Challenge is one of the five modes of play in Shadow Fight 2. It is present starting from Act II and requires the player to complete 6 stages in the Tournament. The challenge mode equals to 120 stages distributed evenly across the five Acts i.e. 24 in each province. In the Interlude, however, each province has only 8 stages and are unlocked at the same time as other Modes of Play. To win a stage, the player must secure victories in two of the maximum of three rounds. If the player loses, the challenge can be resumed from the same stage the player was unsuccessful in beating. If the player wins, they are rewarded the respective sum of that stage and get to move on to the next one but without having to do that immediately.
A challenge consists of one on one combat with various named fighters wielding many of the player-available equipment. Every stage of challenge has altered rules and conditions. The challenge panel displays the difficulty and the reward in every stage. Difficulties range from easy, normal, hard, insane to impossible depending on the equipment the player is wielding and to a lesser extent: the player's skill level. The player acquires a certain sum of coins as the reward along with the fight bonus also in coins by winning two round of that stage. The XP rewarded by the stage increases with each level up but remains the same throughout a level. The challenge greatly contributes in leveling up due to the amount of XP given being fast.