Destiny 2: The Best Activities To Farm Exotics

Exotics are a coveted item type in the Destiny franchise, granting powerful benefits that are usually build-enabling. Only one Exotic weapon and armor piece can be equipped at a time, but that doesn’t mean you should only own one. With hundreds of Exotics to chase, you’ll want a good roll for each Exotic in the game.

Fortunately, there has never been a better time in Destiny 2 to farm Exotic gear. Lost Sectors, Nightfalls, and casual alternatives have made earning Exotics easier than in past years. If you’re looking to farm the best armor rolls for your Exotic armor collection, look no further. Here are the best activities for farming Exotics you should try in Destiny 2: Beyond Light.

Legend And Master Lost Sectors

For those that own Destiny 2: Beyond Light, completing Legend or Master-difficulty Lost Sectors has a high chance of granting an Exotic armor piece. Unlike Nightfalls, these Exotics drop in a specific slot—head, arms, chest, or legs. If you need a perfect roll for your Transversive Steps or ST0MP-EE5, you would run a Legend or Master Lost Sector that grants leg armor.

There are two caveats with this:

  1. These Lost Sectors must be completed solo.
  2. You’ll need to wait for a Lost Sector to have a certain category of Exotics in its reward pool.

Completing a Lost Sector in a fireteam voids the Exotic armor reward. As for the second point, Legend and Master Lost Sectors rotate their Exotic drops daily. Fortunately, this order is predetermined. If a Legend Lost Sector is dropping helmets, for example, it will drop leg armor on the next day. Drops rotate in this order:

  1. Helmet
  2. Leg Armor
  3. Arms
  4. Chest Armor

If you can handle both of those caveats, you can easily complete these Lost Sectors in three to four minutes on Legend difficulty, seven to eight minutes on Master. Every two to four runs will give an Exotic on these runs, making it a fantastic Exotic farm when Nightfalls don’t have a double or triple loot week.

Should you attempt any of these Master Lost Sectors solo, we have a guide on efficiently beating each of them. You can find them in our complete guide here. Scroll down to the “Master Lost Sectors” section, then click on whichever Lost Sector you wish to farm.

Nightfall: The Ordeal

Nightfalls are also a fantastic way to farm Exotic armor and Masterwork materials, especially if there is currently a double loot weekend. If you do not own the Beyond Light expansion, this will be your best means of farming Exotic gear. While Grandmaster Nightfalls guarantee an Exotic at the end if you achieve a Platinum rank, they are so difficult that most players would be better off farming Master Nightfalls instead.

Master Nightfalls are set to that season’s Power Level hard cap and have a wide range of modifiers. Fortunately, the only notable ones are Match Game and the Champion types you’ll be facing. Find a team, coordinate your loadouts, and prepare to grind out these missions. As long as you are at the recommended Power Level, Master Nightfalls shouldn’t pose much of a threat.

Every so often, Bungie will announce on the login screen that a double Nightfall week is occurring. This means that Nightfall completions grant two rewards instead of just one, meaning you can get twice as many Exotics or additional Masterwork materials. Better yet, most of these weeks grant additional loot on the weekend if you can achieve a Platinum rating. This grants triple Nightfall loot. Whenever a double loot week is ongoing, farming Nightfalls is an excellent way to farm Exotic gear. Otherwise, Nightfalls are solid but not as efficient as Legend or Master Lost Sectors.

Weekly Challenges

Weekly Challenges—turning in eight bounties, completing core activities, et cetera—have a small chance of granting an Exotic when completed. While this isn’t consistent nor a repeatable farm, this gives casual players a decent chance to obtain an Exotic they don’t own.

Xur And The Season Pass

Both Xur and the paid track on the Season Pass can grant Exotics. Neither of these sources are farmable, but they are so accessible that every player should be aware of them.


Xur is a unique NPC that visits one of three curated locations from Friday to the weekly reset on Tuesday. He always brings an Exotic weapon, one Exotic armor piece for each class, a FatedEngram that grants a non-duplicate Exotic item, and an Exotic Cipher quest. Completing this quest lets you purchase a second non-duplicate Fated Engram or an older Exotic from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower. Visit Xur every weekend to fill out your Exotic collection.

For more information on Xur, including spawn locations and how Fated Engrams work, consult this guide.

Season Pass Rewards

Certain ranks in the Season Pass grant Exotic Engrams. Free players get one engram, while current season owners can get up to five. Season Pass owners gain Exotic Engrams at the following ranks:

  • Rank 65 (Free): x1 Exotic Engram
  • Rank 65 (Paid): x1 Exotic Engram
  • Rank 74 (Paid): x1 Exotic Engram
  • Rank 88 (Paid): x1 Exotic Engram
  • Rank 98 (Paid): x1 Exotic Engram

Be sure to claim these whenever you can. If you didn’t claim Exotic Engrams from last season, you can do so from the website. You can find a link to it here.

Next: Destiny 2: Beyond Light Complete Guide And Walkthrough

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