or FXAA
Screen Space Ambient OcclusionOff
Texture Anisotropy4x
Texture QualityMedium or High
Shadow QualityLow
Depth of FieldLow or Off
Environment Detail DistanceMedium
Character Detail DistanceMedium
Foliage Detail DistanceLow
Foliage Shadows DistanceLow
Light ShaftsLow
Motion BlurOff
Wind ImpulseOff
Render Resolution100%
Chromatic AberrationOff
Film GrainOff

2. Update Device Drivers

For high-graphic games, the graphic drivers need to be up-to-date as well. If you’re using an old driver that doesn’t support Destiny 2, then we highly recommend changing it. However, if the driver can be updated, then it’s better to update it first and check if the frame rates get stable.

Here’s how to update your device drivers:

  1. Start Run with Win + R and paste the following to open the device manager: devmgmt.msc
  2. Expand the Display Adapters option.
  3. Now right-click on your graphics driver and then click on Update driver.
    Updating graphic drivers in Windows
    Update driver option in Device Manager
  1. In the next window, select Search automatically for updated driver software.
    Updating drivers automatically
    Search automatically for drivers option
  1. Wait for Windows to look for the driver software.
  2. Once found, follow the onscreen instructions to update the graphics card.

3. Clear Game Cache

The cache files of Destiny 2: Lightfall can get damaged sometimes, which results in FPS drops and lag. So, you simply need to delete or clear the cache of the game, and the issue will be solved.

Follow the steps below for the process:

  1. Open run with Win + R and paste: %appdata%
  2. Click OK.
  3. Look for the Bungie folder.
  4. Enter it and delete the DestinyPC folder.
    Clearing Destiny 2 game cache
    DestinyPC folder in Roaming > Bungie
  1. The game will automatically build new caches when you start it now.

4. Close Background Apps

The reason for the ping spike in the game can be due to unnecessary applications running in the background. Some of them would be taking a lot of system resources, and thus the game won’t be getting the RAM that it requires to operate with stability.

So, it’s obvious that you should play Destiny 2 with no other process running in the background. If they are running, follow the steps below to stop them.

  1. Open Task Manager with Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. You’ll be at the processes tab by default.
  3. Stop every process that is running by right-clicking on it and then selecting End Task.
    Ending tasks in Task Manager
    End tasks in Task Manager
  1. Launch and play Destiny 2 now.

5. Disable In-Game Overlays

In-game overlays are undoubtedly important, especially for messages, but they do eat up some RAM as well. And this can also be the reason for the lag in the game.

Mostly, you’ll be using Discord’s overlay, Steam’s, or the Windows Game Bar. Turn their overlay option off by following these simple steps.

Windows Game Bar

  1. Go to Settings > Gaming.
  2. Turn off the Xbox Game Bar option on the right side.
Disabling Xbox Game Bar in Windows
Disable Xbox Game Bar


  1. Open Discord and click on the gear icon next to your username to go to Settings.
  2. Click on Overlay in the Settings section.
  3. Disable the Enable in-game overlay option.
Disabling Discord Overlay
Disable in-game overlay



  1. Launch steam and head over to your Game Library.
  2. Select Properties after right-clicking on Destiny 2: Lightfall.
  3. Now in the General settings, untick the Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game option.
Disabling Steam overlay
Disable steam in-game overlay

6. Verify the Integrity of Destiny 2: Lightfall Game Files

The game files can either get corrupted or removed by the anti-virus after it mistakenly takes them as viruses. This results in lagging and FPS fluctuations in the game. However, you can recover lost files very easily through Steam. If you don’t know how to verify the integrity of game files, follow the procedure below. 

  1. Go to your Game Library on Steam and right-click on Destiny 2: Lightfall.
  2. Click on Properties and go to the Local Files portion.
  3. Now select Verify Integrity of Game Files.
    Verifying the integrity of Destiny 2 game files
    Verify the integrity of Destiny 2: Lightfall’s game files
  1. Wait for Steam to check the files and replace the defective ones alongside installing those that were removed by the anti-virus.
  2. After the process is complete, close Steam and run the game again.

7. Enable Game Mode (Windows 11)

If you’re a Windows 11 user, then enabling Game Mode will boost the performance of your games. This is the reason why it should be enabled while playing Destiny 2 to avoid FPS drops.

It’s really straightforward to enable this option, and here’s how to do it.

  1. Type Game Mode in the search bar of Windows.
  2. Click on it and simply enable the option.
Enabling game mode in Windows 11
Enable Game Mode in Windows 11

8. Select the High-Performance Power Option

By default, Windows will be running in balanced mode. This means that the system’s hardware isn’t giving its best performance. And of course, for high-intensity gaming, you need to have your system running at its finest.

Luckily, the power option can be easily changed on Windows.

  1. Press Win + X and select Power Options.
    Selecting Windows Power Options
    Windows Power Options
  1. Scroll down and click on Additional power settings under Related Settings.
    Selecting Additional power settings in Windows
    Additional power settings options
  1. Now click on Create a power plan.
    Creating a power plan in Windows
    Create a power plan option
  1. Select High Performance and write the Plan name before clicking Next.
    Creating high performance power plan in Windows
    High performance power plan
  1. Click on Create on the next screen after selecting the desired settings.
    Editing power plan settings
    Edit power plan settings
  1. The plan will now be activated.
  2. Run the game and see if the FPS drops are gone or not.

9. Update Windows Performance Settings

Another thing you should do after changing the power options is updating the Windows performance settings. There are basically 4 options to choose from, and you need to select the one that says “Adjust for Best Performance.”

  1. Go to the Control Panel and move to System and Security.
  2. Now select System and click on Advanced System Settings under Related Settings by scrolling down.
    Selecting Advanced system settings
    Advanced system settings option
  1. Click on Settings in the Performance section.
    Editing Windows Performance settings
    Windows Performance Settings
  1. Select Adjust for best performance under the Visual Effects tab.
    Adjusting Windows for Best Performance
    Select Adjust for best performance
  1. Click on Apply and OK.

10. Increase the Priority of Destiny 2

Increasing the priority of any game lets Windows know that this application needs some boost. Doing this will prioritize Destiny 2: Lightfall over other applications and fix the FPS drops and instability.

  1. Launch Destiny 2: Lightfall.
  2. Now start Task Manager and click on its Details tab.
  3. Locate Destiny 2 and right-click on it.
  4. Hover over Set priority and select High from the subsequent menu.
    Setting the priority of Destiny: 2 Lightfall as High
    Set High Priority for Destiny 2: Lightfall
  1. Now play the game and see whether it’s fluctuating now.

11. Install the Game on an SSD

SSDs are much faster than HDDs. In case your HDD is struggling to run the game, get an SSD and reinstall the game there. If you’re able to install the SSD yourself, then well and good; otherwise, get it done from a computer store. Afterward, install the game and select the location of your SSD for the Steam downloads.

The install size of Destiny 2 is 102.60 GB on Steam, and the pre-load storage space requirement is 223.3 GB.


Abdullah Iqbal

Abdullah is a Google IT certified Help Desk Technician with extensive experience in providing technical support to system users. He has a proven track record of effectively resolving IT issues, and is adept at working with tools like Jira and ZenDesk to efficiently manage support tickets. Abdullah is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest technological advancements and constantly seeks to improve his skills and knowledge through professional development opportunities.
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