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Destiny 2 The Witch queen guide: Weapon crafting and materials

How to get Neutral Element, Resonant Alloy, Ascendant Alloy, and more

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen weapon crafting Image: Bungie

Weapon crafting is a major new feature in Destiny 2: The Witch Queen. And while the game does go to major lengths to ensure you understand how to craft (called Shape) and change your crafted items (Reshape), there’s still a load of currencies you’ll have to juggle to fully grasp what’s going on.

In this Destiny 2 guide, we’ll teach you all the various currencies for weapon crafting, how to build them, how to get patterns, and how to build the weapon of your dreams.

The currencies

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen weapon crafting Image: Bungie via Polygon

Scientifically speaking, there are a buttload of currencies in Destiny 2: The Witch Queen’s new crafting system.

Here’s a look at what they do are an how to get them:


You’ll need a lot of Glimmer (money in Destiny 2) to craft, but you get this from everything. If you need more, you can trade resources to Master Rahool in the Tower.

Resonant Alloy

Resonant Alloy comes from dismantling Legendary weapons. You’ll usually get one each time you dismantle a purple gun and you’ll need five to build a new gun from scratch and unlock its Intrinsic perk. If you want to then Reshape the weapon with an Enhanced Intrinsic (more stats), you’ll need 20 Resonant Alloy.

Neutral Element and Deepsight Resonance resources

Neutral Element is the general crafting currency you’ll use every time you make something new or make changes. You’ll get 200 Neutral Element every time you complete a Deepsight Resonance weapon (which we’ll get to shortly). You can also get it from some Throne World activities and chests.

Alongside your Neutral Element, you can also choose between the following resources when you extract a Deepsight Weapon:

  • Adroit Element
  • Mutable Element
  • Energetic Element
  • Ruinous Element

Each of these elements goes with a different kind of perk. The perks of your Deepsight Resonance weapon determine what elements you’ll be able to extract from it.

Ascendant Alloy

Ascendant Alloy is a rare and important crafting resource. You’ll need it to craft Exotics, Exotic Catalysts, and Enhanced Traits. You can buy them from Master Rahool once a week, as well as unlock them from Banshee-44’s reputation track, weekly The Witch Queen campaign missions, high difficulty Wellsprings, and something called The Witch Queen Offensives.

Deepsight Resonance weapons

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen weapon crafting Image: Bungie via Polygon

Deepsight Resonance weapons are a new kind of weapon drop in Destiny 2: The Witch Queen. Or rather, it’s a random new node that can drop on any weapon.

Deepsight Resonance weapons have a red outline around their box, similar to the orange crafted icon on your Shaped weapons. Deepsight weapons function identically to the non-Deepsight version of the same gun. However, they also have quests associated with them. By killing enemies with the gun, or completing activities with the weapon equipped, you’ll progress the Deepsight Resonance progress bar. Once you’ve reached 100%, you can extract resources from it (which we described above).

Inspect your completed Deepsight Resonance weapon (once it has an exclamation point over it) and select one of the four Element materials. This is the easiest and primary way to get crafting materials in Destiny 2, so you should regularly run Deepsight Resonance weapons if you’re trying to save up and Shape.

Whether a weapon drops normally or with Deepsight Resonance is random. Once you extract the resources, you can continue using the gun normally.

Extracting weapon patterns

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen weapon crafting Image: Bungie via Polygon

Not every weapon in Destiny 2 can be crafted, and you’ll get many Deepsight Resonance quests for guns that are only randomly rolled. However, you will need to use Deepsight Resonance to unlock weapon patterns (also called blueprints) for the weapons you can craft.

During The Witch Queen, the feature’s inaugural expansion, only three weapon sets are craftable: Throne World weapons, Season of the Risen weapons, the Vow of the Disciple raid weapons. But you won’t be able to craft these weapons until you unlock their pattern.

To unlock a pattern for weapon crafting, you’ll need to complete a Deepsight Resonance version of that particular weapon. This actually involves quite a bit of luck, as you’ll need to get the weapon from the raid or whatever activity, and get lucky enough for it to drop with Deepsight Resonance on it.

Some weapons only require you to finish a single Deepsight Resonance weapon, but others can take up to five Deepsight Resonance completions for you to unlock the pattern. You can check which weapons you can craft, as well as how many Deepsight Resonance completions you need to unlock it, in the Patterns and Catalysts section in your Triumphs menu.

Here’s a step-by-step example of how to unlock the Tarnation pattern in the Throne World:

  1. Wait until Tarnation is the featured weapon in the Throne World’s Wellspring activity (every four days)
  2. Complete Wellspring until you get a Deepsight Resonance version of Tarnation to drop
  3. Run Wellspring again until you get a second Deepsight Resonance Tarnation (Tarnation requires two Deepsight completions to unlock its pattern)
  4. Complete both your Deepsight Resonance Tarnations and extract resources from them
  5. Go into the Triumph section and claim your Tarnation pattern
  6. Go to the Relic and craft your Tarnation
  7. Level your Tarnation up to unlock more perks for it


The actual crafting part of Destiny 2’s new weapon crafting system is actually quite simple.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen weapon crafting Image: Bungie via Polygon

Approach the Relic on Mars and select the weapon you want to Shape. Pick from your patterns, and then the game will take you into the crafting menu. Here you’ll need to spend Resonant Alloy to pick the Intrinsic perk for your gun. Then you can spend Neutral Element to pick your passive (barrel, magazine, stock, sight, explosion) and active perks.

Once you’re done, you can select what I’ll call the cash register node, and pay all the actual resources you’ve used up. You can also reset your weapon here if you want to make a change or it’s too expensive.

If you want to change something on your weapon, you can Reshape it later. Here you can spend the Elements and way more currency to buy enhanced perks and intrinsics. To unlock more perk options, use your crafted weapons out in the wild, much like leveling up a Deepsight Resonance weapon. All weapons have all perks available to them by level 20, but there is no weapon level cap. You can level up your favorite toys indefinitely.

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