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"Strikes are the backbone of the Vanguard's response to the Darkness. Each mission is planned for maximum disruption and hindrance of enemy lines. Your Strike service directly impacts our ongoing war with the Darkness. So serve well."
Commander Zavala

Strike is a cooperative mode featured in Destiny. Strikes represent a middle ground in PvE content between Story missions and Raids in terms of length and difficulty, and are optimized for a fireteam of three players. Usually, Strikes are composed of a linear series of enemy encounters which may or may not include a mini-boss, culminating in a battle against one or more bosses supported by additional enemies.[1] Some of the newer strikes feature simple puzzle mechanics that make boss fights more challenging.

As of The Taken King, Strikes have a chance to drop Strike-specific loot that can help gear players up in preparation for Raids. Playing in a Strike playlist continuously increases the chances of better loot on consecutive strikes.

Strike Playlists[edit]

Higher-level versions of each Strike are available in the Strike playlists. Entering a playlist will launch a random Strike alongside two matchmade players.

Year One[edit]

These playlists were available during Year One of Destiny, and incorporated all available base game and expansion Strikes. Playlists at higher levels offered greater rewards.

  • Vanguard Eagle - Level 18
  • Vanguard Viper - Level 20
  • Vanguard Wolf - Level 22
  • Vanguard Tiger - Level 24
  • Vanguard Roc - Level 26, added by The Dark Below
  • Vanguard Dragon - Level 28, added by House of Wolves

Year Two[edit]

The Taken King replaces all Year One playlists with the following:

  • Vanguard Legacy - Level 20 required, includes all Year One strikes only, no modifiers
  • Vanguard Strikes - Level 36 required, includes Year Two and select "remixed" Year One strikes, no modifiers
  • Vanguard Heroic Strikes - Light Level 260 required, includes Year Two and select "remixed" Year One strikes strikes, Heroic and one random modifier active
    • The Vanguard Heroic playlist replaces the Weekly Heroic Strike; players are rewarded for the first three strikes completed in this playlist each week across all of a player's characters.

Year Three[edit]

Rise of Iron's Strike playlists retain the Vanguard Legacy and Vanguard Strikes, but adds two new playlists:

  • SIVA Crisis - Light Level 320 required, includes Strikes from Year One to Year Three with no modifiers.
  • SIVA Crisis Heroic - Light Level 350 required; includes Strikes from Year One to Year Three; three random Heroic modifiers active per week; replaces Vanguard Heroic.

Year Four[edit]

Destiny 2 features only a single Strike playlist apart from the Nightfall. It is unlocked after completing the Story mission Fury and returning to The Farm to speak to Commander Zavala.

  • Vanguard Strikes - Power Level 140 required, includes all Destiny 2 base game Strikes with no modifiers.

Nightfall Strikes[edit]

A random Strike is selected each week for the Nightfall Strike, a high-difficulty challenge with the Nightfall and Epic modifiers active in addition to three other randomly-chosen modifiers; after The Taken King is released, the latter three modifiers will be manually selected by Bungie each week instead of randomized. Nightfall Strikes do not include matchmaking, requiring players to fight alone or assemble a fireteam of three before starting. Rewards include Legendary and Exotic gear.[2]

List of Strikes[edit]


Strike Name Level Location Expansion/Update PlayStation Exclusive
The Devils' Lair 8 Cosmodrome, Earth Base Game No
The Summoning Pits 12 Ocean of Storms, Moon Base Game No
The Nexus 14 Ishtar Sink, Venus Base Game No
Winter's Run 14 Ishtar Sink, Venus Base Game No
Cerberus Vae III 20 Meridian Bay, Mars Base Game No
Dust Palace 20 Meridian Bay, Mars Base Game Until September 2015
Will of Crota 16 Cosmodrome, Earth The Dark Below No
The Undying Mind 20 Meridian Bay, Mars The Dark Below Until September 2015
The Shadow Thief 20 Ocean of Storms, Moon House of Wolves No
The Fallen Saber 36 Cosmodrome, Earth The Taken King No
Shield Brothers 36 Dreadnaught, Saturn The Taken King No
The Sunless Cell 36 Dreadnaught, Saturn The Taken King No
Echo Chamber 36 Ishtar Sink, Venus The Taken King Until October 2017
Blighted Chalice 36 Ocean of Storms, Moon April Update No
The Wretched Eye 38 Plaguelands, Earth Rise of Iron No
Sepiks Perfected 38 Cosmodrome, Earth Rise of Iron No
The Abomination Heist 38 Ocean of Storms, Moon Rise of Iron No
The Will of Crota: Revisited 38 Cosmodrome, Earth The Dawning No
The Shadow Thief: Revisited 38 Ocean of Storms, Moon The Dawning No
The Nexus: Revisited 38 Ishtar Sink, Venus The Dawning No

Destiny 2[edit]

Strike Name Power Level Location Expansion/Update PlayStation Exclusive
Exodus Crash 140 Arcadian Valley, Nessus Base Game No
The Inverted Spire 140 Arcadian Valley, Nessus Base Game No
Lake of Shadows 140 European Dead Zone, Earth Base Game Until Fall 2018
The Arms Dealer 140 European Dead Zone, Earth Base Game No
Savathûn's Song‎ 140 New Pacific Arcology, Titan Base Game No
The Pyramidion 140 Echo Mesa, Io Base Game No
A Garden World 280 Infinite Forest, Mercury Curse of Osiris No
Tree of Probabilities 280 Infinite Forest, Mercury Curse of Osiris No


  • Similarities have been drawn between Strikes and the Firefight mode from the Halo series.[3]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ The Guardian: how the makers of Halo plan to change the future of shooters
  2. ^ Bungie - Destiny Update - 02/25/2015
  3. ^ International Mail Sack of Mystery