With the arrival of Warmind, more Destiny 2 Exotics are now available to sample.

Vanilla Destiny and its expansions offered dozens of Exotics across all weapon types and armour classes, and Destiny 2 continues the same trend - 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.

Meanwhile, Destiny 2 has also introduced the concept of Masterwork Catalysts, giving Exotics the ability to be powered up with additional perks.

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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).

Post-release, however, introduced the chance an Exotic will be Masterwork, giving it bonus stats not seen elsewhere.

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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)
  • Increasing your drop rate with Three of Coins

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.

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.

Certain Exotics can also be upgraded with Masterwork Catalysts, though finding them requires you to play certain activities and a dose of luck.

Destiny 2 Exotic weapons list

With the arrival of Warmind, there are a new set of Exotics to find - many of which are added to the existing Exotic loot table, so decrypt those Engrams to be in with a chance of getting something new.

Destiny 2 Warmind Exotic Weapons

Exotic WeaponTypeEnergy TypeUnlock Method
The Huckleberry Submachine Gun (Kinetic) Kinetic Drop, Engram or Vendor
Suros Regime Auto Rifle (Kinetic) Kinetic Drop, Engram or Vendor
Worldline Zero Sword (Power) Void Collect 35 Lost Memory Fragments
Sleeper Simulant Linear Fusion Rifle Solar Sleeper Simulant quest
Polaris Lance Scout Rifle TBC TBC

Destiny 2 Curse of Osiris Exotic Weapons

Exotic WeaponTypeEnergy TypeUnlock Method
Crimson Hand Cannon (Kinetic) Kinetic Drop, Engram or Vendor
Prometheus Lens Trace Rifle (Power) Solar Drop, Engram or Vendor
Telesto Fusion Rifle (Power) Void Drop, Engram or Vendor
The Colony Grenade Launcher (Power) Void Drop, Engram or Vendor
The Jade Rabbit Scout Rifle (Kinetic) Kinetic Drop, Engram or Vendor

Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons (base game)

Exotic WeaponTypeEnergy TypeUnlock method
Borealis Sniper Rifle (Energy) Arc, Solar, Void PS4 Exclusive
Coldheart Trace Rifle (Energy) Arc Pre-order then visit the Postmaster upon completing game / Level 20
D.A.R.C.I. Sniper Rifle (Power) Arc Drop, Engram or Vendor
Fighting Lion Grenade Launcher (Energy) Void Drop, Engram or Vendor
Graviton Lance Pulse Rifle (Energy) Void Story reward*
Hard Light Auto Rifle (Energy) Arc, Solor or Void Drop, Engram or Vendor
Legend of Acrius Shotgun (Power) Arc World-Eater / On the Comms quest
Merciless Fusion Rifle (Power) Solar Drop, Engram or Vendor
MIDA Multi-Tool Scout Rifle (Kinetic) Kinetic Mida Multi-Tool quest
Rat King Sidearm (Kinetic) Kinetic Rat King riddle quest
Riskrunner Submachine Gun (Energy) Arc Story reward*
Skyburner's Oath Scout Rifle (Energy) Solar Drop, Engram or Vendor
Sturm Hand Cannon (Kinetic) Kinetic Sturm and Drang quest
Sunshot Hand Cannon (Energy) Solar Story reward*
Sweet Business Auto Rifle (Kinetic) Kinetic Drop, Engram or Vendor
The Prospector Grenade Launcher (Power) Arc Drop, Engram or Vendor
The Wardclif Coil Rocket Launcher (Power) Arc Drop, Engram or Vendor
Tractor Cannon Shotgun (Power) Void Drop, Engram or Vendor
Vigilance Wing Pulse Rifle (Kinetic) Kinetic Drop, 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.

Also included in each of the below list are the newly added Warmind Exotics.

Destiny 2 Hunter Armour Exotics

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 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 Story mission quest reward *
Lucky Pants Legs Story mission quest reward *
Orpheus Rig Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor
ST0MP-EE5 Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor
Aeon Swift Gauntlets Curse of Osiris completion reward *
Gemini Jester Gauntlets Curse of Osiris - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Graviton Forfeit Helmet Curse of Osiris - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Shinobu's Vow Gauntlets Curse of Osiris - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Wormhusk Crown Helmet Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor *
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps Gauntlets Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Ophidia Spathe Chest Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor
FR0ST-EE5 Legs Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Apotheosis Veil Helmet Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor

* You the choice of these Exotics for completing the Riptide story mission in the main story, completing Curse of Osiris or Warmind DLCs respectively. However, all of these can also be unlocked through random drops, Engrams or vendors.

Destiny 2 Titan Armour Exotics

TitanTypeUnlock method
Insurmountable Skullfort Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
Mask of the Quiet One Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
ACD/0 Feedback Fence Gauntlets Story mission quest reward *
Doom Fang Pauldron Gauntlets Story mission quest reward *
Synthocepts Gauntlets Drop, Engram or Vendor
Actium War Rig Chest 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
Aeon Safe Gauntlets Curse of Osiris completion reward *
Khepri's Horn Helmet Curse of Osiris - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Helm of Saint-14 Helmet Curse of Osiris - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Mk. 44 Stand Asides Legs Curse of Osiris - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Wormgod Caress Gauntlet Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor *
Eternal Warrior Helmet Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Ashen Wake Gauntlets Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Armamentarium Chest Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor

* You the choice of these Exotics for completing the Riptide story mission in the main story, completing Curse of Osiris or Warmind DLCs respectively. However, all of these can also be unlocked through random drops, Engrams or vendors.

Destiny 2 Warlock Armour Exotics

WarlockTypeUnlock method
Crown of Tempests Helmet Drop, Engram or Vendor
Eye of Another World Helmet 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 Story mission quest reward *
Winter's Guile Gauntlets Drop, Engram or Vendor
Starfire Protocol Chest Drop, Engram or Vendor
Wings of Sacred Dawn Chest Story mission quest reward *
Lunafaction Boots Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor
Transversive Steps Legs Drop, Engram or Vendor
Aeon Soul Gauntlets Curse of Osiris completion reward *
Ophidian Aspect Gauntlets Curse of Osiris - Drop, Engram or Vendor
The Stag Helmet Curse of Osiris - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Vesper of Radius Chest Curse of Osiris - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Verity's Brow Helmet Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor *
The Oculus Xol Helmet Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Sanguine Alchemy Chest Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor
Claws of Ahamkara Gauntlet Warmind - Drop, Engram or Vendor

* You the choice of these Exotics for completing the Riptide story mission in the main story, completing Curse of Osiris or Warmind DLCs respectively. However, all of these can also be unlocked through random drops, Engrams or vendors.

Thanks to the Destiny subreddit for filling in the gaps on several Curse of Osiris Exotic weapons and armour listed above.

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:


Looking for more help with Warmind? We explain all new Exotics and Masterwork Catalysts, such as the Sleeper Simulant and how to unlock Worldline Zero with Lost Memory Fragments. There's also the mysterious Override Frequency nodes, giving you other rewards. Elsewhere, you can learn how to reach Power level cap 380 / 385, what to spend Glimmer and Legendary Shards on, how Mods, Infusion, and Engrams work, plus an explainer for the Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid.


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:

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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