With all this exotic gear in Destiny 2, it makes sense that there’s a variety of ways to obtain it. The most basic way is the aforementioned mission reward, or specific exotic quests (like the infamous Thorn quest in the original Destiny).
When you decrypt an exotic engram, it’ll turn into an exotic item of some kind. Bright engrams, which only Tess Everis can decrypt, may contain cosmetic exotic items like Sparrows and emotes. Certain special vendors, like Xur, will sell exotics. If an exotic was a pre-order bonus, like the trace rifle Coldheart, it’ll be available at the Gunsmith once you hit level 20. And finally, there’s always the chance that you’ll get exotic gear as a random drop from loot chests, Public Events, Crucible matches and other activities.
Without further ado, here are all the exotic items we’ve seen so far in Destiny 2.
Let’s get this out of the way: No, Gjallarhorn is not in Destiny 2. Sorry.
Everyone is guaranteed to get at least one exotic weapon during the campaign. You can choose between three of them — Graviton Lance, Riskrunner and Sunshot — as a reward for completing the first mission on Io, “Sacrilege.” Note that it’s possible to unlock all three just by playing the game.
- MIDA Multi-Tool*, scout rifle
- Rat King, hand cannon
- Sturm, sidearm
- Sweet Business, auto rifle
- Vigilance Wing, pulse rifle
- Coldheart**, arc trace rifle
- Fighting Lion, void grenade launcher
- Graviton Lance, void pulse rifle
- Hard Light*, arc/solar/void auto rifle
- Riskrunner, arc submachine gun
- Skyburner’s Oath, solar scout rifle
- Sunshot, solar hand cannon
- Borealis***, arc/solar/void sniper rifle
- D.A.R.C.I., arc sniper rifle
- Legend of Acrius, arc shotgun
- Merciless, solar fusion rifle
- The Prospector, arc grenade launcher
- Tractor Cannon, void shotgun
- The Wardcliff Coil, arc rocket launcher
*This weapon is returning from the original Destiny.
**Coldheart is exclusive to Destiny 2 pre-order customers. It will be available for everyone else to earn through gameplay starting Dec. 5, 2017.
***Borealis is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version of Destiny 2 until at least fall 2018.
Everyone is guaranteed to get at least one exotic armor piece during the campaign. You can choose between three of them — obviously, the specific pieces depend on your class — as a reward for completing the second mission on Titan, “Riptide.” Note that it’s possible to unlock all three just by playing the game.
- Celestial Nighthawk, helmet
- Foetracer, helmet
- Knucklehead Radar, helmet
- Mechaneer’s Tricksleeves, gauntlets
- Young Ahamkara’s Spine, gauntlets
- The Dragon’s Shadow, chest piece
- Lucky Raspberry, chest piece
- Raiden Flux, chest piece
- Lucky Pants, leg armor
- Orpheus Rig, leg armor
- ST0MP-EE5, leg armor
- An Insurmountable Skullfort, helmet
- Mask of the Quiet One, helmet
- ACD/0 Feedback Fence, gauntlets
- Doom Fang Pauldron, gauntlets
- Synthocepts, gauntlets
- Actium War Rig, chest piece
- Crest of Alpha Lupi, chest piece
- Hallowfire Heart, chest piece
- Dunemarchers, leg armor
- Lion Rampant, leg armor
- Peacekeepers, leg armor
- Crown of Tempests, helmet
- Eye of Another World, helmet
- Nezarec’s Sin, helmet
- Skull of Dire Ahamkara, helmet
- Karnstein Armlets, gauntlets
- Sunbracers, gauntlets
- Winter’s Guile, gauntlets
- Starfire Protocol, chest piece
- Wings of Sacred Dawn, chest piece
- Lunafaction Boots, leg armor
- Transversive Steps, leg armor
- Dinas Emrys
- Vanishing Point
- Flip Out
- Six Shooter
- Spicy Ramen
- The Bandwagon
- Ego and Squid
- Eriana’s Vengeance
- Rose and Bone
- Symmetry Flight
- Takanome Wings