Ascendant Shards are Destiny 2’s most coveted currency. Guardians need this resource to Masterwork their armor and purchase Exotics from the Tower’s Exotic Kiosk. Newer players and veterans alike will want to get their hands on as many Ascendant Shards as possible.
If their rarity didn’t make this clear, Ascendant Shards are extremely rare, only farmable by completing some of Destiny 2’s pinnacle activities. However, these “golf balls” drop from more than just GM Nightfalls. Players can use certain vendors or complete one of Europa’s hardest Triumphs to get their hands on this invaluable currency. Ranging from Nightfalls to the Season Pass, here is every way you can earn Ascendant Shards in Destiny 2: Beyond Light.
Updated July 1st, 2021, by Charles Burgar: Ascendant Shards are one of the rarest resources in Destiny 2, required to fully Masterwork any armor piece. Since Destiny 2 has pushed Combat Style mods and builds heavily throughout Year 4, understanding which activities give out Masterwork materials is essential. We’ve updated this guide to include some additional information for each acquisition method, including how many Ascendant Shards you can expect.
How To Earn Ascendant Shards
As the rarest Masterworking currency, Ascendant Shards are equally as hard to come by. Players will have to endure a drip-feed of this resource or conquer the toughest activities in the game. Ascendant Shards can be earned from the following:
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Master Nightfalls runs have a drop chance that is listed as “uncommon.” The Destiny community speculates that this is around a 33% drop chance for a Platinum completion.
Grandmaster Nightfalls guarantee one Ascendant Shard for a Platinum completion. Of course, GM Nightfalls are much harder than Master variants due to the addition of contest modifier.
Trials Of Osiris
Going Flawless for the first time in a week will grant one Ascendant Shard from the Lighthouse chest. Subsequent Flawless runs in the same week will only grant Enhancement Prisms. For those unfamiliar, going Flawless in Trials of Osiris requires seven consecutive wins in the game type. One loss will void a Flawless attempt.
Valor And Infamy
Resetting your Valor or Infamy for the first time in a given season will grant one Ascendant Shard. Subsequent resets in the same season will grant an Exotic Engram instead.
Players can purchase Ascendant Shards from Banshee-44 or Ada-1 in the Tower, provided they have enough materials. To purchase an Ascendant Shard, you’ll need the following:
- 10 Enhancement Prisms
- 100 planetary materials
- 50,000 Glimmer
As with the rest of Banshee and Ada’s stock, the planetary material they request is random and changes daily.
Those that own the current season can obtain three Ascendant Shards from the paid Season Pass track. They are given at the following ranks:
- Rank 80: x1 Ascendant Shard
- Rank 85: x1 Ascendant Shard
- Rank 94: x1 Ascendant Shard
Augmented Obsession Triumph
Shard Amount: 1 per account
If you complete Europa’s Augmented Obsession Triumph, Variks will give you one Ascendant Shard as thanks. This is only given once per account, meaning you can’t get three from talking to Variks on alternate characters.
Completing the Augmented Obsession Triumph calls for all 8 Augment Triumphs to be finished. Only one can be performed a week because of a restrict on what number of Braytech Transponders you can buy from Variks. Similar to the Dreaming City eggs, you will ought to wait for sure Eclipsed Zones before you can spoil certain units of drones.
For a full breakdown on how to earn this Triumph, consult our Augmented Obsession Triumph guide.