Destiny 2 – How to get Crimson (Exotic Hand Cannon)

Crimson has risen to near the top of the competitive PVP charts given a few useful buffs over the course of Shadowkeep and Beyond Light DLCs. Crimson is now perhaps in the best state it’s ever been in related to the sandbox, so whether you’re a PVP or PVE expert then this could be exotic for you. Today I am going to have a look at Crimson, the stats and how to get the weapon.

Red Death was a Destiny 1 Pulse Rifle, which offered up a decent perk for an exotic weapon – you got healed on kills. Red Death never made it into Destiny 2, but perhaps something better did… and that’s Crimson. Crimson isn’t like any other hand cannon. It looks like a hand cannon, but it definitely doesn’t sound like one or fire like one. Crimson has a couple of interesting perks – the first one being Banned Weapon, which allows it to shoot three rounds at the same time like a Pulse Rifle. It also has something called Cruel Remedy, which is a lot like the original Red Death and you get healed when you get kills.

Finally though, and perhaps crucially, if you get precision kills then the magazine gets reloaded. This is pretty much a game-changer in PVP and PVE when you pair the healing with the reloading. Looking at the stats we have Impact 92, Range 60, Stability 82, Handling 50, Reload Speed 64, Rounds Per Minute 415, Magazine 14.

Crimson already strong, now with the range buff coming in Beyond Light, this could see a meteoric rise to the top considering its damage buff in Shadowkeep. Unfortunately back in Shadowkeep, there was a range nerf, but this is essentially being reversed in Beyond Light. This is somewhere between a pulse rifle and a hand cannon but roughly equates to a 140rpm hand cannon.

How to get Crimson in Destiny 2

Unfortunately, there’s no exotic quest for this weapon, which means you either have to rely on luck from Exotic engrams, or you can buy it from Xur when he sells it. You can get exotic engrams on the season pass each season, and you can find them out there in the wild, although quite rare they are possible to find from activities. Nightfall Ordeals are another good source of Exotic rewards.

Xur has been known to sell the gun given it’s been around for sometime, and his inventory does rotate each week so keep and eye on Xur and always check in to see what he’s got.

How to get the Crimson catalyst

Much like the gun itself, there isn’t a sure way or path to get the catalyst. Sometimes catalysts can be quite prescriptive, for example kill Vex on Nessus. Crimson is different, it simply says kill ‘enemies of humanity anywhere in the solar system’. The best way to get the catalyst is to farm PVE and kill enemies with it, and the catalyst will drop for you. Shiro Chi in the Last Wish raid would be a good farm or something like Altars of Sorrow on the Moon or Blind Well.

Once you have the catalyst you’ll need to upgrade it to get the masterwork. For this you’ll need to get 300 precision kills. This may take a little bit of time but persevere with it because the upgrade perks are worth it.

What does the Crimson Catalyst do?

Unlock the catalyst and upgrade it and you’ll get the masterworked versoon of Crimson, which will add +20 range to the handcannon. You’ll also get the standard orb generation effects. If you’re going to be using Crimson a lot in PVP then I’d recommend getting the catalyst and upgrading it as this is going to make an already effective hand cannon even deadlier. It feels like there was a small range buff in Beyond Light, and this may not be back to it’s best in the Forsaken era but it’s damn good for sure.

To me Crimson feels much better than it did before Beyond Light came out. I was doing a little digging around reddit and trying to find out what others think, plus other youtubers too. The general concensus is that the gun has been improved since the Beyond Light. It’d be good to know what you think of Crimson, do you think it’s improved and let me know about your kill streaks in PVP.

Let me know what you think down in the comments about Crimson.

That’s it for this guide on how to get Crimson in Destiny 2.