All Ascendant Anchor locations - Destiny 2

Find all the Ascendant Anchors in Destiny 2 to complete Seasonal Challenges and earn gear.

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Ascendant Anchors are one of the many collectibles added to Destiny 2 with Season of the Lost. These purple nodes appear in patrol zones and the Shattered Realm on a rotating schedule, so finding them all is going to take a few weeks of work. They’re pretty easy to see from a distance, but there are a couple of Ascendant Anchors that can be tough to find.

Last updated on September 21, 2021.

Ascendant Anchor locations

The Ascendant Anchors have the classic Dreaming City appearance of something a bit dainty and purple. These anchors appear around patrol zones (like the EDZ and Tangled Shore) as well as in the Shattered Realm’s various locations (Forest of Echoes, Debris of Dreams, etc). Players that want to get them all will need to come back each week, as they’re on a weekly rotation schedule.

European Dead Zone (EDZ)

Trostland

The first one in Trostland can be found right near the fast travel point.

The second Ascendant Anchor in Trostland is directly north of the fast travel point, across the road and up on the balcony.

This next Ascendant Anchor is inside the chapel in Trostland on some crates.

This Ascendant Anchor is behind the chapel, in the destroyed building in the corner.

Another Ascendant Anchor is to the right of the chapel, at the top of the destroyed building.

Winding Cove

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The first one in Winding Cove can be found in front of the fast travel point, behind the hole that leads to the Lost Sector.

This Ascendant Anchor is on the cliff near the downed Fallen ship in the corner of the Winding Cove.

To find this Ascendant Anchor, start at the Winding Cove fast travel point and go right. It’s up high on a cliff along the road that leads back to the Outskirts.

Another Ascendant Anchor can be found along the highway that leads from the Winding Cove to Firebase Hades, on top of the cliff overlooking the road.

The Gulch

This Ascendant Anchor is to the right of the fast travel point in the Gulch.

To find this Ascendant Anchor, start at the fast travel point and go along the road that leads deeper into the Gulch until you reach the broken bridge. Look to the right to spot the anchor by a generator.

This Ascendant Anchor is, again, along the right-hand side of the cliff from the fast travel point. This time, cross the broken bridge and double-back to the right and into the valley between the rocks. The anchor is above the Cabal enemies.

The next Ascendant Anchor is in the heart of the Gulch, to the right of the large tunnel entrance, up on the rocks.

The last one in the Gulch is opposite the tunnel, up on the hill beside a small building.

The Sludge

This Ascendant Anchor is to the left of the fast travel point, through the building and up on the hill.

Go to the south side of the Sludge to find this Ascendant Anchor near where the Glimmer Extraction public event takes place.

This Ascendant Anchor is on the left side of the Sludge, near the path to the Gulch.

The last Ascendant Anchor in the Sludge is along the north side, in a passage just before the Lost Sector.

Sunken Isles

The first Ascendant Anchor is to the left of the fast travel point in the Sunken Isles.

Another Ascendant Anchor is further around to the left of the fast travel point, up on the side of the area.

The next Ascendant Anchor is by the massive ship, in the water beside the base.

The fourth Ascendant Anchor is to the right of the fast travel point, on a little bit of land in the water.

The last Ascendant Anchor in the area is to the right of the fast travel point, closer to the large ship.

Tangled Shore Ascendant Anchors

During the second week, Ascendant Anchors appeared on the Tangled Shore in Thieves’ Landing and Soriks’s Cut. There are eight to find in each area.

Thieves’ Landing Ascendant Anchors

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From the fast travel point, turn around and jump up the rocks to spot this Ascendant Anchor.

The next Ascendant Anchor is to the left of the fast travel point, right around the corner in the tunnel that leads to Jetsam of Saturn.

Another Ascendant Anchor is found at the entrance of Spider’s hideout in the lower left of Thieves’ Landing.

This Ascendant Anchor is on top of the building in the middle of Thieves’ Landing.

An Ascendant Anchor can be found in the north of Thieves’ Landing, at the start of the tunnel that goes to Soriks’s Cut.

Another one is on the opposite side of the tunnel entrance that goes from Thieves’ Landing to Soriks’s Cut.

Find this Ascendant Anchor behind a Fallen structure just over the two bridges that leads to Four-Horn Gulch.

The next Ascendant Anchor is behind the elevator that takes you to Four-Horn Gulch from Thieves’ Landing. It is over the side of the building, on the rocks.

Soriks’s Cut Ascendant Anchors

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The closest Ascendant Anchor to the Soriks’s Cut fast travel point is just to the left. Go around the building to spot it next to the edge of the chasm.

Another Ascendant Anchor is in the middle of Soriks’s Cut, right under the pipeline.

This Ascendant Anchor is on the side of the path that leads back to Thieves’ Landing.

Behind a building on the lower side of Soriks’s Cut is where you’ll locate this Ascendant Anchor.

The next Ascendant Anchor is below where the pipeline reaches the circular turbine building.

This Ascendant Anchor is inside the turbine building, between the columns.

Find this Ascendant Anchor above the destroyed Fallen Walker on the left side of Soriks’s Cut.

Another Ascendant Anchor is to the right of the fast travel location in Soriks’s Cut. You can spot it inside a tunnel.

Moon

Sorrow’s Harbor

There are seven Ascendant Anchors to find in Sorrow’s Harbor and they’re all around the edge of the area. Just work your way around clockwise and you’ll find them all really easily.

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The first Ascendant Anchor on the Moon is to the left of the fast travel location. Follow the edge of the cliff to the purple beam of light to spot it.

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Another Ascendant Anchor is to the left of the fast travel point in Sorrow’s Harbor, beside a set of stairs.

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Go left from the fast travel point and follow the edge of the cliff until you reach the stairs that lead up to the main altar – the Ascendant Anchor is on the stairs.

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This Ascendant Anchor is in the top-right corner of Sorrow’s Harbor, against the wall of the Red Keep.

Another Ascendant Anchor can be found on the right-hand side of Sorrow’s Harbor, near the edge beside a rock.

Go to the lower-right hand side of Sorrow’s Harbor to spot another Ascendant Anchor near the Hive bridge.

This Ascendant Anchor is along the bottom edge of Sorrow’s Harbor, tucked up against the hillside.

Sanctuary

There are only five Ascendant Anchors to locate in the Sanctuary area of the Moon.

The first Ascendant Anchor in Sanctuary is to the left of the fast travel point.

This next Ascendant Anchor is a little further left of the fast travel point than the last one.

Another Ascendant Anchor is across from the fast travel point and to the left, tucked behind the solar panels. You’ll need to pass by the Lectern of Enchantment.

To the right of the fast travel point is the next Ascendant Anchor, on the rocks that lead to the Anchor of Light.

The last Ascendant Anchor is to the right of Sanctuary, along the path towards Archer’s Line.

Shattered Realm: Forest of Echoes

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The first Ascendant Anchor can be found in the glade just before the church and the crypt. It’s in the knot of trees where some Taken are lurking. The area is called the Dark Forest.

The second Ascendant Anchor is below the tree in the Dark Forest, through a barrier. Drop down to the lower area to find it on a rock plinth.

Another Ascendant Anchor is behind the crypt that’s right near the church.

To the right of the crypt, as if heading to the second beacon, is another Ascendant Anchor. This one is floating out over the abyss. Use the True Sight sign that’s on the edge to reach it.

Find another Ascendant Anchor in the crypt near the church. Use the Barrier Breach sign to gain access and then search the hallway for the anchor.

Another Ascendant Anchor is inside the crypt near the church, this time near the chest behind the bars. Use Ager’s Scepter to destroy a rock in the roof. Jump up to claim the anchor. This area is directly below the statue in the slow field in front of the church.

This Ascendant Anchor is to the left of the spawn point, over near the statue on the floating island overlooking the church. Use the True Sight sign and jump across the platforms to reach it.

Another Ascendant Anchor is inside the church, right above the beacon. Use the True Sight and Barrier Breach signs at the front of the church to reach it.

This Ascendant Anchor can be accessed from inside the church near the beacon. Use Ager’s Scepter to blast the shining rock on the right-hand side to reveal the anchor.

This Ascendant Anchor is to the side of the church, up on the hill that leads to the Outskirts.

This Ascendant Anchor is in the Ruins, an area to the right of the spawn point, opposite the church and on the way to the second beacon. It’s at the top of one of the ruined buildings.

Another Ascendant Anchor is found on a platform between the Ruins and the cave below the tree in the Dark Forest. This can be found by going below the tree using the Barrier Breach, and then using the True Sight to jump across platforms to reach it. Alternatively, start at the Ruins and go into the back corner and use the True Sight there to reach it.

This Ascendant Anchor is behind the Ruins, in a small cave along a series of platforms. Go to the back corner of the Ruins (the area to the right of the start of the Forest of Echoes) and use the True Sight that’s in the corner. Follow the platforms down and into a small cave. The anchor will be on a rock in the corner and there’s also a chest behind a barrier here.

To find this Ascendant Anchor, you must go to the cave below the Ruins (as mentioned in the previous ones). The Ruins are to the right of the starting point. Use the True Sight sign in the corner to see platforms that lead down to the cave. When you enter the cave, stick to the left-hand side to find a barrier. Use the signs in the cave to go through the barrier and see the platforms, which lead up to the anchor and the Sunken Cave area.

This Ascendant Anchor is by the floating rocks that lead to the second beacon. On one of the rocky platforms will be a True Sight sign that will reveal platforms up to the anchor that is tucked inside a tree stump on the side of the cliff.

Another Ascendant Anchor is on the path to the second beacon, in the valley between the rocks where the slow field is. Use Ager’s Scepter to destroy some rocks on the side of the path to reveal the anchor.

This Ascendant Anchor is by the second beacon, on a small island behind the hill. There are some Taken Acolytes defending it.

The final Ascendant Anchor is on the water wheel by the second beacon.

Shattered Realm: Debris of Dreams

During the second week of Season of the Lost, the Debris of Dreams section of the Shattered Realm opened, granting access to portion of the area’s Ascendant Anchors.

This Ascendant Anchor is behind the steep shaft at the second beacon in the Derelict Shipyard.

Over the side of the boss arena on a ledge, right near the True Sight sign is where this Ascendant Anchor is found.

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Find this Ascendant Anchor to the right of the main area, across a gap and down on a ledge. This is the Encampment zone that leads to a building far off on the right.

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Another Ascendant Anchor is below the main area (the Ruined Outpost), out on a ledge. This can be reached by using the True Sight platforms or by walking through the slow field.

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Another Ascendant Anchor is below the Ruined Outpost and then below the slow field in a cavern.

This Ascendant Anchor is to the left of the Ruined Outpost, out across the gap toward the first beacon location. Instead of following the main path up the hill, loop around the back.

This Ascendant Anchor is up at the Shattered Enclave. Work your way to the first beacon to spot it floating out in the distance. Use the True Sight post to make platforms appear.

This Ascendant Anchor requires the True Sight ability upgrade (Ascendant Sight) and the first beacon. It can be found at the top of the hill that leads to the first beacon. It is floating out in the air on the right, along the path that leads to the Perilous Path Trivial Mystery.

This Ascendant Anchor requires the True Sight ability upgrade (Ascendant Sight) and the first beacon. This one is below the main area, along the hidden platforms that leads to one of the Trivial Mysteries. From the Ruined Outpost main area, go down the ramp to the True Sight sign, activate it and jump along the platforms until you reach the anchor.

This Ascendant Anchor requires the True Sight ability upgrade (Ascendant Sight) and the second beacon. This one is found across from the main area (Ruined Outpost) and in the cave with the shield roof. It’s floating in the air – use the True Sight sign to reach it.

This Ascendant Anchor requires the True Sight ability upgrade (Ascendant Sight) and the second beacon. Another anchor is through the cave across the main area (Ruined Outpost) and towards the second beacon. It’s out over the chasm, along the platform that leads to a Trivial Mystery.

Another Ascendant Anchor is below the main area of the map and behind a breakable rock. Use Ager’s Scepter to smash the rock, revealing the anchor.

This Ascendant Anchor is below the main area, and out around the ledge behind a breakable rock. Use Ager’s Scepter to break the rock to claim the anchor.

This Ascendant Anchor is inside the Industrial Facility to the right of the main area. Go inside the facility and follow the curving corridor all the way to the other side. The anchor is on a flight of stairs behind a Fallen generator.

Find this Ascendant Anchor up on the high island to the right of the main area. This is accessed by heading to the industrial area on the right and going through the barrier. Use the teleporter to reach the island. The anchor is beside a box on the side of the island.

A second Ascendant Anchor is on the island up to the right of the main area. This time, it’s off the side of the landmass, accessible via platforms that appear when you use the True Sight sign.

Another Ascendant Anchor can be found directly across from the main area, in the cave. Go inside and use Ager’s Scepter on the rock to reveal the anchor in a little cave.

The last Ascendant Anchor is outside of the map, in an odd area behind the boss arena. When you get into the boss arena, go to the left and jump up and between a gap in the building. Go around the back of the arena and walk through a rock wall to find the anchor.

The Shattered Realm: Ruins of Wrath

The Ascendant Anchors in the Ruins of Wrath area require the upgrades to the True Sight ability. You will also need Barrier Breach and the Safe Passage upgrade.

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This Ascendant Anchor is behind the first beacon. You must use the True Sight sign to reach it.

Another Ascendant Anchor is to the left of the first beacon. Use the True Sight sign to see the platforms, the anchor is on a circular platform towards the rocky island.

This Ascendant Anchor is again to the left of the first beacon. Use the True Sight to jump out to the floating island and then grab the sign over there. Look to the right to see another series of platforms that lead to another anchor.

An Ascendant Anchor can be found to the right of the first beacon, behind the short tower. You will need to use the True Sight sign that is near the base of the tall tower.

Another Ascendant Anchor is between the Hive portal near the first beacon.

This Ascendant Anchor is in the Debris Field, to the left of the slowing effect. You don't need the Safe Passage sign, but it will make it easier.

Find this Ascendant Anchor in the Debris Field, right in the middle floating out above the abyss. Use the True Sight sign to make platforms appear so you can reach it.

An Ascendant Anchor is inside the tunnels to the right of the Debris Field. Go right of the Debris Field toward the ribcage and then into the tunnels. Work your way to the circular ara with pillars, the anchor is up against the wall.

This Ascendant Anchor is inside the tunnels to the right of the Debris Field, too. It’s in a portion of the tunnel that has more ribcages.

Another Ascendant Anchor is to the left of the Debris Field, near the second beacon. It’s at one end of the spikey Hive bridges.

Find this Ascendant Anchor in the far, back-left of the area, to the left of the second beacon. You will need to use the True Sight ability to jump over some platforms to a floating island. Walk around the back of the island to find the anchor.


Collecting all of the Ascendant Anchors is going to take several weeks’ worth of effort. The anchors are on a weekly schedule, so if you miss some one week, you will need to wait until they cycle back around. Be sure to check out the Shacknews Destiny 2 Guide for more coverage of this season’s content.

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