Destiny 2: Beyond Light is just over a month away and to build anticipation Bungie has released info detailing a bunch of upcoming exotics. Ranging from weapons that can summon lightning bolts to gauntlets that induce poisonous effects, it will be intriguing to see how these exotics impact both the PVE and PVP meta. So far a total of ten exotics have been revealed and details for Beyond Light. While there’s a good chance Bungie is hiding some exotics away for players to discover, here is everything we know about the ones showcased. We will update this article if more exotics are revealed or if additional information about the ones below are released.
The Lament – Sword
It’s time to bring a chainsword to a gunfight. The Lamet is an exotic sword that is designed for taking down enemy shields and Barrier Champions. When you block with this sword it will begin to rev up, which seems to increase the weapon’s damage. It’s explained that one the weapon is at its “peak,” kills with The Lament will heal the user. We assume this means that you can rev The Lament until it’s going as fast as possible and then use to heal yourself and tear apart enemies. In the trailer, we see a single strike from The Lament breaking a Barrier Champion’s shield and killing it.
No Time to Explain – Pulse Rifle
A returning favorite, No Time to Explain is all about landing precision hits or hits against enemies afflicted by the new element, Stasis. Every time you do this, ammo that you fire will return to the magazine, allowing you to keep shooting at targets. Landing precision hits or hits on Stasis afflicted foes will build stacks, allowing you to summon a portal which fires bullets from another timeline. In the trailer, this looks similar to the Warlock’s Arc Soul, but the damage will most likely be Kinetic.
Cloudstrike – Sniper Rifle
A potential new boss DPS weapon, Cloudstrike is a sniper rifle that summons a lightning bolt when you land a precision final blow. In the trailer we see this massive lightning bolt killing two additional Guardians who are about 1-2 feet away from the enemy slain by Cloudstrike. However, rapid precision hits (not kills) will summon a storm instead which presumably releases a lot more lightning bolts. Depending on the damage of the storm and if it’s impacted by debuff abilities like Tractor Cannon, we could be looking at another solid endgame PVE weapon. Unfortunately, we won’t know for sure until we get our hands on this sniper.
Salvation’s Grip – Grenade Launcher
My guess for the new raid exotic, Salvation’s Grip is a grenade launcher that’s all about Stasis. Taking the design of Stasis and weaponizing it, Salvations Grip allows players to fire projectiles that form crystals and freeze nearby enemies. Alternatively, you can charge this weapon to release more crystals, along with a larger freezing radius. Given how synergistic Stasis appears to be, it will be interesting to see how this weapon combos with those abilities.
Dawn Chorus – Helmet
The first Warlock exotic armor piece revealed the Dawn Chorus is all about setting the world on fire. This exotic boosts the damage of our Dawnblade projectiles along with burning any enemy that makes contact with them. In the trailer, we see this used to take down a Hive Champion in a single hit. What the level is of that enemy or if it was previously damaged is unknown, but the footage suggests this will be able to swiftly take down powerful adversaries. Additionally, any burn damage we cause will charge our melee ability. I’m curious if this will work with weapons like Sunshot or if it’s solely tied to our Warlock’s own abilities.
Necrotic Grip – Gauntlet
Do you like Thorn? Do you wish you could just spread disease to enemies of the Darkness? If you answered “Yes” then the Necrotic Grip is for you. Upon striking an enemy with a melee attack, you will spread corruption among surrounding enemies. If that poison then kills any of the inflicted enemies it will release another burst, spreading it further until either everything is dead or your foes don’t die from the poison. This is incredibly powerful, especially since you restore melee energy for every kill with this ability.
Arthrys’s Embrace – Gauntlet
This exotic was perhaps the most poorly explained in the new trailer. Thankfully, Bungie released additional information about what Arthrys’s Embrace actually does. Its first benefit is the Hunter’s throwing knife gains an additional bounce when it hits a surface. This is neat, but let’s be real you have to be very lucky to land a double ricochet knife kill. Its second perk is rapid precision hits increase your damage and staggers enemies. It should be noted that the description doesn’t specify what gets the damage boost, so it may just be an overall buff. If it’s significant, this boost could be quite good in combination with auto rifles or rapid-fire scout rifles.
Mask of Bakris
Certainly destined to be a fan favorite, the Mask of Bakris replaces the Hunter’s dodge with an ability called Shift. When activated, the player appears to vanish and reappear on the ground about 10 feet away from where they triggered this skill. This appears to be a pseudo blink, but how it works and the details surrounding it are unknown. For example, do we still regain our melee energy or reload weapons upon using Shift, or are those skills nullified entirely? On the plus side, you get to look like Scarecrow from the Batman franchise which is always welcomed.
This exotic is pretty simple but could be utterly game-changing. When worn, Titan’s replace their barricade class ability with an overshield they can call on demand. The strength of the overshield is unknown, but this skill alone could finally help Titan’s embrace the tank role many have wanted. If the One-Eyed Mask is anything to go on, this will certainly make waves in Destiny 2’s PVP scene. Prepare yourself for the next wave of shotgun-wielding Titans in the Crucible.
A support exotic, Precarious Scars gives Titan’s an Overshield Aura when they revive a teammate. We get a glimpse of this in the trailer, as the team is weathered to the Titan by a glowing energy. Our guess is that when you revive someone, that overshield spreads to those connected to the Titan, giving them more damage resistance. I see this being useful in Survival modes, where you’ll have more safety upon picking someone up. However, in higher-end PVE activities, it’s usually better to just wait for that person to respawn than risk your own life to revive them. The viability of this exotic is going to live or die by how strong those overshields are and the length of the tether between Guardians.