Season of the Witch

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Season of the Witch is the 22nd Season in Destiny 2. It takes place from August 22 to November 28, 2023.[1]


A Ritual Begins

To pursue the Witness, Eris Morn must turn to the magic of the Hive and accept a deal that Savathûn crafted before her death. To honor our end of the bargain, Guardians must become masters of the arcane and harness the power required to defeat a god.[1]


See also: Version/

An Exotic Mission rotator has been added to the game. The weekly rotation includes three missions that have been unvaulted: Presage from the Season of the Chosen, Vox Obscura from the Season of the Risen, and Operation: Seraph's Shield from the Season of the Seraph. Each mission can be accessed by players who own the Season Pass from the original season. Otherwise, the Beyond Light expansion is required to access Presage, while The Witch Queen is required to access Vox Obscura and Operation: Seraph's Shield. Each mission's Exotic weapon is now craftable, with its Pattern and Catalyst(s) obtained through the mission. Legendary gear from past seasons will also drop from these missions. Completing Exotic Missions will give progress on Xûr's weekly Xenology quest.[2]

A new quest, Unveiled, can be obtained from Nimbus after completing the Parting the Veil quest. It unlocks a new Strand Aspect: Banner of War for Titans, Whirling Maelstrom for Hunters, and Weavewalk for Warlocks.

The Timeline menu, accessed from the top-right corner of the Destinations screen, now features three free story missions that cover important moments from previous expansions in the lead-up to The Final Shape. Ikora Rey offers a new Timeline Reflection quest that requires the player to complete these missions. Additional cinematics can be viewed from the Timeline screen.

Stasis subclass upgrades have been changed to use the same system as Ikora Rey and the Pouka Pond. Aspects, Fragments, and other upgrades can be purchased from the Exo Stranger using Glimmer. Aspect quests each give 5 Herealways Pieces when completed instead of their old rewards. Fragment quests have been removed.

The engram upgrades for Fynch in Savathûn's Throne World and Nimbus in Neomuna will now improve the chance to earn Deepsight Resonance weapon drops from their respective engrams. The Neomuna weekly story mission challenge will give guaranteed Pattern progress on the first completion in a week.

Weekly ritual activity (Vanguard, Crucible, and Gambit) challenges have been changed to no longer require playing a specific ritual activity. Instead, players can complete ritual activities of any type, earning a focusable Exotic Engram at 3, 6, and 9 matches completed across all three categories. Ritual vendor challenges from Commander Zavala, Lord Shaxx, and the Drifter now give Pinnacle Gear rewards.

A new Vex Network-themed Crucible map, Multiplex, has been released. Iron Banner challenges have been split into two separate series: one grants Iron Banner Rank multipliers for completing matches, while the other requires earning points while using a seasonal subclass (specified in the description) for Pinnacle rewards. Both challenges have 4 tiers, with a new tier unlocked daily.

An alternate method for leveling crafted weapons has been added. On the Details screen, players can spend Glimmer and Enhancement Cores to increase a weapon's level by 1, with greater costs at higher levels.

A new Resources section has been added to Collections, detailing the various materials and currencies found throughout the game. Ascendant Shards, Ascendant Alloys, and Enhancement Prisms have had their inventory caps increased. These items will no longer go to the Postmaster, but those already stored there can be claimed at any time.

A catalyst for Monte Carlo has been added. It can drop from strikes, Crucible, and Gambit.


See also: Seasonal Challenges and Rank Rewards

The Seasonal Artifact is the Acolyte's Staff, which provides Artifact Perks and additional Power. The Ritual Table and Lectern of Divination are the seasonal vendors, located in the H.E.L.M.

New seasonal activities include Altars of Summoning and Savathûn's Spire.

A new raid, Crota's End, returning from Destiny, was released on Friday, September 1, 2023. It is free for all players.[1]

The Festival of the Lost 2023 event will take place from October 17 to November 7, 2023.[1]


August 2023

  • August 22: First week of the season begins.

September 2023

  • September 1: The Crota's End raid releases, available for free to all players.
    • Contest Mode will be enabled for 48 hours. Clearing the raid within that time will unlock Challenge Mode. In order to qualify for World's First or the unlockable emblem, players must complete all encounter challenges and claim the Superior Swordplay Triumph within the 48 hour time limit. If a challenge is failed, the fireteam will be wiped and the encounter will restart.[1][3][4]
    • The end-of-raid vendor will give a quest to acquire the Necrochasm Exotic Auto Rifle. If acquired while Contest Mode is active, this quest will be automatically completed, granting the weapon. Players who acquire the catalyst will not be able to complete its objective until Contest Mode ends, although some progress will carry over.[5]
    • Trials of Osiris will be unavailable until September 15.[6]
  • September 5: First Iron Banner week of the season begins, featuring Fortress.[5]
  • September 12: Grandmaster Nightfalls become available.[4]
    • The mission selection node for gilding the Conqueror title is not yet available.
  • September 15: Trials of Osiris becomes available again.[6]
  • September 19: Master difficulty and weekly encounter challenges become available for the Crota's End raid.[7]

October 2023

  • October 3: The Grandmaster Nightfall mission selection node for gilding the Conqueror title is now available.
  • October 10: Second Iron Banner week of the season begins.
    • The featured Iron Banner game mode for this week was originally announced as Control. On October 9, it was changed to Eruption.[5][8]
  • October 17: Festival of the Lost 2023 event begins.[1][9]

November 2023

  • November 7: Festival of the Lost 2023 event ends.[1]
  • November 14: Third and final Iron Banner week of the season begins, featuring Control.
    • The featured Iron Banner game mode was originally announced as Fortress.[5]
  • November 28:
    • End of the season.
    • Season 23 begins.[1]

Seasonal content



Ghost Shells







Transmat Effects

Weapon Ornaments

Armor Ornaments



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Season of the Witch" Bungie, Accessed 17 Oct. 2023.
  2. "This Week In Destiny - 08/10/2023" Bungie, posted by Timon, 10 Aug. 2023, Accessed 31 Aug. 2023.
  3. "This Week In Destiny - 07/27/2023" Bungie, posted by Hippy, 27 Jul. 2023, Accessed 22 Aug. 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "This Week In Destiny - 08/24/2023" Bungie, posted by Hippy, 24 Aug. 2023, Accessed 28 Aug. 2023.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "This Week In Destiny - 08/31/2023" Bungie, posted by Sam, 31 Aug. 2023, Accessed 14 Nov. 2023.
  6. 6.0 6.1 @Destiny2Team. "Reminder that, as with every raid launch, we won't have Trials of Osiris this weekend. The game mode will be back on September 15 with the Adept version of Igneous Hammer as a Flawless reward!" Twitter, 28 Aug. 2023, Accessed 28 Aug. 2023.
  7. "This Week In Destiny - 09/14/2023" Bungie, posted by Br1, 14 Sep. 2023, Accessed 14 Sep. 2023.
  8. @BungieHelp. "UPDATE: Tomorrow's release of Iron Banner will have the previously announced game mode changed to Eruption." Twitter, 9 Oct. 2023, Accessed 9 Oct. 2023.
  9. "This Week In Destiny - 10/12/23" Bungie, posted by Hippy, 12 Oct. 2023, Accessed 12 Oct. 2023.

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Seasons and Episodes
Destiny 2 Red WarCurse of OsirisWarmind
Forsaken Season of the OutlawSeason of the ForgeSeason of the DrifterSeason of Opulence
Shadowkeep Season of the UndyingSeason of DawnSeason of the WorthySeason of Arrivals
Beyond Light Season of the HuntSeason of the ChosenSeason of the SplicerSeason of the Lost
The Witch Queen Season of the RisenSeason of the HauntedSeason of PlunderSeason of the Seraph
Lightfall Season of DefianceSeason of the DeepSeason of the WitchSeason of the Wish
The Final Shape Episode: EchoesEpisode: RevenantEpisode: Heresy