What are Challenges in Destiny 2?

Learning what Challenges are in Destiny 2 is the first step to completing in-game tasks and earning Powerful gear.


Whether you’re completing Solstice of Heroes armor or something else, you’re going to need to know what Challenges are in Destiny 2. Considering Bungie changes the naming conventions of things, it can be difficult to keep up with what everything means. Thankfully, Challenges are likely something you know, but you’ve been calling them by a different name.

What are Challenges?

What used to be called Milestones are now called Challenges in Destiny 2. These daily and weekly tasks are offered from numerous sources in the game and all of them reward Powerful gear. You may recognize these as the tasks used to get to max power fast whenever a new expansion hits Destiny 2.

Challenges Destiny 2
Challenges used to be called Milestones, and are highlighted by the golden circule when looking in the Director.

Most of the main vendors have Challenges that require you to complete bounties for them. In the Tower you can find the following Challenges from the Vendors:

  • Ikora: Complete 20 bounties
  • Hawthorne: Earn Clan XP
  • Benedict: Open 4 Imperial treasure chests
  • Ada-1: Forge 2 powerful frames

You can visit Hawthorne to collect bounties to help complete hers faster. For Benedict and Ada-1, you will actually need to visit them and collect their bounties and then complete them. Ikora is the only one that does not offer something to buy but otherwise has a Challenge.

There are also a few Challenges that can be seen when looking at the Director:

  • Vanguard: Complete Heroic Story missions, Strikes, Nightfall, and Nightfall high scores
  • Gambit: Complete Gambit matches, Gambit Prime matches, and Reckoning matches
  • Crucible: Complete Crucible matches

In the Dreaming City, Petra Venj has her own Challenge: complete two of her weekly bounties. These bounties are the ones that must be bought using Dark Fragments.

Now that you know what a Challenge is in Destiny 2, you can get back to leveling up your Solstice of Heroes armor or completing some quest line. Be sure to swing by the Shacknews Destiny 2 complete strategy guide for more answers to your questions.

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