Destiny 2 Nightfall this Week: Shields and Champions

by | Sep 20, 2022 | Leveling

Nightfall: The Ordeals are an integral part of the Destiny 2 experience. With several difficulty levels and rewards to offer, they will become a part of your weekly ritual early on in your Destiny 2 journey.

When tackled in Legend, Master, or Grandmaster difficulty levels, they become a challenging task for a Fireteam, just as Legend and Master Lost Sectors are challenging to solo players.

Today we focus on higher difficulty Nightfalls and cover their weekly rotation, Shields, Champions, and more.

Destiny 2 Nightfall this week: September 20, 2022

The Nightfall: The Ordeal on rotation this week is the free-to-play Exodus Crash strike, located on Nessus.

Nightfall: Exodus Crash

Featured Nightfall this week

Shields: Solar Solar & Void Void     /     Champions: Barrier & Overload rounds Overload

Requires: Free-to-Play

As with most things in Destiny 2, Nightfall: The Ordeals are on rotation. In this case, a weekly rotation. For the sake of clarity, the week officially resets on Tuesdays at 9 AM PDT.

Season 18 Nightfall rotation

WeekNightfallLocationEventsWeek #
23 August 2022The GlasswayEuropa-Week 1
30 August 2022The LightbladeThrone World-Week 2
6 September 2022Fallen S.A.B.E.R.Cosmodrome-Week 3
13 September 2022The DisgracedCosmodrome-Week 4
20 September 2022Exodus CrashNessus-Week 5
27 September 2022The Devil's LairCosmodrome-Week 6
4 October 2022-Week 7
11 October 2022-Week 8
18 October 2022-Week 9
25 October 2022-Week 10
1 November 2022-Week 11
8 November 2022-Week 12
15 November 2022-Week 13

Nightfall guides: Grandmaster Shields & Champions

Legend, Master, and Grandmaster Nightfalls can be challenging activities, especially for the average player.

Barrier Champions Destiny 2 featured

But no matter your skills, whether you can speedrun Grandmaster Nightfalls or can barely complete a Legend Nightfall, you need to make sure you bring weapons with matching elements and armor with the necessary Champions mods:

Exodus Crash NightfallExodus CrashNessus Solar
6x Barrier
12x Overload

The Glassway NightfallThe GlasswayEuropa Solar
12x Barrier
16x Overload

Beyond Light
Fallen S.A.B.E.R. NightfallFallen S.A.B.E.R.Cosmodrome2x Arc
3x Void
6x Barrier
12x Overload

The Lightblade NightfallThe LightbladeThrone World6x Solar
8x Arc
12x Barrier
3x Unstoppable

The Witch Queen
The Disgraced NightfallThe DisgracedCosmodrome Arc

The Devil's Lair NightfallThe Devil's LairCosmodrome Arc
6x Barrier
12x Overload


Destiny 2 Nightfall rewards

There’s a reason why Nightfalls are such a popular activity in Destiny 2. While they can certainly be fun and challenging, most Guardians play Nightfalls every week for a chance to earn exclusive weapons and Powerful and Pinnacle rewards.

Nightfall weapons

There are 10 Nightfall-specific weapons in total, and with Season of the Risen (S16), only 6 of them are on a weekly rotation, with only one dropping each week.

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
20 September 2022Horror's Least artHorror's LeastPulse RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 5

You can read all about Nightfall weapons, including adept versions, drop rates, and rankings, here.

Powerful and Pinnacle rewards

Each week, completing Nightfalls will also reward you with the following gear Powerful and Pinnacle gear:

SourceLocationIncreaseFrequencyFireteam needed?Fireteam neededRequiresRequirementsType
Nightfall: The Ordeal
Score 100,000 points
Playlist: Vanguard+2Weekly


Nightfall: The Ordeals
3 clears at lower difficulty
Playlist: Vanguard+3Weekly



Destiny 2 Nightfall farm: Level Requirements

If you’re interested in farming Nightfalls, you need to have a proper Power Level (including your Artifact’s bonus Power):

Nightfall Difficulty Recommended Level Drop rate
Adept 1490 Rare
Hero 1530 Uncommon
Legend 1560 Common
Master 1590 Common
Grandmaster 1610 Common+

For the record, the Grandmaster screen does not say what the drop rates are, but players keep reporting higher drop rates at Grandmaster difficulty than Master.

Nightfall Difficulties Destiny 2 featured

Season of the Risen in-game screenshot

Needless to say, these aren’t easy and the least you should do is ensure you have a reasonable Power Level. By reasonable, we mean no less than 10 Power Levels below the recommended levels. If you find yourself struggling, work on increasing your Power Level as much as possible.

Your turn

Hopefully, you now have everything you need to know how to conquer and “easily” farm Nightfalls in Destiny 2.

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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