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Destiny 2 data mining has revealed new exotic catalysts coming soon

Armsweek appears to be confirmed!

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Destiny 2 got a minor patch yesterday to fix an Eververse issue from last week. But this update also contained some new, interesting details about eight upcoming exotic catalysts. It also seems to confirm the return of Armsday as a new event called Armsweek, something that’s been rumored and leaked before.

On the Destiny subreddit, user Eander posted a listing of new data taken from the Destiny API. The list was posted to — an API tracker for Destiny — and copied into the Reddit post. According to the API, these catalysts look to be coming in the Solstice of Heroes patch for Destiny 2, which is set to be released July 17, about a month and a half before the launch of Destiny 2: Forsaken.

There are eight exotic catalysts mentioned in the list: Fighting Lion, Hard Light, Legend of Acrius, The Prospector, Rat King, Sleeper Simulant, Suros Regime and Telesto.

Legend of Acrius, Telesto, and Sleeper Simulant all drop from “the greatest challenges aboard the emperor’s craft/of the planet devourer/of the astral pinnacle.” This pretty clearly suggests that these catalysts will be awarded from the prestige raid encounter for the Leviathan raid, the Eater of Worlds raid lair and the Spire of Stars raid lair, respectively — some of which won’t be added until July 17.

More interesting are the other five catalysts, which are said to be “found by engaging in activities during the celebration of deadly craftsmanship.” The API has assigned four of these five weapons to running specific Nightfalls and using specific weapons, very similar to the Armsday leak we mentioned above.

It’s looking very likely that the July 17 patch will introduce a new event to Destiny 2 — something that restricts your loadout in exchange for better rewards. The additional perks for some of these weapons also look to be very desirable, such as the Legend of Acrius gaining a larger magazine or the Sleeper Simulant having a faster charge rate.

We’ll have to wait and see how this ends up playing out, but once something hits the Destiny API, it’s usually only a matter of time before players gain access to it.