Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons Guide – How to Get, Exotic Weapon Perks, Best Exotic Weapons

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Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons Guide

Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about all available Exotic Weapons in the game, their Perks, and how to obtain them. Exotic Weapons in Destiny 2 are exceptionally coveted pieces of gear in the game. These weapons feature uniquely powerful Perks. However, it is important to note that a Guardian can never equip more than one Exotic Weapon at any given time.

When it comes to acquiring Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons, you should be able to acquire them around Level 20 from elusive vendor Xur, Agent of the Nine or occasionally from Engram decryption.

For more help on Destiny 2, you can check out our Exotic Armor Guide, The Tower Guide, and Legendary Shards Farming Guide.

Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons Guide

In our Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons Guide, we have detailed everything you need to know about all the available Exotic Weapons in the game.

Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons

MIDA Multi-Tool

Weapon Type: Kinetic Damage Scout Rifle

Provides additional benefits when equipped in Energy Weapon slot.

Intrinsic
Mida Multi-Tool
Increases the movement speed.

Trait
Mida Radar
Radar stays up even when ADS.

Barrel
Corkscrew
Increases handling, range, and stability.

Magazine
High-Caliber Rounds
Increase range and knocks back enemies.

Stock
Hand-Laid Stock
Increases stability and lessens recoil.

Sturm

Weapon Type: Kinetic Damage Hand Cannon

Provides additional benefits when equipped in Energy Weapon slot.

Intrinsic
Accomplice
Kills replenish the ammo of the equipped Energy Weapon from the reserve.

Trait
Storm and Stress
Kills with Drang provide bonus precision Damage until the next reload.

Barrel
Extended Barrel
Increases range at the cost of reduced handling.

Magazine
Extended Mag.
Increases magazine size at the cost of reduced reload speed.

Stock
Combat Grip
Decreases the vertical recoil by a small margin.

Rat King

Weapon Type: Kinetic Damage Sidearm

Intrinsic
Rat Pack
Surrounding fireteam members equipped with the weapon make it more powerful.

Trait
Vermin
Immediately reloading after a kill grants a small window of invisibility.

Barrel
Smallbore
Increases range and stability.

Magazine
Tactical Mag.
Slightly increases stability, reload speed, and magazine size.

Stock
Smooth Grip
Slightly increases stability and handling speed.

Vigilance Wing

Weapon Type: Kinetic Damage Pulse Rifle

Intrinsic
Harsh Truths
Killing replenishes HP and increases movement speed.

Trait
Last Stand
Increases performance when the wielder is the Last Man Standing.

Barrel
Corkscrew Rifling
Increases range, stability, and handling speed by a small margin.

Magazine
Alloy Magazine
Reloads faster with an empty magazine.

Stock
Composite Stock
Increases stability and handling speed a little.

Coldheart

Weapon Type: Arc Damage Energy Trace Rifle

Intrinsic
Cold Fusion
Fires a powerful laser.

Trait
Longest Winter
Deals increased Damage to a single target.

Barrel
Extended Barrel
Increases range at the cost of handling speed.

Magazine
Enhanced Battery
Increases magazine size.

Stock
Hand-Laid Stock
Increases stability.

Hard Light

Weapon Type: Energy Rifle Auto Rifle

Intrinsic
Volatile Light
Bullets ricochet off hard surfaces and penetrates targets.

Trait
Variable Core
Changes the weapon’s Damage type.

Barrel
Polygonal Rifling
Increases stability.

Magazine
Alloy Magazine
Faster reloads on an empty magazine.

Stock
Composite Stock
Increases stability and handling speed.

Fighting Lion

Weapon Type: Void Damage Energy Grenade Launcher

You can only equip it as an Energy Weapon.

Intrinsic
Delayed Gratification
Grenade projectiles will bounce off surfaces. Hold [fire] to fire, and release to detonate.

Trait
Thin the Herd
Direct hits with this weapon do more Damage to shielded enemy combatants. Rapid kills against grenade-damaged enemies will refill the magazine.

Barrel
Countermass
This weapon is weighted for vertical recoil. Greatly controls recoil. Increases stability. Increases handling speed.

Magazine
Implosion Rounds
Grenades travel faster and have controlled explosion. Increase Projectile speed. Greatly increases stability. Decreases blast radius.

Stock
Short-Action Stock
This weapon is especially easy to grip. Greatly increases handling speed.

Graviton Lance

Weapon Type: Void Damage Energy Pulse Rifle

Intrinsic
Black Hole
Third shot of a burst rips a hole through spacetime, doing high Damage and recoil with no fall-off.

Trait
Cosmology
Kills with this weapon cause enemy targets to detonate.

Barrel
Hammer-Forged Rifling
Durable ranged barrel. Increases range.

Magazine
Accurized Rounds
This weapon can fire longer distances. Increases range.

Stock
Fitted Stock
This stock makes the weapon stable but heavy. Increases stability. Improves recoil direction. Slightly decreases handling speed.

Skyburner’s Oath

Weapon Type: Solar Damage Energy Scout Rifle

Intrinsic
Slug Rifle
This weapon fires solar slugs that get stronger when aiming down sights.

Trait
For the Empire
This weapon is Full Auto, does extra Damage to Cabal and penetrates Phalanx Shields.

Barrel
Extended Barrel
Weighty barrel extension. Increases range. Decreases handling speed.

Magazine
Extended Mag.
This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.

Stock
Short-Action Stock
This weapon is especially easy to grip. Greatly increases handling speed.

D.A.R.C.I.

Weapon Type: Arc Damage Power Sniper Rifle

Intrinsic
Personal Assistant
Aim at an enemy to view its health and other critical information on the scope.

Trait
Target Acquired
When Personal Assistant is active this weapon has better target acquisition and deals more Precision damage.

Barrel
Extended Barrel
Weighty barrel extension. Increases range. Decreases handling speed.

Magazine
Extended Mag.
This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.

Stock
Short-Action Stock
This weapon is especially easy to grip. Greatly increases handling speed.

Merciless

Weapon Type: Solar Damage Power Fusion Rifle

Intrinsic
Conserve Momentum
Non-lethal hits with projectiles make this weapon charge faster until its wielder gets a kill.

Trait
Impetus
Reloading immediately after a kill increases weapon Damage for a short time.

Barrel
Chambered Compensator
Stable barrel attachment. Increases stability Improves recoil and direction. Slightly Decreases handling speed.

Magazine
Extended Mag.
This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.

Stock
Fitted Stock
This stock makes the weapon stable but heavy. Increases stability. Improves recoil direction. Slightly decreases handling speed.

Legend of Acrius

Weapon Type: Arc Damage Power Shotgun

Intrinsic
Shock Blast
This weapon fires blasts of high-damage Arc energy that overpenetrates enemies.

Trait
Long March
Detect enemies on your radar from farther away.

Barrel
Full Bore
Barrel optimized for distance. Greatly increases range. Decreases stability. Slightly decreases handling speed.

Magazine
Accurized Rounds
This weapon can fire longer distances. Increases range.

Stock
Fitted Stock
This stock makes the weapon stable but heavy. Increases stability. Improves recoil direction. Slightly decreases handling speed.

The Prospector

Weapon Type: Arc Damage Power Grenade Launcher

Intrinsic
Excavation
Hold [Fire] to fire grenades. Release to detonate all live grenades simultaneously.

Trait
Full Auto Trigger System
Holding down the trigger will fire this weapon at full auto.

Barrel
Volatile Launch
This weapon is optimized for an especially explosive payload. Greatly Increased Blast radius. Slightly decreases handling speed. Slightly decreases projectile speed.

Magazine
Augmented Drum
Heavy, high capacity drum. Greatly increases magazine size. Greatly decreases reload speed.

Stock
Hand-Laid Stock
This weapon is optimized for recoil control. Increases stability.

Tractor Cannon

Weapon Type: Void Damage Power Shotgun

Intrinsic
Repulsor Force
This weapon fires a powerful impulse to push enemies away.

Trait
The Scientific Method
Damaging an opponent temporarily increases speed and handling.

Barrel
Extended Barrel
Weighty barrel extension. Increases range. Decreases handling speed.

Magazine
Particle Repeater
Constrains recoil for every bolt. Increases stability.

Stock
Composite Stock
This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases handling speed.

The Wardclif Coil

Weapon Type: Arc Damage Power Rocket Launcher

Intrinsic
Mad Scientist
This weapon fires a volley of rockets.

Trait
Mechanized Autoloader
This weapon automatically reloads on ammo pickup.

Barrel
Volatile Launch
This weapon is optimized for an especially explosive payload. Greatly Increased Blast radius. Slightly decreases handling speed. Slightly decreases projectile speed.

Magazine
Extended Mag.
This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.

Stock
Composite Stock
This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases handling speed.

Sweet Business

Weapon Type: Kinetic Damage Auto Rifle

Intrinsic
Payday
Larger Magazine. Increased accuracy when firing from the hip.

Trait
Business Time
Holding down the trigger boosts this weapon’s range and rate of fire and automatically loads ammo pickups into the magazine.

Barrel
Polygonal Rifling
Barrel optimized for recoil reduction. Increases stability.

Magazine
High-Caliber Rounds
Shots from this weapon knock the target back farther. Slightly increases range.

Stock
Composite Stock
This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock. Slightly increases stability. Slightly increases handling speed.

Riskrunner

Weapon Type: Arc Damage Energy Submachine Gun

Intrinsic
Arc Conductor
When taking Arc Damage, this weapon becomes more powerful and resists incoming arc Damage. Kills extend the time in this overcharged state.

Trait
Superconductor
When Arc Conductor is active, shots fired have the chance to become chain lightning and return ammo.

Barrel
Arrowhead Break
Lightly vented barrel. Greatly controls recoil. Increases handling speed.

Magazine
Extended Mag.
This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.

Stock
Short-Action Stock
This weapon is especially easy to grip. Greatly increases handling speed.

Sunshot

Weapon Type: Solar Damage Energy Hand Cannon

Intrinsic
Sunburn
This weapon fires explosive rounds and highlights targets that take Damage from Sunshot.

Trait
Sun Blast
Targets killed with Sunshot explode in Solar Energy.

Barrel
Chambered Compensator
Stable barrel attachment. Increases stability Improves recoil and direction. Slightly Decreases handling speed.

Magazine
Accurized Rounds
This weapon can fire longer distances. Increases Range.

Stock
Textured Grip
On this weapon’s grip is particularly strong. Greatly increases handling speed. Slightly decreases stability.

This is all we have in our Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons Guide. If there is anything else that you would like to add, let us know in the comments section below!

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