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Destiny 2 Rat King guide

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Destiny 2’s Rat King exotic weapon
Destiny 2’s Rat King

Destiny 2’s Rat King Exotic (yellow) weapon is one of the most interesting guns in the game. Getting your hands on the sidearm requires a fair bit of riddle solving and enemy slaying.

To show you how to get the Rat King and the secret to each Rat King puzzle solution, we’ve put together a simple guide for you.

We’ve also put together a list of every other Destiny 2 exotic for your browsing pleasure.


Before you start your quest to get the Rat King exotic sidearm in Destiny 2, you’ll need to handle some basic requirements. From there, you’ll unlock the starting quest for the Rat King and its subsequent quests.

Before you can unlock the Rat King quest, first you must:

  • Reach level 20 and beat the campaign
  • Complete the first mission of the Enemy of My Enemy quest on Titan
The start of the Enemy of the Enemy quest

Once you beat that mission, you’ll receive the Rat King’s Crew item, which appears in your kinetic weapon slot. When you hover over the item, you’ll see a small riddle and an objective that must be completed. Don’t be fooled. Even if you complete this riddle, there will still be three more to go.

Before you start working on your riddles, keep in mind that to complete them, you must either complete these riddles with a teammate who also has the Rat King’s Crew item or with a teammate who has the Rat King gun already. They must also have it equipped the entire time.

Rat King’s Crew quest steps and Old Children’s Rhyme riddle solutions

To unlock the Rat King in Destiny 2, you’ll need to solve some riddles. These riddles aren’t that hard to solve, but they require a few steps to complete them. Here are their solutions.

Quest step one riddle

“The Rat King's Crew / Runs to and fro / Good girls and boys / Know where to go / Pick up your toys and darn your socks / On errands of woe, on errands we walk.” — Old Children’s Rhyme

The first Rat King riddle

To solve this riddle, simply partner up with another player and complete three patrols. You can do any three you like, but the quickest way to handle this is on Titan, the same place you get the Rat King’s Crew item.

Quest step two riddle

“The Rat King’s Crew / Goes arm in arm / To fight as one / To do no harm / So have your fun and run outside / Rally the flag and we’ll never die.” — Old Children’s Rhyme

The Rat King’s second riddle

The next riddle is as simple as the first. All you need to do is take care of two Public Events with a friend, and you’ll complete this second stage of riddles. If you’re still on Titan and no Public Events are spawning, just return to orbit, then enter the planet again.

Quest step three riddle

“The Rat King’s Crew / Goes four and four / With good good fights / They learn to score / Then three as one they stand upright / Return from past the wall and wanting more.” — Old Children’s Rhyme

The Rat King’s third riddle

The third puzzle for the Rat King is just as straightforward as the others. Get together with a friend and dive into the Crucible. After completing two matches, this riddle will be complete.

Quest step four riddle

“The Rat King’s Crew / Stands three as one / They see Night’s fall / And fear it none / But watch the clock as you scale the wall / Lest five remain hope comes for none.” — Old Children’s Rhyme

The Rat King’s final riddle

The Rat King’s final puzzle, unlike the others, is not easy. To solve this one, you must complete the Nightfall strike with five minutes left on the clock. Don’t get upset if this takes you several tries.

Once you complete the final puzzle, the Rat King exotic sidearm is yours.

The lore behind Destiny 2’s Rat King

Like every other Destiny 2 Exotic (yellow) item, the Rat King has some unique aspects. Its most interesting is its main trait, Rat Pack, which allows the gun to become stronger when nearby allies also have it equipped. This can stack up to six times, so if you run a raid, like Destiny 2’s Leviathan and everyone is packing the Rat King, you’ll all get a boost when you’re near one another.

Interested in more of Destiny 2’s rarest gear? Check out our Destiny 2 exotics list.

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