Destiny 2 – Which Weapons To Buy From Exotics Archive? Monument to Lost Lights Exotics Guide

When Beyond Light dropped a whole bunch of content was put into the Destiny Content Vault. As well as planets and moons, many exotic quests became unavailable, so Bungie had to find another path for all players to access these weapons. The good news is they are now accessible from the Exotic Archive, or the Monument to Lost Lights, which can be found in the Tower. Today I am going to have a look at what you need to buy these Exotics in regards to materials and currency, plus my top 10 recommendations on which weapons to go after and spend your hard-earned currency on. The following is a Monument to Lost Lights Exotics Guide.

Exotic weapons are worth collecting because at the moment they don’t get sunset, or phased out in the game. You can always bring them up to the current power level. Exotic weapons are also some of the most powerful weapons in the game, with unique perks and they’re definitely going to help you out whether you are PVE or a PVP player.

You’ll be able to find the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower. It’s in between Banshee-44 and Lord Shaxx and next to the Vault, where you can store weapons and items. In there you’ll find exotics from The Red War (original Destiny 2 campaign), Forsaken and Shadowkeep. There are some very good exotics in there, some that used to have very long quests, so buying them these days does make it much easier.

To be able to buy the exotics you’re going to need currency which includes Glimmer, Legendary Shards, Planetary Materials, Prisms, Shards and Ciphers. That all may sound a little complicated but don’t worry all these things can either be collected or purchased from vendors, it’s just knowing where to look.

Glimmer – This is the main currency in Destiny 2 and pretty much can be found everywhere. At the end of strikes, crucible, gambit, when you dismantle armour, weapons etc. Pretty much everything you do in the game will reward your glimmer. You can also go to The Tangled Shore and trade other things for Gilmmer with The Spider.

Legendary Shards – Shards are another common currency and you’ll get these from dismantling legendary or purple gear and shaders.

Planetary materials – There are several different planetary materials you’ll need to get some of these older Exotics. You can collect these on various different planets — each is unique and only comes from one location — by picking them up off the ground, from inside chests, completing certain planetary bounties, or running patrols. You can use the Combo Detector Ghost mod to find both chests and planetary materials easier.

You can trade other resources for certain planetary materials by visiting Spider in the Tangled Shore.

Here’s the full list of planetary mats and their associated planet:

  • Mircophasic Datalattice – Nessus
  • Dusklight Shard – The EDZ
  • Helium Filaments – The Moon
  • Baryon Bough – The Dreaming City
  • Glacial Starwort – Europa
  • Spinmetal Leaves – The Cosmodrome
  • Etheric Spiral – The Tangled Shore

Enhancement Prism – Enhancement Prisms are the step between the fairly common Enhancement Cores and the very rare Ascendant Shards. You can get these Enhancement Prisms by buying them from Banshee-44, buying them through The Spider, or completing activities like the Nightfall: The Ordeal on harder difficulties.

Ascendant Shard – Ascendant Shards are rare and expensive in Destiny 2. You can buy them from Banshee-44 or you can farm them by going Flawless in Trials of Osiris over the weekend or completing the Nightfall: The Ordeal on Master or Grandmaster difficulties.

Exotic Cipher – The Exotic Cipher is a rare material and you can only have one in your inventory at a time. You can get one from the season pass each season or complete a special quest from the Exotic merchant Xur each weekend. You’ll need one of these whenever you want to buy a new Exotic from the Memorial.

Spoils of Conquest – You’ll only need Spoils of Conquest if you want to buy an Exotic that used to come from an old raid. You’ll need a lot of Spoils of Conquest if you want some of the raid Exotics, but you can farm for as many Spoils as you want. The only bad news is these only come from the raids still in the game. To get Spoils of Conquest, run through the Deep Stone Crypt raid and collect the two “secret chests.” You can also repeat encounters you’ve already completed that week for extra Spoils of Conquest. Older raids like Last Wish and Garden of Salvation also give some Spoils of Conquest.You can spend this currency at the Exotic Archive to get old Exotics or use them at the final chest in the Deep Stone Crypt raid to buy additional loot.

Once you have the currencies then you can spend them at the Exotic Kiosk. Let’s have a look at what’s available.

Top 10 weapons from the Exotic Kiosk

10 MIDA Multi-tool

MIDA Multi-tool is an Exotic Kinetic Scout Rifle.

MIDA Multi-Tool – This weapon boosts move speed.
MIDA Radar – Radar stays active while aiming down sights.

This is a fast firing Scout Rifle and very useful in PVE, it’s very reliable is a good one to have in the arsenal for a rnage of activities.

Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Dusklight Shard, 1 Ascendant Shard

9 Devil’s Ruin

This is an Exotic Sidearm with a few unique perks.

Close the Gap – Variable trigger. You can fire normally by pressing the trigger, or you can hold the trigger to charge a high-powered, staggering laser. This is strong against Unstoppable Champions.

Pyrogenesis – Fully charging the laser refills the magazine from reserves. One thing to note here is if you charge the laser with a full magazine of 15, then it won’t reload, but if you have anything less than a full mag, then it’ll refill the magazine to the full 15 bullets.

Devil’s Ruin: 1 Exotic Cipher, 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Dusklight Shard, 1 Ascendant Shard

8 The Fourth Horseman

This is an exotic energy shotgun with 4 in the mag and fires at 100 rpm. The main benefit of this shotgun is “Thunderer” which allows this to fire in full-auto mode, allowing you to deal massive damage when you’re up close to a boss. The low range and stability mean it’s going to take some practice to get used to this weapon. However, in the right hands, this one is deadly.

The Fourth Horseman: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Dusklight Shard, 1 Ascendant Shard

7 Lumina

Lumina is an Exotic Kinetic Hand Cannon.

Noble Rounds – Kills with this weapon leave behind Remnants. Absorbing a Remnant converts your next hip fired shot into an ally-seeking Noble Round and partially refills the magazine.

Blessing of the Sky – Using a Noble Round on an ally heals them and grants both you and them a weapon damage bonus for a short duration.

Lumina is a pretty good hand cannon, and you have to run through an exotic quest to get it. You can check out a guide for that quest here. Again, this goes great with the support these as once you collect remnants you then fire a healing shot as your teammates.

Lumina: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Baryon Bough, 1 Ascendant Shard

6 Bad Juju

Bad Juju is a kinetic, exotic pulse rifle. It comes with the perk String of Curses where kills refill the mag, increases the damage for the weapon and grants super energy to the guardian who wields the weapon – so it’s very powerful and worth picking up.

The stats for the weapon are 27 for impact, 42 for range, 66 for stability, 47 for handling and 52 for reload speed. It’s a 450 RPM pulse rifle and has 27 in the magazine.

Bad Juju: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Microphasic Datalattice, 1 Ascendant Shard

5 Eriana’s Vow

Eriana’s Vow is an Exotic Energy Hand Cannon

Looks Can Kill – This weapon fires special [Shield-Piercing] shield-piercing ammunition. It comes with a scope. Strong against Barrier Champions.
Death at First Glance – Bonus damage when aiming down sights on the opening shot of an attack. This bonus is preserved if the shot deals precision damage or strikes an elemental shield.

Eriana’s Vow: 1 Exotic Cipher, 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Helium Filament, 1 Ascendant Shard

4 Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades is an exotic kinetic hand cannon which is 140 RPM and 13 in the magazine. It’s got 84 impact stats and 78 in range, making this a useful hand cannon good in PVP and PVE. The intrinsic perk is Memento Mori, which gives you some extra damage bullets when you reload after a kill. You also get firefly, meaning precision kills with this weapon increase reload speed and cause the target to explode, dealing solar damage to enemies in close proximity.

Ace of Spades: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Etheric Spiral, 1 Ascendant Shard

3 Izanagi’s Burden

Izanagi’s Burden is an Exotic Kinetic Sniper Rifle. It’s got some really useful perks including Honed Edge – Consume the magazine and load a round with additional range and damage and No Distractions – Aiming this weapon for a short period reduces flinch. This was nerfed back at the start of the Shadowkeep Era, but it’s still one of the best DOS weapons in the game if you’re going after a boss with a stable crit spot as using honed edge and loading up the magazine into a single high damage bullet can still cause major damage and you’ll be an asset to any Nightfall or Raid team with this weapon.

Izanagi’s Burden: 1 Exotic Cipher, 150,000 Glimmer, 250 Spinmetal Leaves, 2 Ascendant Shard

2 Thorn

Thorn is an Exotic Kinetic Hand Cannon introduced in Forsaken and remains one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. There’s a couple of nice perks which include:

Mark of the Devourer – Rounds pierce targets and deal damage over time. Kills with this weapon leave behind Remnants.
Soul Devourer – Absorbing a Remnant strengthens Mark of the Devourer and partially refills the magazine.

This is great in both PVP and PVE and one of the best all round weapons in the game.

Thorn: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Dusklight Shard, 1 Ascendant Shard

1 Anarchy

Anarchy is an exotic, power grenade launcher that features Arc Traps. These are grenades that stick to surfaces and chain arc bolts to other mines. Its got max velocity stats, 64 stability, 63 handling and is 150 rounds per min with 6 in the mag. Its great for DPS and will help you take down dungeon and raid bosses in no time at all, so its definitely a good one to pick up

Anarchy: 1 Exotic Cipher, 150,000 Glimmer, 240 Spoils of Conquest, 2 Ascendant Shards

Those are some of the best all round weapons, next up let’s check out some of the best for PVP.

Top 3 PVP weapons from the Exotic Kiosk

3 Bastion

Bastion is an Exotic Kinetic Fusion Rifle. It’s good fun and unique and it’s a very good choice in PVP. Saint’s Fists allows the weapon to shoot 3 slugs of multiple bullets, which are pretty strong and can stop supers in their tracks in PVP. However, this doesn’t do precision damage. In PVE it’s good, but there are other exotic kinetic weapons that probably would be a better choice. In PVP it’s very strong, but it’s got a decent delay on it so you’re going to have to use good timing.

Bastion: 1 Exotic Cipher, 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Etheric Spiral, 1 Ascendant Shard

2 Sturm

Sturm is an Exotic Kinetic Hand Cannon which sits in the Aggressive 120 rate of fire hand cannon family. It has a couple of perks

Accomplice – Kills with this weapon fill the magazine of the equipped Energy weapon from reserves.
Storm and Stress – Kills with Drang reload this weapon and overflow a bonus damage round into the magazine.

Sturm is pretty good these days as Bungie made some significant changes to Aggressive Frame hand cannons when Beyond Light came out.

Sturm: 1 Exotic Cipher, 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Microphasic Datalattice, 1 Ascendant Shard

1 Last Word

The Last Word is an exotic kinetic hand cannon, which has an 82 reload speed making this one very useful in PVP. Together with the base reload speed the main perk on this weapon is Fan Fire where this weapon can be fired continuously and quickly. Faster reload and increased accuracy on successive hip-fire damage. This is a 225 rounds per minute hand cannon with 8 in the magazine, meaning you’re going to get off quick shots and this is going to make it very effective in PVP.

The Last Word: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Etheric Spiral, 1 Ascendant Shard

Let me know what you think down in the comments, and which weapons you want to get from the Kiosk.

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