Destiny 2 is much more generous with exotic gear than its predecessor. It is possible to receive Exotic rewards for virtually all activities, including short public events and the main story, but some Exotics require a bit more action. The Rat King, a kinetic weapon, is one of those exotics.
As is the case with Sturm and Mida Multi-Tool, you must complete various missions and challenges to obtain the Rat King. However, it is worth the effort. The Rat King’s unique perk improves his damage and rate of fire based on how many nearby allies have him equipped, and reloading immediately after killing an enemy with him grants temporary invisibility. On top of that, exotic quests always drop well above your current level and represent a substantial power boost. With that said, let’s see how to unlock the Rat King.
The first real step for all of Destiny 2’s exotic missions is simple: complete the story and reach level 20. This will unlock the planetary “mission missions” indicated by blue map markers.
Head to Titan and complete the Enemy of my Enemy mission, which involves following a fallen captain. It’s a multi-part mission, but just follow the blue markers and you’ll get to the end quickly.
Completing Enemy of my Enemy will reward you with the “Rat King’s Crew”, a legendary item that takes up one kinetic weapon slot. The Rat King’s Crew is a four-step challenge that unfolds as a series of puzzles:
“The Rat King’s crew runs from one place to another, the good girls and boys know where to go, they collect their toys and they gave their socks, on the errands of pain, on the errands that we walk.”
Complete two patrol missions on any planet with at least one other fire team member who has the Rat King’s Crew or the Rat King’s weapon. Patrol missions are accessed through small beacons located around the planets. Pick up your ghost to locate them. To unlock patrol missions, complete the search mission for Cayde-6 in the European Dead Zone.
“The Rat King’s Crew goes arm in arm, to fight as one, to do no harm, so have fun and run outside, raise the flag and we will never die.”
Complete two public events on any planet with at least one other fire team member who has the Rat King’s Crew or the Rat King’s weapon. You do not have to complete heroic versions of events.
“The Rat King’s Crew goes from four to four, with good good fights, they learn to score, then three like one stand up, they come back from beyond the wall wanting more.”
Complete two games of Crucible or Attacks with at least one other fire team member who has the Rat King’s crew or the Rat King’s weapon. Crucible games are the fastest option here. You don’t have to win the games and both competitive playlists and quickplay playlists will work.
“The Rat King’s Crew is three to one, they see Night fall and they are not afraid of it, but look at the clock while you climb the wall, lest there are five left, hope does not come for any”.
Complete the weekly Nightfall assault with at least five minutes remaining on the timer and with at least one other fire team member who has the Rat King’s Crew or Rat King weapon. Don’t expect to do this on your first try. Nightfall’s strike changes from week to week, but the timer always starts at 11 minutes. Sometimes killing enemies adds precious seconds, but other weeks require you to literally jump through hoops. So feel the blow, find out which enemies you need to kill and which ones you can get past, and formulate a plan before entering.