Destiny 2 Exotic Catalyst Guide: Black Talon & Lord of Wolves Catalysts Unlocked

Here's a handy list of every known catalyst in Destiny 2. Juice up those Exotics!

The Destiny 2 Exotic weapons are some of the coolest, most powerful guns in the game. But did you know you can make them even better? With an Exotic catalyst, an Exotic weapon evolves and improves in various ways. You can find Exotic catalysts in a variety of manners, but some are truly worth the hunt to take your favorite item to the next level.

Not all Exotics have catalysts just yet, so take a look at our list to see what can be yours within a matter of hours — and what isn’t worth hunting yet, simply because it does not exist.

Updated on January 7, 2020 including the new Black Talon and Lord of Wolves Catalysts which released with Season of Dawn.

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Ace of Spades Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Firefly does more damage while Memento Mori is active.

Anarchy Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Arbalest Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 350 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Bad Juju Catalyst

How to Obtain: Place 45 Tributes in the Tribute Hall.

How to Unlock: 700 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Extends the duration of String of Curses.

Bastion Catalyst

How to Obtain: ???

How to Unlock: ???

Catalyst Perk: ???

Black Talon Catalyst

How to Obtain: Killing any PVE enemy.

How to Unlock: 350 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases the max number of Dynamic Charge stacks.

Borealis Catalyst

How to Obtain: Killing any PVE enemy.

How to Unlock: 150 Arc mode kills, 150 Solar mode kills, 150 Void mode kills.

Catalyst Perk: +20 reload speed.

Cerberus+1 Catalyst

How to Obtain: Killing any PVE enemy.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Adds Focused Fire perk. Hold reload to swap to a tighter, close-ranged spread.

The Chaperone Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

Coldheart Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 300 kills.

Catalyst Perk: +20 stability and +20 reload speed.

The Colony Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and or Crucible wins.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: +10 magazine size, increased ammo reserves.

Crimson Catalyst

How to Obtain: Killing any PVE enemy.

How to Unlock: 500 precision kills.

Catalyst Perk: +20 range.

DARCI Catalyst

How to Obtain: Killing any PVE enemy.

How to Unlock: 300 precision kills.

Catalyst Perk: +20 stability.

Deathbringer Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

Divinity Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

Devil’s Ruin Catalyst

How to Obtain: ???

How to Unlock: ???

Catalyst Perk: ???

Eriana’s Vow Catalyst

How to Obtain: Complete the quest from Banshee-44. (No longer available)

How to Unlock: 700 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases magazine size and adds Auto-Loading Holster.

Fighting Lion Catalyst

How to Obtain: Killing any PVE enemy.

How to Unlock: 1000 kills, 200 bounties completed.

Catalyst Perk: +30 reload speed. When Fighting Lion is fired, equipped Kinetic and Power weapons gain increase handling and accuracy stats for a brief period of time.

Graviton Lance Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and completions of Strikes, Nightfalls, and Crucible matches.

How to Unlock: 500 kills, 1000 Cosmology kills.

Catalyst Perk: +20 range, +15 aim assist, and better target acquisition.

Hard Light Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 1000 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases weapon stability.

The Huckleberry Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 1000 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases weapon stability.

Izanagi’s Burden Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 1000 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases weapon stability.

Jade Rabbit Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 1000 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases weapon stability.

Jotunn Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

The Last Word Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

Le Monarque Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 350 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Legend of Acrius Catalyst

How to Obtain: Prestige Leviathan.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: +40 reload speed and upgrades the magazine size to six.

Leviathan’s Breath Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

Lord of Wolves Catalyst

How to Obtain: Completions of Gambit or Crucible matches, Strikes, and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases magazine size to six, increases reload speed, and expands ammo reserves.

Lumina Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

Malfeasance Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Merciless Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases weapon stability and range.

MIDA Multi-Tool Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and wins in Competitive Crucible after reaching the Legend Glory rank.

How to Unlock: 250 PVP precision kills.

Catalyst Perk: Adds Outlaw perk. (Increases weapon reload speed after a precision kill)

Monte Carlo Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

One Thousand Voices Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 350 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Outbreak Perfected Catalyst

How to Obtain: Complete Zero Hour mission on Heroic.

How to Unlock: 500 precision kills. Collect 500 SIVA Nanites (100 Nanites per week from Heroic Zero Hour)

Catalyst Perk: Deal additional nanite damage. Enemies that die while SIVA’d will spread it to nearby foes.

Polaris Lance Catalyst

How to Obtain: Complete all five steps of the Nascent Dawn quest.

How to Unlock: 500 kills and 50 Perfect Fifth kills.

Catalyst Perk: Adds Dragonfly perk. (Precision kills create an elemental explosion)

Prometheus Lens Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in or completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases stability and handling.

The Prospector Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in or completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases blast radius and ammo reserves.

The Queenbreaker Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Rat King Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in or completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 1000 kills while everyone in you fireteam is also using Rat King. (Minimum one other player)

Catalyst Perk: Increases aim assist and recoil direction. Recover health when Vermin activates.

Riskrunner Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in or completions of Strikes and Nightfalls or complete Pain and Gain quest.

How to Unlock: 500 kills. 50 Arc Conductor kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases range.

Skyburner’s Oath Catalyst

How to Obtain: Completing Leviathan raid encounters.

How to Unlock: 1000 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases range.

Sleeper Simulant Catalyst

How to Obtain: Completing Prestige Leviathan, Spire of Stars encounters.

How to Unlock: 1000 IKELOS sniper rifle kills, 1000 IKELOS shotgun kills, 2000 IKELOS SMG kills. Loot Oracle Chest in The Whisper (normal or heroic). 500 kills with Sleeper Simulant.

Catalyst Perk: Increases charge rate and ammo reserves.

Sturm Catalyst

How to Obtain: PVE enemy kills on Nessus.

How to Unlock: 500 Sturm kills. 500 Drang kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases weapon handling and range.

Sunshot Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in or wins in Crucible matches, Strikes, and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 500 kills. 1000 Sun Blast kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases weapon stability and range.

SUROS Regime Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in or wins in Crucible matches.

How to Unlock: 300 PVP kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases weapon recoil direction, ups chance of SUROS Legacy perk activation.

Sweet Business Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in or wins in Crucible, Stikes, or Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 250 multi-kills of four or more.

Catalyst Perk: Reduces incoming flinch when firing Sweet Business at full speed.

Symmetry Catalyst

How to Obtain: Complete the “In the Field” quest from Banshee-44.

How to Unlock: 700 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increase the max stack size from 15 to 20.

Telesto Catalyst

How to Obtain: Completing Prestige Leviathan, Eater of Worlds encounters.

How to Unlock: Complete all Lost Prophecy verses from Brother Vance.

Catalyst Perk: Increases magazine size to seven and expands ammo reserves.

Thorn Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

Thunderlord Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Tractor Cannon Catalyst

How to Obtain: PVE enemy kills.

How to Unlock: 300 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Increases magazine size to seven and expands ammo reserves.

Trinity Ghoul Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Truth Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

Two Tailed Fox Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 350 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Vigilance Wing Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in or Crucible match wins.

How to Unlock: 250 PVP kills. 5 Blood for Blood medals.

Catalyst Perk: Adds Full Auto perk.

The Wardcliff Coil Catalyst

How to Obtain: Kills in and completions of Strikes and Nightfalls.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: Tightens rocket spread.

Wavesplitter Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Whisper of the Worm Catalyst

How to Obtain: Complete The Whisper on Heroic.

How to Unlock: Obtain 100 Blighted Essence. (24 essence per week upon Heroic The Whisper completion. Can gain 12 by opening chests in The Whisper quest)

Catalyst Perk: Increases reload speed. Aiming down the scope for three seconds increases range and precision damage while you remain zoomed.

Wish-Ender Catalyst

How to Obtain: Unobtainable.

How to Unlock: 500 kills.

Catalyst Perk: ???

Worldline Zero Catalyst

How to Obtain: PVE kills with a sword equipped.

How to Unlock: Hit all five Level 7 Escalation Protocol bosses with Worldline Zero while they’re unshielded. (Takes five weeks)

Catalyst Perk: Reduces activation time for Tesseract perk.

Xenophage Catalyst

Doesn’t exist.

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Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games.

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7 Comments

  1. You need to add to this that the Izanagi’s Burden Catalyst drops from the first completion of Heroic Menagerie and that it increases the damage of Honed Edge when 4 bullets are consumed. It als takes 500 kills to unlock.

    Also, you need to change the Sunshot, Sweet Business and Graviton Lance Catalyst drops. They now come from Strikes and Crucible.

  2. I think this would be a good time to add that the graviton lance, sunshot and sweet business catalysts can now drop from the crucible playlist and the heroic strikes playlist

  3. Your information on where to get the colony catalyst is wrong, unless it’s been changed in a recent update

    1. Not sure if it’s been changed, but we just double checked other sources and they also say it comes from Heroic Strike / Nightfall bosses.

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