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Grandmaster Nightfalls are now available in Destiny 2! We've made some updates to support this. Watch Grandmaster Nightfall videos here. Added a Calendar of GM content courtesy of Kyber.

Weapon Optimization: Weapon Perks

All listed perks now include their enhanced perk as well as some general comments. As always, clicking on weapon icons will open that perk on!

Reminder − Some weapons are leaving the loot pool in Season 18!

PlugOne.1 (High Impact Arc Fusion Rifle)
The Hothead (Arc Rocket Launcher)
Eye of Sol (Medium Impact Sniper Rifle)
The Summoner (600RPM Solar Auto Rifle)
Peacebond (Stasis Adaptive Sidearm)
Archon's Thunder (Solar 360 RPM High-Impact Machine Gun)

Last Updated: 8/9/2022

What is Weapon Crafting?

  • Weapon Crafting is a new way of forging weapons in Destiny 2. An introductory quest will be provided to all players to gain access to this new system.
  • This guide will go over how to unlock the system, how to craft and reshape weapons and more!

Introduction: Accessing the Relic

Unlock Deepsight & The Enclave

  • Introduced during Year 8: The Witch Queen, Guardians can uncover a new darkness ability known as Deepsight. Although this new ability’s primary purpose is to enable Guardians to interact with hidden objects, it also provides the capability to unlock memories of weapons.
  • To unlock Deepsight, complete the introductory missions of the Witch Queen campaign. Don’t worry − these missions are free for all players!
  • Once you play through the introductory missions, you will discover a new Pyramid Structure known as the Relic, located on Mars.

What is the Enclave?

The Enclave is a location on Mars that is home to the ancient Weapon Forging relic of Pyramid origin, first discovered by the Vanguard shortly after Mars’ reappearance. The Guardians eventually discover its purpose and how to utilize the technology to create weapons. 

Shaping the Enigma − The Relic Tutorial

Guardians will be given the Enigma Glaive as their first resonant weapon to shape. The in-game tutorial will walk you through how to craft your first weapon, but at first glance, when shaping a weapon, you will need to choose an Intrinsic Bonus, two perks, and two traits.

New Weapon Type: The Glaive
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Shaping a Weapon

Patterns & Deepsight Resonance

  • To shape a weapon, you must first unlock its pattern, which is basically a weapon blueprint. In order to get a pattern, you need it to first drop with Deepsight Resonance active on it, indicated by a red border and a progression bar. Weapons with Deepsight Resonance can unlock patterns and provide materials that are required for weapon crafting.
  • In order to extract the materials from a weapon, you will need to progress its Resonance to 100%. This can be done by defeating enemy combatants and by completing various activities while you have the weapon equipped. It doesn’t take long to complete this process so long as you are using the weapon during the activity. 
  • Most weapons that you can craft require multiple deepsight resonance extractions before the pattern can be unlocked. It can vary from 2 – 5 extractions depending on the weapon, meaning that you will need to have that weapon randomly drop with deepsight resonance (red border) multiple times.
    • To see how many extractions a weapon requires, you can visit the Patterns & Catalysts Tab accessible from the Triumphs Menu.
View Breakdown of Activity Progression % (Deepsight Resonance)

NOTE: The following stats are outdated. Since Season 17, Bungie has increased the progressive rates. We are working to update this at a later date!

  • 2% − PvE weapon kills
  • 4% −Patrol missions, ability blows, PvP weapon kills
  • 14% − Normal Public events
  • 18% − Heroic Public events, Director Strikes, Director PsiOps
  • 38% − Crucible matches
  • 42% − Wellspring, Dares of Eternity, Exo Challenge
  • 56% − Vanguard Playlist, PsiOps Battlegrounds playlist
  • 70% − Nightfall

Credit goes to  u/OdysseusIII.

Although many weapons contain deepsight resonance, not every weapon is capable of extracting a pattern. Visit the Pattern & Catalyst Tab from the Triumphs Menu to see what weapon patterns are available to unlock. It is recommended to extract deepsight resonance when capable however to extract the materials needed to further craft weapons.

How to Shape a Weapon

Before you can shape a weapon, you must first make sure you have enough crafting materials. Once you are ready to shape your weapon, return to the Enclave on Mars and visit the Relic. From the Relic Menu, select “shape.” This will allow you to create your weapon by choosing the applicable traits/perks:

  1. Choose a Frame Intrinsic Bonus. While the intrinsic trait remains the same, the bonus stat (ex: Stability) will become available by levelling up your weapon.
  2. Choose a Barrel Perk. This impacts core stats.
  3. Choose a Magazine Perk. This impacts core stats.
  4. Choose a Weapon Trait
  5. Choose another Weapon Trait.
  6. Optional: Choose a Memento.
  7. Once all components are chosen, press and hold the Shape Button to create your weapon.

NOTE: Not all components are immediately available. You will need to level up your weapon to unlock additional components. You can reshape your weapon later.

Weapon Crafting Materials

Hover or click on the icons to learn more.

Resonant Alloy (Common)
Ascendant Alloy (Exotic)
Resonant Elements (Common)
Relic Tether (Exotic | Inventory Item)
Memento (Legendary)

Material Caps

  • Ascendant Alloy: 10
  • Neutral Elements: 10,000

Memento Consumables

What is a Memento?

  • Mementos are optional rare crafting consumables that grant vanity options to crafted weapons, such as special Shaders and Trackers.
  • Mementos can be acquired by completing specific activities such as Gambit, Trials of Osiris and Grandmaster Nightfalls.
  • You can store only one of these individual Mementos at a time.

How does it work?

  • 1 − You must first obtain one of these consumables by playing specific activities:
    • Gambit Memento − Random drop from winning Gambit matches. 
    • Trials Memento − Obtained by going Flawless and opening the Flawless Chest. 
    • Nightfall Memento − Random drop from completing Grandmaster Nightfalls.
  • 2 − Once obtained, head over to the Relic at the Enclave on Mars
  • 3 − When shaping or reshaping a weapon, there is an optional vanity slot. Select the desired Memento.
  • 4 − Shape or Reshape your weapon.

Vanity Options

  • To unlock vanity options provided by the Memento, you must level up your weapon. At certain ranks, you will unlock vanity options:
    • Level 1 − Unique Tracker unlocked. This will be a third option that reflects the activity (ex: Gambit Memento will show the number of enemies defeated in Gambit)
    • Level 20 − Unique Title Unlocked. This provides a unique weapon title on the weapon stats screen. 
    • Level 30 − Unique Shader Unlocked. This provides your weapon with an exclusive animated shader. 

Click the above image to view an example of a Level 30 weapon forged with a memento.


Weapon Levelling & Enhanced Perks

Levelling Your Weapon

Once you have shaped your Resonant weapon, you can immediately start using it to level it up. Increasing a weapon’s level unlocks higher quality frames and additional perks, including enhanced perks

To level up your weapon:

  • Defeat enemies with the weapon;
  • Complete activities with the weapon equipped.
View Breakdown of Activity Progression % (Weapon Levelling)

NOTE: The following stats are outdated. Since Season 17, Bungie has increased the progressive rates. We are working to update this at a later date!

  • 1% − PvE weapon kills
  • 1% −Patrol missions, ability blows, PvP weapon kills
  • 6% − Normal Public events
  • 8% − Heroic Public events, Director Strikes, Director PsiOps
  • 17% − Crucible matches
  • 18% − Wellspring, Dares of Eternity, Exo Challenge
  • 20% − Empire Hunts, Nightmare Hunts
  • 25% − Vanguard Playlist, PsiOps Battlegrounds playlist
  • 35% − Nightfall

Credit goes to  u/Sharknite.

Enhanced Perks

  • Resonant Weapons are able to be reshaped with enhanced perks that improve the original perk’s capabilities.
  • Enhanced Perks are typically the last set of perks to unlock while levelling up your weapon and have a much higher cost when reshaping the weapon.

Be sure to continuously attune weapons with Deepsight Resonance and collect Ascendant Alloys when possible! Ascendant Alloys can drop from completing the Campaign Weekly Mission and Wellspring, or by purchasing from Master Rahool.

Reshaping Your Weapon

How to Reshape your Weapon

The Relic provides a way of reshaping your weapon, allowing you to fine-tune your weapon. Once you have unlocked additional perks by levelling up your weapon, go back to the Relic on Mars. From the Relic Menu, select “Reshape.” Follow the same process as to how you shaped your weapon.

NOTE: A Resonant Weapon that you wish to shape/reshape must be unlocked and not equipped.

Dismantling Shaped Weapons

  • It is important to note that materials used for shaping and reshaping Resonant Weapons will NOT be refunded 
  • Be sure to stock up on materials when you can and to spend accordingly!

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