Aside from the Leviathan Raid and Trials of the Nine, the Prestige Nightfall is the most challenging activity in Destiny 2, requiring communication, timing, and a high Power level. Completing the Prestige Nightfall will reward you with a special Aura, as well as an Achievement or Trophy for your first success, so it’s well worth the effort.
Prestige Nightfall Guide – The Inverted Spire
The current Nightfall is The Inverted Spire, and while the nuances of each Nightfall will change, the strategies you employ can be used every week. There are a few points you need to know about Nightfall and the Prestige version before heading in:
- The Nightfalls are now on a timer, which can only be increased with the Timewarp modifier
- The Prism modifier cycles through the elemental damage buffs, decreasing the damage of any element that isn’t active
- Timewarp requires you to complete a specific task to add seconds to the timer, be it killing enemies or passing through Vex rings
- Your loadout is locked when you launch the Prestige version – no changing subclasses or weapons, so planning ahead is important
- The recommended Power is 300, but it can be accomplished with a team with a 270, 280, and 290 – but your mileage may vary
Before you even launch the Prestige Nightfall, you will want to ensure you have a decent team setup. Due to the rotating elemental damage caused by Prism, it’s important that all element types are covered evenly by the team. One player should have Void and Arc, the next should have Arc and Solar, and the last should have Solar and Void weapons. This three-way split ensures two players can deal maximum damage during each element phase.
Extending the Timer
For The Inverted Spire Prestige, clear out the enemies before activating the Timewarp Rings. This allows you to ensure absolute safety while collecting the time buffs, which add 30 seconds to the timer. The rings do not appear until you jump through the first one, so leaving it alone until everything is dead is an excellent idea.
There are only three instances where you can pass through the rings: in the first cave where you fight the Vex, out in the open battlefield before crossing to the drill, and in the drilling site where the drill arms spin around.
Getting to the Boss
When you begin the Nightfall, you can send one person to the right and have them bypass the beginning phase. They can use their Sparrow to fly over the cliff and use the Vex cannons to launch into the next area while the other two clear out the starting location and summon Ghost to create the path. This allows two areas to be cleared at once.
In the cavern with the first rings, leave one person up the top, send one person to the right platform, and one person down low. Clear out the enemies and then everyone can collect the rings as fast as possible.
For the main battlefield, huge the sides and attack the Cabal Majors through the gaps, being sure to use elemental weapons for high damage. Once cleared, take down the large Cabal in the center and then begin the process of collecting the rings. Jump across to the drill, clear the enemies, drop down and activate the terminal, and then you can die and respawn. Respawning allows you to stay up the top while the hacking percentage increases. Jump down and into the cannon as soon as its completed.
For the drilling section, it’s mostly luck and timing. Try to clear a few of the enemies around the ledges, but ultimately you may just need to jump through the ring and begin the collecting.
Fighting the Boss
For the first phase of the boss fight, you will want to use your elemental weapons to burn the boss down, saving your Supers for the final engagement as it’s unlikely you’ll get enough Orbs of Light or kill enough enemies to fully recharge your Super. Be careful of the Void damage cycle, as the Harpies will decimate your health with ease.
On the second platform, be aware of when he slams to create lava, as you will need to jump to avoid this damage. Stick to the outside and burn him down with your weapons and grenades.
In the final stage, wait until the appropriate damage cycle begins before activating your Super to maximize your damage output. Take a moment to clear adds between Supers, and if you can, try to generate Orbs of Light for your allies, as any additional Supers will help defeat the boss.
If you manage to hit all these points just right, you should be able to complete the Prestige Nightfall. Waiting for the following week for Luminous Engrams to increase your Power level can be a good idea if you’re struggling to finish. The closer to Power 300 you are, the easier it will be to complete the Prestige Nightfall in Destiny 2!
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