The Last Word is not out in Destiny 2 just yet. However, we know it’s coming very soon. The Exotic hand cannon was teased as part of the lead-up to the Black Armory expansion last year. And now, thanks to some datamining and a spoiler-ific Reddit post, we might have the gist of how to get the gun once it’s out.
Bear in mind that this is all just alleged information datamined from Destiny 2. There’s always a chance that this info is subject to change or outright wrong. That said, we’ll be sure to update this guide with better information when the Last Word quest is out for real. Anyway, let’s get started!
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Step 1: Tainted Artifact
It’s still not clear how players will actually start the Last Word quest — called “The Draw” — but the first step doesn’t seem to hard. It looks like you just need to speak with the Drifter (“one who dabbles in the arcane”) first. Go meet him in the Tower!
Seek the guidance of one who dabbles in the arcane to learn more.
This unknown artifact seethes with an odd, familiar sickness.
Step 2: The Cleansing
This step is harder to guess. Based on previous Destiny 2 Exotic quests, and the lack of information, we guess this requires you to complete a special mission. Whenever a quest doesn’t give you specifics, it usually means there’s a marker on your map, ready for you to complete something new.
Our second guess (also based on old Destiny 2 Exotics) is that you might have to kill a lot of enemies. A later quest step implies that this “artifact” is actually a working gun. It’s possible that purging it means using it.
Purge the artifact of its sickness.
Some who walk a darker path believe what we call ‘Weapons of Sorrow’ ain’t a complete science. This artifact could be key to a new understanding- if you’re willing to risk temptation.” – The Drifter
Step 3: A Cleansed Artifact
This one seems pretty simple. The Drifter wants you to bring the Last Word “artifact” to him. Head back to the Tower and do just that!
The artifact is now cleansed. But what is its purpose?
“The artifact is free of disease now. I might be able to see what it’s for. Bring it to me. Let’s see how far down this dead-end leads.” – The Drifter
Step 4: The Temptation
Once again, this is a very simple step. Although it won’t be easy. Since this is a quest for The Last Word, we presume the “artifact” is also a hand cannon (probably a weakened form of the Exotic itself). That means you really want to aim for head shots and stay at medium range to get kills.
Want to see what this artifact can do? Feed it Light by defeating Guardians in the Crucible. Being defeated will impede progress.
“The 7th Book of Sorrow speaks of a great Unmaking. Old friends of mine believe it’s the blueprint for terrible weapons made in its name. I think they’re mostly right, but to find out some of your friends are gonna have to suffer.” – The Drifter
Step 5: The Damnation
This step might imply that you need to complete a special mission. Otherwise, it likely refers to the Witches’ Ritual public event in that location. Said event occurs on The Rig, so head there and wait for it to spawn, if that seems like the next step in the quest.
You can also turn the Witches’ Ritual into a Heroic Event. Just destroy the big, floating crystals that appear in the room after you kill the first two witches. Might as well get extra loot while you’re on Titan!
The artifact is calling to something dark. Uncover a dark ritual on Titan and stop the twisted ceremony.
“The artifact is in pain. Can you hear it? It’s made to feed on Light, and that Light is feeding something other. The trail is faint, but the screams don’t lie. Get to Titan. Answers wait where dead things play.” – The Drifter
Step 6: A New Jagged Purpose
Our guess is that this is a pretty simple step. It sounds like you’ll get an item after the last mission and that the Drifter wants to see it. Bring it to him and start the next step!
You found a Guardian’s helmet penetrated by a unique bullet.
“The artifact was part of a Hive ritual tied to their efforts to perfect the Weapons of Sorrow. But that helm you found? Only one thing can cut through a Guardian like that. We may be too late. New weapons may already be in play.” – The Drifter
Step 7: Sullied Light
This seems like one of those multi-step quests. And it seems like each step requires some grinding. Although none of the individual steps are too complicated on their own.
For the first one, collecting Etched Crystals, you just need to hunt wanted targets that appear in Lost Sectors. Before you do, however, it might help to visit Spider in the Tangled Shore. He’ll give you bounties to kill a bunch of different wanted targets. Collect them and you may be able to kill two birds with one stone — even earning yourself extra chances to get the Lord of Wolves Exotic that drops from Spider bounties.
Meanwhile, “Best Served Cold” and “Blood for Blood” medals come from the Crucible. They are for killing someone who killed you and killing someone who just killed your teammate, respectively. Just play enough team-based Crucible matches (preferably Mayhem) and you’ll get them by chance.
We probably don’t have to explain how to get head shots against Hive, but bear in mind that they appear on all over Titan and Mars. As for the Witches’ Rituals, that is once again a public event that occurs in The Rig on Titan.
The Hive weapon master is creating new Weapons of Sorrow. You need to stop it. Gather powerful objects to sully your Light and complete the ritual.
- Collect Etched Crystals from Lost Sector wanted escapees.
- Earn multiple “Best served cold” and “Blood for blood” medals in the Crucible.
- Defeat Hive with precision damage to collect larvae.
- Sacrifice Hive bosses summoned in witches’ rituals.
“This is it, Guardian- the furthest you’ve gone down sorrow’s road. There ain’t no turnin’ back. If the Hive are upgrading their arsenal, we need to know where and how, so we can stop it and learn from it. Don’t worry. This ritual won’t make you a bad guy. It’ll just feel like it.” – The Drifter
Step 8: Sorrow’s Road
Talk to the Drifter. Seems pretty self-explanatory!
You have all you need to track the Hive weapon master.
“Using the thorn from your dead friend’s helm and lettin’ corruption touch your Light ain’t an easy call. But you didn’t back down. Come see me and we’ll track the weapon that fired that jagged bit of death.” – The Drifter
Step 9: The Conversation
This sounds like another special mission. Although Enkaar might just appear in the world, too. If you don’t get a special mission marker, head to Hellrise Canyon. It’s on the leftmost side of the Jetsam of Saturn section. Look around and see if you find Enkaar!
Enkaar, the Hive weapon master, is hiding in Hellrise Canyon in the Tangled Shore. Hunt him down!
“Time to hunt us a Hive weapons master and put an end to whatever he’s cookin’ up. This is where you get to be a hero, and we both get to learn a little bit more about things best left undiscovered. Careful out there, you’ll be alone, and the odds’ll be stacked. Hope you make it back.” -The Drifter
Step 10: A Darker Path
This heavily implies that you need to speak with the Drifter. Again. Just head back to the Tower and find him in his little nook! Again…
You defeated the Hive weapon master thanks to a mysterious gift, the Last Word. What would the Drifter say about that?
“The hunt is over. Our weapon master is defeated, thanks to you. And in his wake, you’ve found the Last Word? Well I’ll be. Hm. It’s probably best we close this case down. For now.” – The Drifter