Destiny 2 CALUS Mini-Tool: God Rolls and How to get it

by | May 18, 2023

Just like the Austringer or Imperial Decree, CALUS Mini-Tool is a returning weapon that quickly reclaimed its place at the top of the meta. Arguably one of the most popular weapons from The Witch Queen year, CALUS Mini-Tool will be a great addition to any Solar PvE builds.

Today we will talk about how to get CALUS Mini-Tool in Season 20, its best perks for PvE and PvP, and how good the gun is in the current meta.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
CALUS Mini-Tool artCALUS Mini-ToolMIDA SynergyLegendaryPrimarySolarBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar


PvEPresageCheckmark icon V3Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 17EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent

How to get CALUS Mini-Tool this season

Unfortunately, you can only get the weapon from the World loot pool these days. And since it’s filled with many weapons from all the previous seasons, your chances of getting one are very low. The weapon is also craftable but requires 5 Deepsights to unlock the pattern.

Your best option is Xur’s weekly offerings and Banshee-44. Both have a chance to feature CALUS Mini-Tool during their weekly rotations. If, at some point, Banshee-44 ends up offering it, make sure to check every day for new rolls as rolls change every 24 hours.

Xur Destiny 2 900p

Xur, Destiny 2

How good is CALUS Mini-Tool today

This SMG can roll Incandescent, which makes it really good for any Solar builds you might have in mind. Even better, it’s the only Solar SMG that can roll Incandescent. This is why this gun gets so much attention and is the 9th most used weapon in PvE overall. The only competition it has is the Tarrabah exotic SMG and Borrowed Time from Gambit. But both can’t even come close to the CALUS Mini-Tool.

For PvP, this weapon is not nearly as good. 900 RPM SMGs are just not that consistent. And with the current Aggressive Frame meta in full swing, you will be better off going with The Immortal or the IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.3.

The CALUS Mini-Tool is a must-have weapon for PvE and one of the top SMGs in the entire game. 

Best alternatives:

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Tarrabah artTarrabahExoticExoticPrimarySolarForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar


PvE + PvPExotic KioskError icon V2Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4EnergyNoTop-tier
Borrowed Time artBorrowed TimeAggressiveLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar


PvE + PvPPlaylist: GambitError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 14EnergyNo
Calus Mini Tool God roll screen

Calus Mini-Tool God roll, Destiny 2

Best CALUS Mini-Tool Rolls for PvE and PvP

For those of you who are lucky enough to get the gun or can craft it, here are the best PvP and PvE rolls.

CALUS Mini-Tool PvP god roll

  • Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • Magazine: Accurized Rounds
  • Perk 1: Unrelenting or Threat Detector
  • Perk 2: Incandescent
  • Masterwork: Range or Handling

PvE is where this gun shines brighter than the sun. Hammer-Forged Rifling and Accurized Rounds are the safe play. However, you can also use Tactical Mag or Appended Mag.

The perks will depend on what kind of playstyle your build has. The first perk can be either Unrelenting (if you lack health regeneration) or Grave Robber (if your build focuses on melee). If none work for you, a good all-around perk is Threat Detector. The best perk on the second slot is hands down, Incandescent. With its ability to spread Scorch, the gun becomes a literal flamethrower. But since this perk can be hard to get, Feeding Frenzy is a decent alternative.

CALUS Mini-Tool PvP god roll

  • Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling or Smallbore
  • Magazine: Accurized Rounds
  • Perk 1: Moving Target
  • Perk 2: Tap the Trigger
  • Masterwork: Range or Handling

As we mentioned, this weapon is not the best for PvP. But if you still want to use it, go for Moving Target with Tap the Trigger. Both will give you a better feel and control of the gun. For the barrel, choose between Hammer-Forged Rifling or Smallbore. Depending on whether you need that extra stability from Smallbore. And the best magazine choice for PvP is almost always Accurized Rounds for extra range.

CALUS Mini-Tool: Is it worth farming?

The CALUS Mini-Tool is absolutely worth farming, especially if you enjoy Solar builds. Whenever CALUS Mini-Tool appears at Xur or Banshee-44, try to get at least one copy of the gun, even if it’s without the Incandescent. Hopefully, we will get a way to focus the weapon in future seasons, just like we can focus the Imperial Decree this season.

In the meantime, if you are looking for more powerful PvE submachine guns, we recommend checking out the IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.3 and the Osteo Striga. Also, you can find all of our God roll library  here.

Post written by Edward Strazd

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Destiny 2 is unironically my favorite game of all time. And it is always a pleasure to work with anything Destiny-related. Which is also why I’m here, helping you learn more about the game to be a better and fancier Guardian. You can find Edward on Twitter.
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1 Comment
  1. Backstop5

    The Calus Mini-Tool can be farmed from the Legend mission Presage. It’s red-bordered, so craftable after 5 drops.

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