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Destiny 2 Nightfall: Exodus Crash tips, Prism and Timewarp Rings explained, final boss explained, plus how to unlock Nightfalls and other Nightfall tips

How to complete this week's Nightfall challenge, and if you've yet to unlock it, how to do so.

Destiny 2 Nightfall Strikes are a special, ultra-hard version of the Strike mode, which rotate to a new Strike from the roster each week.

They're no easy feat, and require a fair bit of work just to unlock in the first place - but once you do, the rewards can be well worth the effort, and that's leaving the sheer sense of satisfaction aside.

With that in mind, here we'll be explaining how to unlock Nightfalls, and our best Nightfall tips for completing them so far.

What are Nightfalls? Destiny 2 Nightfalls, Prestige Nightfalls, and Nightfall rewards explained

Nightfalls, as we mentioned above, are essentially a hardcore version of a specific Strike.

Each week, a new Strike from the roster will be picked out to be the Nightfall for the next seven days, adding considerably tougher versions enemies and a greater number of high-ranking foes like Captains and shielded enemies, too.

Along with that general spike in difficulty, Nightfalls also now have two new features that they didn't back in Destiny 1: a timer, which ticks down from fifteen minutes and means you fail when it hits zero; and a rotating modifier. Each week, there's a new Modifier that, used correctly, could make things significantly easier for you, and a new method, or 'Timewarp', for helping add extra time back on to the ticking clock.

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Nightfall rewards:

Nightfall Strikes offer some of the most highly rated rewards in game. Each week there will be a Milestone tasking you with completing the latest Nightfall, which grants you 'Powerful Gear', otherwise known as a Luminous Engram, with a high chance of containing Exotic and Legendary loot.

Otherwise, Nightfalls and Prestige Nightfalls award both blue and purple - Rare and Legendary - loot as a standard reward. You can read more on those types of Engram, including the max Power level they can grant you, in our guide to raising your Destiny 2 power level, but in brief that combination of Luminous, Legendary, and Rare Engram rewards means Nightfalls are one of a handful of end-game activities that can let you continue to raise your Power into the upper 200s, and beyond.

Prestige Nightfalls explained:

Prestige Nightfalls are essentially a hard mode on top of the hard mode that is tackling a Nightfall Strike as it is!

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Instead of a recommended 240 Power, Prestige Nightfalls recommend you have at least 300 Power (if you're struggling to get there, take a look at our Destiny 2 Power Level grinding guide), whilst there are also a couple of other conditions: the time pressure is greater, enemies are even tougher, and you also can't change your loadout once the Nightfall starts, meaning careful planning is required.

If you're looking into taking these on, then good luck. And if you manage to finish it, you get a special Aura until the next reset.

Destiny 2 Nightfall: Exodus Crash tips, Prism and Timewarp Rings explained, and how to beat the final boss

Update: This week's Nightfall is changed from Exodus Crash to Pyramidion due to a bug:

Original report: This week's Nightfall is the Exodus Crash Strike, with modifiers for Prism and Timewarp Rings. Before we dive into tips specific to this Nightfall, here's a quick explainer for those modifiers:

  • Prism - Prism is a new way of using 'burns', which back in the first Destiny were a fixed damage type - Arc, Void, or Solar - which did both additional damage to enemies and caused you to take additional damage of that type. Now, under Prism, they rotate periodically during the Nightfall Strike, displaying what's active on the bottom left of the screen. Mastering the use of that damage boost will play a big part in your success.
  • Rings - Jumping through the glowing rings you find along your path adds 30 seconds onto your timer. Once you trigger the first ring, more will appear, and you will have a minute or so to get as many as you can before they expire, so only activate when you're ready.

Nightfall: Exodus Crash tips

With those out of the way, here's our advice for how to work your way through this week's tricky Nightfall:

Rings only appear at the start and the end of the Strike. The first area will have two sets of rings - one you can activate right at the beginning, and another set as you start to climb the hill. The final set is in the dark room right before the boss.

There is some strategy to getting rings. In the very first set, split your fireteam into left, middle and right to maximise the amount you get before they disappear. In the final room, there are groups on top of each other just out of reach. If you use the floating platforms, you can scale up, along the sides of the room and make your way across the rafters and drop through them. As always, try and get players into position before triggering, so you can get as many as you can.

That said, you don't need loads of rings to complete the mission. While you want as much time as possible for the frustrating time sink of a boss, you don't have to get every ring to succeed - in fact, we probably got around half and just about managed. Future playthroughs can help you narrow down their placements if you fail first time.

Learn where to speed through the Strike. As with other Nightfalls, learning where you can jump on a Sparrow and speed past enemy encounters will help. One such case is after you've defending the Ghost against the waves of enemies in the first third of the area, you can immediately spawn a Sparrow and get out of there.

Have a range of Energy types for Prism. With Energy burns changing every few minutes, it pays to have one of each Energy type always available - one as Energy, one as Power, and the other as your sub-class for Super and abilities. If you can mix up your party so each sub-class and Super is different, then it maximises your chances of using a Super at all times - particularly useful for the boss or clearing enemies in a pinch.

The boss is very frustrating. If you've yet to play the Strike, the boss will appear for a few moments at a time, cloak and disappear again. When and where he will appear is unpredictable, and is particularly frustrating when you're on the clock. Additionally, Shanks that spill electricity that slows your exploration will flood the arena.

As such, you must keep an eye on these enemies and clear them where possible, but also maximise what time you have with the boss when he appears, being prepared to line up Power weapon attacks and Supers that align with the Prism at that time. As well as the Shanks, it's also worth clearing the Servitors quickly, too.

Part of this Strike is based on luck - that the boss will appear long enough with the time you have to damage him - and keeping your party alive while managing enemies around you. Keep communicating where the boss is and who has what Super ready to go, and you should succeed.

How to unlock Nightfall in Destiny 2

Before you unlock Nightfall Strikes, you first need to unlock Strikes, defeat two of them, and reach Power level 230.

So, first you need to complete the story mission 'Fury', and speak to Zavala, unlocking Strikes as an option from your Director.

That unlocks the Strikes milestone, which requires you to complete any two Strikes from the roster - you can do that just by selecting it from the Director and diving into the playlist.

After that, check back in with Zavala for your reward, and the Nightfall milestone will appear in your milestones tab. From there, you'll see that you need to reach Power level 230 or above.

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Once you hit that Power level, go talk to Zavala again, and he'll unlock Nightfalls for you. Access them from the Strikes section of the in-game Director, and you're ready to go - or at least, you are in theory - we have a tips for you below before you dive in!

Destiny 2 Nightfall modifiers and Nightfall timewarps explained

The Nightfall Strike changes each week after the Tuesday reset, and with it comes a change in the various modifiers and timewarps that help or hinder your progress.

Nightfall modifiers:

  • Prism - Prism is a new way of using 'burns', which back in the first Destiny were a fixed damage type - Arc, Void, or Solar - which did both additional damage to enemies and caused you to take additional damage of that type. Now, under Prism, they rotate periodically during the Nightfall Strike, displaying what's active on the bottom left of the screen. Mastering the use of that damage boost will play a big part in your success.
  • Attrition - Health and shield regeneration is severely hampered. Defeat enemies to create 'wells of Light' that can restore health and charge your Super. These act (and appear) in a very similar way to Orbs of Light that are generated from using Supers/
  • Momentum - Health and shield regeneration is disabled when standing, so you must sprint to replenish them.
  • Torrent - This vastly increases the recharge rate of your grenades and class ability.

Nightfall timewarps:

  • Killing Time - Killing enemies will add a small amount of time back onto the countdown timer, giving you a greater chance of completing the Nightfall or hitting any time-based Nightfall challenges. If you're finding yourself consistently low on time and can't get through the Strike any faster, try quickly killing a few more enemies with things like grenades and supers on your way!
  • Rings - Jumping through the glowing rings you find along your path adds 30 seconds onto your timer. Once you trigger the first ring, more will appear, and you will have a minute or so to get as many as you can before they expire, so only activate when you're ready.
  • Anomalies - Anomalies are clusters of energy that, when shot, will increase your timer. They tend to appear tucked around the sides of objects, low down off the edges of walkable areas, and high up in the corners. They glow blue, making them a little easier to spot from a distance. Get into a habit of looking behind you in each area, as they like to tuck them away in places you'd miss without turning back, and try to learn their placements if you are running a second time.
  • Zero Hour - Unlike other Timewarp modifiers, there is no way to top up your countdown clock. In other ways, that means the time you start with is all you have.
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Want more help? Our Destiny 2 guide and walkthrough covers everything to get you up to speed. Elsewhere, we have articles on how to beat this week's Exodus Black Nightfall and find the latest Treasure Map locations, and other activities including Lost Sectors, Heroic Public Events, and Flashpoints on EDZ, Titan, Nessus and Io. We also explain how to Power level to the 265, 300 and 305 Power caps, as well as what to spend Glimmer on, how to join Clans and how Mods, Infusion, and Engrams and Legendary Shards work, a Destiny 2 Exotics list, Trials of the Nine and the weekly reset, how to unlock classes and subclasses, and how to complete the Destiny 2 Raid. Finally, for those waiting for it, here are details of the Destiny 2 launch time on PC.

Other Destiny 2 Nightfall tips

Once you've managed to unlock the Nightfall game mode, you might not want to jump in right away. As we've already said several times, it's tough!

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There are, however, several tips you can bear in mind to help you get through the Nightfall smoothly. Here's what we learned so far.

Destiny 2 Nightfall tips:

  • The recommended Power level is upwards of 240, not 230! - The first thing to be aware of is the fact that, although Nightfalls unlock at Power level 230, really that's too low. You'll find your weapons barely even tickling the most basic of enemies, even with headshots, and standard, low level foes will kill you in a single shot. Aim for 240 across your entire Fireteam as a minimum, but really 250 or above will be where things start to feel a little more sane. Week three's Nightfall was recommending 275 Power once we loaded into it, so the higher the better! Our Destiny 2 Power level-raising guide can help!
  • Pay attention to the modifiers - For Prism, for example, you'll need Arc, Solar, and Void damage available to every member of your Fireteam if you want to make it through, because a well timed super or heavy weapon spam on a boss, with the right Burn active, can make all the difference, shredding health from something that would normally take several valuable minutes to complete. Our recommendation is that you have a subclass of each damage type for each memeber of the Fireteam, and that each of you has the other two damage types equipped to their Heavy and Energy weapon slots, too. As these change each week, you'll need to learn to adapt!
  • Take weapons with you that you know how to use well - The first time we tried a Nightfall strike, we took in a high-powered Sidearm as our primary weapon, and the constant-beam Coldheart as our Energy weapon. It was a bad mistake! The lack of range, variety, and ability to hit multiple enemies quickly, as well as our lack of experience with the two weapons was a major issue. Aim to have flexible, easy to use, and familiar weapons with you. It may even be worth going for slightly lower powered weapons that you know better, but either way it's worth the extra time grinding for them!

Watch our walkthrough of the game's second Nightfall with Prism and Ring Timewarp modifiers:

  • You can sprint past large areas of the Nightfall without fighting - Don't think that you need to stay and clear out every enemy in a single area. Whilst some will require you to wait in a densely packed area and survive until a certain event is triggered, you'll rarely need to do anything but kill specific enemies or fulfull a specific objective before you can move on. As soon as that waypoint moves forward, get shift on! Oh, and there are areas where you can equip a Sparrow, too. Learn where they are and abuse them where you can!
  • You'll struggle without using the timewarp - The timer ticks down much faster than you may think, and wasting time can see things cut short before you even make it half way through. When you do have to sit still in a hostile area, do your best to think about the timewarps. Are you missing Rings, or skipping easier to kill enemies? Making the most of those time bonuses can make all the difference.
  • Finally, don't be afraid to fail! - Almost nobody completes the Nightfall Strikes on the first try. Failure is part of it, and is hugely helpful in teaching you lessons about how to progress. Learn which parts you can run through, where you need to fight, and what you need to prioritise at each step. As long as you're paying attention, you'll see yourself progress a little further with each run!

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