Destiny 2 players in the endgame experience look to the Grandmaster Nightfalls for their rewards. These Nightfalls offer a bounty of loot, but also demand a lot from players with their unique modifiers and high Power requirement. Keep track of the Grandmaster Nightfall rotation and schedule each season with these helpful tables below.
GM Nightfall schedule – Season of Plunder
The Season of Plunder GM Nightfall schedule lasts for nine weeks. Players will have two opportunities at The Glassway, The Lightblade, and Fallen S.A.B.E.R. in the event they are not yet at the appropriate Power level. There looks to be a lot of Arc burn, so consider getting a god roll Stormchaser to make the runs easier.
|GM Nightfall schedule & rotation - Season of Plunder|
|October 4, 2022||D.F.A.||The Glassway||Barrier, Overload||Arc, Solar||Void|
|October 11, 2022||Horror's Least*||The Lightblade||Barrier, Unstoppable||Arc, Solar||Arc|
|October 18, 2022||Duty Bound||Fallen S.A.B.E.R.||Barrier, Overload||Arc, Void||Arc|
|October 25, 2022||The Militia's Birthright||The Disgraced||Barrier, Unstoppable||Arc, Solar, Void||Arc|
|November 1, 2022||Horror's Least||Exodus Crash||Barrier, Overload||Solar||Arc|
|November 8, 2022||Silicon Neuroma||The Devil's Lair||Barrier, Overload||Arc, Solar, Void||Arc|
|November 15, 2022||D.F.A.||The Glassway||Barrier, Overload||Arc, Solar||Void|
|November 22, 2022||Mindbender's Ambition||The Lightblade||Barrier, Unstoppable||Arc, Solar||Arc|
|November 29, 2022||Duty Bound||Fallen S.A.B.E.R.||Barrier, Overload||Arc, Void||Arc|
*Mindbender's Ambition was changed to Horror's Least for the week of October 11 as Bungie investigates an issue with the Shotgun not dropping bonus perks.
GM Nightfall schedule – Season of the Haunted
The Season of the Haunted Grandmaster Nightfall schedule offers players a chance at some highly sought-after weapons, including D.F.A., Horror’s Least, and Silicon Neuroma.
|GM Nightfall schedule & rotation - Season of the Haunted|
|July 5, 2022||Silicon Neuroma||Proving Grounds||Barrier, Unstoppable||Arc, Solar, Void||Solar|
|July 12, 2022||D.F.A.||The Insight Terminus||Barrier, Unstoppable||Arc, Void||Void|
|July 19, 2022||Duty Bound||Warden of Nothing||Barrier, Overload, Unstoppable||Solar, Void||Solar|
|July 26, 2022||Horror's Least||The Corrupted||Overload, Unstoppable||Arc, Solar, Void||Arc|
|August 2, 2022||The Hothead||The Inverted Spire||Barrier, Unstoppable||Arc, Solar, Void||Arc|
|August 9, 2022||Plug One.1||The Arms Dealer||Barrier, Unstoppable||Solar, Void||Solar|
|August 16, 2022||Silicon Neuroma||Proving Grounds||Barrier, Unstoppable||Arc, Solar, Void||Solar|
Grandmaster Nightfall modifiers
While the above tables note the Champions, Shields, and Burns for each Grandmaster Nightfall each season, the following table gives an overview of every available modifier a GM Nightfall might have.
|Grandmaster Nightfall modifiers|
|All GM Nightfalls have these modifiers|
|Grandmaster Modifiers||Contest, Join In Progress Disabled, Champions: Mob, Locked Loadout, Match Game, Extra Shields|
|Extinguish||If your fireteam falls in a Restricted Zone, everyone is returned to orbit.|
|Shielded Foes||You will face combatants with: Arc and/or Solar and/or Void shields.|
|Champions: Mobs||This mode contains additional Champions.|
|Limited Revives||Limited fireteam revives. Gain additional revives by defeat Champions.|
|Equipment Locked||You will not be able to change your equipment after this activity starts.|
|Match Game||Enemy shields are highly resistant to all unmatched elemental damage.|
|Chaff||Radar is disabled|
|Champion Foes||You will face Barrier, Overload, and/or Unstoppable Champions. You must equip Anti-Champion mods.|
|Each GM Nightfall will have one active burn|
|Acute Arc Burn||+25% Arc damage dealt and +50% Arc damage received.|
|Acute Solar Burn||+25% Solar damage dealt and +50% Solar damage received.|
|Acute Void Burn||+25% Void damage dealt and +50% Void damage received.|
|Each GM Nightfall may also have one of the following enemy modifiers|
|Arach-no!||When defeated, Fallen Vandals spawn a web mine at their feet.|
|Epitaph||Taken combatants generate blight geysers when defeated.|
|Fire Pit||When defeated, Acolytes spawn fire pools that cause damage over time.|
|Pestilence||When defeated, Psions spawn Void grenades at their feet.|
|Scorched Earth||Enemies throw grenades significantly more often.|
|Shocker||When defeated, Goblins spawn Arc pools that causes damage over time.|
|GM Nightfalls may also have Strike-specific modifiers|
|Grask's Bile||Incoming environmental damage increased. Knockback damage and distance increased.|
|Ignovun's Challenge||Incoming splash damage increased. Knockback damage and distance increased.|
|Kargen's Stratagem||Incoming Void and environmental damage increased.|
|Modular Algorithm||Incoming Arc and environmental damage increased.|
|Navota's Abandon||Incoming Arc and environmental damage increased.|
|Sedia's Durance||Arc damage increased. Knockback damage and distance increased.|
|GM Nightfalls may also receive a loot or XP buff|
|Double Vanguard Rank||All Vanguard Rank points earned are doubled.|
|Double Nightfall Drops||All Nightfall loot drops are doubled.|
This list will likely expand or contract as Bungie adds and removes modifiers. Note that the modifier labelled “Grandmaster Modifiers” is a modifier that includes a lot of other, repeated modifiers. However, it does include Contest (locking players at a maximum Power), Join In Progress Disabled (self-explanatory), and Extra Shields.
Grandmaster Nightfall catch-up node
Introduced during Season of the Lost, the Grandmaster catch-up node allows players who have Gilded their Conqueror Title to play every single Grandmaster Nightfall of the season the moment the activity unlocks.
Here are some points to remember about the GM catch-up node:
- Only available if you Gilded the Conqueror Title the previous season OR complete all Triumphs for the Conqueror Seal during a season
- Disappears once you Gild the Conqueror Title in the current season
- Each Nightfall in the node can be completed once
- Weapon drops are locked to the weekly drops
- Non-Gilded and non-Conqueror players can only play if the Fireteam leader has access to the node
The GM catch-up node gives players a headstart on Gilding the current season’s Conqueror Title. Players might also wish to save completing the Nightfalls until the weekly weapon is one they want. For example, during Season of the Haunted, you might want to save all six Nightfalls for when Horror’s Least is available so you can avoid farming The Corrupted.
Keep in mind that completing a Nightfall in the GM catch-up node will remove it from the available list. You will then only be able to complete the Nightfall when it becomes available in rotation.
Though there is a lot to learn about GM Nightfalls in Destiny 2, engaging with this endgame content is worth it for the weapons and resources. Keep an eye on this Grandmaster Nightfall schedule and rotation as we update it each season. For more information and data, check out our Destiny 2 Strategy Guide.