Grandmaster Nightfall This Week, Rotation & Rewards

Last Updated on November 27, 2022

GM Nightfall Season 18 – Destiny 2 has had a few big 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 of the Haunted

To be able to access GM nightfalls during Season 18, players have to hit Power level 1595 at least. The activity level will be 1620, 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, basically anything that’s hard to take down. On top of that, you have limited revives.

Grandmaster Nightfall Schedule & Rewards This Week

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

DateStrike NameRewards
October 4The GlasswayD.F.A.
October 11The LightbladeMindbender’s Ambition
October 18Fallen SaberDuty Bound
October 25The DisgracedThe Militia’s Birthright
November 1Exodus CrashHorror’s Least
November 8The Devi’s LairSilicon Neuroma
November 15The GlasswayD.F.A.
November 22The LightbladeMindbender’s Ambition
November 29Fallen SaberDuty Bound

“*” = will be updated on reset day!

Burn, Shields & Champions for Each GM

StrikeAcute BurnShieldsChampions
The GlasswayVoidArc, Solar & Void Barrier & Overload
The LightbladeArcArc & SolarBarrier & Unstoppable
Fallen S.A.B.E.RArcArc & VoidOverload & Barrier
The DisgracedArcArc, Solar & VoidUnstoppable & Barrier
Exodus CrashArcSolarOverload & Barrier
The Devil’s LairSolarArc, Solar & VoidOverload & Barrier

Reward This Week

The Reward for this week (October 4-11) is D.F.A. Hand Cannon.

Season 18 Loot Pool of Grandmaster Nightfalls

Update: Bungie has already sunset Palindrome, which was one of the most sought-after weapons in GM. The new weapons we will get this season are Horror’s Least Pulse Rifle & D.F.A. Hand Cannon.

New Weapons in S18

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 that can 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 S18

  • 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 great 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

I am Vikas, and I have been into computers and gaming since I was four. I have been solving computer issues since Windows 2000 was a thing. I love playing PC games (especially online multiplayer ones). Professionally, I have worked as a Brand Enabler and hold a computer engineering degree. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats.

My favorite games are Destiny 2, Warframe, COD Cold War, and Minecraft.

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