What is Deterministic Chaos & how to get it in Destiny 2

What is Deterministic Chaos & how to get it in Destiny 2
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


1st Mar 2023 10:45

Deterministic Chaos is one of the powerful new exotic weapons added with the Lightfall expansion. Destiny 2 character builds are never complete without an exotic to tie them all together. Deterministic Chaos is a powerful but also very unusual weapon, with a musical flair. Here is everything you need to know about Deterministic Chaos.

What is the Deterministic Chaos?

As mentioned, Deterministic Chaos is an exotic machine gun. This new heavy Void weapon is a great shout for any Void build that needs a big heater.

The intrinsic trait of Deterministic Chaos is rhythmic in nature. Every fourth shot fired from the weapon will weaken the target, and every sixteenth shot will make them volatile. This four-bar structure will have you mowing down waves of enemies to a beat they simply can't dance to.

Destiny 2 Deterministic Chaos: what it does
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This also makes the weapon a great tool for damaging bosses, as the constant up-time on weaken and regular volatile rounds will do huge damage.

How to get the Deterministic Chaos

The first thing you need to do is complete the Lightfall campaign. There are minor spoilers beyond this point, nothing too specific, but be warned before you read on.

Once you have finished the campaign, you will receive the Unfinished Business exotic quest from Nimbus. It involves helping them finish a project started by Rohan, building a new weapon.

Destiny 2 Deterministic Chaos: a player using the weapon against some Vex
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As you can probably guess, that weapon is the Deterministic Chaos. The first step after speaking with Nimbus is to collect materials by defeating Vex, then head to Maya's Retreat and survive a Vex attack.

Next, head to Radiosonde, these locations are marked on your map so don't worry. After speaking with Nimbus and Osiris, you need to complete the Lost Sector in Liming Harbor. The next step is to kill 100 Shadow Legion enemies in Ahimsa Park, followed by another trip into the Typhon Imperator.

There is a waypoint for this part of the quest, you simply need to push your map all the way to the top right to see it, and mark it so you can follow it. Make your way to the Coliseum at the end of the ship to grab some items then return to Nimbus.

He will give you the last item you need, and give you a new mission called What Remains. This mission is set to 1770 power, so be sure to go in packing. Complete the mission, and Nimbus will grant you the weapon at the end.

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For more on the new exotics, check out our Destiny 2 Cyrtarachne's Facade guide.

Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.

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