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.
- Cimmerian Garrison location
- Ouroborea location
- Forfeit Shrine location
- Shattered Ruins location
- Keep of Honed Edges location
- Agonarch Abyss location
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?
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.
|Weekly Reset||Ascendant Challenge||Location||Curse Strength|
|January 1st||Cimmerian Garrison||Chamber of Starlight||Medium|
|January 8th||Ouroborea||Aphelion's Rest||Strong|
|January 15th||Forfeit Shrine||Gardens of Esila||Weak|
|January 22nd||Shattered Ruins||Spine of Keres||Medium|
|January 29th||Keep of Honed Edges||Harbinger's Seclude||Strong|
|February 5th||Agonarch Abyss||Bay of Drowned Wishes||Weak|
|February 12th||Cimmerian Garrison||Chamber of Starlight||Medium|
|February 19th||Ouroborea||Aphelion's Rest||Strong|
|February 26th||Forfeit Shrine||Gardens of Esila||Weak|
|March 5th||Shattered Ruins||Spine of Keres||Medium|
|March 12th||Keep of Honed Edges||Harbinger's Seclude||Strong|
|March 19th||Agonarch Abyss||Bay of Drowned Wishes||Weak|
|March 26th||Cimmerian Garrison||Chamber of Starlight||Medium|
|April 2nd||Ouroborea||Aphelion's Rest||Strong|
|April 9th||Forfeit Shrine||Gardens of Esila||Weak|
|April 16th||Shattered Ruins||Spine of Keres||Medium|
|April 23rd||Keep of Honed Edges||Harbinger's Seclude||Strong|
|April 30th||Agonarch Abyss||Bay of Drowned Wishes||Weak|
|May 7th||Cimmerian Garrison||Chamber of Starlight||Medium|
|May 14th||Ouroborea||Aphelion's Rest||Strong|
|May 21st||Forfeit Shrine||Gardens of Esila||Weak|
|May 28th||Shattered Ruins||Spine of Keres||Medium|
|June 4th||Keep of Honed Edges||Harbinger's Seclude||Strong|
|June 11th||Agonarch Abyss||Bay of Drowned Wishes||Weak|
|June 18th||Cimmerian Garrison||Chamber of Starlight||Medium|
|June 25th||Ouroborea||Aphelion's Rest||Strong|
|July 2nd||Forfeit Shrine||Gardens of Esila||Weak|
|July 9th||Shattered Ruins||Spine of Keres||Medium|
|July 16th||Keep of Honed Edges||Harbinger's Seclude||Strong|
|July 23rd||Agonarch Abyss||Bay of Drowned Wishes||Weak|
|July 30th||Cimmerian Garrison||Chamber of Starlight||Medium|
|August 6th||Ouroborea||Aphelion's Rest||Strong|
|August 13th||Forfeit Shrine||Gardens of Esila||Weak|
|August 20th||Shattered Ruins||Spine of Keres||Medium|
|August 27th||Keep of Honed Edges||Harbinger's Seclude||Strong|
|September 3rd||Agonarch Abyss||Bay of Drowned Wishes||Weak|
|September 10th||Cimmerian Garrison||Chamber of Starlight||Medium|
|September 17th||Ouroborea||Aphelion's Rest||Strong|
|September 24th||Forfeit Shrine||Gardens of Esila||Weak|
|October 1st||Shattered Ruins||Spine of Keres||Medium|
|October 8th||Keep of Honed Edges||Harbinger's Seclude||Strong|
|October 15th||Agonarch Abyss||Bay of Drowned Wishes||Weak|
|October 22nd||Cimmerian Garrison||Chamber of Starlight||Medium|
|October 29th||Ouroborea||Aphelion's Rest||Strong|
|Novermber 5th||Forfeit Shrine||Gardens of Esila||Weak|
|November 12th||Shattered Ruins||Spine of Keres||Medium|
|November 19th||Keep of Honed Edges||Harbinger's Seclude||Strong|
|November 26th||Agonarch Abyss||Bay of Drowned Wishes||Weak|
|December 3rd||Cimmerian Garrison||Chamber of Starlight||Medium|
|December 10th||Ouroborea||Aphelion's Rest||Strong|
|December 17th||Forfeit Shrine||Gardens of Esila||Weak|
|December 24th||Shattered Ruins||Spine of Keres||Medium|
|December 31st||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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Is there some indication in game about the curse strength (or that it even exists) that I missed? I get how it works now, but when I started playing again a couple weeks ago, I had no idea the mechanic even existed.
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.