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Destiny 2 is making it easier to farm Exotic god rolls, but there’s a catch

What you need to know

  • Destiny 2 is adding a new Exotic armor focusing system when Season 21 arrives on May 23.
  • This system will allow players to decrypt Exotic engrams into specific Exotic armor pieces, giving them another way to farm Exotic armor god rolls.
  • The catch is that you can only focus random Exotic engram drops, and that the cost of doing so will be very steep (three Ascendant Shards, an Exotic Cipher, and a whole lot of Glimmer).
  • Currently, it’s unclear if engrams from Season Passes or vendor reward tracks can be focused. We also don’t know if the stat drops are guaranteed to be high or if they can be manipulated with Ghost Armorer mods.

While there are lots of ways to get high-stat god rolls on Legendary armor pieces in Destiny 2, the same can’t be said for Exotics. Because of their unique and powerful perks, Exotic armor pieces are often one of if not the most important component in the best Destiny 2 builds. Yet because the only way you can get Exotics with both high stats and the stats you want is by grinding solo Legend and Master Lost Sectors laden with RNG (Will an Exotic drop? Is it the Exotic you want? Does it have a good roll?), it’s very difficult to obtain them in a reasonable amount of time. Sure, you could wait and hope that the Exotic vendor Xur sells what you’re looking for on weekends, but with nearly 200 Exotic armor pieces now in the game and only three in Xur’s rotating inventory, the chances of that happening are pretty low.

This is currently one of the biggest issues with Destiny 2’s endgame buildcrafting experience, and players have that feedback for several seasons now. Thankfully, though, developer Bungie is introducing a new system when Season 21 goes live on May 23 that will finally make farming Exotic armor god rolls easier: Exotic armor focusing. Similar to the way you can focus Seasonal engrams at the War Table for specific weapons, Exotic armor focusing will allow you to narrow down which Exotics you get when you decrypt an Exotic engram with Rahool in The Tower. However, there is a catch (or rather, two of them).

Here’s what the Exotic armor focusing screen will look like when the feature is added in Season 21. (Image credit: Bungie)

First, you’ll only be able to focus Exotic engrams that drop randomly while playing. That means that any engrams you get from Lost Sector farming, Neomuna’s Vex Strike Force Public Event, or Nightfall completions will auto-decrypt and give you a random Exotic armor piece. Since random Exotic engram drops are very rare in Destiny 2, focusing them probably isn’t something you’ll be able to do often (it’s unclear if engrams from the Season Pass and vendor reward tracks will be focusable at this time).


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