Ascendant Shards are Destiny 2's most coveted foreign money. Guardians want this useful resource to Masterwork their armor and buy Exotics from the Tower's Exotic Kiosk. Newer gamers and veterans alike will need to get their arms on as many Ascendant Shards as feasible. If their rarity didn't make this clean, Ascendant Shards are extremely rare, best farmable by means of finishing a number of Destiny 2's top activities. However, those "golf balls" drop from greater than simply GM Nightfalls. Players can use certain providers or complete one of Europa's hardest Triumphs to get their hands in this worthwhile currency. Ranging from Nightfalls to the Season Pass, here is each way you could earn Ascendant Shards in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. Updated September 24th, 2021, by Charles Burgar: Ascendant Shards have become easier to farm with the recent Trials of Osiris rework. Players can now dive into the Trials playlist to farm for Masterwork materials upon reaching seven wins on the same Passage. We've updated this guide to account for the Trials of Osiris rework in Season of the Lost, and we've updated the guide to now discuss every ritual playlist vendor that grants an Ascendant Shard upon resetting their playlist rank.

How To Earn Ascendant Shards

Destiny 2 Ascendant Shards
As the rarest Masterworking currency, Ascendant Shards are equally as hard to come by. Players will have to endure a drip-feed of this resource or conquer the toughest activities in the game. Ascendant Shards can be earned from the following:
MethodTypeShard Amount
Augmented ObsessionTriumph1
Vanguard Rank ResetVendor1
Crucible Valor ResetVendor1
Gambit Infamy ResetVendor1
Trials Rank ResetVendor1
Dismantle T10 Exotic ArmorMisc.1
Trials of Osiris (1st Weekly Flawless)Activity1
Trials of Osiris (Seven Passage Wins)Activity1
Master/ GM NightfallActivity1-2
Season PassSeason Pass1 (x3)

Nightfall Completions

Destiny 2 Master Nightfall Modifiers
Shard Amount: 1-2 per run (based on difficulty) Master Nightfalls runs have a drop chance that is listed as "uncommon." The Destiny community speculates that this is around a 33% drop chance for a Platinum completion. Grandmaster Nightfalls guarantee one Ascendant Shard for a Platinum completion. Of course, GM Nightfalls are much harder than Master variants due to the addition of contest modifier.

Trials Of Osiris

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris
Shard Amount: Chance of 1 per win on a seven-win Passage; 1 on your first weekly Flawless clear Going Flawless for the first time in a week will grant one Ascendant Shard from the Lighthouse chest. Subsequent Flawless runs in the same week will only grant Enhancement Prisms. For those unfamiliar, going Flawless in Trials of Osiris requires seven consecutive wins in the game type. One loss will void a Flawless attempt—excluding your first loss while using the Passage of Mercy. You also have a chance of obtaining an Ascendant Shard upon winning a Trials game with a seven-win Passage. There is no limit to the number of Ascendant Shards you can obtain this way, making this the PvP alternative to farming Master or GM Nightfalls. Flawless Passages with seven wins seem more likely to drop Ascendant Shards after a win, but there is no hard data to back this up.

Ritual Playlist Vendors

Destiny 2 Infamy Rewards
Shard Amount: 1 per vendor each season There are four vendors in the Tower with a unique rank-up reward track:
  1. Zavala: Strikes and Nightfalls
  2. Shaxx: Crucible (PvP)
  3. Drifter: Gambit
  4. Saint-14: Trials of Osiris
Playing any of these modes will boom your rank with that mode's respective vendor, allowing you to say particular rewards. When you attain a rank of 10,000 with a certain supplier, you could reset your rank with them in trade for an Ascendant Shard. You can only do that once per supplier according to season. Subsequent rank resets within the identical season will supply an Exotic Engram as an alternative.


Destiny 2 Banshee-44 Ascendant Shard Reward
Shard Amount: 1 per purchase Players can purchase Ascendant Shards from Banshee-44 or Ada-1 in the Tower, provided they have enough materials. To purchase an Ascendant Shard, you'll need the following:
  • 10 Enhancement Prisms
  • 100 planetary materials
  • 50,000 Glimmer
As with the rest of Banshee and Ada's stock, the planetary material they request is random and changes daily.

Season Pass

Destiny 2 Season Pass Ascendant Shard Reward
Shard Amount: 3 per season Those that own the current season can obtain three Ascendant Shards from the paid Season Pass track. They are given at the following ranks:
  • Rank 80: x1 Ascendant Shard
  • Rank 85: x1 Ascendant Shard
  • Rank 94: x1 Ascendant Shard

Augmented Obsession Triumph

Destiny 2 Augmented Obsession Reward
Shard Amount: 1 per account If you entire Europa's Augmented Obsession Triumph, Variks will come up with one Ascendant Shard as thank you. This is best given once per account, which means you can not get three from talking to Variks on exchange characters. Completing the Augmented Obsession Triumph requires all eight Augment Triumphs to be completed. Only one may be accomplished every week because of a limit on how many Braytech Transponders you may purchase from Variks. Similar to the Dreaming City eggs, you'll ought to look forward to positive Eclipsed Zones before you may spoil sure units of drones. For a complete breakdown on a way to earn this Triumph, seek advice from our Augmented Obsession Triumph guide.