How to get the Malfeasance exotic hand cannon - Destiny 2: Forsaken

The Malfeasance quest line is now live, giving Destiny 2 players a chance to complete The Seething Heart and track down the exotic hand cannon.


Destiny 2 has a lot of choice Exotic hand cannons to use, and the latest one players are chasing is Malfeasance. Acquiring the Malfeasance hand cannon is no simple task, as the quest step is only dropped by a large Ascendant Primeval Servitor in Gambit, which only has a high chance of spawning every three weeks. Even after acquiring the quest to unlock Malfeasance, the difficulty doesn't end there. Players will need to content with bosses that require killing, a unique Strike, and a long romp through dozens of Gambit matches.

Defeat the Ascendant Primeval Servitor

The first step toward beginning The Seething Heart involves acquiring the quest lead from a rare Gambit boss known as the Ascendant Primeval Servitor. In order to earn the Malfeasance exotic hand cannon, your team must successfully defeat the Ascendant Primeval Servitor. It's not enough just to be around when it spawns; the player must deal damage and have their team kill the foe. If the Ascendant Primeval Servitor spawns but the other team wins the round, you will not receive the following quest, and there's no real guarantee that the boss will spawn again any time soon.

The Seething Heart / City of Secrets

Destiny 2 Malfeasance City of Secrets
Players will be tasked with killing 25 Taken bosses or minibosses in the Dreaming City. This step can be accomplished in the Blind Well.

Once the Seething Heart questline appears, it will instruct players to seek out the Drifter. Head to the Tower and speak with him to get pointed toward the quest's next step, which involves searching for clues about the thief in the Dreaming City. The specifics of the quest task the player with defeating 25 Taken bosses or minibosses in the Dreaming City. A good place to tackle this is the Blind Well, specifically the Tier 3 and Heroic Blind Well events. Because there are dozens of Taken enemies here, the step can be completed rather quickly. Another good method is to load up the strike called The Corrupted in the Dreaming City. Thi

The Corrupted Strike

Destiny 2 Malfeasance Exotic Drifter

The next step in unlocking Malfeasance is to complete a special version of the Corrupted Strike in the Dreaming City. Not only will this Strike lead you to Callum's grave where you can then collect a Depleted Weapon Core, it's also a great way to farm Taken bosses and mini-bosses. There ought to be a total of eight different Taken enemies in the strike, providing plenty of farming opportunities. Once the strike is over, visit the Drifter in the Tower to continue the quest.

Business as Usual

Given that the Malfeasance Exotic hand cannon quest begins in Gambit, it only makes sense that a few steps involve playing Gambit. This step tasks players with banking Motes and winning Gambit matches. Losing Motes incurs a penalty whereby progress toward completing this quest step is rolled back. Avoid dying to invaders and try not to fall off any ledges while holding a stack of Motes. With both bars filled, the quest step will complete and you can return to Drifter.

Invading in Gambit

The final task for acquiring Malfeasance is to acquire 25 invader or invasion kills in Gambit, by either invading the other team or killing an invader. Alternatively, this step can be completed in one fell swoop by invading and killing all 4 players in one go. Players can also receive points toward this task through the efforts of their allies. If an ally invades and wipes the enemy team, you will receive a third of the benefits. Once completed, return to Drifter to receive the Malfeasance Exotic hand cannon.

The main difficulty with getting the Malfeasance Exotic hand cannon will be trying to ensure the Ascendant Primeval Servitor spawns and that your team is in a good position to kill it before your opponents win. Beyond that first step, the final step in the quest line will pose as the other challenging aspect. Killing invaders and defeating an entire team is no simple feat for the average player, so expect to play a lot of Gambit as you try to get Malfeasance. For other Forsaken guides and tips, be sure to check out our expansive Destiny 2 complete strategy guide.

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