Taken King: How to Get The First Curse

Published on: Sep 30, 2015 @ 18:11

The First Curse

In The Taken King, some Exotic weapons are still yet to be discovered. Building off of the concept of Exotic Bounties from Year 1, Exotics can now be found after completing elaborate quests that offer more difficult challenges and glimpses into the lore that surrounds Destiny.

DEAD EYE – Bonus to range, stability, and movement speed when aiming down sights.

THE FIRST CURSE – Precision kills while aiming down sights grant increased range and stability until the next reload.

Exotic SwordsBlack Spindle, The Chaperone, and Touch of Malice also have Exotic Quests.

Gunsmith Rank 5 = The First Curse Quest

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Comparing Taken King’s Exotic Hand Cannons

The only way to begin the quest for The First Curse is to reach a rank 5 with Banshee-44, the Tower Gunsmith. Some players have reached this high rank already, though many have yet to come close.

The best way to make progress in rank is to complete all weapon testing each week.

Once you hit rank 5, Banshee with offer you the quest known as “Imprecation” and your search will start.

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Quest Guide

Step 1: The Right Word

  • Get Hand Cannon kills with a Primary or Hand Cannon Telemetry active.
  • Rewards: Gunsmith Rep & XP

“Tex Mechanica’s been making guns since before the City’s Walls went up.” —Banshee-44

First up, you’re going to need to kill some baddies with active telemetry. If you’ve got some hand cannon telemetry in the vault, feel free to use it. Otherwise, primary telemetry is available at the Gunsmith for an affordable price. Where you get the kills doesn’t matter, so any PvE or PvP activity will do.

Step 2: Speak to Banshee-44

  • Speak to Banshee-44 at the Tower Watch in the Tower.

“You got no idea what it was like before the City. Before the Walls. That’s the world for which Tex Mechanica was making weapons.” —Banshee-44

Head on back to Banshee and have a chat – it seems like he’s had a long relationship with the Tex Mechanica foundry.

Step 3: Waiting on Tex

  • Wait for Tex Mechanica’s next Armsday delivery. Armsday occurs every Wednesday.

“You’ve heard of The Last Word. But have you heard of the gun that came before it?” —Banshee-44

Now the boring part… you’ll have to sit and wait until the next Armsday in order to keep moving forward with the quest. This seems to be a new trend with The Taken King, considering the Chaperone and Sword quests both included waiting periods. At least this prolongs the excitement of the new expansion!

Step 4: Speak to Banshee-44

  • Speak to Banshee-44 at the Tower Watch in the Tower.

“The Last Word. Now, that was one of the best Hand Cannons I ever saw. And I don’t say that lightly. Ain’t seen its like since—well, since a long time ago.” —Banshee-44

It’s Wednesday! Go have a chat with the Gunsmith again. Sounds like Banshee remembers the time when Exotic hand cannons reigned supreme. He’ll reward you with Imprecation, and now you can put it to good use.

Step 5: Weapon Skills

  • Infuse the weapon to 260 ATK
  • Rapidly kill 7 enemies in PvE
  • Get 7 precision kills in the Crucible

“The Last Word…and the First Curse. Sisters. Partners. But one was lost to fire—and with it, the memory of how to forge it.” —S. Barnes Davis

This battle will test a Guardian’s will and determine if they live up to the Guardians who once fought to defend the City before there was a wall. 

Getting kills in the Crucible is another story. Any time you venture into the Crucible, it’s recommended that you bring a fireteam. Having teammates you can communicate with gives you an immediate advantage, and callouts will allow you to track your foes without even seeing them. Make sure to avoid charging forward into a room, and remember what distance you fight from.

Equipping a shotgun from too far out can end a spree easily. Always try to put the fight in front of you, but keep your head on a swivel for flanks and sneak attacks. The streaks will come with the right amount of patience and discipline (not the grenade kind, but that will help too).

Step 6: Speak to Banshee-44

  • Speak to Banshee-44 at the Tower Watch in the Tower.

“We’re bringing back a legend! Yessir, we’ve partnered with Banshee-44 and a Guardian to reverse-engineer the First Curse!” —S. Barnes Davis, Tex Mechanica

Return to the Gunsmith with your updated Imprecation. Tex Mechanica has plans to rebuild The First Curse using reverse engineering!

Step 7: Expanded Vocabulary

  • Wait for Tex Mechanica’s next Armsday delivery. Armsday occurs every Wednesday.

“It’s strange, though. Strange to think that two sisters could grow so far apart. Ah, who listens to an old Exo like you, Banshee.” —Banshee-44

Step 8: Speak to Banshee-44

  • Speak to Banshee-44 at the Tower Watch in the Tower.

“They said the First Curse was so powerful, its wielder didn’t even need to think about killing. The killing just happened.” —S. Barnes Davis, Tex Mechanica

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The First Curse Grimoire

The First Curse Grimoire

People always forget about the other one. The first one. They remember its twin, the Last Word, because that’s an easier story to tell. But it’s not the whole story.

Truth is, there were two of ’em, back then in the lawless days before the City was anything more than a rumor. There are thousands of tales of the fate of The First Curse, which one will you tell?

Imprecation exotic quest guideYou’ve put in hard work and waited long enough, so now it’s time you’re awarded the new Exotic hand cannon you deserve. The yin to The Last Word’s yang, The First Curse rewards precision kills from a skilled shooter. Only you will be able to decide if it stacks up to the Year 1 favorite.

DEAD EYE – Bonus to range, stability, and movement speed when aiming down sights.

THE FIRST CURSE – Precision kills while aiming down sights grant increased range and stability until the next reload.

The quest will be challenging for those who aren’t fond of the Crucible, but the reward will be worth the battle. Tex Mechanica’s role in providing Guardians with the ultimate tools of war seems to be expanding – we can’t wait to see what they bring us next! 

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