Destiny 2: How to Farm Sunshot Catalyst Fast? Complete Guide in 2023 (2024)

Destiny 2 is one of the market’s best role-playing first-person shooter games. You can play various different game modes with different classes and subclasses and destroy your enemies who come in your way. Weapons are the most exciting part of Destiny 2 and one Exotic Hand Cannon attracted a lot of interest on itself – Sunshot Catalyst. In this article, we will discuss and bring you our complete guide on how to farm Sunshot Catalyst in Destiny 2.

You need to acquire Sunshot Hand Cannon that you can get from Exotic Engrams, which means that you can have a drop during world activities, or acquire it from Xûr who is located in the Hangar at the Tower. To get the Catalyst, one will get drops in Crucible and Vanguard Strike playlist. To farm the Catalyst, go to Nessus and head over to the Artifacts’ edge, and follow the path to Hallows, a cave in the ground. There you will have to kill every monster or if you are lucky, get to the spawn spot of the monsters and just kill the creatures with Sunshot while they appear.

We will further explain how to get to the farming spot for Sunshot Catalyst and tips on how to do it fast. Moreover, provide you with the best gear and recommend a few more spots where you can farm Sunshot Catalyst and have one of the best Exotic Handcannons in the game. If you are interested in this topic, definitely check it out.

Editor’s Note: This guide has been updated to reflect the current state of farming mechanics in the game. This is still the most optimal way to farm sunshot catalysts.

What is Sunshot and How To Acquire It?

Sunshot is an Exotic Hand Cannon Energy weapon. It is a Solar type of weapon that is famous for dealing great AoE damage to a group of enemies. Its Intrinsic is called Sunburn, and it means that the weapon having this perk, fires explosive rounds and highlights targets that take damage from Sunshot.

Its sight/barrel is also quite good – it has a perk called Chambered Compensator, which is essentially a stable barrel attachment that increases hand cannons’ stability, improves recoil direction, and slightly decreases handling speed.

Besides the barrel, the magazine/battery has Accurized Rounds that extend the range of the hand cannon which makes it amazing for fighting against melee enemies from distance.

Sunshot has two Traits as well – the first one is called Sun Blast with which targets killed by Sunshot, explode in Solar Energy. The second Trait is called Textured Grip which provides the hand cannon with really strong friction on the weapon’s grip.

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Sunblast explosion is an amazing perk, especially for Sunshot Catalyst. Don’t worry, that perk is already applied on Sunshot.

Sunshot is quite a rare weapon these days and to acquire it, one needs to complete challenges or defeat enemies which will include drops of Exotic Engrams. The other option is to go to Xûr, the Agent of the Nine who is located in different locations every week:

  • At the Northwest corner of the Hangar, in the Tower,
  • On Earth, Xûr can be found on a cliff in Winding Cove,
  • On Nessus, Xûr can be found in the Watcher’s Grave, on the large tree.

When you find Xûr, you can buy Sunshot of him for 29 Legendary Shards.

To track Xûr’s movements every week, here is the website with all the updates on his location, and what is he selling each week.

How Do I Farm Sunshot Catalyst?

Requirements and mechanics of Destiny 2, mostly lay in beating challenges to acquire Exotic gears that stem from armor to weapons. That is the case for most world challenges like Raids and Vanguard. Farming in Destiny 2 means solving the challenge that includes a Guardian getting 500 kills with a certain weapon, which will be provided with an upgrade or in this case, Catalyst.

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To farm in Destiny 2, one needs to go to a certain location that is bustling with enemies and kill them all with the weapon challenge assigned. Sunshot Catalyst is quite proficient with it since it has Sunburn Intrinsic which deals great AoE damage to the enemies. Also, if have good DPS grenades and enhancements for your armor, you will be able to farm your Catalyst efficiently.

Remember, the challenge you need to beat to acquire Sunshot Catalyst is defeating 500 enemies with Sunshot Hand Cannon and an additional 1000 enemy deaths by Sun Blast explosions.

How Do You Get Sunshot Catalyst Fast?

Even though PvP modes like Crucible and Strikes are completely valid places to farm your Sunshot Catalyst, PvE (Player versus Environment) should definitely be the first option for most of the Catalyst farms. Because Sunshot is so good at blasting AoE damage and creating chain reaction damage with its Sunburn, you should be able to get to your goal pretty fast, especially after the next suggestions.

Experienced players went through a lot of different routes and techniques on how to get a Catalyst for certain weapons, and of course, one of them is Sunshot Catalyst. One of the players suggested, besides having Sunshot Catalyst as your weapon, to add some mods onto your geat, and of them is Energy Accelerant. This mod is applicable to Guardian’s armor which provides an increase of damage on weapon perks like Chain Reaction, Dragonfly, and Firefly.

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Thankfully, Energy Accelerant goes really well with Sunblast damage which automatically speeds up your farming. Other techniques suggest already mentioned DPS grenades that will mark your ads (additional enemies) and kill them faster. One more suggestion is to find a secluded cave like Hallows has on Nessus and position yourself in front of the entrance of the cave, and just wait for ads to start coming out.

Remember, because there is a possibility of other Guardians doing the same as you, there is a probability you will find nothing in that spot and the spawn of the enemies won’t happen. The timeline between spawning of the enemies will take approximately 20 to 40 minutes, so you will probably need to do something else before the place spawns once again.

Or not, because we have a few other suggestions for the best farming places for Sunshot Catalyst. Disclaimer: for some of these places, you will probably need special bundles and extensions bought in Destiny 2, to actually be able to enter those places.

Besides the famous Nessus, there is also the Wish Wall in Last Wish where you can spawn your Guardian at Shiro Chi. You can activate Encounter via raid and start blasting everyone.

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Altar of Sorrows is located on the Moon and is another suggestion for a great place to farm your Sunshot Catalyst. If you are lucky, you won’t encounter anyone and freely farm your Catalyst to reach the ultimate goal.

You can also tackle the Lost Sector today to both farm exotic armor and work toward the catalyst.

One more suggested spot is Thrallway Checkpoint in the Shattered Throne – probably one of the best farming spots in Destiny 2. This dungeon is filled with infinite spawning enemies that are attacking you all the time, with good underbosses and bosses. We suggest that you go with your buddies since they will help you not to die multiple times before you reach your goal.

In the end, we will provide you with one more tip for efficient and fast farming of Sunshot Catalyst – reach a checkpoint if the area of farming is a raid or dungeon event and die there if you run out of ammo. After dying, you will spawn right there with full ammo and you can continue your farming without any concerns.

Thank you for reading our article! If you are interested in more of our Destiny 2 content, check out our picks for the best classes and subclasses in Destiny 2.

Destiny 2: How to Farm Sunshot Catalyst Fast? Complete Guide in 2023 (2024)


How to get Sunshot Catalyst 2024? ›

It drops randomly in Strikes, Crucible, and Gambit, so you'll have to complete these activities hoping for its drop. Once you get the Sunshot Catalyst Destiny 2, you'll have to defeat 500 enemies and explode 1000 combatants with Sun Blast to unlock it fully.

How to get Sunshot Catalyst 2023 reddit? ›

Just play the game, do strikes, nightfalls, gambit and crucible and it should fall for you.

How many sunblast kills for Sunshot Catalyst? ›

Once you have obtained the catalyst, you'll need 500 weapon kills and 1000 'Sun Blast' kills. Using typical farming methods such as Shuro Chi or the opening section of Grasp of Avarice will speed things along. However, simply using the weapon in day-to-day content will get the catalyst done in a reasonable timeframe.

What is the easiest way to get the hard light catalyst? ›

The Hard Light catalyst drops from strikes and Nightfalls. The harder the Nightfall and the higher your score, the better you're supposed to see catalyst drops rates, but I'm not 100% convinced that's true. This will appear as a drop from the final chest in a strike.

Do you need to use Sunshot to get the catalyst? ›

do I have to use the sunshot to get the catalyst ? do I have to use the sunshot to get the catalyst or just have it in my inv nad stash when doing crucibles or strikes? You don't even need to do that. As long as you've obtained the weapon once so it's there in your collections, then the catalyst may drop for you.

How to get Forerunner Catalyst fast? ›

The Forerunner Exotic catalyst is unlocked in Destiny 2 by completing the Magnum Opus 2 quest. This quest is awarded by leveling up Xur's Strange Favor to Rank 16 and claiming the Anomalous Access Card. When you have the card, you will automatically get the quest – easy!

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