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Destiny 2 Exotics list - Every Exotic weapon and Exotic armour we know about so far

Here's the first Exotics we know about in the Bungie shooter sequel.

Confirmed Destiny 2 Exotics have been increasing in number since the game's reveal earlier in the reveal, with many more being spotted by eagle-eyed players in brief gameplay snippets.

Vanilla Destiny and its expansions offered dozens of Exotics across all weapon types and armour classes, and Destiny 2 offers just the same - this time also offering Exotic ships, emotes and other cosmetic items.

Expect to visit vendors and to go on a treasure hunt or two to give you cool-looking equipment with one-off perks - much like the original game.

How Destiny 2 Exotics work

Exotics are yellow / golden class weapons and armour with unique perks and stats. These powerful and unique items have a catch; you are only be able to equip one Exotic weapon or armour at the same time. To clarify, only one yellow item can be available on each side of the load-out screen.

As well as changes to the way all armour works - increasing agility and damage recovery similar to how sub-classes worked in the original Destiny - Bungie also separately confirmed there are no unique weapon rolls, so each individual weapon will be the same stats as another (so no need to collect several Sunshots - they will all behave the same).

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As with the original Destiny, it's expected you can only equip on Exotic weapon at a time.

Exotics can be sourced in a number of ways:

  • Decrypting Exotic Engrams
  • Random rewards from Public Events, chests, Crucible matches and other activities
  • Special vendors, such as Xur
  • Specific quests and missions
  • Bright Engrams (for cosmetic Exotic items)

It seems that already Exotics are more common than the original game, appearing as a fairly rare drop from random events, so keep playing and you should gain a healthy roster. You can also equip Exotics straight away, provided you are the right level, with the game's story giving you your first within the first few hours, if you hadn't already got one from an activity drop.

That said, the most difficult and powerful Exotics will require you to unlock and complete specific quests, which in the past have involved many steps and in the case of one or two, elaborate ARG-style puzzles to solve. Either way, don't expect to get most Exotics in the first week.

Destiny 2 Exotic weapons list

Thanks to early armour and weapons leaks on Reddit, we know the names and types of most Destiny 2 Exotics.

These include the names of several returning Exotics from the first game, such as the fan-favourite MIDA Multi-Tool Scout Rifle and Hunter's Celestial Nighthawk. As for Gjallarhorn? Looking unlikely.

However, the methods in which you obtain all of them are unknown. Plus, this is unlikely to be the complete set of Exotics available in the game, with a full list becoming clear in the days and weeks following launch.

Destiny 2 Exotics - weapons

Exotic WeaponTypeEnergy TypeUnlock method
BorealisSniper Rifle (Energy)Arc, Solar, VoidPS4 Exclusive
ColdheartTrace Rifle (Energy)ArcPre-order then visit the Postmaster upon completing game / Level 20
D.A.R.C.I.Sniper Rifle (Power)ArcDrop, Engram or Vendor
Fighting LionGrenade Launcher (Energy)VoidDrop, Engram or Vendor
Graviton LancePulse Rifle (Energy)VoidStory reward*
Hard LightAuto Rifle (Energy)Arc, Solor or VoidDrop, Engram or Vendor
Legend of AcriusShotgun (Power)ArcWorld-Eater / On the Comms quest
MercilessFusion Rifle (Power)SolarDrop, Engram or Vendor
MIDA Multi-ToolScout Rifle (Kinetic)KineticMida Multi-Tool quest
Rat KingSidearm (Kinetic)KineticRat King riddle quest
RiskrunnerSubmachine Gun (Energy)ArcStory reward*
Skyburner's OathScout Rifle (Energy)SolarDrop, Engram or Vendor
SturmHand Cannon (Kinetic)KineticSturm and Drang quest
SunshotHand Cannon (Energy)SolarStory reward*
Sweet BusinessAuto Rifle (Kinetic)KineticDrop, Engram or Vendor
The ProspectorGrenade Launcher (Power)ArcDrop, Engram or Vendor
The Wardclif CoilRocket Launcher (Power)ArcDrop, Engram or Vendor
Tractor CannonShotgun (Power)VoidDrop, Engram or Vendor
Vigilance WingPulse Rifle (Kinetic)KineticDrop, Engram or Vendor

* You will get a choice of these three Exotics for completing the first story mission on Io. However, all three can also be unlocked through random drops, Engrams or vendors.

Destiny 2 Exotic armour list

As with other more common armour, each class will have specific armour to equip, including Exotics. All armour is unlocked from drops, Exotic Engrams or specific vendors, unless noted.

Destiny 2 Exotics - armour

Hunter:

HunterTypeUnlock method
Celestial Nighthawk Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
Foetracer Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
Knucklehead Radar Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
Mechaneer's Tricksleeves Gauntlets Riptide story mission quest reward *
Young Ahamkara's Spine Gauntlets Drop, Engram or Vendor
The Dragon's Shadow Chest Drop, Engram or Vendor
Lucky Raspberry Chest Drop, Engram or Vendor
Raiden Flux Chest Riptide story mission quest reward *
Lucky Pants Legs Riptide story mission quest reward *
Orpheus Rig Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor
ST0MP-EE5 Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor

* Sloane will give you the choice of these three Exotics for completing the Riptide story mission on Titan. However, all three can also be unlocked through random drops, Engrams or vendors

Titan:

TitanTypeUnlock method
Insurmountable Skullfort Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
Mask of the Quiet One Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
ACD/0 Feedback Fence Gauntlets Riptide story mission quest reward *
Doom Fang Pauldron Gauntlets Riptide story mission quest reward *
Synthocepts Gauntlets Drop, Engram or Vendor
Actium War Rig Chest Riptide story mission quest reward *
Crest of Alpha Lupi Chest Drop, Engram or Vendor
Hallowfire Heart Chest Drop, Engram or Vendor
Dunemarchers Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor
Lion Rampant Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor
Peacekeepers Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor

* Sloane will give you the choice of these three Exotics for completing the Riptide story mission on Titan. However, all three can also be unlocked through random drops, Engrams or vendors

Warlock:

WarlockTypeUnlock method
Crown of Tempests Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
Eye of Another World Helmet Riptide story mission quest reward *
Nezarec's Sin Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
Skull of Dire Ahamkara Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
Karnstein Armlets Gauntlets Drop, Engram or Vendor
Sunbracers Gauntlets Riptide story mission quest reward *
Winter's Guile Gauntlets Drop, Engram or Vendor
Starfire Protocol Chest Drop, Engram or Vendor
Wings of Sacred Dawn Chest Riptide story mission quest reward *
Lunafaction Boots Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor
Transversive Steps Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor

* Sloane will give you the choice of these three Exotics for completing the Riptide story mission on Titan. However, all three can also be unlocked through random drops, Engrams or vendors

How we have learned about Destiny 2 Exotics to date, including first Exotics Sunshot, Sweet Business and Riskrunner

Before release, Bungie were keen to drip feed details of Exotics to players through gameplay snippets and timed reveals. If you want to learn more about the above weapons, the following may help give you an idea of how the community discovered them and their possible importance.

First - Sunshot, Sweet Business and Riskrunner. These three Exotics are perhaps Destiny 2's best well known, being the first to be revealed for the game and available as part of the Destiny 2 beta.

Their locations in the Destiny 2 beta is fairly straightforward. For each of the starting classes, you'll receive one exclusively as part of the starting Homecoming mission:

  • Hunter - Sunshot
  • Titan - Sweet Business
  • Warlock - Riskrunner

In the final game, it's likely these will be obtainable by every class in the final game. Until then, if you want to give them a spin in the beta, then start again and choose another class. Here's how all three compare:

Sunshot

  • Type: Solar Hand Cannon
  • Description: "Can't outrun the sunrise." - Liu Feng
  • Rounds per minute: 150
  • Magazine: 8
  • Perk: Sunburn - "Explosive rounds. Highlights targets. Targets killed with Sunshot explode in Solar energy."
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Sunshot.

Sweet Business

  • Type: Kinetic Auto Rifle
  • Description: "...I love my job."
  • Rounds per minute: 360
  • Magazine: 90
  • Perk: Payday - "Large mag. Increased hip fire accuracy. Holding down the trigger boosts this weapon's range and rate of fire, and automatically loads ammo pickups into the magazine."
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Sweet Business.

Riskrunner

  • Type: Energy Arc Submachinegun
  • Description: "Charge your soul, and let the electrons sing."
  • Rounds per minute: 750
  • Magazine: 40
  • Perk: Arc Conductor - "Taking Arc damage increases weapon power. When Arc Conductor is active, shots fired have the chance to become chain lightning and return ammo."
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Riskrunner.

There are plenty of other Exotics we know about, some by name and others only by sight.

Borealis: This allows you to change between the three elemental attacks in one weapon, and is a timed PlayStation exclusive.

Coldheart: This Trace Rifle will be a timed exclusive with pre-orders of the game, to be rolled out to all players from December 5th:

It was first revealed an in interesting way, as part of an interview at E3's Coliseum live stream with a replica held by The Big Show:

Graviton Lance

This appeared in gameplay footage released as part of the new EDZ Patrol space, a Void Pulse rifle with some unique perks, including Black Hole, with the third shot in a burst causing high damage. Here is Arekkz with a closer look:

Meanwhile, there are plenty of other Exotics showing up without names. IGN First showcased what looks like a new auto rifle, scout rifle (or possibly a strange new sniper rifle), which Arekkz Gaming delves into briefly:

Destiny 2 guide, story walkthrough Class changes, Exotics, levelling and more explained. Destiny 2 guide, story walkthrough

Need more advice? Our Destiny 2 guide and walkthrough covers everything to get you up to speed. Elsewhere, we have articles on how to beat this week's Exodus Black Nightfall and find the latest Treasure Map locations, and other activities including Lost Sectors, Heroic Public Events, and Flashpoints on EDZ, Titan, Nessus and Io. We also explain how to Power level to the 265, 300 and 305 Power caps, as well as what to spend Glimmer on, how to join Clans and how Mods, Infusion, and Engrams and Legendary Shards work, a Destiny 2 Exotics list, Trials of the Nine and the weekly reset, how to unlock classes and subclasses, and how to complete the Destiny 2 Raid. Finally, for those waiting for it, here are details of the Destiny 2 launch time on PC.

Arekkz has also delved into all previously released footage and discovered likely Exotic weapons based on their appearance and other unique qualities, such as the "Dubious Volley" - an Arc Rocket Launcher that shoots a rapid volley of projectiles, named by the community due to its 'Dubious' perks - an Arc Shotgun with power cores that open up at the sides upon firing, as well as the "Gjallarhorn of Grenade Launchers".

There is, of course, Exotic Armour. We've had a more sparing glimpse of these compared to weapons, but the following video from Arekkz points out one for each class, specifically Titan Gauntlets, Hunter Helmet and a Warlock Chest.

As mentioned, there are many more Exotics yet to be revealed for Destiny 2 - we may see more during gamescom, but expect the majority of them to wait until release on September 8 for consoles.

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