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: January 3, 2023
The Nightfall: The Ordeal on rotation this week is The Glassway, located in Europa.
Nightfall: The Scarlet Keep
Featured Nightfall this week
Shields: Solar & Arc / Champions: Barrier & Unstoppable
Requires: Shadowkeep DLC
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 19 Nightfall rotation
|6 December 2022||The Insight Terminus||Nessus||-||Week 1|
|13 December 2022||Scarlet Keep||Moon||-||Week 2|
|20 December 2022||Birthplace of the Vile||Throne World||-||Week 3|
|27 December 2022||The Corrupted||Dreaming City||-||Week 4|
|3 January 2023||The Glassway||Europa||-||Week 5|
|10 January 2023||Warden of Nothing||Dreaming City||-||Week 6|
|17 January 2023||The Insight Terminus||Nessus||Double Rewards||Week 7|
|24 January 2023||Scarlet Keep||Moon||-||Week 8|
|31 January 2023||Birthplace of the Vile||Throne World||-||Week 9|
|7 February 2023||The Corrupted||Dreaming City||-||Week 10|
|14 February 2023||The Glassway||Europa||-||Week 11|
|21 February 2023||Warden of Nothing||Dreaming City||-||Week 12|
|28 February 2023||The Insight Terminus||Nessus||-||Week 13|
Nightfall guides: Grandmaster Shields & Champions
Legend, Master, and Grandmaster Nightfalls can be challenging activities, especially for the average player.
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:
|The Insight Terminus||Void||7x Void||10x Barrier|
|Scarlet Keep||Arc||12x Arc|
|Birthplace of the Vile||Void||5x Void|
(2x Random Shields)
The Witch Queen
|The Corrupted||Arc||14x Arc|
|The Glassway||Void||3x Solar|
|Warden of Nothing||Solar||10x Void||10x Barrier|
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.
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.
|24 January 2023||Horror's Least||Pulse Rifle||Arc||Primary||Week 8|
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:
|Source||Location||Increase||Frequency||Fireteam needed?||Fireteam needed||Requires||Requirements||Type|
|Nightfall: The Ordeal|
Score 100,000 points
|Nightfall: The Ordeals |
3 clears at lower difficulty
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|
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.
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.
Hopefully, you now have everything you need to know how to conquer and “easily” farm Nightfalls in Destiny 2.