Destiny 2 Trinity Ghoul + Catalyst: How to get them

by | Mar 15, 2024

Trinity Ghoul is an Arc Exotic bow that can create devastating chain-lighting damage. Able to deal with red bar enemies with ease, this Bow is considered one of the best Primary weapons in the game.

Today, we discuss how powerful this Exotic is and tell you exactly how to obtain both the weapon and its catalyst.

How to get the Trinity Ghoul Catalyst

The Trinity Ghoul catalyst can drop at the end of any core activity, such as Crucible, Gambit, or Vanguard Ops. As of Update 7.3.5, Comp matches have an increased Exotic Catalyst drop rate:

Competitive matches will also have an increased chance to drop Exotic weapon catalysts on victories.

Trinity Ghoul Destiny 2 featured bows

Trinity Ghoul + Catalyst, Destiny 2

The Catalyst adds the following Exotic Perk

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

Once you have obtained the catalyst, you’ll need 400 weapon kills to unlock it. Using typical farming methods such as the Shuro Chi Wish or the opening section of Grasp of Avarice will speed things along. However, simply using the weapon in day-to-day content will get the catalyst done in a reasonable timeframe.

How to get Trinity Ghoul

As one of the few Year 1 Exotics that doesn’t have an Exotic quest and can’t be purchased from the Monument to Lost Lights, Trinity Ghoul is difficult to farm. You’ll have to get lucky and have it drop from one of these random RNG-based sources:

Getting the weapon through Xur can be pretty frustrating, as it may take months, but due to the Fated Engram providing an Exotic you do not have, you will get it if you persist. Therefore, if you don’t own the Exotic weapon or class-specific armor piece that Xur is selling, buy them to improve your odds with the Fated Engram.

Fated Engram Xur screen Destiny 2

How to get Trinity Ghoul, Destiny 2

How good is Trinity Ghoul

Trinity Ghoul features the following Exotic perks:

  • Split Electron: Fires an arrow that splits when released. Aiming down sights and fully drawing the bow both decrease the spread.
  • Lightning Rod: Precision kills grant the next shot chain-lightning capabilities.

But to be clear, it was the addition of a catalyst that made all the difference. With the catalyst, activating Lighting Rod becomes extremely easy. You can practically keep the perk active 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, including:

  • Other arc weapons, as long as you’re holding Trinity Ghoul when the enemy dies
  • Arc grenades, Arc charged melees, and Arc abilities such as Arc Soul, Arc Web, Thundercrash aftershocks, etc.

All in all, we consider Trinity Ghoul S-tier for PvE and C-tier for PvP.

S-tier for PvE C-tier for PvP

Before you go…

Are you looking for other top-tier Exotics worth chasing? We cover How to get Sunshot + Catalyst here. 

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 (and now Diablo 4) 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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