How to get Thunderlord (Exotic Machine Gun) in Destiny 2

Thunderlord is an Exotic Machine Gun, and this one is going to be perfect for Arc builds this coming season. Thunderlord may have been around for some time, however, it’s about to gain a lot of popularity, given its effectiveness at destroying enemies in PVE content. Today I’m going to run through Thunderlord, check out the stats and perks, plus look at how to get this exotic machine gun in Destiny 2.

Before we get stuck into today’s video, let me know in the comments what Arc builds you are looking forward to creating with Thunderlord.

How to get Thunderlord

To get this one you’ll want to find exotic engrams, as it’s a random drop from them. A good way to farm exotic engrams is from Nightfalls, the higher the difficulty the more exotic engrams you are likely to get. You can also get this exotic weapon from Xur. Xur is around from Friday until reset on Tuesday, and he has an exotic engram which can be purchased, and you’ll get an exotic weapon you haven’t got from his list. Therefore, if you have a lot of exotics in Xur’s inventory, and not Thunderlord, then it’s worth buying the exotic engram.

That’s how to get the weapon now, and it’s fairly straightforward, albeit reliant on RNG. When it first came back into the game you could get this through a quest from Amanda Holliday. Here we had to collect Legendary Engrams and defeat bosses in Lost Sectors. Sounds simple for an exotic quest these days, but thankfully getting Thunderlord is a little easier these days given we can get it from an Exotic engram drop.


Thunderlord is an Exotic Power Machine Gun, plus it fires arc damage. Looking at the stats we have Impact 41, Range 60, Stability 50, Handling 60, Reload Speed 69, Rounds Per Minute 450, and Magazine 62.

Let’s check out the perks:

  • Reign Havoc – Kills with this weapon generate lightning strikes from above.
  • Lightning Strikes – The weapon fires faster and more accurately the longer the trigger is held. Continuous damage generates lightning strikes.
  • Feeding Frenzy – Each rapid kill with this weapon progressively increases reload speed for a short time.

Machine Guns were added much later to Destiny 2, even though Thunderlord was a popular Destiny 1 weapon. Thunderlord was the first machine gun added to Destiny 2, which opened the flood gates to many machine guns being added to the game.

In Season 18, Thunderlord is getting another decent improvement with Bungie adding intrinsic Overload to the weapon, meaning it’s going to be very good for Lost Sectors, Nightfalls and Raids.

Artifact mods

  • Machine Gun Holster (Legs): Gradually reloads stowed Machine Guns over time. Stacks.
  • Machine Gun Ammo Scavenger (Legs)
  • Overload LMG (Arms): Uninterrupted fire from equipped Machine Guns will stun enemies with a beam that delays energy regeneration and reduces enemy damage output. Strong against Overload Champions.

Let me know in the comments what you think of Thunderlord, and let me know your top Arc builds.

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