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Destiny 2 guide: How to get the Xenophage Exotic machine gun

It’s all about The Journey

Leviathan’s Breath Destiny 2 Bungie via Polygon

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’s Festival of the Lost has arrived, and it brought a secret Exotic quest. The weapon at the center of the quest is the Xenophage Exotic machine gun. But before you can get the gun , you’ll have to venture on a few complicated quests to find it.

Here’s how to get the Xenophage Exotic machine gun.

Note: Players are still working through this largely hidden quest. As we and the community learn more, we’ll update this guide with screenshots and tips on how to complete it.

Step 1: The Journey

This first step is all about finding the quest to get you started. The quest is hidden on the moon, inside Sorrow’s Harbor. Once you land at the harbor, enter the tower and follow the tunnels. You’ll reach a light in the middle of the cave.

A cave inside Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’s Sorrow’s Harbor tower.
The hole in the wall behind the light on the ground
Bungie via Polygon

Once you reach this light, walk past it and jump into the hidden hole in the wall to the right. Follow the tunnel inside the hole until you reach a platform overlooking the pyramid, with two statues on either side.

Two statues stand next to each other. The first is marked with a one and the second with a 2
The right side statues and the order they should be activated
Bungie via Polygon
Two statues marked with the numbers 3 and 4
The left side statues and the order they should be activated
Bungie via Polygon

You’ll need to interact with each of the four statues.

We started with the statue closest to the entrance on the right side, then the far right statue, then the far left statue and finally the close left statue. While this code worked for us, there have been reports of several other codes on the Destiny 2 subreddit.

Once you’ve entered the code correctly, a new chest will appear on the balcony. Open the chest, and you’ll get a new quest that sends you onto the next step of the quest.

The first quest of the Xenophage Exotic Bungie via Polygon

Step 2: Anchor of Light

The second step of the Xenophage quest sends you to the Anchor of Light. From there, you’ll need to find a small ball of light and use it to light some of the lecterns hidden around the area. You can see the location of the ball of light on the map below where the green arrow is on the map below.

A map of Destiny 2’s moon with a green arrow pointing toward the spawn of a ball of light
The spawn location for the ball of light
Bungie via Polygon

The first lectern you’ll need to activate is right next to where the light spawns. Pick the light up, and walk it over the lectern. Here’s what the first one looks like:

A small round lectern sits on the floor of a room with a player holding a ball of light standing over it.
The first lectern you’ll need to light
Bungie via Polygon

All the lecterns look identical, but you’ll need to light them in a specific order. Here’s a map with the locations and orders of the lecterns:

A map of the Anchor of Light on Destiny 2’s moon with specific locations marked
Lectern locations and order
Bungie via Reddit user Dopmeister

Once you light the first one, you’ll have 60 seconds to make it to the next. This timer will reset every time you light a new lectern. Most of them are easy to find, but the fourth one could be tricky. It’s up on the third floor of the tower in the Anchor of Light.

After you light all six lecterns, you’ll get a message that says “You are ready to emerge from the dark.” Once you see that, you’ll get an objective indicator leading to the final location for this step.

Deposit the light where the game tells you to, and you’ll get the next step in the Xenophage quest.

Step 2 of The Journey Destiny 2: Shadowkeep quest Bungie via Polygon

Step 3: The four fragments

This section of the quest sends you to collect fragments from each Lost Sector on the moon. To get these fragments, you’ll need to play through the Lost Sectors just like you normally would. Once you reach the end you’ll find a puzzle along the wall near the exit of each Lost Sector.

These puzzles have a variety of symbols and you’ll need to make them all match to get the fragment.

A wall full of symbols at the end of a Lost Sector in Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Bungie via Polygon

Each one has a complicated solution, and thankfully a Discord user named “Haiku” has helpfully put them all together.

The solutions for Destiny 2’s fragment puzzles on the moon Discord user Haiku

Step 4: Enter the Dungeon

For the next section of the quest, you’ll need to head into the game’s new Pit of Heresy dungeon. To get access to the dungeon talk to Eris and complete her short quest line. Once you’ve done that you’ll need to find a hidden symbol-less door inside the dungeon. The door is on a wall full of doors and symbols.

The Symbol-less door inside the Pit of Heresy dungeon Bungie via Discord user ajwags647

Find that specific door and interact with it and you’ll have completed this section of the quest.

Step 5: The Pariah

The next step will take you to the room near the fight with the Pariah Ogre inside the dungeon. On the cliffs near the encounter, you’ll need to drop down until you see a ledge with a small plate on it. Stand on the plate and three platforms will appear. Jump on these platforms — you can take as much time as you need, they shouldn’t disappear — and you’ll ultimately come to a light on the third platform. Grab the light and take it to a door with fire pits that you should fight in the side of on the nearby tunnels. The door should open and lead you to the final boss.

When you fight the boss you’ll be assigned a “dread.” Your dread will correspond to one of four different elements: Arc, Solar, Void, or Neutral. Once you know which dread you have you can pick up the ball at the center of the chamber and dunk it near the symbol for the dread you have. After you do this you’ll get a buff and be able to damage the boss with the elemental weapon that lines up with your dread, with Neutral being Kinetic.

Once the boss is dead you can return to Eris and she’ll give you your shiny new Xenophage.