Destiny Guide: How to earn Ascendant Shards and Energy Fast

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Ascendant Shards and Ascendant Energy are required to upgrade Legendary and Exotic gear. They are incredibly difficult to obtain but they are required if you need to reach level 30.

Here’s the best way to get to get them fast. But bear in mind, you need to be over level 27 and have decent gear so that you will be able to hold your own while facing strong enemies.

1) Do the daily story on level 28 hard.

2) Do the nightfall weekly stike.

3) Do the weekly heroic strike.

4) Do the vault of glass raid.

5) Try to get all the chests while farming for upgrade materials.

6) Purchase legendary gear using vanguard and crucible marks and dismantle them.

7) Dismantle legendary gear that you do not need earned via engrams.

8) Always do missions on level 28 to increase chance of legendary drops.

9) Hope the RNG works in your favour.

These are the things you can do to earn a decent amount of ascendant shards per week.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


  1. asadachi

    October 4, 2014 at 1:04 am

    So what part about this is fast?

  2. foxcroft_

    October 4, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Yeah, I know the post-game is suppose to be challenging, but I have 4 pieces of legendary armor, I’m at level 26, and I’m waiting on roughly 66 pieces of ascendant shard to keep upgrading these armor to advance levels. So maybe I’ll be level 30 by Christmas is what you’re saying. Fuck needing 6 shards for every +2 to light that you want to gain. And I don’t have 5 friends with PS4 and Destiny to attempt Raids with, so wtf am I suppose to do besides play Destiny 8 hrs/day 7 d/week?

    • darktemplar

      October 4, 2014 at 11:52 am

      look i have friends who looking to raid and we have a few other players to raid with us we are just waiting 4 one player to join us and that would make six players .. so if you want you can raid with PSN is Ragingdragon2371

      • Trueknock

        October 5, 2014 at 5:14 am

        Yooo I’m down I need a group to raid with! Trueknock84 I’ll hit u up!

    • Byron Frank

      October 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Actually, its impossible to get to level 30 if you can’t do the Raid, its not a matter of time. Fully leveled Legendary gear with an exotic thrown in won’t put you to 30.

      My PSN is Dangthing if anyone wants to play. Send a friend request and put in the message you want to play Destiny.

      • Guest

        February 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm

        This is false. I am creeping up to level 31 and all of my legendary gear is not fully upgraded. When I am fully upgraded I will be level 31. PSN is gearhound.

        • Byron Frank

          February 23, 2015 at 2:03 am

          My comment was correct when I posted it. Your information takes into account the DLC which at that time hadn’t been released.

          • Guest

            February 23, 2015 at 11:48 pm

            And what exactly did bungie do to make leveling easier in the DLC? I don’t have the new DLC armor and I’m almost level 31.

          • Byron Frank

            February 24, 2015 at 4:31 am

            Pre-DLC the highest any armor in the entire game would go was level 30 exactly. It could only be earned by completing the Vault of Glass raid and the helmet only from Hard Mode Raid. Non-raid armor maxed out at level 29. Exotics maxed out at 30 as well. After the dlc all exotics max at level 32. All non raid legendary armor with the dlc mark goes to level 31. Pre DLC vanguard armor and all faction armors went only to light level 27 I believe allowing a 29 max.

            A lot of changes done in the DLC were applied to everyone. Before the DLC it was impossible to get higher than level 30. In truth the DLC was given to everyone and you pay to unlock a file that allows you to “earn” the DLC content. The DLC itself was applied as a gamewide patch.

          • Guest

            February 23, 2015 at 11:59 pm

            Really? Even before the new content, fully upgraded legendary gear with light +33, which could be purchased from the Vanguard, and a fully upgraded exotic piece would put you at 30.

    • DK_Son

      October 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Adding you guys,. DK_Son. Need people to try the raid with. The 5 others I know with PS4’s aren’t all on at the same time. This game will die out before everyone moves from PS3 to PS4.


      October 6, 2014 at 12:38 am

      My PS4 ID is Primus_Gannicus. I am up for raids as well.

    • Chrashy

      October 6, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Use the destiny app and forum. Many many players looking for raids, or hav open spots to be filled

    • foxcroft_

      October 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

      glad to see some people in agreement. my handle is foxcroft_ and if i’m online i’m down to raid.

      • gundamfight1

        October 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        All raid with you. I also can’t get people to raid. Mij psn. gundamfight1

  3. jagbit

    October 5, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Play the fuck out of it?

  4. AngryAskew

    October 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Destiny is fucking bullshit all I get is ascendant energy, I want shards not energy I can’t level up with shards

    • Darren

      October 5, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      You mean you can level up with shards #ragetyping


      October 6, 2014 at 12:38 am

      I want energy for all my exotics.

    • Steve Bellefontaine

      October 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      You also need ascendant energy if you have exotic guns. Im still waiting to 2 more ascendant energy. And shards are a beoch also to get

  5. drRockso

    October 6, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Add me, DrRockso321 ps4. I’m looking to raid and do weekly

  6. Chrashy

    October 6, 2014 at 8:44 am

    You can also join my clan. We raid, strike, or just help each other out.
    Great group of guys.

    A Ghost. Something unseen, untouchable, Intangible. A goal yet to be achieved, a lover yet to be admired. A Destination yet to be ventured forth unto…

    We are Guardians, Dedicated to pursuing the Ghosts that haunt our dreams. Embarking on the never ending struggle that is the burden of every Ghost. To be invisible in a world full of specters, standing in the mists of the galaxy. We look back out into the universe and realize our Destiny lies in the stars.

    Become what you may already be.
    Ghost Chaserz
    The brotherhood will be waiting.

    A place for people to meet other like minded Guardians, communicate and organize events within the game.
    Feel free to post anything in the clan to organize any of the following:

    •Raids(must be able to communicate)
    •Queens Wrath

    Open to anyone who wishes to join. The only requirements are that you’re friendly and happy to communicate with other Ghosts to organize strikes, or raids.

    Mainly a PS4 clan, yet open to any console, all are welcome! Make sure to tell your friends as all applications are always accepted.

    Don’t feel afraid to ask any questions

    Also you can MSG me on PSN and I’ll respond anytime.
    & Be sure to add me!
    – Chrashy

  7. spiderman

    October 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

    plz i ned some good friends too to play on ps4. i dont finish yet the vault of glass because i dont have good friends to play too. feel free someone to add me on psn my id is VLADSPARTAN thanks

  8. spartan6979

    October 8, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Seeking raid group, level 26 ps4. Please add. Spartan6979

  9. Josh Price

    October 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Anyone Interested..I have been doing strikes on my own seeing I dont have anyone to team
    up with, BUT some strikes r to hard to do alone and of course I cant do
    Vault of Glass alone so I am looking for anyone wanting to do

    Level 28 warlock with all Legendary Weapons
    and Armor unlocked to upgrade but need shards n energy to upgrade them,
    My helemt and Exotic chest is fully upgraded.

    Ps id OBL_51di0U5

    idc if we only do vault of glass or we do a bunch of things I can handle my own seeing i been playing strikes alone..

    • Sergio

      February 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      add me bro LANCERBOIGTI i will help you with any missions you want,if you wanna join my clan let me know

  10. gundamfight1

    October 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I am also looking for people to je in a fireteam for missions and for the vault of glas. So add me psn gundamfight1 .

  11. NaFlipSide

    November 3, 2014 at 4:23 am

    LET’S GO GET ‘EM! Seeking raid group, level 26 ps4. Please add: brahm82

  12. Abius

    November 23, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Hey dudes, id love to join the mayhem…add me: abiusmaximus

    Im level 25 at the moment n wanna play till i puke till i get 30…woohoo

  13. Tj Inscore

    November 24, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Need people to Raid with. Xbox360 level25 da bez der iz.

  14. Dean Rand

    December 29, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Any guys need help level up I’m level 29 and one inch to be level 30 laxwiccan666

  15. Steve Codfather Cope

    January 17, 2015 at 5:43 am

    looking for help with raids,psn

  16. Mark McKinney

    March 16, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I’m down to raid. Level 30 Titan. PS4


  17. armkandy

    July 10, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    xbox 360, hunter was stuck at level 32 for weeks. Only got to 33 by doing House of Banners and got 2 etheric light. All of my legendary armor and weapons will only ascend with etheric light. stuck with ascendant shards and energy and nothing to do with them. cant do POE or VOG solo and tired of trying to. suggestions on what to do with the ascendant material I can’t use?

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