Exotic Weapons Guide

Published on: Sep 25, 2014 @ 11:02

There is a class of equipment beyond Legendary. Powerful and rare, they are known as Exotics. You can find an Exotic via several different ways, but the important thing to know is that you can potentially find one almost anywhere in the game. You can earn Exotic Engrams from completing high-level Strikes, from PvP, from Raids, or from Faction reputation rewards.

If you’d like to see all of the Exotics in Destiny, check out this article.

Where to get them

You can buy some Exotics with Strange Coins, and you might even be lucky enough to stumble across an Exotic bounty, with a lengthy list of challenging tasks that you must complete to earn a guaranteed Exotic at the end.

Exotic abilities

Exotic abilities can prove to be the “capper” on a build, with an entire set of Class abilities, armor stats and upgrades, and weapons and their mods all working together to make you even more dangerous on the battlefield.

Video Showcase

If you’d like to know more about Destiny’s Exotic weapons, and their abilities, our friend My name is Byf has a few video guides to these weapons (the best weapons) currently in Destiny!

Video: All Exotic Weapons Guide – Part 1

Video: All Exotic Weapons Guide – Part 2

Video: Hawkmoon Exotic Hand cannon

Exotic mods

One of the things that makes an Exotic weapon powerful and exciting is its Exotic mods; You can find Exotic gear that has completely unique abilities not found on any other equipment. Finding your first Exotic is an exciting moment, and later, when you have assembled an arsenal with multiple Exotic and Legendary pieces, fine-tuning full sets of complementary equipment will occupy your time.
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  • Micah Yang

    I want a warlock with a shader that makes his armor completely white and then I’ll equip thorn. The contrast beween light and dark would look awesome…

    • WSquared88

      You can use the polar oak shader at the guardian outfitter. It’s primary is white and with a good cloak you are pretty white.

    • Jeuthy

      you can also use the shader from the raid, it’s white and it doesn’t have the awful green from polar oak shader 😉

      damnnnnnn i want an exotic !!! lvl 28 and stilll haven’t got one ¬¬

      • Micah Yang

        So is it certain that you always get the shader after vault of glass?

        • Jeuthy

          i think so

        • Austin Whitman

          Yes it is, my group and I beat it several times always taking anew person through. You will get the shader.

          • Pwentdon Dwenton

            Man, I can’t find a group to beat the RAID. I keep getting to the last boss all the time, but someone always keeps messing it up. Anyway I can join your crew to beat it once or twice real quick? I’m lv28 warlock. my PSN = Reallusion

        • Rivox1

          No, it’s not certain. It took me 3 times beating the raid to finally get the shader. The first time I got a legendary ship, the second time I got a Titan mark, and the third time I finally got the shader. PSN: rivodeaux

  • Just got my first Exotic last night 🙂 Patience and Time

  • Micah Yang

    My dream weapon is an exotic auto rifle that changes rate of fire depending on the distance of you enemies. At med-long range it would be like suros regime and at close like montecarlo

    • Chris

      that is the suros regime. when hip firing your rate of fire dramatically increases while at med to long range the rate of fire slows but dmg increases

  • DirtyMike18

    How do I get the Hawkmoon?!?! I have the Thorn and another exotic automatic shot gun, but I want the Hawkmoon!!!

    • WSquared88

      You can only get the hawkmoon if you own the PS version of the game. I think it comes as a preorder bonus for the PS guys

      • Ensanguine

        Just a format bonus and you still have to be lucky enough for it to drop for you sadly

    • Micah Yang

      There isn’t a set way to earn hawkmoon. You can find it in PVP or by doing high level strikes. I know several people have found it by going on massive kill streaks in crucible

  • Chris Williams

    why isnt truth on the list

  • snowdrop150 .

    i got a exotic bounty, already on challenge 3 but this one very difficult.

  • metselmaatje

    I have found an exotic bounty machine gun today!
    Now waiting for the agent….
    Anyone wanna add me for soms strikes?
    Van use soms Players as friends tot join or i could join.
    Warlock lv 26 name metselmaatje!

  • Thomas Harrison

    i need the universal remote