Destiny 2 Malfeasance is an Exotic quest you unlock in Forsaken.

First revealed several weeks after the expansion's debut, there's a dose of luck to first unlocking the Malfeasance quest - followed by several Taken and Gambit-centric steps required to then get it in your hands.

How to get the Destiny 2 Malfeasance

In brief, the Malfeasance quest unfolds as follows:

  1. Summon Primevals in Gambit matches until you fight and beat an Ascendant Primeval Servitor
  2. Speak to the Drifter in the Tower
  3. Defeat 25 Taken yellow bar enemies
  4. Complete 'The Corrupted' Strike
  5. Deposit Motes and win matches in Gambit
  6. Defeat 25 opposing Guardians in Gambit, and team wipe as an invader yourself or have an ally do it three times

Thanks to Arekkz for explaining the above steps, which you can view in more detail below:

Getting the Destiny 2's Malfeasance step-by-step and how to spawn Ascendant Primeval Servitor

Starting the quest requires a heavy dose of luck. You need to play Gambit matches and summon Primevals until a Ascendant Primeval Servitor appears. Defeat it, and the item that begins the Malfeasance quest - The Seething Heart - will drop.

If you're struggling, it's worth noting its appearance will be higher every third week as the 'curse' grips The Dreaming City as its highest. Bungie has taken on feedback that the rates during or outside this week is too low, and will be increasing it soon - so if you're struggling, wait until that happens to improve your chances.

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Beat the Ascendant Primeval Servitor and the Malfeasance can get underway.

With the Ascendant Primeval Servitor beaten, the Malfeasance quest can go underway. First, visit the Drifter (like any other Exotic quest, there is a vendor attached you must visit between steps) who will then tell you to defeat 25 Taken bosses or mini-bosses.

These are essentially Taken enemies with yellow bars, and tend to be rarer and more difficult than regular enemies. The Dreaming City will have plenty, especially if you tackle missions and public events. Of course, other areas will have yellow bar enemies, as well as certain Strikes.

Our recommendation is to play the game as normal and slowly get through these as you go, but if you're in a hurry, then prioritizing The Dreaming City activities would be your best bet.

After that, you have to complete a special version of 'The Corrupted' strike. Interestingly, though up to six players can play this - as though only three players can be in your immediate Fireteam when you enter, more can join your party mid-strike to help you complete it - Bungie says it was only intended for three, and you may encounter problems as you play. So do so at your own risk!

With that done, it's time to switch to Gambit. The first step has you win Gambit matches and deposit Motes. For the latter, there's a catch, as lost Mote will deposit from your total. Not only that, but the lost Motes will have twice the impact than those gained, so you'll want to play cautiously.


The Dawning returns with recipes and ingredients, following on from recent additions including Black Armory quest steps, Mysterious Box quest and the new Scourge of the Past raid usher in the start of Year 2's first DLC. Completing the above requires some Destiny 2 levelling of course, and it helps if you know how to complete the latest Ascendant Challenge and Blind Well and Oracle Engine Offering activities. There's also Exotics such as the Ace of Spades, the Chaperone and Malfeasance to unlock.


The final step has you defeat a total of 25 Guardians in Gambit (in other words, other players) whether they are invading your side, or you're invading yours. The other part has you completely wipe the opposing team's four players in a single invasion (we recommend having a Super ready when you enter) or have an ally do that a total of three times across as many matches as it takes - whatever comes first.

These last two steps are tricky if you're not proficient in Gambit, so we recommend practice and, if you can, playing with a Fireteam. Communication really helps, as does having some useful Supers, which can turn the tide of a match as well as help complete specific objectives.

With that complete, it's time to return to the Drifter to pick up your brand new Malfeasance. Remember that Exotic weapon questlines are one of the few sources of Powerful Gear, so if you can, be over 500 and wait as late as you can to get it to receive a decent boost to your level.

Want to learn more about the weapon? Arekkz has a video above taking a closer look.

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