Destiny 2 Hierarchy of Needs: How to get this Exotic Bow

by | Apr 20, 2023

Hierarchy of Needs is a Solar Exotic bow that can only drop when defeating the Spire of the Watcher’s final boss. This Combat bow is not only unique, it’s also considered one of the best Primary ammo weapons for Boss damage.

For all of these reasons, Guardians continue to grind the Spire of the Watcher dungeon every single week. In this guide, we cover how powerful this Exotic bow is and tell you exactly how to get both the weapon and its catalyst.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Hierarchy of Needs art Hierarchy of NeedsExoticExoticPrimarySolarDeluxe EditionYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar


PvESpire of the Watcher DungeonCheckmark icon V3The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 19EnergyCraftableTop-tier

How to get Hierarchy of Needs this Season

The Hierarchy of Needs can only drop when completing the Spire of the Watcher dungeon. Taking into account that Spire is perhaps the shortest and easiest dungeon to date, you shouldn’t have too much trouble farming this dungeon until you finally get your hands on the weapon.

Hierarchy of Needs drop rate

Unlike most Raid and Dungeon exotics that have a fixed Drop rate, you can increase the Hierarchy of Needs’ drop change by completing the following triumphs:

  • The Magnificent One: Complete all encounters in the Spire of the Watcher dungeon solo
  • Resident Vexpert: Complete the Spire of the Watcher dungeon on Master difficulty
  • Devil in the Details: Find and listen to each devilish recording throughout the Spire of the Watcher dungeon

Note that the base Hierarchy of Needs drop rate is unknown. It is estimated that Exotics that drop from a final boss have a drop chance of around 5%.

You can find the entire Spire of the Watcher loot table here.

Hierarchy of Needs Exotic Bow

Hierarchy of Needs, Destiny 2

Is Hierarchy of Needs farmable?

Spire of the Watcher can be infinitely farmed. This means you can run this dungeon several times per week on the same character and obtain a reward every time an encounter is completed. However, this applies to Legendary weapons and armor only.

So, can you farm the exotics? Unfortunately, Dungeon and raid exotics cannot be farmed infinitely. You only get one chance to obtain it per character per week. This includes the. This includes the Hierarchy of Needs bow.

How good is this Hierarchy of Needs this season?

The Hierarchy of Needs features unique Exotic perks that set it apart:

  • Guidance Ring: Precision hits and final blows build Guidance Ring energy. Arrows fired through a Guidance Ring release seeking projectiles, which do more damage based on distance traveled.
  • Apollonic Tangent: Arrows fired through a Guidance Ring release seeking projectiles, which do more damage based on distance traveled.

Hierarchy of Needs is very unique, and it also happens to be excellent at boss damage. It actually beats Outbreak Perfected and Touch of Malice for the top spot in Primary DPS, making it a staple backup weapon. It does a shedload of damage and still has all the bonuses of being a bow.

Because of these unique perks, combined with excellent base stats, we consider the Hierarchy of Need an S Tier Exotic for PvE.

Hierarchy of Needs catalyst: Where to find it?

The catalyst for Hierarchy of Needs can be acquired by completing the Spire of the Watcher dungeon in Master difficulty.

NameTypeSlotCatalyst RankCatalyst SourceAvailable?RequirementsCatalystTierSource ❘ DLCHow to unlockCatalyst effectReleased
Hierarchy of NeedsCombat BowEnergyOngoingSpire of the Watcher Master CompletionYesDeluxe EditionHierarchy of Needs Catalyst art Destiny 2
Hierarchy of Needs
| Combat Bow
Ongoing...Spire of the Watcher Master Completion
The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
► Get 500 kills► Adds Emergency Scramble perk:
Deploying a Guidance Ring or striking a target with a seeking projectile improves draw time and reload speed for a moderate duration.

How to unlock the catalyst?

Once you have found the catalyst, you will need 500 kills to fully unlock it.

To unlock the catalyst as efficiently as possible, any place with lots of easy-to-kill enemies can be a good spot. The Shuro Chi encounter from the Last With raid is a particularly popular spot to farm catalysts.

Before you go…

You can check this season’s new exotics here. If you’re looking for top-tier exotics for PvE, you should definitely check out the excellent Osteo Striga exotic SMG or the Conditional Finality exotic shotgun.

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, 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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