Traveler’s Chosen, your default “White” sidearm from the start of D2, is now an exotic. The exotic variant of the weapon obviously has a few unique perks, as befitting an exotic. In order to unlock the Traveler’s Chosen exotic sidearm, you need to complete the “Excavation” quest on different destinations. In this Destiny 2 Season of Arrivals guide, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about unlocking Traveler’s Chosen exotic sidearm.

Destiny 2 Traveler’s Chosen

Just like its common variant, Traveler’s Chosen is a Kinetic sidearm. It’s a 300RPM sidearm with 15 in the magazine, 80 aim assist, and 82 range. As for its perks, they include:

  • Gathering Light: Each final blow with this weapon grants a stack of Gathering Light (Guardian defeats add 3 stacks), to consume stacks, granting melee, grenade, and class ability energy based on the number of stacks.
  • Gift of the Traveler: Each stack of Gathering Light improves this weapon’s reload, handling, and target acquisition.

To start the “Excavation” questline, speak to Commander Zavala in The Tower. The following is an entire rundown of the said questline:

Evacuation: Io After speaking to Commander Zavala, head over to Asher Mir on Io and tell him that Zavala has ordered him to evacuate the planet.
Observer Effect You’ll need to clear Sanctum of Bones on the Rupture, right next to Asher Mir and investigate the chest at the end. Once done, defeat Taken on Io to collect Traces of Corruption.
Into the Pyramidion The next thing you’ll need to do is to complete Pyramidion strike on Io and defeat Vex on the planet to collect Scan Traces.
Double Blind Once you’re done, you’ll then need to complete “Unexpected Guests” – it’s a heroic adventure on Io.
Fleischman-Aschheim Axiom After doing everything above, speak with Asher Mir on Io one last time.
Evacuation: Titan With Io done, head over to Sloane on Titan and tell her that Commander Zavala has ordered her to evacuate.
Clearing the Decks After speaking to Sloane, complete Methane Flush (LS) in Siren’s Watch to defeat Dek-Thra and loot the chest at the end.
Asset Interception The next thing you’ll need to do is to claim Golden Age tech from the chests in the Solarium and Festering Halls. These will be protected by Hive Ultras so make sure to go prepared!
Be the Wall For this step, you’ll need to defeat Ogres, Wizards, and Knights on Titan to collect Tech Fragments and also complete Savathûn’s Song strike.
The Will of a Titan Finally, return to Sloane and report everything.
Evacuation: Mercury With both Io and Titan done, fly to Mercury and tell Brother Vance of the oncoming dangers.
A Shattered Future You’ll need to defeat Minotaurs, Cyclopes, and Hydras on Mercury to collect Timeline Fractures and complete A Garden World strike.
In His Footsteps The next thing you’ll need to do is to complete Tree of Probabilities strike and collect Traces of Osiris.
A Disciple’s Plea For this step, you’ll need to complete heroic adventure called Bug in the System.
Better Days Ahead Finally, return to Brother Vance at the Lighthouse.
Evacuation: Mars Just like the others, you’ll need to fly to Mars and tell Ana Bray about Commander Zavala’s orders.
Signs of Life You’ll need to access Mindlab: Rasputin and wait for a signal from the Warmind.
Recycled Components You’ll need to start Escalation Protocol and defeat bosses during the activity to collect pieces of Rasputin’s shattered frame.
Signal Shielding Simply complete Deathly Tremors heroic adventure.
Force Reboot Return to Ana Bray.
Report to Zavala Return to Commander Zavala on The Tower to complete the quest.

That’s all there’s to earning Traveler’s Chosen exotic sidearm in Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals. For more help on the game, you can check out our detailed Destiny 2 wiki guides.

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