Destiny 2 How to farm Exotic Engrams in 2023

by | Jul 17, 2023

Exotics are some of the most sought-after items in the entire game. It’s only natural that chasing and farming Exotics is an important part of the Destiny experience.

There are several ways to acquire Exotics in Destiny 2. Some are locked behind specific activities, such as Raids or specific quests, but most Exotics can be earned through Exotic engrams.

What is an Exotic Engram?

Exotic engrams are rare items you can earn after completing an activity or encounter. Exotic engrams can be decrypted into either an Exotic weapon or armor piece, but unlike Seasonal or Prime engrams, they will decrypt automatically and transform into a random Exotic as soon as you claim it. Be aware that a select few Exotic engrams won’t decrypt automatically as they are meant to be used for Exotic armor Focusing.

How do they work?

Exotic engrams are not entirely random anymore. They now feature a light “bad luck” protection system that prioritizes items you haven’t earned before. This is how it works:

  1. Exotic engrams will automatically decrypt into an Exotic weapon or armor you have never earned before
  2. If you have already found every Exotic in the loot pool, Exotic Engrams will decrypt into a random Exotic armor piece with a random roll

This means that chasing Exotic engrams is the best method to find a specific Exotic weapon. If you’re looking for, say, Trinity Ghoul, each Exotic engram you earn will bring you closer to finding it thanks to this back luck protection.

Destiny 2 Exotic Engram

One of the best sights in the game…

Exotic Engram rewards: Weapons

These are all the Exotic weapons you can acquire through Exotic engrams:

Exotic Engrams: Weapons

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 CrimsonCrimsonHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 2KineticNo
Destiny 2 The Huckleberry artThe HuckleberrySubmachine GunExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 3KineticNo
Destiny 2 The Jade Rabbit artThe Jade RabbitScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 2KineticNo
Destiny 2 Vigilance Wing artVigilance WingPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1KineticNo
Destiny 2 SUROS RegimeSUROS RegimeAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 3KineticNo
Destiny 2 Monte CarloMonte CarloAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 8KineticNo
Destiny 2 Cerberus+1 artCerberus+1Auto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 4KineticNo
Destiny 2 Trinity Ghoul artTrinity GhoulCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryArcForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Graviton Lance artGraviton LancePulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Sunshot artSunshotHand CannonExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Merciless artMercilessFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Best

S

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Lord of Wolves artLord of WolvesShotgunExoticExoticSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 4EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Coldheart artColdheartTrace RifleExoticExoticSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2Skyburner's OathScout RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Wavesplitter artWavesplitterTrace RifleExoticExoticSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 4EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Fighting Lion artFighting LionGrenade LauncherExoticExoticPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Average

B

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Hard LightHard LightAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Average

B

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Telesto artTelestoFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Weak

C

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 2EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Prometheus Lens artPrometheus LensTrace RifleExoticExoticSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 2EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Borealis artBorealisSniper RifleExoticExoticSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Worst

D

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Tractor Cannon artTractor CannonShotgunExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Thunderlord artThunderlordMachine GunExoticExoticHeavyArcForsaken PackYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PvE + PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4HeavyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox artTwo-Tailed FoxRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 4HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Prospector artThe ProspectorGrenade LauncherExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Weak

C

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Wardcliff CoilThe Wardcliff CoilRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Weak

C

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe QueenbreakerLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Worst

D

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 4HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Black TalonBlack TalonSwordExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Worst

D

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 4HeavyNo
Destiny 2 DARCI artD.A.R.C.I.Sniper RifleExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Worst

D

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Colony artThe ColonyGrenade LauncherExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Worst

D

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 2HeavyNo

If you didn’t find a specific Exotic on this list, it is because it’s not part of the Exotic engrams loot pool and requires another acquisition method.

Exotic Engram rewards: Armor

Unlike Exotic weapons, which have many different sources ranging from Raids to Quests, Exotic armor can be either earned through Exotic Engrams or Legend/Master Lost Sectors.

In fact, the vast majority of Armor pieces are part of the Exotic Engram loot pool:

Exotic Engrams: Armor

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Aeon Soul Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Aeon Soul

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Aeon Exotics have an additional mod socket which is used for Aeon Cult mods."
Apotheosis Veil Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Apotheosis Veil

WarlockHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Immediately regenerate health, melee, grenade, and Rift energy upon activating your Super. Nearby allies recharge class abilities faster."
Astrocyte Verse Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Astrocyte Verse

WarlockHelmForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 7Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Blink further and more frequently. Weapon readies quickly out of Blink and radar remains up. Provides a moderate benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of all weapons."
Chromatic Fire Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Chromatic Fire

WarlockChestForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Precision final blows from Kinetic weapons create an explosion that deals damage in the element of your subclass and applies elemental effects."
Claws of Ahamkara Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Claws of Ahamkara

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Gain an additional melee charge. Charged melee final blows spawn an Orb of Power."
Contraverse Hold Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Contraverse Hold

WarlockArmsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Resist incoming damage while charging your Void grenade with Chaos Accelerant, Feed the Void, or Handheld Supernova. Charged Void grenades return an amount of grenade energy on a hit."
Crown of Tempests Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Crown of Tempests

WarlockHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Arc ability kills increase the recharge rate of your Arc abilities and extend the duration of Stormtrance."
Eye of Another World Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Eye of Another World

WarlockHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Highlights priority targets and improves the regeneration speed of your grenade, melee, and Rift abilities."
Felwinter's Helm Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Felwinter's Helm

WarlockHelmShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 10Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "Powered melee final blows create a burst of energy that weakens nearby targets. Finishers and final blows against more powerful targets increase the radius of the burst and the length of the weakening effect."
Geomag Stabilizers Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Geomag Stabilizers

WarlockLegsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Damaging targets with Chaos Reach extends its duration. Collecting Ionic Traces grants you energy for Chaos Reach."
Getaway Artist Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Getaway Artist

WarlockArmsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 6Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Convert your Arc Grenade into a supercharged Arc Soul. The Arc Soul functions as an autonomous turret."
Karnstein Armlets Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Karnstein Armlets

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Melee kills instantly restore a large amount of health and continue to restore health afterwards for a short duration."
Lunafaction Boots Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Lunafaction Boots

WarlockLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Your Rifts gain the additional ability to increase weapon reload speeds. Empowering Rift makes weapons effective over longer ranges."
Nezarec's Sin Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Nezarec's Sin

WarlockHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Void-damage kills increase ability energy recharge rate."
Ophidian Aspect Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Ophidian Aspect

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Weapons ready and reload very quickly. Provides a small benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of all weapons."
Phoenix Protocol Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Phoenix Protocol

WarlockChestForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Kills and assists you make while standing in your Well of Radiance return Super energy."
Promethium Spur Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Promethium Spur

WarlockLegsShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 9Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "Defeating combatants or Guardians while Daybreak is active creates a healing and empowering rift at their location. While standing in any rift, Solar weapon final blows grant Rift energy. When your Rift energy is full, final blows consume your Rift energy and create a healing and empowering rift at the target's location."
Sanguine Alchemy Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Sanguine Alchemy

WarlockChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "While standing in any rift, gain a bonus to weapons with a damage type matching your subclass damage type. Weapon final blows while standing in any rift pause the rift's countdown, extending its duration."
Skull of Dire Ahamkara Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Skull of Dire Ahamkara

WarlockHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Provides additional damage resistance during Nova Bomb. Nova Bomb kills grant Super energy."
Starfire Protocol Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Starfire Protocol

WarlockChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Fusion Grenades have an additional charge and recharge from empowered weapon damage, with empowered weapon final blows granting more energy. Defeating targets with Fusion Grenades grant Rift energy."
Stormdancer's Brace Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Stormdancer's Brace

WarlockChestShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 8Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "Each target you defeat with Stormtrance increases the damage you deal with it and refunds Super energy when Stormtrance ends."
Sunbracers Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Sunbracers

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases the duration of Solar Grenades. Solar melee kills grant unlimited Solar Grenade energy for a brief time."
The Stag Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

The Stag

WarlockHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Your Rift provides damage reduction to allied Guardians standing in it. Grants Rift energy when you are critically wounded. On your death, creates a healing rift on your corpse."
Transversive Steps Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Transversive Steps

WarlockLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Sprint speed increased. After a short time sprinting, your currently equipped weapon is automatically reloaded."
Verity's Brow Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Verity's Brow

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Weapon final blows with a damage type matching your subclass energy grant Death Throes, which provides a grenade damage bonus and grants you grenade energy. When you have Death Throes and throw a grenade, nearby allies gain greatly increased grenade regeneration for a short time."
Vesper of Radius Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Vesper of Radius

WarlockChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Rifts periodically release Arc shockwaves. Final blows with these shockwaves create an Arc explosion. While an Arc subclass is equipped, the shockwaves and subsequent explosions blind nearby targets. Rift energy recharges faster when you are surrounded by targets."
Wings of Sacred Dawn Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Wings of Sacred Dawn

WarlockChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "When Dawnblade is equipped, aiming weapons while you're midair suspends you there for a short time, reducing incoming flinch and granting damage resistance. Weapon hits extend this effect's duration, and weapon final blows reload your Solar weapons from reserves. Provides a large benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of all weapons."
Winter's Guile Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Winter's Guile

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Defeating targets with melee attacks increases your melee damage. Targets encased by Penumbral Blast automatically shatter."
Aeon Swift Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Aeon Swift

HunterArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Aeon Exotics have an additional mod socket which is used for Aeon Cult mods."
Assassin's Cowl Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Assassin's Cowl

HunterHelmShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 8Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "Powered melee final blows grant invisibility and restore a portion of health and shields. Finishers and final blows against more powerful targets increase the duration of the invisibility and the amount of health and shields."
Celestial Nighthawk Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Celestial Nighthawk

HunterHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Modifies Golden Gun to fire a single high-damage shot. Enemies eliminated by the shot explode and grant you Super energy."
Foetracer Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Foetracer

HunterHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Damaging a powerful combatant or Guardian with an ability grants you a temporary bonus to weapon damage matching your subclass type. Defeating that target with a weapon matching the damage type of your subclass creates an elemental pickup."
Fr0st-EE5 Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Fr0st-EE5

HunterLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increased grenade, melee, and dodge regeneration while sprinting. Dodging increases your sprint speed."
Gemini Jester Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Gemini Jester

HunterLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Dodging disorients nearby enemies and temporarily removes their radar."
Graviton Forfeit Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Graviton Forfeit

HunterHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases the duration of any invisibility effects. While you are invisible, your melee recharges faster, your weapons reload faster, and your Recovery is greatly increased."
Gwisin Vest Hunter Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Gwisin Vest

HunterChestForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Each Spectral Blades kill you make before going into stealth will restore more of your Super energy."
Khepri's Sting Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Khepri's Sting

HunterArmsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 7Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Punching someone with full melee energy will instantly cast Smoke Bomb. Gain Truesight while in your own Smoke Bomb effect. Your smoke bombs deal increased damage."
Knucklehead Radar Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Knucklehead Radar

HunterHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Provides radar while you're aiming. Enhances your radar resolution while crouched. Visually marks targets. Deals more damage to low-health marked targets. Provides a small benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of all weapons."
Liar's Handshake Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Liar's Handshake

HunterArmsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 6Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Using your Arc melee ability or being hit by a melee attack will allow you to follow up with an extremely powerful melee counterpunch that will heal you."
Lucky Pants Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Lucky Pants

HunterLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "When you ready a fully loaded Hand Cannon that deals kinetic damage or a damage type that matches your subclass energy type, each hit from that Hand Cannon increases the damage of the next shot for a short time against a combatant. Hand Cannons ready faster and are more accurate immediately after swapping to them."
Lucky Raspberry Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Lucky Raspberry

HunterChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases the chaining capabilities of Arcbolt Grenades. Damaging enemies with Jolt lightning strikes and collecting Ionic Traces both grant additional Arcbolt Grenade energy. Arcbolt Grenades stun [Disruption] Overload Champions and delay their health regeneration."
Mechaneer's Tricksleeves Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Mechaneer's Tricksleeves

HunterArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases Sidearm ready and reload speed. While you're critically wounded, swapping to a Sidearm increases its damage."
Oathkeeper Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Oathkeeper

HunterArmsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Bow charges can be held indefinitely. Gain a bonus to the Bow's damage when released, based on how long the charge was held. Provides a moderate benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of Bows."
Ophidia Spathe Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Ophidia Spathe

HunterChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Grants two knives per charge."
Orpheus Rig Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Orpheus Rig

HunterLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Provides ability energy for each enemy tethered by Deadfall anchors. Moebius Quiver has more shots."
Raiden Flux Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Raiden Flux

HunterChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Quick successive attacks with Arc Staff increase its damage output and duration."
Raiju's Harness Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Raiju's Harness

HunterChestShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 10Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: " In Super, deactivate Arc Staff early to create a blinding explosion and gain a temporary boost to Arc weapon damage. Arc Staff consumes energy more slowly when not attacking."
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Sealed Ahamkara Grasps

HunterArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Dealing melee damage reloads your currently equipped weapon. Charged melee final blows reload all weapons. Provides a large benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of all weapons, and movement speed and jump height after dealing melee damage."
Shards of Galanor Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Shards of Galanor

HunterArmsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Hits and kills with Blade Barrage will return Super energy after the Super ends."
Shinobu's Vow Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Shinobu's Vow

HunterArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Improves Skip Grenade, and you gain an additional Skip Grenade charge. Skip Grenade returns energy when it damages enemies."
St0mp-EE5 Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

St0mp-EE5

HunterLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases sprint speed and slide distance while your dodge energy is full and improves High Jump, Strafe Jump, and Triple Jump."
The Bombardiers Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

The Bombardiers

HunterLegsShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 9Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "Dodging leaves behind an explosive that detonates after a short delay, damaging targets around it and creating a secondary effect based on your subclass energy type: Arc Blinds, Solar Burns, Void Suppresses and Stasis Slows targets."
The Dragon's Shadow Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

The Dragon's Shadow

HunterChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Dodging reloads all weapons and increases both movement and weapon handling speeds for a brief time."
The Sixth Coyote Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

The Sixth Coyote

HunterChestForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Gain a second dodge charge."
Wormhusk Crown Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Wormhusk Crown

HunterHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "We strive to know infinity, and sharpen our minds on the whetstone of the impossible."
Young Ahamkara's Spine Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Young Ahamkara's Spine

HunterArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases Tripmine Grenade duration and blast radius. Ability damage grants Tripmine Grenade energy."
ACD0 Feedback Fence Titan Destiny 2

ACD/0 Feedback Fence

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Melee hits grant Armor Charge, and you take less melee damage while you have Armor Charge. Taking melee damage causes you to emit a burst of damaging Arc energy that Jolts targets, consuming your Armor Charge and dealing more damage based on the number of stacks consumed."
Actium War Rig Titan Destiny 2

Actium War Rig

TitanChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Steadily reloads a portion of your equipped Auto Rifle's or Machine Gun's magazine from reserves."
Aeon Safe Rig Titan Destiny 2

Aeon Safe

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk? Instead of an Intrinsic perk, Aeon Exotics have an additional mod socket which is used for Aeon Cult mods.
An Insurmountable Skullfort Titan Destiny 2

An Insurmountable Skullfort

TitanHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Kills with Arc melee abilities trigger health regeneration and restore melee energy."
Antaeus Wards Titan Destiny 2

Antaeus Wards

TitanLegsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Improved slide. Sliding after sprinting for a short time reflects incoming projectiles."
Armamentarium Titan Destiny 2

Armamentarium

TitanChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Gain an additional grenade charge."
Ashen Wake Titan Destiny 2

Ashen Wake

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Fusion Grenades now explode on impact and gain increased throw speed. Final blows with Fusion Grenades grant grenade energy."
Citan's Ramparts Titan Destiny 2

Citan's Ramparts

TitanArmsShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 10Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "You and your allies can shoot through your Towering Barricade, which has reduced health and duration."
Crest of Alpha Lupi Titan Destiny 2

Crest of Alpha Lupi

TitanChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Generates an additional Orb of Power from Supers and a healing pulse when Barricade is activated."
Doom Fang Pauldron Titan Destiny 2

Doom Fang Pauldron

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Defeating targets with Void damage has a chance to grant an escalating bonus to damage with Void weapons. Defeating targets with Void melee grants Super energy. While Sentinel Shield is active, defeating targets with melee attacks recharges Shield Throw, which extends your Super on hitting a target."
Dunemarchers Titan Destiny 2

Dunemarchers

TitanLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases sprint speed. Sprinting builds up a static charge. After melee-attacking an enemy, that charge will chain damage to nearby enemies."
Eternal Warrior Titan Destiny 2

Eternal Warrior

TitanHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Arc final blows grant an escalating damage bonus with Arc weapons. Gain an overshield when activating Fists of Havoc, and gain the highest tier damage bonus to Arc weapons when your Fists of Havoc Super ends."
Hallowfire Heart Titan Destiny 2

Hallowfire Heart

TitanChestFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Solar takedowns while standing in a Sunspot create a Sunspot. Greatly improves recharge rate of your Solar abilities while your Super is charged. Provides a small benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of all weapons."
Heart of Inmost Light Titan Destiny 2

Heart of Inmost Light

TitanChestForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Using an ability (grenade, melee, or Barricade) empowers the other two abilities. Empowered means abilities have faster regen, melees and grenades do more damage, and Barricades have more hit points."
Helm of Saint-14 Titan Destiny 2

Helm of Saint-14

TitanHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Enemies that enter Ward of Dawn are blinded, while allies that pass through gain an overshield. Guarding with Sentinel Shield blinds nearby enemies."
Khepri's Horn Titan Destiny 2

Khepri's Horn

TitanHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Solar final blows recharge your Barricade, which unleashes a blast of Solar energy that scorches targets when summoned."
Lion Rampant Titan Destiny 2

Lion Rampant

TitanLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Provides additional aerial maneuverability and enables accurate hipfire while you're in the air during Lift."
Mask of the Quiet One Titan Destiny 2

Mask of the Quiet One

TitanHelmFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Grants ability energy when you're damaged. When critically wounded, regain maximum health on kills."
Mk. 44 Stand Asides Titan Destiny 2

Mk. 44 Stand Asides

TitanLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Grants an overshield when you're sprinting at full health with Seismic Strike, Hammer Strike, or Shield Bash equipped and charged. Hits with these abilities recharge a portion of your melee energy."
One-Eyed Mask Titan Destiny 2

One-Eyed Mask

TitanHelmForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Highlights the enemy who dares to damage you. Track down and destroy your enemy for an overshield."
Peacekeepers Titan Destiny 2

Peacekeepers

TitanLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Reloads stowed Submachine Guns and allows you to ready them instantly. Improves your handling with SMGs and your movement while wielding one."
Peregrine Greaves Titan Destiny 2

Peregrine Greaves

TitanLegsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 7Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "All shoulder charge abilities (Seismic Strike, Hammer Strike, or Shield Bash) deal bonus damage when activated in the air."
Phoenix Cradle Titan Destiny 2

Phoenix Cradle

TitanLegsShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 8Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "Sun Warrior lasts twice as long. Allies who pass through your Sunspots are granted Sun Warrior."
Severance Enclosure Titan Destiny 2

Severance Enclosure

TitanChestShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 9Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "Powered melee final blows unleash a damaging explosion. Finishers and final blows against more powerful targets increase the radius and damage of the explosion."
Stronghold Titan Destiny 2

Stronghold

TitanArmsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 6Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Maximizes guard stats on equipped Swords. You take reduced damage while blocking with a Sword. Rapidly damaging targets after blocking shots with a Sword grants restoration for a duration determined by the number of shots blocked."
Synthoceps Titan Destiny 2

Synthoceps

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increased melee lunge range. Improved melee and Super damage when you're surrounded."
Ursa Furiosa Titan Destiny 2

Ursa Furiosa

TitanArmsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Move faster while guarding when Sentinel Shield is active. Guarded damage converts to Super energy when the Super ends."
Wormgod Caress Titan Destiny 2

Wormgod Caress

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Melee kills increase melee damage for a period of time. Additional kills extend duration and increase effects."

How to farm Exotic Engrams

There are several ways to obtain Exotic engrams in Destiny 2:

1. Claiming Exotic engrams from the Season Pass

The easier Exotics engrams available to you can be found in the Season Pass. Both the Paid and Free tracks of the Season Pass offer a handful of Exotic engrams. All you need do is earn the XP to unlock them before the season is over. There are 8 Exotic engrams in total, including both free and paid tracks.

Season of the Splicer Season Pass featured

2. Vendor rank resets

Ever since Bungie reworked the different Vendors in the Tower, they have now become a consistent, albeit grindy, method to acquire Exotic engrams. Gambit and Vanguard ranks are notoriously long and tiring to earn, but Crucible and Trials of Osiris are much faster to complete, especially when Bonus ranks weeks are active.

3. Farming Nightfall: The Ordeals

Technically, Exotic engrams randomly drop whenever you play the game, no matter the activity. That said, some activities do offer much higher chances to earn Exotics, namely Nightfall: The Ordeals. The higher the difficulty, the higher the chances to earn Exotics.

4. Visit Xûr every Friday

Finally, every weekend, Xûr offers 1 Exotic engram, 1 weapon and 3 armor pieces (one per class). These are all from the Exotic Engram loot pool, and visiting Xûr every weekend will help you complete the collection significantly faster.

Your turn

Do you have any other good methods to farm Exotic engrams? Let us know in the comments!

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 (and now Diablo 4) for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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2 Comments
  1. m

    Love how you count. 1, 2, 4, 2

    Reply
    • Ric Molina

      After 300+ posts, stuff like that is bound to happen! Thanks for the heads up 😉

      Reply
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