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.

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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 September 24th, 2021, by Charles Burgar: Ascendant Shards have become easier to farm with the recent Trials of Osiris rework. Players can now dive into the Trials playlist to farm for Masterwork materials upon reaching seven wins on the same Passage. We've updated this guide to account for the Trials of Osiris rework in Season of the Lost, and we've updated the guide to now discuss every ritual playlist vendor that grants an Ascendant Shard upon resetting their playlist rank.


How To Earn Ascendant Shards

Destiny 2 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:

Method Type Shard Amount
Banshee-44 Vendor 1
Augmented Obsession Triumph 1
Vanguard Rank Reset Vendor 1
Crucible Valor Reset Vendor 1
Gambit Infamy Reset Vendor 1
Trials Rank Reset Vendor 1
Dismantle T10 Exotic Armor Misc. 1
Trials of Osiris (1st Weekly Flawless) Activity 1
Trials of Osiris (Seven Passage Wins) Activity 1
Master/ GM Nightfall Activity 1-2
Season Pass Season Pass 1 (x3)

Nightfall Completions

Destiny 2 Master Nightfall Modifiers

Shard Amount: 1-2 per run (based on difficulty)

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.

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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

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris

Shard Amount: Chance of 1 per win on a seven-win Passage; 1 on your first weekly Flawless clear

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—excluding your first loss while using the Passage of Mercy.

You also have a chance of obtaining an Ascendant Shard upon winning a Trials game with a seven-win Passage. There is no limit to the number of Ascendant Shards you can obtain this way, making this the PvP alternative to farming Master or GM Nightfalls. Flawless Passages with seven wins seem more likely to drop Ascendant Shards after a win, but there is no hard data to back this up.

Ritual Playlist Vendors

Destiny 2 Infamy Rewards

Shard Amount: 1 per vendor each season

There are four vendors in the Tower with a unique rank-up reward track:

  1. Zavala: Strikes and Nightfalls
  2. Shaxx: Crucible (PvP)
  3. Drifter: Gambit
  4. Saint-14: Trials of Osiris

Playing any of these modes will increase your rank with that mode's respective vendor, allowing you to claim unique rewards. When you reach a rank of 10,000 with a certain vendor, you can reset your rank with them in exchange for an Ascendant Shard. You can only do this once per vendor per season. Subsequent rank resets in the same season will grant an Exotic Engram instead.


Destiny 2 Banshee-44 Ascendant Shard Reward

Shard Amount: 1 per purchase

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.

Season Pass

Destiny 2 Season Pass Ascendant Shard Reward

Shard Amount: 3 per season

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

Destiny 2 Augmented Obsession Reward
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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 requires all eight Augment Triumphs to be completed. Only one can be done a week due to a limit on how many Braytech Transponders you can buy from Variks. Similar to the Dreaming City eggs, you'll have to wait for certain Eclipsed Zones before you can destroy certain sets of drones.

For a full breakdown on how to earn this Triumph, consult our Augmented Obsession Triumph guide.

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