What is the Ascendant Challenge this week in Destiny 2?

Let's hope it's an easy one.

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Ascendant Challenges are one of the several moving parts involving the Dreaming City’s intricate Curse, which envelops the area in a three-week time loop. The curse ranges from weak to strong to strongest, and each cycle brings players a ton of treasure to hunt for—if they’re brave enough to dive into the Ascendant Plane in search of riches, that is.

Destiny 2 has a total of six Ascendant Challenges, which rotate every week. They’re a surefire source of Dreaming City gear, including reissued versions of Waking Vigil, Tigerspite, and Twilight Oath. Finishing an Ascendant Challenge grants a piece of Legendary gear, but players can get their hands on an extra drop if they have Petra Venj’s weekly bounty.

Ascendant Challenges yield one piece of gear each week, plus another from Petra’s bounties. Those objectives are character-based, meaning that players can get six pieces of Dreaming City gear from Ascendant Challenges alone.

To find the entrance to the Ascendant Challenge, players must consume an item called Tincture of Queensfoil, available from Petra for 50 Baryon Boughs or found in chests throughout the Dreaming City. Each Ascendant Challenge will have its own entrance, and though the challenge itself changes every week, its entrance will remain in the same spot whenever it pops up.

What is the Ascendant Challenge this week in Destiny 2? (Sept. 20 to 27)

  • Challenge: Forfeit Shrine
  • Entrance: Gardens of Esila

Completing the Ascendant Challenge

Forfeit Shrine isn’t as tricky as some of the other Ascendant Challenges. Your HUD will point you to three Arc Charges spread out over the arena. Pick all of them up and haul them to the Taken Blight in the middle, which will prompt you to deposit them. Once you’ve dunked all three, you’ll receive full Super energy, which comes in handy. Depositing the third Charge summons a slew of minor enemies and three Knights. Use your Super as much as you can, since just stepping into the puddle in the middle will replenish it. Once you’ve taken out all the enemies, you’ll complete the challenge.

How to get Dreaming City gear?

Destiny 2 has introduced new ways to get Dreaming City gear: the Blind Well now awards guaranteed Dreaming City loot, and the War Table lets players focus an Umbral Embram into a Dreaming City Engram. That said, the Ascendant Challenge and Petra’s stock also let players get a few more pieces, though these are subjected to weekly lockouts.

Petra offers a weekly bounty for completing the Ascendant Challenge, which will award you with an extra piece of gear for your trouble. Each week, she’ll also offer a bounty that costs Dark Fragments and yields an Offering to the Oracle. Taking the reward to the Oracle in the Spine of Keres will give you an extra drop and, on weeks where the Curse is strongest, will let you visit Queen Mara Sov’s throne room. You can also find an Ahamkara Bone there if you’re hunting for Cursebreaker.

In addition, check out Petra’s bounties every day for a daily objective that also gives out gear, as seen in its tooltip. Finishing eight daily bounties and doing Petra’s weekly quest will also yield Dreaming City gear if you have bought the objectives from her inventory. Like Ascendant Challenges, these are on a weekly lockout per character, meaning you can accomplish them more than once a week as long as you’re not running the same guardian.