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Nightfall Scoring and Challenge Cards Guide
Destiny 2
Xbox One
PlayStation 4
Beginning in Destiny 2 Update 1.1.3, Nightfall Strikes are being updated to provide more avenues of challenge and competition for players in Destiny 2.

Nightfall Strike Scoring

This feature has replaced the previous Nightfall timer, and is the first avenue through which players can demonstrate their prowess in Vanguard operations.

Here are the key things that players should be aware of:
  • 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

With the completion of any Nightfall Strike, Curse of Osiris players will be awarded a Challenge Card. Challenge Cards each contain a specific series of modifiers that players may opt in to, to modify the Nightfall difficulty, as well as their overall Nightfall score. Note that Challenge Cards only affect the Prestige Nightfall Strike, and do not modify the Normal Nightfall Strike.


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, and upon completing a Prestige Nightfall Strike, offers players the Nightfall Aura for a limited time. Players may also unlock variants of these emblems by achieving high scores in the Prestige Nightfall.
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