Destiny 2 - Jotunn Exotic Guide: How To Get The Forge Fusion Rifle

You'll need to grind for one of The Black Armory's coolest Exotic guns.

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Destiny 2's second year of content has come to a close with the release of the Shadowkeep expansion, but there are still some awesome guns to earn from previous seasons that can be very helpful to your exploits on the moon. One of the best guns in the game right now comes from all the way back at the start of Year Two, in The Black Armory expansion and its Bergusia Forge. Fighting through that Forge was key to the final step of the Mystery Box Exotic weapon quest, allowing you to unlock the powerful Izanagi's Burden sniper rifle, which is extremely useful in the new Garden of Salvation raid. But Izanagi isn't the only awesome new gun that came with the final forge--it's also unlocked the powerful Exotic fusion rifle known as Jotunn.

Like all Exotics, Jotunn is a special weapon and there's nothing else quite like it in Destiny 2. The fusion rifle looks more like the arm-mounted blasters belonging to Mega Man or Metroid's Samus Aran than a Destiny gun. It also fires a powerful, tracking blast that makes it devastating in the Crucible, which is great news since this week sees the return of the Iron Banner competitive event.

The good news for Destiny 2 players is that getting Jotunn is nowhere near as complicated as tracking down guns like Whisper of the Worm or Izanagi's Burden. The bad news is that whether you wind up with Jotunn is also dependent on luck. But there are certain things you have to do to get the gun at all. Here's everything you need to know to earn Jotunn and start bringing some Nordic pain to other players.

Unlock The Forges

First and foremost, you'll need all four of The Black Armory's Forges unlocked in order to get a chance at Jotunn. That means completing the Black Armory missions associated with the Volundr, Gofannon, and Izanami forges. The most complex one is the Izanami Forge, so use our guide to maximize your time and unlock it as quickly as possible.

The final Forge required to unlock Jotunn is the Bergusia Forge. Thanks to the efforts of the Destiny 2 community in solving the Niobe Labs puzzle, Bergusia is unlocked for all players once you've got access to the other three. That's key: You'll need to ignite the Bergusia Forge for a chance at Jotunn.

Talk To Ada-1

Next, you'll need to head to the Tower Annex and talk with Ada-1, the Black Armory vendor. Specifically, you want the two weekly bounties Ada offers, one which is tied to completing Black Armory Forge ignitions, and the other which requires you to complete daily bounties. Both are good for Black Armory Schematics, which you'll need to purchase Powerful frames from Ada.

Complete the weekly bounties and get yourself your first Powerful frame. These are the other key element to unlocking Jotunn.

Calibrate The Powerful Frame

If you've been working on Forges up to now, you should have made one item of all the Powerful frames that have been available in each Forge, which should speed up your progress. It doesn't matter which frame you pick, as long as it's one of the gold Powerful ones. Follow the steps on the frame to calibrate it, which will eventually bring you back to Ada-1 to complete it. When that happens, the frame will tell you to head to ignite one of the first three Forges--Volundr, Gofannon, or Izanami--to complete the frame. Ignore that part and head to Bergusia Forge in the southern part of the EDZ, near the Outskirts.

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Ignite Bergusia Forge

The thing about Bergusia Forge is that you can complete any Powerful weapon frame there, regardless of what Forge the frame tells you to use. In the past, if you wanted to make the Hammerhead machine gun, you'd need to ignite Volundr Forge; to get the Tartara Gaze sniper, you'd be stuck igniting Gofannon. Any frame will work at Bergusia, though, and it's the only place that Jotunn drops right now.

With your completed Powerful frame in your inventory, head to Bergusia and ignite the Forge. In most cases, you'll simply complete your Powerful frame and get the weapon you were working on, whatever that might be. But there's a chance for Bergusia Forge to drop Jotunn during these activities. Jotunn only drops if you're already forging a Powerful weapon frame, so don't bother grinding the Forge after you complete your first two frames. If you're willing to unlock all the Forges on two more characters, you can have up to six chances a week at getting the Exotic to drop.

Unfortunately, that's all there is to it. There's nothing more you can do to enhance your odds of getting Jotunn to drop, and there's a big element of randomness still in the process. But the drop rates seem pretty good, anecdotally--in fact, two people got Jotunn on the same run when we played it for this guide. Don't give up hope if you don't get Jotunn on your first couple of tries, because it's worth the effort.

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