How to get Thunderlord Catalyst in Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Exotic lightning machine gun Thunderlord

The Destiny 2 Thunderlord Catalyst is now available to collect in Season of Plunder as a random drop by completing playlist activities. With a bit of luck, you should get the Exotic Catalyst for Thunderlord reasonably fast, then you’ll only need to get the kills required to upgrade it fully and unlock the bonus feature. The catalyst gives Thunderlord the Return Stroke feature, allowing him to partially reload himself from reserves whenever he causes a lightning strike. This is clearly a useful improvement, so we’ve detailed how you can quickly unlock and upgrade Thunderlord Exotic Catalyst in Destiny 2 below.

How to get Destiny 2 Thunderlord Exotic Catalyst

Destiny 2 Thunderlord's strange catalyst falls into the crucible of the match

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The Thunderlord Exotic Catalyst can only be obtained as a random drop from a Crucible match, Gambit match, and Strike completion. Since it’s random, there’s no special trick to ensuring you get the catalyst, so you just have to keep playing any of these activities until you get it. While not everyone’s favorite PvP, Rumble matches are generally quite short, so we recommend playing as many of them as possible and hopefully Thunderlord Exotic Catalyst will be your end-match bonus. Overall, the drop rates for new triggers are pretty generous, so it shouldn’t take more than two hours to unlock.

Destiny 2 Thunderlord Strange machine gun that shoots cave enemies

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Once you’re done, you can start advancing on the upgrade objective that unlocks Return Stroke. You need to get 500 kills with Thunderlord to fully upgrade the catalyst, which would take some time in normal PvE, so there are two places to kill farms and quickly upgrade the Thunderlord Exotic Catalyst:

  • Public Altars of Grief on the Moon: This public event features many enemies and is free for all players.
  • Understanding the greedy loot cave: At the beginning of Grasp of Avarice Dungeon, enemies will spawn infinite from the stolen cave. Make sure to avoid collecting fake Exotic Engrams that they drop and don’t deposit any of them in the crystal in the loot cave as this will advance the dungeon and enemies will stop spawning. To play Grasp of Avarice, you must own the Destiny 2 Bungie 30th Anniversary Bundle.

What does the Destiny 2 Thunderlord Exotic Catalyst do?

Destiny 2 Thunderlord's Strange Game Provides Incentive

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Once you have all the kills, make sure to apply the upgraded Exotic Catalyst to the Thunderlord and the Return Stroke will be activated. This additional feature causes Thunderlord to partially reload itself from reserves whenever it triggers a thunderbolt, which it does quite often! Killing or even continuous damage with a Thunderlord causes lightning to hit the ground, so the weapon should steadily recharge itself, provided you take damage. This will make Thunderlord a top-notch choice for many Destiny 2 Arc 3.0 builds as well, so make sure you get this one.

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