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Destiny Nova Mortis and Abbadon: How to get the Void and Solar Thunderlord Exotic quests

How to get two new Exotic machine guns thanks to the The Dawning.

Nova Mortis and Abbadon are the two latest Exotics to be introduced to Destiny thanks to seasonal event The Dawning, offering Void and Solar counterparts to the Arc Thunderlord Exotic we're already well familiar with.

As with other prominent Exotic weapons, there's a quest involved that requires specific steps for it to unlock. Thankfully, once you've got one, the other questline follows suit, so you'll be receiving them one fairly soon after the other.

If you're interested in other activities from The Dawning, you can get unlock the Year 3 Icebreaker, find the Lysander's Cry hidden sparrow well as complete milestones in the Competitive Spirit book.

Destiny Nova Mortis: How to get the Void Thunderlord Exotic quest

To unlock the Nova Mortis Exotic quest line, you must receive Xur's Tag as part of the The Dawning. You'll unlock this as the 7th reward in the Competitive Spirit book by completing milestones related to SRL 2016 and Vanguard Elite Strike scoring. The prior link explains the many objectives and how best to complete them, but in short, you should get plenty by simply playing both events in the coming weeks.

Once you have Xur's Tag, head to the pile of presents in the Tower behind the Bounty board, and open the large gift in the centre, which will provide you with an Tattered Schematic and questline 'Songs from the Void.

It requires the following steps:

  • Talk to Ikora Ray, then Banshee-44
  • Get 100 kills from Void abilities in any activity
  • Talk to Banshee-44
  • Complete 'The Abomination Heist' Strike
  • Speak to Ikora Ray and receive the Nova Mortis

Destiny Abbadon: How to get the Solar Thunderlord Exotic quest

Once you have unlocked Nova Mortis, Commander Zavala will give you the quest Hymns of Fire to help you unlock the Abbadon.

Note that some users are reporting he may not have the quest prompt above his head once you finish the last quest, but still visit him and he should set you up with the following steps:

  • Talk to Banshee-44
  • Get 100 kills from Solar abilities in any activity
  • Talk to Banshee-44
  • Complete the 'Shield Brothers' Strike
  • Speak to Command Zavala and receive Abbadon

You'll then have both Void and Solar Thunderlord variants ready to go! Thanks to DasK18 on the Destiny sub-Reddit for filling in the gaps for both the above questlines.

Want more Destiny: Rise of Iron guides, tips and tricks? Then read our Wrath of the Machine walkthrough and guides, complete list of all Dormant SIVA Cluster locations, tips on how to reach Destiny's max Light level, how to complete the Exotic Gjallarhorn Quest, Khvostov 7G-OX Quest and Thorn Quest and new modes Vanguard Elite Strike Scoring and SRL.

What else you should know about Nova Mortis and Abbadon in Destiny

  • Since Xur's Tag is required to open a Dawning gift, it's unknown whether these quests will still be available once the event is over. However, with the Competitive Spirit book hanging around after the event is through, it's possible it could simply unlock once you get the reward alone. We'll wait and see!
  • Similar to Icebreaker, both Exotics drop at 370 Light.
  • The blurb on Nova Mortis reads: "From the space between I come. Fragments of stars burn in my footsteps. In my hands I hope Death." - Song from the Nova Mortis
  • The blurb on Abbadon reads: "I am one with the flame. The conflagration reborn. I am your funeral pyre." - Anthem of the Abbadon
  • According to the official Bungie forums, neither quest count towards Record Book milestone 'A Life Exotic'.

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