Destiny 2 New Exotics: The Witch Queen Weapons and Armor

by | Apr 11, 2022 | Weapons

Destiny 2 is all about chasing the latest and greatest loot. And for that reason, you can expect new weapons and armor to launch with every new Season and DLC.

This guide will help you keep track of all the new shiny loot and will focus on the most sought-after items in the entire game: Exotics.

If you’re interested in Exotics that are slightly older, our Exotics Tier list covers every single Exotic weapon available in Destiny 2

The Witch Queen Exotic weapons

These are all the new Exotic weapons released with The Witch Queen DLC and Season 16 on February 22, 2022:

WeaponTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?RankSourceObtainable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
Osteo Striga Destiny 2 art
Osteo Striga
Submachine GunExoticPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesS › BestDeluxe Edition
Best

S



Excels in:
PVE + PVP
Deluxe Edition

The Witch Queen
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "Fires a stream of sentient, toxic projectiles that track the targeted enemy. Landing a final blow or multiple precision hits triggers a burst that poisons nearby targets."

► Feeling extremely nice to use in both PVE and PVP, Osteo Striga immediately became a lot of players' favorite exotic. Its poison-spreading effect makes it one of the best ad clear primaries in PVE, and its enemy-tracking bullets make it an easy-to-use option in PVP. Plus, its catalyst is S-tier. What's not to love?
Season 16
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "Fires a stream of sentient, toxic projectiles that track the targeted enemy. Landing a final blow or multiple precision hits triggers a burst that poisons nearby targets."
Dead Messenger Destiny 2 art
Dead Messenger
Grenade LauncherExoticSpecialVoidSeason 16YesA › StrongExotic Quest
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Exotic Quest

Season 16
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "One-shot handheld Grenade Launcher. Projectiles release a fan of three energy waves on contact with the ground. You can change damage type, cycling between Solar, Arc, and Void."

► The best of the three element-swapping exotics, Dead Messenger provides great utility in PVE and is very strong in PVP. Additionally, because it can fire Void, Arc, and Solar, this wave frame might become even stronger with the rest of the Light 3.0 changes.
Season 16
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "One-shot handheld Grenade Launcher. Projectiles release a fan of three energy waves on contact with the ground. You can change damage type, cycling between Solar, Arc, and Void."
Parasite Destiny 2 art
Parasite
Grenade LauncherExoticHeavySolarThe Witch QueenYesA › StrongExotic Quest
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Exotic Quest

The Witch Queen
Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

Exotic Perk: "Ffires Hive worms which explode on impact. The size and damage of the explosion scales with the number of enemies you've defeated just before firing this weapon. Taking damage from your own worm projectile detonation empowers your weapons for a short time."

► Arguably the most unique gun in the game, Parasite fires live explosive worms instead of regular grenades. If you can get lots of Worm's Hunger stacks, this weapon can do some insane damage. Its unmatched burst damage and extremely high fun factor combine to make Parasite an extremely strong option in PVE.
Season 16
Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

Exotic Perk: "Ffires Hive worms which explode on impact. The size and damage of the explosion scales with the number of enemies you've defeated just before firing this weapon. Taking damage from your own worm projectile detonation empowers your weapons for a short time."
Collective Obligation Destiny 2 art
Collective Obligation
Pulse RifleExoticPrimaryVoidThe Witch QueenYesB › AverageVow of the Disciple Raid
Average

B



Excels in:
PVE + PVP
Vow of the Disciple Raid

The Witch Queen
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "This weapon leeches Void debuffs when damaging targets that are suppressed, weakened, or volatile. Once charged, damage from this weapon applies the same Void debuffs that were leeched. Weapon automatically reloads when you gain Devour, a Void overshield, or become invisible"

► With the ability to debuff everything in sight, Collective Obligation can shine as no other weapon can. That being said, you're almost required to create a build with it to make it worth your exotic slot. While this weapon has amazing potential, having to work to make your exotic feel "exotic" isn't great.
Season 16
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "This weapon leeches Void debuffs when damaging targets that are suppressed, weakened, or volatile. Once charged, damage from this weapon applies the same Void debuffs that were leeched. Weapon automatically reloads when you gain Devour, a Void overshield, or become invisible"
Grand Overture Destiny 2 art
Grand Overture
Machine GunExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageSeason Pass
Average

B



Excels in:
PVE
Season Pass

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

Exotic Perk: "Heavy slug launcher that charges, then fires full auto while the trigger is held. Land hits with the slug launcher to load missiles and then fire to launch all missiles in a single volley."

► Grand Overture is actually quite a strong option when compared to other machine guns. For example, it has one of the best DPS outputs for a machine gun right now. However, it can't be considered top-tier as it lacks when it comes to ad clear, which is what machine guns are used for right now.
Season 16
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

Exotic Perk: "Heavy slug launcher that charges, then fires full auto while the trigger is held. Land hits with the slug launcher to load missiles and then fire to launch all missiles in a single volley."
Edge of Concurrence Destiny 2 art
Edge of Concurrence
GlaiveExoticSpecialArcThe Witch QueenYesB › AverageExotic Quest
Average

B



Exotic Quest

The Witch Queen
Slot: Arc Energy | Ammo: Destiny special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot track targets across the ground and unleash chain lightning on impact."

► Edge of Concurrence had an extremely disappointing debut. Its chain-lighting was mediocre and was barely able to keep up with Trinity Ghoul, which only requires primary ammo and is much easier to use. Edge of Concurrence is getting a major buff soon, though. We'll have to see how far it can take it...
Season 16
Slot: Arc Energy | Ammo: Destiny special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot track targets across the ground and unleash chain lightning on impact."
Edge of Action Destiny 2 art
Edge of Action
GlaiveExoticSpecialVoidThe Witch QueenYesC › WeakExotic Quest
Weak

C



Exotic Quest

The Witch Queen
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot deploy a protective shield on impact.."

► While placing a Void bubble anywhere on-demand sounds great on paper, Edge of Action falls flat because of its activation method. When not actively placing down or using a bubble, it just feels like a regular glaive; and with how glaives feel right now, that isn't a good thing.
Season 16
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot deploy a protective shield on impact.."
Edge of Intent Destiny 2 art
Edge of Intent
GlaiveExoticSpecialSolarThe Witch QueenYesC › WeakExotic Quest
Weak

C



Exotic Quest

The Witch Queen
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot deploy a healing turret on impact."

► Warlocks have the best exotic glaive out of the three, but that isn't saying much. The short duration of the healing turret and non-exotic feeling base functionality of the weapon makes Edge of Intent feel terrible to use.
Season 16
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot deploy a healing turret on impact."

New (and reintroduced) Catalysts

With the Witch Queen, a grand total of 7 catalysts were introduced to the game. 2 of them are brand new (Grand Ouverture’s and Dark Messenger’s) and the remaining 5 are older Catalysts that were removed and put into the Destiny Content Vault:

NameTypeSlotCatalyst RankCatalyst SourceAvailable?RequirementsCatalystTierWhere to find itHow to unlock itCatalyst effectReleased
Grand OvertureMachine GunHeavyOngoingQuestYesThe Witch QueenGrand Overture Catalysts Destiny 2 art
Grand Overture
| Machine Gun
Ongoing...Complete Banshee-44's quest

The Witch Queen
► Get 200 Solar kills, 200 Void kills, 200 Arc kills► Adds Turnabout perk:
Using this weapon to break the shield of a combatant or a Guardian using their Super will grant you an overshield..
Season 16
Dead MessengerGrenade LauncherEnergyOngoingQuestYesThe Witch QueenDead Messenger Catalysts Destiny 2 art
Dead Messenger
| Grenade Launcher
Ongoing...Complete Vox Obscura quest on Hard mode

The Witch Queen
► Get 400 kills► Missile explosions will blind combatants. Those defeated by missile impacts then explode.Season 16
Le MonarqueCombat BowEnergyOngoingPlaylist Activity completionsNoForsaken PackLe Monarque Catalysts Destiny 2 art
Le Monarque
| Combat Bow
Ongoing...Completions of Playlist activities

Forsaken Pack
► Get 700 kills► Adds Unrelenting perk:
Rapidly defeating targets triggers health regeneration. Guardians and powerful combatants count as more than one kill.
Season 16
The Fourth HorsemanShotgunEnergyA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesShadowkeepThe Fourth Horseman Catalyst Destiny 2
The Fourth Horseman
| Shotgun
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Shadowkeep
► Get 400 kills► Adds And its name was Death perk:
Adds an additional round to the magazine and increases reload speed by +40.
Season 16
HawkmoonHand CannonKineticA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayHawkmoon Catalyst art
Hawkmoon
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► 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
Outbreak PerfectedPulse RifleKineticA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesForsaken PackOutbreak Perfected Catalyst Destiny 2
Outbreak Perfected
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Forsaken Pack
► Get 500 precision kills► Adds Disease Vector perk:
Deal additional nanite damage.
Season 16
Whisper of the WormSniper RifleHeavyA › StrongPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayWhisper of the Worm Catalyst Destiny 2
Whisper of the Worm
| Sniper Rifle
Strong

A

Completions of Playlist activities

Free-to-Play
► TBC► Adds Whispered Breathing perk:
Aiming down the scope for 3 seconds increases range and precision damage while the weapon scope remains zoomed.
Season 16

If you’re interested in more catalysts, this list features every Exotic Catalyst available in Destiny 2 (and tells you how to find them, unlock them, and what they do).

New Exotic armor

Every new season comes, in general, with a new piece of Exotic armor for each class. Full expansions tend to include 2 pieces of armor per class and that was exactly the case with The Witch Queen release.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Loreley Splendor Helm Titan Destiny 2 art
Loreley Splendor Helm
TitanHelmThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "When you have Sun Warrior, your Sunspots heal you. When you are critically wounded, create a Sunspot at your location."
Hoarfrost-Z Titan Destiny 2 art v2
Hoarfrost-Z
TitanChestThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "When using the Stasis subclass, your Barricade becomes a wall of Stasis crystals that slows nearby targets when created. Standing behind this barricade will grant you and your allies increased weapon reload speed, stability, and range."
Blight Ranger Hunter Destiny 2 art
Blight Ranger
HunterHelmThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Attacks you redirect with your Arc Staff deal massively increased damage and generate Orbs of Power for your allies."
Renewal Grasps Hunter Destiny 2 art
Renewal Grasps
HunterArmsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Your Duskfield grenades have a much larger effect radius. Allies inside the Duskfield take reduced damage and targets inside the area deal reduced damage."
Osmiomancy Gloves Warlock Destiny 2 art
Osmiomancy Gloves
WarlockArmsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Your Coldsnap grenades have an additional charge that recharges quicker on direct impact. The seeker spawned from Coldsnap grenades travels further."
Secant Filaments Warlock Destiny 2 art
Secant Filaments
WarlockLegsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Casting an empowering rift will grant you Devour. Damage dealt by you and your allies from within your empowering rift will disrupt combatants."

This section covers every piece of new Exotic armor released with The Witch Queen and Season 16 (the beginning of Year 5 of Destiny 2). Be aware that, unlike older Exotics, these can only be acquired when completing Legend and Master Lost Sectors solo.

How to get the new Exotics in Destiny 2

There are several ways to find Exotic weapons in Destiny 2. Some can be indefinitely farmed while others are capped per season. This guide covers every single method to acquire Exotics in Destiny 2, old and new.

When it comes to finding the new Exotics, though, the methods to acquire them are much more limited, but at least they are direct and straightforward:

1. Completing Exotic quests

Quest Exotics: The most iconic exotics are often tied to Exotic quests of varying degrees of difficulty and length. Exotic quests are, for the most part, long and complicated, each deserving a good tutorial.

To get you started, you can head over to our comprehensive guide featuring every Destiny 2 exotic quest still available (including video guides).

2. Buying Exotics at The Monument to Lost Lights

The Monument to Lost Lights (aka, the “Exotics Kiosk”) is a fairly new method to acquire Exotics weapons that were previously connected to expired Season Passes and Exotic quests that are no longer available in-game. Either way, the Monument to Lost Lights has all of those exotics for sale.

You can read all about it in our Monument to Lost Lights guide, including the cost to acquire each Exotic and a complete tier list to help you decide what to get next.

Monument to Lost Lights Forsaken Destiny 2

The Monument to Lost Lights

 

3. Claiming Exotics from the Season Pass

The easier Exotics 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.

Season of the Splicer Season Pass featured

 

4. Completing Raids and Dungeons

A select handful of exotics can only drop from raid bosses or dungeons. The most recent examples are the Vex Mythoclast, which can only drop from the Vault of Glass raid, and Gjallarhorn, which drops from the Grasp of Avarice dungeon.

The Vault of Glass: Destiny 2’s newest raid

You can visit this guide for a detailed look at every loot table in the game, including raids, dungeons, Trials of Osiris and more.

Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about the latest and greatest Exotics in the game and how to best find them. We will keep these lists updated with every new Season and DLC so make sure you bookmark this page!

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