The Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenge is a weekly activity you can find while exploring the mysterious Dreaming City.
Not only do these allow you to access new areas within the end-game Patrol space, but completing them helps you complete Petra's weekly challenges - giving you access to useful new gear.
It's not the easiest activity to find, however - requiring access to some Tincture of Queensfoil and some know-how of where it'll turn up.
On this page:
How to get Tincture of Queensfoil and access Ascendant Challenges in Destiny 2 work
First, you need to unlock The Dreaming City, the end-game destination after completing the Forsaken walkthrough.
Once you have access to the patrol space, you'll want to find some Tincture of Queensfoil. This is a consumable, which "opens your mind to the secrets of the Dreaming City", according to the in-game description.
What this means is it'll give you a buff that opens up new discoveries - such as new platforms and portals, including one to the Ascendant Challenge - for 30 minutes.
To get Tincture of Queensfoil, you'll find it as a drop from anywhere within The Dreaming City - much like Dark Fragments.
This means you should complete Patrol Activities, Public Events, open Chests and complete Bounties. They are fairly common drops, so this won't take long.
When you are ready, note the Ascendant Challenge changes every week, with not only a new location but the actual challenge itself. Expect a new one on the weekly reset, and before you complete it, make sure you collect a Bounty from Petra before doing so - giving you Powerful Gear rewards.
It should also be noted if you die during an Ascendant Challenge, it will reset, but you'll respawn close enough by outside that you can easily give it several more attempts before the Tincture of Queensfoil buff ends. And if you fail after that? Get another Tincture of Queensfoil and try again.
Ascendant Challenge Week 3 location and solution
The third week's Ascendant Challenge portal is found in the Spine of Keres, which is where you hand in the Oracle Engine Offering.
You'll want to go to the same building as the Oracle, but instead of turning right up the steps, go left and outside. At this point, you'll want to use your Tincture of Queensfoil, as you can cut across the gap on the right thanks to some newly-revealed platforms.
Then, from the bridge, you can see the portal in the distance. This video by Arekkz shows the location, as well as a playthrough of the actual challenge.
The challenge is pretty simple - it's a jumping puzzle all the way up to an area up above. There are multiple hazards along the way - such as bombs and sniping enemies - and a confusing route to take, but the above video can help guide you through it.
Once at the top, you then need to take down a boss. Take your time and keep your distance, then once done, open the chest and the Ascendant Challenge is complete.
Destiny 2 Year 2 is here! Our Destiny 2 Forsaken walkthrough and guide explains the flow of missions and what's new, including Wanted Bounties and new Exotics such as the Ace of Spades and the Chaperone. We also have details on how to activate the latest Ascendant Challenge, complete Blind Well and Oracle Engine Offering activities, complete the Broken Awoken Talisman quest and find the Mindbender hidden chest location plus Aphelion's Rest, Chamber of Starlight and Bay of Drowned Wishes. There's also been changes to the Destiny 2 weekly reset and the Destiny 2 levelling system, while the material economy has changed a little too, with Masterwork Cores now playing a larger part. Finally - there's the Last Wish raid, and encounters Kalli the Corrupted, Shuro Chi the Corrupted and Morgeth the Spirekeeper.
Previous Ascendant Challenge locations
Though no longer active, here's where you can find previous Ascendant Challenge locations, in the event they return in future.
Ascendant Challenge location Week 1
This is found within the Aphelion's Rest Lost Sector. Enter and in the final room, on the left side, is the portal.
Once inside, the challenge begins. The aim is to destroy all the Taken Blights on the outskirts of the area, then when you get the 'An opportunity' message, return to the centre and smash all the crystals, all while avoiding enemy fire.
Above is a video from Esoterickk showing it in action.
Ascendant Challenge location Week 2
To find the Ascendant Challenge in the game's second week, you need to visit the Gardens of Esila location. It's not named on the map, but it's at the very south of the Dreaming City.
To get there, travel to The Strand from the opening Divialian Mists area, and when you arrive, there is a path on your right as soon as you emerge. Take it up and follow the rote until you arrive at the Gardens of Esila location.
Once there, you'll want to progress just a little further, passing two large rock structures on your left. Behind the second one - which is next to a plaza of sorts - is the portal.
You'll have to climb some rocks on the cliff edge to see it. Leap into the portal when ready.
Inside is the Forfeit Shrine. The solution is fairly simple - there are three Orbs located on the outskirts of the area, which must be collected and deposited in the centre.
The Orbs are located on-screen, and the area you take them to is directly underneath the massive glowing sphere. Once done, you then have to clear out all the enemies nearby.
Of course, this is easier said than done. There are Blights along your path, which slow your movement, as well as regular enemy spawns, many of which can one-shot you if you get too close. Having a higher power level will help with this, but you can get away with completing the challenge if you are careful.
Also, where you deposited the final Orb will generate a well that refills your Super gauge, which can make things easier in the final stages.
It should also be noted if you die during an Ascendant Challenge, it will reset, but you'll respawn close enough by outside that you can easily give it several more attempts before the Tincture of Queensfoil buff ends.
If you're struggling, then here's Arekkz with some tips on taking down those enemy spawns: