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Nightfall Scoring and Challenge Cards Guide
Destiny 2
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After completing their first Nightfall Strike in Destiny 2, Destiny 2: Warmind players may opt-in to using Nightfall Challenge Cards to adjust point modifiers and modify the difficulty of the Prestige Nightfall Strike.

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
PLEASE NOTE: With the removal of Prestige Nightfall at Forsaken's release, the base difficulty for Nightfall has been increased.

Challenge Cards

With the completion of any Nightfall Strike, Destiny 2: Warmind players will be awarded a rare-quality Challenge Card. Players who wish to pursue greater challenges can exchange this card with Xûr for the legendary-quality Challenge Card.

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.
Players who do not own Forsaken will still be able to enable modifiers via the Challenge Card, but scoring will be disabled in the 270 Power Nightfall.

PLEASE NOTE: Challenge Cards are now able to be used in normal Nightfalls due to the removal of the Prestige difficulty.


Players who complete each featured Nightfall Strike will be awarded that strike’s Nightfall Emblem. This emblem will track a player’s highest score achieved for that Strike.
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