All Exotic Catalysts and Masterwork Upgrades in Destiny 2

Where to find all Exotic Catalysts and how to complete the Masterwork in Destiny 2.


Unlocking Exotics, and their Catalysts, is what gets most Destiny 2 players out of bed every day. Each Catalyst, when completed, upgrades an Exotic to a Masterwork version, increasing its power through some stat boost or by introducing a new perk, and causing it to generate Orbs of Light on multi-kills. Players who want to increase the potency of their favorite Exotic weapons will want to begin tracking down and completing the many Exotic Catalysts in Destiny 2.

All Exotic Catalysts Masterwork Upgrades

Exotic Catalysts can drop from numerous locations in Destiny 2, though each Catalyst has its own specific drop location. Catalysts can drop from general content like Patrols, Strikes, Nightfalls, and Heroic Adventures, from multiplayer content like Quickplay Crucible and Competitive Crucible, as well as from end-game activities like the many raids.

Use the table below to learn what Exotic weapons have Catalysts, what the Catalyst does to the weapon, where to find the Catalyst, and how to upgrade it to Masterwork.

Weapon Catalyst Effect Where to find Catalyst How to upgrade Masterwork
Ace of Spades N/A N/A N/A
Black Talon N/A N/A N/A
Borealis +20 Reload Speed  Kill PVE enemies  150 Arc, Solar, and Void kills
Cerberus+1 N/A N/A N/A
The Chaperone N/A N/A N/A
Coldheart +20 Stability
+20 Reload Speed
Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 300 kills
The Colony +10 Magazine
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 500 kills
Crimson +20 Range Kill PVE enemies 300 precision kills
D.A.R.C.I. +20 Stability Kill PVE enemies 300 precision kills
Fighting Lion +30 Reload Speed
Chimera (After this weapon fires, equipped Kinetic and Power weapons gain a brief period of increased handling and precision damage)
Rewarded during the Festival of the Lost Kills and bounties
Graviton Lance +20 Range
+15 Aim Assist
Hidden Hand (Better target acquisition)
Pledge to Dead Orbit 500 kills and 1,000 kills with the Cosmology perk
Hard Light +25 Stability Pending discovery...
The Huckleberry Amibitous Assassin (Overflows the magazine based on the number of rapid kills before reloading) Heroic Adventures 500 kills
Jade Rabbit +30 Stability Crucible wins 250 kills in Crucible
Legend of Acrius +40 Reload Speed
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Prestige Leviathan raid 500 kills
Lord of Wolves N/A N/A N/A
Malfeasance N/A N/A N/A
Merciless +40 Range
+40 Stability
Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 500 kills
MIDA Multi-Tool Outlaw (Precision kills greatly increase reload speed) Competitive Crucible wins Defeat Crucible enemies with precision damage (with MIDA Multi-Tool)
One Thousand Voices N/A N/A N/A
Polaris Lance Dragonfly (Precision kills create an elemental damage explosion) Complete Nascent Dawn quest line 500 kills and 50 kills with the Perfect Fifth
Prometheus Lens +20 Stability
+20 Handling
Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 300 kills
The Prospector +40 Blast Radius
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Pending discovery...
The Queenbraker N/A N/A N/A
Rat King +20 Aim Assist
+20 Recoil Direction
Infestation (Improved aim assist and recoil direction. Refreshes health on Vermin invisibility trigger)
Pending discovery...  
Riskrunner +30 Range Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 300 kills and 300 lightning chain kills
Skyburner's Oath +30 Range Leviathan raid completions 1,000 Cabal kills
Sleeper Simulant +75 Charge Time
Accelerated Coils (Speeds up weapon charge time)
Prestige Spire of Stars raid Kills with each Escalation Protocol weapon: 1,000 Sniper Rifle kills, 1,000 Shotgun kills, 2,000 Submachine Gun kills
Sturm +20 Range
+40 Handling
Defeat enemies on Nessus 500 kills with Sturm and 500 kills with Drang (Both guns equipped)
Sunshot +20 Range
+20 Stability
Pledge to Future War Cult 500 kills and 1,000 kills with Sun Blast perk
SUROS Regime +50 Recoil Direction
SUROS Ascendance (Increased chance for kills to regen health)
Pending discovery...
Sweet Business Serious Busness (When this weapon is fully spun up, the flinch from incoming damage is greatly reduced) Pledge to New Monarchy 250 multi-kills
Telesto +60 Magazine 
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Prestige Eater of Worlds raid Complete all Verses for Brother Vance in the Lighthouse on Mercury
Tractor Cannon +70 Magazine 
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Kills in PVE 300 kills
Trinity Ghoul N/A N/A N/A
Two-Tailed Fox N/A N/A N/A
Vigilance Wing Full Auto Trigger System (Holding down the trigger will fire this weapon in full auto) Crucible wins 250 PVP kills and 5 Blood for Blood medals (avenge teammates)
Wardcliff Coil Pinpoint Guidance Module (Improved tracking on projectiles) Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 500 kills
Whisper of the Worm +30 Reload Speed
Whispered Breathing (Aiming this weapon without firing for a brief moment grants bonus range and precision damage while it remains zoomed)
Awarded after clearing The Whisper for the first time Complete The Whisper and open chests in The Whisper to collect Blighted Essence
Wish-Ender N/A N/A N/A
Worldline Zero Another Dimension (Reduces the activision time of Tesseract) Kills in PVE with a sword Hit each Level 7 Escalation Protocol boss with Worldline Zero

Information courtesy of Destiny database.

There are still a few Exotic weapons that have yet to receive their Exotic Catalyst, so check back with us periodically as we update this list once new Catalysts are added to Destiny 2. Be sure to check out the Shacknews Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide for more comprehensive guides, information, and walkthroughs.

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