Destiny 2 Nightfall this Week: Shields and Champions

by | May 17, 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.

Checkmark icon V3List updated as of The Witch Queen’s release (S16). 

Destiny 2 Nightfall Rotation

As with most things in Destiny 2, Nightfall: The Ordeals are on rotation. In this case, a weekly rotation. Any given week, only one Nightfall will be available to farm.

For the sake of clarity, the week officially resets on Tuesdays at 9 AM PDT, Destiny 2’s official reset time.

Nightfall this week

Scarlet KeepMoon Solar
15x Barrier
4x Unstoppable


Season of the Risen Nightfall calendar

WeekNightfallLocationEventsWeek #
April 5, 2022Scarlet KeepMoonBonus RanksWeek 7
April 12, 2022The Arms DealerEDZ-Week 8
April 19, 2022The GlasswayEuropaBonus RewardsWeek 9
April 26, 2022The LightbladeThrone World-Week 10
May 3, 2022Fallen S.A.B.E.R.Cosmodrome-Week 11
May 10, 2022Birthplace of the VileThrone World-Week 12
May 17, 2022Scarlet KeepMoon-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:

The GlasswayEuropa Solar
12x Barrier
16x Overload

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

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

The Witch Queen
The Arms DealerEDZ Solar
8x Barrier
8x Unstoppable

Birthplace of the VileThrone World5x Void12x Overload
8x Unstoppable

The Witch Queen
Scarlet KeepMoon Solar
15x Barrier
4x Unstoppable


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.

Nightfall weapons this week Destiny 2 900p

For the week of May 17, 2022, the Nightfall weapon dropping from The Scarlet keep is the Silicon Neurona sniper rifle.

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
May 17, 2022Silicon Neuroma Destiny 2 artSilicon NeuromaSniper RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 13

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:

SourceLocationPower increaseFrequencyFireteam needed?Fireteam neededRequiresRequirementsType
Nightfall: The Ordeal
(Score 100,000 points)
Playlist: Vanguard+2Weekly


Nightfall: The Ordeals
(at 5 points)
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 1480 Rare
Hero 1520 Uncommon
Legend 1550 Common
Master 1580 Common
Grandmaster 1600 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

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.

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