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Destiny 2: Bad Juju Exotic pulse rifle quest guide

The classic Exotic has been revived. Here’s how to get it

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The fan-favorite Exotic Bad Juju has made its way back to Destiny 2. To unlock it, you’ll need to complete favors for Calus before he’ll send you to the Ascendant Realm to collect your prize. Here’s everything you need to do to unlock Bad Juju in Destiny 2.

Step 1: Unlock the Tribute Hall

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Go to Werner 99-40 on the Nessus barge. Sitting next to him is a chest that costs 5,000 Glimmer to open. Crack the chest to get a new Invitation from the Emperor. Follow the quest into Calus’ Tribute Hall, a physical location for you to show off your achievements.

Before Calus will let you in, you’ll need to complete one of his bounties. The bounties require you to not die while completing them. If you do, you’ll lose your progress.

When you complete a bounty, you’ll earn a Boon of the Emperor. Take the Boon back to Calus to get a discount at his shop. He’ll give you a flag to plant in front of the Tribute Hall, and the doors will swing wide.

You’ll see a cloudy, green chest in the middle of the Hall. This is where Bad Juju is hiding; you just need to unlock it.

Step 2: Place 18 Tributes

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To unlock the Bad Juju quest, you need to place five statues of Calus’ prized War Beasts. You’ll earn these dog statues in sets of Tributes.

You’ll need to place 18 Tribute statues if you want to get into the Bad Juju mission. You have a few options here on how to get them. First, open your Triumphs, navigate to the Destination tab, click Minor, and move down to the Tribute Hall.

Each of these Triumphs reward a Tribute statue. If you’ve been playing a lot of Season of Opulence, you may already have quite a few.

Follow the grey squares in the Tribute Hall and place any Tribute statues you already have. Now look over the Triumphs in the Tribute Hall. Pick the easiest sounding ones for your group of pals and get to work.

Our best advice here is to put on all the Calus-themed weapons and armor you have and grab a group to run Crucible, Nightfalls, and Gambit. These have pretty easy Tributes to earn. But some of these require a lot of long-term play. If you’re finding yourself stuck, you’re better buying from Calus.

Calus is selling Tribute statues for Glimmer, planetary materials, and Bright Dust. These are very expensive, but they let you pay your way into Bad Juju early. You can reduce the cost of these Tributes by completing each of Calus’ bounties and turning in a Boon of the Emperor. Each Boon reduces the cost by 1%, up to 80%.

Whether you bought your Tribute statues or completed the Triumphs, you’ll earn the fifth dog statue after your 18th Tribute.

Now it’s time to go to the Other Side.

Step 3: Complete The Other Side

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Calus will give you and your fireteam a new quest once everyone’s turned in their Tributes. Walk up to the green case and interact with it. The world will glow bright, and an Ascendant Portal will appear before you. Jump in the portal.

This is the Other Side, which is extremely easy in comparison to the Whisper of the Worm and Outbreak Perfected missions. There is no time limit or failure state. The power level is only 350, so enemies won’t hit too hard.

Run through with your friends or solo, following the objective marker. At the end, you’ll need to defeat a small army of Thrall and a Cabal boss.

When you defeat the boss, another portal will appear. Jump through it and back to the world of the living. The once chest now holds your brand new Bad Juju. Grab it.

The perks and Catalyst

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The Destiny 2 version of Bad Juju has a new perk called String of Curses. When you kill an enemy, it reloads the weapon and grants you a stack of String of Curses. Each stack increases damage and refunds Super energy back to you after a kill. The higher the stack, the more Super energy Bad Juju refunds.

The Bad Juju Catalyst increases the time limit for String of Curses, making it easier to get to five stacks without dropping off. To get the Catalyst, you’ll need to place 45 Tributes for Calus. When you’ve placed all 45, Calus will sell it to you for seven Legendary Shards. You need to kill enemies with Bad Juju to upgrade it.

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