[Top 10] Destiny 2 Best F2P Exotics and How To Get Them

Destiny 2 Best F2P Exotics

In 2019 the core game of Destiny 2 became free for everyone. Prompting many more players to join in on the gunplay and space magic action.

However, there’s some things that aren’t available to Guardians on free-to-play accounts, like certain weapons and activities. As such players who previously bought the game may have a bit of an advantage in both terms of experience and equipment available to them.

Today we’re going to be helping you level the playing field by giving you our top 10 F2P (free-2-play) exotic weapons

Our Top 10

  • Bad juju
  • MIDA multitool
  • Legend of Acrius
  • Fighting Lion
  • Outbreak perfected
  • Sturm
  • Whisper of the Worm
  • Sweet business
  • Vigilance Wing‘
  • Thunderlord

The List

We’ll be listing the weapons’ exotic perks and traits. This will keep the list from being too cluttered, but worry not, links to each weapon's full information including any random and curated perks will be provided.


1. Bad Juju

"If you believe your weapon wants to end all existence, then so it will." —Toland the Shattered

Making a return from the first Destiny is Bad Juju. It’s exotic perk String of Curses refills your magazine, increases damage, and charges your super energy. It doesn’t stop there, because this effect can stack up to 5 times. In PvE, the effect can increase your critical damage by about 99% when String of Curses is at its max. 

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 27

Range: 46

Stability: 79

Handling: 60

Reload Speed: 52

Rounds/Min: 450

Magazine: 27

Exotic Perk:

  • String of Curses: 

Fires full-auto. Kills refill the magazine, increase damage for a short duration, and grant Super energy based on the strength of String of Curses.

What makes Bad Juju good?:

  • Very stable
  • Exotic perk generates and fills magazine on kill, but doesn’t draw on your own ammo reserves. Meaning (almost) infinite ammo.
  • String of Curses stacks 5 times and increases critical damage to enemies by 99% when at max effect.
  • Helps charge your Super

Weapon Details:


How to get Bad Juju:

To get Bad Juju you’ll have to unlock and complete its exotic quest. Here’s a guide to help you: 

Bad Juju in Action:


2. Mida Multi-Tool

Select application: Ballistic engagement. Entrenching tool. Avionics trawl. Troll smasher. Stellar sextant. List continues. 

Another Exotic returning from Destiny 1 is the Mida Multi-Tool. This scout rifle has a staggering aim assist stat of 100 and it’s exotic perk allows you to move faster, which proves handy in PvP.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 60

Range: 51

Stability: 51

Handling: 87

Reload Speed: 82

Rounds/Min: 200

Magazine: 16

Exotic Perk:

  • MIDA Multi-Tool: This weapon boosts move speed.
  • MIDA Radar: Radar stays active while aiming down sights.

What makes Mida Multi-Tool good?:

  • Good Handling
  • Good reload speed
  • High aim assist

Weapon Details:


How to get Mida Multi-Tool:

To get Mida Multi-Tool you’ll have to complete its exotic quest. Here’s a guide to help you:

Mida Multi-Tool in Action:


3. Legend of Acrius

"In the Cabal legend, a hero seeks to possess the sun. He succeeds. Then, he becomes Emperor. The Cabal… are not a subtle people." —Tyra Karn

Here’s a heavy shotgun that doesn’t follow the norm. The Legend of Acrius has a range of 100 and it nails through enemies with ease . It’s certainly mean.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 84

Range: 100

Stability: 82


Reload Speed: 28

Rounds/Min: 55

Magazine: 4

Exotic Perk:

  • Shock Blast: This weapon fires blasts of high-damage Arc energy that overpenetrates enemies.

What makes Legend of Acrius good?:

  • High range
  • Good stability
  • Good impact

Weapon Details:


How to get Legend of Acrius:

To get this gun you’ll need to complete the quest World Eater and complete the Leviathan raid. Here’s a guide for you:

Legend of Acrius in Action:


4. Fighting Lion

"I call it the Zhang Fei. It hits almost as hard as I do." —Wei Ning

Fighting Lion is a grenade launcher that has an interesting perk. If you’ve played any of the Halo games that have grenade launchers you’ll feel right at home using this, because it’s perk allows your grenades to both bounce but also let’s you detonate it when you want by holding and letting go of the trigger. It’s a callback to Halo’s grenade launchers, or “Pro-pipes” as fans of the series called them.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Blast Radius: 50

Velocity: 55

Stability: 78

Handling: 100

Reload Speed: 55

Rounds/Min: 90

Magazine: 1

Exotic Perk:

  • Delayed Gratification: Grenade projectiles will bounce off surfaces. Fire; release to detonate.
  • Thin the Herd: Direct hits do more damage to enemy combatant shields. Rapid kills against grenade-damaged enemies refill the magazine. Kills always drop Primary ammo.

What makes Fighting Lion good?:

  • High handling
  • Controlled, tight explosion
  • Good for clearing groups of small enemies
  • Primary ammo generation from exotic perk

Weapon Details:


How to get Fighting Lion:

You can aquire this gun as a random exotic engram drop or purchase it from Xur if he has it in stock for 29 Legendary Shards.

Fighting Lion in Action:


5. Outbreak Perfected

“-directive = KILL while enemies = PRESENT: executive(directive)-”

If you've played the Rise of Iron expansion in the first Destiny, you’ll remember Outbreak Prime, here’s it’s big brother. On precision kills and consistent hits upon an enemy, SIVA nanites will spawn, swarm and attack your target. To make things worse for them, Outbreak Perfected will do more damage based on how many nanites are swarming an enemy. This is great when you need a little more punch when chipping away at a major enemy’s health. In essence, it’s practically bees in a gun.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 27

Range: 68

Stability: 46

Handling: 42

Reload Speed: 51

Rounds/Min: 450

Magazine: 35

Exotic Perks:

  • The Corruption Spreads: This weapon creates SIVA nanite swarms on rapid hits and precision kills.
  • Parasitism: This weapon does more damage to enemies based on the number of SIVA nanites that attach to them.

What makes Outbreak Perfected good?

  • Good Stability
  • Nanites track down a target; if they die, they will find attack other target
  • Exotic Catalyst for this rifle stacks nanites and damage
  • Good for PvE and PvP

Weapon Details:


How to get Outbreak Perfected:

There’s quite a few steps to acquiring this weapon, so here’s a guide: 

Outbreak Perfected in Action:


6. Sturm

These ancient ceremonial pistols can be dated back to the early Golden Age. A faded inscription reads, "To Sigrun, from Victor."

Sturm is a hand cannon that needs a friend. It’s friend being the legendary side arm Drang, and when you have these two equipped they make quite a duo. When you get kills with Drang it reloads and gives Sturm an overcharged (higher damage) extra round in it’s magazine. But that’s not all, Sturm kills refills your energy weapon ammo, simply put, it means these weapons practically reload each other.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 92

Range: 73

Stability: 56

Handling: 37

Reload Speed: 37

Rounds/Min: 110

Magazine: 12

Exotic Perk:

  • Accomplice: Kills with this weapon fill the magazine of the equipped Energy weapon from reserves.
  • Storm and Stress: Kills with Drang reload this weapon and overflow a bonus damage round into the magazine.

What makes Sturm good?:

  • High Impact
  • Good range
  • Sturm and Drang combo keep ammo flowing
  • Overcharged rounds do more damage
  • Energy ammo generation from exotic perk

Weapon Details:


How to get Sturm:


Sturm in Action:


7. Whisper of the Worm

A Guardian's power makes a rich feeding ground. Do not be revolted. There are parasites that may benefit the host… teeth sharper than your own. 


Whisper of the Worm is a Solar sniper rifle that is fantastic for DPS against bosses. This is thanks to it’s exotic perk White Nail, which refills your magazine after landing 3 precision shots. It’s trait, Mulligan, has a chance at returning your missed shots back into the magazine. If you’re confident in your ability to land headshots, don’tt plan on running out of ammo anytime soon.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 100

Range: 87

Stability: 42

Handling: 31

Reload Speed: 42

Rounds/Min: 72

Magazine: 3

Exotic Perk:

  • White Nail: Higher base precision damage. Rapidly landing three precision hits will refill the magazine.
  • Mulligan: Missing a shot has a chance to return ammo directly to the magazine.

What makes Whisper of the Worm good?:

  • High Impact
  • Good range
  • White Nail perk helps with DPS

Weapon Details:


How to get Whisper of the Worm:


Whisper of the Worm in Action:


8. Sweet Business

"…I love my job."

Let’s get down to business, to defeat the Huns. Or in this case anything that stands in our way. To maximize this Auto Rifle’s power you need to hold down the trigger which gets the gun’s barrels rotating and firing. It’s not always the most practical choice for some players, once this baby starts spinning good times and annoyed enemy teams lie ahead.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 18

Range: 42

Stability: 60

Handling: 15

Reload Speed: 10

Rounds/Min: 360

Magazine: 45

Exotic Perk:

  • Payday: Larger magazine. Increased accuracy when firing from the hip. Picking up ammo for this weapon immediately reloads it.
  • Business Time: Sustained fire boosts range and rate of fire.

What makes Sweet Business good?:

  • Mows down groups better than a lawn mower fresh out the factory
  • Exotic perk reduces the need to reload
  • Beautiful sound when firing
  • Using this will incite hate messages from other players, absorbing their hatred to make you stronger

Cons: You can’t dual wield one in each hand

Weapon Details:


How to get Sweet Business:

You can aquire this gun as a random exotic engram drop or purchase it from Xur if he has it in stock for 29 Legendary Shards.

Sweet Business in Action:


9. Vigilance Wing

"The eye remains open. The Lighthouse remains lit." —Brother Vance 

Vigilance Wing has a staggering 5-round burst and packs quite a punch. If you’re accurate enough to get headshots most of the time, you can take out an enemy with 2 bursts of this exotic rifle. This gun shines in gamemodes like Trials of Osiris thanks to its perks that boost your stats and gives you a fighting chance when you lose teammates. It also increases weapon performance if you’re the last player on the fireteam.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 33

Range: 69

Stability: 73

Handling: 49

Reload Speed: 46

Rounds/Min: 530

Magazine: 30

Exotic Perks:

  • Harsh Truths: This weapon fires a 5-round burst. When a nearby ally is killed, gain health regeneration and increased movement speed.
  • Last Stand: Improved weapon performance and greatly increased recovery when its wielder is the last living member of a fireteam.

What makes Vigilance Wing good?

  • High impact
  • Perks can save you when you’re at a disadvantage
  • 5-round bursts
  • Sweet Eqyptian style motif
  • Good Stability

Weapon Details:


How to get Vigilance Wing:

You can aquire this gun as a random exotic engram drop or purchase it from Xur if he has it in stock for 29 Legendary Shards.

Vigilance Wing in Action:


10. Thunderlord

They return from fields afar. The eye has passed, the end nears. Do not fade quietly. Let thunder reign again. 

Coming back from the first Destiny, Thunderlord makes a return. The gun’s exotic perk generates lightning strikes when you kill an enemy. It’s as if Zeus himself owes you some favors so he joins your game to help. Thanks, Zeus!

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 41

Range: 69

Stability: 64

Handling: 46

Reload Speed: 69

Rounds/Min: 450

Magazine: 62

Exotic Perk:

  • Reign Havoc: Kills with this weapon generate lightning strikes from above.
  • Feeding Frenzy: Each rapid kill with this weapon progressively increases reload speed for a short time.
  • Lightning Rounds: This weapon fires faster and more accurately the longer the trigger is held. Continuous damage generates lightning strikes.

What makes Thunderlord good?:

  • AOE lightning strikes
  • Lightning strikes do higher damage which helps conserve ammo
  • Good at clearing hordes of enemies
  • Fairly easy to get

Weapon Details:


How to get Thunderlord:


Thunderlord in Action:


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