How to Get the Forerunner Catalyst in Destiny 2 – Anomalous Access Card

This won't kill the Flood, but it will kill their food.

In celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary, Bungie has released all-new content for Destiny 2, most of which references projects from the past. These are split between the paid Grasp of Avarice dungeon and the free Dares of Eternity six-player activity. Each has an exotic weapon to unlock and its associated catalyst. Once you’ve completed that Magnum Opus quest from Xur, here’s how to get the catalyst, including information on how to level it up and what it does for the Forerunner. (Hint: It’s explosive.)

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How to Get the Forerunner Catalyst

You can obtain the Forerunner catalyst by reaching Rank 16 reputation with Xur in Eternity. Though few have earned the catalyst at the time of writing (it’s only been two hours), we can hazard a guess because the Magnum Opus quest to unlock Forerunner refers to it as an Anomalous Object. Purchasing the Anomalous Access Card to unlock the final perk would make sense. Once we get confirmation, we’ll go ahead and update this article to remove any uncertainty.

To get through it quickly, we recommend playing Dares of Eternity as much as possible. From early reports, it seems like you need to play around 68 complete matches of the activity in order to reach Rank 16. At that point you can the Anomalous Object which will then give you one final challenge of achieving 225,000 points. Yes, this means you unlock the catalyst after 69 Dares of Eternity rounds. (Nice!)

The good news is difficulty doesn’t seem to effect progress so there’s no reason to run the harder version of the activity.

How to Level up the Forerunner Catalyst

You can level up the Forerunner catalyst by eliminating 700 foes. There doesn’t appear to be any kind of bonus for certain game modes or from the season pass catalyst progress buffs. You can just use the gun a whole bunch or grind it out quickly through the Shuro Chi encounter in Last Wish, the Altar of Sorrows, Blind Well, or any other method you’re fond of. Keep in mind that kills against other Guardians count for more progress.

What Does the Forerunner Catalyst Do?

Aside from the usual Orb generating effect — which is, to be fair, a huge deal — the Forerunner catalyst gives you a new ability called The Rock. After a final blow from the weapon, your secondary fire can be activated to consume some of your ammo reserves, turning your next grenade into a fragmentation grenade. It basically turns your grenade into the one from Halo. It seems cool!

That’s it for the Forerunner catalyst! It’s kind of a weird week for longtime Xbox players, though. Bungie is adding items inspired by Halo — a franchise the studio left behind when it went independent from Microsoft — and Microsoft is sublicensing characters from Gears of War back to Epic — the studio that originally created the franchise — to sell skins in Fortnite. Now we just need to get some Destiny skins in Fortnite and they will all be able to intermingle (and shoot at each other).