Destiny 2 Sunshot Catalyst: How to get it in 2022

by | Feb 20, 2022

[toc] This quick guide will tell you everything there is to know about Sunshot’s catalyst.

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 Sunshot’s catalyst

Sunshot’s catalyst can be found through:

Kills, completions or wins on Strikes, Nightfalls or the Crucible

As with many other catalysts, this one is purely RNG-based, which means it can either take a long time or not at all. It will depend on your luck.

How to unlock the catalyst?

Once you have found the catalyst, you will need:

  •  500 kills
  •  1000 Sun Blast kills

Can you farm Sunshot’s catalyst?

When it comes to finding the Catalyst, you won’t be able to target farm it (meaning you won’t be able to directly grind something specific until you get it. All you can do is spend as much time as possible on Strikes, Nightfalls, and the Crucible.

When it comes to unlocking the Catalyst when found, there are definitely ways to farm it. The most famous method remains to visit the Shuro Shi checkpoint in the Last Wish raid. If you’re unfamiliar with it, you can check this guide. You can also go to the Altars of Sorrow on the Moon.

Sunshot Catalyst Perks

The catalyst for Sunshot improves the following stats:

  • Increases stability by +18
  • Increased range by +27

Needless to say, these increases greatly improve Sunshot, which definitely lacks stability at base and can use all the help it can get.

How to get Sunshot?

Unlike most of the Exotic we’ve covered so far, Sunshot cannot be purchased at the Exotic kiosk in the tower. It can only be found in Exotic engrams or as a random World drop. This means it’s nearly impossible to directly grind for it.

The good news is that there are several Exotic sources out there, namely Nightfall: The Ordeals (the highest the difficulty, the highest the chances of finding Exotics), Xur (you can track his every movement here), and the Season Pass (including the free track). Exotic engrams will tend to reward you with things you don’t already own, which means that every new Exotic engram you find will bring you one step closer to getting a Sunshot.

More Destiny 2 Catalysts:

Is the Catalyst for Sunshot worth it?

This is a must-have, S-Tier catalyst:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking catalysts in our Tier List.

To sum things up:

  1. Sunshot is an extremely fun and lethal weapon for general PVE
  2. But to be honest, Sunshot is not the best tool for either the Crucible or endgame PVE content such as Grandmaster Nightfalls
  3. Its catalyst is top tier as it drastically improves its usability, making it much more consistent and easier to use.
  4. Finding its catalysts is, unfortunately, RNG-based, which means your luck will determine how fast you’ll find it…

If you’re mostly a PVE player, Sunshot is a must-have. Not because it’s part of the meta or a particularly god-tier weapon, but because it is extremely fun to use.

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 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. Poopie pie

    I’ve been doing hardcore strikes for at least 2 straight months and I’ve gotten about 10 catalysts but not the sunshine catalyst yet 🥺

  2. Andrew Gordon

    Can Gambit drop it as well? Or only those three?

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