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, chasing a Triumph, 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.

Last updated on March 21, 2023 at 2:13 p.m. PT.

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 either Powerful gear or Pinnacle 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
  • Hawthorne: Complete clan bounties and earn clan XP
  • The Drifter: Complete Gambit bounties

Some vendors will cycle in and out of offering bounties for you to complete for Challenges. Make sure you look at the Map of the Tower to see who is offering a reward for completing one of their Challenges.

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
  • Iron Banner: Complete matches in Iron Banner

There are also Challenges for various raids and other end-game activities like dungeons. Make sure you're completing these each week for more armor, weapons, mods and Power.

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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