Trinity Ghoul Exotic Bow: How to get it in 2022? Is it still worth it?

by | Jun 17, 2022

Trinity Ghoul is one of the few Exotic Bows available in Destiny 2. It can create devastating chain-lightning damage when securing Precision kills. This allows it to deal with red-bar enemies with ease.

Released years ago, Trinity Ghoul was a mediocre Exotic that was often ignored. But that all changed when it finally received a catalyst. Allowing it to more easily activate its chain-lighting capabilities, the catalyst transformed the weapon into one of the best weapons in Destiny 2.

This guide will show you how to get the weapon and, equally importantly, how to find its catalyst.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Destiny 2 Trinity Ghoul artTrinity GhoulExoticExoticPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc


PvEExotic Engram
Season 4EnergyNo

How to get Trinity Ghoul in 2022

Just like Merciless, Trinity Ghoul can be acquired via Exotic engrams, or it can be purchased from Xûr (whenever he decides to sell it).

Without a direct method to acquire it, getting this weapon might take longer than other weapons. Having said that, Exotic engrams will always reward you with a weapon or armor you don’t already have. This means that each Exotic engram you open will take you one step closer to getting the Trinity Ghoul.

Destiny 2 Exotic Engram

There are several ways to acquire Exotic engrams in 2022. These are the most reliable methods to find Exotic engrams in Destiny 2:

  • The Season Pass
  • Xûr (he offers one random Exotic engram per week)
  • Nightfall: The Ordeals in higher difficulties

There isn’t much more that can be said about grinding Exotic engrams, only that they have a higher chance to drop from endgame activities.

How good is Trinity Ghoul in 2022

With its catalyst, Trinity Ghoul is still one of the best weapons today.

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This is the new perk unlocked with its Catalyst:

  • Forked Lightning: Lightning Rod now triggers from any Arc damage final blow.

That Catalyst perk right there makes all the difference. With the catalyst, activating Lighting Rod becomes extremely easy. So easy, you can practically keep it activated until every single red bar enemy is disposed of.

With this improved Lighting Rod perk, Trinity Ghoul becomes a monster at killing ads and the more the lighting damage chains between enemies the harder it hits.

But it gets better: Any arc kill can activate the perk. Reddit user mrphilip made an insanely helpful list of everything that activates the perk:

  • Arrows and lightning from Trinity Ghoul itself work.
  • Other arc weapons work, as long as you’re holding Trinity Ghoul when the enemy dies
  • All arc grenades and charged melees work.
  • Other arc abilities work, such as Arc Soul, Arc Web, and Chain Lightning, Terminal Velocity aftershocks, Thundercrash aftershocks.
  • Many finishers work, as long as you’re on an Arc subclass, but not all.
  • Explosions from breaking an arc shield with arc damage work.

The list goes on, including several exotics and enemy types.

Looking at the different Tier lists and guides we have recently published, Trinity Ghoul remains:

Where it shines

The more red-bar enemies there are, the more damage its chain-lighting will deal. When used properly, you can wipe entire hordes of low health enemies in an instant.

Where it doesn’t

If you’re facing hard to kill red bar enemies (in say, Master or Grandmaster content), Trinity Ghoul will lose most of its killing potential and therefore become just another bow.

Trinity Ghoul catalyst: Where to find it?

Introduced with Season of Arrivals, the catalyst for the Trinity Ghoul can be found through:

Playlist activities (Strikes, Crucible, Gambit) completions

As is the case of many other catalysts, this one is purely RNG-based, which means that finding it will depend on your luck.

NameTypeSlotCatalyst RankCatalyst SourceAvailable?RequirementsCatalystTierSource ❘ DLCHow to unlockCatalyst effectReleased
Trinity GhoulCombat BowEnergyS › BestPlaylist Activity completionsYesFree-to-PlayTrinity Ghoul Catalyst Destiny 2
Trinity Ghoul
| Combat Bow


Playlist Activity completions

► Get 400 kills► Adds Forked Lightning perk:
Reduces draw time by -108 and Lightning Rod now triggers from any arc damage final blow.
Season 4

How to unlock the catalyst?

Once you have found the catalyst, you will need:

  •  400 kills

To unlock the Catalyst, 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.

Your turn

If you don’t have the Trinity Ghoul already, I suggest you start farming high-level Nightfalls right now. The catalyst will drop soon after. I got mine within days of its release!

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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