The first year of Destiny 2 wasn’t always the smoothest ride for players, with an overbearing microtransaction system, a relative lack of communication from Bungie to its players, and some design choices that left many scratching their heads. Thankfully, many of these problems that held the game down and casted a gloomy outlook on its future have been rectified through various updates, player feedback sessions at the studio, and the acclaimed Forsaken expansion that arrived last month.
In an effort to make Destiny 2 feel more rewarding to players, Bungie added in exclusive loot to Nightfall strikes, something that was also done through a key and treasure system in the first game. Unlike that previous system, these Nightfall exclusive drops are purely based on the game’s RNG system, though a higher overall score at the end does increase the potential drop rate of each item. While the new feature started off slowly by offering things like sparrows and ghost shells, the rewards have improved considerably thanks to new weapons like the D.F.A.
Here’s a complete list of each Nightfall strike and its exclusive reward.
The Inverted Spire – Trichromatica
Trichromatica is an exotic Ghost shell that features a glowing light around it and has been at the center of many player disappointments.
Pyramidion – Silicon Neuroma
This kinetic sniper rifle features very high impact and range stats, though its possible perks may not compare to some of the other sniper rifles now available in the game.
Savathun’s Song – Duty Bound
This kinetic auto rifle features higher than average handling and reload speed. It can also come with ricochet rounds, which makes it similar to the exotic auto rifle Hard Light.
Lake of Shadows – The Militia’s Birthright
Formerly a PS4 exclusive strike, Lake of Shadows has been in the spotlight a bit more thanks to its interesting exclusive loot item. The Militia’s Birthright is a kinetic grenade launcher that players equip in their primary weapon slot. This means that players could run interesting loadouts such as 3 grenade launchers equipped at the same time.
Exodus Crash – Impact Velocity
For all of the trouble that this strike has had over the past few months, the reward doesn’t quite match the effort. Impact Velocity is an exotic sparrow that doesn’t have a unique look to it like some of the new Eververse sparrows.
The Arms Dealer – Tilt Fuse
This is another strike featuring an exotic sparrow.
Curse of Osiris Strikes
A Garden World – Universal Wavefunction
Compared to some of the other items on this list, the Universal Wavefunction leaves a lot to be desired as it’s an exotic ship which could come with a Vex Arrival transmat effect.
Tree of Probabilities – D.F.A.
One of the more sought after Nightfall items is the legendary hand cannon D.F.A. It’s a weapon with strong stats and above average impact.
The Insight Terminus – The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye is an energy sniper rifle that can shoot 50 rounds per minute and has a ton of potential perks that can spawn on drop.
Strange Terrain – Braytech Osprey
A very popular and rare legendary rocket launcher, the Braytech Osprey features a nearly maxed out blast radius stat as well as the cluster bomb perk which makes this weapon very deadly.
Will of the Thousands – Worm God Incarnation
The fight against the Hive worm god Xol, unfortunately, doesn’t have the same epic reward for completing this Nightfall. Worm God Incarnation is a legendary transmat effect that can be applied to the player’s ship.
The Corrupted – Horror’s Least
A solid energy pulse rifle, Horror’s Least can’t quite compete with Bygones or Go Figure, but with a strong array of possible mods, it’s a solid option for both PvP and PvE.
Warden of Nothing – Warden’s Law
A hard-hitting kinetic hand cannon, Warden’s Law may not be able to keep up with the likes of Not Forgotten, Luna’s Howl, and Ace of Spades, but with a large pool of mods that can spawn as well as high impact, it’s a weapon that can hold its own.
The Hollowed Lair – Mindbender’s Ambition
Named after the interesting Scorn Baron Hiraks The Mindbender, this energy shotgun has been appearing more and more in the Crucible thanks to its aggressive frame and huge impact.
As previously mentioned, scoring thresholds increase the likelihood of the gear dropping upon completion with the percentage moving up beyond 30K, 60K, 100K, and 200K. Surpassing 100K on a Nightfall and wearing its emblem will cast an aura over the player.
Players can also modify the Nightfall for that week by purchasing a Five of Swords consumable from Xur, the exotic merchant that appears over the weekend. These challenge cards let players increase the difficulty by adding modifiers like increasing elemental damage from all sources in exchange for more rewards. Many players run Solar Singe for the bonus damage it provides on powerful weapons like the Sleeper Simulant and Whisper of the Worm.
While there’s no guaranteed way to get a Nightfall reward to drop on the first try, players can continue to run Nightfalls as much as they want during that week, before they’re reset each Tuesday. With random rolls for weapons and gear enabled, many players are rediscovering the fun of running strikes over and over to try and find that perfect god roll drop. With three Nightfalls available every week now, the opportunity to get these exclusive rewards has never been higher.
Destiny 2 is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.