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Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius: How to get the Legend of Acrius Exotic shotgun in Destiny 2

The Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius is the game's first raid Exotic and its only heavy shotgun. As you'd expect from a weapon with that kind of prestige, it's also a bugger to get. From raiding to grinding, the Legend of Acrius quest takes some serious doing, but it'll all feel worth it the first time you clear an entire crowd of enemies with one shot of your handheld plasma cannon. With that in mind, we've put together a full-fat guide detailing how to acquire the Legend of Acrius quest and how to complete it efficiently.  

How to get the Legend of Acrius Exotic

  • Acquire the On the Comms quest and complete the requirements
  • Complete the Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid
  • Play through the End the Arms Dealer strike
  • Get the Legend of Acrius Exotic shotgun
  • Complete the Cabal Killer quest
  • Get enough tokens for His Highness's Seal quest... somehow

Step 1: Get the On the Comms quest

Actually getting started on your journey to the Legend of Acrius is a bit random, as it begins with you acquiring a quest called On the Comms. It's one of those quests that sits in your power weapon slots, but you'll just pick up randomly once you've hit level 20. You can help force the pick up though by focusing on attacking Rebel Legion Cabal enemies, as it's one of those blighters that's holding onto it. 

Once you've picked it up, it'll give you one single objective: Return to Nessus and recover communication ciphers from Red Legion troops. To complete it, head to Nessus as it suggests and defeat as many Cabal as you can find. We had the most luck in The Cistern - that area to the south west of the map on Nessus. 

Step 2: Await the World Eater

Once you've completed On the Comms, it'll transform into part two of this Exotic questline. Originally it was called "Await the World Eater", but since the Leviathan raid is now live it's transformed into "Destroyer of Worlds". 

As the quest outline suggests - nay, commands - you have to complete the Leviathan raid in order to tick off this section of the questline. So grab your five best Guardian buddies and hunker down for some raiding.

And don't fret, we're here to help with a step-by-step Destiny 2 Leviathan raid guide.

Step 3: Accept your invitation

Once you've beaten the emperor he's going to drop the next stage of the questline, which is called Imperial Invitation. It requires you to go back to the Tower and speak to someone called Benedict 99-40. 

As some of you may know, Benedict 99-40 just happens to be everyone's favourite Sweeper Bot, who's now a brand new post-raid vendor with a special quest for you. It's called End the Arms Dealer, which will need you to do a very specific Strike. But it's not one that's available from the main Strike menu in your director. Instead, you'll need to select it from inside the EDZ map right next to Legion's Anchor - it'll be marked with a quest tag anyway. 

Don't think that makes it any easier though. It's got a recommended power level of 300 and it's got a rather stringent time limit. Thankfully, you can shoot blue Anomaly orbs once you're playing through, which each give you an additional 30 seconds on your timer. 

Step 4: Get the Legend of Acrius

Now here's where it gets a little bit weird. Once you've completed this Strike before the timer running out, you'll actually get rewarded with the Legend of Acrius Exotic. But you'll also get another step of the questline, which asks you to return to the Tower to speak to Benedict. He'll give you one more quest, called Cabal Killer, and that actually unlocks the full potential of your new Exotic.

To complete this final section, you'll need to do the following using the Acrius:

  • Kill 25 Cabal
  • Kill 15 Cabal at close range
  • Kill multiple Cabal without reloading, 10 times

You can complete these while doing other activities, and killing two Cabal without reloading counts as "multiple". However, this shotgun only fires one bullet before you have to reload, so you'll need to make sure you're taking out two enemies with just the one bullet. Because this is an Arc-powered weapon, it isn't too tricky, but it's certainly not easy. 

But, there's more...

Step 5: His Highness's Seal

Oh yes, this quest just keeps on going. After completing the steps for Cabal Killer, you'll be asked to go back to Benedict, who will give you YET ANOTHER quest. And this one's a doozy. 

His Highness's Seal requires you to collect 100 Emperor Seals, which can only be acquired by playing through the Raid. Playing it through to completion once, you'll earn 74 of those bad boys, so you will have to do it at least twice to get enough. Anyone who's completed it - or even started it - will know that's a mammoth task. 

No-one has actually done this yet, including us, so we'll have to wait and see what happens once you've turned all your tokens in to see what else Benedict has in store for us. 

However, don't forget that Benedict is now and vendor, accepting your Cabal tokens in exchange for engrams.