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How Get The Ace Of Spades Exotic / Cayde's Will In Destiny 2: Forsaken

I'm coming home, Ace.

If you've paid even a little attention to Destiny 2: Forsaken, you probably know that it's the death of your pal Cayde-6 that kicks off the expansion's events. Early in the Forsaken campaign, you'll find Cayde's Will sitting in the Pursuits tab of your inventory. It's this item that guides you through the steps required to find and repair the Exo hunter's exotic hand canon, Ace of Spades.

The Ace of Spades is a powerful weapon that can bring down hordes of enemies in PvE and deliver tons of damage to opponents in the Crucible. It's definitely worth getting, even though completing the quest steps is no easy task. Here's a rundown of how to complete each step.

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1. Finish the Forsaken Campaign

The first thing you need to do is to get the Ace of Spades from Uldren Sov, the person responsible for Cayde's death. To do that, you simply have to finish the Forsaken campaign.

2. Bring the Gun to Banshee-44

If only getting the Ace of Spades were as easy as finishing the campaign. But this is Destiny 2, a game that's all about the grind. The weapon isn't in workable condition when you retrieve it from Sov, so now you have to go about fixing it. The first step toward doing that is bringing the broken weapon to Banshee-44, the gunsmith in the Tower.

3. Kill 5 Invaders with a Hand Canon in Gambit

You'll need to run some errands before Banshee can fix up the Ace of Spaces, starting with killing five invaders with a hand canon in Gambit mode. You'll want to be careful, because the step's in-game wording has been causing confusion since the expansion landed. To complete this quest step, you have to play Gambit mode and wait for invaders to come over to your side. When they do, you need to use a hand canon to get the killing shot on them. If you invade the other side and get hand canon kills, they won't count toward completing this step in Cayde's Will.

This step is a tough for a number of reasons. For one thing, invaders have an extra layer of shielding, so they require more hits than usual before they die. Invaders also tend to enter your side when they have their super charged or are loaded up with power weapon ammo, making them formidable foes.

The best way to complete this step is to play with a group of people who are willing to help you get your invader kills. They can help whittle down invaders' health, and then hand off the final blow to you and your hand canon. If you're playing solo, you can try using more powerful weapons to cut down an invader's health before switching to a hand canon for the last few shots. Alternately, you can equip hand canons in both your primary and secondary weapon slots so you can switch when you run out of bullets. Really, it takes luck, patience, and skill to complete this step.

4. Kill 250 Enemies in Strikes Using a Hand Canon

This step is pretty straightforward. Just hop into any Strike in the game and use a Hand Canon to blast through all enemies you encounter. You'll probably have to play through a few Strikes to complete this step, but it doesn't require much in the way of skill.

5. Get 25 Precision Hand Canon Kills in the Crucible

And now we come to another challenging step in the quest to complete Cayde's Will. For this one, you can play any Crucible matches you want. All you have to do is get precision kills using a hand canon. That means you'll have to aim carefully to make sure you're getting headshots, because body-shot kills don't count here.

I found Rumble to be a good Crucible mode for this step, because it's a free-for-all. With no teammates to worry about, every player you encounter is a potential notch toward completing this step. So aim for the head, get the kill, wash, rinse, and repeat.

6. Find Cayde's Personal Stashes

Before he died, Cayde hid some stashes all around the solar system. You'll need to travel to Io, Nessus, Tangled Shore, and EDZ to collect all four. The problem is, they're pretty well hidden. Here's the general idea where you'll find them.

  • Io -- Land in the Lost Oasis and make your way into the Wraith Mines.
  • Nessus -- Land in Exodus Black and head to the Sunken Cavern.
  • EDZ -- Land in the Sunken Isles and go to Legion's Anchor.
  • Tangled Shore -- Drop in at Thieves' Landing and travel to Hellrise Canyon.

If you're having trouble finding any of the stashes, it helps to watch a YouTube guide like the one above for exact directions.

7. Complete the "Ace in the Hole" Mission

The final step is to head to Titan to complete a new mission called "Ace in the Hole." The enemy encounters in the mission aren't too difficult, but you will need to find 10 chests Cayde has hidden in the environment. Thankfully, you'll get a "Cayde's Stash Nearby" notification on the left side of your screen anytime you're near an unopened chest. Find them all, and you can breathe a sigh of relief. The grind is over.

8. Visit Banshee-44 at the Tower

Once you've finished the mission, head back to the Tower and talk to Banshee-44. All of your hard work pays off as he hands you a shiny, like-new Ace of Spades hand canon. And if you pre-ordered the game, you should have Cayde's Stash, which includes a nice red-and-black ornament for the weapon.

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