Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons - Locations, Perks & how to obtain them

Exotic weapons in Destiny 2 are unique and very rare pieces of equipment that every player will try to get. Each of the weapon categories – Kinetic, Energy and Power – have a special exotic you can aspire for. Obtaining this special gear is never easy and can involve beating a raid, farming for Legendary shards to buy some exotics from rare vendors or finishing very long and hard quest chains. What makes these weapons special, besides high damage output and unique weapon skins, are special perks and properties they have. Some of them even have synergies with other weapons you slot. This page will try and list all the available exotic weaponry in Destiny 2, their stats and perks and how to obtain them.

Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons - Locations, Perks and how to Obtain Them
Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons – Locations, Perks and how to Obtain Them

How to get Exotic Weapons in Destiny 2?

To get exotic weapons, you will have to complete raid bosses, buy them from Xur with Legendary Shards or, if you are lucky, you can get them as engram drops. Some might even be rewards for taking part in long quest chains. The list below contains all the weapons we know of so far, and you can also find information on how to obtain them if we have that information.

MIDA Multi-Tool

Type: Kinetic damage Scout Rifle

PerksDescription
IntrinsicMida Multi-Tool: This weapon boosts movement speed
TraitMIDA Radar: Radar stays active while aiming down sights.
BarrelCorkscrew Rifling: Balanced Barrel. Slightly increases range and stability. Slightly increases handling speed.
MagazineHigh-Caliber Rounds: Shits from this weapon knock the target back farther. Slightly increases range.
StockHand-Laid Stock: This weapon is optimized for recoil control. Increases stability.

МIDA Multi-Tool grants additional benefits when the Legendary Submachine Gun MIDA Mini-Tool is equipped in your Energy weapon slot.

Sturm

Type: Kinetic damage Hand Cannon

PerksDescription
IntrinsicAccomplice: Kills with this weapon fill the magazine of the equipped Energy Weapon from reserves.
TraitStorm and Stress: Kills with Drang grant bonus precision damage until the next reload.
BarrelExtended Barrel: Weighty barrel extension. Increases range. Decreases handling speed.
MagazineExtended Mag: This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.
StockCombat Grip: This weapon causes much less vertical recoil.

Sturm grants additional benefits when the Legendary Sidearm Drang is equipped in your Energy weapons slot.

Rat King

Type: Kinetic damage Sidearm

PerksDescription
IntrinsicRat Pack: This weapon becomes stronger when nearby fireteam members also have it equipped. Stacks up to 6 times.
TraitVermin: Reloading immediately after a kill grants a brief period of invisibility.
BarrelSmallbore: Dual strength barrel. Increases range. Increases stability.
MagazineTactical Mag: This weapon has multiple tactical improvements. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases reload speed. Slightly increases Magazine size.
StockSmooth Grip: This weapon is slightly easier to hold and aim. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases handling speed.

Vigilance Wing

Type: Kinetic damage Pulse Rifle

Perks
IntrinsicHarsh Truths: This weapon fires a 5-round burst. When a nearby ally is killed, gain health regeneration and increased movement speed.
TraitLast Stand: Improved weapon performance when its wielder is the last living member of a fireteam.
BarrelCorkscrew Rifling: Balanced Barrel. Slightly increases range and stability. Slightly increases handling speed.
MagazineAlloy Magazine: Faster reloads when the magazine is empty.
StockComposite Stock: This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases handling speed.

Coldheart

Type: Arc damage Energy Trace Rifle

PerksDescription
IntrinsicCold Fusion: This weapon shoots a steady cold fusion-powered laser.
TraitLongest Winter: Coldheart’s laser does exponentially more damage the longer it remains on a target.
BarrelExtended Barrel: Weighty barrel extension. Increases range. Decreases handling speed.
MagazineEnhanced Battery: Strong battery life. Increases magazine size.
StockHand-Laid Stock: This weapon is optimized for recoil control. Increases stability.

Hard Light

Type: Arc/Solar/Void damage Energy Auto Rifle

Perks
IntrinsicVolatile Light: Rounds fired from this weapon have no damage falloff overpenetrate targets, and richochet off hard surfaces.
TraitVariable Arc Core/ Solar Core/ Void Core: Modifies this weapons damage type.
BarrelPolygonal Rifling: Barrel optimized for recoil reduction. Increases stability.
MagazineAlloy Magazine: Faster reloads when the magazine is empty.
StockComposite Stock: This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases handling speed.

Fighting Lion

Type: Void damage Energy Grenade Launcher

PerksDescription
IntrinsicDelayed Gratification: Grenade projectiles will bounce off surfaces. Hold [fire] to fire, and release to detonate.
TraitThin the Herd: Direct hits with this weapon do more damage to shielded enemy combatants. Rapid kills against grenade-damaged enemies will refill the magazine.
BarrelCountermass: This weapon is weighted for vertical recoil. Greatly controls recoil. Increases stability. Increases handling speed.
MagazineImplosion Rounds: Grenades travel faster and have controlled explosion. Increase Projectile speed. Greatly increases stability. Decreases blast radius.
StockShort-Action Stock: This weapon is especially easy to grip. Greatly increases handling speed.

Although Fighting Lion is a grenade launcher, it can only be equipped as an energy weapon.

Graviton Lance

Type: Void damage Energy Pulse Rifle

PerksDescription
IntrinsicBlack Hole: Third shot of a burst rips a hole through spacetime, doing high damage and recoil with no fall-off.
TraitCosmology: kills with this weapon cause enemy targets to detonate.
BarrelHammer-Forged Rifling: Durable ranged barrel. Increases range.
MagazineAccurized Rounds: this weapon can fire longer distances. Increases range.
StockFitted Stock: This stock makes the weapon stable but heavy. Increases stability. Improves recoil direction. Slightly decreases handling speed.

Skyburner’s Oath

Type: Solar damage Energy Scout Rifle

Perks
IntrinsicSlug Rifle: This weapon fires solar slugs that get stronger when aiming down sights.
TraitFor the Empire: this weapon is Full Auto, does extra damage to Cabal and penetrates Phalanx Shields.
BarrelExtended Barrel: Weighty barrel extension. Increases range. Decreases handling speed.
MagazineExtended Mag: This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.
StockShort-Action Stock: This weapon is especially easy to grip. Greatly increases handling speed.

D.A.R.C.I.

Type: Arc damage Power Sniper Rifle

PerksDescription
IntrinsicPersonal Assistant: Aim at an enemy to view its health and other critical information on the scope.
TraitTarget Acquired: When Personal Assistant is active this weapon has better target acquisition and deals more Precision damage.
BarrelExtended Barrel: Weighty barrel extension. Increases range. Decreases handling speed.
MagazineExtended Mag: This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.
StockShort-Action Stock: This weapon is especially easy to grip. Greatly increases handling speed.

Merciless

Type: Solar damage Power Fusion Rifle

PerksDescription
IntrinsicConserve Momentum: Non-lethal hits with projectiles make this weapon charge faster until its wielder gets a kill.
TraitImpetus: reloading immediately after a kill increases weapon damage for a short time.
BarrelChambered Compensator: Stable barrel attachment. Increases stability Improves recoil and direction. Slightly Decreases handling speed.
MagazineExtended Mag: This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.
StockFitted Stock: This stock makes the weapon stable but heavy. Increases stability. Improves recoil direction. Slightly decreases handling speed.

Legend of Acrius

Type: Arc damage Power Shotgun

PerksDescription
IntrinsicShock Blast: This weapon fires blasts of high-damage Arc energy that overpenetrates enemies.
TraitLong March: Detect enemies on your radar from farther away.
BarrelFull Bore: Barrel optimized for distance. Greatly increases range. Decreases stability. Slightly decreases handling speed.
MagazineAccurized Rounds: this weapon can fire longer distances. Increases range.
StockFitted Stock: This stock makes the weapon stable but heavy. Increases stability. Improves recoil direction. Slightly decreases handling speed.

The Prospector

Type: Arc damage Power Grenade Launcher

PerksDescription
IntrinsicExcavation: Hold [Fire] to fire grenades. Release to detonate all live grenades simultaneously.
TraitFull Auto Trigger System: Holding down the trigger will fire this weapon at full auto.
BarrelVolatile Launch: This weapon is optimized for an especially explosive payload. Greatly Increased Blast radius. Slightly decreases handling speed. Slightly decreases projectile speed.
MagazineAugmented Drum: Heavy, high capacity drum. Greatly increases magazine size. Greatly decreases reload speed.
StockHand-Laid Stock: This weapon is optimized for recoil control. Increases stability.

Tractor Cannon

Type: Void damage Power Shotgun

PerksDescription
IntrinsicRepulsor Force: This weapon fires a powerful impulse to push enemies away.
TraitThe Scientific Method: Damaging an opponent temporarily increases speed and handling.
BarrelExtended Barrel: Weighty barrel extension. Increases range. Decreases handling speed.
MagazineParticle Repeater: Constrains recoil for every bolt. Increases stability.
StockComposite Stock: This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases handling speed.

The Wardclif Coil

Type: Arc damage Power Rocket Launcher

PerksDescription
IntrinsicMad Scientist: This weapon fires a volley of rockets.
TraitMechanized Autoloader: this weapon automatically reloads on ammo pickup.
BarrelVolatile Launch: This weapon is optimized for an especially explosive payload. Greatly Increased Blast radius. Slightly decreases handling speed. Slightly decreases projectile speed.
MagazineExtended Mag: This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.
StockComposite Stock: This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases handling speed.

Sweet Business

Type: Kinetic damage Auto Rifle

PerksDescription
IntrinsicPayday: Larger Magazine. Increased accuracy when firing from the hip.
TraitBusiness Time: Holding down the trigger boosts this weapon’s range and rate of fire and automatically loads ammo pickups into the magazine.
BarrelPolygonal Rifling: Barrel optimized for recoil reduction. Increases stability.
MagazineHigh-Caliber Rounds: Shots from this weapon knock the target back farther. Slightly increases range.
StockComposite Stock: This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases handling speed.

Riskrunner

Type: Arc damage Energy Submachine Gun

PerksDescription
IntrinsicArc Conductor: When taking Arc Damage, this weapon becomes more powerful and resists incoming arc Damage. Kills extend the time in this overcharged state.
TraitSuperconductor: When Arc Conductor is active, shots fired have the chance to become chain lightning and return ammo.
BarrelArrowhead Break: Lightly vented barrel. Greatly controls recoil. Increases handling speed.
MagazineExtended Mag: This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.
StockShort-Action Stock: This weapon is especially easy to grip. Greatly increases handling speed.

Sunshot

Type: Solar damage Energy Hand Cannon

PerksDescription
IntrinsicSunburn: This weapon fires explosive rounds and highlights targets that take damage from Sunshot.
TraitSun Blast: Targets killed with Sunshot explode in Solar Energy.
BarrelChambered Compensator: Stable barrel attachment. Increases stability Improves recoil and direction. Slightly Decreases handling speed.
MagazineAccurized Rounds: this weapon can fire longer distances. Increases Range.
StockTextured Grip: Friction on this weapon’s grip is particularly strong. Greatly increases handling speed. Slightly decreases stability.

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