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Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline, perks, traits, and how to get

Find out all you need to know about the Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline, the new Warlord’s Ruin Exotic weapon, including its perks and how to get it.

Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline: A Hunter holding the Buried Bloodline Exotic sidearm against a blurred background of the fortress from the Warlord's Ruin dungeon.

Venturing into a crumbling keep to recover the bones of an Ahamkara, the Warlord’s Ruin dungeon adds a lot of new exciting content, including the Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline Exotic. Belonging to a new weapon archetype, this Exotic is even more special than normal. So, if you’re looking to get your hands on it, here’s all you need to know about the Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline, including its potential perks, traits, Catalyst, and more.

Destiny 2 already has a large collection of Exotic weapons, many of which are among the best Destiny 2 weapons or the best Destiny 2 PvP weapons, but the Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin dungeon adds yet another to the arsenal. While it remains to be seen how well it performs in the hands of a Guardian, its perks paint it as a meta contender, especially in PvE.

Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline

The Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline is an Exotic Void sidearm earned through the new Warlord’s Ruin dungeon in Season of the Wish that functions like a powerful hand crossbow, belonging to the Special weapon slot.

The Buried Bloodline perks and traits are:

  • Intrinsic – Hungering Quarrel
    • Double fires tracking bolts. Landing bolts leeches health from the target.
  • Trait – Violent Reanimation
    • Multiple final blows with this weapon grant Devour to the wielder.
  • Barrel – Hard Launch
    • This weapon’s launch barrel is greatly optimized for projectile speed, reducing stability and blast radius.
  • Magazine – Flared Magwell
    • Optimized for fast reloading and slightly increases stability.
  • Stock – Hand-laid Stock
    • This weapon is optimized for recoil control due to increased stability.

Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline: The new Buried Bloodline Exotic sidearm from the Warlord's Ruin dungeon in the inventory screen.

The Buried Bloodline and its Catalyst (more on this later) will be a great addition to your arsenal in both PvE and PvP. In PvE, this Exotic sidearm is a great utility tool thanks to its ability to activate Devour, though the weapon itself isn’t incredibly powerful. Nevertheless, while Warlocks already have powerful Devour builds, Titans and Hunters will now get much more use out of this strong effect.

In PvP, we expect it will be a popular choice in Competitive and Trials of Osiris, where the Catalyst’s added bonuses can be used to take enemies down even quicker. It also does a staggering 52 precision damage up to 50m, so it’s capable of killing players in just two shots. Given it’s a Special ammo sidearm that functions like a crossbow, including having bolt travel time, this power isn’t the easiest to take advantage of. For players that gel with its unique handling though, Buried Bloodline can be surprisingly deadly.

Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline: A Hunter holding and firing the Buried Bloodline Exotic sidearm from Warlord's Ruin.

It’s worth remembering, however, that sidearms generally aren’t all that popular, with new additions being hit or miss when it comes to the meta. While Buried Bloodline has strong perks, especially with Void builds, it all comes down to its overall handling and ease of use as to whether players actually use it. After all, it’s not like we’re short on choice when it comes to Exotic weapons, or even Exotic sidearms more specifically.

Hopefully, the Destiny 2 Wish-Keeper bow will be a stronger addition overall.

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Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline Catalyst

The Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline Catalyst adds the Splitvein Lineage effect that causes the weapon to weaken enemies on hit while Devour is active.

As for how to get the Buried Bloodline Catalyst, you will have to solve three puzzles in the Warlord’s Ruin dungeon. You must also have already earned the Buried Bloodline Exotic weapon and completed the In the Shadow of the Mountain quest.

Once you’ve met these requirements, head into the Warlord’s Ruin dungeon and complete the first encounter. The Catalyst puzzle begins with the prison cell stage. Once you’re free, destroy the Taken Blight locked behind a gate nearby, giving you the Imminent Wish buff and lighting some of the torches where the Blight once was. Each torch corresponds to a device in the prison cells that you must activate, with the three on the left being the three cells against the same wall as this gate (reading the torches from front to back and the cells from right to left). The torch on the right refers to the cell near the exit. If you fail, the Blight will reappear for you to try again.

When successful, continue through the dungeon as normal. Once you get to the large bridge section, turn around to inspect the castle behind you. Here you will find another Taken Blight to shoot. This activates another series of torches and devices, just like before. Thankfully, this one is much simpler, with each device corresponding to the torch nearest to it. Stand in the correct devices to complete the puzzle and then continue with the dungeon.

The final step in getting the Buried Bloodline Catalyst is a puzzle in the area with the large Taken Blight. Here, shoot the smaller Blight in the archway to the left, just down from the platform you begin on. Doing so activates a set of torches and devices once again. The torches are located in the doorway directly across from you. Reading them from left to right, activate the correct devices located on the nearby rocky cliffs.

After this, continue with the dungeon until you see a glowing Taken orb in the spiral staircase location. Here, interact with the orb to be teleported to a new area called the Cairn Chamber. This is a secret boss fight against Primeval Thressia with much the same mechanics as the existing bosses in the dungeon, beginning with an invulnerability phase that is cleared by activating the correct devices. At the centre of the room are six torches, three of which will be lit, corresponding to the three devices on either side which need to be activated.

Defeat Primeval Thressia and you will be granted the Bured Bloodline Catalyst.

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How to get the Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline

The Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline is the Warlord’s Ruin Exotic weapon, meaning you will have to beat the new dungeon to be able to add it to your collection. However, like the previous dungeon Exotics, it’s a random drop from the final boss. So, you’ll need luck on your side if you want to get it right away.

Though Bungie doesn’t release the drop rate information for Exotics, it’s evidently very low. The unique Exotics from raids and dungeons are designed to be end-game goals for players to chase. As such, you’re unlikely to get it on your first attempt, though never say never.

Thankfully, you’re able to increase your drop rate for the Buried Bloodline by completing the Triumphs associated with the Warlord’s Ruin dungeon, much like the Hierarchy of Needs from Spire of the Watcher, for example.

Is it worth getting Buried Bloodline in Destiny 2?

Destiny 2’s Buried Bloodline Exotic is a good weapon overall in PvE and PvP, though it’s far from the best. Unless you’re looking to collect every weapon in the game, try out a unique weapon, or are a particular lover of sidearms, then it’s not worth going out of your way to get it.

With that said, it’s undeniably a fun weapon to use, which we’ll always praise. In PvE, Buried Bloodline is a strong contender in Void builds thanks to its Devour effect, though there are much easier ways to get Devour. Given it’s a Special weapon, you, unfortunately, can’t use it as your primary either, and there are better Special or Exotic weapons you could use in its place, whether that’s for AoE add-clearing or single-target boss damage.

Similarly, despite its ability to two-shot enemies in PvP, being a Special weapon heavily limits its usability as you won’t spawn with much ammo to spare. If you can land your shots, then that’s not much of an issue as you can pick up Special ammo from a defeated foe to keep the cycle going, though most players will struggle to get much use out of it.

That’s all you need to know about the Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline Exotic sidearm from the Warlord’s Ruin dungeon, including its perks and how to get the Buried Bloodline Catalyst. With its synergies with Devour, there’s no better time to take a look at all the best Destiny 2 Titan build, Destiny 2 Hunter build, and Destiny 2 Warlock build setups you can make.