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Destiny 2 players think Gjallarhorn could return soon

A new datamine suggests rocket launcher crafting in Guardian’s future

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The Iron Gjallarhorn in Destiny
Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

The Destiny community has thoroughly datamined the content in Season of Opulence. As usual, Bungie is holding back some secrets, but elements of certain surprises are sneaking out — like the upcoming quest for the Bad Juju Exotic. But two new lines have players thinking a fan favorite Exotic rocket launcher could return: the infamous Gjallarhorn.

Players have spent a few weeks poring over new Destiny 2 data, but hints of a rocket launcher quest showed up in early July. In the datamine, players can see two lines of very specific text: “Rocket Launcher Components” and “scattered pieces of a greater whole.”

Players are using this new information to speculate on a rocket launcher quest, which seems fairly reasonable. But some players are taking the speculation further.

In addition to the rocket launcher datamine, players also discovered text about Solar Week. Like Arc Week last season, this seems to be a week all about re-balancing certain subclasses — this time of the Solar variety.

During Arc Week, Bungie returned the Thunderlord Exotic quest for a short time. Some players are speculating that this new rocket launcher quest could connect to Solar Week in a similar way. There are currently only three Exotic rocket launchers in Destiny 2 — one Arc and two Void. Players hoping for a Solar launcher instantly think of Destiny’s most famous weapon: the Solar Exotic rocket launcher Gjallarhorn from the first Destiny.

Gjallarhorn was the most elusive weapon in the original Destiny. For the first year, players used it for almost every raid encounter, and it was mandatory to get into some groups. But finding it relied solely on luck, and the Exotic merchant Xur rarely sold it.

As some players in the datamine thread joke, Gjallarhorn wasn’t the only Solar rocket launcher in the original Destiny. If this quest does yield a old Solar rocket launcher, it could also be the underwhelming Dragon’s Breath. Of course, it’s possible Bungie could create a new Exotic as well. Or that this datamine could result in nothing, or be preview of a quest months down the road.

But if Bungie does return Gjallarhorn to the fold, it wouldn’t be the first time. The Iron Gjallarhorn and a quest to rebuild the famous launcher came with Rise of Iron, the Year 3 Destiny expansion. With Destiny 2’s Year 3 expansion, Shadowkeep, coming up on Sept. 17, the time to bring back Gjallarhorn would certainly be right.

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