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Strikes are 3-player activities that follow a series of objectives culminating into a boss battle.


Strikes can be launched directly from a destination, or from the Vanguard Director, which contains two playlists.

The Vanguard Ops playlist loads the player into a random Strike or Battleground. If there are vacant spots in the fireteam, the matchmaking system will search for additional players before launching the activity. It is possible to join a Strike that is already in progress, if there are less than 3 players in the activity. Strikes launched from this playlist are affected by three modifiers: one determines which element deals more damage, second provides an advantage to the players, and the third gives the team a disadvantage.

The Nightfall: the Ordeal playlist contains a single Strike, which changes weekly. Players can select the Strike's difficulty, which affects its modifiers and enemy power. Nightfalls of legend difficulty and higher do not have matchmaking. Grandmaster difficulty become available a few weeks after the season begins. Near the end of the season, all Grandmaster Nightfalls become freely available to launch outside of the normal weekly rotation.

Nightfall Strikes use a score system, which determines the team's rewards and is affected by the time spent in a Strike and the active modifiers. Players gain score mostly by defeating enemies, but actions like collecting Orbs of Power also contribute to the team's score. Players cannot edit their loadout during a Nightfall, the equipment locks the moment a Strike is launched.

Most Strikes prior to Shadowkeep have strike-specific rewards which can be obtained only by completing their Nightfall versions.

Players on PS4 and PS5 require a PlayStation Plus subscription to access strikes.

Active Strikes

Red War
The arms dealer banner labeled.png Name: The Arms Dealer
Location: EDZ
Boss: Bracus Zahn (Legionary)
Enemies: Cabal, Fallen
Nightfall loot: Tilt Fuse (Sparrow)
Lake of shadows banner labeled.png Name: Lake of Shadows
Location: EDZ
Boss: Grask, the Consumed (Taken Phalanx)
Enemies: Taken, Cabal, Fallen
Nightfall loot: The Militia's Birthright (Grenade Launcher)
Exodus crash strike banner labeled.png Name: Exodus Crash
Location: Nessus
Boss: Thaviks, the Depraved (Marauder)
Enemies: Fallen, Vex
Nightfall loot: Impact Velocity (Sparrow)
The inverted spire banner labeled.png Name: The Inverted Spire
Location: Nessus
Boss: Protheon, Modular Mind (Minotaur)
Enemies: Vex, Cabal
Nightfall loot: Trichromatica (Ghost Shell)
The Insight Terminus Strike banner.png Name: The Insight Terminus
Location: Nessus
Boss: Kargen the Technocrat (Psion)
Enemies: Cabal, Vex
Nightfall loot: The Long Goodbye (Sniper Rifle)
Warden of Nothing Strike banner.png Name: Warden of Nothing
Location: Tangled Shore[1]
Boss: The Mad Warden (Servitor)
Enemies: Vex, Cabal
Nightfall loot: Warden's Law (Hand Cannon)
The Corrupted Strike banner.png Name: The Corrupted
Location: Dreaming City
Boss: Sedia, the Corrupted
Enemies: Taken, Hive, Scorn
Nightfall loot: Horror's Least (Pulse Rifle)
The Scarlet Keep Strike banner.png Name: The Scarlet Keep
Location: Moon
Boss: Hashladûn (Wizard)
Enemies: Hive
Beyond Light
The Glassway Strike banner.jpg Name: The Glassway
Location: Europa
Bosses: Transcendent Hydra (Hydra)
Belmon, Transcendent Mind (Hydra)
Enemies: Fallen, Vex
The Disgraced Strike banner.png Name: The Disgraced
Location: Cosmodrome
Boss: Navôta, Eir Spawn (Wizard)
Enemies: Fallen, Hive
The Devils' Lair Strike banner.png Name: The Devils' Lair
Location: Cosmodrome
Boss: Sepiks Prime (Servitor)
Enemies: Fallen, Hive
Fallen S.A.B.E.R. Strike banner.png Name: Fallen S.A.B.E.R.
Location: Cosmodrome
Boss: S.A.B.E.R.-2 (Heavy Shank)
Enemies: Fallen
Battleground Behemoth Strike banner.jpg Name: Battleground: Behemoth
Location: Nessus[2]
Boss: Commander Dracus (Legionary)
Enemies: Cabal, Vex
Battleground Hailstone Strike banner.jpg Name: Battleground: Hailstone
Location: Europa[2]
Boss: Basilius the Golem (Colossus)
Enemies: Cabal, Vex
Battleground Foothold Strike banner.jpg Name: Battleground: Foothold
Location: Cosmodrome[2]
Boss: Val Ma'rag (Incendior)
Enemies: Cabal, Hive
Battleground Oracle Strike banner.jpg Name: Battleground: Oracle
Location: Nessus[2]
Boss: Ixel, the Far-Reaching (Psion)
Enemies: Cabal, Vex
Proving Ground Strike banner.png Name: Proving Grounds
Location: Nessus
Boss: Ignovun, Chosen of Caiatl (Centurion)
Enemies: Cabal
The Witch Queen
The Lightblade Strike banner.png Name: The Lightblade
Location: Savathûn's Throne World
Boss: Alak-Hul, the Lightblade (Knight)
Enemies: Hive, Scorn
Birthplace of the Vile Strike banner.png Name: Birthplace of the Vile
Location: Savathûn's Throne World
Boss: Heimiks, Warden of the Harvest (Chieftain)
Enemies: Scorn

Vaulted Strikes

Red War
Savathuns song banner labeled.png Name: Savathûn's Song
Location: Titan
Boss: Savathûn's Song (Shrieker)
Enemies: Hive, Fallen
Nightfall loot: Duty Bound (Auto Rifle)
The pyramidion banner labeled.png Name: The Pyramidion
Location: Io
Boss: Brakion, Genesis Mind (Hobgoblin)
Enemies: Vex, Taken
Nightfall loot: Silicon Neuroma (Sniper Rifle)
Curse of Osiris
Tree of probabilities banner labeled.png Name: Tree of Probabilities
Location: Mercury
Boss: Valus Thuun (Centurion)
Enemies: Cabal, Vex
Nightfall loot: D.F.A. (Hand Cannon)
A garden world banner labeled.png Name: A Garden World
Location: Mercury
Boss: Dendron, Root Mind (Cyclops)
Enemies: Vex
Nightfall loot: Universal Wavefunction (Ship)
Strange Terrain Strike banner.png Name: Strange Terrain
Location: Mars
Boss: Nokris, Herald of Xol (Wizard)
Enemies: Hive
Nightfall loot: BrayTech Osprey (Rocket Launcher)
Will of the Thousands Strike banner.png Name: Will of the Thousands
Location: Mars
Boss: Xol, Will of the Thousands
Enemies: Hive
Nightfall loot: Worm God Incarnation (Transmat Effect)
Broodhold Strike banner.png Name: Broodhold
Location: Tangled Shore
Boss: In Anânh, Brood Queen (Wizard)
Enemies: Hive, Fallen
The Hollowed Lair Strike banner.png Name: The Hollowed Lair
Location: Tangled Shore
Boss: The Fanatic (Chieftain)
Enemies: Scorn
Nightfall loot: Mindbender's Ambition (Shotgun)
The Festering Core Strike banner.png Name: The Festering Core
Location: Io
Boss: Baurisk, Envoy of Savathûn (Taken Incendior)
Enemies: Taken, Vex

See Also


  • Prior to Beyond Light, Nightfall Strikes used to have their own playlist separate from the Ordeal. It consisted of three Strikes which updated weekly. These Nightfalls had lower power requirement and allowed the fireteam leader to select Strike modifiers using the Five of Swords Challenge Card. There was no ordinary matchmaking in Nightfalls, but Clans or Seekers could queue up for a Guided Game.


  1. Upon the release of The Witch Queen, the Tangled Shore was Vaulted. As a result, the launch icon for Warden of Nothing now appears on the Dreaming City map on the Director.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 With the release of The Witch Queen, the Battlegrounds Arenas are only available as randomly-chosen Strikes through the Vanguard Ops playlist. They cannot be launched as missions from the Director.