Destiny 2's Nightfall activity gives you the opportunity to unlock a number of rare weapons.
Each Destiny 2 season, there is a rotation of weapons that can drop from the end of the strike, with one being highlighted per week.
The higher the challenge, the higher the drop rate - with Adept versions being available in the second half of seasons for those who really want a challenge (and a reward to match).
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Destiny 2 Nightfall weapon schedule: What is the Nightfall weapon this week?
Destiny 2's Nightfall weapons work on a schedule, with six weapons rotating in sequence each week.
* These are new or returning Nightfall weapons from this season.
The Destiny 2 Nightfall weapon schedule is as follows:
- November 28th to December 5th - Warden's Law
- December 5th to December 12th - Loaded Question
Remember there is only a chance they may drop - it's not guaranteed. That might mean multiple attempts at the Nightfall to get a drop (let alone the roll you want!), so patience and luck is needed. That said, as shown above, there are multiple chances to get a weapon in a season if you don't get one during a given week.
How to increase your chances of a Nightfall weapon dropping
Nightfall weapon drop rates are impacted by the score you earn (Platinum, Gold will offer the highest chances) and the difficulty of the Strike. The higher the difficulty, the more likely a weapon will drop - and is arguably the easiest way to increase the likelihood of getting your hands on one.
The Nightfall difficulty adjusts drop rate as follows:
- Adept - Rare
- Hero - Uncommon
- Legend - Common
- Master - Common
For example, you can see the Uzume RR4 drop from a previous season at the end of this Platinum (solo!) Nightfall run by Esoterickk on YouTube:
Note that though your chances will increase, they will still be rare; rates continue to be arbitrary at best, and developer Bungie is yet to provide any official info on them. Relying on luck is something Destiny players are already accustomed with, but currently, Nightfall weapons have been rather elusive. Reddit user i-dont-grok-it completed over 30 Nightfall strikes in the span of a week, around half on Hero difficulty and the other half on Legend difficulty, for a chance to unlock a Hung Jury. But still - no dice!
When are Destiny 2 Nightfall Adept weapons available this season?
Adept versions of each Nightfall weapon can drop during their rotated week if you play a Grandmaster Nightfall - which is a Nightfall at difficulty above the current 'standard' gear cap. In the Season of the Witch, this is 1825, requiring a significant amount of Artefact Power to meet.
Grandmaster Nightfalls only appear during the latter half of the season - in the Season of the Witch, this was September 12th, near the mid point, onwards - and again, the better your score, the higher your chances will be.
Adept weapons not only have a different appearance, but they offer an additional stat boost when Masterworked and the ability to equip Adept mods - making them well worth the effort if you can take on a Grandmaster Nightfall.