Destiny 2 Monument to Lost Lights: All Exotics Ranked & Costs

by | Jul 30, 2021 | Weapons

With the release of the Beyond Light expansion late last year, Bungie removed entire Planets, quests, and activities from the game.

Everything was put into the Destiny Content Vault (DCV), and as a result, several Exotic quests required to earn some of the best 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.


Monument to Lost Lights Exotics list: What to get

Located at the Tower, the Monument to Lost Lights is a vendor that sells all the Exotics and Pinnacle weapons that can no longer be earned elsewhere in the game due to the removal of their original quests. Costs are high, though, requiring rare resources such as Exotic ciphers and Ascendant shards.

The list below features every Exotic offered by the Exotic kiosk and includes cost per weapon and Tier ranking to help you prioritize what weapon to get next (you can also filter and sort the list):

NameTypeSlotRankExcels inRequirements?Weapon ❘ DifficultyTierRequiresCostExotic Perk
AnarchyGrenade LauncherHeavyS › BestPVEForsakenDestiny 2 Anarchy
Anarchy
| Grenade Launcher
Best

S



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
Ace of SpadesHand CannonKineticS › BestPVPForsakenDestiny 2 Ace of Spades art
Ace of Spades
| Hand Cannon
Best

S



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
WitherhoardGrenade LauncherKineticS › BestPVEShadowkeepWitherhoard art Destiny 2
Witherhoard
| Grenade Launcher
Best

S



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Glacial Starwort
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

"Projectiles fired blight the target or nearby area on impact. Blighted targets take damage over time and blight the nearby area on death."
Eriana's VowHand CannonEnergyS › BestPVEShadowkeepDestiny 2 Eriana's Vow art
Eriana's Vow
| Hand Cannon
Best

S



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 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."
BastionFusion RifleKineticA › StrongPVPShadowkeepDestiny 2 Bastion
Bastion
| Fusion Rifle
Best

S



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 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."
Sleeper SimulantLinear Fusion RifleHeavyA › StrongPVEFree-to-PlayDestiny 2 Sleeper Simulant art
Sleeper Simulant
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1► 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."
SturmHand CannonKineticA › StrongPVPFree-to-PlayDestiny 2 Sturm art
Sturm
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1► 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."
Traveler's ChosenSidearmKineticA › StrongPVPShadowkeepTraveler's Chosen Destiny 2
Traveler's Chosen
| Sidearm
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Dusklight Shard
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"Final blows grant stacks of Gathering Light. Consuming stacks, grant melee, grenade, and class ability energy based on the number of stacks. Each stack of Gathering Light improves this weapon's reload, handling, and target acquisition."
JötunnFusion RifleEnergyA › StrongPVE & PVPForsakenDestiny 2 Jotunn
Jötunn
| Fusion Rifle
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP + PVE
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
MIDA Multi-ToolScout RifleKineticA › StrongPVPFree-to-PlayDestiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool art
MIDA Multi-Tool
| Scout Rifle
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1► 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."
Izanagi's BurdenSniper RifleKineticA › StrongPVEForsakenDestiny 2 Izanagi's Burden
Izanagi's Burden
| Sniper Rifle
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
Ticuu's DivinationCombat BowEnergyA › StrongPVEDeluxe EditionTicuu's Divination Destiny 2 art
Ticuu's Divination
| Combat Bow
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Microphasic Datalattice
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Primary

"Hipfiring this weapon fires multiple tracking projectiles. Targets marked explode upon death, or when struck again. Arrows fired while aiming down sights cause Sacred Flames to instantly detonate."
The Last WordHand CannonKineticA › StrongPVPForsakenDestiny 2 The Last Word
The Last Word
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
ThornHand CannonKineticA › StrongPVPForsakenDestiny 2 Thorn
Thorn
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
Polaris LanceScout RifleEnergyA › StrongPVPFree-to-PlayDestiny 2 Polaris Lance art
Polaris Lance
| Scout Rifle
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1► 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."
Outbreak PerfectedPulse RifleKineticA › StrongPVEForsakenDestiny 2 Outbreak Perfected art
Outbreak Perfected
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 150,000 Glimmer
► 250 Dusklight Shard
► 2 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary

"This weapon creates SIVA nanite swarms on rapid hits and precision kills and does more damage to enemies based on the number of SIVA nanites that attach to them."
DualityShotgunEnergyA › StrongPVPDeluxe EditionDuality Destiny 2
Duality
| Shotgun
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 100,000 Glimmer
► 150 Glacial Starwort
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

"Fires a pellet spread in hip-fire or a single high-damage slug while aiming. Pellet final blows grant a stacking precision damage and reload speed buff. Precision hits with slugs extend the duration."
Whisper of the WormSniper RifleHeavyA › StrongPVEFree-to-PlayDestiny 2 Whisper of the Worm art
Whisper of the Worm
| Sniper Rifle
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 150,000 Glimmer
► 250 Baryon Bough
► 2 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

"Higher base precision damage. Rapidly landing three precision hits refills the magazine and missing a shot has a chance to return ammo."
Le MonarqueCombat BowEnergyA › StrongPVPForsakenDestiny 2 Le Monarque art
Le Monarque
| Combat Bow
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
Rat KingSidearmKineticA › StrongPVEFree-to-PlayDestiny 2 Rat King art
Rat King
| Sidearm
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1► 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."
Legend of AcriusShotgunHeavyA › StrongPVEFree-to-PlayDestiny 2 Legend of Acrius art
Legend of Acrius
| Shotgun
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1► 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."
Ruinous EffigyTrace RifleEnergyB › Average-ShadowkeepRuinous Effigy Destiny 2
Ruinous Effigy
| Exotic Trace Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 125,000 Glimmer
► 200 Helium Filaments
► 1 Ascendant Shards
Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

"Final blows with this weapon collapse victims into Void Transmutation spheres. Transmutation spheres you create can be picked up and wielded as weapons by you or your allies."
TarrabahSubmachine GunEnergyB › Average-ForsakenDestiny 2 Tarrabah art
Tarrabah
| Submachine Gun
Average

B

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
SymmetryScout RifleEnergyB › Average-ShadowkeepDestiny 2 Symmetry art
Symmetry
| Scout Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 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."
Leviathan's BreathCombat BowHeavyB › Average-ShadowkeepDestiny 2 Leviathan's Breath art
Leviathan's Breath
| Combat Bow
Average

B

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 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."
Tommy's MatchbookAuto RifleEnergyB › Average-ShadowkeepDestiny 2 Tommy's Matchbook art
Tommy's Matchbook
| Auto Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 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."
Bad JujuPulse RifleKineticB › Average-ForsakenDestiny 2 Bad Juju art
Bad Juju
| Pulse Rifle
Average

B

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
Devil's RuinSidearmEnergyB › Average-ShadowkeepDestiny 2 Devil's Ruin art
Devil's Ruin
| Sidearm
Average

B

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 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."
LuminaHand CannonKineticB › Average-ForsakenDestiny 2 Lumina art
Lumina
| Hand Cannon
Average

B

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
The Fourth HorsemanShotgunEnergyB › Average-ShadowkeepDestiny 2 The Fourth Horseman art
The Fourth Horseman
| Shotgun
Average

B

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3► 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."
TruthRocket LauncherHeavyB › Average-ForsakenDestiny 2 Truth art
Truth
| Rocket Launcher
Average

B

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 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."
Worldline ZeroSwordHeavyD › Worst-Free-to-PlayDestiny 2 Worldline Zero art
Worldline Zero
| Sword
Worst

D

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1► 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."
Always on TimeVehicleVehicle--ForsakenAlways on Time Destiny 2
Always on Time
| Vehicle
-Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1► 1 Exotic Cipher
► 150,000 Glimmer
► 240 Spoils of Conquest
► 2 Ascendant Shards
Always on Time Destiny 2 stats

The Tier ranking above uses the following Tier levels:

  • 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.

Best Exotics

These are the best Exoticsweapons you can purchase from the Exotics archive:

  • Anarchy
  • Ace of Spades
  • Witherhoard
  • Eriana’s Vow

Note that as a former raid exotic, Anarchy requires Spoils of Conquest. More about costs and materials and below.

Location

The Monument to Lost Lights is located in the central area of the Tower, near the Gunsmith and right next to the Vault.

Here you can see the kiosk’s exact location:

Monument to Lost Lights Tower Destiny 2

The Monument to Lost Lights in the Tower

Other Exotic kiosk items

Despite being referred to as the Exotics kiosk, the Monument to Lost Lights has more to offer.

Legendary weapons

While Exotics are the main highlights offered by the Monument to Lost Lights, this kiosk also offers Legendary weapons. To be clear, most of its Legendary weapons were sunset and are no longer viable for endgame content.

The only exception is the incredibly good shotgun, Felwinter’s Lie, which can still be purchased there.

Monument to Lost Lights Destiny 2

Legendaries are offered within the “Legacy gear” section

Exotic armor

Unlike Exotic weapons, Exotic armor was not impacted by the removal of Planets and Quest last year. Therefore, you won’t find any armor at the Monument to Lost Lights.

Exotic Catalysts

As of today, Exotic catalysts whose quests were removed have not been added to the Exotics kiosk. Taking into account that both Outbreak Perfected and Whisper of the Worm were eventually added to the Monument to Lost Lights, it would make sense that their catalysts, which came from the very same quests, were added to the kiosk too.

For more information about Exotic catalysts, this guide covers them all, including their effects, how to find them, and how to unlock them.


Costs & Materials: Buying weapons from the Exotics archive

As mentioned before, these Exotics are quite expensive. Even if you’re a veteran with maxed-out glimmer and thousands of planetary resources, these weapons still require hard-to-find resources including Ascendant Shards and Exotic ciphers.

The table above includes the exact cost for every Exotic in the kiosk, but in a nutshell, this is how you can farm all the needed materials:

Exotic Cipher

Exotic Cipher Destiny 2Exotic Ciphers are perhaps the hardest material to “farm” in the sense that you are limited to one cipher at a time per account. Currently, the only 2 ways to acquire a cipher are via a weekly quest offered by Xur and the Season Pass.

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

Ascendant Shards

Ascendant Shard Destiny 2Ascendant 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 mostly drop from Nightfalls at high difficulties or 7 wins/flawless Trials of Osiris passages.

Spoils of Conquest

Spoils of Conquest Destiny 2This brand-new material was created entirely for the Monument to Lost Lights and is required 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 around 20 full Raid runs to be able to purchase one of these Exotics.

Planetary Resources

Spinmetal Leaves planetary resource Destiny 2Planetary 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 purchase them from Spider, an NPC located in the Tangled Shore, in exchange for glimmer.

Glimmer

Glimmer Destiny 2Glimmer 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 play 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 materials.


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 (namely, the exotic quests for The Whisper of the Worm and Outbreak Perfected, by far the best Exotic quests ever created by Bungie).

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

What weapon will you buy first?

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4 Comments
  1. Akshay

    I was wondering why sturm and polaris lance are ranked lower in the list compared to your exotic tier list https://www.blueberries.gg/weapons/destiny-2-exotic-tier-list/ . It might be because this list was updated after the exotic tier list was last updated. I have only looked at free to play weapons in the list only. Also Joe blackburn mentioned that whisper of the worm and outbreak perfected will be coming to the exotic kiosk. https://www.bungie.net/en/News/Article/49957

    Reply
  2. George

    Worldline Zero at the bottom? are you kidding? your list is a joke

    Reply
    • bob the builder

      lol worldline zero skating isnt a thing anymore

      Reply
      • Outatime

        It is back. Again. It works with Mask of Bakris + Stasis Hunter.

        Reply
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