Season of Defiance

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Season of Defiance is the 20th Season in Destiny 2. It takes place from February 28, 2023, to May 22, 2023. Its launch coincides with the release of the Lightfall expansion.


Defy Our End

In the aftermath of the attack on the Traveler, the Vanguard calls upon its closest allies. Guardians must master the righteous powers of the Awoken to stand against the encroaching Shadow Legion and prove themselves as Queensguard.[1]


See also: Version/



February 2023

March 2023

  • March 10: The Root of Nightmares raid releases at 9am PST, requiring the Lightfall expansion to access. Contest mode will be available for 48 hours, until 10am PDT on March 12.[3][4][5][6]
  • March 17: Trials of Osiris becomes available.[7][8]
  • March 21: First Iron Banner week of the season begins, featuring Control.[7][8][9]
  • March 28: Master difficulty and weekly encounter challenges become available in the Root of Nightmares raid.[10]

April 2023

  • April 4: Second Iron Banner week of the season begins, featuring Eruption.[7][9]
  • April 11: Grandmaster Nightfalls become available.[7]
  • April 25: Third and final Iron Banner week of the season begins, featuring Fortress.[7][9]

May 2023

Seasonal content



Ghost Shells







Transmat Effects

Weapon Ornaments

Armor Ornaments




  1. 1.0 1.1 "Season of Defiance" Bungie, Accessed 1 Mar. 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lightfall and the Year Ahead" Bungie, posted by Destiny Dev Team, 13 Feb. 2023, Accessed 14 Feb. 2023.
  3. "This Week at Bungie – 1/19/2023" Bungie, posted by Hippy, 19 Jan. 2023, Accessed 15 Feb. 2023.
  4. @Destiny2Team. "The Lightfall raid will launch on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 9am PST (Pacific Standard Time). Contest mode on the Lightfall raid will be active for 48 hours ending on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 10am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)." Twitter, 3 Feb. 2023, Accessed 15 Feb. 2023.
  5. @Destiny2Team. "We are extending contest mode an additional day to allow teams pursuing the emblem more chances to take breaks, as well as allow anyone who has commitments on Friday to still have time to participate. More details will be available in a future TWAB." Twitter, 3 Feb. 2023, Accessed 15 Feb. 2023.
  6. @DestinyTheGame. "Ferried from an unknown time and place, a haunting presence has been detected. We must now confront the ancient threat growing at our doorstep. The Root of Nightmares raid opens on March 10, 2023 at 9am PST. Contest Mode will be enabled for 48 hours." Twitter, 27 Feb. 2023, Accessed 1 Mar. 2023.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 "This Week at Bungie – 03/02/23" Bungie, posted by Hippy, 2 Mar. 2023, Accessed 6 Mar. 2023.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "This Week At Bungie – 3/9/2023" Bungie, posted by Sam, 9 Mar. 2023, Accessed 9 Mar. 2023.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "This Week At Bungie – 03/16/2023" Bungie, posted by Bruno Louviers, 16 Mar. 2023, Accessed 16 Mar. 2023.
  10. "This Week At Bungie – 03/23/2023" Bungie, posted by Sam, 23 Mar. 2023, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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