Hawkmoon Exotic Hand Cannon: God Rolls for PvE & PvP

by | Jun 22, 2022 | Weapons

Many didn’t like that Hawkmoon is not the same weapon it was in Destiny 1. But with an extremely lethal Exotic perk and off-the-charts stats, Hawkmoon is perhaps the best hand cannon we have ever seen. Despite this, Hawkmoon has a pretty obvious limitation: it’s only consistent if you are consistent.

Hawkmoon’s perk can become OP pretty quickly, and when used right, it can turn this Exotic into one of the best weapons in Destiny 2. This guide will show you how to get the weapon, what are the best rolls, and, equally importantly, how to find its catalyst.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
HawkmoonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPXûr
Beyond Light
Season 12KineticNo

How to get Hawkmoon in Destiny 2 in 2022

Because of the Destiny Content Vault, the Exotic mission that originally rewarded you the Hawkmoon is no longer around. Nowadays, you can purchase a random roll of the Hawkmoon from Xûr, who is only available in-game during the weekends. He offers completely random rolls, which means that some weeks they will be winners, others, they will be useless.

Hawkmoon god roll Destiny 2 featured

Hawkmoon God Rolls from Xûr, Destiny 2

Hawkmoon costs:

  • 1 Exotic Cipher
  • 1 Ascendant Shard
  • 200 Legendary Shards
  • 125,000 Glimmer

Xûr is available from Friday to Tuesday and can be found either on Nessus, the Tower, or the EDZ. This post covers Xûr’s current location and selection of weapons and rolls.

How good is Hawkmoon in 2022

As mentioned before, Hawkmoon is one of the strongest Hand Cannons in the game. The premise of this gun is simple: it fires normally, until the last shot. That last shot does extra damage depending on how many precision hits you landed throughout the rest of the magazine. This perk can get strong pretty quickly, and can even allow you to 1-shot a Guardian with the right amount of stacks.

This means that Hawkmoon is only consistent if you are consistent. To make this weapon shine, you need to be on your A-game all the time. And while this is a fun and strong choice at times, other options just don’t require as much consistency from you to be just as good.

NameTypeAmmo typeElementRankExcelsSourceWeapon ❘ TypeTier rankSource ❘ RequiresFinal Verdict
HawkmoonHand CannonPrimaryKineticA › StrongPVPXûr
Hawkmoon
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Xûr

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Final blows and precision hits with Hawkmoon grant stacks of Paracausal Charge. The final round in the magazine deals bonus damage based on the number of stacks. Stowing Hawkmoon on the final round removes this bonus."

► Many don't like it that Hawkmoon is not the same weapon it was in Destiny 1, but with an extremely lethal Exotic perk and off-the-charts stats, Hawkmoon is perhaps the best hand cannon we have ever seen.

Where it shines: Hawkmoon can truly excel in PvP, provided you can hit your shots and pace your game.

Where it doesn’t: You’ll rarely see Hawkmoon in PvE. It can work with some crazy builds involving something like the Lucky Pants. Other than that, other Exotics will provide more lethality without requiring a complicated setup.

Hamwkmoon God Rolls for PvE and PvP

Unlike the Osteo Striga, which can be shaped into the god roll you desire, the Hawkmoon can only offer one random roll per week. In other words, it could take a while before you can acquire the god roll you’re chasing. Fret not, however, as the weapon offers more than a few excellent perks for PvE and PvP.

Hawkmoon hand cannon Destiny 2 featured

Hawkmoon, Destiny 2

Hawkmoon PvP god roll

For PvP, you’re looking for perks that will provide consistency (and range, when possible):

  • Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling, Polygonal Rifling, or Smallbore: These will help with Range and/or Stability.
  • Mag: Alloy Mag: This is the only choice available for this weapon.
  • Trait: Rangefinder, Opening Shot, or Eye of the Storm: Rangefinder is an excellent perk for hand cannons all-around. Eye of the Storm might not look that good on paper, but it remains one of the best perks for dueling.
  • Grip: Smooth Grip or Heavy Grip: These will help with Handling and/or Stability.

These recommendations come from Fallout‘s excellent breakdown video.

Hawkmoon PvE god roll

Albeit Hawkmoon wasn’t made to shine in PvE, these are the rolls you might want to try for PvE:

  • Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling, Polygonal Rifling, or Smallbore: These will help with Range and/or Stability.
  • Mag: Alloy Mag: This is the only choice available for this weapon.
  • Trait: Surplus or Killing Wind.
  • Grip: Smooth Grip or Heavy Grip: These will help with Handling and/or Stability.

Thanks to Ehroar for this recommendation!

Hawkmoon catalyst: Where to find it?

The catalyst for the Hawkmoon can randomly drop from completing playlist activities (Strikes, Crucible, Gambit). It originally dropped from the Harbringer Exotic quest, but since it was removed from the game, the catalyst’s source was changed accordingly:

The Hawkmoon, DMT, and Ager’s Scepter catalysts will be moved to the playlist activity (Strikes, Crucible, Gambit) completions.

NameTypeSlotCatalyst RankCatalyst SourceAvailable?RequirementsCatalystTierSource ❘ DLCHow to unlock itCatalyst effectReleased
HawkmoonHand CannonKineticA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesBeyond LightHawkmoon Catalyst art
Hawkmoon
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Playlist Activity completions

Beyond Light
► 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
Hawkmoon Exotic hand cannon Destiny 2 900p

Hawkmoon God Rolls & Catalyst, Destiny 2

Hawkmoon’s catalyst unlocks the following perk:

  • Hunter’s Trance: Increases magazine size to 9. Also increases handling, reload speed, and range based on the number of Paracausal Charge stacks.

How to unlock the catalyst?

To unlock Hawkmoon’s catalyst, you’ll need 700 kills with the weapon.

Your turn

If you don’t have the Hawkmoon already, I keep an eye on Xûr and buy one as soon as he offers a decent roll. This is an extremely fun (and strong) weapon to use on PvP!

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 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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