Destiny 2 The Navigator: The New Dungeon Exotic

by | Jul 31, 2023

The Navigator is a Strand Exotic Trace rifle that can only drop after defeating the Ghost of the Deep final boss. This Trace Rifle is not only unique in that it is the first Trace rifle that deals Strand damage, but it also has the potential to be one of the best Dungeon exotics to come out in a long time.

For these reasons, you can bet Guardians will grind the Ghost of the Deep for many months to come, even if many dislike its lack of difficulty. In this guide, we cover how powerful this Exotic shotgun is and tell you exactly how to get the weapon.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
The Navigator art Destiny 2The NavigatorExoticExoticSpecialStrandDeluxe EditionYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element Strand


PvE + PvPGhost of the Deep DungeonError icon V2The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 21KineticNoTop-tier

How to get The Navigator

The Navigator can only drop from the Ghost of the Deep’s final boss. Considering that dungeons are relatively short and easier to organize compared to a raid, you shouldn’t have too much trouble organizing this every week.

The Navigator Trace rifle

The Navigator Trace rifle, Destiny 2

The Navigator drop rate

The Navigator is estimated to have a base drop rate of around 5%. Note that actual drop rates are unknown, as Bungie has never shared that information; however, drop rates for all Raid and Dungeon Exotics should be in the 5% ballpark based on estimations from the community.

Overall, drop rates for Dungeon exotics are abysmally low but Bungie has taken steps to combat this issue; you can now complete specific triumphs and challenges to increase your drop rates. You can read all about it here. In this case, the following Triumphs will increase your odds of getting The Navigator to drop:

Triumph Rate Boost
Lore Collectibles Triumph (In Memoriam) +1
Master Mode Completion (Sovereign) +1
Full Flawless Clear (Deny Death) +1
Full Solo Clear (Alone in the Deep) +1
Full Solo Flawless Clear (King of the Deep) +2

💠 You can find the entire Ghost of the Deep loot table here.

Is The Navigator farmable?

Unfortunately, you cannot farm The Navigator. Dungeon exotics cannot be farmed infinitely, unless their respective dungeon is the weekly featured dungen. Alas, the Ghost of the Deep is not part of the rotation this season, which means you only get a chance to obtain the Exotic Trace rigle once per character per week.

By the way, you can farm the Ghost of the Deep’s Legendary weapons and armor at will; the newest dungeon (and raid) can be infinitely farmed until they’re replaced by something newer.

How good is the New Dungeon Exotic Trace Rifle?

The Navigator features unique Exotic perks that set it apart:

  • Protective Weave: Firing this weapon at an ally grants Woven Mail to the user and the target.
  • Weft Cutter: Dealing sustained damage severs the target.

It is too early to tell for sure how strong this Trace rifle is, but first impressions are extremely good. So good, some even wonder if the weapon may be bugged. It is rapidly rising to the top of the PvE meta and only time will tell whether it will be able to stay there.

The Navigator catalyst: Where to find it?

The catalyst for The Navigator can be acquired by defeating three hidden bosses found within the Ghost of the Deep. You’ll have to find and activate three Hive Statues and defeat the Lightbear Hives that we’ll spawn to protect them.

This video from Kimber Prime does an excellent job explaining the process:

NameTypeSlotCatalyst RankCatalyst SourceAvailable?RequirementsCatalystTierSource ❘ DLCHow to unlockCatalyst effectReleased
The NavigatorTrace RifleKineticA › StrongGhost of the Deep DungeonYesDeluxe EditionThe Navigator Catalyst art Destiny 2
The Navigator
| Trace Rifle


Ghost of the Deep Dungeon
The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
► Get 700 kills► Adds Gordian Knot perk:
Special reload and then fire to create a Grapple Tangle at the targeted point.
Season 21

How to unlock the catalyst?

Once you have found the catalyst, you will need 700 kills to fully unlock it.

To unlock the catalyst as efficiently as possible, 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.

Before you go…

While you farm the new dungeon on a weekly basis, don’t forget that there are other top-tier Exotics worth your attention, such as the Conditional Finality shotgun. Alternatively, you can find all the new S21 Exotics 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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  1. huxley?

    I think you forgot to clean up your copy-paste job, you left the bit about conditional finality and Root in your article

    • Ric Molina

      Fair comment and fair play here. Noted and corrected

  2. hilArr

    You say The Navigator can be infinitely farmed then follow up by saying it cannot be…

    • Ric Molina

      Typo on my end, I meant the dungeon was infinitely farmable, but only the legendaries. Post has been corrected accordingly.

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