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What to know about Destiny 2’s killer new exotic, the Revision Zero pulse rifle

Few weapons are more malleable than Revision Zero

The Revision Zero Exotic pulse rifle in Destiny 2 Image: Bungie via Polygon
Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

Revision Zero is a new kind of Exotic weapon in Destiny 2, one that’s almost entirely customizable via crafting. If you have the Osteo Striga submachine gun from The Witch Queen deluxe edition, or one of the class-specific Exotic Glaives, you’re already familiar with craftable Exotics. But Revision Zero takes that concept and runs with it.

But how do you get this incredible new pulse rifle? And how do you unlock all these different customization options? In this Destiny 2 guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about Revision Zero, its quest “The Hidden Shape,” and the “Operation: Seraph Shield” mission.

How do you get Revision Zero?

The Hidden Shape Exotic quest menu from Destiny 2: Season of the Seraph Image: Bungie via Polygon

Once you’ve quested through the first few weeks of Destiny 2: Season of the Seraph’s main story mission, “More Than a Weapon,” you’ll eventually be given “The Hidden Shape” Exotic quest from the Holoprojector. (There are two “Operation” missions prior to this Revision Zero Exotic quest, which you’ll need to complete first.)

Once you receive the quest, you’ll be able to jump into the “Operation: Seraph Shield” mission via the HELM, which will take you back to Earth and, eventually, up into space.

How do you complete ‘Operation: Seraph Shield’?

A Destiny 2 Guardian stands in space over earth on a powerful space station Image: Bungie via Polygon

The beginning of “Operation: Seraph Shield” plays similarly to the prior “Operation” missions. You’ll be dropped in a field on Earth and you’ll need to sneak past the giant laser towers so they don’t snipe you. Just do what you’ve done the last few times in these missions and follow the quest marker, which will eventually take you to the launch center for the space elevators.

The mission itself is largely straightforward. However, if you get stuck, a tip: Try looking around the environment for small vents you can break and then crawl through.

In the few instances where you need to remember a yellow scannable object or path, we recommend either writing it down or playing with a friend. You can absolutely do this mission solo, but it’s more fun with at least two people (not to mention that the memory puzzles are easier when someone can keep the Scanner Augment and walk you through them).

Once you reach the end of “Operation: Seraph Shield,” you’ll upload the virus and a chest will spawn in the final room. Open it up to get a Deepsight Resonance version of the Revision Zero Exotic.

How do I craft Revision Zero in Destiny 2?

The Hunter’s Trace 4 Intrinsic Exotic perk on the Revision Zero Exotic pulse rifle in destiny 2 Image: Bungie via Polygon

“What now?” you might be asking yourself, newfound Exotic in-hand. Well, you should treat it like any other Deepsight Resonance weapon and either destroy it to get the pattern, or kill a bunch of enemies and extract the pattern the hard way. (If you need a refresher on how Destiny 2’s crafting system works, check out our guide.)

Once you have the pattern, head over to the Relic on Mars and craft a new Revision Zero. Note that you must Shape Revision Zero. If you Reshape, you’ll just waste materials. You won’t progress the quest until you make a brand-new one.

When you enter the crafting menu for Revision Zero, you’ll see what really makes this thing special.

The Intrinsic Perk is Hunter’s Trace, which allows the weapon to shoot through Anti-Barrier Shields and also causes it to generate data on headshots. Once you’ve collected enough data, you can hold the reload button to turn the Revision Zero pulse rifle into a full-on sniper. (How much data you have determines how many sniper shots you get, up to a max of three.)

The crafting menu also shows that you can upgrade Hunter’s Trace three additional times — to Hunter’s Trace 2, Hunter’s Trace 3, and Hunter’s Trace 4. Each of these levels will unlock a new customizable aspect of the gun, from secondary perks to barrel perks.

Once you reach Hunter’s Trace 2, you’ll be able to upgrade the Barrel Perks. The weapon starts with Corkscrew Rifling, but you’ll eventually be able to choose from the following:

  • Corkscrew Rifling
  • Extended Barrel
  • Chambered Compensator
  • Smallbore
  • Polygonal Rifling
  • Full Bore
  • Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • Arrowhead Brake
  • Fluted Barrel

Unlike other crafted weapons, leveling up the gun by using it will only unlock new Magazine Perks for you to choose from the following:

  • Alloy Magazine
  • Appended Mag
  • Flared Magwell
  • Light Mag
  • Armor-Piercing Rounds
  • Extended Mag
  • High-Caliber Rounds
  • Ricochet Rounds

Once you have Hunter’s Trace 3, you’ll be able to select an additional perk to add to your Revision Zero. You’ll start with Moving Target, but will eventually be able to choose from the following:

  • Moving Target
  • Eye of the Storm
  • Perpetual Motion
  • Elemental Capacitor
  • Slickdraw
  • Vorpal Weapon

After you get Hunter’s Trace 4, you’ll finally be able to customize your Stock. You’ll start with Composite Stock, but you’ll eventually be able to choose from the following:

  • Composite Stock
  • Hand-Laid Stock
  • Fitted Stock
  • Short-Action Stock

Once you’ve chosen your perfect perks, Shape Revision Zero to build an Exotic that’s truly your own.

What about the Revision Zero Catalysts?

The Frenzy Refit Catalyst on the Revision Zero Exotic pulse rifle in Destiny 2 Image: Bungie via Polygon

Revision Zero, like many Exotics, also has a Catalyst for you to acquire and upgrade, granting the gun a new perk. But for the first time in Destiny 2, this Exotic has multiple Catalysts to choose from — four, to be exact.

These Catalysts seem tied to the weekly “More Than a Weapon” mission, which will apparently make way for the “Should You Choose to Accept It, Part 1-4” missions. These are unfortunately time-gated (meaning you’ll need to come back each week), and none of the Catalysts are available at launch.

However, we already know what these Catalysts do, with each offering a different additional perk. Here are the Catalysts in the order you’ll be able to unlock them in the season:

  1. Frenzy Refit (Feeding Frenzy)
  2. Pressurized Refit (Under Pressure)
  3. Outlaw Refit (Outlaw)
  4. 4-Timer Refit (Fourth Time’s the Charm)

How to get the Feeding Frenzy Catalyst

A Guardian aims at a dead Exo using the Revision Zero pulse rifle Image: Bungie via Polygon

Bungie rolled out the first Catalyst quest for Revision Zero on Dec. 27: Feeding Frenzy.

You’ll get this Catalyst from the “Should You Choose To Accept It, Part 1” mission, which you can get from the Exo Frame after completing the fourth weekly step for “More Than a Weapon.”

The quest is a bit involved, and has a couple complex steps. First you’ll need to replay one of the preparatory “Operation: Seraph Shield” missions, which will take you to the Archimedes Annex. Once you finish that mission, you’ll need to land on Europa, which will prompt you to decrypt a Cipher.

To decrypt the Cipher, simply kill enemies or run patrols. Eventually, the game will send you into the Perdition Lost Sector, in Cadmus Ridge. At the end of the Lost Sector, to the left of the exit door, you’ll see a circular Cypher with the Hakke symbol on top of it. Interact with the node to continue the quest.

Once you interact with the Cypher you’ll be told to play Operation: Seraph’s Shield on the Legend difficulty. This can be pretty tough, but is something you can run either solo or in a fireteam — just know that it has the same difficulty level as The Witch Queen Legendary campaign. (It also scales to the size of your group, so don’t feel the need to party up.)

While on the mission, you’ll need to inspect an Exo body to get the Catalyst. Proceed through until you reach the room with the path along the floor and the three computer nodes above. Carefully make your way through the floor plates and activate all three monitors in the correct order. Once you’ve deactivated the traps, walk toward the exit door and look to your right. You’ll see an Exo sitting against the wall (as seen in the image above). Interact with it to progress the quest.

All you need to do now is finish “Operation: Seraph’s Shield” on Legendary. Once you’ve done that, you’ll unlock the Feeding Frenzy Catalyst, which will allow you to craft Feeding Frenzy onto Revision Zero. The best part here is that you don’t need to get a ton of kills or anything to activate the Catalyst like with most Exotics, and you’ll gain access to the perk immediately.

As of this writing, there are still three more Revision Zero Catalysts left, and each of them will come from a similar quest in the “Should You Choose To Accept It” line.

How to get the Under Pressure Catalyst

A Guardian walks toward a ventilation shaft in Destiny 2 Image: Bungie via Polygon

The second Catalyst for Revision Zero came the week of Jan. 2, and allows you to craft Under Pressure on the Exotic pulse rifle.

The process for getting the “Pressurized Refit” is very similar to the Frenzy Refit we walked you through above — although the Exo is much better hidden this time.

To start the quest, work your way through this week’s “More Than a Weapon” quest and then pick up the “Should You Choose To Accept It, Part 2” quest from the Exo Frame. Run the pre-Seraph Shield Operation and then land on the Moon. Here you’ll need to kill enemies and do patrols to decipher the Cipher. Eventually, you’ll get a quest to do the K1 Logistics Lost Sector in Archer’s Line. Go run it and then interact with the Cipher at the end to get the next step.

Like last week, you’ll now need to run the “Operation: Seraph Shield” on Legendary and find the hidden Exo inside.

Proceed through the mission until you get the Operator buff. Proceed until you’re forced to crawl through a ventilation shaft and use the Operator buff to open another door elsewhere in the level. Once you shoot the panel, continue through the vent rather than going back to where you started. You’ll see the Exo body lying in the corner. Interact with it to progress the quest, then finish “Operation: Seraph Shield” on Legendary.

When you finish the mission, you’ll be able to go to the Enclave and further customize your Revision Zero with Hunter’s Trace 3, a new Ornament, and the Under Pressure Catalyst. It’s worth mentioning here that you can only have one Catalyst active at a time, so you’ll need to choose between Under Pressure and Feeding Frenzy.

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