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How to get Riskrunner (Exotic Submachine Gun) including ‘A Spark of Hope’ Guide in Destiny 2

Riskrunner is an Exotic Energy Submachine Gun that fires Arc damage. It’s a fan favourite, a classic go-to weapon if you’re looking to create a decent arc build. With the changes coming to Arc this coming season, Riskrunner is about to see an uptick in usage. Today I am going to check out the stats, and perks, plus look at how to get Riskrunner for both new and veteran players alike.

Before we get stuck into the video today, let me know in the comments your top arc builds with Riskrunner.

Riskrunner is a classic Destiny 2 weapon, released with the game back in 2017. Riskrunner is perfect for Arc builds given it’s Arc Conductor perk. Guardians who take arc damage see a boost in damage output from Riskrunner, as well as unleashing a chain lightning attack. It’s always been strong, but because it’s been in the game for a long time, the way to get it has changed a fair bit, so many guides out there are out of date. Today I’m going to run through a couple of methods of getting Riskrunner, so you can create the perfect arc build in Destiny 2.

How to get Riskrunner (Veteran Players)

If you’ve been playing Destiny 2 for some time, then it’s pretty likely you’ll have Riskrunner. It’s worth checking out your Vault just in case you already have it. OK, don’t have it? Let’s find out how to get it.

There are a couple of ways to get Riskrunner. You can get Riskrunner from the New Light quest, or new players’ quests through a quest called Spark of Hope (more on that in a minute). Risk Runner is normally the first exotic you get if you started playing after Beyond Light, which was released in November 2020. If you missed it for some reason, you can run through the New Light quest on another character on your account, and then swap Riskrunner to your main account.

Alternatively, you can get Riskrunner from Xur. He’s around from Friday until reset on Tuesday, and I do a ur video each Friday, so make sure you are subscribed to the channel to never miss an update. Today, at the time of making this guide Xur is on Nessus. Find him, and you can pick up his Exotic Engram, and it’ll give you an exotic weapon you haven’t got yet. So if you are missing Riskrunner, buying that Exotic Engram from Xur is a good way to get it. Be aware though, that exotic engram is expensive in regards to materials. You can also do nightfalls to get Exotic engram drops.

How to get Riskrunner (New Players)

If you are new to the game then you’re in luck, given Riskrunner is nice and easy to get through a quest early in the game called ‘A Spark of Hope’. When you first start Destiny, you’ll create a Guardian, and you’ll be placed on the Cosmodrome and do some quests with Shaw Han, our resident Guaridan down there on Earth. This is the introduction quest to Destiny 2, introduced a few years ago, and aims at brining new players up to speed with weapons, movement, abilities and gathering loot. You’ll do bounties, Lost Sectors and Strikes, plus you’ll be introduced to all the vendors in the Tower.

How to Complete A Spark of Hope Quest

Work your way through the introduction quests with Shaw Han, Zavala and Co. During the mission Vendetta, you’ll pick up a Super Conductor and Ghost says the Vanguard want to turn this into a weapon. Make your way through the quests until you beat The Disgraced Strike, and then you have to speak to Zavala. He’ll direct you to Ikora Rey in the Tower Bazaar, and she’ll give you the quest ‘A Spark of Hope’.

Once you have picked up the quest from Ikora Rey, the EDZ will open up as a new location you can visit. Open up your menu, and find your way to the Director, and select the EDZ, and you’re looking for Trostland. This is a landing zone. Ikora wants you to chat with Devrim Kay, he’s our resident Guardian on the EDZ. Land near Trostland, head into the church, and up the tower and Devrim will be there looking out the window with his rifle.

Devrim has a task for you, he wants you to clear out three Lost Sectors; Atrium, Terminus East and Widow’s Walk. Lucky for you, they are all very close. Lost Sectors have an icon that marks the location. Lost Sectors are normally hidden, but can be found hear the icons, which have been spray painted on the wall. Check the area close, looking for holes in the ground or in the wall, and you will find the Lost Sector. Also, check your map and you’ll see the small Lost Sector icon with the name of the Lost Sector appearing when you hover over.

Complete all of the Lost Sectors, making sure to kill the boss and loot the chest in each Lost Sector, and then go back and speak to Devrim Kay once again. Now Devrim has another task for you called Risk/Reward, and this is another quest on the Cosmodrome.

  • Defeat Dusk Captains
  • Find the Locked Gate
  • Traverse the Chasm
  • Take Arc Conductors from the table
  • Enter Fallen Nest

Once you have completed these steps, you’ll have the opportunity to test out the exotic weapon against a load of Fallen enemies. If you are a new player then this is likely the first time you will have tried an exotic weapon, so enjoy it!

Once you have finished this part of the quest, head back to the Tower to speak with Zavala, and he’ll offer you 3 Exotic weapons, one from each Light element. Riskrunner (Arc), Sunshot (Solar), Polaris Lance (Void). Given you are here for Riskrunner, pick that one.

That’s it, you now have the Exotic Submachine Gun Riskrunner. Go out there in the wild and give it a go.

While this is a guide for new players, you can also get Riskrunner this way if you start a new account, or if you delete an old Guardian on your account, and start from fresh. Running through the introduction quests take a few hours, but it’s an option if you don’t have the materials to spend on Xur, or if you don’t have the patience with RNG regarding getting loot from Exotic Engrams. Here you have a definitive way to get Riskrunner, you just need a new account to do it.


Riskrunner is an Exotic Energy Submachine Gun. Looking at the stats we have Impact 20, Range 50, Stability 55, Handling 46, Reload Speed 35, Rounds Per Minute 900 and Magazine 37. Checking out the perks we have:

Arc Conductor – When taking Arc Damage, this weapon becomes more powerful and resists incoming Arc Damage. Kills extend the time in this overcharged state.

Superconductor – When Arc Conductor is active, shots fired have the chance to become chain lightning and return ammo.

Riskrunner Catalyst

You’ll get the catalyst when you get the weapon, and to apply it simply inspect the weapon and add the catalyst. You will have to power up the catalyst, meaning you’ll need 300 regular kills and 300 kills with Riskrunner’s chain lightning attack. To do this find somewhere you have lots of enemies like Altars of Sorrow on the Moon, or the Shuro Chi location in the Last Wish Raid. Try and find somewhere solo so you get all the kills.

Riskrunner’s Catalyst increases the range stats by 27, which is very good for a submachine gun.

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

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