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Destiny 2 Masterworks: Weapons, armour, perks, how to get Masterwork Cores and everything else you need to know

How to get hold of perk and Orb-enabling Masterworks weapons, armours and Cores.

Destiny 2 Masterworks are rarer and slightly more powerful versions of Legendary weapons and armour.

Unlike the first Destiny, all Legendaries in Destiny 2 have the exact same stats. However, Masterworks expand upon a Legendary weapon or armour by adding a random perk and other benefits, giving you something to aim towards as you continue to play in the end game.

What are Destiny 2 Masterwork weapons and armour?

A Masterwork weapon or armour will have three differences over existing Legendaries:

  • The addition of a random perk
  • Weapons: The ability to drop additional Orbs with multi-kills
  • Armour: Reduced incoming damage while using Supers (+3% per piece)
  • Kill tracking in either Vanguard or Crucible activities

Though these aren't huge advantages over existing weapons, there are some useful benefits; perks (revealed in full later in the article) provide some additional boosts to handling, reload speed and more, while additional Orbs will come in useful for Supers in team-centric activities, such as Strikes, Raids and Crucible matches.

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You can tell at a glance that a weapon is a Masterwork by its icon on the inventory screen with its additional yellow border. When investigating the weapon or armour, you'll be able to see the perk in question, as well as perform other actions.

This includes allowing you to 'reroll' (or reset) to give you a different random perk (weapons) or stat set (heavy, light or restorative for armour) and for weapons, change it to a Vanguard or Crucible tracker.

You can also upgrade any Legendary into a Masterwork, added the above listed benefits.

Both of these actions require a new resource - Masterwork Cores.

How to get Masterworks and Masterwork Cores

Alongside Masterwork weapons comes Masterwork Cores, a new resource to find and collect to spend on re-rolling Masterworks or upgrading your favourite Legendary weapons or armour into Masterworks.

There is only one source of Masterwork Cores, and that's dismantling Masterworks you have in your inventory. As such, you'll want to get as many Masterworks as possible to dismantle and spend the Cores you receive on the weapons you want.

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Masterworks are random drops once you hit Power level 250 and above. They can come from anywhere you'd get Legendary weapons or armour in the game - whether it's dropped during an activity, from chests or Engrams.

There is also a "very high chance" of receiving Masterworks from the following:

Note - all Raid Masterworks are earned from raid drops, and not Engrams or vendors.

So while playing the above activities will give you better chances, the long and short of it is the more you play, the higher your chances of getting Masterworks are.

Then, the more Masterworks you receive, the more you can dismantle for Masterworks Cores to spend upgrading the Legendary weapons you use most.

Masterworks Perks list

Here is a list of every possible perk by weapon type:

WeaponPerk
Auto Rifle +5 Range
+10 Magazine
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
Fusion Rifle +5 Stability
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
Grenade Launcher +5 Stability
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
+5 Blast Radius
Hand Cannon +5 Stability
+10 Magazine
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
Pulse Rifle +5 Range
+10 Magazine
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
Rocket Launcher +10 Reload
+10 Handling
+5 Projectile Speed
+5 Blast Radius
Scout Rifle +5 Range
+10 Magazine
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
Shotgun +5 Stability
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
Sidearm +5 Stability
+10 Magazine
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
Sniper Rifle +5 Range
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
SMG +5 Range
+10 Magazine
+10 Reload
+10 Handling
Sword +10 Magazine
+5 Impact
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Looking for more help? When you're not looking forward to Destiny 2's Crimson Days event, our Curse of Osiris guide and walkthrough can explain everything with the recent expansion, including the new Eater of Worlds Raid Lair and how to get Lost Prophecy Forge weapons, new Destiny 2 Exotics and Masterworks weapons and armour. We can also help you reach the 330 / 335 max Power level cap , decide what to spend Glimmer and Legendary Shards on, how Mods, Infusion, and Engrams work, plus a full walkthrough of the Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid.

Other things you should know about Masterworks

  • You cannot have Rare (blue) or Exotic (gold) weapons or armour as Masterworks - only Legendaries.
  • The cost of reworking a Masterwork is 3x Masterwork Cores and 25 Legendary Shards. Upgrading existing Legendaries, meanwhile is 10x Masterwork Cores and 25x Legendary Shards.
  • If you are struggling to get Masterworks, developer Bungie hears you; it says it is looking at "implementing a new mechanism that we can use to limit long dry spells" in drops, as well as guaranteed sources.
  • Bungie has identified a bug where Masterwork Cores aren't going to the Postmaster if your consumable inventory is full. Right now, the solution is to ensure your inventory has space before you dismantle.
  • Bungie has teased the possibility of adding more or tweaking existing stat bonuses in future.

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