Every new season comes with claims about old weapons suddenly becoming “meta”, or new weapons being “must-haves” in order to compete.
It’s part of the ritual, we all want shiny new objects to chase and it gets easy to get carried away. But in this case, it is safe to say it:
Trinity Ghoul became one of the best weapons in Destiny 2.
And I don’t mean one of the best bows. With the release of a brand-new catalyst with Season of Arrivals, Trinity Ghoul became one a Top Tier exotic, perhaps even the best primary weapon for PVE all around.
This is a prime example of how a well-done Exotic Catalyst looks like.
Trinity Ghoul used to be a mediocre weapon up until a few days ago. It had interesting perks and stats but it was still “just a bow”. Even nowadays, bows are considered average compared to other types of weapons.
For that reason, Bungie gave them a +10% PVE damage buff at the start of Season 11.
This buff did make the Best Bows in Destiny 2 more viable but what sets Trinity Ghoul apart is its new Catalyst.
These are Trinity Ghoul’s exotic perks:
- Lightning Rod: Precision kills grant the next shot chain-lightning capabilities.
- Split Electron: Fires an arrow that splits when released.
This is Trinity Ghoul’s Catalyst perks:
- Forked Lightning: Lightning Rod now triggers from any Arc damage final blow.
That Catalyst perk right there makes all the difference. It turns this bow into easily the best exotic for PVE in D2. 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.
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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 TG when the enemy dies
- All arc grenades and charged melees work.
- Arc supers do not work, I’m guessing because they replace your weapon, so you’re not actually holding TG at the time.
- 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. More testing is warranted here.
- I tested a bunch of exotics that deal damage, regardless of whether it seemed like it should work:
- Explosions from breaking an arc shield with arc damage work.
The list goes on, including several exotics and enemy types. If you want to dig deeper into Trinity Ghoul’s newfound power, you should definitely check his post. In any case, just keep in mind that:
… it really does seem to almost mean any Arc final blow, as long as Trinity Ghoul is in your hands at the time.
Where it shines
As mentioned before, you want to use the Trinity Ghoul when facing several red bar enemies. The beauty of this bow lies in its lighting chains. Therefore, the more enemies you face and the closer together they are, the more damage it does. When used properly, you can wipe entire hordes of low health enemies in an instant.
Where it doesn’t
On the other hand, if you’re facing very strong red bar enemies that are far apart (in say, very high-end content), the Trinity Ghoul will lose most of its killing potential and become just another bow.
This catalyst was introduced with Season of Arrivals (on June 9, 2020) and drops frequently in open-world activities, including Strikes, Gambit, and Crucible.
For instance, I found it within the first hour of playing Season 11 while doing the new Contact public event.
Once you have the Catalyst, you’ll need to equip it and kill 400 enemies.
The Trinity Ghoul can be found as a random exotic drop or an exotic engram from Xur. This is bad news if you don’t already have it as you won’t be able to actively work to get it.
In a nutshell, there are only a few ways you can find exotic engrams in Destiny 2: They can be found in the Season pass, they are sold by Xur and can also drop randomly at any time.
There isn’t much more that can be said about grinding Exotic engrams, only that they have a higher chance to drop from end-game activities. If finding this exotic is your priority, Nightfall: The Ordeals are for you. And the higher the difficulty (Master level and above), the higher the chance to get one.
I got this question a few times, and yes, I can confirm the Trinity Ghoul has one ornament named Tangle Outrider:
As most older ornaments in the game, it can only be found through random Eververse engrams.
If you don’t have the Trinity Ghoul already, I suggest you go visit Xur right now and cross your fingers his fated engrams gives you on this beauty.
If you have it but haven’t found the catalyst yet, then I suggest you hit some strikes. Drop rates for new Catalysts are extremely high. You will eventually find it, trust me.