How to get Arbalest Exotic Linear Fusion Rifle - Destiny 2

Learn how to get the Arbalest, a powerful Exotic Kinetic Linear Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2 that players will want to add to their collection as quickly as possible.


As far as Linear Fusion Rifles go, the Arbalest is probably one of the best that you can get your hands on. Originally available during Destiny 2’s Revelry event, the Arbalest’s Exotic quest has been unobtainable since that event ended. Now, though, Season of the Dawn has brought about a new way to acquire the weapon and this guide will tell you how to get Arbalest Exotic Linear Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2.

How to get Arbalest in Destiny 2

Destiny 2 - Arbalest Exotic Kinetic Linear Fusian Rifle stats

Though the Arbalest was previously only available in the Revelry event earlier this year, it has now made the jump to the standard Exotic loot pool. This means that it’s time to get down on your hands and knees and start praying to the RNG gods at Bungie, as the Arbalest will only be obtainable as a random Exotic drop, or through other standard acquisition methods. As of the launch of Destiny 2: Lightfall, Arbalest can be acquired by completing Shaw Han's Exotic quest, Another Last City. This quest is picked up on the Cosmodrome.

As it stands now, the Revelry quest has been replaced by the following options:

  • The Arbalest can drop as a random Exotic world drop.
  • The Arbalest can now appear in Xur’s Exotic purchases.
  • Arbalest is now a possible reward from chests in various raids, or as a reward for completing matches in the Crucible and Gambit.
  • Finally, it’s also a possible drop that can be obtained by completing the more difficult versions of the Nightfall: The Ordeal activities.

If you were a fan of the original Arbalest quest that appeared during Destiny 2’s Revelry event, then this is probably a bit of a bummer. Though, it is nice to know that you can get the Arbalest again, as it is a powerful weapon for those who have it in their arsenal.

Arbalest Exotic Kinetic Linear Fusion Rifle

how to get arbalest in Destiny 2

Arbalest intrinsic perks and abilities

  • Compounding Force - Fires slugs that cause massive damage to elemental shields of enemy combatants.
  • Disruption Break - Breaking an enemy's shield with this weapon makes them more vulnerable to Kinetic damage for a brief period.

Thanks to the crew over at, we also know more about the Arbalest's base weapon stats including its capabilities with regard to hidden statistics like zoom and recoil direction. Here are the full details:

  • Impact: 41
  • Range: 47
  • Stability: 59
  • Handling: 38
  • Charge Time: 533
  • Magazine: 5
  • Aim Assistance: 61
  • Recoil Direction: 77
  • Weapon Size: 34
  • Zoom: 25

When/How to use the Arbalest

Destiny 2's Arbalest

Based on the Arbalest's perks, we can make a few assumptions about how it ought to be used. The Intrinsic perk allows it to knock down enemy shields with ease, despite it being a Kinectic weapon. This means you could theoretically fire a single round and then swap to your Heavy weapon to deal damage. It will be important to communicate with your teammates when you're firing, as their Kinetic weapons will be dealing significantly more damage thanks to the the gun's other trait. Coupling the Arbalest with Izanagi's Burden could result in some stupendous amounts of damage, as the Izanagi's is technically a Kinetic weapon.

It's worth noting that because the Arbalest is in the Primary slot, you won't be able to take advantage of the bonus damage from Kinetic sources without some fast weapon swapping. Another item worth noting is that most bosses do not actually have a shield, so it won't be useful for boss DPS. The only place this will really shine is against high-tier enemies, like Envoys in Gambit, though even those melt quickly with standard strategies. So, despite the damage it might be able to pull off, it could wind up being overkill and a potential wasted slot. Only time will tell.

Now that you know how to get Arbalest, make sure you head back over to our complete Destiny 2 strategy guide for even more in-depth coverage.

Kevin Tucker and Josh Hawkins are both former Guide Writers for Shacknews.

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