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How to obtain the Hawkmoon Exotic in Destiny 2: Beyond Light

One of Destiny’s most famous weapons is back, here’s how to obtain the Hawkmoon Exotic in Destiny 2: Beyond Light.

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The Hawkmoon is one of the most powerful and desired weapons in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. So we have a full guide on how you can obtain the Hawkmoon to make it yours.

Despite being announced early on in Beyond Light’s lifecycle, the Hawkmoon actually took quite a while to turn up. But the powerful weapon is very much in the game and it’s well-worth earning.

To do this, you’ll have to go through many steps to get there. But if you are able to succeed in your mission to obtain it, you’ll be rewarded with an excellent Exotic Handcannon at the end of it.

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Hawkmoon Exotic Handcannon

Originally appearing as an option in the first Destiny, the Hawkmoon was a popular handcannon and fans have been asking Bungie to bring it back in Destiny 2.

Well, those prayers have been answered as it is now in Beyond Light, although you will need the Season Pass to access it.

Here’s the long road to get the Hawkmoon.

As The Crow Flies mission

Your first goal is to trigger the “As The Crow Flies” quest. To do this, you must have a conversation with Spider, and this means traveling to Tangled Shore and accepting the quest.

Finding the five feathers

The quest simply starts off by having you collect feathers. These are special paracausal feathers that light up with a yellow glow. Now for their locations.

Feather One

An easy one to start, simply head outside of Spider’s Lair and it should be sitting on a container near the exit. Collect it and return it to Spider.

first feather for hawkmoon in destiny 2 beyond light

Feather Two

Now it’s time to explore as you’ll need to go to the EDZ and make your way to The Sludge spawn. There is a building that gives a perfect vantage point of the entrance to the Hallowed Grove Lost Sector, head up there and you’ll find the feather resting on the ground.

second feather for hawkmoon in destiny 2 beyond light

Feather Three

Again, you need to travel but this time to the Cosmodrome. You’ll need to access it from The Steppes landing area. As soon as you’ve arrived here, turn around to look at a solid, concrete pillar. The feather is actually just at the top of the pillar. Simply climb up and number three is now yours.

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Feather Four

For this one, you’ll need to make your way to the entrance of the Blind Well, accessed via the Dreaming City. Once you see the big gates, head to the left side of them and you’ll see the feather lying on a wall. Take it. One to go.

fourth feather for hawkmoon in destiny 2 beyond light

Feather Five

Naturally, they save the most difficult for last. For the final feather, you’ll need to make your way to the Shrine of Oryx. Go to the spawn point where you find Eris Morn. Keep going through the Moon Tunnels and arrive at the Shrine. make your way to the other side of the room and our final feather is by the stairs.

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Head back to Spider’s place

Now that you’re back where it all started, take the feathers and talk with the Crow. He will now give you your next task, completing the Let Loose Thy Talons Quest.

Completing Let Loose Thy Talons & Cry From Beyond

In order to complete your main mission, you’ll also need to complete a little side mission called Cry From Beyond located in the EDZ. It’s a fairly simple quest that results in you getting part of the Hawkmoon.

Once the mission is done, head back to the Crow, talk to him, and he’ll set you on your way to the next step.

50 Orbs of Power

With the Hawkmoon effigy now in your possession, it needs power. So Crow tasks you with accumulating 50 orbs. To do this you’ll need to use Masterwork weapons and head to a good Lost Sector packed with enemies you can easily demolish. You need 50 points in total (1 point per orb) and you get one for getting a double kill with a Masterworked weapon, and another for picking up the orb you’ve created as a result.

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Talk to Crow again

Return to him after you’ve successfully completed the orb task and he’ll give you yet-another objective.

EDZ & Crow

Now it’s time for the Crow to take you on a tour of his home, during which you’ll be collecting more feathers. Don’t worry though as these aren’t hidden and are basically gift-wrapped for you to claim. Keep going and defeat the boss at the end of your adventure, then speak to Crow again.

Defeat Champions or Guardians

Comfortably the most time-consuming and difficult task of them all. It’s entirely up to you which route you choose to go down, but in any event, one of them will need to be done. Once you’ve killed a certain amount of these and fulfilled the requirements, it’s now time to retrieve your prize…kind of.

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Finishing the Hawkmoon

Once more, head to The Sludge in the EDZ and you’ll need to do a couple of small tasks and collect some more feathers. When that’s done, you will have one final boss to vanquish. Do that and the Hawkmoon will finally be yours to keep forever.

As we said, it’s not the easiest Exotic Weapon in the world to acquire, but it’s a rare Exotic for a reason. Follow our guide, have some patience, and the Hawkmoon handcannon will be yours.

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Destiny 2 Xur location and items: September 17 – 21

Here is where you can find Xur the Merchant and get different Exotic items for yourself when playing Destiny 2.

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Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

You can get Exotic items for yourself in Destiny 2 by visiting Xur the merchant. This character moves around, so here is his location and all the items that you can get from him.

Destiny 2 has become a classic since its release in 2017, with a large player base in 2021. The Season of the Lost update has added various weapons like the Lorentz Drive exotic and Darkest Below.

You can also get different Exotic items each week by visiting the merchant, Xur. He hangs out in random locations around the map, and this guide will let you know where to find him along with his inventory.

Where to find Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur’s location in Destiny 2 changes each week, and he can be found in the Tower between September 17 and 21. The merchant will be standing near the back stairs of the Hangar.

Once you visit him, you can get yourself some neat new Exotic items to use in the game. Xur will provide you with items that are at the same power level as you.

Xur’s September 17 – 21 items in Destiny 2

This week’s collection of wares consists of impressive weapons, helmets, quests, and cosmetic items. You can equip these and reap their benefits when running into combat in Destiny 2.

Here’s a breakdown of every item that you can get from Xur the merchant this week in the game.

Merciless 

Merciless in Destiny 2

This fusion rifle comes with the Exotic perk, Conserve Momentum, which lets it charge the fusion bursts faster for every non-lethal hit. This lets you kill bigger enemies much quicker.

Merciless was considered one of the best Exotic weapons in year 1 of the game. While there are better weapons in Destiny 2 to choose from, you can still have a ton of fun with this gun.

Shards of Galanor

Shards of Galanor in Destiny 2

This item comes with the Sharp Edges perk, which refunds Super energy based on the number of blades you hit with Blade Barrage. This will allow you to dish out more pain during Strikes and Crucibles.

One-Eyed Mask

One-Eyed Mask in Destiny 2

This Titan helmet was considered to be one of the best Exotic items during Destiny 2: Forsaken, and it comes with the Vengeance Exotic perk. This will mark enemies that deal damage to you, letting you track them through walls.

Geomag Stabilizers

Geomag Stabilizers in Destiny 2

These Exotic boots were from Forsaken, and their Exotic perk is Close Enough. This recharges your Chaos Reach Super while sprinting if you have at least 90% energy. You can increase the duration by damaging enemies with Chaos Reach.

Exotic Cipher Quest

Xur Exotic Cipher quest in Destiny 2

Xur also has a new quest for an Exotic Cipher this week. This lets you purchase old Exotics from the Monuments to Lost Light kiosk in the tower. You should do this Quest so that you can acquire Exotics like Heir Apparent and Truth.

The merchant requires you to complete 21 Strikes or win Crucible or Gambit matches this week. You’ll earn the Exotic Cipher once you’ve completed this Quest.

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more Destiny 2, and check out the Destiny 2 Hotfix 3.3.0.2 Update patch notes.

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Destiny 2 player count: How many people play in 2021?

Destiny 2 is in Season 15, which will take players through to 2022. Having said that, what is the Destiny 2 player count in 2021?

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Destiny 2 player count 2021

Destiny 2 has been an extremely popular game for some time now, despite being released back in 2017, but how many people are still playing in 2021? Let’s take a look at the Destiny 2 player count.

Destiny 2 has become a classic for video games, taking the franchise to a new level with the number of players they have had invested since its release in 2017.

Although the game has been around for some time now, the developers continue to support the community and add new content to the game, like the most recent Season of the Lost update and continual hotfixes.

Having said that, what is the Destiny 2 player count in 2021?

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Destiny 2 is a free-to-play game available across all platforms, allowing those from PC, Xbox, and PlayStation to all enjoy the game.

Not only is it available across these platforms, but players are also able to team up regardless of what their preference is, as the game supports cross-platform play.

The developers continue to support the community, even offering players Prime Gaming rewards to show their appreciation for the players.

Destiny 2 player count

destiny 2 player count

Destiny 2 has a vast community, especially since going free-to-play, as it spans across various platforms. According to the website playercounter.com, the Destiny 2 player count was 1,118,036 online players at the time of writing this article.

Furthermore, the website also shows the percentage of the Destiny 2 player count for the top five countries in the world, which you can find below:

  • United States – 26.11%
  • Russia – 10.98%
  • Germany – 6.80%
  • Brazil – 5.93%
  • United Kingdom – 5.56%

According to steamcharts.com, in the last 24 hours, the player count has peaked at 121,339 players on Steam, excluding the other platforms the game is available on.

This is a massive number of players enjoying the game, especially all these years after release.

Hopefully, Bungies continue to support the game and community, as it seems the Destiny 2 player count will continue to be very healthy heading into the future.

For more Destiny 2, check out our article on how to get Ager’s Scepter in Destiny 2: Hollow Coronation guide.

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Destiny 2 Hotfix 3.3.0.2: Update & patch notes

Bungie has released a new 3.3.0.2 Hotfix for Destiny 2 that should improve various aspects of the game in Season of the Lost.

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We’re not too far into Bungie’s latest Destiny 2 chapter, Season of the Lost, and they have released a chunky Hotfix to improve it. Here are the full details of the 3.3.0.2 Hotfix for Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 Season 15’s Season of the Lost is quite a monumental step forward for the game in many ways. The long-awaited The Witch Queen expansion is just around the corner, with Season of the Lost setting players up for it, and Destiny 2 finally has crossplay.

But the progress doesn’t stop there though, as Bungie is always doing its utmost to ensure that Destiny 2 is free of bugs and problems. This is why the new 3.3.0.2 Hotfix looks to improve things by addressing some lingering issues and make some quality of life changes.

The update is available now, and here is the full extent of the Destiny 2 Season of the Lost 3.3.0.2 update and patch notes.

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GAMEPLAY AND INVESTMENT  

ARMOR 

  • Fixed an issue where Precious Scars was not correctly restoring player shields on matching weapon kills.
  • Fixed an issue where Prometheum Spurs would not consistently spawn combination rifts on kills while rift energy is full.
  • Fixed an issue where Dawn Chorus no longer extended burn damage.
  • The issues regarding Wormgod Caress and Radiant Dance Machines have been resolved and these armor pieces have been re-enabled in all activities.

WEAPONS 

  • Increased the effect of both the impact and detonation of Explosive Light on Rocket Launchers to now increase damage by 25%. 
  • Fixed an issue where Danger Zone was not functioning correctly on Rocket Launchers. 
  • Increase the cooldown of Shoot to Loot to four seconds.  
  • This is a temporary measure to prevent shooting a brick that can’t be picked up to trigger the auto-reload. 
  • Fixed an issue where ammo picked up by players could be quickly shot with Shoot to Loot to get additional ammo. 
  • Fixed an issue where an interaction between Hawkmoon and Hand Cannon Holster allowed for repeated Paracausal shots. 
  • Fixed an issue with Ager’s Scepter where a player’s Super wouldn’t drain while in empowered mode. 

TITLE SEAL 

  • Fixed issue where a gilding Triumph could be completed before the base title Seal was claimed. 
  • Fixed issue where the Wyvern precision kill objective wasn’t progressing as intended. 

STRIKES 

General 

  • Fixed an issue where strike streaks were not rewarded after completing a strike if the player joined a strike in-progress or if the player was pulled forward. 
  • Players should no longer be able to apply Chill Touch to themselves or allies in strikes. 
  • Players should once again not be able to reset their reputation if they have not picked up all rank reward items. 
    • A quality-of-life improvement for rank resetting is coming later in Season 15. 

Broodhold 

  • Players can no longer be stuck after encountering In’Anah for the first time. 

Hollowed Lair 

  • The Fanatic can no longer become stuck in the corner. 
  • The Spider Tank can no longer be killed early. 

Master and Legend Lost Sectors 

  • Burns, shields, and Champions listed on the tooltip for Luna Lost Sectors should once again reflect what players find in-game. 

PLATFORMS AND SYSTEMS 

  • Fixed an issue where selecting the Beyond Light Deluxe Edition upgrade from the Timeline took players to the full Deluxe Edition page instead of the upgrade page on the Steam store. 
  • Fixed an issue where Windows 7 users were unable to launch the game due to some incompatible *.dll files. 

LOCALIZATION

  • Fixed an issue with Japanese translations of a few lore entries.
  • Fixed an issue where several languages did not have a description for the Seasonal artifact.

GENERAL 

  • Fixed an issue where the Xunyou offer was not rewarding the correct items.
  • Fixed an issue where the Warlock’s Nova Warp wouldn’t Blink if Hold Sprint was active. 
  • Fixed an issue where the barriers surrounding the Scorch Cannons in the Fallen Walker public event repelled anything that came near them. 
  • Increased the score target for Iron Banner Control from 125 to 150 (matching base Control). 
  • Adjusted the Iron Banner Mercy thresholds to reduce the number of games that end shortly before they reach the score target. 

There are clearly plenty of improvements headed to Destiny 2 Season of the Lost, so it should make for a cleaner experience going forward.

Also, check out how to unlock the Lorentz Driver Exotic, how to get Ager’s Scepter, or browse our best Destiny 2 PVE weapons and ranked list.

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