Destiny 2: Ascendant Challenge Week 5 Guide (March 19-26)
We’re deep into the Jokers Wild expansion of Destiny 2, with lots of new content for players to tackle. There are new Gambit activities, Gambit Prime and The Reckoning, which give out new loot. There’s the allegiance quest, which comes complete with special rewards depending on if you choose to side with the Drifter or the Vanguard. And there’s the quest to capture Thorn, the powerful Exotic hand cannon that’s becoming a big part of the story of the Season of the Drifter. It even has a hidden start.
With the increase in the Power level cap with Jokers Wild, there’s plenty of reason to dig back into various activities, including the Ascendant Challenges in the Dreaming City. Finishing the challenge earns you Powerful gear, which can help you climb your way up to the new top level of 700.
Like in past weeks, the Ascendant Challenge involves using a specific item (a Tincture of Queensfoil) to receive the Ascendance buff. This allows you to see a Taken portal that sends you to the Ascendant Plane to do a mission of sorts. But the portal’s location and your objective has been different each week, and that’s true for Week 5. Before starting, though, be sure to grab the corresponding bounty from Petra, as that’s the key to earning a piece of Powerful gear.
This week’s portal is found inside a Lost Sector (Bay of Drowned Wishes) located right near Dreaming City’s landing zone in Divalian Mists. You’ll move to the midway point of the Lost Sector, killing things until a little before you reach a door that’s locked. (You can skip the enemies, but killing them will likely be easier.) If you’ve used your Tincture of Queensfoil, you’ll see the portal and can jump through to reach the Ascendant Plane location, Agonarch Abyss.
Unfortunately, there’s a good deal of platforming involved here. You’ll make your way down to a temple where a large tree is. Blight balls spawn in that slow your movement, and you’ll have to deal with a pair of wizards who spawn in additional Thrall enemies. Take out the wizards and you’re all done. You can see this all in our video guide.
The chest that you can then open is, as always, nothing special. But finishing the Ascendant Challenge completes the bounty from Petra, which nets you a piece of Powerful gear.
There’s still some time before the end of Season 5, the Season of the Forge. The next big event in the game is Crimson Days, the Valentine’s Day-themed celebration that runs from February 13-20. As usual, it’ll offer unique cosmetic rewards, as well as some duos-themed events to celebrate friendship and love, and a unique bow you can earn for fighting in the Crucible.
Meanwhile, if you’re still working on snagging Destiny 2’s latest Exotic weapon, The Last Word, be sure to check out our guide to completing the steps fast. You might also want to get caught up on The Last Word’s story, which continues into Season 6.