Grandmaster Nightfalls in Destiny 2 are among the hardest PvE activities – even more than raids. But we aren’t talking about mechanic-heavy difficult like some of the raids are. GM Nightfalls are more about enemies one-shotting you from miles away, you being severely underleveled, limited revives, champions, and other frustrating modifiers. With that said, these Grandmaster Nightfalls aren’t impossible to complete. There are a few builds and team compositions that can make your life a little easier. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about best builds to run in Grandmaster Nightfalls in Destiny 2 Season of Arrivals.
Destiny 2 Season of Arrivals Grandmaster Nightfalls Builds
From our experience, while your loadout does make a significant difference when it comes to completing Grandmaster NFs, your team-synergy and communication are far more important factors. Therefore, always talk to your teammates about what you’re about to do, what’s your gameplan, and things like that. Another important tip to keep in mind is to play at range. You don’t want to get close and personal with enemies on a GM Nightfall, especially when you’re 25 levels under – enemies will one-hit you.
Now instead of suggesting different loadouts for all 3 subclasses, we decided to take a different approach, which is to break each section of loadouts down e.g. weapons, mods, etc. Let’s start with weapons:
Weapons with built-in champion mods will always be regarded highly. These include Divinity and Eriana’s Vow. During the Season of Arrivals, you can also equip the Unstoppable Mod on your armor piece, making exotic Pulse Rifles like Outbreak Perfected an excellent choice – this wasn’t the case in Season of the Worthy.
The ability to blind enemies is also a very underrated mechanic. This makes things like Truthteller and Wendigo GL3 a must-have if you can. As for raw DPS, Anarchy, Mountaintop, Izanagi’s Burden remain at the top. If you’re into swords, try to stick to Black Talon or Temptation’s Hook. Primary Weapons, while lacking in damage, can be pretty useful with different champion mods. Speaking of which, this is a helpful list:
- Anti-barrier Rounds: ARs, SMGs
- Overload Rounds: Bows, Hand Cannons, Sidearms, Void nades with Overload Grenades
- Unstoppable Rounds: Hand Cannons, Pulse Rifles, Solar melee with Solar Plexus
Armor and Exotics
While you can always run any armor piece you prefer, some exotics work better than the others:
- Titan: Helm of Saint-14, Ursa Furiosa
- Warlock: Contraverse Hold, Phoenix Protocol
- Hunter: Sixth Coyote, Orpheus Rig
We’d also suggest having high Recovery, Discipline, and Mobility stats without any mods if you can. We’d at least recommend having 100 Recovery on Titan/Warlocks and 100 Mobility on Hunters. As for recommended subclasses, we’d suggest the following:
- Hunters: Bottom-tree Nightstalker
- Titans: Sentinel Shield, Ward of Dawn
- Warlocks: Well of Riddance, Slowva, Chaos Reach
Mods – Weapon, Armor, Artifact
This is where everything falls into place. Mods in GM Nightfalls are arguably the most important part of your loadout. Mods like Minor Resist, Major Resist, Boss Resist, and Concussive Dampener will ensure that you aren’t one-shot by a majority of enemies in the game. Depending on what NFs are you doing, having Solar, Arc, Void resists can also help.
Aside from this Unstoppable Pulse on an armor piece, extra reserves, enhanced loaders, etc. can also help.
We can’t stress how important mods like Counter Charge, High-Energy Fire, and Oppressive Darkness are in GM NFs. These will ensure that you’re able to kill things quickly. You can also use Fireteam Medic if you want. Warmind Cells, while incredible in 1080s, didn’t really help our squad in our runs.
That’s all we’ve got in our Destiny 2 Season of Arrivals Grandmaster Nightfalls Builds guide. For more help on the game, you can check out our detailed Destiny 2 wiki guides.