How to unlock Ager's Scepter & catalyst: Destiny 2 Exotic Trace Rifle guide - Dexerto

How to unlock Ager’s Scepter & catalyst: Destiny 2 Exotic Trace Rifle guide

Published: 26/Sep/2021 16:54 Updated: 25/Jan/2022 23:49

by Alec Mullins


Ager’s Scepter is one of two Exotic weapons in Destiny 2’s Season of the Lost. Let’s take a look at the weapon, and more importantly, the quests you’ll need to complete before you can get your hands on this high-powered trace rifle. 

The list of Exotics grows bigger with the arrival of the Season Pass exclusive Lorentz Driver, and the Mara Sov protected Ager’s Scepter. Both of these weapons featured prominently in the Season 15 reveal trailer and fans have been eager to get their hands on them ever since.

Here’s everything you need to know about Tracing the Stars, Astral Skews, and the path to the Scepter.



How to get Ager’s Scepter in Destiny 2

Exotic trace rifle Ager's Scepter in Destiny 2
This is the gorgeous new Trace Rifle available in Season 15

There is a long road in front of you if you want to pick this one up for yourself. Before you can even get started on the road towards this weapon you’ll need to complete the intro quest to Season 15, Wayfinder’s Voyage. In this quest, you’ll begin by tracking down Osiris before eventually working with Mara Sov and Petra Venj.

The quest isn’t difficult but it will take some time, as it will take you back and forth from the H.E.L.M. in-between parts. Before it’s all said and done you’ll travel to Trostland, the Shattered Realm, and finally, The Tower, where you’ll speak with Ikora Rey and complete the quest.


After you’re done with all that, you’ll be able to accept Tracing the Stars from the Wayfinder’s Compass in the H.E.L.M.

Collect Astral Skews in Tracing the Stars

These quests are a bit of a headache. Each week Mara Sov will send you on a fetch quest through a different part of the Dreaming City. The goal is to collect five objects called Astral Skews, which have been inconveniently spread out across the entirety of the city.

Here’s how each week has broken down so far:

  1. Week One: Divalian Mists/Spine of Keres
  2. Week Two: The Strand/Aphelion’s Rest
  3. Week Three: Rheasilvia/Harbinger’s Seclude
  4. Week 4: Confluence/Harbinger/Gardens of Esila

If you haven’t yet completed these quests, you can find all of our guides here.


Unfortunately, even after you collect the skews there is still one final step in the process.

Complete A Hollow Coronation

This is the final step of the quest. Deposit the Skews here in the Gatehouse and claim your prize.

As stated in our guides, A Hollow Coronation is a mandatory companion quest for Tracing the Stars. This one is much easier though. You simply need to return to the H.E.L.M. and travel through the same gate that previously took you to Mara Sov’s chambers, but instead, you’ll be dumped out into Caliburn Gatehouse.

This is where you will deposit Astral Skews and collect some helpful lore from Uldren each week. When you’re done here, return back through the portal and collect your reward at the Wayfinder’s Compass.


Collect Vulpecula, Fractethyst, Chrysura Melo, and Ager’s Scepter

Fractethyst is just one of the weapons you'll need in order to unlock Ager's Scepter
Fractethyst is a Legendary shotgun. It is the second reward in the Tracing the Stars questline.

When you return to the compass you will be able to collect a reward for your weekly efforts.

Each week’s reward is a different class of weapon:

  1. Week One: Vulpecula – Legendary Hand Cannon
  2. Week Two: Fractethyst – Legendary Shotgun
  3. Week Three: Chrysura Melo – Legendary Auto Rifle

The process to collect the Scepter is a little different. You’ll have to complete additional steps in the quest A Hollow Coronation. This means completing some Astral Alignments, a few Strikes, and having Mara Sov craft a Noble Seal for you before it’s all said and done.

New exotic in Season of the Lost, Ager's Scepter
The Scepter is finally ours. It’s hard not to feel like we did all the hard work while Mara just sat around in her bedroom the whole time.

When you’re all done with that, you will be allowed into the place where the Scepter has been kept hidden and can claim it for yourself.


It’s pretty powerful, even for an Exotic, and it will certainly be useful in figuring out the secrets of The Shattered Realm, since it can blow up those pesky rocks that are blocking so many pathways there.

How to unlock Ager’s Scepter’s Catalyst in Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Season 15 Astral Alignment Seasonal Activity Dreaming City
Unlocking the Scepter’s catalyst means jumping back into Astral Alignment.

Now that you’ve powered through that hefty laundry list and you finally have your own Ager’s Scepter, you’re going to want to squeeze every bit of power out of the weapon.

Thankfully, its catalyst allows you to do just that — but you’ll need to acquire it first. It’s an intensive process in Season of the Lost, but the catalyst will be moving into the same playlist/strikes/gambit completion chain as the older seasons’ weapons with the launch of the Witch Queen expansion.

Complete Astral Alignment activities in the Dreaming City

Destiny 2 Awoken chests leading to Ager's Scepter
You’ll be opening plenty of Awoken chests on your way to obtaining the catalyst.

The only way to acquire the Scepter’s catalyst is by completing Astral Alignment runs and opening Wayfinder’s Troves at the end of each activity, so make sure you have plenty of Parallax Trajectory on-hand to unlock those chests.

There appears to be a 15-20% drop rate, but, as any Destiny veteran will know, RNG can be a fickle friend. You’ll need to keep running the seasonal activity and unlocking Troves until the catalyst drops (but at least you can level up your season pass and acquire some new weapons along the way).

Once the coveted catalyst finally drops, the hardest (or at least the most random) part of the process will be out of the way. Now, you just need to level it up to unlock the Scepter’s true potential.

Defeat enemies using Ager’s Scepter

Destiny 2 Agers Scepter Exotic Trace Rifle Season 15
Now that you’ve got the catalyst, it’s time to level it up.

After acquiring the catalyst, you’ll need to defeat enemies in order to fully power it up — a whopping 1,000 of them, no less.

According to the catalyst quest, “Defeating combatants with precision damage will unlock this objective faster,” meaning you should focus on landing as many crits with the trace rifle as possible to speed up the process.

Obliterating destructible walls in the Shattered Realm grants additional progress, so make sure to shoot down as many of them as you can.

Once the progress bar has been filled, your new catalyst will be fully functional — but what does it do, exactly?

What does the Ager’s Scepter Catalyst do?

Agers Scepter Exotic Ornament Season 15
Your maxed-out Scepter can, quite literally, put your enemies on ice.

Completing the Ager’s Scepter catalyst quest will unlock another exclusive perk for the weapon: Will Given Form.  This trait allows you to expend your super energy to overflow the magazine and empower the rifle with bonus damage.

Not only will your damage output get a boost, but when the perk is active, the Scepter gains the ability to slow and freeze targets until your super energy runs out, its ammo is spent, or you swap to another weapon.

Will Given Form can only be procced when your super energy is full, but making use of this perk can quite literally turn you into a Stasis death machine — albeit, with the tradeoff of losing out on some super activations.

That’s all you need to know for Ager’s Scepter. Hit the battlefield and tear your way through Cabal, Fallen, Hive, and Vex alike with your shiny new gun — it’s the best kind of payback for all this running around you’ve had to do.

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