How to Start and Complete Riven’s Wishes in Destiny 2

Riven's Wishes are here to tide eveyrone over until The Final Shape.
Three Guardians going to see Mara or Riven in the H.E.L.M.
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The Final Shape is still a long way off, but there are still things to do in Destiny 2. You can now start and complete Riven’s Wishes for six weeks running, earning rewards for completing tasks in the Dreaming City. I’ll tell you how to start and complete these challenges.

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How to Start Riven’s Wishes in Destiny 2 and How the Event Works

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Visit Mara Sov in the H.E.L.M. to start Riven’s Wishes. To my knowledge, you don’t need to complete the Wishing All the Best seasonal quest to unlock Wishes, though I have. Some of Riven’s Wishes are available to all players, but some activities like Raids and Dungeons are tied to purchases.

You always start with Riven’s Wishes 1, regardless of when you start the quest. You have until The Final Shape releases on June 4, 2024, to complete the full sequence of six quests.

You can also progress Wishes on alternate characters if you choose. Visit Mara and pick up the Riven’s Wishes quest from her Abandoned Quests selection. Wishes are account-bound, not character-bound, so completing them on one character completes them everywhere else. You can’t get more than one Wish Token reward per week.

How to Complete Riven’s Wishes Week 1 Challenges

Riven’s Wishes 1 is a simple enough set of challenges. Complete three instances of the Rift Generator Public Event in the Strand section of the Dreaming City. If the event is up, it’ll be the flag not far from the entrance to the area. You also need to complete difficult activities of any kind in the Dreaming City.

The Rift Generator Public Event in the Dreaming City
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Completing a single Heroic version of Rift Generator counts as three completions for the purposes of Riven’s Wishes 1. Doing so is actually quicker than doing the standard version. Kill the Abomination that appears, deposit the orb it drops, and destroy the Taken Blight. Complete this step with the other two sides of the event, then defeat the Taken Wizards that spawn. Defeat the boss with six more wizards in the Ascendant Plane.

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The second part of Riven’s Wishes 1 asks you to complete any high-difficulty activity in the Dreaming City. Of the options available, Blind Well is the easiest. Stock up on Charged With Light III and Unstable Charges of Light, then launch into a Blind Well.

Complete all five waves of Tier III Blind Well and the heroic boss for 20% progress toward Riven’s Wishes 1. If you spawn into a Tier III in progress, stick around. In my testing, I only needed six Blind Well completions to fill the progress bar, and it took about 45 minutes to do so. If there’s a Legend Lost Sector up, or you can run the Last Wish Raid or Shattered Throne Dungeon quickly, those are probably better options.

Getting a Wish Token from Mara Sov from Riven's Wishes
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The last two steps of Riven’s Wishes 1 are far easier than the first. Return to Mara to receive the Wish Token. Then spend it.

How to Complete Riven’s Wishes Week 2 Challenges

The Ascendant Chest in the Garden of Esila
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Riven’s Wishes Week 2 is much more involved than Week 1. This time around, you must find seven of the 10 Ascendant Chests currently available during the weekly Dreaming City curse. The other step is collecting your Wish Token from Mara once find the seven Chests.

Thankfully, we’ve got a guide going over the location of all of the currently available Ascendant Chests for week one. Check it out to make this part of Riven’s Wishes a bit easier.

How to Complete Riven’s Wishes Week 3 Challenges

The launch screen for the Aphelion's Rest Legend Lost Sector in the Dreaming City
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Depending on your perspective, completing Riven’s Wishes Week 3 challenges in Destiny 2 doesn’t take much. The only ask is to defeat enemies in Legend or Master-difficulty Lost Sectors. You even get an additional 1% progress per enemy for doing the challenge in Dreamin City Sectors. You need 100 defeats in Aphelion’s Rest, Bay of Drowned Wishes, or the Chamber of Starlight. Better still, both Aphelion’s and Chamber are relatively easy to beat and it rarely takes me more than three minutes or so on Legend.

The kicker is you must be at least at 1815 Power to make Legend Lost Sector farming comfortable. Enemies at that difficulty are 1830 Power. And because of the difficulty scaling system in Destiny 2, that means if you’re much lower than 1815, you’ll have trouble even dealing damage to the enemies.

You also want a few semi-viable endgame builds for at least several subclasses. At a minimum, you need a powerful Exotic like the Dragon’s Breath, Witherhoard, or Gjallarhorn. Lacking a solid DPS weapon makes dealing with Champions much more difficult. And yes, there are tons of Champions in high-difficulty Lost Sectors, so come equipped with anti-Champion weapons and abilities.

My last piece of advice is to frequent Lost Sectors with lots of weak enemies up front. Aphelion’s Rest in the Dreaming City fits that bill perfectly, as there are almost 30 Taken Thrall and Psions in the opening corridor, and you can simply launch the Lost Sector, kill them, leave, and repeat until you complete the Wish. Once you do complete the first step of Riven’s Wishes 3, all you need to do is return to Mara in the H.E.L.M. to claim your Wish Token.

How to Complete Riven’s Wishes Week 4 Challenges

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Week 4 of Riven’s Wishes is probably the easiest to complete out of all those we’ve had so far. Just defeat a few hundred enemies in Blind Well activities and complete at least one Tier III version. In my testing, a single Tier III and the Heroic upgrade got me 28% progress, so three or four Blind Well completions will fill the bar.

If you don’t want to work quite as hard for Riven’s Wishes 4, I recommend only running Tier I Blind Well activities, preferably with as few other Guardians around as possible. With the Blind Well now a launchable matchmade activity, finding a group who want to play a lower-difficulty might be tough, though you might be able to make folks leave if you start a Tier I and actually start doing it. More enemies for you, if so.

When you do finally finish farming the Blind Well completions you need, all that’s left is to return to Mara Sov in the H.E.L.M. for your Wish Token. Well and easily earned, Guardian.

What You Should Buy with Your Wish Token in Destiny 2

As to what you should spend your Wish Token on, I’d get either a crafted Apex Predator Rocket Launcher from Last Wish Resonance or any Exotic you don’t already have. The Lost and Dawning Mementos from the Miscellany aren’t worth it, though the Lost one is nice if you want a completely black-crafted weapon. Exotic Ciphers, Ascendant Shards, and Alloys are easier to farm elsewhere and have less intrinsic value as a singular reward when only six Wishes are available.

That’s how to start Riven’s Wishes and complete all of the Riven’s Wishes challenges from Week 1 to Week 3. Back to grinding, Guardian! For more Destiny 2 content, check out our D2 guides hub.

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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.