Ascendant Challenge schedule and location - Destiny 2

Avoid running aimlessly around the Dreaming City in Destiny 2 and start using the Ascendant Challenge schedule and location table.

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The Ascendant Challenges in Destiny 2 are on a weekly schedule where each location pops up on a 6-week rotation. A lot of players end up wondering where is the Ascendant Challenge and which Ascendant Challenge it is as many are chasing the Corrupted Eggs. Below is a table listing all Ascendant Challenge rotations and locations in Destiny 2.

Use the following links to jump to a walkthrough on how to find the Ascendant Challenge portal.

How to tell what Curse Strength it is

The curse affecting the Dreaming City is on a three week cycle. The curse stats off weak, progresses into medium, and finishes on strong. There are visual clues in the world that tell you what the curse strength is, but the easiest method is to look where Petra Venj is standing:

  • The Strand: Weak Curse
  • Divalian Mists: Medium Curse
  • Rheasilvia: Strong Curse

Where is the Ascendant Challenge in Destiny 2?

Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenges Schedule and Locations
Each week one of six Acsendant Challenges are available for completion in the Dreaming City.

Every week players will no doubt be asking the same question, “Where is the Ascendant Challenge in Destiny 2?” This is a reasonable thing to ask, as it’s not always clear where it will be and for those not keeping track, it can take some time to check all six locations. Refer to the table below to for the Ascendant Challenge schedule and locations this year. Be sure to use our Corrupted Egg locations guide to find every Corrupted Egg in the Ascendant Challenge each week.

When the curse strength is at its strongest (Strong) the Shattered Throne is available.

The following Ascendant Challenge schedule and rotation table has been updated to include all challenges to the end of 2021.

Weekly Reset Ascendant Challenge Location Curse Strength
2021
July 6th Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
July 13th Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
July 20th Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
July 27th Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
August 3rd Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
August 10th Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
August 17th Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
August 24th Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
August 31st Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
September 7th Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
September 14th Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
September 21st Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
September 28th Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
October 5th Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
October 12th Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
October 19th Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
October 26th Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
November 2nd Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
November 9th Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
November 16th Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
November 23rd Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
November 30th Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
December 7th Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
December 14th Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
December 21st Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
December 28th Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
2022
Jan-04 Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
Jan-11 Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
Jan-18 Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
Jan-25 Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
Feb-01 Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
Feb-08 Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
Feb-15 Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
Feb-22 Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
Mar-01 Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
Mar-08 Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
Mar-15 Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
Mar-22 Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
Mar-29 Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
Apr-05 Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
Apr-12 Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
Apr-19 Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
Apr-26 Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
May-03 Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
May-10 Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
May-17 Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
May-24 Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
May-31 Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
Jun-07 Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
Jun-14 Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
Jun-21 Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
Jun-28 Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
Jul-05 Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
Jul-12 Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
Jul-19 Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
Jul-26 Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
Aug-02 Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
Aug-09 Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
Aug-16 Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
Aug-23 Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
Aug-30 Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
Sep-06 Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
Sep-13 Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
Sep-20 Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
Sep-27 Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
Oct-04 Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
Oct-11 Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
Oct-18 Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
Oct-25 Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
Nov-01 Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
Nov-08 Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
Nov-15 Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong
Nov-22 Agonarch Abyss Bay of Drowned Wishes Weak
Nov-29 Cimmerian Garrison Chamber of Starlight Medium
Dec-06 Ouroborea Aphelion's Rest Strong
Dec-13 Forfeit Shrine Gardens of Esila Weak
Dec-20 Shattered Ruins Spine of Keres Medium
Dec-27 Keep of Honed Edges Harbinger's Seclude Strong

How to enter an Ascendant Challenge

For those that are just starting out, an Ascendant Challenge can only be seen and accessed after using a Tincture of Queensfoil. This consumable allows you to see things that would otherwise be hidden from view. The first is, as mentioned, the Ascendant Challenge portals and the other are the many Ascendant Chests.


How to get to the Cimmerian Garrison Ascendant Challenge

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The portal to the Cimmerian Garrison  will appear up behind the chest.

The Cimmerian Garrison Ascendant Challenge is located in the Chamber of Starlight, the Lost Sector in Rheasilvia. Enter the Lost Sector and fight all the way to the back, the portal is up on the rear shelf where the Taken Hobgoblins spawn.


How to get to the Ouroborea Ascendant Challenge

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The Ouroborea portal appears directly above the incline.

The Ouroborea Ascendant Challenge is located in Aphelion’s Rest, the Lost Sector in The Strand. Head inside and fight through to the ramp just before the boss, the portal will be floating on the outcropping.


How to get to the Forfeit Shrine Ascendant Challenge

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The Forfeit Shrine portal is behind the rocky formation.

The Forfeit Shrine Ascendant Challenge is located in Gardens of Esila, an area to the south of the Dreaming City, accessed via The Strand of the connective tunnels below the map. The portal to the Forfeit Shrine is on the left side of the Gardens of Esila, tucked behind the large rocky formations.


How to get to the Shattered Ruins Ascendant Challenge

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The Shattered Ruins portal is behind the rocks in the distance.

The Shattered Ruins Ascendant Challenge is located in the Spine of Keres, the location where the Oracle Engine is located. From the Divalian Mists spawn point, head straight and then left into the blue crystal cave. Follow the path into the Divalian Mists and through the Oracle Engine building. Continue along to reach the end of the bridges, the portal is floating behind the rocks above the mist.


How to get to the Keep of Honed Edges Ascendant Challenge

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The portal to Keep of Honed Edges is on top of the statue's head.

The Keep of Honed Edges Ascendant Challenge is located in the Harbinger’s Seclude, inside the main building in Rheasiliva. To reach this portal, head to Rheasilvia and inside the building. Pass through the hallways to reach the large underground cavern, cross it and continue over the elevator to reach a statue out on a walkway – the portal is floating above the statue.


How to get to the Agonarch Abyss Ascendant Challenge

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The Agonarch Abyss portal is in an alleyway to the side of the first area.

The Agonarch Abyss Ascendant Challenge is located in the Bay of Drowned Wishes, the Lost Sector in the Divalian Mists. From the spawn point, turn around and head into the Bay of Drowned Wishes. Stick to the right-hand side to enter a little pass opposite the bay – the portal is floating above the ground.


Knowing which Ascendant Challenge is available and where to find it can be difficult, even for players who have clocked countless hours in the Dreaming City. Be sure to utilize this Ascendant Challenge schedule and location table each week in order to track down the portal. Check out the Shacknews Destiny 2 complete strategy guide for more helpful tables and information.

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    January 7, 2019 3:30 PM

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      January 7, 2019 6:49 PM

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        January 7, 2019 7:54 PM

        There is a way to tell from the environment as well as where Petra Venj is sitting. I'll have to find a place to include it in the guide, but for now here's how you can tell:

        When Petra is in The Strand, it's weak.

        When Petra is in Divalian Mists, it's medium.

        When Petra is in Rheasilvia, it's strong.

        You can also look to the environment to see if there are any Taken effects. During the weakest weeks, the air is clear. When the curse is at its medium strength, there are some light "Taken rain" effects. When the curse is at its strongest, you'll see giant Taken orbs.

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