With the release of Destiny 2’s latest expansion, The Witch Queen, comes the exciting addition of weapon crafting at the Mars Enclave. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of weapon crafting, from collecting weapon Patterns and crafting unique traits to gathering the necessary materials. So grab your glaive and let’s dive in!
How to Unlock Weapon Crafting in Destiny 2
Weapon crafting becomes available early on in The Witch Queen campaign, but it requires a few simple steps to unlock:
- Complete “The Arrival,” which serves as the introductory quest for the campaign.
- Speak to Ikora Rey after completing “The Arrival” to start “The Relic,” a straightforward quest that guides you through the creation of your first glaive.
Now that you’re all set, let’s delve into the detailed steps of Destiny 2’s weapon crafting process, including reshaping and the materials you’ll need.
How to Craft Weapons – Shaping
Crafting a weapon in Destiny 2 involves the following steps:
- Obtain the Pattern, which serves as the blueprint for the weapon you want to create.
- Visit The Enclave on Mars and interact with the Relic.
- Choose the Shape option to create a new weapon.
- Select the Pattern from the Primary, Special, or Heavy categories.
- The first slot requires you to choose a Frame. Initially, you can only select an Intrinsic Frame, but enhanced Intrinsic Frames become available as you meet the corresponding weapon level requirement.
- Customization comes next, with four trait slots to tweak. By default, you’ll have two options for each slot, while additional options are locked behind weapon level requirements.
- Finally, use the slot with the weapon icon on the far right to Finalize Shape after selecting the Frame and traits.
It’s worth noting that materials are not consumed until you finalize the shape of your weapon. Feel free to experiment with different options without worrying about losing materials along the way. When you finalize the shape, all the selected options are combined, and you can review the quantity of materials you’re about to expend.
Those are the basic steps, but now let’s explore weapon crafting in Destiny 2 in more detail.
How to Unlock Weapon Patterns
Finding Patterns in Destiny 2 can be a bit time-consuming, as they are not always readily available. Some Patterns may require two Pattern progress points, while others may demand five to fully unlock the shapeable Pattern. Here are two ways to unlock weapon Patterns:
- Find a weapon with Deepsight Resonance, which are always marked with a red outline around the icon in your character screen. Extract the weapon pattern from it.
- Receive Patterns as rewards for completing specific quests.
Always keep an eye out for weapons with Deepsight Resonance and hold onto them instead of dismantling right away. This method allows you to unlock the Pattern in your collection, enabling you to create your own version of the weapon.
If you’re unsure about the progress towards unlocking a Pattern or want to see the current Pattern list, you can check the Patterns & Catalysts section in your Triumphs menu.
Once you’ve obtained a Pattern and crafted the weapon, it’s time to move on to the next steps.
How to Farm Weapon Level Progress
Crafted weapons in Destiny 2 can be leveled up and have their traits upgraded by using them in combat. Here are some tips to effectively farm weapon level progression:
- Farm the Shuro-Chi level in the Last Wish raid or the opening to the Grasp of Avarice dungeon. Any area with plenty of enemies that you can easily repeat will work well.
- In Season 22, Bungie has increased weapon level progression in various modes, including Crucible, Trials of Osiris, Dares of Eternity, Wellspring, Gambit, and Legend and Master Solo Lost Sectors.
- You can spend Glimmer and Enhancement Cores on crafted and enhanced weapons to level them up. Be aware that the cost of boosting will increase accordingly.
How to Reshape Weapons
Reshaping a crafted weapon in Destiny 2 allows you to customize and upgrade it further. Here’s how to reshape a weapon:
- Craft a weapon using its Pattern.
- Use the Relic in The Enclave and choose the Reshape option.
- Make sure to unequip the weapon you want to reshape; otherwise, it won’t be selectable.
- Select an Enhanced Intrinsic (if you meet the required Power Level), as well as different traits and/or a Memento for the weapon.
- When you’re ready, click on Finalize Shape. Keep in mind that trait costs won’t be refunded if replaced.
As expected, crafting and reshaping weapons in Destiny 2 require various materials. The quantities and types of materials needed depend on the weapon and the trait requirements.
How to Obtain Weapon Crafting Materials in Destiny 2
Below, we’ve listed all the weapon crafting materials and how to acquire each one:
- Ascendant Alloy: Reach Rank 16 at the Gunsmith, purchase one weekly from the Tower Cryptarch Master Rahool, complete The Relic for the first time, and complete Weekly Campaign missions in the Throne World and The Witch Queen Offensives. Bungie has increased the chances of receiving Ascendant Alloy through Master Wellspring completions, with higher difficulties offering a greater chance of obtaining it.
- Resonant Alloy: Obtain Resonant Alloy by dismantling Legendary weapons or as a reward from activities. (Note: Bungie is phasing out this material starting in Season 22)
- Harmonic Alloy: This material is exclusively used for raid-specific Intrinsic traits for crafted raid weapons. However, you can acquire it by dismantling Resonant raid weapons obtained from Vow of the Disciple and King’s Fall. (Note: Bungie is phasing out this material starting in Season 22)
- Deepsight Harmonizer: These are season pass rewards, and you can hold one Deepsight Harmonizer at a time.
Now that you have all the information, it’s time to unleash your creativity and explore the vast possibilities of weapon crafting in Destiny 2. Happy tinkering!
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