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Bungie will fix Destiny 2’s worst Exotic, add back old Catalysts

Destiny 2’s new Season of the Chosen comes with some quality-of-life changes

Guardians explore a Cabal sanctuary Image: Bungie

Destiny 2’s worst Exotics — the Aeon Cult gauntlets — are getting a rework in Season of the Chosen, Bungie announced Thursday in its weekly blog. The studio revealed additional plans to bring previously unattainable Exotic Catalysts back to the game as well. And the blog post gave players their first look at some of the new loot in Season of the Chosen, including the new Trials of Osiris weapons.

The Cult of Aeon Exotics — added in the Curse of Osiris expansion, the first after Destiny 2’s launch — are some of the worst armor pieces in Destiny history. The gloves require other players in your Fireteam to use the Aeon Cult Exotic (Aeon Safe for Titans, Aeon Swift for Hunters, and Aeon Soul for Warlocks). When you use certain abilities while wearing the gloves, you then refund ability energy to other players wearing their Aeon Exotics. It was a sound idea, but the perk ended up being weak and difficult to coordinate.

Bungie is taking that concept and tweaking it slightly for Season of the Chosen. With its original philosophy of teamwork in mind, Bungie will let players customize their Aeon Exotics, making the gauntlets unique to their given situation. Starting on Feb. 9, the Aeon Exotics won’t have singular Exotic perks to choose from. Instead, Guardians will be able to slot specialty mods into their gauntlets to help their team out in specific ways.

Destiny 2 Season of the Chosen cult of Aeon Exotic mods
The Sect of Force, Insight, and Vigor all bring something different to the table.
Image: Bungie

The Aeon Cult mod called Sect of Force causes rapid precision shots to increase reload and weapon swap speed. But in a Fireteam, defeating a boss/miniboss or stunning a Champion grants allies grenade and melee energy. If you’re the only player in your Fireteam using the Sect of Force mod, your allies will also gain Super energy.

Each of these Sect mods for the Aeon Cult Exotics works in a similar way. You get one bonus for yourself, one bonus for allies, and an additional bonus if nobody else is running the same mod. Ideally, this change should make Aeon Safe, Aeon Swift, and Aeon Soul usable — especially in difficult content like Grand Master Nightfalls.

Bungie also announced plans to bring a number of Exotic Catalysts — upgrades to Exotic weapons players that can earn in a variety of ways — back to Destiny 2. These Catalysts were previously available, and players who already earned them were able to keep reaping the rewards:

  • Bad Juju
  • Izanagi’s Burden
  • Sleeper Simulant
  • The Huckleberry
  • Worldline Zero
  • Polaris Lance
  • Telesto
  • Legend of Acrius
  • Skyburner’s Oath

Bungie did not say how Guardians could pick up these Catalysts, just that they’ll be available again in Season of the Chosen. The studio also noted that the Catalysts for both Whisper of the Worm and Outbreak Perfected aren’t coming back until a future update.

Finally, Bungie gave players a better look at the upcoming arsenal of goodies coming in Season of the Chosen, including new Trials armor, Trials weapons, Trials cosmetic loot, Vanguard weapons, this season’s Pursuit weapon, and the Season of the Chosen weapons.

Check out the gallery below for all the new stuff.

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