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Destiny 2 guide: Masterwork guns

What they do, how to get them and how to make your own

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.

Players have been complaining about duplicate loot in Destiny 2 since it launched. In the game’s latest update,, the developers at Bungie added a new tier of weapon: Masterwork. These are the same guns you’ve used and loved, and they aren’t exclusive to Curse of Osiris. However, now you an upgrade them with fun and useful bonuses.

What they do

Masterwork guns have three special features added onto them. First, they have a kill tracker. Each Masterwork gun can either be Vanguard or Crucible. The Vanguard bonus will track all kills while the Crucible bonus will only track PvP kills. You can check on your kill count by inspecting the gun in your inventory.

Masterworks will also create Orbs of Light when used to get multi-kills. Even better, you can use these Orbs of Light, not just your teammates. This means that whether you’re playing solo or as a group, you’ll always be able to gather Orbs of Light. Since Orbs help you charge your Super faster, Masterworks are a great way to guarantee more Super uses in any given activity.

Finally, Masterworks will gain an additional stat bonus node. These stats can be rerolled as well, allowing you to create the Uriel’s Gift of your dreams.

Players on Reddit have already compiled a list of possible stat bonuses:

  • Blast Radius
  • Handling
  • Impact
  • Magazine
  • Range
  • Reload
  • Stability
  • Velocity

How to get Masterwork weapons

Unfortunately, a specific Masterwork is not something you can target and hunt down. Each time you receive a Legendary weapon, there is a small percentage chance for it to be a Masterwork. You can tell if the new weapon you just got is a Masterwork instantly by the gold border around its icon.

While you can’t go for them specifically, you’ll always have a chance to get one. This includes drops from vendor engrams. If you’re trying to get a bunch of Masterworks quickly, turning in a ton of Gunsmith Materials is a great way to do it.

How to craft a Masterwork weapon

When a Masterwork drops, you can either use it or dismantle it. Destroying a Masterwork will give you Gunsmith Materials, Legendary Shards and Masterwork Cores. The latter is a new currency used solely for Masterworks crafting.

Each destroyed Masterwork seems to give one or two Masterwork Cores. With three Masterwork Cores, you can reroll the stat on a Masterwork gun you already own. With 10 Masterwork Cores, you can change a Vanguard Masterwork into a Crucible Masterwork (and vice versa) or you can create a Masterwork of your own.

You can turn any Legendary gun in Destiny 2 into a Masterwork weapon using this system. Go into the gun’s menu and look for the empty node. From here, you can choose to spend 10 Masterwork Cores and a handful of Legendary Shards to transform your boring Better Devils into a Masterwork version.

Those of us who use a large arsenal just got a lot more reasons to grind in Destiny 2.

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