The Malfeasance is a unique weapon that has recently become very, very good thanks to the addition of its Exotic Catalyst.
The quest to unlock the Malfeasance Hand Cannon isn’t easy. This guide will help you with every step along the way.
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To unlock the Malfeasance Hand Cannon, win a Gambit match and continue on with the Light and Darkness Exotic Quest.
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How to Get Malfeasance in Destiny 2
Malfeasance used to have one of the hardest Exotic questlines in the game, requiring players to kill a Gambit Boss that has a random chance of showing up every Gambit match.
Recently, Bungie has made the Malfeasance questline much easier for players to complete.
As with many of the older Exotic Quests in Destiny 2, it is a good idea to check your Exotic Mission Kioske in the Tower to see if you have the Light and Darkness Exotic Quest available.
If not, then you will need to win one game of Gambit in order to begin this quest.
Once you have the Light and Darkness Exotic Quest, speak with the Drifter to complete the first step. Next, you will need to kill 25 Taken Bosses or Minibosses.
These Bosses can be killed anywhere, in any activity. You could continue playing Gambit matches, complete a few runs of the Last Wish Raid, or do Blind Well completions for Taken Boss kills.
The fastest way by far, however, would be doing the Aphelion’s Rest Lost Sector in the Dreaming City. This is a very short Lost Sector with a Taken Boss at the end.
You should be able to run past every enemy in the Lost Sector and head straight for the Boss at the end. Kill it, loot the chest, and run back out of the Lost Sector to refresh it so you can immediately run it again.
Doing this Lost Sector 25 times will be much easier than any other method.
After getting your 25 Boss kills, you will need to complete the Corrupted Mission in the Dreaming City.
This mission is an altered version of the Corrupted Playlist Strike. In it, you will be teleported to an alternative final Boss, a giant Taken Phalanx.
You will fight the Boss on a small rock platform. The Boss will constantly try to shove you off the map.
Be sure to keep your back to a solid surface when the Boss charges its shield to keep from getting flung out of the arena.
Aside from that, this is a pretty simple Boss fight. If you are struggling, you can always invite some friends to help you out.
Killing the Boss will complete the mission. Speak with the Drifter once more to begin the next step. You will now need to win 10 matches of Gambit.
You will also need to deposit 500 Motes in Gambit. The catch is that every time you die with Motes, they will be deducted from your quest progress.
It is very important to prioritize banking your Motes as soon as possible during your Gambit matches to avoid necessarily lengthening this part of the quest.
Banking 500 Motes and winning 10 Gambit matches will begin the final step of the Malfeasance questline. You now need to kill 25 Guardians in Gambit.
Along with those 25 kills, you will need to completely wipe the enemy team during one of your invasions, killing all 4 players in a single invasion.
This last step is often the one that players get stuck on, especially players who aren’t as confident in their invading skills. Luckily, there is an alternative method.
You have the option of letting a teammate wipe the enemy team three separate times to complete the invasion portion of this step.
If you have a friend who is familiar with Gambit and is a confident invader, be sure to ask them for help with this particular step. If you are a solo player, you can follow our guide here to learn more about finding Fireteams to help you out.
If you decide to take on the invasion kills yourself, then we have some recommendations for you. Sniper Rifles are the go-to special weapons for long-range kills during invasions.
Super abilities can make quick work of enemies in Gambit. The Titan’s Thundercrash, the Warlock’s Dawn Blade, and the Hunter’s Golden Gun are all great Super abilities.
Heavy Weapons are your best bets for easy team wipes. Thunderlord, Xenophage, Truth, and The Colony are all easy to use and can wipe out the enemy team in seconds when used correctly.
After completing this step, visit the Drifter one final time to unlock your Malfeasance.
How to Get Malfeasance Catalyst
The Malfeasance Catalyst took it from being a great gun to being one of the highest Primary weapon DPS options in the game and is definitely something you will want to get after unlocking the weapon.
The Malfeasance Catalyst first needs to be obtained randomly by completing playlist activities.
These activities include Strikes, Gambit matches, and Crucible matches. Once you get lucky, the Malfeasance Catalyst will drop at the end of one of these activities.
To fully unlock the Catalyst, you need to get 700 kills using Malfeasance. There are many Raid and Dungeon encounters that you can use to quickly farm these kills.
The Shuro Chi encounter in the Last Wish Raid is a very common encounter that you will find players using to farm Catalyst kills.
Once you get your 700 Malfeasance kills, the Catalyst will grant Malfeasance the Vorpal Weapon Perk, increasing its damage to Bosses.
Is Malfeasance Worth It?
Malfeasance is a great weapon that Hunters specifically should be taking advantage of for its insane DPS output.
Malfeasance is an Exotic Hand Cannon that comes with the Intrinsic Perk Explosive Shadow, causing your slug bullets to stick to targets and detonate and deal a massive amount of damage after enough rounds are stacked. These rounds can also stun Unstoppable Champions.
The Taken Predator Perk grants this weapon increased damage to Taken enemies and Invaders.
If someone in your Fireteam fires a Witherhoard shot at an enemy and blights them, they will count as a taken enemy and the Malfeasance will deal increased damage to them.
What makes Malfeasance such a potent weapon in the hands of Hunters comes from the use of their Lucky Pants Exotic leg armor.z
Malfeasance can quickly stack the Lucky Pants Perk and cause all subsequent shots to deal massively increased damage to the enemy.
So much so that it is currently one of the top Kinetic DPS options in the game. This weapon is definitely worth the grind, if only for the amount of fun it is to use when playing as a Hunter.
Now you are ready to go and get your own Malfeasance Hand Cannon!
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