Destiny 2 Catalysts Guide

All 50 Exotic Catalysts & How to Get Them

By Ric (aka Prim)updated Updated Feb 12, 2021

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. More about that below.

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 2021

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:

Removed: Catalysts highlighted as “Currently Unavailable” were removed from the game and won’t be available anymore until Bungie implements new ways to acquire them (and that could take months).

CatalystCatalyst TierRequiresWhere to find it / DifficultyHow to unlockCatalyst effectCatalyst SourceCatalyst Available?TypeSlotRequirements?
Trinity Ghoul Catalyst Destiny 2
Trinity Ghoul
| Combat Bow
Best

S

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Completions or kills in Gambit, Crucible, Strikes, or Nightfalls

Easy

► 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.
Playlist Activities completionsYesCombat BowEnergyFree-to-Play
Riskrunner Catalyst Destiny 2
Riskrunner
| Submachine Gun
Best

S

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Complete Pain and Gain quest

Easy

► Get 500 kills
► Get 50 Arc Conductor kills
Riskrunner Catalyst:
► Increases range by +27.
QuestYesSubmachine GunEnergyFree-to-Play
Huckleberry Catalyst Destiny 2
The Huckleberry
| Submachine Gun
Best

S

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Completions of Playlist activities

Average

► Get 500 killsThe Huckleberry Catalyst:
► Adds Bull Rider perk: Kills with this weapon now reload the entire magazine.
Playlist Activities completionsYesSubmachine GunKineticFree-to-Play
Witherhoard Catalyst Destiny 2
Witherhoard
| Grenade Launcher
Best

S

UnobtainableComplete quest from Banshee-44

Average

► Get 400 killsWitherhoard Catalyst:
► Adds Silent Alarm perk: Maximizes handling, holstering this weapon automatically reloads it after a short period of time.
QuestYesGrenade LauncherKineticUnobtainable
Izanagi's Burden Catalyst Destiny 2
Izanagi's Burden
| Sniper Rifle
Best

S

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1Completions of Playlist activities

Average

► Get 500 killsIzanagi's Burden Catalyst:
► Adds Peerless Edge perk: Increases the damage bonus of Honed Edge when all 4 bullets are consumed.
Playlist Activities completionsYesSniper RifleKineticForsaken
Sunshot Catalyst Destiny 2
Sunshot
| Hand Cannon
Best

S

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills, completions or wins on Strikes, Nightfalls or the Crucible

Average

► Get 500 Sturm kills
► Get 1000 Sun Blast kills
Sunshot Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +18 and range by +27.
Strikes, Nightfalls or CrucibleYesHand CannonEnergyFree-to-Play
Eriana's Vow Catalyst Destiny 2
Eriana's Vow
| Hand Cannon
Best

S

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3Complete quest from Banshee-44

Average

► Get 700 killsEriana's Vow Catalyst:
► Adds More to Give perk: Increases magazine size by +3 and adds the perk Auto-Loading Holster.
QuestYesHand CannonEnergyShadowkeep
Legend of Acrius Catalyst Destiny 2
Legend of Acrius
| Shotgun
Best

S

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Completions of Nightfall Ordeals

Average

► 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.
Nightfall Ordeals completionsYesShotgunHeavyFree-to-Play
Ruinous Effigy Catalyst Destiny 2
Ruinous Effigy
| Exotic Trace Rifle
Strong

A

UnobtainableAny PVE kill

Easy

► Destroy all Savathun's Eyes or
► Get 5000 kills
Ruinous Effigy Catalyst:
► Adds Deconstruction perk: Deals increased damage against targets damaged by Transmutation spheres.
PVE KillsYesTrace RifleEnergyUnobtainable
Crimson Catalyst Destiny 2
Crimson
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kill enemies in PVE

Average

► Get 500 killsCrimson Catalyst:
► Increases range by +18.
PVE KillsYesHand CannonKineticFree-to-Play
Outbreak Perfected Catalyst Destiny 2
Outbreak Perfected
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1Currently Unavailable

NA

-Outbreak Perfected Catalyst:
► Adds Disease Vector perk:Deal additional nanite damage.
Currently UnavailableNoPulse RifleKineticForsaken
No Time to Explain Catalyst Destiny 2
No Time To Explain
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1Complete quest from the Exo Stranger at the end of the Beyond Light campaign

Average

► Get 700 killsNo Time to Explain Catalyst:
► Adds Blast from the Side perk: Projectiles from the time portal shoots more frequently.
QuestYesPulse RifleKineticBeyond Light
Hard Light Catalyst Destiny 2
Hard Light
| Auto Rifle
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Average

► Get 1000 kills
Hard Light Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +18.
Strikes or NightfallsYesAuto RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
Whisper of the Worm Catalyst Destiny 2
Whisper of the Worm
| Sniper Rifle
Strong

A

UnobtainableCurrently Unavailable

NA

-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.
Currently UnavailableNoSniper RifleHeavyUnobtainable
Bad Juju Catalyst Destiny 2
Bad Juju
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1Completions of Playlist activities

Average

► Get 700 killsBad Juju Catalyst:
► Adds Unending Curse perk: Extends the duration of the perk String of Curses.
Playlist Activities completionsYesPulse RifleKineticForsaken
Lumina Catalyst Destiny 2
Lumina
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1Completions or kills in Gambit, Crucible, Strikes, or Nightfalls

Easy

► Get 250 Noble Round healsLumina Catalyst:
► Adds Resonant Vitrue perk: Gain two Remnants per final blow instead of one.
Any activityYesHand CannonKineticForsaken
Rat King Catalyst Destiny 2
Rat King
| Sidearm
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Average

► Get 1000 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.
QuestYesSidearmKineticFree-to-Play
Wardcliff Coil Catalyst Destiny 2
The Wardcliff Coil
| Rocket Launcher
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Average

► Get 500 killsThe Wardcliff Coil Catalyst:
► Adds Pinpoint Guidance Module perk: Tightens rockets spread.
Strikes or NightfallsYesRocket LauncherHeavyFree-to-Play
The Fourth Horseman Catalyst Destiny 2
The Fourth Horseman
| Shotgun
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3Completions of Legendary Lost Sectors

Hard

► 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.
Lost Sectors completionsYesShotgunEnergyShadowkeep
Jade Rabbit Catalyst Destiny 2
The Jade Rabbit
| Scout Rifle
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or wins in the Crucible

Average

► Get 250 PVP killsThe Jade Rabbit Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +27.
CrucibleYesScout RifleKineticFree-to-Play
Prospector Catalyst Destiny 2
The Prospector
| Grenade Launcher
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Average

► Get 500 killsThe Prospector Catalyst:
► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +1 and expands ammo reserves.
► Increases blast radius by +20.
Strikes or NightfallsYesGrenade LauncherHeavyFree-to-Play
Ace of Spades Catalyst Destiny 2
Ace of Spades
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Average

► Get 500 killsAce of Spades Catalyst:
► Adds Funeral Pyre perk: Firefly does more damage while Memento Mori is active.
Strikes or NightfallsYesHand CannonKineticForsaken
SUROS Regime Catalyst Destiny 2
SUROS Regime
| Auto Rifle
Strong

A

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or wins in the Crucible

Average

► Get 300 PVP killsSUROS Regime Catalyst:
► Adds SUROS Ascendance perk: Improves recoil direction and increases the chance to activate "SUROS Legacy".
CrucibleYesAuto RifleKineticFree-to-Play
Duality Catalyst Destiny 2
Duality
| Shotgun
Strong

A

Complete quest from Banshee-44

Average

► Get 400 killsDuality Catalyst:
► Increases weapon range by +20 and expands the magazine size by +2.
QuestYesShotgunEnergySeason 12
Hawkmoon Catalyst art
Hawkmoon
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Complete the Crow's quest

Hard

► 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.
QuestYesHand CannonKineticSeason 12
DARCI Catalyst Destiny 2
D.A.R.C.I.
| Sniper Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kill enemies in PVE

Average

► Get 300 killsD.A.R.C.I. Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +18.
PVE KillsYesSniper RifleHeavyFree-to-Play
Polaris Lance Catalyst Destiny 2
Polaris Lance
| Scout Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Completions of Playlist activities

Average

► Get 500 Kills
► Get 50 Perfect Fifth kills
Polaris Lance Catalyst:
► Adds Dragonfly perk: Precision kills create an explosion around defeated enemy.
Playlist Activities completionsYesScout RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
Symmetry Catalyst Destiny 2
Symmetry
| Scout Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3Complete quest from Banshee-44

Average

► Get 700 killsSymmetry Catalyst:
► Adds Electric Styx perk: Increases the max stack size of Dynamic Charge from x15 to x20.
QuestYesScout RifleEnergyShadowkeep
Tractor Cannon Catalyst Destiny 2
Tractor Cannon
| Shotgun
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kill enemies in PVE

Average

► Get 300 killsTractor Cannon Catalyst:
► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +3 and expands ammo reserves.
PVE KillsYesShotgunHeavyFree-to-Play
Prometheus Lens Catalyst Destiny 2
Prometheus Lens
| Trace Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Average

► Get 500 killsPrometheus Lens Catalyst:
► Increases stability by +18 and handling by +18.
Strikes or NightfallsYesTrace RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
Graviton Lance Catalyst Destiny 2
Graviton Lance
| Pulse Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills, completions or wins on Strikes, Nightfalls or the Crucible

Average

► 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.
Strikes, Nightfalls or CrucibleYesPulse RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
Tommy's Matchbook Catalyst Destiny 2
Tommy's Matchbook
| Auto Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3Complete quest from Banshee-44

Average

► Get 700 killsTommy's Matchbook Catalyst:
► Adds Heat of the Moment perk: While Ignition Trigger is active, your health recovers much faster.
QuestYesAuto RifleEnergyShadowkeep
Black Talon Catalyst Destiny 2
Black Talon
| Sword
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kill enemies in PVE

Easy

► 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.
PVE KillsYesSwordHeavyFree-to-Play
Coldheart Catalyst Destiny 2
Coldheart
| Trace Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Average

► Get 300 killsColdheart Catalyst:
►Increases stability by +18 and reload speed by +18.
Strikes or NightfallsYesTrace RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
Merciless Catalyst Destiny 2
Merciless
| Fusion Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Average

► Get 500 killsMercilessCatalyst:
► Increases stability by +36 and range by +36.
Strikes or NightfallsYesFusion RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
Fighting Lion Catalyst Destiny 2
Fighting Lion
| Grenade Launcher
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kill enemies in PVE

Average

► 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.
PVE KillsYesGrenade LauncherEnergyFree-to-Play
Cerberus+1 Catalyst Destiny 2
Cerberus+1
| Auto Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kill enemies in PVE

Average

► Get 500 killsCerberus+1 Catalyst:
► Adds Focused Fire perk: Hold reload to swap to a tighter, close-ranged spread.
PVE KillsYesAuto RifleKineticFree-to-Play
Sleeper Simulant Catalyst Destiny 2
Sleeper Simulant
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Completions of Nightfall Ordeals

Average

► Get 300 killsSleper Simulant Catalyst:
► Lowers the weapon charge rate stat by -250 and expands the ammo reserves.
Nightfall Ordeals completionsYesLinear Fusion RifleHeavyFree-to-Play
Vigilance Wing Catalyst Destiny 2
Vigilance Wing
| Pulse Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or wins in the Crucible

Average

► 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.
CrucibleYesPulse RifleKineticFree-to-Play
Ticuu's Divination Catalyst art
Ticuu's Divination
| Combat Bow
Average

B

Complete quest from Banshee-44

Average

► 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.
QuestYesCombat BowEnergySeason Pass
Leviathan's Breath Catalyst art
Leviathan's Breath
| Combat Bow
Average

B

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3Defeat Powerful enemies with Leviathan's Breath

Average

► Obtain 1500 points. Kills give 1 pointLeviathan's Breath Catalyst:
► Adds Colossal Quiver perk: Expands the ammo reserves by +5.
PVE KillsYesCombat BowHeavyShadowkeep
Colony Catalyst Destiny 2
The Colony
| Grenade Launcher
Weak

C

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or wins in the Crucible

Average

► Get 500 killsThe Colony Catalyst:
► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +1 and expands ammo reserves.
CrucibleYesGrenade LauncherHeavyFree-to-Play
Telesto Catalyst Destiny 2
Telesto
| Fusion Rifle
Weak

C

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Completions of Legendary or Master Lost Sectors

Hard

► Get 300 killsTelesto Catalyst:
► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +3 and expands ammo reserves.
Lost Sectors completionsYesFusion RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
Sweet Business Catalyst Destiny 2
Sweet Business
| Auto Rifle
Weak

C

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills, completions or wins on Strikes, Nightfalls or the Crucible

Average

► Get 250 MultikillsSweet Business Catalyst:
► Adds Serious Business perk: Reduces incoming flinch when firing Sweet Business at full speed.
Strikes, Nightfalls or CrucibleYesAuto RifleKineticFree-to-Play
Lord of Wolves Catalyst Destiny 2
Lord of Wolves
| Shotgun
Weak

C

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Completions or kills in Gambit, Crucible, Strikes, or Nightfalls

Easy

► 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.
Any activityYesShotgunEnergyFree-to-Play
Sturm Catalyst Destiny 2
Sturm
| Hand Cannon
Weak

C

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kill enemies in PVE on Nessus

Average

► Get 500 Sturm kills
► Get 500 Drang kills
Sturm Catalyst:
► Increases handling by +40 and range by +18.
PVE KillsYesHand CannonKineticFree-to-Play
Skyburner's Oath Catalyst Destiny 2
Skyburner's Oath
| Scout Rifle
Weak

C

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Completions of Playlist activities

Average

► Get 1000 Cabal killsSkyburner's Oath Catalyst:
► Increases range by +27.
Playlist Activities completionsYesScout RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
MIDA Multi-Tool Catalyst Destiny 2
MIDA Multi-Tool
| Scout Rifle
Worst

D

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kills or wins in Competitive Crucible matches at Legend Glory rank

Hard

► Get 250 precision kills in PVPMIDA Multi-Tool Catalyst:
► Adds Outlaw perk: Increase weapon reload speed after a precision kill.
CrucibleYesScout RifleKineticFree-to-Play
Worldline Zero Catalyst Destiny 2
Worldline Zero
| Sword
Worst

D

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kill enemies in PVE with a sword equipped

Easy

Worldline Zero Catalyst:
► Adds Another Dimension perk: Reduces the activation time for the perk Tesseract.
PVE KillsYesSwordHeavyFree-to-Play
Borealis Catalyst Destiny 2
Borealis
| Sniper Rifle
Worst

D

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1Kill enemies in PVE

Average

► Get 150 Solar Mode kills, 150 Void Mode kills, 150 Arc Mode killsBorealis Catalyst:
► Increases reload speed by +18.
PVE KillsYesSniper RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
Destiny 2 Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
| Auto Rifle
-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1----NoAuto RifleKineticFree-to-Play
Destiny 2 Tarrabah art
Tarrabah
| Submachine Gun
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoSubmachine GunEnergyForsaken
Traveler's Chosen Destiny 2
Traveler's Chosen
| Sidearm
-Unobtainable----NoSidearmKineticUnobtainable
Destiny 2 Divinity art
Divinity
| Trace Rifle
-Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3----NoTrace RifleEnergyShadowkeep
Destiny 2 Arbalest art
Arbalest
| Linear Fusion Rifle
-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1----NoLinear Fusion RifleKineticFree-to-Play
Destiny 2 Jotunn
Jötunn
| Fusion Rifle
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoFusion RifleEnergyForsaken
The Lament Destiny 2
The Lament
| Sword
-Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1----NoSwordHeavyBeyond Light
Destiny 2 Thunderlord art
Thunderlord
| Machine Gun
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoMachine GunHeavyForsaken
Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker art
The Queenbreaker
| Linear Fusion Rifle
-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1----NoLinear Fusion RifleHeavyFree-to-Play
Destiny 2 Truth art
Truth
| Rocket Launcher
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoRocket LauncherHeavyForsaken
Destiny 2 Wavesplitter art
Wavesplitter
| Trace Rifle
-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1----NoTrace RifleEnergyFree-to-Play
Destiny 2 Bastion
Bastion
| Fusion Rifle
-Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3----NoFusion RifleKineticShadowkeep
Destiny 2 Wish Ender art
Wish-Ender
| Combat Bow
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoCombat BowKineticForsaken
Destiny 2 Thorn
Thorn
| Hand Cannon
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoHand CannonKineticForsaken
Destiny 2 Le Monarque art
Le Monarque
| Combat Bow
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoCombat BowEnergyForsaken
Destiny 2 The Last Word
The Last Word
| Hand Cannon
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoHand CannonKineticForsaken
Destiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox art
Two-Tailed Fox
| Rocket Launcher
-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1----NoRocket LauncherHeavyFree-to-Play
Destiny 2 Malfeasance art
Malfeasance
| Hand Cannon
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoHand CannonKineticForsaken
Cloudstrike Destiny 2
Cloudstrike
| Sniper Rifle
-Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1----NoSniper RifleEnergyBeyond Light
Destiny 2 Xenophage
Xenophage
| Machine Gun
-Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3----NoMachine GunHeavyShadowkeep
Destiny 2 Deathbringer art
Deathbringer
| Rocket Launcher
-Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3----NoRocket LauncherHeavyShadowkeep
Salvation's Grip Destiny 2
Salvation's Grip
| Grenade Launcher
-Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1----NoGrenade LauncherHeavyBeyond Light
Destiny 2 Devil's Ruin art
Devil's Ruin
| Sidearm
-Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3----NoSidearmEnergyShadowkeep
Eyes of Tomorrow Destiny 2 1
Eyes of Tomorrow
| Rocket Launcher
-Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1----NoRocket LauncherHeavyBeyond Light
Destiny 2 Anarchy
Anarchy
| Grenade Launcher
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoGrenade LauncherHeavyForsaken
Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices art
One Thousand Voices
| Fusion Rifle
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1----NoFusion RifleHeavyForsaken
Destiny 2 The Chaperone art
The Chaperone
| Shotgun
-Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1----NoShotgunKineticFree-to-Play
Destiny 2 Heir Apparent art
Heir Apparent
| Machine Gun
-Unobtainable----NoMachine GunHeavyUnobtainable

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:

  1. Bad Juju
  2. The Huckleberry
  3. Izanagi’s Burden
  4. Legend of Acrius
  5. Polaris Lance
  6. Skyburner’s Oath
  7. Sleeper Simulant
  8. Telesto
  9. Worldline Zero
  10. Outbreak Perfected
  11. Whisper of the Worm

But luckily, most of them have returned with Season of the Chosen!

The only Catalysts that remain unobtainable are those for Whisper of the Worm and Outbreak Perfected.

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
  • Telesto 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!