Destiny 2 Vow of the Disciple Challenges this Week & Guides

by | Aug 27, 2023

Some of the best and most unique weapons in Destiny 2 come from Raids, and through Master difficulty challenges, the rewards get even better. Vow of the Disciple is no exception.

This guide covers all there is to know about the Master Challenges from Vow of the Disciple: their rotation, rewards, and, most importantly, how to complete them.

Vow Challenge this Week

This is the complete schedule for Vow of the Disciple’s Challenges for Season of the Witch (S22):

WeekChallengeEncounterWeek #
22 August 2023Defenses DownExhibitionWeek 1
29 August 2023Looping CatalystRhulkWeek 2
5 September 2023Swift DestructionAcquisitionWeek 3
12 September 2023Base InformationCaretakerWeek 4
19 September 2023Defenses DownExhibitionWeek 5
26 September 2023Looping CatalystRhulkWeek 6
3 October 2023Swift DestructionAcquisitionWeek 7
10 October 2023Base InformationCaretakerWeek 8
17 October 2023Defenses DownExhibitionWeek 9
24 October 2023Looping CatalystRhulkWeek 10
31 October 2023Swift DestructionAcquisitionWeek 11
7 November 2023Base InformationCaretakerWeek 12
14 November 2023Defenses DownExhibitionWeek 13
21 November 2023Looping CatalystRhulkWeek 14

As with most things in Destiny 2, Master Vow challenges are on a weekly rotation. On any given week, only one Master Challenge is available to farm. PS: The week officially resets on Tuesdays at 9 AM PDT, Destiny 2’s official reset time.

ℹ️ Be aware that all the challenges become available on weeks when Vow of the Disciple is the featured weekly raid.

Power Level Requirements

If you’re interested in farming Master Vow of the Disciple challenges, make sure your Guardian has the proper Power Level (including your Artifact’s bonus Power):

Difficulty Recommended Level
Normal 1600
Master TBC

More Destiny 2 Raid Challenge guides:

Destiny 2 Vow of the Disciple Master rewards

With all the added difficulty that Master mode brings, especially with the challenges, it can be hard to understand why you would even step foot in it. But there are actually tons of different reasons to tackle Master Vow of the Disciple, including cosmetic and gameplay-focused rewards.

High stat armor Vow Master Destiny 2 featured

High stat armor, Master Vow of the Disciple

First, regardless of whether you complete the challenges, you will receive masterwork materials as a reward—Enhancement Cores, Enhancement Prisms, and Ascendant Shards are all obtainable. These only come from a few sources, so farming them here during certain weeks can be a good idea. Spiky high-stat armor also comes from Master mode, and the focused stat changes weekly.

High stat armor focus Vow Master Destiny 2 featured

High stat armor focus, Master Vow of the Disciple

If you complete the challenges, however, you’ll receive extra rewards. Every challenge you complete, you’ll get a random Adept raid weapon.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Submission art v2SubmissionSubmachine GunLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic


PvE + PvPVow of the Disciple RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftableBait and Switch
Deliverance art v2DeliveranceFusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis


PvEVow of the Disciple RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftableTop-tierBait and Switch
Insidious art v2InsidiousPulse RifleAggressive BurstLegendaryPrimaryArcThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc


PvE + PvPVow of the Disciple RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftableTop-tierBait and Switch
Lubrae's Ruin art v2Lubrae's RuinGlaiveAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar


-Vow of the Disciple RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftableBait and Switch
Forbearance art v2ForbearanceGrenade LauncherWaveLegendarySpecialArcThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc


PvEVow of the Disciple RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftableTop-tierBait and Switch
Cataclysmic art v2CataclysmicLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavySolarThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar


PvEVow of the Disciple RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Season 16HeavyCraftableTop-tierBait and Switch

Standard Vow of the Disciple weapons are already great. Yet, Adept variants have more perks per column, give even more stats when Masterworked, and can accept unique Adept mods. Additionally, if you want to go for the Disciple-Slayer title, you’ll need to complete all four challenges on Master difficulty.

Adept weapons Vow Master Destiny 2 featured

Adept weapon, Vow of the Disciple

So with all those incentives, how do you complete these challenges? Read on, as we have a guide for every single one, covering both loadouts and strategy.

VotD Master Challenges: Guides & Loadouts

ArtRaid ChallengeEncounterDescription
Acquisition Vow of the DiscipleSwift DestructionAcquisitionKill all Champions within a few seconds of each other, on all rounds.
Caretaker Vow of the DiscipleBase InformationCaretakerOnly pick up one (1) stack of Knowledge (Glyph) per run.
Exhibition VowDefenses DownExhibitionEach player can’t kill more than one Taken Knight in total.
Rhulk Vow of the DiscipleLooping CatalystRhulkDo not lose Leeching Force before the damage phase.

Acquisition Vow of the Disciple

Vow Acquisition Challenge: Swift Destruction

While this is the only Vow challenge that doesn’t directly relate to mechanics, Swift Destruction is still a bit of a pain.

To complete this challenge, you and your fireteam must kill each Unstoppable Abomination within 5 seconds of another Unstoppable Abomination.

For loadouts, it’s really up to you here. There are both Overload and Unstoppable Champions, meaning you should have at least one covered. Stasis and Void subclasses excel here, along with rocket and grenade launchers for both ad-clear and quick Abomination kills.

Regarding strategy, there are multiple ways to do this. The first is to simply leave the Unstoppable Champions alone. A maximum of three can be alive at a time (one per side), making it relatively manageable. However, we recommend killing them in one of two ways. The first is to kill all three Unstoppables simultaneously at the end of each phase. Or instead, you can kill two sets of two Unstoppables per phase right as they spawn. While the first strategy allows you to only deal with 9 Champions instead of 12, it requires more communication from your team, so choose what’s best for you.

This challenge is about communicating effectively and melting Champions as quickly as possible—two things that get especially difficult in Master mode. However, if you have a good team that has their loadouts and strategies figured out, this one will be a breeze.


Caretaker Vow of the Disciple

Vow Caretaker Challenge: Base Information

Base Information is a deceptively tricky challenge on Master mode that can impact every role in the encounter.

The challenge is straightforward, requiring your fireteam to pick up and deposit only one knowledge buff at a time. That means you’ll need to make nine trips through the darkness room on each floor (instead of the usual three).

Due to the nature of this challenge, loadouts can stay the same as usual. The only extra thing we’d recommend is for the people on ad clear to have tons of Overload rounds or abilities in their loadout. An Overload Hobgoblin spawns every time the Obelisk asks for an offering, so be sure to have weapons to deal with them.

The only strategy change here is obvious—you should only pick up one symbol at a time. Beyond that, while there aren’t any other new strategies you should adopt, other jobs will get more difficult. As stated earlier, people on ad-clear duty will have to deal with more Overload Hobgoblins. Additionally, the players stunning the Caretaker will need to be competent as it will take more time to get to the DPS phase.

No matter what, this challenge is bound to take your fireteam a couple of tries to complete. However, if everyone has prior experience in their role, this challenge hopefully won’t take too long.


Exhibition Vow

Vow The Upended Challenge: Defenses Down

The hardest challenge in this raid, Defenses Down asks your fireteam to communicate more than usual while also giving you less time to do so.

The challenge makes it so that each person on your fireteam can only kill one shielded Taken Knight (Disciple’s Hourglass) in the whole encounter. Remember that there are seven knights total, meaning you’ll need to skip one somewhere.

Significant amounts of both Overload and Unstoppable Champions spawn in this encounter, so be sure to have one or both covered in your loadout. Other than that, however, this challenge doesn’t ask for anything specific.

Strategy is the main thing that will change when attempting this challenge. As mentioned previously, you’ll need to skip one knight during this encounter, leaving you with less time in one room. The most common one to ignore is the second knight in the second room (the one with only the Aegis and Darkness relics). You’ll also need to swap Darkness relic holders in the middle of some rooms to allow everyone to kill a knight. Even though there are rotations you can find online to make this go smoother, you can also just wing it as long as you communicate who has and has not defeated a knight.

Lastly, remember that if you have extra revive tokens, you can have someone purposefully die to remove their lockout timer; this will allow them to pick up a new relic right after depositing one.

Defenses Down is one of the most difficult raid challenges on Master difficulty right now, so make sure everyone has some extra time to spare. Practice makes perfect, so don’t give up on this one!


Rhulk Vow of the Disciple

Vow Rhulk Challenge: Looping Catalyst

In complete contrast to the last challenge, Looping Catalyst will have almost no noticeable changes for most groups.

All the challenge requires you to do is not lose the Leeching Force buff in the first phase (before you begin battling Rhulk head-on).

Just like in the previous encounter, both Unstoppable and Overload Champions spawn in the form of Glyphkeepers, so make sure you have something to combat them.

The strategy shouldn’t change here whatsoever. As long as you pay extra attention to your buff timer, this challenge will be a breeze for you.

There isn’t anything else to say about this challenge, as it just asks you to do the encounter as usual. And while that fact did cause some initial backlash throughout the community, it now makes for an easy encounter to farm for materials and Adept weapons.

Your turn

Hopefully, you now have everything you need to know how to conquer Master challenges in the Vow of the Disciple raid and “easily” farm Adept weapons in Destiny 2.

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Andrew Sideris
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