The Thorn Exotic quest goes live after the weekly reset today in Destiny 2, so here’s how to get it.
Thorn was a favourite of Crucible champions in Destiny, and it looks like the Destiny 2 version is going to pack the same punch.
Thes intrinsic perk for Thorn is Mark of the Devourer. This causes rounds to pierce the target and deal more damage over time, with kills by Thorn leaving behind Remnants.
Its main trait, Soul Devourer, absorbs these remnants, partially refilling the magazine and strengthening the Mark of the Devourer. Pretty cool, huh?
If you’re ready to unleash hell on your opponents in the likes of Gambit Prime and the Crucible then look no further, it’s time to get nasty.
Destiny 2: how to get Thorn
There are seven quest steps to follow to get Thorn and, as usual, they’re a bit of a grind.
The first step, Independent Study, should drop once you log in after the reset and be available from the Directory. You’ll need to go to the Annex and have a word with The Drifter, obviously, as he was the one who introduced you to The Last Word.
He’ll give you a badly damaged Thorn, which you need to take to Banshee-44 in the Tower. Rather than risk upsetting Zavala, head over to the Farm and speak to the Cryptarch, Tyra Karn.
You’ll then be tasked with gathering Sapphire Wire. You can earn this by defeating Hunters in the Crucible, completing Ana Bray’s bounties on Mars or completing an Escalation Protocol.
Given that you’ve likely surpassed the 600 Power level mark by now, I’d suggest doing the latter as it yields more rewards and is a faster means of collecting it.
Here’s where things ramp up in difficulty. You’ll need to complete an Epic version of the Savathûn’s Song Strike on Titan. Bring a crowd-control weapon like a shotgun and it would be a good idea for Warlocks to equip the Well of Radiance.
Next, you’ll need to gather Hadronic Essence by completing Nightfall Strikes, defeating Warlocks in the Crucible or completing bounties for Asher Mir on Io.
Much like before, completing Nightfall Strikes progresses this step faster, but it’s up to you how you proceed.
For the second-to-last step, you’ll need to gather Plasteel Plating by defeating Titans in the Crucible, completing bounties for Sloan on Titan or completing a few rounds of the Blind Well.
Progressing to a Heroic Blind Well stage will contribute the most progress for this step.
Lastly, you have to enter the Crucible. You’ll need to defeat Guardians with Void Energy or Hand Cannons. Using Void Hand Cannons is the most efficient way to do with, and taking part in the Iron Banner or Competitive Playlist will also help you progress faster.
Once you’ve completed all of that, Thorn is yours. Revel in it.
If you need a break from this quest, you can check out our Allegiance quest guide here before you pick a side.
You’ll be able to visit Xur and begin the Invitations from the Nine activity this Friday and Tier 3 of The Reckoning will be available to play.
For everything else, check out our Destiny 2: Forsaken guide.