This Week in Destiny 2: Events, Updates, Ascendant Challenge – July 30, 2019

This week in Destiny 2, Guardians are celebrating their triumphs with the Solstice of Heroes. And speaking of triumphs, last week I completed Crown of Sorrows, Scourge of the Past, and Last Wish all in one night. I’m still riding pretty high on that, but now it’s time to get to work on that new Solstice armor. You with me?

More Destiny 2:

Destiny 2 Weekly Reset

With another weekly reset comes the regular rotation of activities:

  • This week’s Flashpoint is on Titan
  • Nightfalls are A Garden World, Tree of Probabilities, and The Arms Dealer
  • The Strike Singe element is Solar
  • The featured Crucible playlist is Lockdown
  • The Dreaming City curse is in phase two
  • The Menagerie boss is Pagouri, Vex Hydra
  • The Reckoning boss is the Likeness of Oryx
  • The Escalation Protocol boss is Bok Litur, Hunger of Xol

Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes

The Solstice of Heroes is here in Destiny 2, sending Guardians to the European Aerial Zone and beyond in pursuit of elemental energies. I’m on the second phase of armor upgrades right now, and it looks like it’s going to be a doozy. Check out our guide for all the details.

Destiny 2 Update 2.5.2

The newest update to Destiny 2 finally reins in the Lord of Wolves shotgun, reducing its effective range and the amount of shotgun ammo that the Shotgun Scavenger can give to the weapon. Bungie has also adjusted this season’s Iron Banner quest, easing up the requirements for players to get the Iron Banner armor. Let the wolves rest — the next Iron Banner should be a lot more pleasant.

Additionally, this update fixes a bug which allowed players to obtain the Bad Juju catalyst and emote rewards from the Tribute Hall without placing tributes. Any player who unlocked the catalyst or emote through the bug will now have those items locked until they unlock them in the legitimate way.

The full patch notes follow:


  • Lord of Wolves
      • Reduced the amount of ammo that Shotgun Scavenger perks can give to Lord of Wolves when it is in the Release the Wolves state
      • Decreased the effective range on Lord of Wolves
          • This decrease is more aggressive when the weapon is in the Release the Wolves state
  • Perks
      • Fixed an issue that allowed the Feeding Frenzy perk to be applied to any weapon
  • Fixed an issue where the cloth component of the Iron Symmachy Cloak wasn’t rendering correctly
  • Fixed an issue where the cloth component of the Terra Concord Mark wasn’t rendering correctly
  • Fixed a bug where the Titan Exotic leg armor Peregrine Greaves glowed 130x too bright when wearers were at maximum velocity
  • While our intention was for this Exotic to help Titans destroy opponents with 130x efficiency, we did not intend for its glow to burn out the corneas of the user


Tribute Hall
  • Triumphs
      • The Tribute Hall Triumphs “The Emperor’s Gladiator” and “The Scoundrel in Uniform” no longer require you to equip a full set of Leviathan gear to progress
      • Players will now earn more points based on the number of gear pieces worn, similar to other Triumphs
  • Tributes
      • Players will no longer be able to place the Tribute Hall introductory tribute on an alternate character to gain credit for a large number of tributes placed
      • Players who accessed the catalyst or emote rewards through this method will have those items relocked until they place enough unique tributes to meet the actual unlock requirements
Iron Banner
  • Iron Banner pursuit objective values have been adjusted
      • Reduced the grenade kills required by 50%
      • Ally grenade kills are now worth as much as your own
      • Reduced the Sword kills required by 25%
      • Ally Sword kills are now worth as much as your own
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to equip Season 3 Iron Banner ornaments on their Season 7 armor
  • The Wolf’s Favor will no longer drop from daily and weekly Iron Banner challenges
  • Fixed an issue where the Triumph “Efrideet’s Gift” was not unlocking for players who earned enough Iron Banner rank-up packages during Season 7
      • This fix is retroactive; it will get players up to speed who have met the requirements
Menagerie / Chalice
  • Heroic Menagerie now drops a Sword for first-time completion (100%)
      • Subsequent completions have a moderate chance to drop a Sword (25%)
  • Fixed an issue where the Triumph “Drink Deep” would not unlock for some players who claimed the Masterwork slot on the Chalice of Opulence
  • Fixed an issue where players could become stuck in the Season of Opulence intro quest by unlocking the first rune slot on the Chalice before completing the Lost Sector The Conflux and being on the correct quest step
  • Imperials and runes can no longer be earned by idling through matches of Crucible and Gambit
Truth Quest
  • Replaced the step of the Truth quest chain requiring the bounty “Corsair Down” with a step requiring completion of three patrols in the Dreaming City
  • Fixed a bug where players could become blocked from earning Truth if they opened the Ascendant chest in the strike “Warden of Nothing” before being on the appropriate quest step
  • Fixed an issue where completion notifications would not appear after players completed bounties
  • This will also fix an issue where players would sometimes not spawn during a Crucible match

Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenge — July 30, 2019

This was the final Ascendant Challenge introduced to Destiny 2. Thankfully, it’s also one of the most fun (some might also say most difficult). You can find it in the Chamber of Starlight Lost Sector in Rheasilvia. The portal is directly above and behind the Lost Sector chest at the end of the area.

After you spawn into the Ascendant plane Toland (the floating spark of light in the darkness) will beckon you as usual—but a bunch of big knights will spawn, too. Don’t fight, just run. This challenge is actually a race against the knights who will constantly hound you as you try to run through the area, while avoiding enemies and boop-walls.

Just keep following the linear path. Avoid obstacles and enemies until you come to one last jumping puzzle. Traverse the rotating platforms to reach final boss arena. It’s a small platform where a boss knight and a bunch of adds will spawn. Focus down the knight to finish the challenge and earn your loot.