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A self-stabilizing knot of spacetime geometry.
― In-game description

Ascendant Shards are a legendary material in Destiny. They are used to upgrade Legendary Year 1 armor and may also be traded to The Speaker in exchange for Motes of Light or 250 Glimmer. Ascendant shards can be obtained in the Vault of Glass or by dismantling legendary Year 1 armor.