Escalation protocol is one of the activities in Destiny 2. It was introduced in the Warmind expansions, and it’s an important part of the PvE ecosystem on Mars. It’s the only reliable way to get IKELOS weapons – the shotgun, sniper rifle and SMG – which is why a lot of people like to replay it. However, not all three of these weapons are available each week. After the weekly reset, the availability changes. Based on the pattern that was consistently used until now, our Destiny 2 Escalation Protocol weapon drop chance schedule guide will show you when you can get each of these guns.
IKELOS weapon drop chances
The weapons all drop from the final boss, the one encountered in Wave 7. A recent patch has introduced the option to replay the final two waves after killing the boss, essentially allowing players to farm the formidable foe if they so wish. Since the IKELOS weapons are plain engrams, and do not require you to bring a Decrypted Cache Key, unlike the armor pieces. However, since not all off them are available each week, you’ll need to plan accordingly.
Here’s a list showing which weapons will be available during which week for the next few months (the date listed being the day of the weekly reset):
As you can see, the pattern is pretty clear – they go one by one for three weeks, followed by two weeks of all three being available. This means that if you’re looking to farm them, you might have to wait almost a month to get to the point where all three are in the rotation again. Worse still, if you need just one, you need to check if it’s available that week before wasting time and resources on EP.
Thanks to Reddit user u/RiseOfBacon for cracking the code and compiling the info.
If you need further help with Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, check out our guides on Dead Ghost Locations, Jade Rabbit Locations, and Eyes on the Moon - How to Start Vex Invasion. If it's Exotic Weapons that you're after, we've got you covered with our Pain And Gain Exotic Quest and Deathbringer Exotic Rocket Launcher - Symphony of Death guides. Going back in time for new players, we can offer you guides like Ikelos Weapons - How to Get SMG, Sniper Rifle, Shotgun, or, if you're playing Forsaken content, guides like Corsair Down & Badge - Dead Body Locations.