Destiny 2 How to Get Hard Light Exotic and its Catalyst

Destiny 2 Hard Light

Hard Light was infamous for being such a broken gun to use back in the early seasons of Destiny 2 for its unique perks. It once became the meta in PvP matches for its ability to ricochet its shots around corners and for its virtually zero damage fall off.

Hard Light has long been nerfed and rebalanced so it is no longer as broken as it used to be, but despite that, players may still see the gun as a viable pick in both PvE and PvP modes.

How to Get the Hard Light in Destiny 2?

Hard Light can be obtained from opening Exotic Engrams. It can also be dropped by enemies or obtained from loot crates. It can also be purchased from Xur for 29 Legendary Shards. There is no specific exotic quest to obtain this gun, sadly, so best be farming for those engrams.

Hard Light - Exotic Auto Rifle in Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Hard Light Weapon Stats

Hard Light is an Exotic Auto Rifle that is known for its intrinsic which lets its shots ricochet off walls, as well as the ability to switch its damage type. Aside from that, it has minimal recoil improved by the fact that unlocking its Masterwork further increases its stability.

  • Impact: 21
  • Range: 46
  • Stability: 69 (can be further upgraded via Masterwork)
  • Handling: 75
  • Reload Speed: 68
  • Rounds per Minute: 600
  • Magazine: 49
  • Barrel: Barrel optimized for recoil reduction. Increases stability.
  • Magazine: Alloy Magazine – Faster reload when the magazine is empty.
  • Intrinsic Perk: Volatile Light

Rounds fired from this weapon have reduced damage falloff, over-penetrate targets, and ricochet off hard surfaces. Projectile damage increases after bounce.

Shooting downwards just right at the feet of an enemy allows its shots to bounce off the ground, proccing that additional damage from the bounce.

Trait 1: The Fundamentals

Reloading changes this weapon’s damage type, cycling between Solar, Arc, and Void. Checking the infobox on the lower right of the screen helps see which damage type the Hard Light is currently set to.

Trait 2: Composite Stock

This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock which slightly increase stability and handling speed.

How to Get the Hard Light Catalyst?

Hard Light Catalyst can be obtained as a random drop from doing Heroic or Nightfall Strikes.

How to Upgrade the Hard Light in Destiny 2?

Once you obtain the Hard Light Catalyst, you need to get 1,000 kills using the Hard Light. A fast way to rack up kills if by doing the Altar of Sorrow due to the number of swarms that you will have to clear in this activity.

Destiny 2 Hard Light Synergies

Firewalker Synergy

Equipping The Path of Burning Steps for Titans gives the Firewalker intrinsic which basically provides an escalating bonus damage whenever a solar final blow is dealt on an enemy.

Skip Grenade + Shinobu’s Vow Synergy

The Skip Grenade ability of Arcstriders is a good pairing with the Hard Light since the Skip Grenade, in a way, can also go around corners thanks to its ability to seek nearby enemies after its first bounce. Wearing the Shinobu’s Vow further improves this by increasing the charge of Skip Grenade by one.

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