Destiny 2 Catalysts: All 58 Catalysts and How to Get Them

by | Oct 17, 2021 | Weapons

Exotic catalysts are some of the most sought after items in Destiny 2.

Unlike legendary weapons, some Exotics can be dramatically enhanced by their catalyst. Granted, some catalysts are duds, barely improving a weapon, but others can be game-changing, able to take an Exotic to an entirely new level.

But as with most things in Destiny 2, it’s hard to keep track of all the Exotics and catalysts in the game: Which Exotics have a catalyst? How can you get them? Are they even worth it?

Ace of Spades Catalyst Destiny 2What is a Catalyst? Catalysts allow you to “upgrade” Exotic weapons by granting them either more stat points, a new perk, or both.  Note that not every Exotic weapon has a Catalyst and every Catalyst needs to be first found and then unlocked.

Our Exotic Tier list covers all the Exotic weapons. It explains how to get them, what they do, and more. That’s a good place to start. This guide focuses on the Catalysts themselves and tells you how to get them, how to unlock them, and what effect they grant.

In the table below, we cover and rank every Exotic Catalyst in the game.


Destiny 2 Exotic Catalyst list: All 58 available in 2021

Checkmark icon V3List updated as of Season of the Lost (S15).  Link

These are the different Tier levels used for the table below:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

For the sake of clarity, the ranking below focuses on the benefits of each Catalyst but is also influenced by the weapons themselves. For example, the best Catalysts can be considered S Tier because they bring significant improvements to already great weapons:

NameTypeSlotCatalyst RankCatalyst SourceStill Available?RequirementsCatalystCatalyst TierCatalyst AvailableWhere to find it ❘ RequiresHow to unlock itCatalyst effect
Heir ApparentMachine GunHeavyS › BestGuardian Games eventNoFree-to-PlayHeir Apparent Catalyst Destiny 2
Heir Apparent
| Heir Apparent
Best

S

Cancel iconGuardian Games event
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 700 killsHeir Apparent Catalyst:
► Adds Legion's Bullwark perk: Increases the Arc Shield's durability and partially reloads the magazine if it is destroyed.
Eriana's VowHand CannonEnergyS › BestQuestNoShadowkeepEriana's Vow Catalyst Destiny 2
Eriana's Vow
| Hand Cannon
Best

S

Cancel iconComplete Banshee-44's quest
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
► Get 700 killsEriana's Vow Catalyst:
► Adds More to Give perk: Increases magazine size by +3 and adds the perk Auto-Loading Holster.
RiskrunnerSubmachine GunEnergyS › BestQuestYesFree-to-PlayRiskrunner Catalyst Destiny 2
Riskrunner
| Submachine Gun
Best

S

Checkmark iconComplete Pain and Gain quest
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 kills
► Get 50 Arc Conductor kills
Riskrunner Catalyst:
► Increases range by +27.
Trinity GhoulCombat BowEnergyS › BestPlaylist Activities completionsYesFree-to-PlayTrinity Ghoul Catalyst Destiny 2
Trinity Ghoul
| Combat Bow
Best

S

Checkmark iconCompletions or kills in Gambit, Crucible, Strikes, or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 400 killsTrinity Ghoul Catalyst:
► Adds Forked Lightning perk: Reduces draw time by -108 and Lightning Rod now triggers from any arc damage final blow.
The HuckleberrySubmachine GunKineticS › BestPlaylist Activities completionsYesFree-to-PlayHuckleberry Catalyst Destiny 2
The Huckleberry
| Submachine Gun
Best

S

Checkmark iconCompletions of Playlist activities
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsThe Huckleberry Catalyst:
► Adds Bull Rider perk: Kills with this weapon now reload the entire magazine.
WitherhoardGrenade LauncherKineticS › BestQuestYesShadowkeepWitherhoard Catalyst Destiny 2
Witherhoard
| Grenade Launcher
Best

S

Checkmark iconComplete Banshee-44's quest
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
► Get 400 killsWitherhoard Catalyst:
► Adds Silent Alarm perk: Maximizes handling, holstering this weapon automatically reloads it after a short period of time.
Ager's ScepterTrace RifleKineticS › BestAstral Alignment activitiesYesSeason 15Ager's Scepter Catalyst Destiny 2 art
Ager's Scepter
| Trace Rifl
Best

S

Checkmark iconWayfinder’s Troves from Astral Alignment activities
Destiny 2 Season 15 logo
► Get 1000 killsAger's Scepter Catalyst:
► Adds Will Given Form perk: Hold reload to drain Super energy, overflowing the magazine and empowering the beam with bonus damage and the ability to slow and freeze targets. Can only be activated when Super energy is full.
Ace of SpadesHand CannonKineticS › BestStrikes or NightfallsYesForsakenAce of Spades Catalyst Destiny 2
Ace of Spades
| Hand Cannon
Best

S

Checkmark iconKills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1
► Get 500 killsAce of Spades Catalyst:
► Adds Funeral Pyre perk: Firefly does more damage while Memento Mori is active.
Izanagi's BurdenSniper RifleKineticS › BestPlaylist Activities completionsYesForsakenIzanagi's Burden Catalyst Destiny 2
Izanagi's Burden
| Sniper Rifle
Best

S

Checkmark iconCompletions of Playlist activities
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1
► Get 500 killsIzanagi's Burden Catalyst:
► Adds Peerless Edge perk: Increases the damage bonus of Honed Edge when all 4 bullets are consumed.
SunshotHand CannonEnergyS › BestStrikes, Nightfalls or CrucibleYesFree-to-PlaySunshot Catalyst Destiny 2
Sunshot
| Hand Cannon
Best

S

Checkmark iconKills, completions or wins on Strikes, Nightfalls or the Crucible
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 kills
► Get 1000 Sun Blast kills
Sunshot Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +18 and range by +27.
Dead Man's TaleScout RifleKineticS › BestQuestYesDeluxe EditionDead Man's Tale Catalyst Destiny 2
Dead Man's Tale
| Scout Rifle
Best

S

Checkmark iconMaster Presage Quest
Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
► Get 800 kills or 8 secret chestsDead Man's Tale Catalyst:
► Adds Dark-Forged Trigger perk: Increased hipfire rate of fire and removes hipfire accuracy penalties.
Legend of AcriusShotgunHeavyA › StrongNightfall Ordeals completionsYesFree-to-PlayLegend of Acrius Catalyst Destiny 2
Legend of Acrius
| Shotgun
Strong

A

Checkmark iconCompletions of Nightfall Ordeals
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsLegend of Acrius Catalyst:
► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +2 and expands the ammo reserves.
► Increases reload speed by +36.
Traveler's ChosenSidearmKineticA › StrongPlaylist Activities completionsYesShadowkeepAger's Scepter Catalyst Destiny 2 art
Traveler's Chosen
| Sidearm
Strong

A

Checkmark iconCompletions of Playlist activities
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
► Get 700 killsTraveler's Chosen Catalyst:
► Adds Osmosis (using your grenade ability changes this weapon's damage type to match your subclass until you stow it) and Full Auto Trigger System (holding down the trigger will fire this weapon at full auto) perks.
CrimsonHand CannonKineticA › StrongPVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayCrimson Catalyst Destiny 2
Crimson
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Checkmark iconKill enemies in PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsCrimson Catalyst:
► Increases range by +18.
Lorentz DriverLinear Fusion RifleEnergyA › StrongQuestYesSeason 15Lorentz Driver catalyst Destiny 2
Lorentz Driver
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Strong

A

Checkmark iconComplete Banshee-44's quest
Destiny 2 Season 15 logo
► Get 400 killsLorentz Driver Catalyst:
► Adds Jump Driver perk: Lorentz Driver gains an enhanced radar. Additionally, while this weapon has 3 telemetry patterns, EM Anomaly detonations no longer require a precision final blow.
Ruinous EffigyTrace RifleEnergyA › StrongPVE KillsYesShadowkeepRuinous Effigy Catalyst Destiny 2
Ruinous Effigy
| Exotic Trace Rifle
Strong

A

Checkmark iconAny PVE kill
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
► Destroy all Savathun's Eyes or
► Get 5000 kills
Ruinous Effigy Catalyst:
► Adds Deconstruction perk: Deals increased damage against targets damaged by Transmutation spheres.
HawkmoonHand CannonKineticA › StrongQuestYesDeluxe EditionHawkmoon Catalyst art
Hawkmoon
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Checkmark iconComplete the Crow's quest
Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
► Get 700 killsHawkmoon Catalyst:
► Adds the Hunter's Trance perk: Increases magazine size to 9. Also increases handling, reload speed, and range based on the number of Paracausal Charge stacks.
Outbreak PerfectedPulse RifleKineticA › StrongCurrently UnavailableNoForsakenOutbreak Perfected Catalyst Destiny 2
Outbreak Perfected
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Cancel iconCurrently Unavailable-Outbreak Perfected Catalyst:
► Adds Disease Vector perk:Deal additional nanite damage.
No Time to ExplainPulse RifleKineticA › StrongQuestYesDeluxe EditionNo Time to Explain Catalyst Destiny 2
No Time To Explain
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Checkmark iconComplete quest from the Exo Stranger at the end of the Beyond Light campaign
Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
► Get 700 killsNo Time to Explain Catalyst:
► Adds Blast from the Side perk: Projectiles from the time portal shoots more frequently.
Hard LightAuto RifleEnergyA › StrongStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayHard Light Catalyst Destiny 2
Hard Light
| Auto Rifle
Strong

A

Checkmark iconKills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 1000 kills
Hard Light Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +18.
Whisper of the WormSniper RifleHeavyA › StrongCurrently UnavailableNoFree-to-PlayWhisper of the Worm Catalyst Destiny 2
Whisper of the Worm
| Sniper Rifle
Strong

A

Cancel iconCurrently Unavailable-Whisper of the Worm Catalyst:
► Adds Whispered Breathing perk: Aiming down the scope for 3 seconds increases range and precision damage while the weapon scope remains zoomed.
Bad JujuPulse RifleKineticA › StrongPlaylist Activities completionsYesForsakenBad Juju Catalyst Destiny 2
Bad Juju
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Checkmark iconCompletions of Playlist activities
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1
► Get 700 killsBad Juju Catalyst:
► Adds Unending Curse perk: Extends the duration of the perk String of Curses.
LuminaHand CannonKineticA › StrongAny activityYesForsakenLumina Catalyst Destiny 2
Lumina
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Checkmark iconCompletions or kills in Gambit, Crucible, Strikes, or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1
► Get 250 Noble Round healsLumina Catalyst:
► Adds Resonant Vitrue perk: Gain two Remnants per final blow instead of one.
Rat KingSidearmKineticA › StrongQuestYesFree-to-PlayRat King Catalyst Destiny 2
Rat King
| Sidearm
Strong

A

Checkmark iconKills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 1,000 kills while everyone in your fireteam is also using Rat KingRat King Catalyst:
► Adds Infestation perk: Increases aim assist and recoil direction. Refreshes health when Vermin activates.
The Wardcliff CoilRocket LauncherHeavyA › StrongStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayWardcliff Coil Catalyst Destiny 2
The Wardcliff Coil
| Rocket Launcher
Strong

A

Checkmark iconKills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsThe Wardcliff Coil Catalyst:
► Adds Pinpoint Guidance Module perk: Tightens rockets spread.
The Fourth HorsemanShotgunEnergyA › StrongLost Sectors completionsYesShadowkeepThe Fourth Horseman Catalyst Destiny 2
The Fourth Horseman
| Shotgun
Strong

A

Checkmark iconComplete Legend or Master Lost Sectors
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
► Get 400 killsThe Fourth Horseman Catalyst:
► Adds And its name was Death perk: Adds an additional round to the magazine and increases reload speed by +40.
The Jade RabbitScout RifleKineticA › StrongCrucibleYesFree-to-PlayJade Rabbit Catalyst Destiny 2
The Jade Rabbit
| Scout Rifle
Strong

A

Checkmark iconKills or wins in the Crucible
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 250 PVP killsThe Jade Rabbit Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +27.
The ProspectorGrenade LauncherHeavyA › StrongStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayProspector Catalyst Destiny 2
The Prospector
| Grenade Launcher
Strong

A

Checkmark iconKills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsThe Prospector Catalyst:
► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +1 and expands ammo reserves.
► Increases blast radius by +20.
SUROS RegimeAuto RifleKineticA › StrongCrucibleYesFree-to-PlaySUROS Regime Catalyst Destiny 2
SUROS Regime
| Auto Rifle
Strong

A

Checkmark iconKills or wins in the Crucible
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 300 PVP killsSUROS Regime Catalyst:
► Adds SUROS Ascendance perk: Improves recoil direction and increases the chance to activate "SUROS Legacy".
MIDA Multi-ToolScout RifleKineticA › StrongCrucibleYesFree-to-PlayMIDA Multi-Tool Catalyst Destiny 2
MIDA Multi-Tool
| Scout Rifle
Strong

A

Checkmark iconKills or wins in Competitive Crucible matches at Legend Glory rank
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 250 precision kills in PVPMIDA Multi-Tool Catalyst:
► Adds No Distractions perk: Aiming this weapon for a short period reduces flinch.
DualityShotgunEnergyA › StrongQuestYesDeluxe EditionDuality Catalyst Destiny 2
Duality
| Shotgun
Strong

A

Checkmark iconComplete Banshee-44's quest
Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
► Get 400 killsDuality Catalyst:
► Increases weapon range by +20 and expands the magazine size by +2.
Cryosthesia 77KSidearmKineticA › StrongQuestYesDeluxe EditionCryosthesia 77K Catalyst Destiny 2
Cryosthesia 77K
| Sidearm
Strong

A

Checkmark iconComplete Banshee-44's quest
Destiny 2 Season 14 logo
► Get 700 killsCryosthesia 77K Catalyst:
► Adds Cold Efficiency perk: Shattering a frozen target refills this weapon's magazine from reserves.
Vex MythoclastFusion RifleKineticB › AverageRaidYesFree-to-PlayVex Mythoclast Catalyst Destiny 2
Vex Mythoclast
| Fusion Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconVault of Glass Puzzle
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 700 killsVex Mythoclast Catalyst:
► Adds Calculated Balance perk: Higher stacks of Overcharge increase stability.
D.A.R.C.I.Sniper RifleHeavyB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayDARCI Catalyst Destiny 2
D.A.R.C.I.
| Sniper Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconKill enemies in PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 300 killsD.A.R.C.I. Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +18.
Polaris LanceScout RifleEnergyB › AveragePlaylist Activities completionsYesFree-to-PlayPolaris Lance Catalyst Destiny 2
Polaris Lance
| Scout Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconCompletions of Playlist activities
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 Kills
► Get 50 Perfect Fifth kills
Polaris Lance Catalyst:
► Adds Dragonfly perk: Precision kills create an explosion around defeated enemy.
SymmetryScout RifleEnergyB › AverageQuestYesShadowkeepSymmetry Catalyst Destiny 2
Symmetry
| Scout Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconComplete Banshee-44's quest
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
► Get 700 killsSymmetry Catalyst:
► Adds Electric Styx perk: Increases the max stack size of Dynamic Charge from x15 to x20.
Leviathan's BreathCombat BowHeavyB › AveragePVE KillsYesShadowkeepLeviathan's Breath Catalyst art
Leviathan's Breath
| Combat Bow
Average

B

Checkmark iconDefeat Powerful enemies with Leviathan's Breath
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
► Obtain 1500 points. Kills give 1 pointLeviathan's Breath Catalyst:
► Adds Colossal Quiver perk: Expands the ammo reserves by +5.
Sleeper SimulantLinear Fusion RifleHeavyB › AverageNightfall Ordeals completionsYesFree-to-PlaySleeper Simulant Catalyst Destiny 2
Sleeper Simulant
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconCompletions of Nightfall Ordeals
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 300 killsSleper Simulant Catalyst:
► Lowers the weapon charge rate stat by -250 and expands the ammo reserves.
Tractor CannonShotgunHeavyB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayTractor Cannon Catalyst Destiny 2
Tractor Cannon
| Shotgun
Average

B

Checkmark iconKill enemies in PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 300 killsTractor Cannon Catalyst:
► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +3 and expands ammo reserves.
Prometheus LensTrace RifleEnergyB › AverageStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayPrometheus Lens Catalyst Destiny 2
Prometheus Lens
| Trace Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconKills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsPrometheus Lens Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +18 and handling by +18.
Graviton LancePulse RifleEnergyB › AverageStrikes, Nightfalls or CrucibleYesFree-to-PlayGraviton Lance Catalyst Destiny 2
Graviton Lance
| Pulse Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconKills, completions or wins on Strikes, Nightfalls or the Crucible
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 kills
► Get 1000 Cosmology kills
Graviton Lance Catalyst:
► Adds Hidden Hand perk: Increases the aim assist and targeting acquisition stats.
► Increases range by +18.
Tommy's MatchbookAuto RifleEnergyB › AverageQuestYesShadowkeepTommy's Matchbook Catalyst Destiny 2
Tommy's Matchbook
| Auto Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconComplete Banshee-44's quest
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
► Get 700 killsTommy's Matchbook Catalyst:
► Adds Heat of the Moment perk: While Ignition Trigger is active, your health recovers much faster.
Black TalonSwordHeavyB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayBlack Talon Catalyst Destiny 2
Black Talon
| Sword
Average

B

Checkmark iconKill enemies in PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsBlack Talon Catalyst:
► Adds Reversal perk: Shots blocked immediately after guarding increase the damage of Crow’s Wings for a very short duration.
ColdheartTrace RifleEnergyB › AverageStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayColdheart Catalyst Destiny 2
Coldheart
| Trace Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconKills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 300 killsColdheart Catalyst:
►Increases stability by +18 and reload speed by +18.
DeathbringerRocket LauncherHeavyB › AverageStrikes, Nightfalls or CrucibleYesShadowkeepDeathbringer Catalyst Destiny 2
Deathbringer
| Rocket Launcher
Average

B

Checkmark iconKills, completions or wins on Strikes, Nightfalls or the Crucible
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
► Get 400 killsDeathbringer Catalyst:
► Adds Dead Weight perk: Increases how quickly Dark Descent reaches its full potential.
MercilessFusion RifleEnergyB › AverageStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayMerciless Catalyst Destiny 2
Merciless
| Fusion Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconKills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsMercilessCatalyst:
► Increases stability by +36 and range by +36.
Fighting LionGrenade LauncherEnergyB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayFighting Lion Catalyst Destiny 2
Fighting Lion
| Grenade Launcher
Average

B

Checkmark iconKill enemies in PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 1000 kills
► Complete 167 bounties
Fighting Lion Catalyst:
► Adds Chimera perk: When Fighting Lion is fired, equipped Kinetic and Power weapon gain increased handling and accuracy for a brief period of time.
► Increases reload speed by +27.
Cerberus+1Auto RifleKineticB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayCerberus+1 Catalyst Destiny 2
Cerberus+1
| Auto Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconKill enemies in PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsCerberus+1 Catalyst:
► Adds Focused Fire perk: Hold reload to swap to a tighter, close-ranged spread.
Vigilance WingPulse RifleKineticB › AverageCrucibleYesFree-to-PlayVigilance Wing Catalyst Destiny 2
Vigilance Wing
| Pulse Rifle
Average

B

Checkmark iconKills or wins in the Crucible
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 250 PVP kills
► 5 Blood for Blood medals
Vigilance Wing Catalyst:
► Adds Full Auto Trigger System perk: Makes the weapon fire fully automatic when holding down the fire button.
Ticuu's DivinationCombat BowEnergyB › AverageQuestYesDeluxe EditionTicuu's Divination Catalyst art
Ticuu's Divination
| Combat Bow
Average

B

Checkmark iconComplete Banshee-44's quest
Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
► Get 700 killsTicuu's Divination Catalyst:
► Adds Causality Quiver perk: Perfectly drawn arrows that detonate Sacred Flames increase arrow damage. Striking targets unaffected by Sacred Flame refreshes Causality Arrows' duration.
The ColonyGrenade LauncherHeavyC › WeakCrucibleYesFree-to-PlayColony Catalyst Destiny 2
The Colony
| Grenade Launcher
Weak

C

Checkmark iconKills or wins in the Crucible
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsThe Colony Catalyst:
► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +1 and expands ammo reserves.
TelestoFusion RifleEnergyC › WeakLost Sectors completionsYesFree-to-PlayTelesto Catalyst Destiny 2
Telesto
| Fusion Rifle
Weak

C

Checkmark iconComplete Legend or Master Lost Sectors
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 300 killsTelesto Catalyst:
► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +3 and expands ammo reserves.
Sweet BusinessAuto RifleKineticC › WeakStrikes, Nightfalls or CrucibleYesFree-to-PlaySweet Business Catalyst Destiny 2
Sweet Business
| Auto Rifle
Weak

C

Checkmark iconKills, completions or wins on Strikes, Nightfalls or the Crucible
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 250 MultikillsSweet Business Catalyst:
► Adds Serious Business perk: Reduces incoming flinch when firing Sweet Business at full speed.
Lord of WolvesShotgunEnergyC › WeakAny activityYesFree-to-PlayLord of Wolves Catalyst Destiny 2
Lord of Wolves
| Shotgun
Weak

C

Checkmark iconCompletions or kills in Gambit, Crucible, Strikes, or Nightfalls
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 killsLord of Wolves Catalyst:
► Adds Fang and Claw perk: Increases reload speed while Release the Wolves is active and increases stability when it's not.
SturmHand CannonKineticC › WeakPVE KillsYesFree-to-PlaySturm Catalyst Destiny 2
Sturm
| Hand Cannon
Weak

C

Checkmark iconKill enemies in PVE on Nessus
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 500 Sturm kills
► Get 500 Drang kills
Sturm Catalyst:
► Increases handling by +40 and range by +18.
Skyburner's OathScout RifleEnergyC › WeakPlaylist Activities completionsYesFree-to-PlaySkyburner's Oath Catalyst Destiny 2
Skyburner's Oath
| Scout Rifle
Weak

C

Checkmark iconCompletions of Playlist activities
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 1000 Cabal killsSkyburner's Oath Catalyst:
► Increases range by +27.
Worldline ZeroSwordHeavyD › WorstPVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayWorldline Zero Catalyst Destiny 2
Worldline Zero
| Sword
Worst

D

Checkmark iconKill enemies in PVE with a sword equipped
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 300 killsWorldline Zero Catalyst:
► Adds Another Dimension perk: Reduces the activation time for the perk Tesseract.
BorealisSniper RifleEnergyD › WorstPVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayBorealis Catalyst Destiny 2
Borealis
| Sniper Rifle
Worst

D

Checkmark iconKill enemies in PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Get 150 Solar Mode kills, 150 Void Mode kills, 150 Arc Mode killsBorealis Catalyst:
► Increases reload speed by +18.

About the Destiny Content Vault (DCV)

The DCV was a big deal. In Bungie’s words:

Each year, usually at the expansion boundaries, we will cycle some destination and activity content out of the game (and into the DCV) to make room for new experiences.

Close to 50% of the game was “vaulted” and put into the DCV with the release of Beyond Light on November 10, 2020. This means that roughly half of the locations, activities, and gear were removed from the game and cannot be experienced anymore.

Destiny 2 DCV art

A comprehensive list including everything that went away would be too long to cover here, but when it comes to Exotic quests, and Catalysts, this is everything you need to know:

Exotic catalysts effectively removed from the game

Several Catalysts became unavailable on November 10, 2020, with the launch of the Beyond Light Expansion. Most have returned, except the following 2:

  1. Outbreak Perfected
  2. Whisper of the Worm

Bungie does clarify the following:

If you have these Catalysts already equipped and their objectives completed, you can continue using them at your leisure.

Now that several Catalysts have returned, these are some I would recommend chasing in case you have very limited playtime:

  • Izanagi’s Burden if you’re in need of an excellent PVE weapon
  • Dead Man’s Tale if you’re looking for a great PVP option

Your Turn

When I first got into Destiny 2, Exotic Catalysts were some of the most mysterious items for me. Where do they come from? Do you have to find them and then unlock them? Granted, by themselves, Catalysts are not overly complicated, it’s just another system that is hardly explained in-game.

With this guide, hopefully, all of your questions have been answered and you should have all the information you need to know what Catalysts you want and how you can go about finding them.

Beyond Light did add a couple of new Catalysts to chase. But in parallel, it removed a lot of them. It’s therefore great to see that Bungie found quick methods to re-introduce them, just as they did with Exotic weapons and the Monument to Lost Lights.

So which are your favorite Exotic Catalysts? Let me know in the comments section below!


Latest changes

Things change fast in Destiny 2, especially the Meta. The weapons we call the best one day can completely change the next, in this applies to Exotic Catalysts too. All it takes are a few minor changes on Bungie’s end. For that reason, this ranking will be updated at least once per season.

Changes introduced this season:

The following exotic catalysts were added to the ranking:

  • Lorentz Driver catalyst
  • Ager’s Scepter catalyst
  • Traveler’s Chosen catalyst

Finally, a few “Drops from” entries have been updated to reflect their move to the Monument to Lost Lights or Deluxe Edition requirements.

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16 Comments
  1. Hudson

    Why is the Suros Regime marked as not available?

    Reply
  2. Max

    Is it ok to use Destiny 2 boosting services? Like d2-recovery.com? I want to buy catalyst from them, but afraid a bit.

    Reply
    • Ric (aka Prim)

      I wouldn’t recommend a service like that. First of all, they break the game’s terms of service and could get your account banned. Second, I find the whole thing shady, with lots of fine print (like that you need to have found the catalyst first and then they just do the kills to unlock it).

      I wouldn’t touch that stuff even with a ten-foot pole!

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  3. TT

    This page was better before, you could know how to get the catalysts and not only what are the requirements to finish them.

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    • Ric (aka Prim)

      I’m surprised. Maybe there’s a formatting issue or something. Are you on mobile or desktop? From here, I can see the following columns:
      – Where to find it ❘ Requires
      – How to unlock it
      – Catalyst effect

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      • TT

        Really? I’m on desktop, for me the page definitely changed. I even tried a different browser to see if the problem was on my side but it’s the same on both browsers. I tried even on my phone now and got the same page.
        I have two columns, how to unlock the catalysts and what the catalysts do.
        Here, a Print as proof. https://prnt.sc/194b2fz

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        • Ric (aka Prim)

          Thanks for the follow up and the print screen. Just solved a huge catching issue that was plaguing that page (and maybe many more) and completely ruining the content!

          It should be finally solved now… Hopefully it did for you too. In any case, THANKS A LOT for the alert.

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          • TT

            I’m glad I was able to help. This page has been on my favorites since I started playing d2 last year and I always check here to get information. I’m really glad you were able to fix the problem, grats!

  4. ben

    why is monte carlo not on the list?

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    • Martin

      Monte Carlo doesn’t have a catalyst yet

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  5. JEFF

    Hi. It says Riskrunner is in the Free to Play column, but requires a quest only available after Shadowkeep, which is not available to me as a free to play player currently. Is there something I’m missing? I understand Shadowkeep is a DLC.

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    • averge

      i was also free to play but is still got it

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    • bob

      isnt the riskrunner catalyst like 500 pve kills or something
      got the masterwork as a f2p

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  6. Martin

    You only need to finish the initial mission, which is available for all players

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  7. Daniel

    Sleeper catalyst should be A tier tho.

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  8. Tom Evensen

    I miss how to get Jötunn catalyst? How can I get it? Please explain.

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