Grandmaster Nightfall This Week, Rotation & Rewards

Last Updated on April 30, 2023

GM Nightfall Season 20 – Destiny 2 has had a few significant updates and changes since its release, but the Grandmaster Nightfall is one of the most exciting additions. This weekly event pits players against powerful bosses in an attempt to earn rewards that can help them breeze through the game. There are many different ways to approach this mode. Whether you’re a high-level player looking for a challenge or a beginner just trying to earn some valuable loot, there’s something for everyone in Grandmaster Nightfall.

Grandmaster Nightfalls are the end-game activity in Destiny 2, arguably more challenging than the Raids. Typically nightfalls are forgiving; given you have the right loadout, you can breeze through any content in the game. But Grandmaster Nightfalls require you to have the best loadout; you can’t complete them without having the right synergy, match-game weapons, and character builds. Also, not to forget, you get the best loot available in Destiny 2 in GM nightfalls.

Grandmaster Nightfall Requirements in Season 20

To access GM nightfalls during Season 20, players must hit Power level 1815 at least. The activity level will be 1840, so you need to grind a lot of pinnacle activities.

GM Nightfall Modifiers

  • Acute Arc Burn: +25% Arc damage dealt and +50% Arc damage received.

GM nightfalls have the strongest modifiers like Match-Game, Champions, Overlords, and anything that’s hard to take down. On top of that, you have limited revives.

Grandmaster Nightfall Schedule (2023)

GM nightfalls return on October 4; the information will be added here once the reset hits. 

April 11-18Proving GroundsHung Jury SR4
April 18-25Heist MarsMindbender’s Ambition
April 25 – May 2Hypernet CurrentWendigo GL3
May 2 – May 9The Arms DealerMilitia’s Birthright
May 9 – May 16The GlasswayBuzzard
May 16 – May 23Lake of ShadowsThe Swarm

“*” = will be updated on reset day!

Burn, Shields & Champions for Each GM

StrikeAcute BurnShieldsChampions
The Insight TerminusVoidArc & Void Barrier & Unstoppable
The Scarlet KeepArcArc & SolarBarrier & Unstoppable
Birthplace of the VileVoidArc, Solar & VoidOverload & Unstoppable
The CorruptedArcArc, Solar & VoidOverload & Unstoppable
The GlasswayVoidArc & SolarOverload & Barrier
Warden of NothingSolarSolar & VoidOverload, Barrier & Unstoppable

Season 20 Loot Pool of Grandmaster Nightfalls

Update: Bungie has already sunset Palindrome, one of GM’s most sought-after weapons.

New Weapons in S20

  • The Swarm Machine Gun (Adept)

Bungie has confirmed that there will be six weapons in the rotation.

Tips for Completion

There’s no secret to completing Grand Master Nightfalls efficiently. You need the right builds, synergy, and teammates. You have to carry the right weapons to take down overlords and champions. There’s a match game modifier, so you also need void, solar, and Arc weapons to break enemy shields.

Taking cover from enemies is another essential thing because you will get one shot by many enemies in GM Nightfalls.

Destiny 2 Grandmaster Nightfalls: Loadout Recommendations

We are working on a build guide for the GM Nightfalls. However, here are the best weapons that you can use.

Champion Options for S20

  • Barrier: Any Sniper, Scout, or Auto Rifle. Arbalest is a must in most cases.
  • Overload: Machine Gun, Bow, Arc Grenades.
  • Unstoppable: Shotgun, Pulse Rifle.

Primary Weapons

  • Long Range weapons that can take down enemies from range. It would be best if someone from your team takes an Auto/Scout to take care of the barrier champions.
  • There are a lot of great bows to choose from; my favorite is Ticu’s Divination. You can take Trinity Ghoul or the new bow this Season.
  • Someone from your team should also take a Pulse Rifle to Stun Unstoppable Champions. There are a lot of great weapons to choose from; Piece of Mind, Syncopation-53, or Cold Denial.

Special Weapons

  • Damage Dealing weapons like Fusion Rifles or Grenade Launchers is something we recommend. You can use a grenade launcher that rolls with the Blinding Grenades perk; this can come in clutch during fights. The blinding effect blinds the enemies for a few seconds.
  • Eriana’s Vow is another excellent option, the intrinsic perk Barrier Champions.
  • Any Sniper or Linear Fusion with Firing-Line can be a good option, but you risk getting wiped out if all of you stick together.

Heavy Weapons

  • One Thousand Voices
  • Thunderlord is another excellent option that can take care of Overload champions.
  • Gjallarhorn Rocket Launcher
  • Linear Fusion Rifles like Reed’s Regret.
  • Swords can also be used, but that should be your last option. You risk getting one shot by enemies. But a guardian has their choices.


Is there matchmaking in grandmaster nightfall?

No, there’s no matchmaking in GM Nightfall.

What is the Time Limit in Grand Master Nightfall?

There’s a 45-minute time limit in GM Nightfalls. Once you hit the timer, you won’t be able to revive your teammates and will be returned to the Orbit once wiped.

That’s all for the Grandmaster Nightfall this week. I am excited to get my hands on the Palindrome Hand Cannon finally. Are you excited?

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Written by Vikas

Hey, I am Vikas. I have been writing about computing and gaming since I was 16. My work has been featured on IGN, Kotaku, MSN, and Forbes, to name a few. I love playing PC games (especially online multiplayer ones). Professionally, I have worked as a Brand Enabler and hold a computer science degree. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats. You can read more about me here.

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