Destiny 2 Nightfall This Week: New Weapon, Strike Rotation & Difficulty Modifiers

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Destiny 2's Nightfalls are some of the game's toughest content and are easily the high point of the game's weekly reset. If you're looking to crank up your power level during Season of the Lost, then you've come to the right place. Expect it to be a great way to level up during Season 16 too when Witch Queen drops next year. Here's a rundown of this week's Nightfall, all the modifiers, and an explanation of just what it is.


What Are Nightfall Strikes In Destiny 2?

Nightfall Strikes, also known as "Nightfall: The Ordeal" are high-level PvE activities. Pitting three Guardians against a harder variant of the game's Strike levels, they'll use modifiers to increase the challenge.

There are five difficulties, each with increased modifiers but a score multiplier, too. So the tougher the difficulty, the more points you earn for kills – and if you hit a score of 100,000 points, you'll earn an additional Pinnacle reward.

That's easier said than done, though – after fifteen minutes, players will start earning fewer points (50% less), and after 18 minutes, you'll start dropping points.

Destiny 2 Nightfall - The Scarlet Keep

Below you'll find a list of the active modifiers this week.

Nightfall: The Ordeal: Adept

  • Empath: Enhanced radar. Take increased damage from melee.
  • Acute Arc Burn: +25% Arc damage dealt, and +50% Arc damage received.

Nightfall: The Ordeal: Hero

  • All previous modifiers
  • Champions: Barrier: This mode contains Barrier Champions, which cannot be stopped without a Barrier mod.
  • Champions: Unstoppable: This mode contains Unstoppable Champions, which cannot be stopped without an Unstoppable mod.
  • Weight of Weakness: Your foes’ grenades and abilities apply the weaken effect, which reduces speed and increases damage taken. When Guardians apply the suppression effect, it lasts 50% longer.

Nightfall: The Ordeal: Legend

  • All previous modifiers
  • Equipment Locked: You will not be able to change your equipment after this activity starts.
  • Match Game: Enemy shields are highly resistant to all unmatched elemental damage.
  • Shielded Foes: You will face combatants with Arc and Solar Shields. Activity modifiers may add more shield types.

Nightfall: The Ordeal: Master

  • All previous modifiers
  • Togetherness: Base health regen is reduced. If near another player, health regen is increased.
  • Master Modifiers: Champions: Mob & Locked Loadout & Match Game & Extra Shields
  • Champions: Mob - This mode contains additional Champions.

Nightfall: The Ordeal: Grandmaster

  • No Grandmaster Nightfall variant

Nightfall Rewards This Week

  • Powerful (Tier 1) reward: Get 3 points by completing runs. Higher difficulties grant more points.
  • Pinnacle reward: Get a score of 100k. Since modifiers are fixed, this requires a high difficulty run.

What is the Nightfall Weapon this week in Destiny 2?

Each week Bungie makes two weapons available from as possible drops from the Nightfall. The harder difficulty you choose, the more likely the weapon may drop.

At the time of writing it's not clear what two weapons are available, since the rotation of weapons is still in flux from the launch of the new seasons.

We know four weapons left the rotation at the start of the season - The Swarm, Hung Jury, Shadow Price, and Uzume RR4 - and we know two new guns were added. So we suspect we'll discover what weapons are available soon, but for now we know it'll be two of the below six:

  • The Hothead, Rocket Launcher
  • The Comedian, Shotgun
  • The Palindrome, Hand Cannon
  • Plug One.1, Fusion Rifle
  • NEW Silicon Neuroma, Sniper Rifle
  • NEW Duty Bound, Auto Rifle

Remember, if you complete a Grandmaster Nightfall you have a chance at earning an Adept version of the weapons mentioned above.