Season of Plunder has added a new exotic weapon to Destiny 2’s arsenal, a deadly fusion rifle, continuing themes of piracy and Arc 3.0 gameplay for the next several months. Delicate Tomb is the weapon’s name, and if you plan to focus on your Arc subclass this season, it will be an invaluable tool for your Guardian.
How to get Delicate Tomb
The good news is that everyone who plays Season of Plunder has a way to get the Arc Fusion Rifle. Premium Season Pass owners can access it from the Season 18 tab, and the Exotic will be available at level 35 on the Free tier. You can easily grind 2-3 levels a day, so it won’t take you too long to add this exotic to your collection. If you’re willing to take the plunge and snag the premium season pass for Season of Plunder, the 1,000 in-game silver coins you need to unlock it will set you back around $10.
It’s worth noting that at level 100 of the Premium Season Pass you can also unlock a new weapon ornament for Delicate Tomb, Avant-Garde Mausoleum, and transform it into a colorful killing machine.
Delicate Tomb Perks
Delicate Tomb works differently than standard fusion rifles, as it can unleash a horizontal spread of Arc Energy projectiles when fired from the hip. They can still aim down the sights to fire a tighter group of rounds, and if they make contact with the enemy there’s a good chance they’ll be vaporized and leave ionic trails. Gathering an ion trail overcharges the next turn, causing targets to be weakened with the Jolt effect, creating chain lightning effects between enemies if the shaken enemy is damaged. For Arc 3.0, Ionic Traces help charge your grenade, melee, and class abilities a bit faster.
- Fires a wide horizontal spread when fired from the hip.
- Finishing blows with this weapon have a chance to create ionic trails.
- Powerful enemies and opposing Guardians always spawn Ionian Traces.
- Gathering Ionic Trace overloads the next shot of this weapon, shaking targets on hit.
How to get the Delicate Tomb catalyst
Once Delicate Tomb is in your possession, you can go to Banshee-44 in the tower social area and accept the Delicate Tomb catalyst quest The Form of Danger. You can speed up the process by unlocking Catalyst Quest Boost bonuses at Rank 11 and Rank 22 on the Premium Season Pass.
It’s worth noting that the Catalyst quest currently appears to be bugged and progress is not being registered correctly. Bungie is busy investigating this issue and a fix will hopefully be applied soon.
- Defeat 50 enemies with Special Ammo weapons
- Defeat challenging fighters
The quickest way to complete the first step is to equip Delicate Tomb or another weapon that uses special ammo in your energy slot and use it whenever you have ammo available for it. The new Ketchcrash activity is also packed with challenging fighters for you to defeat, but you can also hit up your favorite Strikes, Dungeons, and Lost Sectors to help you through this part of the quest.
Note: This is where the previously mentioned error occurs.
- Complete Vanguard Operations, Gambit and Crucible matches and defeat targets while using Delicate Tomb.
- Higher level Nightfall completions, Crucible and Gambit victories, and defeating Guardians provide additional progression.
This is where the real grind begins, as this part of the Delicate Tomb catalyst quest requires defeating hundreds of enemies in order to move up the progress bar. The trick here is that quality matters, so the more challenging the opponent, the more points you’ll earn. There are several areas in Destiny 2 that you must work your way through in order to help with this part of the quest. So if you’re feeling competitive, take Delicate Tomb to the Crucible for some PvP grinding.
For PvE options, the Derelict Leviathan has tough enemies that regularly spawn in its stages. You can play Nightmare Containment to deal with waves of enemies, or you can explore the Royal Pools and Pleasure Gardens to find tough Nightmare enemies. Once you’ve made enough progress, the hard work is over. Otherwise, try Ketchcrash, Expeditions, and Nightfall Strikes to speed up this process.
Go back to the tower and turn in your calibration data to Banshee-44 to get the Delicate Tomb catalyst. It’s as simple as that. Mastering it requires you to rack up more kills by dissolving several hundred enemies, so buckle up and work your way through an overpopulated Lost Sector to unlock the full potential of this exotic. Exotic Catalysts typically require between 400 and 700 kills to master, with Guardian defeats providing more progression.
What does the Delicate Tomb catalyst do?
The catalyst, called Ion Burial, allows the Exotic weapon to be partially reloaded when you pick up an Ion Trail. Essentially, you can use this Fusion Rifle as a hip-firing cannon during the Season of Plunder without worrying about reloading.
Tender Tomb Lore
While the lore entry isn’t too lengthy, it’s quintessentially Destiny-esque with its odd storyline and a layer of mystery that vaguely hints at it some. “Pour from one vessel to another” could be a reference to Clovis Bray and how he uploaded his thoughts into the giant exo-head on Europa or even on Calus, who recently rose to become a Witness’ disciple. With the introduction of the Strand subclass next year, some of the passages in this lore entry may also refer to these new forces of darkness and how they manipulate life and death.
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