Season of the Haunted

How to get the Jotunn Catalyst and Why It Makes Jotunn S-Tier with Solar 3.0 Builds in Destiny 2

Jotunn has gone from good to S-tier in Season of the Haunted, and that’s all because of the new catalyst adding the Incandescent perk to Jotunn, allowing it to be the centrepiece of great Solar 3.0 builds. Today I am going to check out the Jotunn Catalyst, how to get it, how to level it up quickly, plus what it does, and check out why this works so great with Solar 3.0 builds.

The Jotunn Catalyst makes an already great Exotic weapon even better. Especially given Solar 3.0 and all of the build potential this thing has.

First of all, let’s have a look at Jotunn. Jotunn is an Exotic Energy Fusion Rifle. Looking at the perks we have:

  • Charge Shot – Hold down the trigger to charge up a tracking shot that explodes and burns on impact.
  • Shield Disorient – Energy-matched shield explosion disorients nearby combatants.

Jotunn is very similar to a toaster that slots on your arm, but this one is great because it launches a fireball that seeks enemies. It’s good for damage, takes care of groups very well and it’s also decent in PVP because of the tracking. You don’t really have to do too much, just point and shoot.

If you haven’t got this already, then go to the Tower and pick it up at the Exotic Kiosk next to your vault. It will cost you

  • 1 Exotic Cipher
  • 125,000 Glimmer
  • 200 Microphasic Datalattice
  • 1 Ascendant Shard

Next, let’s focus on the catalyst itself.

How to get the Jotunn Catalyst

To get this one, you’ll want to complete playlist activities like Strikes, Crucible and Gambit. It’s all down to luck as to whether this thing will drop you for. For me, I was playing Trials of Osiris, so it’s a good activity to do while doing something else. If you are specifically going after the catalyst I’d recommend farming Nightfalls, or when you are trying to get to rank 16 on your playlist of choice for the ritual weapon, that way you are doubling up.

How to level up the Jotunn catalyst

To complete the catalyst you need to get 500 kills with Jotunn. You can do this in a number of places in the game, ideally where there are a lot of enemies.

I think the best place to go is the Shuro Chi location in the Last Wish Raid. To get there quickly you can enter with 4 at the wishing wall, and teleport to the Shuro Chi location. Once you are there you can use Gjallarhorn to kill hundreds of Taken in minutes, also you can use raid banners to replenish your heavy ammo.

Another good place is the Altars of Sorrow, which can be found on the moon. The main issues with these locations are that other fire team members are going to be there, and they may be stealing your kills. Ideally, you want to be somewhere solo, so you can maximize your skills and get it done quickly. Altars of Sorrow can be found on the moon.

If you have access to the 30th-anniversary pack then a relatively new farming location has been added to the game, with the start of the Grasp of Avarice Dungeon. Here you have multiple enemies, constantly respawning, which makes it nice and easy to power up catalysts. You can find this on the Cosmodrome.

What does the Jotunn catalyst do?

The catalyst adds a couple of new perks. One is very good, one makes this gun S-tier. The first one is Cornered, this is where you get a faster charge time when you are surrounded by enemies. This is going to be very good in PVP or in PVE, as charging up this fusion rifle is key to getting off shots quickly. Cornered is great, but what makes this top tier is Incandescent. This is where you defeat targets to spread scorch to nearby enemies.

Solar 3.0 Synergy

Scorch is one of the new keywords with Solar 3.0. Scorch is a damage-over-time debuff which you can apply to enemies with Solar abilities (grenades, melee, super and some weapons and perks). Enemies can be scorched by solar damage, then it stacks, and enemies take damage over time. Ignite or Ignition is where enemies tally up enough stacks of scorch to trigger a large explosion. This is great for massive ad clearing.

  • Ember of Ashes – You apply more scorch stacks to targets.
  • Ember of Searing – Defeating scorched targets grants melee energy
  • Ember of Blistering – Defeating targets with Solar ignitions grants grenade energy.
  • Ember of Tempering – Solar weapon final blows grant you and your allies increased recovery for a short duration. Stacks three times. While Ember of Tempering is active, your weapons have increased airborne effectiveness.

Dawn Chorus is an exotic Warlock Helmet.

Rites of Ember – Your Daybreak projectiles cause targets to scorch on contact. Your scorch effects deal more damage, and you gain a small amount of melee energy each time your scorch effects damage a target.

Rain of Fire

Soaring Fusilier – Air dodge reloads all of your weapons and improves the airborne effectiveness of Fusion Rifles and Linear Fusion Rifles; final blows with these weapons make you radiant.


If you’re not yet convinced then here are 5 great reasons to get Jotunn.

  • Jotunn is a very versatile Fusion Rifle and probably one of the best Exotic weapons in the game. Here are some reasons why you should invest your materials into Jotunn (once you have Outbreak Perfected and Izanagi’s Burden).
  • Jotunn is very powerful in PVE – It’s pretty much a one-shot kill every time and is great for breaking solar shields. It may take two shots in Gambit for majors, but this is super powerful in PVE. It can also clear out a bunch of enemies very quickly given it’s shooting fire.
  • Jotunn can deliver damage over time – The damage on the weapon is good, but this thing also continues to damage after you have shot the weapon, which is great. Enemies will almost burn and die just by looking at them with Jotunn in your hands.
  • Jotunn doesn’t hurt you up close – Unlike Rocket Launchers (looking at you Wardcliff Coil), Jotunn doesn’t hurt you up close even though it spits out loads of damage and it’s fire.
  • Jotunn is easy – Jotunn has great range, and because it has homing capabilities then it’s great for PVP and PVE content because you can vaguely point the thing in the direction of a target and more than likely it will burn and die.

Let me know what you think in the comments of the Jotunn Catalyst.

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