Destiny 2 Exotic Catalysts Guide: All Exotic Catalysts, Masterwork

Destiny 2 Exotic Catalysts

Destiny 2 has some very cool and powerful exotic weapons and you can upgrade them by using catalysts. There are different ways of getting these exotic catalysts in Destiny 2 and in this guide we are going to go over how you can unlock them all to improve your gear.

How To Get All Exotic Catalysts In Destiny 2

The following table includes all the exotic catalysts that you can get in Destiny 2 and how you can upgrade them to masterwork:

Catalyst For Effects Where To Find Masterwork Upgrade
SUROS Regime Improved recoil Automatic heath on kill Random drop from Crucible victories Defeat enemies
Hard Light Increased stability Random drop from Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses Defeat enemies
Rat King Increased aim assist Reduced recoil Random drop from Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses Defeat enemies
The Prospector Larger blast radius Random drop from Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses Defeat enemies
Worldline Zero Reduced activation time of Tesseract perk Random kills in PvE with a sword Hit each Level 7 Escalation Protocol boss with Wordline Zero
Whisper of the Worm Aiming without firing increases range and precision damage Clear The Whisper mission The Whisper again
Wardcliff Coil Improved tracking on projectiles Random drop from Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 500 kills
Vigilance Wing Full-auto trigger system Random drop from Crucible victories 250 Crucible kills and 5 Blood for Blood medals (avenge a teammate)
Tractor Cannon +60 magazine

Increased ammo reserves

Random drop from PVE kills 300 kills
Telesto +60 magazine

Increased ammo reserves

Prestige Eater of Worlds Raid Lair Complete all Verses for Brother Vance in the Lighthouse on Mercury
Sweet Business Flinch from incoming damage is reduced significantly when weapon is fully spun. Found as a random drop in PVE and PVP 250 multi-kills
Sunshot +20 range 

+20 stability

Random drops from PVE and PVP enemies 500 kills and 1,000 kills with Sun Blast perk
Sturm +20 range 

+40 handling

Random drop from enemies on Nessus 500 kills with Sturm and 500 kills with Drang while both weapons are equipped
Sleeper Simulant +75 charge time Random drop from Prestige Spire of Stars Raid Lair 4,000 combined kills with Escalation Protocol weapons (1,000 with the sniper, 1,000 with the shotgun, 2,000 with the submachine gun)
Skyburner’s Oath +30 range Random drop from Leviathan Raid completion 1,000 Cabal kills
Riskrunner +30 range Random drop from Heroic Strike bosses and Nightfall bosses.

The Pain and Gain Exotic quest, acquired by Banshee-44 when you start Shadowkeep, awards a Riskrunner with its catalyst built-in.

300 total kills and 300 chain lightning kills
Prometheus Lens +20 stability 

+20 handling

Random drop from Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 300 kills
Polaris Lance Precision kills create an elemental damage explosion Complete Nascent Dawn quest 500 kills total and 50 kills with Perfect Fifth perk
Outbreak Perfected Increases nanite damage.

Enemies that die from SIVA nanites spread the effect to nearby enemies. 

Rewarded for the Heroic Zero Hour mission Complete the Heroic version of Zero Hour. Doing so will give you SIVA Particulate. Farm 500 SIVA Particulate, and get precision kills, to unlock the catalyst and upgrade it fully. You need to do this once a week for five weeks.
MIDA Multi-Tool Increased reload speed on precision kills Random drop from Competitive Crucible victories Precision kills in Crucible
Merciless +40 range 

+40 stability

Random drop from Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 500 kills
Legend of Acrius +40 reload speed Increased ammo reserves Random drop from Prestige Leviathan Raid 500 kills
Jade Rabbit +30 stability Random drop from Crucible victories 250 kills in Crucible
Izanagi’s Burden Holding the reload button consumes ammo into a single very powerful shot with increased range. Catalyst increases damage bonus even more if you consume 4 bullets. Fully upgrade your Chalice of Opulence

Complete Heroic Menagerie until it drops

500 kills
The Huckleberry Ambitious Assassin perk Random drop from Heroic Adventures 500 kills
Graviton Lance +20 range 

+15 aim assist Better target acquisition

Random drop from enemies in either PVE or PVP 500 kills and 1,000 kills with Cosmology
Fighting Lion +30 reload speed Random drop from any PVE enemies. Kills
D.A.R.C.I. +20 stability Random drop from PvE enemies 300 Precision kills
Crimson +20 range Random drop from PvE enemies 300 Precision kills
The Colony +10 magazine, Increased ammo reserves Random drop from Crucible matches 500 kills
Coldheart +20 stability 

+20 reload speed

Random drop from Heroic Strike and Nightfall bosses 300 kills
Borealis +20 reload speed Random drop from PvE enemies 150 Arc kills, 150 Solar kills, and 150 Void kills

This marks the end of our Destiny 2 Exotic Catalysts Guide.  For more on D2 Shadowkeep, check out our Lectern of Enchantment GuideNecromantic Strand Location Guide, and Moon Essence Weapons Guide.