Destiny 2 Catalysts: All 64 Exotic Catalysts and How to Get Them

by | Feb 24, 2022 | 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, 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 in 2022

Checkmark icon V3List updated as of The Witch Queen’s release (S16).  

These are the 64 catalysts currently available in the game as of the release of The Witch Queen and Season 16 (note that we’ll need a little more time to rank the brand-new The Witch Queen Catalysts):

NameTypeSlotCatalyst RankCatalyst SourceAvailable?RequirementsCatalystTierWhere to find itHow to unlock itCatalyst effectReleased
Grand OvertureMachine GunHeavyOngoingQuestYesThe Witch QueenGrand Overture Catalysts Destiny 2 art
Grand Overture
| Machine Gun
Ongoing...Complete Banshee-44's quest

The Witch Queen
► Get 200 Solar kills, 200 Void kills, 200 Arc kills► Adds Turnabout perk:
Using this weapon to break the shield of a combatant or a Guardian using their Super will grant you an overshield..
Season 16
Dead MessengerGrenade LauncherEnergyOngoingQuestYesThe Witch QueenDead Messenger Catalysts Destiny 2 art
Dead Messenger
| Grenade Launcher
Ongoing...Complete Vox Obscura quest on Hard mode

The Witch Queen
► Get 400 kills► Missile explosions will blind combatants. Those defeated by missile impacts then explode.Season 16
Le MonarqueCombat BowEnergyOngoingPlaylist Activity completionsNoForsaken PackLe Monarque Catalysts Destiny 2 art
Le Monarque
| Combat Bow
Ongoing...Completions of Playlist activities

Forsaken Pack
► Get 700 kills► Adds Unrelenting perk:
Rapidly defeating targets triggers health regeneration. Guardians and powerful combatants count as more than one kill.
Season 16
WitherhoardGrenade LauncherKineticS › BestQuestYesShadowkeepWitherhoard Catalyst Destiny 2
Witherhoard
| Grenade Launcher
Best

S

Complete Banshee-44's quest

Shadowkeep
► Get 400 kills► Adds Silent Alarm perk:
Maximizes handling, holstering this weapon automatically reloads it after a short period of time.
Season 11
The HuckleberrySubmachine GunKineticS › BestPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayHuckleberry Catalyst Destiny 2
The Huckleberry
| Submachine Gun
Best

S

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Adds Bull Rider perk:
Kills with this weapon now reload the entire magazine.
Season 14
Eriana's VowHand CannonEnergyS › BestQuestYesShadowkeepEriana's Vow Catalyst Destiny 2
Eriana's Vow
| Hand Cannon
Best

S

Complete Banshee-44's quest

Shadowkeep
► Get 700 kills► Adds More to Give perk: Increases magazine size by +3 and adds the perk Auto-Loading Holster.Season 8
ArbalestLinear Fusion RifleKineticS › BestPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayArbalest catalyst Destiny 2 art
Arbalest
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Best

S

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Adds Genesis perk:
Breaking a combatant's shield with this weapon fills its magazine from reserves.

Energy weapons regenerate ammo on hit when matching the damage type to the combatant's shield.
30th Anniversary
Ace of SpadesHand CannonKineticS › BestStrikes or NightfallsYesForsaken PackAce of Spades Catalyst Destiny 2
Ace of Spades
| Hand Cannon
Best

S

Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Forsaken Pack
► Get 500 kills► Adds Funeral Pyre perk:
Firefly does more damage while Memento Mori is active.
Season 4
Izanagi's BurdenSniper RifleKineticS › BestPlaylist Activity completionsYesForsaken PackIzanagi's Burden Catalyst Destiny 2
Izanagi's Burden
| Sniper Rifle
Best

S

Completions of Playlist activities

Forsaken Pack
► Get 500 kills► Adds Peerless Edge perk:
Increases the damage bonus of Honed Edge when all 4 bullets are consumed.
Season 14
RiskrunnerSubmachine GunEnergyS › BestQuestYesFree-to-PlayRiskrunner Catalyst Destiny 2
Riskrunner
| Submachine Gun
Best

S

Complete Pain and Gain quest

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills
► Get 50 Arc Conductor kills
► Increases range by +27.Season 1
Trinity GhoulCombat BowEnergyS › BestPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayTrinity Ghoul Catalyst Destiny 2
Trinity Ghoul
| Combat Bow
Best

S

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 400 kills► Adds Forked Lightning perk:
Reduces draw time by -108 and Lightning Rod now triggers from any arc damage final blow.
Season 4
Dead Man's TaleScout RifleKineticS › BestPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayDead Man's Tale Catalyst Destiny 2
Dead Man's Tale
| Scout Rifle
Best

S

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 800 kills or 8 secret chests► Adds Dark-Forged Trigger perk:
Increased hipfire rate of fire and removes hipfire accuracy penalties.
Season 12
Ager's ScepterTrace RifleKineticS › BestPlaylist Activity completionsYesBeyond LightAger's Scepter Catalyst Destiny 2 art
Ager's Scepter
| Trace Rifle
Best

S

Completions of Playlist activities

Beyond Light
► Get 1000 kills► Adds Will Given Form perk:
Hold reload to drain Super energy, overflowing and empowering the beam with bonus damage and the ability to slow and freeze targets.

Can only be activated when Super energy is full.
Season 15
GjallarhornRocket LauncherHeavyS › BestGrasp of Avarice DungeonYes30th AnniversaryGjallarhorn catalyst Destiny 2 art
Gjallarhorn
| Rocket Launcher
Best

S

Grasp of Avarice chests (x3)

30th Anniversary
► Get 400 kills► Adds More Wolves perk:
Increases magazine size. Final blows with Wolfpack Rounds spawn a faster, more powerful missile at the target's location.
30th Anniversary
LuminaHand CannonKineticA › StrongAny activityYesForsaken PackLumina Catalyst Destiny 2
Lumina
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Completions or kills in Gambit, Crucible, Strikes, or Nightfalls

Forsaken Pack
► Get 250 Noble Round heals► Adds Resonant Vitrue perk:
Gain two Remnants per final blow instead of one.
Season 7
Rat KingSidearmKineticA › StrongQuestYesFree-to-PlayRat King Catalyst Destiny 2
Rat King
| Sidearm
Strong

A

Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Free-to-Play
► 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.
Season 1
The Wardcliff CoilRocket LauncherHeavyA › StrongStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayWardcliff Coil Catalyst Destiny 2
The Wardcliff Coil
| Rocket Launcher
Strong

A

Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Adds Pinpoint Guidance Module perk:
Tightens rockets spread.
Season 1
The Fourth HorsemanShotgunEnergyA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesShadowkeepThe Fourth Horseman Catalyst Destiny 2
The Fourth Horseman
| Shotgun
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Shadowkeep
► Get 400 kills► Adds And its name was Death perk:
Adds an additional round to the magazine and increases reload speed by +40.
Season 16
Legend of AcriusShotgunHeavyA › StrongNightfall Ordeals completionsYesFree-to-PlayLegend of Acrius Catalyst Destiny 2
Legend of Acrius
| Shotgun
Strong

A

Completions of Nightfall Ordeals

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Adds Deeper Pockets perk:
Increases the magazine size by +2 and expands the ammo reserves.

► Increases reload speed by +36.
Season 14
MIDA Multi-ToolScout RifleKineticA › StrongCrucibleYesFree-to-PlayMIDA Multi-Tool Catalyst Destiny 2
MIDA Multi-Tool
| Scout Rifle
Strong

A

Kills or wins in Competitive Crucible matches at Legend Glory rank

Free-to-Play
► Get 250 precision kills in PVP► Adds No Distractions perk:
Aiming this weapon for a short period reduces flinch.
Season 1
Ruinous EffigyTrace RifleEnergyA › StrongPVE KillsYesShadowkeepRuinous Effigy Catalyst Destiny 2
Ruinous Effigy
| Exotic Trace Rifle
Strong

A

Any PVE kill

Shadowkeep
► Destroy all Savathun's Eyes or
► Get 5000 kills
► Adds Deconstruction perk:
Deals increased damage against targets damaged by Transmutation spheres.
Season 11
Traveler's ChosenSidearmKineticA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesShadowkeepAger's Scepter Catalyst Destiny 2 art
Traveler's Chosen
| Sidearm
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Shadowkeep
► Get 700 kills► Adds Osmosis perk: Using your grenade ability changes this weapon's damage type to match your subclass until you stow it.

► Adds Full Auto Trigger System perk: holding down the trigger will fire this weapon at full auto) perks.
Season 11
CrimsonHand CannonKineticA › StrongPVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayCrimson Catalyst Destiny 2
Crimson
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Kill enemies in PVE

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Increases range by +18.Season 2
Bad JujuPulse RifleKineticA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesForsaken PackBad Juju Catalyst Destiny 2
Bad Juju
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Forsaken Pack
► Get 700 kills► Adds Unending Curse perk:
Extends the duration of the perk String of Curses.
Season 14
The Jade RabbitScout RifleKineticA › StrongCrucibleYesFree-to-PlayJade Rabbit Catalyst Destiny 2
The Jade Rabbit
| Scout Rifle
Strong

A

Kills or wins in the Crucible

Free-to-Play
► Get 250 PVP kills► Increases stability by +27.Season 2
The ProspectorGrenade LauncherHeavyA › StrongStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayProspector Catalyst Destiny 2
The Prospector
| Grenade Launcher
Strong

A

Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Adds Deeper Pockets perk:
Increases the magazine size by +1 and expands ammo reserves.

► Increases blast radius by +20.
Season 1
Heir ApparentMachine GunHeavyA › StrongGuardian Games eventNoFree-to-PlayHeir Apparent Catalyst Destiny 2
Heir Apparent
| Heir Apparent
Strong

A

Guardian Games event

Free-to-Play
► Get 700 kills► Adds Legion's Bullwark perk:
Increases the Arc Shield's durability and partially reloads the magazine if it is destroyed.
Season 10
SUROS RegimeAuto RifleKineticA › StrongCrucibleYesFree-to-PlaySUROS Regime Catalyst Destiny 2
SUROS Regime
| Auto Rifle
Strong

A

Kills or wins in the Crucible

Free-to-Play
► Get 300 PVP kills► Adds SUROS Ascendance perk:
Improves recoil direction and increases the chance to activate "SUROS Legacy".
Season 3
SunshotHand CannonEnergyA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlaySunshot Catalyst Destiny 2
Sunshot
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills
► Get 1000 Sun Blast kills
► Increases stability by +18 and range by +27.Season 1
DualityShotgunEnergyA › StrongQuestYesBeyond Light
Duality
| Shotgun
Strong

A

Complete Banshee-44's quest

Beyond Light
► Get 400 kills► Increases weapon range by +20 and expands the magazine size by +2.Season 12
HawkmoonHand CannonKineticA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayHawkmoon Catalyst art
Hawkmoon
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 700 kills► 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.
Season 16
Outbreak PerfectedPulse RifleKineticA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesForsaken PackOutbreak Perfected Catalyst Destiny 2
Outbreak Perfected
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Forsaken Pack
► Get 500 precision kills► Adds Disease Vector perk:
Deal additional nanite damage.
Season 16
No Time to ExplainPulse RifleKineticA › StrongQuestYesDeluxe Edition
No Time To Explain
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Complete quest from the Exo Stranger at the end of the Beyond Light campaign

Deluxe Edition
► Get 700 kills► Adds Blast from the Side perk:
Projectiles from the time portal shoots more frequently.
Season 12
Hard LightAuto RifleEnergyA › StrongStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayHard Light Catalyst Destiny 2
Hard Light
| Auto Rifle
Strong

A

Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Free-to-Play
► Get 1000 kills
► Increases stability by +18.Season 1
Whisper of the WormSniper RifleHeavyA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayWhisper of the Worm Catalyst Destiny 2
Whisper of the Worm
| Sniper Rifle
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► TBC► Adds Whispered Breathing perk:
Aiming down the scope for 3 seconds increases range and precision damage while the weapon scope remains zoomed.
Season 16
Cryosthesia 77KSidearmKineticA › StrongQuestYesBeyond LightCryosthesia 77K Catalyst Destiny 2
Cryosthesia 77K
| Sidearm
Strong

A

Complete Banshee-44's quest

Beyond Light
► Get 700 kills► Adds Cold Efficiency perk:
Shattering a frozen target refills this weapon's magazine from reserves.
Season 14
Lorentz DriverLinear Fusion RifleEnergyA › StrongQuestYesBeyond LightLorentz Driver catalyst Destiny 2
Lorentz Driver
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Strong

A

Complete Banshee-44's quest

Beyond Light
► Get 400 kills► 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.
Season 15
ForerunnerSidearmKineticA › StrongQuestYes30th AnniversaryForerunner catalyst Destiny 2 art
Forerunner
| Sidearm
Strong

A

Reach Rank 16 with Xur

30th Anniversary
► Get 700 kills► Adds The Rock perk:
For several seconds after a final blow, you can consume part of your ammo reserves, converting your next grenade into a fragmentation grenade.
30th Anniversary
Fighting LionGrenade LauncherEnergyB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayFighting Lion Catalyst Destiny 2
Fighting Lion
| Grenade Launcher
Average

B

Kill enemies in PVE

Free-to-Play
► Get 1000 kills
► Complete 167 bounties
► 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.
Season 1
Prometheus LensTrace RifleEnergyB › AverageStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayPrometheus Lens Catalyst Destiny 2
Prometheus Lens
| Trace Rifle
Average

B

Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Increases stability by +18 and handling by +18.Season 2
Graviton LancePulse RifleEnergyB › AveragePlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayGraviton Lance Catalyst Destiny 2
Graviton Lance
| Pulse Rifle
Average

B

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills
► Get 1000 Cosmology kills
► Adds Hidden Hand perk:
Increases the aim assist and targeting acquisition stats.

► Increases range by +18.
Season 1
Tommy's MatchbookAuto RifleEnergyB › AverageQuestYesShadowkeepTommy's Matchbook Catalyst Destiny 2
Tommy's Matchbook
| Auto Rifle
Average

B

Complete Banshee-44's quest

Shadowkeep
► Get 700 kills► Adds Heat of the Moment perk: While Ignition Trigger is active, your health recovers much faster.Season 10
D.A.R.C.I.Sniper RifleHeavyB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayDARCI Catalyst Destiny 2
D.A.R.C.I.
| Sniper Rifle
Average

B

Kill enemies in PVE

Free-to-Play
► Get 300 kills► Increases stability by +18.Season 1
Black TalonSwordHeavyB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayBlack Talon Catalyst Destiny 2
Black Talon
| Sword
Average

B

Kill enemies in PVE

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Adds Reversal perk:
Shots blocked immediately after guarding increase the damage of Crow’s Wings for a very short duration.
Season 4
ColdheartTrace RifleEnergyB › AverageStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayColdheart Catalyst Destiny 2
Coldheart
| Trace Rifle
Average

B

Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Free-to-Play
► Get 300 kills►Increases stability by +18 and reload speed by +18.Season 1
DeathbringerRocket LauncherHeavyB › AveragePlaylist Activity completionsYesShadowkeepDeathbringer Catalyst Destiny 2
Deathbringer
| Rocket Launcher
Average

B

Completions of Playlist activities

Shadowkeep
► Get 400 kills► Adds Dead Weight perk:
Increases how quickly Dark Descent reaches its full potential.
Season 14
MercilessFusion RifleEnergyB › AverageStrikes or NightfallsYesFree-to-PlayMerciless Catalyst Destiny 2
Merciless
| Fusion Rifle
Average

B

Kills or completions in Strikes or Nightfalls

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Increases stability by +36 and range by +36.Season 1
Cerberus+1Auto RifleKineticB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayCerberus+1 Catalyst Destiny 2
Cerberus+1
| Auto Rifle
Average

B

Kill enemies in PVE

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Adds Focused Fire perk:
Hold reload to swap to a tighter, close-ranged spread.
Season 4
Vigilance WingPulse RifleKineticB › AverageCrucibleYesFree-to-PlayVigilance Wing Catalyst Destiny 2
Vigilance Wing
| Pulse Rifle
Average

B

Kills or wins in the Crucible

Free-to-Play
► Get 250 PVP kills
► 5 Blood for Blood medals
► Adds Full Auto Trigger System perk:
Makes the weapon fire fully automatic when holding down the fire button.
Season 1
Polaris LanceScout RifleEnergyB › AveragePlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayPolaris Lance Catalyst Destiny 2
Polaris Lance
| Scout Rifle
Average

B

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 Kills
► Get 50 Perfect Fifth kills
► Adds Dragonfly perk:
Precision kills create an explosion around defeated enemy.
Season 14
SymmetryScout RifleEnergyB › AverageQuestYesShadowkeepSymmetry Catalyst Destiny 2
Symmetry
| Scout Rifle
Average

B

Complete Banshee-44's quest

Shadowkeep
► Get 700 kills► Adds Electric Styx perk:
Increases the max stack size of Dynamic Charge from x15 to x20.
Season 9
Leviathan's BreathCombat BowHeavyB › AveragePVE KillsYesShadowkeepLeviathan's Breath Catalyst art
Leviathan's Breath
| Combat Bow
Average

B

Defeat Powerful enemies with Leviathan's Breath

Shadowkeep
► Obtain 1500 points. Kills give 1 point► Adds Colossal Quiver perk:
Expands the ammo reserves by +5.
Season 12
Sleeper SimulantLinear Fusion RifleHeavyB › AverageNightfall Ordeals completionsYesFree-to-PlaySleeper Simulant Catalyst Destiny 2
Sleeper Simulant
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Average

B

Completions of Nightfall Ordeals

Free-to-Play
► Get 300 kills► Lowers the weapon charge rate stat by -250 and expands the ammo reserves.Season 14
Tractor CannonShotgunHeavyB › AveragePVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayTractor Cannon Catalyst Destiny 2
Tractor Cannon
| Shotgun
Average

B

Kill enemies in PVE

Free-to-Play
► Get 300 kills► Adds Deeper Pockets perk: Increases the magazine size by +3 and expands ammo reserves.Season 1
Ticuu's DivinationCombat BowEnergyB › AverageQuestYesBeyond LightTicuu's Divination Catalyst art
Ticuu's Divination
| Combat Bow
Average

B

Complete Banshee-44's quest

Beyond Light
► Get 700 kills► Adds Causality Quiver perk:
Perfectly drawn arrows that detonate Sacred Flames increase arrow damage. Striking targets unaffected by Sacred Flame refreshes Causality Arrows' duration.
Season 13
Vex MythoclastFusion RifleEnergyB › AverageRaidYesFree-to-PlayVex Mythoclast Catalyst Destiny 2
Vex Mythoclast
| Fusion Rifle
Average

B

Vault of Glass Puzzle

Free-to-Play
► Get 700 kills► Adds Calculated Balance perk:
While in full auto mode, final blows with this weapon grant bonus damage, accuracy, and stability for a short duration.
Season 14
Lord of WolvesShotgunEnergyC › WeakAny activityYesFree-to-PlayLord of Wolves Catalyst Destiny 2
Lord of Wolves
| Shotgun
Weak

C

Completions or kills in Gambit, Crucible, Strikes, or Nightfalls

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Adds Fang and Claw perk:
Increases reload speed while Release the Wolves is active and increases stability when it's not.
Season 4
SturmHand CannonKineticC › WeakPVE KillsYesFree-to-PlaySturm Catalyst Destiny 2
Sturm
| Hand Cannon
Weak

C

Kill enemies in PVE on Nessus

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 Sturm kills
► Get 500 Drang kills
► Increases handling by +40 and range by +18.Season 1
Skyburner's OathScout RifleEnergyC › WeakPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlaySkyburner's Oath Catalyst Destiny 2
Skyburner's Oath
| Scout Rifle
Weak

C

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 1000 Cabal kills► Increases range by +27.Season 14
TelestoFusion RifleEnergyC › WeakLost Sectors completionsYesFree-to-PlayTelesto Catalyst Destiny 2
Telesto
| Fusion Rifle
Weak

C

Complete Legend or Master Lost Sectors

Free-to-Play
► Get 300 kills► Adds Deeper Pockets perk:
Increases the magazine size by +3 and expands ammo reserves.
Season 14
The ColonyGrenade LauncherHeavyC › WeakCrucibleYesFree-to-PlayColony Catalyst Destiny 2
The Colony
| Grenade Launcher
Weak

C

Kills or wins in the Crucible

Free-to-Play
► Get 500 kills► Adds Deeper Pockets perk:
Increases the magazine size by +1 and expands ammo reserves.
Season 2
Sweet BusinessAuto RifleKineticC › WeakPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlaySweet Business Catalyst Destiny 2
Sweet Business
| Auto Rifle
Weak

C

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► Get 250 Multikills► Adds Serious Business perk: Reduces incoming flinch when firing Sweet Business at full speed.Season 1
Worldline ZeroSwordHeavyD › WorstPVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayWorldline Zero Catalyst Destiny 2
Worldline Zero
| Sword
Worst

D

Kill enemies in PVE with a sword equipped

Free-to-Play
► Get 300 kills► Adds Another Dimension perk:
Reduces the activation time for the perk Tesseract.
Season 14
BorealisSniper RifleEnergyD › WorstPVE KillsYesFree-to-PlayBorealis Catalyst Destiny 2
Borealis
| Sniper Rifle
Worst

D

Kill enemies in PVE

Free-to-Play
► Get 150 Solar Mode kills, 150 Void Mode kills, 150 Arc Mode kills► Increases reload speed by +18.Season 1

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

  • 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 an already great weapon.

Destiny 2 Catalysts in-depth:

How to get Catalysts in Destiny 2

There are 11 different methods to acquire Catalysts in Destiny 2:

  1. Participating in any activity
  2. Complete a specific quest
  3. Complete Playlist Activities
  4. Complete Strikes or Nightfalls
  5. Complete Nightfall: Ordeals
  6. Get PVE Kills
  7. Complete Legend or Master Lost Sectors
  8. Get Kills and Wins in the Crucible
  9. Participate in the Guardian Games event
  10. Complete the Vault of Glass Raid
  11. Complete the Grasp of Avarice Dungeon

The table above will tell you exactly what is required to get a specific Catalyst.

Catalysts & the DCV

When Bungie introduced the Destiny Content Vault (DCV), close to 50% of the game was “vaulted” and effectively removed from the game. Roughly half of the locations, activities, quests and gear were removed from the game and still cannot be experienced to this day. As explained by Bungie:

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.

With the DCV, several Exotic weapons and catalysts were removed too and became unavailable to new players for a long time.

Reintroduced Exotic catalysts

Slowly, Bungie has been reintroducing some of those lost catalysts. With the release of the Witch Queen expansion, the following Catalysts were reintroduced:

  • Outbreak Perfected
  • Whisper of the Worm
  • The Fourth Horseman
  • Hawkmoon
  • Dead Man’s Tale
  • Ager’s Scepter

In Season of the Chosen (S13), 9 catalysts were reintroduced:

  • Bad Juju
  • Izanagi’s Burden
  • Sleeper Simulant
  • The Huckleberry
  • Worldline Zero
  • Polaris Lance
  • Telesto
  • Legend of Acrius
  • Skyburner’s Oath

At this stage, virtually all existing catalysts are available to new players (except Heir Apparent’s, which can only be obtained during the yearly Guardian Games event).

It’s 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.

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, Catalysts are not overly complicated, but they are part of yet 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 start chasing and unlocking more catalysts.

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 with the release of The Witch Queen expansion and Season 16:

  • Grand Ouverture’s catalyst
  • Dead Messenger’s catalyst
  • Le Monarque’s catalyst

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19 Comments
  1. Hudson

    Why is the Suros Regime marked as not available?

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  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.

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    • 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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    • Noone

      I used to write bots for another popular game and almost all of the seller’s of such services were in the same IRC chat I belonged to— short version it’s that they use a lot of hacks and/or bots to do the hard work. This puts your account at significant risk.

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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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  9. Freak

    FYI – Le Monarque has a catalyst now…

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  10. dino

    The Dead Messenger and Grand Overture catalyst effects are out of order.

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