Destiny 2 Dead Messenger is an exotic grenade launcher introduced with the Witch Queen Season of the Risen.
The Season of the Risen season pass holders will have the chance to unlock this new exotic that sits on the energy slot.
The Dead Messenger’s Intrinsic perk is called Trinary Vision which makes this grenade launcher a one-shot handheld that shoots projectiles that release a fan of three energy waves on contact with the ground.
It also has a perk called The Fundamentals, which lets you switch between Arc, Solar, and Void, which will make this weapon perfect for activities that require an element-specific weapon.
How To Get Destiny 2 Dead Messenger Quick Guide
- Complete the Rising Tensions quest;
- Reach step seven of the Operation Elbrus quest;
- Complete the Vox Obscura Exotic mission.
How To Start The Dead Messenger Quest
So, to begin things up, you will have to complete the first mission in the Witch Queen campaign, then after speaking with Ikora at the Enclave she will ask you to complete The Investigation mission and the Rising Tensions quest, and she will also give you the Synaptic Spear, which is the Season of the Risen’s artifact.
The Rising Tensions quest is the one that you will have to complete to progress in unlocking the Dead Messenger. This quest is pretty straightforward and you can complete it very quickly.
One of the steps will ask you to meet with Cabal Empress Caiatl at Tower Hangar and then to travel to the H.E.L.M. After that you will need to play through the seasonal activity PsiOps Battlegrounds on the EDZ to use the Synaptic Spear.
Once you’ve completed the Rising Tensions quest you will receive another quest called Operation Elbrus, which you will need to progress to get the exotic quest.
You don’t need to complete the Operation Elbrus quest as it is a time-gated quest that will unlock more steps over the weekly resets, you just need to complete the steps of the first week.
After the first step, you will need to enter the PsiOps Battlegrounds through the H.E.L.M. to grab a Runic chest. The Runic chest will be at the end of the activity, right beside the usual chest, and this chest will cost 500 Psychogenic Intel.
After a few other simple steps, you will then reach step 7 in the Operation Elbrus quest, in which you will have to speak with Caiatl at the H.E.L.M.
Caiatl will give you the Kill the Messenger Exotic quest, which is the quest where you’ll unlock the Dead Messenger.
Complete The Vox Obscura Exotic Mission
The Kill the Messenger exotic quest will require you to complete the Vox Obscura Exotic mission, which will reward you with the Dead Messenger grenade launcher from the final chest.
The Vox Obscura Exotic mission takes place on Mars where a Psionic signal is trying to rattle the coalition between the Cabal and the Vanguard.
You can find the Vox Obscura exotic mission in the Savathun’s Throne World map, and launch it in the normal difficulty version.
Vox Obscura is a timed Exotic mission, which means that you will need to complete the mission in the required time or you will have to redo the entire mission.
The mission takes place at the old Mars location, where you will need to make your way into a Cabal base, and don’t forget to equip an Unstoppable mod.
You will need to clear out the Airfield in only 4 minutes and 30 seconds, which is the time until the orbital bombardment, with that said your fireteam will have to be as quick as possible.
Once you reach the end of the mission, head up to the chest room, which looks like it came from the Leviathan, open the chest and you will receive the Dead Messenger.
Dead Messenger Perks and Catalyst
The Dead Messenger is a void grenade launcher that you can equip in your energy slot, and its main perk is called The Fundamentals, which will let you change the weapon damage type, cycling between Solar, Arc, and Void, by pressing the reload button.
On the other hand, the Dead Messenger Intrinsic Perk is called Trinary Vision, which makes this weapon a one-shot handheld grenade launcher, and its projectiles release a fan of three energy waves on contact with the ground.
The Dead Messenger, like many other exotic weapons, also has a Catalyst. To acquire this catalyst you will have to complete the Vox Obscura mission in the master difficulty, as soon as you complete it you will receive the catalyst from the final chest.
After acquiring the Dead Messenger catalyst, you will have to unlock it by completing some objectives. These objectives consist of you getting kills with Void, Arc, and Solar damage with the Dead Messenger by switching the weapon to the respective damage mode.
You can just go to the Shuro Chi checkpoint in the Last Wish raid, or to the Thrallway in the Shattered Throne, or even to the Grasp of Avarice first encounter to complete this faster, altho it is mentioned in the catalyst that by defeating combatants in the Throne World, the PsiOps Battlegrounds, and in the Vox Obscura mission will complete these objectives faster.
Once you complete that, the catalyst is all yours!
The catalyst’s main perk is that using this weapon to break the shield of a combatant or a guardian using their Super will grant you an overshield.
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