How to get Ascendant Shard in Destiny 2

Rare materials.

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Ascendant Shard is an Exotic material in Destiny 2. It is needed to Masterwork gear, and also to purchase older Exotics from the archive in the Tower. It is also extremely hard to get, requiring a lot of grind and some late game activities.

You can get Ascendant Shard from the following source:

  • You can buy them from Banshee-44 in the Tower
  • Via the later stages of the Season pass
  • Nightfall: The Ordeal at Master difficulty or higher

Banshee-44, The Tower

As long as you have the materials, you can purchase Ascendant Shards from Banshee-44, the Gunsmith in the Tower. This will cost the following:

As you can see, they are not cheap by any means, and will requite plenty of grinding to be able to purchase them this way.

Season Pass

Ascendant Shard is a late reward on the Season Pass, with the first one appearing at Rank 80. You will get another one at Rank 85, and a final one at Rank 94. This is a lot of work, so you will need to play the game weekly to make it through the Season Pass before the end of the season.

Nightfall: The Ordeal

Ascendant Shard is a rare drop from the Nightfall: The Ordeal at Master difficult or above. The Power requirement for these is 1280, and there is no matchmaking for them. If you don’t have a fireteam, you will need to use an LFG to find people to play with.