The Witch Queen expansion has added the ability for players to craft their own weapons. Here’s all we know about Destiny 2 The Witch Queen’s weapon crafting system.
Over the years, Destiny players have been treated to all sorts of new mechanics, features, and experiences, though few imagined we’d ever see a full-fledged crafting system added to the ever-evolving title.
Here’s everything you need to know about weapon crafting in Destiny 2 in Season of the Risen, including how to earn patterns, which perks you can add, and how to get crafting materials.
Once you’ve played the first couple of campaign missions in The Witch Queen, you’ll be able to craft your very first Glaive. Doing so requires what’s called a Pattern (think of this as a weapon blueprint), along with certain materials (because it wouldn’t be Destiny without a new handful of currencies to use).
While your initial build is restricted in terms of available perks, using a weapon more will help it level up. Doing so unlocks more options for customizing it to your playstyle.
“The more you use your weapon, the faster you’ll unlock its full potential,” Bungie explained before launch, and that’s true — wielding your crafted weapons unlocks a range of new options. The higher your level, the better stats, traits, and capabilities of your weapon.
When you unlock weapons with a red border, you can Attune them through use (also unlocking Deepsight Resonance).
Doing so will eventually unlock the weapon pattern, too, and you can track all the patterns you have in the Triumphs menu under “Patterns & Catalysts”.
Sadly, it’s something that’s essentially down to RNG — your next red-border weapon may have Deepsight Resonance, or it may have a pattern. Once the Pattern is unlocked, you can use that weapon as a template for your next crafted gun.
The key components when crafting weapons are as follows:
- Resonant Alloys: Can be earned through dismantling weapons or completing activities
- Ascendant Alloys: Earned through weekly missions, Wellspring, and can be purchased from Cryptarch or Banshee-44
- Resonant elements:
- Neutral Elements: Used in crafting new weapons, and earned through Deepsight Resonance weapons.
- Ruinous Elements: Damage or projectile modification-related trait perks.
- Adroit Elements: Weapon performance-related trait perks (handling, stability, etc.).
- Mutable Elements: Ability modification-related trait perks.
- Energetic Elements: Ammo or Reload-related trait perks.
- Drowned Elements: Raid-exclusive trait perks.
- Mementos: Optional cosmetic options
Resonant elements seem to have a possibility to drop throughout most activities, so the more you play the more you’ll be able to tweak your playstyle.
While the various elements were capped at 250, Bungie is boosting each perk-related element to 1000 and Neutralelements from 8,500 to 10,000.
Season 17 will actually see all elements except for Neutral Elements removed from the game, drastically simplifying the crafting process.
Once you’ve completed those early missions, you’ll be able to accrue something called Deepsight Resonance. This is found within certain weapons you’ll pick up throughout the world, and is shown as a specific task to be completed with that weapon — denoted by a red border.
In the example below, you’ll need to use Forensic Nightmare in a series of activities or in combat to be able to complete the Deepsight Resonance objective. Once that’s done, you’re able to extract the perk and insert it into compatible weapons going forward.
That means you’re more likely than ever to be hopping between weapons as you level some up, and use others to fill gaps in your perk library.
Below is a list of every available perk, as well as what the advanced version of the perk does.
Enhanced perks unlock after quite some time with the weapon, and will cost Ascendant Alloy to add.
How to Reshape crafted weapons in Destiny 2
If you’ve crafted a particular weapon and you’re unhappy with it, you won’t be locked in permanently.
While you can’t completely change the weapon Pattern, you can still fine-tune a crafted build. This means everything from barrels and magazines to weapon traits, Perks, and cosmetics can all be tweaked.
To Reshape a crafted weapon in Destiny 2, simply visit the Enclave and open the crafting menu. As you can imagine, you’ll still need to pay up with materials and Glimmer.
That’s all you need to know about weapon crafting in Destiny 2. For more on the game, check out our other guide content.