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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 Exotic Catalysts in Destiny 2 is what gets most 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.

Last updated on September 16, 2021.

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. The best option is to find one you want, and then farm the activity until the Catalyst drops.

Note: With the release of Beyond Light, several Exotic Catalyst sources will be removed. If you do not unlock them before Beyond Light, you will not be able to unlock them until Bungie changes their drop source.

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Exotic Catalysts in Destiny 2 boost an attribute of an Exotic weapon and sometimes add a special effect.

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 Firefly does more damage while Memento Mori is active. Heroic Strikes & Nightfall bosses 500 kills
Ager’s Scepter Will Given Form (Drain Super energy, overflowing the magazine and empowering the beam with bonus damage and the ability to slow and freeze targets until the magazine or Super energy runs out, or the weapon is stowed. Can only be activated when Super energy is full) Dropped from Astral Alignment or Nightfalls after Season of the Lost (Dropping September 21, 2021)

1000 kills

Precision kills and destroying walls in the Shattered Realm grant additional progress.

Anarchy N/A N/A N/A
Arbalest N/A N/A N/A
Bad Juju Unending Curse (Extends the duration of String of Curses) 45 Tributes in the Tribute Hall or complete Playlist activities. 700 kills
Bastion N/A N/A N/A
Black Talon Blocking attacks increases damage of Crow’s Wings Heroic Strikes, Gambit, and Crucible matches 500 kills
Borealis +20 Reload Speed Kill PVE enemies 150 Arc, Solar, and Void kills
Cerberus+1 Hold reload to swap to a tighter, close-ranged spread. Kill PVE enemies 500 kills
The Chaperone N/A N/A N/A
Cloudstrike N/A N/A N/A
Coldheart +20 Stability
+20 Reload Speed
Heroic Strike & Nightfall bosses 300 kills
The Colony +10 Magazine
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Complete Crucible matches 500 kills
Crimson +20 Range Kill PVE enemies 300 precision kills
Cryosthesia 77K Cold Efficiency (Shattering a frozen target refills this weapon’s magazine from reserves) Complete the Stasis Trigger quest 700 kills
D.A.R.C.I. +20 Stability Kill PVE enemies 300 precision kills
Dead Man’s Tale Dark-Forged Trigger (Increased hipfire rate of fire and removes hipfire accuracy penalties) Complete Presage mission then At Your Fingertips quest Kills with Dead Man’s Tale and/or collecting Hidden Caches’ in Presage.
Deathbringer Dead Weight (Increases how quickly Dark Descent reaches its full potential) Heroic Strikes, Gambit, and Crucible matches 400 kills
Devil’s Ruin N/A N/A N/A
Divinity N/A N/A N/A
Duality +2 Magazine
+20 Range
Complete Walk the Line quest 400 kills
Eriana’s Vow +9 Magazine
Auto-Loading Holster
Collected from Banshee-44 after completing a bounty or recieving a rank-up package. Complete Gambit matches, Crucible, Vex Offensive, and Strikes while using Eriana’s Vow
700 kills
Eyes of Tomorrow N/A N/A N/A
Fighting Lion +30 Reload Speed
Chimera (After this weapon fires, equipped Kinetic and Power weapons gain a brief period of increased handling and accuracy)
Rewarded during the Festival of the Lost OR killing PVE enemies 1000 kills and bounties
The Fourth Horseman Adds an additional round to the magazine and increases reload speed Legendary Lost Sectors and Seraph Tower Public Events 400 kills
Gjallarhorn More Wolves (Increases magazine size. Final blows with Wolfpack Rounds spawn a faster, more powerful missile at the target’s location) Three unique chests in Grasp of Avarice dungeon 400 kills
Graviton Lance +20 Range
+15 Aim Assist
Hidden Hand (Better target acquisition)
Heroic Strikes & Crucible matches 500 kills and 1,000 kills with the Cosmology perk
Hard Light +25 Stability Heroic Strikes & Nightfall bosses 1,000 kills
Hawkmoon Hunter’s Trance (Increased magazine size. Grants increased handling, reload speed, and weapon range based on number of stacks of Paracausal Charge) Complete the Harbinger mission then Bird of Prey quest 700 kills
Heir Apparent Legion’s Bulwark (Increases the Arc Shield’s durability and partially reloads the magazine if it is destroyed) Complete the Competitive Catalyst quest during Guardian Games 700 kills
The Huckleberry Kills with this weapon now reload the entire magazine. Complete Playlist activities 500 kills
Izanagi’s Burden Damage bonus with 4x Honed Edge Complete Playlist activities 500 kills
The Jade Rabbit +30 Stability Crucible wins 250 kills in Crucible
Jötunn N/A N/A N/A
The Lament N/A N/A N/A
The Last Word N/A N/A N/A
Legend of Acrius +40 Reload Speed
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Prestige Leviathan raid 500 kills
Leviathan’s Breath +5 Reserve ammo Kills with Leviathan’s Breath 1500 kills
Defeating high-tier Wrathborn increases completion rate
Lord of Wolves Increases reload speed while Release the Wolves is active, and increases stability when it is not. Complete Crucible matches 500 kills
Lorentz Driver Jump Driver (Lorentz Driver gains an enhanced radar. Additionally, while this weapon has 3 telemetry patterns, EM Anomaly detonations no longer require a precision final blow) Complete the quest, Revision 7.2.2 400 kills
Lumina Resonant Virtue (2 Nobel rounds per kill) Heroic Strikes & Nightfall bosses Heal 250 allies with Noble rounds
Malfeasance N/A N/A N/A
Merciless +40 Range
+40 Stability
Heroic Strike & Nightfall bosses 500 kills
MIDA Multi-Tool Outlaw (Precision kills greatly increase reload speed) Competitive Crucible wins at Fabled Glory Rank. Guaranteed after Legend Glory Rank. Defeat Crucible enemies with precision damage (with MIDA Multi-Tool)
Monte Carlo N/A N/A N/A
Le Monarque N/A N/A N/A
No Time to Explain Projectiles from Time-Slip shoot more frequently. Complete Soon quest 700 kills
One Thousand Voices N/A N/A N/A
Outbreak Perfected Increases nanite damage. Enemies that die with nanites attached to them generate additional nanites. Complete Zero Hour Heroic Complete Zero Hour Heroic mission to get SIVA particulates. Use Void, Arc, and Solar configuration for bonus points.
500 Precision kills
Polaris Lance Dragonfly (Precision kills create an elemental damage explosion) Complete Nascent Dawn quest line or complete Playlist activities. 500 kills and 50 kills with the Perfect Fifth perk
Prometheus Lens +20 Stability
+20 Handling
Heroic Strikes & Nightfall bosses 300 kills
The Prospector +40 Blast Radius
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Heroic Strikes & Nightfall bosses 500 kills
The Queenbreaker 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)
Heroic Strikes & Nightfall bosses 500 PVE kills with Fireteam using Rat King
Riskrunner +30 Range Heroic Strikes & Nightfall bosses and the Pain and Gain Exotic quest 300 kills and 300 lightning chain kills
Ruinous Effigy Ruinous Effigy deals more damage against enemies damaged by Transmutation spheres Unlocked after completing Ruinous Effigy’s Growth questline or PVE kills Kills with Transmutation spheres or destroy all Savathun’s Eyes
Salvation’s Grip N/A N/A N/A
Skyburner’s Oath +30 Range Heroic Strikes, Gambit, and Crucible matches 1,000 Cabal kills
Sleeper Simulant +75 Charge Time
Accelerated Coils (Speeds up weapon charge time) & Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Prestige Spire of Stars raid or complete Nightfall: The Ordeals Kills with each Escalation Protocol weapon: 1,000 Sniper Rifle kills, 1,000 Shotgun kills, 2,000 Submachine Gun kills
Open the Oracle chest in The Whisper
500 kills with Sleeper Simulant
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
Heroic Strikes & Crucible matches 500 kills and 1,000 kills with Sun Blast perk
SUROS Regime +50 Recoil Direction
SUROS Ascendance (Increased chance for kills to regen health)
Crucible wins 300 Crucible kills
Sweet Business Serious Busness (When this weapon is fully spun up, the flinch from incoming damage is greatly reduced) Heroic Strikes & Nightfall bosses 250 multi-kills
Symmetry Increases the maximum number of Dynamic Charge stacks. Picked up from Banshee-44 as part of the quest, Symmetry Remastered Complete the Symmetry Remastered quest
700 kills
Tarrabah N/A N/A N/A
Telesto +60 Magazine 
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Prestige Eater of Worlds raid or complete Legend & Master Lost Sectors Complete all Lost Prophecy Verses for Brother Vance in the Lighthouse on Mercury or 300 kills
Thorn N/A N/A N/A
Thunderlord N/A N/A N/A
Ticuu’s Divination Causality Quiver (Perfectly drawn arrows that detonate Sacred Flames increase arrow damage. Striking targets unaffected by Sacred Flame instead refreshes Causality Arrows) Complete the Points Piercing Forever quest

200 Calibration data generated
50 Guardians defeated
100 combatants defeated

Tommy’s Matchbook While Ignition Trigger is active, your health recovers much faster. Complete A Good Match quest 700 kills
Tractor Cannon +70 Magazine 
Deeper Pockets (Increased ammo reserves)
Kill PVE enemies 300 kills
Traveler’s Chosen +20 Magazine
Osmosis (Using your grenade ability changes this weapon’s damage type to match your subclass until you stow it)
Full Auto Trigger System (Holding down the trigger will fire this weapon at full auto)
Heroic Strikes, Gambit, and Crucible matches 700 kills
Trinity Ghoul Lightning Rod perk activates on all Arc kills Heroic Strikes & Nightfall bosses 400 kills
Truth N/A N/A N/A
Two-Tailed Fox N/A N/A N/A
Vex Mythoclast Calculated Balance (Higher stacks of Overcharge increase stability) Interact with Vex plates and destroy Oracles in Vault of Glass. 700 kills
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)
The Wardcliff Coil Pinpoint Guidance Module (Improved tracking on projectiles) Heroic Strike & Nightfall bosses 500 kills
Wavesplitter N/A N/A N/A
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
Witherhoard Increased handling and Auto-Loading Holster Complete the quest, The Bank Job. 400 kills
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 or 300 kills
Xenophage N/A N/A N/A

Some information courtesy of light.gg 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.