Destiny 2 Monte Carlo: How to get Exotic & Catalyst

by | Aug 31, 2023

Monte Carlo was a fan-favorite exotic in Destiny 1, and the same has been true in Destiny 2 since its re-release in Shadowkeep. Especially with the new Light 3.0 builds (and with its fancy new catalyst!), this auto rifle excels in nearly all areas of the game.

Today, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Monte Carlo: how to obtain the base weapon and its catalyst, possible synergies, and more.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Monte Carlo Monte CarloExoticExoticPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic


PvE + PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Season 8KineticNo

How to get the Monte Carlo this Season

Monte Carlo isn’t tied to any specific exotic quest, meaning you can obtain it from any random exotic engram. Xur also has the chance to sell it directly for Legendary Shards on weekends, so keep an eye on him.

If you are instead looking for a more direct way to obtain this auto rifle, new with Season of the Witch are Timeline Reflections. Visiting Ikora should prompt you with the “Timeline Reflection” quest, which asks you to complete all three missions available via the Timeline on the top right of the director. After doing this and talking to Ikora once more, you’ll earn Monte Carlo directly, vastly reducing the grind compared to older methods.

How to get Monte Carlo

How to get Monte Carlo, Destiny 2

Is Monte Carlo farmable?

Unlike legendary (and some exotic) weapons, Monte Carlo does not contain random rolls. This means you don’t need to farm for it, and your first Monte Carlo will be the same as all the others you may come across. If you ever dismantle your copy of the weapon, you can purchase it again for a small price on the Collections screen.

How good is Monte Carlo this season?

Monte Carlo got a shiny new catalyst with Season of the Witch, allowing it to excel at an even higher level than before. This catalyst enables you to utilize the bayonet prominently featured at the tip of the weapon.

  • Stochastic Vengeance: At 5 stacks of Markov Chain, [Alternate Weapon Action] – switches between your melee attack and Monte Carlo’s bayonet. Landing a bayonet melee hit grants melee energy.

Regardless of whether or not you have the catalyst unlocked, Monte Carlo excels in a variety of scenarios, especially in PvE. While it can fall a little flat if you’re not utilizing your melee ability to its full potential, Monte Carlo allows any melee build to thrive in virtually any PvE content.

  • Monte Carlo Method: Dealing damage with this weapon reduces your melee cooldown and grants a chance to fully charge your melee ability with each kill.
  • Markov Chain: This weapon gains increased damage from melee kills and kills with this weapon. Melee kills grant ammo for this weapon.

Monte Carlo and Melee Builds

Melee builds and Monte Carlo have absolutely outstanding synergy. From topping off generic melee abilities like Gunslinger’s throwing knives to utilizing more powerful and unique ones like Weavewalk or Consecration, Monte Carlo allows many of Destiny 2’s builds to function more smoothly.

And, even if you’re not outright building into your melee ability, Monte Carlo is still extremely potent. For no additional setup whatsoever, you effectively get constant and infinite melee charges.

Monte Carlo catalyst: Where to find it?

Monte Carlo Screen Destiny 2

Monte Carlo’s Catalyst, Destiny 2

Monte Carlo’s catalyst is a random world item, meaning it has a chance to drop at the end of any Vanguard Op, Crucible match, or Gambit match.

Upgrading Monte Carlo’s catalyst allows you to use the bayonet featured at the tip of the weapon model, doing significant damage and granting even more melee ability energy.

NameTypeSlotCatalyst RankCatalyst SourceAvailable?RequirementsCatalystTierSource ❘ DLCHow to unlockCatalyst effectReleased
Monte CarloAuto RifleKineticS › BestStrikes, Crucible, and GambitYesShadowkeepMonte Carlo Catalyst art
Monte Carlo
| Auto Rifle


Strikes, Crucible, and Gambit
Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
► Get 700 kills► Adds Stochastic Vengeance perk:
At 5 stacks of Markov Chain, switch between your melee attack and Monte Carlo's bayonet. Landing a bayonet melee hit grants melee energy.
Season 22

How to unlock the catalyst?

To upgrade the Monte Carlo catalyst and gain access to its unique perk, you’ll need to get 700 kills with the weapon. As is usual at this point, the best place to farm these kills is the Shuro Chi checkpoint of the Last Wish raid.

💡 Reminder: Even though Shuro Shi is in a raid, you don’t need a fireteam to get to the checkpoint. Use the wish wall described in the Shuro Chi guide.

Before you go…

You can check Season 22’s new exotics here. If you’re looking for top-tier exotics for PvE, you should definitely check out the excellent Tessellation Exotic Fusion or the Necrochasm Exotic from Crota’s End.

About The Author

Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
With my over seven years of game knowledge, six months of writing experience for, and hundreds of Blueberries already guided through endgame content, I hope to allow newcomers to have the same great introduction I had all those years ago. You can find Andrew on Twitter.
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