Destiny – How To Get an Exotic Sword Tips and Tricks

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This is an in depth guide on the quests and steps that need to be completed in order to get a Exotic sword like the Bolt Caster, Raze Lighter, and Dark Drinker. Keep in mind that whatever Legendary sword you choose from Lord Shaxx is the element damage Exotic sword you will end up with, also you get to keep both the Legendary sword and the Exotic sword when you complete the quest line.

Acquire a Legendary Sword :

  1. Complete The Taken King story missions to Unlock the Dreadnaught Patrol Area.
  2. Eris will give you A Broken Will quest, and have you talk to Lord Shaxx and he will give you a Reforging the Blade quest.
  3. Collect 25 Hadium Flakes from opening chests on Dreadnaught Patrol, Motes of Light, and Planetary Materials.
  4. Go back to Shaxx and he will let you choose your Arc, Solar, or Void Legendary sword.
  5. Infuse the sword to 280 damage or above.
  6. Fully upgrade the sword and Lord Shaxx will give you the A Sword Reforged quest line.

A Sword Reforged


1 – Honing the Edge

Kill 50 Majors or 10 Ultras (Ultras like Zydron at Eye of the Gate Lord on Venus count for 5 a piece) – I went to the Exclusion Zone mission on Mars in hard mode which spawns 9 yellow bar Majors, do this mission over and over till you get all the kills done.

Kill 25 Guardians with the Sword in the Crucible – My brother and I were both working on the same step of the sword quest so we loaded into a Rumble match and just killed each other till it was done. You don’t need heavy ammo to kill with the sword, you can just equip it and get kills with just the hilt of the sword, but keep in mind it takes two hits to get a kill this way.

2 – Test your Blade

Speak to Lord Shaxx

3 – Blade of Night

Kill Ecthar the Sword of Oryx at the Asylum on Dreadnaught Patrol.

To get to him you have to go to The Founts area on the Dreadnaught and kill three Warden Knights that are guarding the door to The Asylum.

There is a special way in which they must be killed for the door to open. You have to kill all three of them in under 10 seconds, so first kill all the enemies in the room with the Warden Knights, then take each of the Warden Knights health down very low, but don’t kill them just yet. When all three of the Warden Knights health are low activate your super and kill them all as quick as possible. I’m talking within seconds of each other, after they are dead the door will unlock and open. If you fail to open the door, just leave The Founts area and come back and they will respawn.

Once you open the door, proceed ahead and you will see Ecthar surrounded by a bunch of enemies. Kill all the enemies first to make the Ecthar fight easy on yourself. Use your sword to kill Ecthar, but be careful, if you take damage just jump up on one of the many pillars and let your health recharge and then go attack him again. In this step my brother and I were both on the Ecthar step so he helped me kill him and we both got credit for the kill. So your friends can help just in case.

Killing Ecthar Video Guide

4 – Blade of Day

This one is sort of hidden, you need to fully upgrade your sword and then infuse it to 280 damage or above to unlock the exotic quest. After you do this part 2 is unlocked.

A Sword Reforged Part 2 (Exotic Quests are Yellow)


1 – Essential Elements

Collect 10 special planetary materials. Depending on which sword you chose you must go to either Earth (arc sword), Venus (void sword), or Mars (solar sword) and collect spinmetal, spirit bloom, or relic iron. You must actually go around and collect around 150 materials to get all 10 special materials. You can’t buy them or get them from chests, so buckle up cause this will take probably around 2 hours of just straight old school year 1 planetary material farming. You can also Equip a Ghost that will help you detect certain materials.

Get 500 ability kills with your subclass that matches the element damage of the sword you chose. So if you are a Warlock and chose the Arc sword, count your blessings because you can use the Stormcaller subclass (Grenade, Melee, and Super count) and just cook everything in sight. I went to The Dark Beyond misson on the Moon and just farmed the part where the Hive all rush out the door, usually about 60 kills per super. Just don’t kill the Knight that comes out the door, leave him alive and let him kill you after you fry everything and it will respawn you at the checkpoint right before the door opens. You will have to do this till you get approximately 500 kills.

2 – In Good Temper

Speak to Lord Shaxx

3 – Armsday Alloys

You must wait till the next Armsday (usually Wednesdays) to receive the next step.

4 – Take Up Arms

Speak to Lord Shaxx

5 – Sealing the Blade

A special level 42 Sunless Cell strike on the Dreadnaught will unlock in which you must defeat a Warden Knight and then Alak-Hul, the Darkblade, within 30 seconds to seal your Sol Edge. This was easier than I thought it was going to be, however there are some caveats.

When you get to the end of the strike with the Darkblade boss, there will be 3 warden knights as well running around trying to kill you. Depending on what sword you chose is the knight that must be killed and then immediately after killing that knight you must kill Darkblade within 30 seconds.

If you can find 2 other people working on the same sword this becomes pretty easy.

Strategy – If you are all working on the Arc sword you can kill the Fire and Void wardens ( you can tell by the color shield they have), then just keep running and jumping around till you get Darkblades health extremely low, get it as low as possible, I would say 5% health. Then kill the Arc knight and immediately kill Darkblade and if you did it correctly a quest completed will pop up on the right side of your screen.

6 – A Blade Reborn

Speak to Lord Shaxx and he will give you a brand new 310 Exotic Sword!

7 – Go Slay STUFF!!!

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