Destiny Weekly Reset for October 18: Nightfall, Heroic Strikes, and More


Destiny: Rise of Iron kicks off another new week of content for players with the weekly playlist reset and here is everything that you'll need to know about what's new.

Tuesday has one again come around and that means the world of Destiny: Rise of Iron has been reset and restocked with fresh content and quests. While players have already got a chance to experience much of what the latest expansion has to offer like the Wrath of the Machine raid, brand new quests and new story campaign, this week is a big one for many as Bungie is preparing to boost the maximum light value to 400 and introduce a new hard mode difficulty to the raid.

It's worth noting that players will likely want to wait before finishing up the Nightfall and other weekly bounties around 10am PDT today as Bungie will be updating the game to increase the light level to 400. Once this update takes effect, rewards generated from completing the Nightfall will be a great source of newly leveled gear!

In order to make sure players are sufficiently geared up before all of these changes take effect, here are all of the new playlists, bounties, and everything else players need to know with Destiny for this week.


Weekly Nightfall

Kicking things off this week is the Nightfall strike and Guardians will find the Shield Brothers blocking the way. Introduced last year in The Taken King expansion, players need infiltrate a Cabal strike force on the Dreadnought before they can detonate a bomb which would destroy the Hive vessel. Unlike most strikes, this one features two bosses, Valus Thu’urn and Valus Mau’ual, who alternate attacking until the very end when players need to deal with both. Keep in mind that when one dies, the other gains another signature attack making fight a little more difficult. It may be an advantage to take out the melee focused brother first, as the other brother prefers to keep distance between himself and players.

As if two bosses were not enough, the following modifiers have been added to the strike to make life more difficult for players: Epic, Solar Burn, Juggler, Grounded, and Catapult.

  • Epic adds heavily shielded enemies that are more aggressive and appear in greater numbers.
  • Solar Burn gives a bonus to weapons or abilities that use solar damage. This means it is a good week to bring out Sunsinger, Gunslinger, and Sunbreaker subclasses.
  • Juggler removes ammo drops for the currently equipped weapon. Players will need to counteract this by switching between weapons, which will cause ammunition to drop for either of the guns not being used.
  • Grounded is the exact opposite of last week's Airborne, so players will want to make sure they stay on the ground as damage is amplified while in the air.
  • Finally, Catapult greatly increases the recharge rate for grenades. Not only does this affect players, but enemies will see this bonus as well. Watch your step, Guardian!

SIVA Crisis Heroic Strike Playlist

This week, the Heroic Strike playlist features the following modifiers: Heroic, Void Burn, Small Arms, and Fresh Troops.

  • Like every week, Heroic buffs enemies, making them more aggressive and throwing them at players in greater numbers.
  • Void Burn increases the damage given and received from all void sources, including weapons and abilities. Players will want to make sure to use Voidwalker, Nightstalker, and Defender subclasses to maximize their damage output.
  • Small Arms increases primary weapon damage while reducing damage output from secondary and heavy weapons.
  • Finally, Fresh Troops adds additional waves of enemies, giving players more things to shoot at.

In addition to better than normal rewards, players can earn one Radiant Treasure from the SIVA Heroic Strike Playlist. These rewards are the best place to potentially unlock weapon ornaments and the resource, Silver Dust. Not only that, the heroic strike playlist is a great source of Skeleton Keys which have a chance to drop after a boss is killed.

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Crucible Playlist

Fans of player versus player action will want to stop by the Crucible this week, as the new weekly playlist is Mayhem Clash.

After a Supremacy heavy past couple of weeks, the Crucible is giving Guardians the chance to do some major damage in a 6 versus 6 format where all cool down timers, including heavy and special ammo, have been reduced significantly. As the name implies, expect a whole lot of chaos and explosions as a result.

New Bounties

As usual, Felwinter Peak should be one of the first stops all Guardians make each Tuesday as Tyra Karn has a brand new Artifacts of the Iron Lords quest available. Finishing this simple quest grants a token which can be redeemed for one of three artifacts. This week, players can pick from Memory of Felwinter, Memory of Timur, and Memory of Perun.

  • Memory of Felwinter removes the ability to use a super but grants an extra melee and grenade charge instead. All stats receive a small boost and picking up Orbs will grant bonus grenade and melee energy.
  • Memory of Timur grants a chance to temporarily turn an enemy target against its allies after getting hit by a melee attack.
  • Memory of Perun highlights all enemies with low health and enemy Guardians who have a full super meter.

The Vanguard scout Shiro-4 also has his usual four weekly Iron Lord bounties available ready for eager guardians. This week he has Together We Rise, Pull the Plug, Anti-Splicer, and Archon's Forge: Servitors. Keep in mind, finishing these bounties gives a chance of starting the new exotic quest for Thorn.

  • Together We Rise tasks players with simply finishing five public events inside of The Plaguelands. Don't forget that these also include Archon's Forge matches as well.
  • Pull the Plug requires that players defeat Fallen Majors and Ultra level enemies in the Plaguelands. Each kill adds a percentage to the bounty and only at 100% will Guardians be able to turn it in.
  • Anti-Splicer asks that 10 patrols be completed in the Plaguelands. Considering that Shiro also hands out The Plaguelander weekly quest, players can wrap up both at the same time.
  • Archon's Forge: Servitors requires that players complete four total Servitor encounters inside of Archon's Forge. Unfortunately, using a SIVA offering creates a random public event, so Guardians may have to stick around longer than expected in order to participate in four servitor specific battles.

Last, but certainly not least, don't forget to head back to the Tower as Lord Shaxx has A Game of Rift weekly Crucible bounty waiting. This week, players will need to finish seven rift matches, get 50 kills with a primary weapon, earn 25 assists, and stop the enemy rift runner one time. Finish this weekly bounty to earn Nightfall tier rewards and gear.

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Challenge of the Elders

In need of some Sterling Treasure? Players will want to battle it out inside the level 41 Prison of Elders to claim their weekly offering filled with Spektar, and Desolate gear, chroma, and reputation boosts. In addition, don't forget to visit Variks at the Reef to grab his bounties as well. A little extra experience and reputation doesn't hurt.

This week, players will face a Vex Overmind, the Hive boss Sylok, and finally Noru'usk, a Taken Cabal. Players working on the Elder's Sigil in the Challenge of the Elders, the modifiers for this week are: Brawler, Ironclad, and Grenade Kill Bonus.

  • Brawler greatly increases Guardian melee damage.
  • Ironclad ups the ante a bit by providing additional shields to all enemies.
  • Lastly, all Grenade Kills award bonus points to fire teams so to claim a high score, make sure to use those grenades often!


Weekend warriors or players who want to fill out their Rise of Iron record book should speak to Brother Vance in the Reef to take part in the Trials of Osiris once Friday rolls around. Players should have a premade fire team before hand though as the Trials do not feature matchmaking of any kind.

For many, the most exciting aspect for this week is the addition of Heroic Mode difficulty to the Wrath of the Machine raid. While the update was unfortunately delayed until later today, the event will no doubt kick off a massive race between various fire teams as they compete to be the first in the world to finish it. In the meantime, make sure to check out our guides for some tips and tricks for getting the most out of the raid.

As always, stay safe out there Guardians and best of luck!

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

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