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6/1/2020
Nightfall Scoring and Challenge Cards Guide
Destiny 2
Xbox One
PlayStation 4
PC


As of the launch of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep players can choose between two Nightfall playlists from the Vanguard tab of their Director, Nightfall and Nightfall: The Ordeal.


Nightfall Strike Scoring


Listed below is vital information that players should be aware of when participating in a Nightfall Strike:

  • Three Nightfalls are available per week
  • Guided Games will pick one of the three Nightfalls; it will most often select the base game Nightfall available to ensure all players have access.
  • Scoring is team-based and the sum of individual performances
  • Scoring is primarily driven by kills and secondarily by orb generation
  • Score bleeds over time
  • Scoring cuts off after time thresholds. At 15 minutes, new points earned are reduced by 50%. At 18 minutes, players stop earning new points and it’s a race to finish the run and post the best score


Challenge Cards


Players can acquire Nightfall Challenge Cards from Xur. Challenge Cards each contain a specific series of modifiers that players may choose to activate, to modify the Nightfall difficulty and their overall Nightfall score. Note that Challenge Cards are set by the Fireteam leader.



Nightfall: The Ordeal Strike Scoring


With the release of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep a new Nightfall: The Ordeal playlist is available to all players. Listed below is vital information that players should be aware of when participating in Nightfall: The Ordeal: 

  • One Nightfall: The Ordeal is available per week
  • Five difficulty tiers: Adept, Hero, Legend, Master, Grandmaster
  • Matchmaking available for Adept and Hero tiers 
  • Champions spawn at Hero difficulty and above
  • Scoring is team-based and the sum of individual performances
  • Scoring is primarily driven by kills and secondarily by orb generation
  • Score bleeds over time
  • Scoring cuts off after time thresholds based upon the select difficulty tier

Exclusive Emblems, Weapons, and Cosmetics


Players who complete each featured Nightfall or Nightfall: The Ordeal Strike will be awarded that Strike’s Nightfall Emblem. This emblem will track a player’s highest score achieved for that Strike. Players will also have a chance to earn exclusive weapons and cosmetics unique to each Strike. 





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