The Ascendant Challenges are bounties that you can do weekly, which take place in The Dreaming City, varying in the area each week.
Since these are similar to bounties, you will need to obtain them before you carry them out, getting a hint of where they are and activating the instance.
Players may seek out the Ascendant Challenges as a late-game grind to get better gear as they head to increase their Power Level as well.
What is an Ascendant Challenge?
The Ascendant Challenge is a weekly bounty you can get after you have advanced to The Dreaming City either at an early or late stage.
In The Dreaming City, you can accept these bounties, purchase an item to allow you to do the Ascendant Challenge, and receive rewards for completing them.
Players consider the Ascendant Challenge one of the best ways to get endgame gear and a good way to fight some Taken enemies while you are eating it.
How to do Ascendant Challenge?
To begin your Ascendant Challenge, you will first need to head over to Petra Venj, the NPC who gives bounties in The Dreaming City.
Acquire the Ascendant Challenge (Should be the first one on the list) and you will be able to seek out your challenge.
You will also need a Tincture of Queensfoil, a consumable that you will need to make the portal to your Ascendant Challenge appear.
Once you have obtained the Ascendant Challenge bounty and the Tincture of Queensfoil, it will be time to find out where the challenge will be. The description on the bounty usually gives a hint about rotations of the challenges.
Once you find the location of your Ascendant Challenge, head over to the area and make sure to use the Tincture of Queensfoil as this will make the portal to your challenge visible.
When you are in the Ascendant Challenge, all you need to do is complete the challenge and you will afterward be rewarded.
Ascendance Buff (Tincture of Queensfoil Buff)
A lot of people mistake the Tincture of Queensfoil to be an item used only when you reach the location of the Ascendant Challenge portal.
The truth is, you can use it when you reach the starting area or pretty much before you even reach it since it is meant to reveal secrets in The Dreaming City.
Your best way to spot the Ascendant Portal is simply to use the Tincture of Queensfoil as soon as you are in the starting area as the Ascendance Buff has a long duration.
All Ascendant Challenges
All of the Ascendant Challenges are in The Dreaming City, so you don’t need to worry about looking for them anywhere else.
There are currently 6 different challenges that you may be facing and the tasks within each will vary per Ascendant Challenge.
Be sure to use your Tincture of Queensfoil to make the portal visible, so you don’t have to go back and forth searching for it later on.
Cimmerian Garrison Ascendant Challenge
You can find the Cimmerian Garrison Ascendant Challenge within the Chamber of Starlight, which is a Lost Sector located in Rheasilvia.
The Portal is located above where two Hobgoblins are sniping at you within the Chamber of Starlight, and from the boss spawn point, you can jump using steps that appear or glide up.
To finish the Cimmerian Garrison Ascendant Challenge, you simply need to follow the long path that heads up to a few floating boulders that lead to a platform.
Once you reach the platform, enemies will spawn and you will need to defeat all of them to complete the challenge.
Ouroborea Ascendant Challenge
To find the Ouroborea Ascendant Challenge, head to Aphelion’s Rest, which is a Lost Sector located in The Strand.
As you head into Aphelion’s Rest, you will easily notice the portal along the way but if you miss it, simply face the boss’s chest and turn around.
Inside the Ouroborea Ascendant Challenge, you will need to destroy the crystals in the starting area but to do so, you must first look around for the blight.
There are several blights located around the area and you will need to destroy them to remove the barriers protecting the shields.
Forfeit Shrine Ascendant Challenge
You can find the Forfeit Shrine Ascendant Challenge in the Gardens of Esila, which is a bit to the lower part of the map of The Dreaming City.
To get to the Gardens of Esila, make your way towards The Strand and keep right after exiting, leading you south up a mountain that leads to the location.
The Portal will be behind the second mountain to your left as you move into the Gardens of Esila but be careful as you may fall off and die.
In this challenge, you will need to go around and pick up Arc Charges one by one and deposit the energy beneath a large ball of blight.
After you have placed 3 Arc Charges, the center will be brimming with energy and you will need to use this to defeat enemies that arrive, completing the challenge.
Shattered Ruins Ascendant Challenge
To find the Shattered Ruins Ascendant Challenge, you will need to head over to the Spine of Keres, which can be found north of the Divalian Mists.
Follow the path heading forward towards the first bridge and be sure to use your Tincture of Queensfoil before jumping down to see a path of hidden steps that will provide a shortcut.
You will need to follow the steps or go around if you can’t make the jumps and continue traveling to the right until you see the portal from a distance.
There will be a large tower that you will need to climb up to and a boss that will have to be defeated to clear the challenge.
Keep of Honed Edges Ascendant Challenge
To find the Keep of Honed Edges, you will need to make your way to Rheasilvia and enter the large building, continuing to move forward until you travel past the statue.
Continue making your way towards the right and following the path heading forward again until you reach the exit to the outer part of the building.
You will need to head to the top of the statue using the platforms to the right before reaching the exit (must have Tincture of Queensfoil used) and follow the steps that lead to the portal.
To complete this challenge, follow the path to a set of Knights where you should kill lesser enemies before picking up a sword to beat them.
After defeating the Knights, there will be a glowing orb you should follow to the next area, which is a set of gaps that you must jump while avoiding large rocks.
At the end of the several rocks you jump across, there will be a chest and the challenge will be complete once you open it.
Agonarch Abyss Ascendant Challenge
The location of the Agonarch Abyss Ascendant Challenge lies within the Bay of Drowned wishes and you will find the portal just before entering the boss fight area.
There will be a glowing orb in the area and you will need to follow it until you reach the very bottom but be careful of your jumps as this is a jumping puzzle.
There will be two bosses who need to be defeated before a chest will appear and you will open to complete the challenge.
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Ascendant Challenge Rewards
A Completed Ascendant Challenge will reward you with Legendary gear and Dark Fragments for each one that you complete.
The Legendary gear is random and the Dark Fragments can be used to make certain purchases from Petra Venj in The Dreaming City.
Aside from the rewards at the end of the Ascendant Challenge, you can also obtain other gear within the challenge.
- Saving enough Energy to use your super when you are about to enter an Ascendant Challenge can be a big help when dealing with strong enemies.
- You do not have to go solo in the Ascendant Challenge, bring your friends if you need the extra help in completing it.
- The Ascendant Challenge rotates weekly and follows the same pattern when it comes to the location and type of Challenge.
- You do not have to complete the lost sectors where the Ascendant Challenges are located, instead, you just need to go into the portals and complete the challenges.
- You have the whole week to do the ascendant challenge starting from Monday until the week is over, enough time to catch each rotation.
Ascendant Challenges are activities (bounties) that can be taken once a week from Petra Venj and will cost 1,500 Glimmer.
The Expiry time of your Ascendant Challenge is a week after you have purchased it, a new one will be available weekly.
Rewards for completing the Ascendant Challenge are used to purchase more items from Petra Venj, providing more rewards and use for Dark Fragments.
It is possible to do Ascendant Challenges early in the game once you have gained access to The Dreaming City.