Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Exotic Catalysts Guide

You see, the developers didn’t think it enough, just offering us some Exotics, no, they thought that we deserved to be rewarded further for our efforts; we have available to us Catalysts, an item that allows you to upgrade and evolve your Exotic equipment to significantly buff it and make it even more powerful!

You can get your fidgety hands on these Catalysts in a plethora of ways, and the following, an Exotic Catalysts guide, will help you know what you’re looking for, why you should get it, and what exactly you need to do in order to possess it.

Exotic Catalysts Guide

Borealis Catalyst

  • Perk: +20 Reload Speed
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by PvE Enemies; keep killing until you find it.
  • How to Upgrade: 150 Arc Kills, Solar Kills, and Void Kills.

Coldheart Catalyst

  • Perk: +20 Stability and Reload Speed
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by Heroic Strike and Nightfall Bosses
  • How to Upgrade: 300 Kills.

Colony Catalyst

  • Perk: Increased ammo reserves (+10 Magazine)
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped in Crucible Matches
  • How to Upgrade: 500 Kills.

Crimson Catalyst

  • Perk: +20 Range
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by PvE Enemies
  • How to Upgrade: 300 Precision Kills

A.R.C.I Catalyst

  • Perk: +20 Stability
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by PvE Enemies
  • How to Upgrade: 300 Precision Kills

Fighting Lion Catalyst

  • Perk: +30 Reload Speed
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by PvE Enemies
  • How to Upgrade: Many Kills

Graviton Lance Catalyst

  • Perk: +20 Range, +15 Aim Assist, and greater Target Acquisition
  • How to Get: Faction Rallies, or randomly dropped by PvE or PVP Enemies
  • How to Upgrade: 1000 Kills with the Cosmology Perk

Huckleberry Catalyst

  • Perk: Ambitious Assassin’s Perk
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped in Heroic Adventures
  • How to Upgrade: 500 Kills

Izanagi’s Burden Catalyst

  • Perk: Holding down reload consumes more ammo, setting up a powerful, single fire shot
  • How to Get: Upgrade Chalice of Opulence, and complete Heroic Menagerie – the Catalyst will randomly drop
  • How to Upgrade: 500 Kills

Jade Rabbit Catalyst

  • Perk: +30 Stability
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped after Crucible victories
  • How to Upgrade: 250 Kills in Crucible

Legend of Acrius Catalyst

  • Perk: Ammo Reserves increased; +40 Reload Speed
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped in Prestige Leviathan Raid
  • How to Upgrade: 500 Kills

Merciless Catalyst

  • Perk: +40 Range and Stability
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by defeating Nightfall and Heroic Strike Bosses
  • How to Upgrade: 500 Kills

MIDA Multi-Tool Catalyst

  • Perk: Reload Speed increased, contingent to Precision Kills
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped after Competitive Crucible victories
  • How to Upgrade: Precision Kills in Crucible

Outbreak Perfected Catalyst

  • Perk: Additional Nanite Damage; enemies who die because of SIV A Nanites will spread it to other enemies
  • How to Get: Complete Heroic Zero Hour Mission
  • How to Upgrade: Farm up 500 SIV A Particulate, and get precision kills with them

Polaris Lance Catalyst

  • Perk: Precision Kills cause an Elemental damage explosion
  • How to Get: Complete Nascent Dawn Quest
  • How to Upgrade: 500 Kills total, 50 of which must be with the Perfect Fifth Perk

Prometheus Lens Catalyst

  • Perk: 20+ Stability and Handling
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by Nightfall and Heroic Strike Bosses
  • How to Upgrade: 300 Kills

Riskrunner Catalyst

  • Perk: +30 Range
  • How to Get: Pain and Gain Exotic Quest
  • How to Upgrade: 300 Kills, and 300 Chain Lightning Kills

Skyburner’s Oath Catalyst

  • Perk: +30 Range
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped after completing Leviathan Raid
  • How to Upgrade: 1000 Cabal Kills

Sleeper Simulant Catalyst

  • Perk: +75 Charge Time
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped in Prestige Spire of Stars Raid Lair
  • How to Upgrade: Used all Escalation Protocol Weapons to have 4000 combined Kills

Sturm Catalyst

  • Perk: +20 Range, +40 Handling
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by enemies on Nessus
  • How to Upgrade: Equip Sturm and Drang, and get 500 Kills with each weapon.

Sunshot Catalyst

  • Perk: +20 Range and Stability
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by PvE and PvP enemies
  • How to Upgrade: 1000 Kills with Sun Blast Perk

Sweet Business Catalyst

  • Perk: Flinch from incoming damage is reduced when weapon is fully spun up
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by PvE and PvP enemies
  • How to Upgrade: 250 multi-kills

Telesto Catalyst

  • Perk: Increased ammo reserves (+60 Magazine)
  • How to Get: Prestige Eater of Worlds Raid Lair
  • How to Upgrade: On Mercury, complete all Verses for Brother Vance in the Lighthouse

Tractor Cannon Catalyst

  • Perk: Increased ammo reserves (+60 Magazine)
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by PvE Enemies
  • How to Upgrade: 300 Kills

Vigilance Wing Catalyst

  • Perk: Full Auto-Trigger System
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped after Crucible victories
  • How to Upgrade: 250 Crucible Kills, and 5 Blood for Blood medals

Wardcliff Coil Catalyst

  • Perk: Improved tracking on projectiles
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by Nightfall and Heroic Strike Bosses
  • How to Upgrade: 500 Kills

Whisper of the Worm Catalyst

  • Perk: Zooming in but not firing will increase the range and precision damage
  • How to Get: Awarded for completing the Whisper Mission
  • How to Upgrade: Complete the Whisper Mission again, and open chests to collect Blighted Essence

Worldline Zero Catalyst

  • Perk: Activation time for Tesserect Perk is reduced
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by PvE Enemies if killed with a sword
  • How to Upgrade: Using Worldline Zero, reach Level 7 of each Escalation Boss Protocol

Prospector Catalyst

  • Perk: Blast radius increased
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by Nightfall and Heroic Strike Bosses
  • How to Upgrade: Defeat enemies

Rat King Catalyst

  • Perk: Increased Aim Assist, Recoil decreased
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by Nightfall and Heroic Strike Bosses
  • How to Upgrade: Defeat Enemies

Hard Light Catalyst

  • Perk: Increased Stability
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped by Nightfall and Heroic Strike Bosses
  • How to Upgrade: Defeat Enemies

SUROS Regime Catalyst

  • Perk: Gain health after every kill, and improved recoil
  • How to Get: Randomly dropped after Crucible victories
  • How to Upgrade: Defeat Enemies

And if you were wondering, here is the list of Best Exotic Catalysts, ones we believe will buff your weapons up the most!

Huckleberry: After the Well and Rally Barricade nerfs, this Catalyst will be one of the only few to make mob clearing an easy task rather than a fervent chore.

Sweet Business: You can reload by walking over the ammo, and without firing. Its PvE damage is staggering as well.

Crimson: Getting a damage boost, and you restore health with each kill, win-win.

Sunshot: With the increased magazine size, and the perks mentioned above, this is a dangerous Catalyst.

SUROS Regime: The Auto Rifle buffs, when in conjunction with this Catalyst, will have you regaining health with each kill.

Le Monarque: Powerful Bow buffs makes this a powerful weapon.

DARCI: Perfect for taking down bosses due to the 20% increase in damage.

Jade Rabbit: Based on enemy ranks, Scout Rifles get an 18-36% increase in damage.

Bad Juju: This, like Huckleberry, gets around the Well and Rally Barricade nerfs, and its String of Curses Perk makes it invaluable on top of it.

 

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