Vexcalibur Upgrades: Authorization Override Quest Walkthrough Destiny 2

This guide will tell you what you need to know about upgrading the Vexcalibur

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The Vexcalibur Authorization Override Quest in Destiny 2 is the follow-up quest that is accessible after completing the Vexcalibur Secret Exotic Mission. This guide will walk you through all the steps needed to complete it and earn Vexcalibur upgrades, as well as give some helpful tips that’ll help you out along the way.

You first find the Quest after going to the H.E.L.M. and interacting with the War Table. This is also where you pick up a red border drop of Vexcalibur.

Step 1: Defeat Vex with Vexcalibur to assimilate their network protocols and acquire the Authorization Override mod.

Additional known Vex hotspots:

  • Neptune – Vex Incursion Zones
  • Nessus – The Orrery Lost Sector

For the first step, you need to get Vexcalibur Vex final blows to proceed. Though there are some places hinted if you look at the Quest screen, you can just go to Vault of Glass or the Garden of Salvation Raid for an endless stream of Vex.

The kill tracker on our Vexcalibur was around 250. Let’s assume that’s the number of Vex you need to take down to get the next step in the quest.

Step 2: Equip the Basic Authorization Override mod to Vexcalibur.

“Your Glaive holds deep secrets, Guardian.” -Mithrax

This applies the Intrinsic trait to the glaive. Now that the trait has been applied, you are able to walk through some of the force fields within the AVALON Vex network.

Step 3: Return to the War Table to receive an incoming transmission.

Authorization Overrride: Authorization Mod

//node.ovrd.AVALON// protocols:

Access Gate key: 53-48-49-34-4c-44

The message boils down to “Vexcalibur’s shield allows passage through blocking Access Gates.” Despite knowing all of this already, you still need this step to finalize the quest. Besides, you’ll get a Season of Defiance piece of gear at the end. Might as well it in at the earliest.

Vexcalibur Upgrades

Now let’s talk about the Vexcalibur upgrades. A new one will be added on a weekly basis, similar to that of Revision Zero.

After acquiring authorization, you can start an instance of the Exotic mission. You will find the Exotic Quest icon over the cave’s location on the EDZ map.

M1R Distribution Matrix II Intrinsic Trait

After returning the first navigation puzzle aka the long hallways with the two Harpies. At the start of the hallway, look up, and you’ll see a green glowing button at the top of the first obstacle. But it’s behind a force field. To get to the button, you need to slide through the obstacle and then look before for a platform on the left side hallway. Jump on this platform and you can reach the button from there.

Pressing this button will reveal a chest somewhere else in the same area. The chest is located in the same place where you need to go deeper into the level.

Instead of going down the crevice like you normally do, go up and go to the edge where you can see another button waiting for you to press. You will find another force field that prevents you from getting close. To bypass it, you need to block with Vexcalibur and walk into the space.

Pressing the button will make a chest appear. Inside the chest, you’ll find the M1R Distribution Matrix II Intrinsic trait.

Afterward, you can head to the Enclave on Mars to apply the upgrade to Vexcalibur.

The M1R DISTRIBUTION MATRIX II will upgrade the glaive at the cost of:

  • 7 Resonant Alloy
  • 15,000 Glimmer

The upgrade also unlocks the different Haft traits for the weapon. They mostly deal with adjustments to your weapon range and shield duration. Change those up according to your playstyle.


And that’s all you need to know about Destiny 2 Vexcalibur upgrades week after week. We will update this article until all upgrades have become available. Our future articles will talk about getting the Exotic Catalyst for Vexcalibur. But for now, we’ll leave it at that. Good luck there, Guardians.

Check out this Vexcalibur Destiny 2 walkthrough guide from Youtuber xHOUNDISHx.

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