Destiny 2's latest expansion, Shadowkeep, has been out for just over a week, and already players are beginning to reach for the new Power cap of 960. The grind to the top can be tough, but completing the weekly challenges, strikes and raids has remained the best path to achieve it throughout Destiny 2's two-year story.
Now, with the new level cap in the Shadowkeep expansion, players are finding it harder than ever to max out their Power. The only way to climb those crucial few points from 950 to the top is through Pinnacle Weapons, rewards that can boost your Power level higher than any other. And one of the best ways to earn these new weapons is by getting over 100,000 points in the newly-enhanced Nightfall Strikes, Nightfall: The Ordeal.
Legend and Master
Each kill in The Ordeal awards points based on the difficulty of the enemy, the harder the enemies, the more points players will earn. As such, players on the lower difficulty levels have no real chance of scoring over 100,000 points in the allotted time. In fact, there are only two difficulty levels in The Ordeal that give players that chance - Legend and Master. The Legend difficulty level advises a Power Level of 950, and it's a warning players should heed, as anyone lower than around 925 may find themselves just short of the magic 100k by the end of the Strike. The Master difficulty, with a thus-far unattainable recommended level of 980, is only for those with extreme confidence in their team, build and skills.
The Ordeal isn't like previous high-level Strikes, as well as increased difficulty across the board, it also includes rotating weekly modifiers to force players to change up their strategies, as well as powerful new Champions that can spawn in three deadly variations.
Before embarking on an Ordeal, players should make sure to read the modifiers that will be active and Champions that will be present, and adjust their build accordingly. Failing to prepare for a modifier like the Genesis Algorithm, which increases all incoming Void and environmental damage, can prevent even the most powerful Guardians from getting their Pinnacle Weapon drop.
On the higher difficulties getting to 100,000 points in The Ordeal can actually be quite simple, where the real challenge lies is in finishing the Strike before you lose them. After twenty minutes have elapsed, players will begin steadily losing points over time, and will continue to do so until the Strike is complete.
This means that even a player who achieved 100,000 points early on may fail to get the Pinnacle reward, as ending the Strike on anything less than that magic number doesn't count. If, on the other hand, a player can keep their score over 100,000 all the way to the end, then they'll be rewarded with some of the best loot in the game, provided that Bungie have managed to fix the Pinnacle drop bug.
Destiny 2 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.