Destiny 2 embraces its most broken gun as Telesto takes control

By Luke Albigés,

Destiny 2 players will likely be aware of Exotic Fusion Rifle Telesto's reputation as a repeat offender when it comes to bugs and glitches. Now, though, Bungie seems to be leaning into the chaos, and all kinds of madness is afoot.

Telesto's takeover of all things Destiny 2 began earlier this week, with the weird weapon seemingly taking control of Destiny 2 Twitter account and behaving very strangely. So far, so Telesto. Now, following yesterday's similarly bonkers This Week at Bungie post, players are noticing even more odd occurences related to the gun, both in and around the game, and things are getting a little crazy.

Broken Exotic Telesto is taking over Destiny 2


Upon logging into the game, Guardians are greeted by the perfectly normal notification above in addition to all the usual ones they would expect to see. In addition, anyone trying to use Destiny Inventory Manager will notice that all weapon icons change to Telesto's when you hover over them — a source of some confusion before the rest of the madness made it clear this was all Bungie doing a bit. But it doesn't stop there. Pull Telesto out of your Vault, take it for a spin, and you may notice some unexpected behavior. Since this charade began, the Exotic has been acting in a number of strange ways, and it keeps changing... so far, we've seen malfunctions, slow mini Nova Bomb-like projectiles, tracking projectiles, and currently, Telesto seems to be functioning like a hybrid of itself and Graviton Lance, with hitscan bolts that set off even more explosions than usual. Traveller help us if its next evolution is a Borderlands-esque affair where shots explode into additional Telestos...

"We are aware that Telesto is acting, well, like Telesto honestly. So, we wanted to give a little tip for the New Lights that may not have heard that when Telesto acts up, we just toss a blanket over it until we can put a more permanent fix in," Bungie's blog explains. "Anyway, no puzzles or secrets to be found. Despite what the machine says we are in full control of the situation and there is no need to panic." But when Destiny players hear "no puzzles or secrets," obviously the first thing they do is go looking for puzzles and secrets, with many hoping this is more than just a strange prank and might lead to a new Dungeon or Exotic Quest — content like this has been teased in the past with similar (if less elaborate) stunts, after all — although nothing has been discovered at the time of writing.

Working as intended.Working as intended.

For those unaware of Telesto's infamy, it's an Exotic Fusion Rifle that fires a spread of purple bolts which attach to surfaces and explode after a short time. Bungie has had to remove the weapon from Destiny 2 on numerous occasions due to its unique properties and interactions with various things added to the game often resulting in game-breaking effects. This has continued to the point of the gun becoming a meme, where every new content drop was expected to be followed by Telesto being disabled for another fix when even more ways to break the game with it were found.

Predictably, it's chaos in the Crucible right now, with lots of Guardians having fun with these weird new fire modes that won't stick around for long, and some of them have proven incredibly strong. What the outcome of this bizarre chain of events will end up being is anyone's guess — a permanent rework of the weapon that helps keep it out of the garage, perhaps? — but judging by the past couple of days, it's going to be a fun ride all the same. Jumping back in reminded us how mechanically, Destiny 2 can be considered one of the best free Xbox games, although it doesn't make our list on account of most of its best content being behind expansion paywalls.

Fancy hopping back into Destiny 2 to see how Telesto will break everything next? Let us know, Guardians!
Luke Albigés
Written by Luke Albigés
Luke runs the TA news team, contributing where he can primarily with reviews and other long-form features — crafts he has honed across two decades of print and online gaming media experience, having worked with the likes of gamesTM, Eurogamer, Play, Retro Gamer, Edge, and many more. He loves all things Monster Hunter, enjoys a good D&D session, and has played way too much Destiny.