The activities and challenges listed on this page reward either Powerful and Pinnacle gear. Challenges that reward powerful and pinnacle gear are usually available to complete once per week and once per character. Events that are here for a limited time also reward powerful and pinnacle gear, such as Trials and Iron Banner. Please note, some challenges may require the current Season Pass and/or Expansions/DLCs.

Power Levels

As of Lightfall and Season 20.

Power LevelDescription
Floor/Starting Level: 1600The lowest possible Power for a piece of gear; starting point for new characters. 
Soft Cap: 1750The point at which general drops stop being automatic upgrades; Powerful gear drops are now the best way to gain Power. 
Powerful (Hard) Cap: 1800Power cap – The point at which Powerful drops stop being upgrades; Pinnacle gear drops are now the only way to gain Power. 
Max Cap (Pinnacle): 1810Max possible Power from Pinnacle drops (ignoring Artifact Power). 

Content Requirements

Here is a chart showing what activities currently in-game are free-to-play and what requires DLC/Expansions or Season Pass. Trials of Osiris requires whatever the most recent DLC/Expansion is (currently this is Lightfall). This page will be updated with more details soon to try to better explain things.


Once you are at the hard cap, the activities below drop gear +1 or +2 higher than your current Power. Here are Temporary charts for activities that drop Pinnacle and Powerful Gear every week.

Root of Nightmares raid
(x1 Pinnacle per encounter)
Complete the raid.Lightfall
PartitionComplete Partition.Lightfall
Metropolitan DefenseDefeat Combatants in Terminal Overload.Lightfall
Lightfall Weekly Campaign MissionGet a team score of 100,000 or better.Lightfall
Seasonal Activity: Defiant BattlegroundsComplete 3.Season of Defiance Season Pass
Featured RaidComplete 1.Varies
Featured DungeonComplete 1.Varies
NightfallEarn 200,000 points by completing Nightfalls.Varies
Vanguard Complete Vanguard playlists using the same subclass element as the active elemental surge. Higher difficulties grant the most efficient progress.Varies
Dares of EternityComplete Dares of Eternity with a score of 250,000 of higher.30th Anniversary Pack
Spire of the Watcher DungeonComplete the Spire of the Watcher dungeon.The Witch Queen or The Witch Queen Dungeon Key
Trials of OsirisWin Matches.Latest DLC (Lightfall)
Iron BannerFree-to-Play
GambitComplete 3 matches.Free-to-Play
CrucibleComplete 3 matches (any Crucible playlist).Free-to-Play
Hawthorne – It’s in the CardsComplete activities to give commendations.Free-to-Play


The Hawthorne weekly challenge says in-game that it is a Powerful but we have been told it rewards Pinnacle Gear.

The Vex Incursion Zone public event activity that arrived with Lightfall drops Strand Meditations and Exotic Gear (the exotic is guaranteed if all bosses are defeated within the time limit).

Powerful Gear

Powerful gear sources will reward gear +3 to +5 power.

Nimbus’s Challenge
(Tier 1)
Gain reputation with Nimbus.Lightfall
Stargazer Quest (Tier1)Complete quest.Lightfall
Dares of EternityComplete 3.30th Anniversary Pack
Spare Parts – Gunsmith (Tier 1)Complete 8 Gunsmith bounties.Free-to-Play
Live-Fire Exercises – Crucible (Tier 1)Complete 8 Crucible bounties.Free-to-Play
Vanguard Service – Vanguard (Tier 1)Complete 8 bounties.Free-to-Play
Shady Schemes – Gambit (Tier 1)Complete 8 Gambit bounties.Free-to-Play

Helpful Guides

Weekly Info

View the full weekly reset post by visiting the home page and clicking on the pinned weekly reset post or by visiting the “Reset” link below. The links below are updated every week.

Weekly Reset

This Weekend in Destiny (Xur and Trials)

Lost Sector (Legend and Master)

This section is being updated, check back soon for more.


New and Returning Player Guide

by Bungie

This page will be updated periodically with new information