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Destiny 2 The Final Shape Exotic weapons

From a Traveler-inspired trace rifle to returning Destiny 1 weapons, here are all the Destiny 2 The Final Shape Exotic weapons that have been revealed so far.

Destiny 2 Final Shape exotics: a green rocket launcher with a shark's mouth painted on it and a pearlescent rifle set against a backdrop from Destiny 2

What are the Destiny 2 The Final Shape Exotic weapons? One of the best reveals of each expansion’s release is the unveiling of all the new Exotic weapons and gear we’ll get to wield, and Bungie has been pushing the boat out recently. Below, we’ve got all the information you need about the Destiny 2 The Final Shape Exotic weapons that have been revealed so far.

The new Destiny 2 Exotic weapons arriving with the Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date will hopefully continue Bungie’s streak for increasingly inventive and fun firepower. Whether they end up amongst the best Destiny 2 weapons and best Destiny 2 PvP weapons or not, they should at least be creative and worthy of the Exotic title. As well as newly-designed Exotics, some old favorites from the original Destiny are making a return as well. Here’s what you can look forward to.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape Exotic weapons

The Destiny 2 The Final Shape Exotic weapons so far are:

  • Tessellation
  • Dragon’s Breath
  • Exotic Khvostov 
  • Red Death 
  • New Exotic sniper 
  • New Exotic Trace Rifle

These six new Exotic weapons were all revealed and mentioned during Bungie’s The Final Shape Showcase in August 2023. Tessellation is currently available already in Destiny 2 as it is a pre-order bonus for The Final Shape expansion. The rest will be arriving either at the start of the expansion or in various Destiny 2 Episodes (that’s the new name for seasons, by the way) throughout The Final Shape.

Below you can find all the info we have on each weapon, including their damage type, Exotic perk, and catalyst if they are known.

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Tessellation is an Exotic fusion rifle and is one of the Destiny 2 The Final Shape pre-order bonuses. With the rare ability to change element to match your subclass, Tessellation is incredibly versatile. As it’s in your Energy Weapon slot, this now means you can run full Strand or Stasis loadouts if you have either of those subclasses equipped.

Additionally, this weapon can absorb your grenade charge to fire a devastating grenade launcher shot. You can see it in action in the trailer above.

  • Exotic trait – Property: Undecidable: This [weapon|instrument|topology] adapts its damage type to match your equipped subclass. Final blows grant grenade energy.

Destiny 2 Final Shape Exotics: the Dragon's Breath rocket launcher set against a blurred scene

Dragon’s Breath

Yes, that’s right, Dragon’s Breath is returning in The Final Shape. Last seen in Destiny 1, Dragon’s Breath was a largely disregarded rocket launcher that would leave a damaging Solar AoE on the ground after firing. Hopefully this weapon will see some changes for its grand return.

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Exotic Khvostov

Yes, you’re reading that right – Destiny 2 will follow in the footsteps of D1 and get its own Exotic variation of the Khvostov, the first weapon you pick up and use when starting the game. You can see a glimpse of it, and most of the other weapons mentioned in this guide, in the Final Shape Showcase footage above.

Destiny 2 Final Shape exotic weapons: an old screenshot from Destiny 1 showing the Red Death pulse rifle

Red Death

Another Destiny 1 gun making a comeback is the Red Death Exotic pulse rifle. This weapon comes equipped with a sinister bayonet, so maybe it’ll get some kind of fun, melee-based Exotic perk when it arrives in Final Shape. It was also confirmed to be returning as a Destiny 2 Exotic in Bungie’s showcase for The Final Shape, but it was the only weapon not shown off in concept art or in-game footage. You can see what it looked like in D1 above.

Destiny 2 Final Shape Exotic weapons: concept art for a blue and black sniper rifle

New Exotic sniper rifle

During the Final Shape showcase, a new Exotic sniper was teased that sounds rather spicy. “What if Golden Gun was a sniper rifle?” posits Chris Proctor, senior design lead on Destiny 2, before the above concept art appeared. Golden Gun, for those unaware, is one of the Solar supers for Hunters which gives you a flaming hand cannon that can fire one round of huge damage, or several slightly less powerful rounds. Certainly sounds exciting to us.

The emblem of a stag also appears on the concept art, which is the logo for the Tex Mechanica weapon manufacturer, which also makes iconic Destiny 2 weapons like Dead Man’s Tale, The Chaperone, and The Last Word. So, it seems safe to assume this sniper will follow the same Wild West theme as those weapons.

Destiny 2 Final Shape Exotic weapons: concept art for a dark red and beige trace rifle

New Exotic trace rifle

We will be getting a new Exotic trace rifle in The Final Shape, and it was also teased during Destiny 2’s showcase for the new expansion. We only got to see early concept art, but this “incredibly dope” trace rifle is influenced by the terraforming beam the Traveler blasted at the Witness’ pyramid ship at the start of Lightfall, according to designer Vivian Becks.

So there you have it, all the currently revealed Destiny 2 The Final Shape Exotic weapons. Hopefully these will push the best Destiny 2 Titan build, Destiny 2 Warlock build, and Destiny 2 Hunter build to new heights through creative synergies.