Destiny Weekly Reset for April 11: Nightfall, Heroic Strikes, and More

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After an exciting week of new Destiny content and the first official look at Destiny 2, thanks to a story based CG trailer, things have once again calmed down for fans as news has all but dried up. While Bungie has recently confirmed that the PC version of Destiny 2 will use steam and that the Hunter, Titan, and Warlock classes will feature new combat abilities, it's looking more and more like fans are going to have to wait until May 18 to get any more significant details out of the studio.

In the meantime, the remastered Vault of Glass has proven to be a big hit with Destiny players as countless tips and tricks have emerged over the past seven days showing all kinds of interesting strategies for finishing off the difficult Templar and Atheon challenges. Actually, difficult may not be the best word to describe them however as one player made it his mission to solo not only the raid, but the challenges as well, proving that it can be done.

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This week in Destiny, Oryx has returned alongside plenty of opportunities to grab new bounties, missions, loot, Treasure of Ages, and more. Lady Efrideet has also arrived in the Iron Temple bring with her the Iron Banner and its unique gear for a limited time.

Let's take a closer look at all of the new content, bounties, and everything else in between for the week of April 11, 2017.

Featured Raid

The third week of Age of Triumph has the return of the king as the King's Fall raid has finally arrived with its updated 390 light level, fresh challenges, and new loot for raiders to acquire. With one more raid to come next week, players who missed out on Crota or Vault of Glass specific gear will have to wait until it comes around once again.

Considering that King's Fall essentially brought raid challenges into Destiny with The Taken King, players should already be familiar with what to do this time around for the updated 390 version. Upon loading up the playlist, every challenge is currently active including Oryx, Golgoroth, and Warpriest. Here's what to do:

As usual, players have only seven days to earn the raid specific loot as the next Destiny reset will showcase a new raid.

Destiny Golgoroth Challenge

Weekly Vanguard Nightfall

This week in the Nightfall, players will need to deal with the Fallen Devil Splicers on the moon in The Abomination Heist strike. Originally introduced last year in the Rise of Iron expansion update, the strike is a remastered version of the original Summoning Pits strike and features a number of new mechanics centered around the techno-virus called SIVA. This means that players should also expect to see Fallen Splicers, plenty of SIVA clusters, and Hive enemies wandering around as well.

The beginning parts of the strike are pretty much identical through the Hellmouth as to the original strike. Things start to differ slightly once the Circle of Bones is reached, however. In this location, a clearly angry Hive Abomination is tied up, and of course, the creature breaks free starting the final fight. During this phase, waves of enemies pour into the room, so players will not only need to stay mobile, but take cover as well. The Abomination has a devastation eye laser that can quickly whittle away life bars. Standing still in any spot for too long will likely result in a game over screen.

Unfortunately for some players, an elemental burn modifier isn't active this week, though the other modifiers don't seem as bad as they could be. For those holding out until some favorable settings appear, this could be the week to finally jump in.  The active modifiers this week are:

  • Epic adds heavily shielded enemies that are more aggressive and appear in greater numbers.
  • Berserk prevents enemies from flinching even after taking massive damage.
  • Small Arms boosts primary weapon damage while slightly reducing damage from special and heavy weapons.
  • Chaff removes player radar. Keep in mind that Third Eye and Memory of Gheleon do not work here either.
  • Fresh Troops adds additional enemies to the strike.

SIVA Crisis Heroic Strike Playlist

As it is each and every week, the SIVA Crisis Heroic Strike has been reset with new modifiers for players looking to up the challenge on the numerous traditional strikes in the game. It's also a great spot to earn some new and powerful loot. Just like the Nightfall, there's no burn modifier active, which may help or hurt players going through this playlist.


The active modifiers this week are:

  • Heroic buffs enemies, making them more aggressive and in greater numbers than normal.
  • Fresh Troops adds additional enemies to the strike.
  • Airborne increases Guardian damage output while in the air.
  • Small Arms boosts primary weapon damage while slightly reducing damage from special and heavy weapons.

For the first strike completion in this playlist, players receive Treasure of Ages, which is essentially a grab bag of gear and items from previous collections. Don't be surprised when that long lost Festival of the Lost mask appears.  In addition to 30 Legendary Marks, rare Skeleton Keys have a better chance at dropping in the SIVA Heroic Crisis playlist outside of finishing the Nightfall, which grants one automatically each week.

Weekly Story Playlist

New to the Age of Triumph update is the Weekly Story Playlist, which is a randomly picked story mission ramped up to level 42, with a recommended light level of 380. Like the other playlist items on the director, the Weekly story offers players legendary marks and a Treasure of Ages reward box for completing the mission for the first time.

The playlist this week focuses on story missions with Dark Champions. So expect to see missions that have some sort of boss fight at the end. In addition the following modifiers are also active in this playlist:

  • Heroic buffs enemies, making them more aggressive and in greater numbers than normal.
  • Ironclad adds additional shields to enemies.
  • Airborne increases Guardian damage output while in the air.

Crucible Playlist

The revolving door that is the Crucible continues to change this week, offering a new set of rotating game types. For the week of April 11, players can partake in a little chaos as Mayhem Clash is now the featured weekly mode. The Iron Banner is also back this week as Lady Efrideet is located at the Iron Temple with her usual assortment of bounties and loot players can grab. Players participating should expect to capture the flags in Control.


For the third week since Age of Triumph launched, the available Crucible modes have once again shifted and changed. With certain modes disappearing completely, players will only have access to these modes for the next seven days, at which point new modes will then be shuffled in.

  • Control
  • Supremacy
  • Elimination
  • Salvage
  • Rumble

Tower and Iron Temple Bounties

First up at the Iron Temple on Felwinter Peak, the Cryptarch Tyra Karn is issuing out tokens in exchange for finishing her Good Deeds quest. Killing enemies, finishing patrols or public events gives players a token that can be exchanged for one of three Iron Lord Artifacts. This week, the local cryptarch is offering:

  • Memory of Gheleon grants a detailed radar similar to Keen Scout with Nightstalker hunters and keeps the radar active when aiming down the sights. For players without MIDA Multi-Tool, this can be a very valuable artifact.
  • Memory of Skorri provides a buff to recharge allies super meters faster for 60 seconds once the player gets a kill and their super meter is full.
  • Memory of Radegast increases sword ammo capacity and grants the ability to deflect energy projectiles away with a sword. This includes most projectiles as well including grenades, rockets, and supers like Nova Bomb.

Shiro-4, the local Vanguard Scout, has his usual array of Iron Lord bounties and the weekly Plaguelander quest. After the Archon's Forge heavy week, Shiro is moving the spotlight out of the arena and back to general Plaguelands activities. Here are the four Iron Lord Bounties this week:

  • Stay Down requires that players take out Fallen in the Plaguelands. Each kill adds a percentage to the bounty and only at 100% will Guardians be able to turn it in.
  • Pull The Plug tasks players with killing a specific amount of elite and ultra Fallen splicers. These include any Fallen enemies in The Plaguelands with yellow health bars.
  • Shock It To Me requires players to use arc based damage to kill Fallen Splicers.
  • Archon's Forge: Shanks requires players to complete four Shank encounters inside of Archon's Forge.

As usual, finishing these bounties are the only way to have a slight chance at starting the Thorn exotic quest line. It's one of four that is needed to finish off the four exotic quests in the Rise of Iron record book.

Next up at the Tower head down to the Vanguard area to visit Lord Shaxx. As he started doing with Age of Triumph, the Crucible handler features two new bounties focusing on Control and Supremacy. Here's how to complete each bounty this week:

  • Taking Control requires players to finish seven Control matches, get 30 advantage kills, capture 15 points, and capture point B first one time.
  • A Hunt for Glory tasks players with finishing seven Supremacy matches, earn 50 primary kills, capture 30 kill credits, and deny 25 kills.

Last but certainly not least, the Titan Vanguard Commander Zavala has his usual trio of strike elite bounties. Sunrise and Strike Elite are once again available, along with Clean Up. Here's what players need to do this week:

  • Sunrise - Earn a Gold Tier Medal before time expires in the Nightfall Strike.
  • Clean Up - Get 150 kills with your fire team to earn the Brutal Efficiency Medal. Do this three times to finish the bounty.
  • Strike Elite - Earn 9 total medals for finishing off Strike missions through a combination of Gold Tier,  Silver Tier, or Bronze Tier Medals.

For players not interested in the Nightfall, these weekly Strike and Crucible bounties are alternative ways to earn Nightfall tier rewards and loot that will help get closer to that maximum light level of 400. The Icebreaker exotic quest also has a small chance to be started by turning in the Sunrise bounty each week.

 Challenge of the Elders

Finally, we come to the Reef and the Challenge of the Elders. After picking up the Elder's Sigil from the reformed Fallen merchant Variks, make sure to grab the few bounties he's offering and head over to take down three champions.

The modifiers for this week are:

  • Solar Burn amplifies damage from all solar sources.
  • Specialist provides a damage boost to special weapons, while slightly reducing primary and heavy damage.
  • All Grenade Kills award bonus points.

And that does it for this week. Enjoy, and as always, stay safe out there Guardians!

Destiny: Rise of Iron is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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