Bungie shows off new Destiny 2: Lightfall Exotics we'll probably never use

By Luke Albigés,

Destiny 2: Lightfall arrives at the end of February, and Bungie has dropped a typically flashy trailer showcasing a selection of the new Exotic weapons and armour we'll be chasing in the upcoming expansion.

Destiny 2 adds a bunch of new and returning gear with each major content drop, and we've been given our first look at some of the fancy new Exotics that will be added when Lightfall arrives on February 28th. The question is, which of these will be completely overpowered, which will end up going straight in the Vault, and which will be totally broken... speaking of which, how will the new Guardian abilities break Telesto this time?

Destiny 2: Lightfall showcases new Exotic weapons and armour

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First up, we see Final Warning, a Sidearm which can be charged up to fire tracking rounds, followed by Deterministic Chaos, a Void Machine Gun which triggers debuffs at set intervals, with a weakening effect on the fourth shot of a clip then a volatile status being applied by the 16th to make things go boom. Later, the Winterbite Glaive puts in an appearance, teasing the ability to freeze and shatter foes with its ice orb special attack. We also see the Catalyst for the Quicksilver Storm Auto Rifle — a weapon already available in the game exclusively for players who have Lightfall's $100 premium bundle on preorder, and has explosive rewards for sustained fire on targets — which creates Strand Tangles on weapon grenade kills for extra shenanigans. As well as the new Exotic stuff, we get a brief glimpse at what looks to be the return of an old friend — popular Scout Rifle Nameless Midnight, a go-to gun from the early days of Destiny 2 that was sunset some time ago, appears to make a brief cameo.

In terms of Exotic armour, one piece per class is on display here. Titans get Abeyant Leap, which causes Barricades to spawn "additional lashes" as Bungie continues to try and make barrier bonuses viable; Hunters get Cyrtarachne's Facade, causing your Strand grapples to grant Woven Mail for flinch resistance while active; Warlocks stay winning with the intriguing Swarmers, spawning Threadlings to rush enemies upon destroying a Tangle, which sounds like it'll pair well with Quicksilver Storm's Catalyst. It'll be interesting to see which, if any, of the new Exotics will change up the meta in Lightfall alongside the new Strand subclasses and seasonal mods, though some of these will no doubt be destined, like so many other undertuned Exotics, to just gather dust in our Vaults... looking at you, Abeyant Leap.

Die-hard Guardians might argue that Destiny 2 is one of the best free Xbox games, although given that the meat of its content comes from paid expansions like the upcoming Lightfall, that's a case that might take some making.

Planning on jumping back into Destiny 2 for Lightfall on February 28th? Like the look of any of these new toys? Let us know down in the comments!
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.
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