Namely, how to get it, how to unlock it once you’ve found it, and more importantly, is it even worth it?
And that last part is important because Exotic catalysts can be extremely hard to find and/or unlock, but the benefits are not always up to par.
How to get Sturm’s catalyst
First things first, before talking about the catalyst for this cool team-oriented sidearm, you may not even have the weapon itself yet. If that’s the case, this is how you get it:
How to get the Sturm?
Getting the Sturm is as simple as it gets: It can only be bought through the Exotic Kiosk in the tower. The Sturm doesn’t require any additional expansions and can be bought on any New Light/Free to Play accounts.
To buy the weapon, you’ll need to pay:
- 1 Exotic Cipher
- 1 Ascendant Shard
- 150 Microphasic Datalattice
- 100,000 Glimmer
You can read all about the Monument to Lost Lights, including costs and requirements, here.
How to get the catalyst?
The catalyst for Sturm is a little annoying to get. It drops randomly from enemies and/or activities on Nessus. The catalyst will also only drop once you have bought Sturm itself. Have a roam around Nessus and with some luck, you will have it drop for you.
Despite it being RNG-based (i.e. luck), with some luck, grinding for the catalyst will not take that long.
How to unlock the catalyst?
To unlock the Sturm catalyst, you’ll need to get kills with both Sturm and Drang while they are both equipped.
Drang is a sidearm that can be bought from Banshee-44 (aka, the Gunsmith) in the Tower for some Glimmer, Legendary Shards, and Gunsmith Materials.
Can you farm Sturm’s catalyst?
As the catalyst is a random drop, the only way to ‘farm’ it is to run around on Nessus with your fingers crossed. Lost Sectors and Public Events have many enemies which will be good for farming.
However, once you get the catalyst, you can go to your typical farming locations such as the Shuro Chi encounter in Last Wish, or Sorrow’s Harbour on the Moon.
Sturm Catalyst Perks
The catalyst for the Rat King adds the improvements:
- Increases handling by +40 and range by +18.
Needless to say, these would be excellent additions to any weapon, but they are particularly great on 120 RPM hand cannons which could always use more handling!
Is it worth it?
This is a good catalyst, A-Tier:
- A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
Sturm is in itself is a good weapon and its catalyst definitely helps it a lot in PvP by bumping up that range and handling, making it feel less sluggish and more lethal.
To sum things up:
- Sturm is a strong weapon by itself but is let down by its Sidearm partner, Drang.
- The Sturm catalyst is a near must for any Sturm fans in the Crucible.
- The catalyst will not make an awfully large impact on the quality of the gun in PvE content.
In conclusion, the Sturm and its stat-boosting catalyst are a strong option in the hands of a good player in the Crucible, however, in PvE, it will not pack an awfully big punch.