Destiny 2 Monument to Lost Lights

All Exotics Ranked & Costs

By Ric aka Prim | Nov 14, 2020

No expansion has had such an impact on Destiny 2 as Beyond Light.

The Expansion itself is impressive. It includes a new Destination with a dynamic weather system, an excellent campaign, a new subclass, and much more. But also with Beyond Light, entire Destinations, and several quests and activities were removed from the game and put into the Destiny Content Vault (DCV).

And as an indirect result, many of the Exotic quests required to earn some of the most popular Exotic weapons were removed too.

Luckily Bungie was quick to react and created a new system to earn those weapons: The Monument to Lost Lights. You can find it at the Tower, next to the Vault:

Monument to Lost Lights Tower Destiny 2

The new Exotics kiosk in the Tower


A new Exotics Kiosk: The Monument to Lost Lights

Exotics offered by the Monument to Lost Lights are quite expensive. And even if you’re a veteran with maxed out glimmer and thousands of planetary resources, these weapons still require Ascendant Shards and Exotic ciphers (which are limited to 1 per account at any given time!).

For that reason, it’s key to prioritize what exotics you should get first. To help you with that, the list below with every Exotic offered by the Monument to Lost Lights also includes costs and a Tier ranking:

  • 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.

The list starts with S Tier and moves down until it reaches the bottom Tier.  Also, you can filter and sort the list however you prefer:

WeaponTierExcels inCostExotic PerkTypeSlot
Destiny 2 Anarchy
Anarchy | Grenade Launcher
Best

S

PVE► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 150,000 Glimmer
► 240 Spoils of Conquest
► 2 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

"Grenades stick to surfaces and chain Arc bolts to other mines. It also has the Moving Target perk."
Grenade LauncherHeavy
Destiny 2 Thorn
Thorn | Hand Cannon
Best

S

PVP► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Dusklight Shard
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"Rounds pierce targets and deal damage over time. Kills leave behind Remnants which, when absorbed, increase damage."
Hand CannonKinetic
Destiny 2 Izanagi's Burden
Izanagi's Burden | Sniper Rifle
Best

S

PVE► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 150,000 Glimmer
► 250 Spinmetal Leaves
► 2 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

"Holding reload consumes the magazine and loads a round with additional range and damage."
Sniper RifleKinetic
Destiny 2 Eriana's Vow art
Eriana's Vow | Hand Cannon
Best

S

PVE► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Helium Filaments
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

"Fires special Shield Piercing rounds shield-piercing ammunition. Bonus damage when aiming down sights on the opening shot of an attack."
Hand CannonEnergy
Destiny 2 Bastion
Bastion | Fusion Rifle
Best

S

PVP► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Etheric Spiral
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

"Charge to fire 3 spreads of Kinetic slugs. A portion of this weapon's damage bypasses elemental shields."
Fusion RifleKinetic
Destiny 2 Jotunn
Jötunn | Fusion Rifle
Strong

A

PVE + PVP► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Microphasic Datalattice
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

"Hold down the trigger to charge up a tracking shot that explodes and burns on impact. Energy matched shield explosion disorients enemies."
Fusion RifleEnergy
Destiny 2 The Last Word
The Last Word | Hand Cannon
Strong

A

PVP► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Etheric Spiral
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"This weapon fires full auto. Hip-fire shots deal bonus precision damage while increasing reload speed and accuracy."
Hand CannonKinetic
Destiny 2 Ace of Spades art
Ace of Spades | Hand Cannon
Strong

A

PVP► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Etheric Spiral
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"Precision kills increase reload speed and cause the target to explode. Reloading after a kill increases damage. Grants radar while aiming down sights."
Hand CannonKinetic
Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius art
Legend of Acrius | Shotgun
Strong

A

PVE► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 150,000 Glimmer
► 240 Spoils of Conquest
► 2 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

"This weapon fires blasts of high-damage Arc energy that over penetrates enemies. Its radar detects enemies from farther away."
ShotgunHeavy
Destiny 2 Rat King art
Rat King | Sidearm
Strong

A

PVE► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Helium Filaments
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"This fully automatic weapon becomes stronger when nearby allies also have it equipped. Reloading immediately after a kill grants a brief period of invisibility."
SidearmKinetic
Destiny 2 Le Monarque art
Le Monarque | Combat Bow
Strong

A

PVP► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Dusklight Shard
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Primary

"Arrows fired quickly after a full draw become poison arrows. Precision hits with poison arrows spread poison to nearby enemies."
Combat BowEnergy
Destiny 2 Tommy's Matchbook art
Tommy's Matchbook | Auto Rifle
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Spinmetal Leaves
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Primary

"Sustained fire with this weapon overheats it, increasing damage but burning the user. Overheat damage is reduced while hip firing."
Auto RifleEnergy
Destiny 2 Lumina art
Lumina | Hand Cannon
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Baryon Bough
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"Kills with this weapon leave behind Remnants which convert your next hip fired shot into an ally-seeking Noble Round that heals them and grants both of you a weapon damage bonus for a short duration."
Hand CannonKinetic
Destiny 2 Bad Juju art
Bad Juju | Pulse Rifle
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Microphasic Datalattice
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"Kills refill the magazine, increase damage for a short duration, and grant Super energy based on the number of kills. Fires full-auto."
Pulse RifleKinetic
Destiny 2 Truth art
Truth | Rocket Launcher
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Baryon Bough
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

"This weapon's rockets have tracking and detonate when they are within close proximity of their targets."
Rocket LauncherHeavy
Destiny 2 Polaris Lance art
Polaris Lance | Scout Rifle
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Spinmetal Leaves
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Primary

"Precision hits return ammo to the mag. Landing 4 precision hits loads a delayed Solar explosive round for your next shot."
Scout RifleEnergy
Destiny 2 The Fourth Horseman art
The Fourth Horseman | Shotgun
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Dusklight Shard
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Arc Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

"This weapon's rate of fire is increased significantly and fires full auto. Each successive shot has more damage and more spread."
ShotgunEnergy
Destiny 2 Devil's Ruin art
Devil's Ruin | Sidearm
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Dusklight Shard
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Primary

"Variable trigger. Press and release to fire individual shots. Hold to charge up a high-powered, Unstoppable rounds staggering laser."
SidearmEnergy
Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath art
Leviathan's Breath | Combat Bow
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Microphasic Datalattice
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

"Fires a massive heavy bolt that Unstoppable rounds staggers unshielded combatants. When fully drawn, the bolt knocks combatants back."
Combat BowHeavy
Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant art
Sleeper Simulant | Linear Fusion Rifle
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Baryon Bough
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

"The weapon's laser over penetrates enemies and refracts off hard surfaces."
Linear Fusion RifleHeavy
Destiny 2 Tarrabah art
Tarrabah | Submachine Gun
Average

B

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 150,000 Glimmer
► 240 Spoils of Conquest
► 2 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Primary

"This weapon stores power when dealing or receiving damage. Once full, hold reload to unleash the beast."
Submachine GunEnergy
Destiny 2 Symmetry art
Symmetry | Scout Rifle
Weak

C

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Baryon Bough
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Arc Energy | Ammo: Primary

"Precision hits build up Dynamic Charge. Swapping to Arc Seeker mode increases damage and partially reloads the magazine. Arc Seekers track toward combatants you target."
Scout RifleEnergy
Destiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool art
MIDA Multi-Tool | Scout Rifle
Weak

C

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Dusklight Shard
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"This weapon boosts move speed. Radar stays active while aiming down sights."
Scout RifleKinetic
Destiny 2 Sturm art
Sturm | Hand Cannon
Weak

C

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Microphasic Datalattice
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"Kills fill the magazine of the equipped Energy weapon from reserves. Kills with Drang reload this weapon and provides bonus damage."
Hand CannonKinetic
Destiny 2 Worldline Zero art
Worldline Zero | Sword
Worst

D

-► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Glacial Starwort
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

"Press while sprinting to launch a heavy blink attack. Attacks partially bypass elemental shields."
SwordHeavy
Always on Time Destiny 2
Always on Time | Vehicle
--► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 150,000 Glimmer
► 240 Spoils of Conquest
► 2 Ascendant Shards
Always on Time Destiny 2 statsVehicleVehicle

Costs and Currencies: How to farm Monument to Lost Lights Exotics

A big part of the community worries this new kiosk will lessen the value and prestige of many of these exotics. After all, being able to “buy” a weapon that used to require hours of grinding a raid does seem unfair to veteran players.

That said, Bungie did anticipate this concern and made all of these weapons significantly expensive and definitely not easy to “farm”.

Monument to Lost Lights Destiny 2

The table above includes the exact cost for every Exotic in the kiosk, but in a nutshell, this is how hard each currency is to acquire:

 

Currency How to acquire
Exotic Cipher Destiny 2

Exotic Cipher

Exotic Ciphers are perhaps the hardest currency to “farm” in the sense that you are limited to one cipher at a time per account. Currently, the only way to acquire a cipher is via a weekly mission offered by Xur.

The quest itself is not hard, just long (Eg. doing 21 strikes…). Xur appears every weekend on Friday. You can track him using this neat site.

Ascendant Shard Destiny 2

Ascendant Shards

Ascendant Shards are extremely sought after because they are both valuable and hard to obtain.

They are valuable because they are needed to Masterwork armor, which means you’ll need at least 7 to Masterwork a single armor set (including an Exotic). In parallel, they are tough to farm for most players as they only drop from Nightfalls at high difficulties or 7 wins/flawless Trials of Osiris passages.

Spoils of Conquest Destiny 2

Spoils of Conquest

This brand-new currency was created entirely for the Monument to Lost Lights and is only needed to purchase Exotics previously locked behind Raid bosses. To earn this currency, you have to complete raid encounters, which means it cannot be endlessly farmed as you can only run one raid per character per week.

So far, it seems each encounter drops 3 Spoils of War. This means you’re looking at something like 20 full Raid runs to be able to purchase one of these Exotics…

Spinmetal Leaves planetary resource Destiny 2

Planetary Resources

Planetary resources are not hard to find. If you put the right Ghost mod, you can go right ahead and farm them. That said, most of these weapons require 100 or more resources, which could take a while to physically collect.

The other alternative is to pay Spider, an NPC in the Tangled Shore, a visit and purchase the currency you need in exchange for glimmer.

Glimmer Destiny 2

Glimmer

Glimmer shouldn’t need an introduction, as it’s one of the most basic currencies in the game. Virtually everything in the game rewards glimmer, so as long as you’re playing the game, you will earn glimmer. That said, the requirements here are steep (100,000+ glimmer per weapon).

If you’re struggling, Spider can also be a good alternative to buy some glimmer in exchange for other currencies.


The Last Word

It is undeniable that way too many Exotic quests were removed from the game and put into the DCV. Taking into account how brilliant some of them were, it is truly a shame they were replaced by a mere vendor. On the bright side, the exotic quests for The Whisper of the Worm and Outbreak Perfected, by far the best Exotic quests ever created by Bungie, should be reworked and reintroduced sometime this year…

If you have very limited resources and can only chase 1 or 2 of the impacted weapons, I would recommend either Izanagi’s Burden if you’re in need of an excellent PVE weapon or Thorn if you’re interested in one of the best PVP weapons in the game.

What’s weapon will you buy first?