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Destiny 2: Chalice of Opulence Rune crafting Guide

Slot the runes you have to pick the loot you want in Season of Opulence

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The Chalice of Opulence and the Menagerie are the two biggest features in Destiny 2: Season of Opulence. Together, this activity and item gives players a chance to farm their own loot without too much randomness. But if you want a specific weapon or armor piece, you have to know the secret combination.

We can help with that.

Gathering Runes

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Runes can come from almost any matchmade activity. Using the Runefinder tool from Benedict 99-40 in the Tower or Werner 99-40 on the barge on Nessus will increase your odds for four hours. The best place to farm Runes is from Calus’ chests.

You can find four per week from completing Benedict and Werner’s bounties. You can also open chests for a hefty glimmer cost on Werner’s barge. As long as you’re playing Destiny 2 and running a Runefinder, you’ll find the Runes you need.

There are 12 different kinds of Runes, in four different colors. You’ll only start with purple Runes unlocked. You’ll have to buy Rune Compatibility upgrades on your Chalice to unlock red, then green, and finally blue. Until you buy those upgrades, those specific Runes won’t even drop.

(That said, we still recommend buying the Power and Efficiency II upgrade first, as you’ll need the bonus Imperials it rewards.)

Here’s a full list of the Runes you can find and what they reward:

Purple

  • Rune of Joy - Class armor
  • Rune of the Beast - Submachine guns
  • Rune of Jubilation - Sniper rifles

Red

  • Rune of Cunning - Gauntlet armor
  • Rune of Gluttony - Boot armor
  • Rune of Ambition - Power weapons

Green

  • Rune of War - Helmet Armor
  • Rune of Desire - Hand cannons
  • Rune of Pride - Sidearms

Blue

  • Rune of Pleasure - Chest armor
  • Rune of Excess - Fusion rifles
  • Rune of Wealth - Shotguns

Preparing the Chalice

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The Chalice has three rune slots in it. You’ll unlock the first slot in the Invitation quest, but you’ll have to buy the other two slots with Imperials — the Chalice’s upgrade currency.

The Chalice is pretty easy to understand if you read all the tooltips, but it’s daunting at first. Let’s break it down.

CHALICE SLOT 1

This determines what kind of item you’ll get when you complete the Menagerie next and open the final chest. Do you want a sniper? Slot a Rune of Jubilation? Need a hand cannon? Use a Rune of Desire. But with only one Rune in place, the item you get will be a random selection between four available items of its type.

If you look at it like an equation, it goes like this:

  • Rune of Jubilation in Slot 1 + empty Slot 2 = Random sniper rifle from a pool of four

Each weapon type has four offerings available from the Menagerie. So if you’re specifically looking for the Beloved sniper and not Twilight Oath or Fate Cries Foul, you’ll need to reduce the loot pool.

CHALICE SLOT 2

Slot 2 determines exactly the weapon you’re going to get based off Slot 1. So if you put a Rune of Jubilation into Slot 1 and want Beloved, you need to put any red Rune into Slot 2. You can always get the item you want if you follow the recipe.

Lets look at our updated equation:

  • Rune of Jubilation in Slot 1 + any red Rune in Slot 2 = Beloved with random perks

CHALICE SLOT 3

This guarantees a Masterwork bonus of your choosing. It’s a way to further customize your drop. Each color of Rune comes with a specific stat.

Let’s add a Handling Masterwork to that Beloved we want to roll. Here’s the equation:

  • Rune of Jubilation in Slot 1 + any red Rune in Slot 2 + any purple Rune in Slot 3 = Beloved with random perks and a guaranteed Handling Masterwork.

Now that you know how the Chalice works, you still need recipes if you want Calus’ cup to work for you.

Chalice Recipes for the new guns in Season of Opulence

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Austringer - Kinetic hand cannon

Austringer is an Adaptive Frame, 140 rounds-per-minute hand cannon. It has a range stat of 51 out of 100, making it your perfect all-purpose hand cannon.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Desire + Slot 2 - Any red Rune

PvE roll: Outlaw, Rampage

PvP roll: Outlaw, Rampage

Beloved - Solar sniper rifle

Beloved is an Adaptive Frame, 90 rounds-per-minute sniper. It has average stats and a high aim assist, making it a great Crucible sniper if you can hit your headshots — the slow fire rate makes follow up shots difficult.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Jubilation + Slot 2 - Any red Rune

PvE roll: Demolitionist, Rampage

PvP roll: No Distractions, Box Breathing or Quickdraw

Calus MINI Tool - Solar submachine gun

The Calus MINI Tool is a high rate of fire, low damage, close range SMG. It has a unique perk on it called MIDA Synergy, which lets you move faster than normal while you have this weapon equipped. You move even faster when using MIDA Multi-Tool as well.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of the Beast + Slot 2 - Any purple Rune

PvE roll: Grave Robber, Surrounded

PvP roll: Slideways, High Impact Reserves

Drang (Baroque) - Solar sidearm

Drang (Baroque) is a medium impact, medium range, 300 rounds-per-minute sidearm. It has a unique perk called Together Forever, which reloads, overfills and overpowers the magazine of Sturm if you have it equipped.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Pride + Slot 2 - Any purple Rune

PvE roll: Disruption Break, Rampage

PvP roll: Quickdraw, Rampage or Swashbuckler

Fixed Odds - Solar machine gun

Fixed Odds is a low rate of fire machine gun in the High-Impact Frame archetype. It deals lots of damage per shot at a long range, so it’s great for damage over distance, and less useful in close quarters.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Ambition + Slot 2 -Any blue Rune

PvE roll: Feeding Frenzy, Rampage

PvP roll: Quickdraw, Rangefinder

Imperial Decree - Shotgun kinetic shotgun

Imperial Decree is a high damage, low rate of fire shotgun in the Aggressive Frame archetype. It’s a perfect shotgun for getting as close as you can and dealing as much damage as possible.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Wealth + Slot 2 - Any green Rune

PvE roll: Feeding Frenzy, Trench Barrel or Rampage

PvP roll: Grave Robber or Slideways, Rampage or Swashbuckler

The Epicurean - Void fusion rifle

The Epicurean is a high range, high damage fusion rifle with a long charge time. It’s a precision frame, meaning it’s highly accurate.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Excess + Slot 2 - Any green Rune

PvE roll: Feeding Frenzy, Kill Clip

PvP roll: Quickdraw, Backup Plan

Chalice recipes for old submachine guns

Trackless Waste - Kinetic submachine gun

Trackless Waste is a 900 rounds-per-minute submachine gun with low damage and average stats.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of the Beast + Slot 2 - Any red Rune

PvE roll: Grave Robber, Kill Clip

PvP roll: Grave Robber, Kill Clip

Hard Truths - Kinetic submachine gun

Hard Truths is a 750 rounds-per-minute submachine gun with mediocre stats.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of the Beast + Slot 2 - Any green Rune

PvE roll: Slideways, Kill Clip

PvP roll: Slideways, Kill Clip

Bad Reputation - Solar submachine gun

Bad Reputation is a slow firing, 600 rounds-per-minute submachine gun with decent range.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of the Beast + Slot 2 - Any blue Rune

PvE roll: Genesis, Kill Clip

PvP roll: Grave Robber, Kill Clip

Chalice Recipes for old sniper rifles

Twilight Oath - Solar sniper rifle

Twilight Oath is a large magazine, 140 rounds-per-minute sniper with high handling and medium damage.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Jubilation + Slot 2 - Any purple Rune

PvE roll: Rapid Hit, Dragonfly

PvP roll: Snapshot Sights, Outlaw

Fate Cries Foul - Void sniper rifle

Fate Cries Foul is a slower rate of fire sniper rifle at 90 rounds-per-minute. It deals high damage.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Jubilation + Slot 2 - Any green Rune

PvE roll: Genesis, Dragonfly

PvP roll: Snapshot Sights, Rampage

Dreaded Venture - Kinetic sniper rifle

Dreaded Venture is a very slow firing sniper at 72 rounds-per-minute. It deals very high damage.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Jubilation + Slot 2 - Any blue Rune

PvE roll: Rampage, Rapid Hit

PvP roll: Rampage, Snapshot Sights

Chalice recipes for old power weapons

Bad Omens - Void rocket launcher

Bad Omens has high velocity and medium blast radius with very low handling.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Ambition + Slot 2 - Any purple Rune

PvE roll: Tracking Module, Cluster Bomb

PvP roll: Tracking Module, Cluster Bomb

Zenobia-D - Arc rocket launcher

The Zenobia-D rocket launcher has average velocity and blast radius with average handling.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Ambition + Slot 2 - Any red Rune

PvE roll: Field Prep, Cluster Bomb

PvP roll: Quickdraw, Cluster Bomb

Sleepless - Arc rocket launcher

Sleepless is a rocket launcher with almost maxed out blast radius, slow velocity, and great handling.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Ambition + Slot 2 - Any green Rune

PvE roll: Field Prep, Cluster Bomb

PvP roll: Snapshot Sights, Cluster Bomb

Chalice recipes for old hand cannons

Trust - Solar hand cannon

Trust is a solid 180 rounds-per-minute hand cannon with decent damage and medium range.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Desire + Slot 2 - Any purple Rune

PvE roll: Outlaw, Rampage

PvP roll: Snapshot Sights, Explosive Payload

Waking Vigil - Arc hand cannon

Waking Vigil is a 150 rounds-per-minute hand cannon with high damage and almost no good perks.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Desire + Slot 2 - Any green Rune

PvE roll: Grave Robber, Dragonfly

PvP roll: Opening Shot, Outlaw

Pribina-D - Kinetic hand cannon

Pribina-D is a 110 rounds-per-minute hand cannon with very high damage and decent range.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Desire + Slot 2 - Any blue Rune

PvE roll: Outlaw, Kill Clip

PvP roll: Outlaw, Kill Clip

Chalice recipes for old sidearms

The Last Dance - Solar sidearm

The Last Dance is a three-burst, 491 rounds-per-minute sidearm with high damage.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Pride + Slot 2 - Any red Rune

PvE roll: Outlaw, Dragonfly

PvP roll: Quickdraw, Opening Shot

Anonymous Autumn - Solar sidearm

Anonymous Autumn is a single fire, 360 rounds-per-minute sidearm with high handling.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Pride + Slot 2 - Any green Rune

PvE roll: Outlaw, Rampage

PvP roll: Quickdraw, Opening Shot

Smuggler’s Word - Kinetic sidearm

Smuggler’s Word is a two-burst, average range, average damage sidearm.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Pride + Slot 2 - Any blue Rune

PvE roll: Outlaw, Rampage

PvP roll: Quickdraw, Opening Shot

Chalice recipes for old fusion rifles

Proelium FR3 - Solar fusion rifle

The Proelium FR3 is a fast firing fusion rifle with a charge time of 540.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Excess + Slot 2 - Any purple Rune

PvE roll: Firmly Planted, Rampage

PvP roll: Snapshot Sights, Backup Plan

Main Ingredient - Arc fusion rifle

Main Ingredient is a high damage, slow charging fusion rifle with a charge time of 740.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Excess + Slot 2 - Any red Rune

PvE roll: Firmly Planted, Rampage

PvP roll: Snapshot Sights, Backup Plan

Erentil FR4 - Void fusion rifle

Erentil FR4 has a very long charge time of 860, but does very high damage.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Excess + Slot 2 - Any blue Rune

PvE roll: Firmly Planted, Rampage

PvP roll: Snapshot Sights, Backup Plan

Chalice recipes for old shotguns

Badlander - Arc shotgun

Badlander is a fast firing shotgun, with 140 round-per-minute.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Wealth + Slot 2 - Any purple Rune

PvE roll: Threat Detector, Rampage

PvP roll: Slideways, Quickdraw

Parcel of Stardust - Kinetic shotgun

Parcel of Stardust is a medium fire rate, hard hitting shotgun with a Lightweight Frame.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Wealth + Slot 2 - Any red Rune

PvE roll: Threat Level, Rampage

PvP roll: Opening Shot, Rampage

Dust Rock Blues - Kinetic shotgun

Dust Rock Blues is a slow firing, accurate shotgun with high damage.

Recipe: Slot 1 - Rune of Wealth + Slot 2 - Any blue Rune

PvE roll: Threat Detector, Rampage

PvP roll: Slideways, Rampage

Chalice recipes for armor

Armor works a bit differently.

There are Rune types for every armor slot on your Guardian:

  • Rune of Joy (purple) - Class item
  • Rune of Cunning (red) - Gloves
  • Rune of Gluttony (red) - Boots
  • Rune of War (green) - Helmet
  • Rune of Pleasure (blue) - Chest

To get the piece of armor you want, all you need to do is slot in the specific armor Rune into Slot 1. But to get a specific piece in a specific set — like the new Opulent set — you need to pair it with a second Rune in Slot 2.

  • Any purple Rune - Tangled Web Set
  • Any red Rune - Exodus Down (Y2) Set
  • Any green Rune - Reverie Dawn Set
  • Any blue Rune - Opulent Set

Depending on the Rune you put in Slot 2 from your set’s color, you can customize the stat your new armor piece awards you.

Purple

  • Rune of Joy - Tangled Web with Mobility
  • Rune of the Beast - Tangled Web with Recovery
  • Rune of Jubilation - Tangled Web with Resilience

Red

  • Rune of Cunning - Exodus Down with Mobility
  • Rune of Gluttony - Exodus Down with Recovery
  • Rune of Ambition - Exodus Down with Resilience

Green

  • Rune of War - Reverie Dawn with Mobility
  • Rune of Desire - Reverie Dawn with Recovery
  • Rune of Pride - Reverie Dawn with Resilience

Blue

  • Rune of Pleasure - Opulent with Mobility
  • Rune of Excess - Opulent with Recovery
  • Rune of Wealth - Opulent with Resilience

These are all the Rune recipes players have found for the Chalice of Opulence so far. It’s possible players could discover more runes and items when Bungie releases Heroic Menagerie.

Thanks to BunnyBot5000 from the Raid Secrets subreddit for this fantastic chart, which we used alongside our own experience to create this guide.