Polaris Lance is an explosive Scout Rifle, and it’s about to get a new lease of life in The Witch Queen expansion, given the new artifact mods which are coming next season. Now is the perfect time to get Polaris Lance. Today I’m going to check out Polaris Lance in more detail, I’m going to look at the perks, how to get the weapon, plus how to get the catalyst and what it does, so you are ready when The Witch Queen releases.
Polaris Lance is an Exotic Scout Rifle featured in Warmind and serves as Ana Bray’s signature weapon, having received it albeit unfinished from her sister Elsie Bray as a birthday present during the Golden Age.
This is an Exotic Energy Scout Rifle that deals with solar damage. Looking at the perks we have
The Perfect Fifth – Precision hits return ammo to the mag. Landing 4 precision hits loads a delayed solar explosive round for your nxt shot.
Zen Moment – Causing damage with this weapon increases the stability.
The main perk here is The Perfect Fifth, so ideally when you’re playing with this weapon you want to be getting as many precision hits as you can, as you get the benefit of the explosive round for the 5th shot. Next season we have Anti-Barrier Scouts, so this is going to be very useful for Nightfalls and other endgame PVE content.
How to get Polaris Lance
You can get this one from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower called The Monument to Lost Lights. It’s go
1 Exotic Cipher
200 Spinmetal Leaves
1 Ascendant Shard
You can get an Exotic Cipher from the Season Pass, or you can complete the quest from Xur – he’s around from Friday until Tuesday. I do a guide on Xur’s location each week, so make sure you subscribe and hit the notifications bell to never miss an update.
Glimmer can be acquired from pretty much any activity – strikes, gambit, crucible, public events, patrols, etc. You can also go to Spider and trade in materials for Glimmer, but don’t trade in Spinmetal Leaves as you’re going to need those for Polaris Lance.
For the Ascendant Shards, you can purchase these from Banshee-44 in the Tower, or you can get them from high-level nightfalls as random drops from the final chest.
Finally, there are the Spinmetal Leaves. This is a little more in-depth so I will get into how to farm Spinmetal Leaves next.
How to farm for Spinmetal Leaves
Spinmetal Leaves are the planetary material found on the Cosmodrome and there are a couple of ways to get them. Before you head down onto the Cosmodrome you’ll want to prepare, in particular with your ghost shell. There’s a mod called Wombo Detector which helps you detect caches and resources within a 50m range. Put this on your ghost as this is going to come in use.
Once you’ve done this head down to the Cosmodrome. There are a few farming methods we’re going to combine here. Pick up all the bounties from Shaw Han. His bounties will reward you with a bunch of Spinmetal Leaves.
Next, you’ll find to find the caches hidden on the Cosmodrome, you’ll be able to see these on your map and they will reward you Spinmetal Leaves. Finally, you can find individual Spinmetal Leaves on the ground. If you get your ghost out your Wombo Detector Ghost mod will be able to help you find them nice and fast.
It also worth checking out Spider on the Tangeled Shore as he may be selling or trading Spinmetal Leaves. His inventory rotates daily. Do be careful with Spider though. I would wait for the 5 x Spinmetal Leaves to be sold for 1 Legendary Shard, rather than 5000 Glimmer. Unless you have loads of Glimmer and Shards, as SPider will fleece you of everything you’ve got.
If you are checking out this guide after 22nd February 2022, then Spider will have handed over material duties to Master Rahool in the Tower, so go there for the materials exchange – it should work the say way.
Pick Up Polaris Lance from the Tower
Once you have gathered the Spinmetal, then go back to the Tower and trade in the materials for Polaris Lance. Congrats, this is a fantastic Scout Rifle, which is only going to be more effective in Witch Queen.
Polaris Lance Catalyst
Polaris Lance is explosive on it’s own, but with the catalyst, it really makes a difference and makes it even more explosive.
What the Polaris Lance Catalyst does
The catalyst introduces the Dragonfly perk, which means each precision kill creates elemental damage explosions. What you want to be doing is focusing on precision hits, and you are going to be able to get kills with some of them, creating the explosions, and then on the fifth shot this is going to trigger The Perfect Fifth, meaning extra damage. This is going to be very useful in Nightfalls next season, so try and get the catalyst if you can.
How to get Polaris Lance Catalyst
This catalyst is a random drop from playlist activities, that includes Strikes, Crucible, and Gambit. So grind out those activities and it will drop for you. You don’t need to be using Polaris Lance, although you do need it in your inventory. Strikes are probably the easiest and most efficient way to get the catalyst.
How to upgrade the Polaris Lance Catalyst
You will need 500 kills with the weapon to get it fully upgraded. There are a few methods to upgrade the catalyst. There’s no hard and fast rule as to which one is best, just pick the right one for you.
First, there’s the Shuro Chi area in the Last Wish Raid. This is pretty much a go-to location for all catalysts, and this one is no different. You can load in there solo, and teleport to the Shuro Chi location using Wish 4. Check out the pattern you want to enter into the wishing wall here and check out the route to the wishing wall at the end of the guide. Once you have teleported to Shuro Chi, place down a raid banner to get full ammo and proceed to take out as many enemies as possible with the Ager’s Scepter. You can repeat this as many times as needed to get the catalyst done. The Thrallway in Shattered Throne is also a good place to go.
Battlegrounds is a good option too, which you can select from the Vanguard menu. Battlegrounds is the activity introduced as part of a season of the chosen and you’ll get a good amount of heavy ammo crates to spawn as you go through the activity. Plus the density of the enemies is a lot, meaning there are more enemies to kill with the Ager’s Scepter. The only drawback here is this is a matchmade activity, and you’ll need to watch out for fireteam members stealing your kills.
Other good options include Alters of Sorrow on the Moon or the Grasp of Avarice Dungeon entrance on the Cosmodrome. It’s entirely up to you where you go, whatever is easiest and quickest to get those required kills.
Polaris Lance Lore
Most people wouldn’t consider a broken weapon a birthday present. But the Brays… aren’t like most people. Sure, they tell me I’m smart, but they have a closeness, a relationship to the tools and machines they work with that goes beyond words. I never thought they would trust me enough to be a part of that. Until today.
Elsie knows I’ve been working in the lab, trying to perfect the scout rifle designs in secret. I thought she’d be angry, that a weapon like this was a Bray project, not something for her adopted little sister. But this morning she surprised me. She handed me the weapon, a smile on her face. She told me she had checked it over, but only I could finish it.
A real piece of Bray tech. And it’s mine. I finally feel like I’ve found my place. The Brays are more than just scientists. They’re my family.
Let me know in the comments what you think of the Polaris Lance, and if you are going to be using it in the Witch Queen.
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