Destiny 2 Grandmaster Nightfall this week: Season 19

by | Jan 24, 2023 | Leveling

Grandmaster Nightfalls are perhaps the most challenging endgame activity in Destiny 2. With an insane Power Level requirement and unforgiving modifiers, Grandmaster Nightfalls will challenge all but the top fireteams out there.

This page will provide you with everything you need to tackle them: their rotation, Champions, and detailed guides.

Checkmark icon V3Updated as of Season of the Seraph (S19).

Grandmaster Nightfall this Week: January 24, 2023

The Grandmaster Nightfall on rotation this week is the Scarlet Keep and rewards the Horror’s Least (Adept) pulse rifle.

ArtNightfallBurnShieldsChampionsRequires
Scarlet Keep NightfallScarlet Keep Arc12x Arc
18x Solar
16x Barrier
4x Unstoppable

Shadowkeep

As with most things in Destiny 2, Grandmaster Nightfalls are on a weekly rotation. For the sake of clarity, the week officially resets on Tuesdays at 9 AM PDT.

The Grandmaster Nightfalls available in Season 19 are:

  1. The Insight Terminus
  2. Scarlet Keep
  3. Birthplace of the Vile
  4. The Corrupted
  5. The Glassway
  6. Warden of Nothing

Grandmaster Nightfall rotation

Grandmaster Nightfalls are not available for the entire season. Given their onerous level requirements, they often become available around mid-season. For Season of the Seraph, GMs became available on January 17, 2023 (Week 7):

Season 19 GM rotation

WeekNightfallLocationEventsWeek #
17 January 2023The Insight TerminusNessusDouble RewardsWeek 7
24 January 2023Scarlet KeepMoon-Week 8
31 January 2023The GlasswayEuropa-Week 9
7 February 2023Birthplace of the VileThrone World-Week 10
14 February 2023The CorruptedDreaming City-Week 11
21 February 2023Warden of NothingDreaming City-Week 12
28 February 2023The Insight TerminusNessus-Week 13

Grandmaster 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 tackle GMs every week for a chance to earn Adept weapons and Masterworking materials.

Adept 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. These can drop from completing Nightfalls on any difficulty; however, completing Grandmaster Nightfalls rewards you with adept versions of these weapons.

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
24 January 2023Horror's Least artHorror's LeastPulse RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 8

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

Grandmaster Power Level Requirements

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

Nightfall Difficulty Required to enter Power Level of activities  Adept drop rate
Grandmaster 1580 1620 Common+

For the record, Power Level requirements were drastically reduced this season to allow more players to experience Grandmaster Nightfalls.

GM Shields & Champions

Grandmaster Nightfalls are challenging activities, even for veteran players.

Barrier Champions Destiny 2 featured

But regardless of your skills, you need to make sure you bring weapons with matching elements and armor with the necessary Champions mods:

ArtNightfallBurnShieldsChampionsRequires
The Insight Terminus Grandmaster NightfallThe Insight Terminus Void7x Void10x Barrier
4x Unstoppable

Free-to-Play
Scarlet Keep NightfallScarlet Keep Arc12x Arc
18x Solar
16x Barrier
4x Unstoppable

Shadowkeep
Birthplace Vile NightfallBirthplace of the Vile Void5x Void
(2x Random Shields)
12x Overload
8x Unstoppable

The Witch Queen
The Corrupted Grandmaster NightfallThe Corrupted Arc14x Arc
28x Void
20x Solar
8x Overload
10x Unstoppable

Free-to-Play
The Glassway NightfallThe Glassway Void3x Solar
8x Arc
12x Barrier
14x Overload

Beyond Light
Warden Of Nothing Grandmaster NightfallWarden of Nothing Solar10x Void10x Barrier
4x Overload
7x Unstoppable

Free-to-Play

GM Detailed Guides

MacticsThe following guides come straight from friend of the channel Mac. His GM video guides are famous within the community for a reason, and we definitely recommend you check him out!

PS: The following guides are still to be updated…

The Insight Terminus

The Insight Terminus GM guide

With Barrier and Unstoppable champions, Void shields, and a Void elemental singe, loadouts for this strike are simple with all 3 players wanting Arbalest, a void energy scout rifle such as Aisha’s Embrace, and either a Stormchaser or Threaded Needle heavy linear fusion rifle. Despite the strike granting 25% bonus void damage, Stormchaser will still deal more damage than Threaded Needle per bullet if you land the full burst, so slot it in if you can hit your shots.

For class loadouts, Hunters want to rock Moebius Quiver with Trapper’s Ambush, Vanishing Step, and Omnioculus. Warlocks want to spec into Well of Radiance with Icarus Dash, Touch of Flame, and either Phoenix Protocol or Aeon Soul. And Titans want to run either Hammer of Sol with Sol Invictus, Roaring Flames, and Loreley Splendor, or Ward of Dawn with Bastion, Controlled Demolition, and Heart of Inmost Light.

Watch Mac’s step-by-step video guide here.

Warden of Nothing

Warden Of Nothing GM guide

With Overload and Unstoppable champions, all 3 shields, and an Arc elemental singe, loadouts for this strike are simple with 2 players wanting Arbalest, an arc energy scout rifle such as the Eternal Blazon, and a Stormchaser, with the 3rd guardian wanting a kinetic scout like the Night Watch, a Divinity, and a Stormchaser as well.

For class loadouts, Hunters want to rock Moebius Quiver with Trapper’s Ambush, Vanishing Step, and Omnioculus. Warlocks want to spec into Well of Radiance with Icarus Dash, Touch of Flame, and either Phoenix Protocol or Aeon Soul. And Titans want to run Ward of Dawn with Bastion, Controlled Demolition, and Heart of inmost Light.

Watch Mac’s step-by-step video guide here.

The Corrupted

The Corrupted GM guide

With Overload and Unstoppable champions, all 3 shields, and an Arc elemental singe, loadouts for this strike are simple with 2 players wanting Arbalest, an arc energy scout rifle such as the Eternal Blazon, and a Stormchaser, with the 3rd guardian wanting a kinetic scout like the Night Watch, a Divinity, and a Stormchaser as well.

For class loadouts, Hunters want to rock Moebius Quiver with Trapper’s Ambush, Vanishing Step, and Omnioculus. Warlocks want to spec into Well of Radiance with Icarus Dash, Touch of Flame, and either Phoenix Protocol or Aeon Soul. And Titans want to run Ward of Dawn with Bastion, Controlled Demolition, and Heart of inmost Light.

Watch Mac’s step-by-step video guide here.

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 MSN.com, 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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