Top Tactics for Rapid Shard Farming in Destiny 2 - The Leamington Observer

Top Tactics for Rapid Shard Farming in Destiny 2

Leamington Editorial 26th Apr, 2024   0

Ascendant Shards are known for being used to make gear better. That’s why this material is so precious in the game.

The good news is that there are different ways to get Ascendant Shards, and ordering the Trials of Osiris carry service is one of them.

Alternatively, you can disassemble Mastercrafted Exotic armor or purchase it from dealers in the Tower. There is no win-win solution for all. And if you want to learn everything about obtaining Ascendant Shards in Destiny 2, keep reading our guide. We have special tips and tricks to share with you.

Ascendant Shards — Why Are They Needed in the Game?

Ascendant Shards were utilized in Year 1 of the original Destiny game but were subsequently phased out. A few years later, they were reintroduced in Destiny 2 as an exotic resource that is usually employed in fine crafting. It is important to know that players are limited to 30 Ascendant Shards per account starting from season 22, but they can’t have any on their Postmaster. As a result, players are unable to accumulate as many Ascendant Shards as they were able to in previous game seasons.

Legendary and exotic armor are mastered using ascendant shards. Legendary armor components only require one shard to masterwork, whereas exotic armor pieces require three. Ascendant Shards are few, so it’s a good idea to consider your options carefully and use them smartly. Furthermore, you may purchase exotic weapons from the Lost Lights shop in the Tower using Rahool or focus on exotic gear with them while in the Tower.

Ways of Collecting Ascendant Shards

Completing Nightfall strikes at the Master and Grandmaster levels or disassembling masterwork exotic armor will provide Ascendant Shards — each item of gear yielding at least one shard. If everything else fails, Banshee-44, Ada-1, and Rahool are among the vendors at the Tower where you may purchase shards. Below you will find more detailed information about all the methods.

Completing of Master and Grandmaster-level Nightfall Strikes

This is among the most effective methods to obtain Ascendant Shards. Just keep performing Nightfall strikes, especially Master or Grandmaster strikes, until you have the required quantity of shards. Make sure that by the end of each task, every champion has passed away to qualify for Platinum-tier honors.

If you perform this during a week with twofold Nightfall awards, you will receive twice as many shards. If you wait until you can acquire double Nightfall awards, you will receive several Ascendant Shards for a single Grandmaster Nightfall strike.

Dismantling of Masterworked Exotic Armour

If you have any exotic masterwork gear that you do not intend to use, consider disassembling it. You can obtain at least one shard for each item of gear you deconstruct. Because it normally takes three shards to build masterwork exotic gear, you won’t get every shard back — but you will get some of them. Alternatively, you can masterwork some armor to rapidly store additional Ascendant Shards in a pinch (and dismantle it later if you need shards again).

Buying Ascension Shards from Vendors in the Tower

Ascendant Shards may be purchased from Rahool, the cryptarch, Ada-1, and Banshee-44, the gunsmith and armor expert, albeit they are quite pricey. Nevertheless, you may get Ascendant Shards from any of the above sellers for 50,000 Glimmer and 10 Enhancement Prisms if you are looking for a reliable method of obtaining them regularly. Tower vendors also provide other useful products, such as upgrade modules. So it is up to you what to choose.

Resetting Your Rank with Certain Vendors

You will get one Ascendant Shard from  Drifter (Gambit), Commander Zavala (Vanguard), Lord Shaxx (Crucible), and Banshee-44 (Gunsmith) the first time you reset your rank with them. This also functions with the Trials of Osiris vendor, Saint-14. Each season, work with Tower merchants to complete the first level; thus, you may reset and enjoy the benefits. Resetting again after that will provide an Exotic engram rather than an Ascendant Shard, so keep in mind that this is only effective once per vendor.

Unlocking Shards by Getting the Game’s Season Pass

Three Ascendant Shards are available for unlocking if you choose to purchase the paid Season Pass, provided you have the necessary funds. The good news is that Destiny 2’s Season Pass may still earn you a few shards even if you’re just using the free version. You can still unlock one Ascendant Shard with it.

Winning the Trials of Osiris Games

The Trials of Osiris is a high-risk variant of Crucible, with PvP matches that yield some of the game’s best weapons and armor. In addition, you can obtain an Ascendant Shard from the Lighthouse Chest if you win seven straight games without losing any.


Ascendant Shards in Destiny 2 are crucial for enhancing gear. Obtaining these requires dedication and strategy. Whether through Nightfall strikes, dismantling gear, purchasing from vendors, or participating in Trials of Osiris, none of these methods offer immediate abundance. However, with persistent effort, players can gradually accumulate the shards necessary to masterwork their gear and make strategic purchases. So, stay committed, and your endeavors will yield the coveted Ascendant Shards over time.


Article Written by Chloe Boone.



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