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.

Destiny 2 what are challenges
Challenges used to be called Milestones, and are highlighted by the golden circle 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:

  • Zavala: Complete Vanguard bounties
  • Shaxx: Complete Crucible bounties
  • Banshee-44: Complete Gunsmith bounties
  • Ikora: Collect Vex parts
  • Hawthorne: Complete clan bounties and earn clan XP
  • The Drifter: Complete Gambit bounties
  • Benedict: Locate and open Imperial 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. 

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

  • Vanguard: Complete Strikes, Nightfall, and Nightfall high scores
  • Gambit: Complete Gambit matches
  • Crucible: Complete Crucible Core matches and Crucible Rotator matches
  • Flashpoint: Complete activities at the destination
  • Moon: Garden of Salvation, Nightmare Hunts, Vex Offensive, Eris Morn memory pursuits

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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