Destiny 2: Resonant Weapons Explained

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen has arrived and players can jump into the latest expansion and begin unraveling the mysteries of Savathun’s Throne World and its Lucent Hive. She’s carefully laid out plans for years in the lore, and it’s time to see what exactly she’s been up to. The new expansion introduces a new crafting system. One thing about this new feature that has players a bit confused is the new resonant weapons. In this guide, we are going to explain resonant weapons and what they do for you in destiny 2.

Resonant weapons explained in Destiny 2

Let’s get straight to the point. Resonant weapons in Destiny 2 are tied to the new crafting system. Once you’ve unlocked Glaive, you’ll have a chance to receive red-rimmed weapons as the world falls. These are Resonant Weapons.

Your goal when you get them is to equip them and use them to kill things, similar to a catalyst until the attunement bar (which you can check by inspecting it) is full. Once you’re done, inspect your resonance weapon, and then check out the fourth mod slot. Hover over it, and then move your cursor down over the two options you have.

Resonance weapons have two options that you can choose from ONLY once the attunement bar is at 100% (from getting kills).

You can choose either, you’ll always get +12 some specific element type and then +200 neutral element. You won’t lose the weapon when you do this, but it will lose its Resonance state and return to being a normal weapon.

These are currencies used in weapon refurbishment, the process by which you exchange perks for new ones that you unlock by leveling up a weapon; all accessible through the crafting table, aka artifact in the Mars Enclave. For example, buying the Kill Clip perk for Glaive requires 70 mutable items and 2000 neutral items.

In addition to getting the coins you’ll need for crafting, maxing out Resonance Attunement is also a requirement to get some patterns for crafting. Patterns are basically recipes that allow you to craft weapons. To get some patterns for certain weapons, you may need to first get them in their resonant form, max out the attunement, and then claim your currency of choice multiple times with that weapon before you can craft your own.

You can see what you need for certain patterns by going to the Patterns & Catalysts section of the Triumph page on the right hand side. Some are easier to grind than others.

These are the key points to help you understand resonant weapons, until you have a good idea of ??crafting.

  • When you get one, equip it and use it a bit to maximize attunement (verified by inspecting)
  • Look for the coins you need for your favorite weapon perks at the Artifact in the Mars Enclave.
  • Maximize the attunement with resonant weapons and claim the coins you want.
  • Try to always find time to do this on any resonant weapons you get so you can have a constant stream of items flowing for crafting.

That’s pretty much everything you need to know about resonant weapons in Destiny 2 as of The Witch Queen. We’ll have a full build guide soon that will dive into some of the more complex parts of this new feature. Hopefully at least this part is a bit clearer. For more information on Destiny 2 Year 5, check out our Witch Queen wiki guide.