Destiny: Rise of Iron How To Get Exotic Weapons Guide

20 September 2016
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Destiny: Rise of Iron How To Get Exotic Weapons Guide

This Destiny: Rise of Iron how to get Exotic weapons guide explains where to find the most difficult to obtain weapons, the Destiny: Rise of Iron Exotic gear items. Forget about Legendary weapons, Exotic is where it’s at!

Find out where to get Exotic Weapons in Destiny: Rise of Iron: The detailed overview for each of the Exotic Weapon locations is listed below!

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Index of Destiny: Rise of Iron Guides:

Destiny: Rise of Iron Exotic Weapons Locations Guide

Although complete, this list is a work-in-progress and will be updated when more Exotics get discovered!

Click on any of these Exotic weapon thumbnails to see the full-size picture gallery:


Note: The Exotic rarity is indicated by a gold / orange color on its inventory background.

Tip: Exotic Gear is powerful but only one Exotic Weapon and one piece of Exotic Armor can be equipped at a time. Choose wisely.

Where to get an Exotic Bounty?: You will at random get Exotic Weapon Bounties from the Bounty Trader at the Tower when you give him other finished Bounties.

How to increase your chances to get an Exotic Bounty?: Complete as many normal Daily Bounties as possible, then turn them all in at once very fast to up your chances of a random Exotic Bounty reward! Once it appears, you’ll get the choose between three of them. — Then upon completion of each Exotic Bounty, you will receive an Exotic weapon! — So far a few Quest-related and Exotic Bounties have been found in Destiny: Rise of Iron…

Gjallarhorn Exotic Weapon Location

Destiny: Rise of Iron Gjallarhorn Exotic Rocket Launcher

Destiny: Rise of Iron Gjallarhorn Exotic weapon

How To Get The Gjallarhorn: All players who own the Rise of Iron expansion, no matter when they purchase it, will receive an in-game quest that leads to the end reward of a Gjallarhorn rocket launcher. – Note that those who do pre-ordered this expansion, they will receive the same rocket launcher with the same stats, but with a different skin—the Iron Gjallarhorn is a black and silver version of the classic gold and white Gjallarhorn.

– Details: There’s a trick to get it easily during the “Beauty in Destruction” Quest in Skyshock (Old Russia). Do this by standing on top of the grey crates in the corner or simply in the very corner of the last room, where waves of enemies come at you. They’ll politely wait beyond the doorway in the next room for you to shoot/grenade them. – Easynow explains how to complete it step-by-step.

Easy method to complete the Gjallarhorn Quest – Video Guide:

Gjallarhorn Stats:

“If there is beauty in destruction, why not also in its deliver?” – Feizel Crux

Primary Perks

– Solar – This weapon causes Solar damage.
– Wolfpack Rounds – Rounds fired from this weapon split into tracking cluster missiles upon detonation.
– Tracking – Shells fired from this weapon track their targets
– Infuse – Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.

Selectable Perk 1

– Speed Reload – Reload this weapon quickly.
– Quickdraw – This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.
– Snapshot – Aiming this weapon is incredibly fast.

Selectable Perk 2

– Confined Launch – Greatly reduced recoil. Significant penalty to Velocity.
– Soft Launch – Increased Recoil. Boost to Velocity.
– Smart Drift Control – Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to Velocity.

Iron Gjallarhorn Exotic Weapon Location

Destiny: Rise of Iron Iron Gjallarhorn Exotic Rocket Launcher

Destiny: Rise of Iron Iron Gjallarhorn Exotic weapon

How To Get The Iron Gjallarhorn: Pre-order Destiny: Rise of Iron to receive the Iron Gjallarhorn Exotic rocket launcher.

– Details: It’s Back. In Black. Many Guardians will quest for the Gjallarhorn, seeking to wield it against the rising enemy plague. Pre-order Destiny: Rise of Iron and receive a uniquely themed black and silver Iron Gjallarhorn Exotic Rocket Launcher, obtained by completing the related in-game “Beauty in Destruction” Quest in Skyshock (Old Russia) with the reward at the end being a Gjallarhorn rocket launcher (as described in the normal Gjallarhorn section above). – Arekkz explains how to obtain it.

How To Get The Exotic Iron Gjallarhorn – Video Guide:

Iron Gjallarhorn Stats:

“If there is beauty in destruction, why not also in its deliver?” – Feizel Crux

Primary Perks

– Solar – This weapon causes Solar damage.
– Wolfpack Rounds – Rounds fired from this weapon split into tracking cluster missiles upon detonation.
– Tracking – Shells fired from this weapon track their targets
– Infuse – Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.

Selectable Perk 1

– Speed Reload – Reload this weapon quickly.
– Quickdraw – This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.
– Snapshot – Aiming this weapon is incredibly fast.

Selectable Perk 2

– Confined Launch – Greatly reduced recoil. Significant penalty to Velocity.
– Soft Launch – Increased Recoil. Boost to Velocity.
– Smart Drift Control – Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to Velocity.

Khvostov 7G-0X Exotic Weapon Location

Destiny: Rise of Iron Khvostov 7G-0X Exotic Auto Rifle

Destiny: Rise of Iron Khvostov 7G-0X Exotic weapon

How To Get The Khvostov 7G-0X: To get this Exotic primary weapon, you need to know where to find the Exotic Khvostov 7G-0X Quest, since knowing how to complete the “We Found a Rifle” questline that nets you it as a reward. You’ll also find out where the Exotic Khvostov Weapon Part locations are in the very first mission of Destiny where you originally got your ship, and how to find the Khvostov Pages by killing enemies in Quests.

– Step 1: How you get started depends on whether or not you’ve kept your original Khvostov gun.
(EASY WAY) Dismantle your original Khvostov gun that you got with a new character to get all Khvostov 7G Schematics immediately!
(HARD WAY) If you do not have your original Khvostov gun anymore, you can find the Khvostov 7G Schematics near the Plaguelands Patrol “Foundry 113” spawn (to the right side) by killing a Brood Mother there (appears randomly). This gives you the Splicer Intel Relay that you can use at the wall where you started Destiny at (near the Cosmodrome; where all the abandoned cars are). You should first kill the army of enemies you’ll find there, then you’ll be pointed towards a chest in the corner of the cave / room (the cave is near the laser activation pad), and that chest will give you the Khvostov 7G Schematic.

– Step 2: Next, you need to pick up 10 Pages by killing 10 enemies on the Playgrounds. These Khvostov Manual Pages will drop for you as you go through Quests.

– Step 3: Finally, you can visit the Plaguelands Patrol “Foundry 113” to get the 3 Parts you need.
(PART 1) Go back to the Cosmodrome’s “Restoration” Mission, where you originally got your ship. Once there, an on-screen triangle icon will point you where you need to go. Walk through the indicated door and look below the metal stairs to find a Weapon Part.
(PART 2) Once again, an on-screen triangle icon will point you where you need to go. Go back to the Cosmodrome towards the Ascetics Prime Strike where you fight three waves of enemies, go through the door (until you’re almost outside) and on the right-side corner (next to two lights) you’ll find the second Weapon Part.
(PART 3) Here too, an on-screen triangle icon will point you where you need to go. Keep going until you’re outside where the Walker Tank is. Jump on the nearest building roofs until see a destroyed bridge left of the Walker Tank. Jump down the building at turn around to look for a blue barrel where the third Weapon Part is lying on the ground next to the building.

– Step 4: Take the 3 Weapon Parts back to Shiro-4 at the Iron Temple in Fel Winter Peak to complete the “We Found a Rifle” questline and he will give you the next Quest, a Mission-based “A Khvostov Rising” Quest on Earth near The Cosmodrome where you have to fight & kill a boss to get the Khvostov 7G-0X. Which you’ll then be able to use to finish that Quest. After that’s done you still need to go back to talk to Shiro-4 to complete the Quest, so you can keep the Khvostov 7G-0X.

– Details: Easynow explains how to complete it step-by-step.

How To Get The Khvostov 7G-OX’s Schematic, Where The Page Locations & Weapon Parts Are – Video Guide:

Khvostov 7G-0X Stats:

“An ancient instrument of war, renewed and enhanced by Light, not unlike you.”

Primary Perks

– Kinetic – This weapon causes Kinetic damage.
– Lightweight – When held, this weapon grants +2 character Agility.
– Infuse – Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.

Selectable Perk 1

– 450 RPM – Sets firing behavior at 450 RPM. Grants bonus range.
– 900 RPM – Sets firing behavior at 900 RPM. Grants bonus stability.

Selectable Perk 2

– Automatic – Sets firing behavior to fully automatic.
– Semi-Auto – Sets firing behavior to semi-automatic with higher muzzle velocity.
– Burst Fire – Sets firing behavior to burst.

Selectable Perk 3

– Modernized Scope – Modern scope. Grants additional zoom and target acquisition.
– Classic Scope – Original Khvostov scope. Optimized for range and stability.

Selectable Perk 4

– Hammer Forged – Improved range and accuracy.
– Rifled Barrel – Increased Range Slower Reload
– Braced Frame – Increased Stability Reduced Magazine Size

Selectable Perk 5

– Extended Mag – A larger magazine.
– Counterbalance – This weapon has increased stability.
– Rangefinder – Aiming this weapon increases its effective range.

Selectable Perk 6

– Bureau of Aeronautics – Applies an Ornament to this weapon.
– Last Warmind – Applies an Ornament to this weapon.

Nemesis Star Exotic Weapon Location

Destiny: Rise of Iron Nemesis Star Exotic Machine Gun

Destiny: Rise of Iron Nemesis Star Exotic weapon

How To Get The Nemesis Star: So far only obtained at random by decoding an Exotic Heavy Engram.

– Details: Arekkz takes a look at the new Exotic machine gun Nemesis Star.

Nemesis Star Gameplay Video:

Nemesis Star Stats:

“What is the answer when the question is extinction?”

Primary Perks

– Solar – This weapon causes Solar damage.
– Strange Gravity – When holding down the trigger, range and accuracy increase as rate-of-fire decreases. Kills grant bonus Grenade energy.
– Spray and Play – Increases the reload speed of this weapon when its mag is empty.
– Extinction Cycle – On trigger pull, this weapon’s initial burst has a higher rate of fire.
– Infuse – Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.

Selectable Perk 1

– Flared Magwell – Reload this weapon even faster.
– Perfect Balance – This weapon has extremely low recoil.
– Field Scout – Increases carried Ammo capacity.

Selectable Perk 2

– Field Choke – More range and impact. Increased recoil.
– Accurized Ballistics – More range and impact. Increased recoil.
– Linear Compensator – More predictable recoil. Slight boosts to range and impact. More recoil.

Selectable Perk 3

– Meteorite – Applies an Ornament to this weapon.
– Silver Bullet – Applies an Ornament to this weapon.

Thorn Exotic Weapon Location

Destiny: Rise of Iron Thorn Exotic Hand Cannon

Destiny: Rise of Iron Thorn Exotic weapon

How To Get The Thorn: Assuming obtaining it works the same in Year 3 as it did in Year 1. It’s in the “A Light in The Dark” Exotic Bounty.

– Details: The Thorn hand cannon that holds 6 rounds can be found on Mars, deep within Charlemagne’s Vault. It’s a reward for completing an Exotic Bounty that you sometimes get from the Postmaster. – T3hPhish & Datto explain how to complete it step-by-step.

Exotic Bounty Reward Mission 2 Description:

– Step 1: Do bounties and turn them in when you get a yellow reward (there’s a slim chance to get this Vanguard Mentor Missive). It will tell you to turn it into the bounty robot called Bounty Tracker. Who offers you three different bounties. Two of the bounties will sound like they are for the Warlock class and the other one like it’s a Hunter class weapon. Choose the one called “A Light in The Dark”.

– Step 2: If you chose the Warlock-sounding bounty, the bounty will tell you to do “The Summoning Pits” Strike Mission on the Moon to get a weapon (with a friend needed to complete it).

– Step 3: From the Strike you get a depleted hand cannon, next turn in the bounty and it will give you another one to charge the gun with energy. The objective being to kill 500 Hive enemies on the Moon.

– Step 4: Turn that in and the bounty will update again, this time telling you to get 500 kills with void damage in multiplayer and that death will slow your progress. Each kill is worth 4 and each death is -2, so this step won’t take long to complete.

– Step 5: Then the bounty will update again. It will unlock a new Strike Mission right next to “The Summoning Pits” for level 26 with a skull on, which makes everything more aggressive, all knights and wizards have shields as well as there being more enemies. The bounty tells you to kill the minions of Phogoth (the giant laser-beam ogre) until Xyor spawns. So take your time to upgrade your armor to reach at least level 25 and bring two level 25 friends with you to complete it.

Tactics idea: One of you can sit in a corner just to spawn the other two. The 30 second respawn time will be hard, especially when Phogoth and the wizard swarms try to spawn kill your team. But eventually you’ll kill enough minions, and then a tombship will come in and drop Xyor on the battlefield. – Turns out, he’s just a regular wizard! With a yellow health bar and and a bit of extra health, but not too much worse than the other yellow wizards.

– Step 6: Eventually you’ll kill him and the bounty will pop up saying to turn it in. Technically, you don’t even have to kill Phogoth, so your Fireteam can go to Orbit and back to the Tower to turn in the bounty right away. — Finally, The Speaker will give you Thorn.

– Heads Up: Certain Exotic bounties require you to charge their Core by dismantling 10 Rare or higher quality gear (like Fusion Rifles). So be sure to save all your Rare gear.

Thorn Stats:

“To rend one’s enemies is to see them not as equals, but objects – hollow of spirit and meaning.” – 13th Understanding, 7th Book of Sorrow

Primary Perks

– Kinetic – This weapon causes Kinetic damage.
– Mark of the Devourer – Rounds pierce targets and cause lingering damage over time.
– Final Round – The last round in a magazine deals bonus damage.
– Infuse – Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.

Selectable Perk 1

– Snapshot – Aiming this weapon is incredibly fast.
– Send It – Increases range and accuracy. Harder to handle. Decreases carried Ammo capacity.
– Perfect Balance – This weapon has extremely low recoil.

Selectable Perk 2

– Field Choke -More range and impact. Increased recoil.
– Accurized Ballistics – More range and impact. Increased recoil.
– Aggressive Ballistics – More predictable recoil. Enhanced impact. Shorter range and more recoil.

Trespasser Exotic Weapon Location

Destiny: Rise of Iron Trespasser Exotic Sidearm

Destiny: Rise of Iron Trespasser Exotic weapon

How To Get The Trespasser: So far only obtained at random by decoding an Exotic Special Weapon Engram. You can farm Exotic Special Weapon Engrams at “The Black Garden” Story Mission on Mars, since this is where you often get these types of Exotic Engrams as a drop each time you kill the Eschaton Mind boss. Then try your luck decoding them at the Cryptarch.

– Details: Achievement Hunter explains how to farm Exotic Special Weapon Engrams for Destiny: Rise of Iron.

How To Get The Exotic Trespasser Sidearm & Where To Farm Exotic Special Weapon Engrams – Video Guide:

Trespasser Stats:

“You are not welcome.” – Unknown
“I beg to differ.” – Shiro-4

Primary Perks

– Arc – This weapon causes Arc damage.
– Relentless Tracker – Kills with this weapon grant enhanced motion tracker resolution for a short time.
– Be the Danger – This weapon fires bursts of bullets with deadly accuracy.
– Infuse – Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.
– Unrepentant – Reloading after a kill causes the next burst to be a longer, more powerful superburst.

Selectable Perk 1

– SteadyHand IS – Stable sight. Optimized for excellent recoil control.
– FastDraw IS – Standard sight. A lightweight design, good for recoil control.
– SureShot IS – Snapshot sight. Excellent handling. Superb target acquisition.

Selectable Perk 2

– Quickdraw – This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.
– Hand Loaded – This weapon is effective at an extended range.
– Reinforced Barrel – Increased Range Reduced Stability

Selectable Perk 3

– Fallen Assassin – Applies an Ornament to this weapon.
– Crucible Assassin – Applies an Ornament to this weapon.

The Young Wolf’s Howl Exotic Weapon Location

Destiny: Rise of Iron The Young Wolf's Howl Exotic Sword

Destiny: Rise of Iron The Young Wolf’s Howl Exotic weapon

How To Get The Young Wolf’s Howl: You can get this Exotic Sword at the end of the story campaign. After the 5th Mission “The Archon’s Keep” in the main campaign, after you’ll fight the core boss, and you’ll see there’s a Flaming Hammer there. After that final mission is completed you get a new Helmet and this Exotic Sword as a reward (it goes to the Postmaster if your inventory is already full). And if your Light Level is at 340 or higher you can wield it.

– Details: Dychronic explains how to complete it step-by-step.

How To Get The Exotic Sword – Video Guide:

Note: If aside from this flaming sword, you also want the flaming fire hammer… You can find it on the field (look for the little cannon thing) during Public Events and certain Missions. To get the boon hammer, when the text comes up “Your worth will be tested”, clear out the SIVA nodes quickly and once successful it will spawn the hammer to use.

The Young Wolf’s Howl Stats:

“To the first of the new Iron Lords.” -Lord Saladin

Primary Perks

– Solar Edge – This weapon deals Solar damage.

– Sword Strike – Use to attack with the sword.

– Solar-Forged Guard – Use to guard. Effective against Arc and Void attacks, less effective against Solar attacks.

– Tempered Light – Increased Armor when wielding the sword.

– Howling Flames – Use to unleash a fiery Solar eruption that weakens enemies and deals damage over time.

– Infuse – Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.

– The Wolves Remember – Adorn your weapons with elaborate new designs.

– Born in Fire – Adorn your weapons with elaborate new designs.

Selectable Perk 1

– Scabbard – Increases Sword Ammo Capacity

– Thrive by the Sword – Kills with the sword grant Super energy.

Selectable Perk 2

– Scabbard – Increases Sword Ammo Capacity

– Warrior of Light – Increased damage for your attack.

Selectable Perk 3

– The Wolves Remember – Applies an Ornament to this weapon. (Turns the entire blade black, with an orange glow around the edges.)

– Born In Fire – Applies an Ornament to this weapon. (Turns the entire blade silver, with cracks of fire pulsing through it like swirling lava.)

Outbreak Prime Exotic Weapon Location

Destiny: Rise of Iron Outbreak Prime Exotic Pulse Rifle

Destiny: Rise of Iron Outbreak Prime Exotic weapon

How To Get The Outbreak Prime: You receive this Exotic Pulse Rifle at the end of its “Channeling the Corruption” level 40 Exotic Raid, which in turn unlocks after solving the Monitor Puzzle.

The Exotic Raid pulse rifle “Outbreak Prime” is a long quest, including math, coding, and “SIVA Engine” codes; That’s why the “SIVA Engine guide” is included in the below video guide too! Let’s complete one of the best quest lines and rewards ever. Here is a full guide on everything you need to turn on the last hidden monitor to activate the Exotic questline from “Wrath of the Machine” for the Outbreak Prime rifle. – Requires a level 40 character to wield.

– Details: Easynow explains how to complete it step-by-step.
– Note: Here’s the SIVA calculator for the last part of the SIVA Engine: SIVA Engine puzzle solver calculator.

How To Get The Exotic Pulse Rifle – SIVA Engine & Outbreak Prime: Raid Video Guide:

Outbreak Prime Stats:

“I’ve done the math. When you pull this trigger, one plus one equals zero. Every time.” -Shiro-4

Selectable Perk 1

– The Corruption Spreads – Enemies that take repeated hits from this weapon spawn SIVA nanites that attack other enemies. Fallen take extra damage.

Selectable Perk 2

– Smooth Ballistics – Increased recoil. Boost to range.

– Accurized Ballistics – More range and impact. Increased recoil.

– Smart Drift Control – Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to Range.

Selectable Perk 3

– Outlaw – Precision kills with this weapon dramatically increase reload speed.

Selectable Perk 4

– Lightweight – When held, this weapon grants +2 character Agility.

– Hand Loaded – This weapon is effective at an extended range.

– Fitted Stock – Increases weapon stability.

Selectable Perk 5

– Virulence – Precision kills release a SIVA nanite swarm that attacks other enemies

I hope these tips helped you on your way to find the Exotic Weapon you want the most.

Please check out our other “How To” guides atop this page to enjoy Destiny: Rise of Iron more! 😀

Credits: Arekkz Gaming, Barry, T3hPhish, DattoDoesDestiny, Matt & Jeremy & Dychronic.

Please comment if you have any additional Destiny: Rise of Iron Exotic Weapon location tips of your own, we’ll give you credit for it. – Thanks for visiting!

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