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Destiny 2's Trials of Osiris has received a complete overhaul in Season of the Lost. Its loot structure has been changed, matchmaking has seen some changes, anti-cheat has been added, and the nature of Trials Cards has been shifted.

Related: Destiny 2: Tips For Going Flawless In Trials Of Osiris

Needless to say, Trials is a much different beast than its Year 3 counterpart—one that is far more respectful of your time and skill level. It's still the pinnacle PvP activity that most Destiny veterans remember, now with better loot incentives and a more forgiving reward structure. We'll be going over what Trials of Osiris is, how it works, and why virtually every Destiny player will want to dive into this playlist in Season 15.

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Updated October 31st, 2021, by Charles Burgar: Bungie continues to alter Trials of Osiris, tweaking everything from core mechanics to the way matchmaking works. Trials recently saw a rather major overhaul to its matchmaking algorithm, removing the Flawless matchmaking pool altogether. Due to how frequently Bungie has changed the matchmaking system for Trials, we've added a "matchmaking explained" section to this guide that covers how Trials of Osiris pairs you with other players. That section also has an FAQ that covers some common questions and misconceptions about how Trials matchmaking works.

What Is Trials Of Osiris?

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris Logo

Trials of Osiris is a high-stakes variant of Crucible's 3v3 Elimination game type that serves as Destiny 2's pinnacle PvP activity. Only available during weekends, Trials gives every player the chance to show off their PvP skills to obtain some of Destiny's most sought-after weapons and armor.

Players that compete in the Trials of Osiris will have all of their games tracked through a Passage—a ticket purchased from Saint-14. Winning rounds and matches in Trials will grant exclusive weapons, armor, pinnacle gear, Masterwork materials, and even Adept gear for the most skilled players. Both PvE and PvP players have something to gain by participating in Trials whenever it's active.

When Does Trials Of Osiris Start And End?

Trials of Osiris starts every Friday at 1:00 PM (EST) and ends on Tuesday at 1:00 PM (EST). You'll find it in the Crucible tab on your Director.

Trials of Osiris will not run during the following:

  • The first week of a new season.
  • The week a new raid releases.
  • Any week Iron Banner is active.

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Why Should I Play Trials Of Osiris?

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris Armor
via Bungie

Trials of Osiris saw some major changes in Season of the Lost, making this one of the most rewarding activities in Destiny 2. Loses aren't punishing anymore, rewards scale off round wins instead of match wins, and the playlist now has matchmaking for solo and duo players.

The rewards you receive from Trials of Osiris include:

  • Exclusive weapons
    • Flawless grants Adept variants (explained later)
  • High-stat armor
  • Pinnacle gear rewards
  • Masterwork materials
    • Includes Ascendant Shards

These weapons are nothing to sneeze at either. Some of Destiny 2's strongest weapons are tied to Trials of Osiris, including The Messanger, Reed's Regret, Shayura's Wrath, and Igneous Hammer. These weapons aren't just good for PvP, either. Some of these weapons are devastating in PvE with the right roll.

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For example, The Messenger is the only non-sunset weapon in Destiny 2 that can obtain Desperado, a perk that increases the weapon's fire rate tremendously upon reloading after a precision final blow. It's one of the most unique and hard-hitting Pulse Rifles you'll find currently, PvE or PvP. Many of Trials' weapons contain unique perk combinations or stats that you won't find elsewhere, making them worth chasing for players that don't typically care about PvP. You can find more info about each gun in our Trials weapon tier list.

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Unlocking Trials Of Osiris

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris Combat

Trials of Osiris requires three things before you can participate:

  1. Ownership of the latest Destiny 2 expansion
    1. As of writing, you'll need to own Beyond Light to play Trials.
  2. Completion of the "Trials Access" quest
  3. A Passage
    1. Purchased from Saint-14 while Trials is active.
Note: Expansion ownership does not transfer between platforms. Consider your platform of choice carefully before buying any DLC to play Trials.

Trials Access Quest

Destiny 2 Saint-14

You can grab this quest from Saint-14 in the Tower. You'll find him beside his ship in the Hanger—the eastern part of the hub.

This quest has three steps:

  1. Reach Power Level 1,260
  2. Defeat 50 Guardians in Elimination
  3. Reach Crucible rank 15 (Mythic III)

Step one will require that you complete weekly milestones on your Director to obtain powerful and pinnacle gear. We cover this in more detail in our Power leveling guide.

Step two is tied to Elimination, a PvP game type found in the Crucible tab in the Director.

Step three is tied to your Crucible rank. This is a progression system tied to virtually every PvP mode, excluding Survival. Playing matches will increase your Crucible rank, wins and play streaks granting more progress. We cover this in more detail in our Crucible Valor and Glory guide.

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Trials Of Osiris Passages

Destiny 2 Passage of Ferocity

Passages are unique tickets sold by Saint-14 that track your game history in Trials of Osiris. As you play matches, your Passage will log how many rounds and matches you've won. Only your first game loss is accounted for to showcase you haven't gone Flawless (explained in the next section). Unless you care about Adept gear, losses don't mean anything in Trials; round wins are all you need to receive Trials Ranks and rewards from Saint-14.

Your Passage is account-bound, tracks up to 20 rounds won, and grants additional loot once you've won seven games without resetting. You can only have one Passage at a time.

There are four types of Passages you can purchase from Saint-14, some of which have a win prerequisite before they can be purchased.

  1. Passage of Mercy: Forgives one loss per run.
  2. Passage of Ferocity: Your third match win grants a bonus win.
  3. Passage of Wealth (Requires 5 Match Wins): Increased Trials Rank points from reaching 3, 5, and 7 match wins on a ticket.
  4. Passage of Confidence (Requires Flawless): Grants a bonus reward from the Flawless chest.

Passage Of Mercy

Destiny 2 Trials Passage of Mercy

Requires

  • 10,000 Glimmer
  • 15 Legendary Shards

Whenever you lose in Trials of Osiris, your Flawless tracker normally becomes invalidated, preventing you from visiting the Lighthouse after seven wins. With a Passage of Mercy, your first loss doesn't count. Only buy this Passage if you're attempting to go Flawless.

Passage Of Ferocity

Destiny 2 Trials Passage of Ferocity

Requires

  • 10,000 Glimmer
  • 15 Legendary Shards

This is arguably the best Passage for most players. You'll be able to reach seven wins on your Passage much faster with Ferocity, allowing you to farm Trials Engrams and Masterwork materials sooner. If you don't care about Flawless but want to play a lot of Trials, this is the Passage for you.

Passage Of Wealth

Destiny 2 Trials Passage of Wealth

Requires

  • 5 Match Wins
  • 15,000 Glimmer
  • 25 Legendary Shards

Consider purchasing the Passage of Wealth as you reach the Fabled and Mythic ranks for your Trials Rank. Saint-14 gives a Trials Engram every subdivision rank, allowing you to focus them for specific weapons or armor. The payout of these Engrams becomes less and less frequent as you rank up with Saint, something the Passage of Wealth somewhat counteracts.

Passage of Confidence

Destiny 2 Trials Passage of Confidence

Requires

  • 7 Trials of Osiris wins
  • 20,000 Glimmer
  • 50 Legendary Shards

When you reach the Lighthouse, the Flawless chest will drop two items instead of just one. Since Adept weapons now drop for Flawless Passages past seven wins, this Passage is arguably the worst in the game. Only run this if you need to earn the Flawless title.

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Playing Trials Of Osiris

Destiny 2 Trials Director Button

Trials of Osiris is a tweaked, more competitive take on the Elimination game type. If you need a quick refresher, Elimination is a 3v3 game type where players only have one life. Your team needs to eliminate the enemy team to win a round. Should an ally fall, you can revive them by interacting with their Ghost. If the round time limit expires, a capture point will spawn. Whoever captures it wins the round. If no one captures it, the round ends in a tie. The first to win five rounds wins the game.

The foundation of Trials is Elimination, although Bungie made some major changes to the ammo economy and timer to prevent stalemates and snowballing. This mode also gives Trials Reputation instead of Valor, allowing you to obtain Trials Engrams and other Trials-themed rewards from Saint-14 (explained in the next section).

Notable Differences From Elimination

Here are the most notable changes between Trials of Osiris and Elimination:

  • Trials takes place on the same map for every match.
  • Victory requires 5 round wins.
  • Each round lasts 90 seconds.
  • Special and Heavy ammo does not carry over between rounds.
  • Revive timers are extended each time someone is revived.
  • Emotes are locked in first-person.
  • Swords cannot be equipped unless you have ammo.
  • Saint-14 is the announcer instead of Shaxx.
  • Matches grant Trials Reputation instead of Valor.

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Going Flawless

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris Lighthouse Image

So what exactly is "Flawless?" Flawless is when a player wins seven Trials games on a Passage without a single loss. A player that achieves a Flawless Passage will be able to visit The Lighthouse, a unique hub area that has exclusive rewards. The chest at The Lighthouse grants Ascendant Shards, Adept weapon mods, an Adept variant of a Trials weapon, and high-stat Trials armor. The Adept weapon that drops is predetermined and rotates every week. First-time Flawless players will also receive a suite of emblems that'll change the glow of your Trials-themed armor.

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When you go Flawless, your Trials weapons and armor will emit a bright color to showcase your accomplishment to other players. If you want to change the color of this glow, simply change your emblem to a different Trials-themed emblem. Your Trials glow will decay after two weeks, so be sure to go on repeated Flawless attempts to retain the glow. Keep in mind that only gear obtained from the Trials of Osiris will emit a unique glow.

Each emblem grants the following glow:

Image Gallery (3 Images)
  • Hardened By Trial/Any Non-Trials Emblem: Gold glow
  • Flawless Empyrean: Red glow
  • Light For The Lost: Blue glow

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Trials Of Osiris Matchmaking Explained

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris Gear

Trials has had its matchmaking reworked multiple times in Season 15 alone, making it somewhat confusing to understand. In essence, Trials uses a win-based matchmaking system. Destiny will attempt to match your fireteam against opposing teams with the same number of wins as you, regardless of how many losses or Flawless runs they've achieved. For example, if you've won three matches and enter queue, the game will attempt to match you against another team that has three wins. This win-based system resets when a new Trials tournament starts on the following weekend. Further questions about Trials matchmaking are answered below.

Does Trials Of Osiris Have Skill-Based Matchmaking?

No. This was confirmed by Bungie in the October 28, 2021 TWAB,

[Team matchmaking] is one of the downsides of not using skill-based matchmaking in Trials: in situations where skill would be helpful – to balance two teams of solo players – it isn’t even a data point the system can look at.

The game uses your weekend Trials wins as a point of reference for matchmaking, not your ELO, KD, or other stats.

Does Trials Of Osiris Have A Flawless Matchmaking Pool?

Not anymore. This was removed on October 29, 2021. It's unknown if Bungie will ever reimplement this matchmaking system.

Does Trials Of Osiris Have A Freelance Playlist?

Yes, but it's only active during certain weekends. Trials introduced a Freelance playlist as a Crucible Labs test earlier in Season of the Lost, allowing solo players to matchmake together without facing duos or trios. Bungie confirmed in a TWAB that Freelance will return periodically to help keep the playlist healthy. When the Freelance playlist will return is unknown.

Can I Play Trials Without A Fireteam?

Yes. Just like any other Crucible playlist, you can matchmake into Trials by yourself, with a friend, or with a full fireteam. The game will fill your team with other players in the matchmaking pool, as per usual.

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Trials Of Osiris And Saint-14 Rewards

We've talked about loot quite a bit thus far, but we haven't gone into the exact items you can expect from Trials of Osiris. This mode has four reward sources:

  1. Passages
  2. Pinnacle Weeklies
  3. Saint-14
  4. The Lighthouse
    1. Requires a Flawless Trials Passage

You'll get most of your loot from Passages and Saint-14, although Trials matches can grant rewards when you reach certain win thresholds on your Passage. Your main reward from this mode is Trials Engrams. Just like Umbral Engrams, you'll be able to focus these to guarantee certain weapons and armor. Saint will also grant specific weapons and Masterwork materials as you increase your Trials Rank—a similar system to Crucible Valor.

Trials Engrams

Destiny 2 Igneous Hammer (Adept)

Trials Engrams work exactly the same as Umbral Engrams. Playing Trials of Osiris will grant reputation with Saint-14 that'll eventually grant a Trials Engram. You can either decrypt the Engram as-is to obtain a random piece of Trials Gear or focus it. Decrypting Engrams as-is does have a knockout system, meaning you'll only obtain Trials gear you haven't earned yet until you've obtained every Trials item in the loot pool.

Focusing a Trials Engram will limit its loot pool to a single weapon or armor piece, chosen directly by you in Saint-14's vendor menu. Focusing an Engram requires a Trials Engram, 20,000 Glimmer, and 100 Legendary Shards. The roll you get is random.

Destiny 2 Trials Adept Weapon Focusing Option

If you go Flawless that week but don't get the roll you want on that week's Adept weapon, you can focus a Trials Engram to create that week's Adept weapon. Creating an Adept weapon this way costs a Trials Engram, 50,000 Glimmer, 250 Legendary Shards, and a seven-win Passage. You had to have gone Flawless that week to see this option, but the Passage itself does not have to be Flawless to use this focusing option. Focusing an Adept weapon removes your Passage.

Here's every reward type tied to these Engrams:

Reward Gear Type Notes
Pyrrhic Ascent Helmet

Armor

(Helmet)
  • Rolls with random stats
Pyrrhic Ascent Gloves

Armor

(Arms)
  • Rolls with random stats
Pyrrhic Ascent Chest

Armor

(Chest)
  • Rolls with random stats
Pyrrhic Ascent Boots

Armor

(Legs)
  • Rolls with random stats
Pyrrhic Ascent Class Item

Armor

(Class)
  • Rolls with random stats
Eye of Sol

Weapon

(Sniper Rifle)
  • Adaptive Frame (90 RPM)
  • Kinetic
  • Can roll Tunnel Vision + Snapshot Sights
Igneous Hammer

Weapon

(Hand Cannon)
  • Aggressive Frame (120 RPM)
  • Solar
  • Best stat package on a 120 HC
The Messenger

Weapon

(Pulse Rifle)
  • High-Impact Frame (340 RPM)
  • Kinetic
  • Can roll Desperado
Reed's Regret

Weapon

(Linear Fusion Rifle)
  • Precision Frame (533 Charge Time)
  • Stasis
  • Can roll Triple Tap + Vorpal Weapon
  • Can also roll Headstone
Shayura's Wrath

Weapon

(SMG)
  • Precision Frame (600 RPM)
  • Void
  • Can roll Tunnel Vision + Kill Clip
Sola's Scar

Weapon

(Sword)
  • Caster Frame
  • Solar
  • Can roll Chain Reaction

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Passage Rewards And Trials Reputation

Destiny 2 Trials Passage Example

Passages scale the amount of reputation you earn from a Trials game. The more round wins are on your card, the more reputation with Saint-14 you'll earn. Saint is your main source of Trials Engrams now, so it's important to play Trials with as many wins on your card as possible.

Related: Destiny 2: The Best Hand Cannons For PvP

Beyond reputation, holding a Passage with seven match wins will cause all subsequent Trials games to have a chance of granting Trials Engrams, Trials armor, and Masterwork materials (including Ascendant Shards) to drop upon match completion. This bonus is lost upon resetting your Passage.

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Flawless Passage Rewards (Farming Adept Weapons)

Destiny 2 Trials Flawless Passage

If you have a Passage with seven wins that's Flawless, each win has a high chance of dropping that week's Adept weapon. For example, If Adept Shayura's Wrath is that week's Adept weapon, then winning games with a Flawless Passage will give you a chance of obtaining a randomly-rolled Adept Shayuras. This means that players with Flawless Passages should keep playing Trials; don't reset your card. Once your Passage achieves a loss, this benefit goes away. Hardcore players should consider converting their seven-win Passage into an Adept weapon at Saint-14 once they lose a game.

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Pinnacle Weeklies

Destiny 2 Trials Director Button

In Season of the Lost, Trials of Osiris has two weeklies that will grant pinnacle gear:

  1. Win 7 matches total in a single weekend.
  2. Win 50 rounds.

Each weekly grants a piece of Trials-themed pinnacle gear. 3/5/7 win weeklies have been removed as of Season 15.

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Saint-14 Rewards

Destiny 2 Saint 14 Rewards

Since Trials now has a reputation system tied to it, you can now expect a reward track for sticking to the playlist. Saint-14 serves as the Trials of Osiris vendor, and he gives out similar rewards to other ritual vendors as you increase your Trials rank. You can expect Masterwork materials and Trials-themed weapons for increasing reputation with Saint.

Note: Saint's reward track weapons are randomly rolled every week. If the weapons he's giving have terrible perks, wait until next weekend.

Here's Saint-14's reward track as of Season of the Lost:

  • Every Rank: x1 Trials Engram
  • Every Division Rank-Up: x1 Powerful Trials Engram
  • Rank 4: x2 Upgrade Module
  • Rank 7: x3 Enhancement Prism
  • Rank 10: Eye of Sol
    • Adaptive Sniper Rifle (Kinetic)
  • Rank 13: x2 Upgrade Module
  • Rank 16: Igneous Hammer
    • Aggressive Hand Cannon (Solar)
  • Rank 16 Completed: Ascendant Shard
    • This also resets your Trials Rank, allowing you to obtain additional rewards.

Just like the other playlist vendors in the Tower, you can reset your Trials Rank with Saint-14 after you reach the rank of Legend. Claiming all rewards from Saint will set your rank back to Guardian I and reveal a new reward track. Here's what you can expect to earn after resetting your Trials Rank once:

  • Rank 4: x2 Upgrade Module
  • Rank 7: x3 Enhancement Prism
  • Rank 10: The Messenger
    • High-Impact Pulse Rifle (Kinetic)
  • Rank 13: x2 Upgrade Module
  • Rank 16: Sola's Scar
    • Caster Sword (Solar)
  • Rank 16 Completed: Exotic Engram
    • This also resets your Trials Rank, allowing you to obtain additional rewards.

If you're curious how long it takes to rank up your Trials Rank, it's about the same as leveling your Crucible Valor rank or any other ritual playlist ranking. It uses the same ranking system as the other three ritual playlists.

Rank Trials Rank Requirement Rank-Up Requirement
Guardian I 0 50
Guardian II 50 75
Guardian III 125 125
Brave I 250 250
Brave II 500 450
Brave III 950 600
Heroic I 1,550 375
Heroic II 1,925 600
Heroic III 2,525 825
Fabled I 3,350 525
Fabled II 3,875 775
Fabled III 4,650 1,050
Mythic I 5,700 750
Mythic II 6,450 1,075
Mythic III 7,525 1,475
Legend 9,000 1,000

Legend

(Max Rank)
10,000 N/A; reset is available

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The Lighthouse

Destiny 2 Lighthouse Chest

If you are capable of going Flawless in Trials of Osiris, you'll be able to access The Lighthouse and its associated spoils. The chest in this area will drop the following:

  • x1 Ascendant Shard
    • Enhancement Prisms on subsequent Flawless completions that week
  • x1 Adept Trials weapon
    • First Flawless clear counts this as a pinnacle reward
    • First Flawless clear always drops an Adept weapon
    • The Adept weapon is predetermined and rotates weekly
      • Subsequent Adept weapon drops will be of that week's chosen Adept.
  • x1 Adept mod
    • Only if you don't own all of them
    • Only drops on your first Flawless clear that week
      • This seems unintentional. Keep an eye out for any Trials-related hotfixes.
  • Cosmetic rewards
    • (First Clear) Emblems that change your Flawless glow on items

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