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Destiny 2: Best Ways to Level Up Crafted Weapons

Crafted weapons have truly been a blessing for Destiny 2 players. While there was (and still is) something inherently fun about the random nature of hoping for God Rolls, weapon crafting has made everything easier. It’s so nice not having to worry about just trying to find a half-decent roll, since there are so many good craftable options. In this article, we’ll discuss the best ways to quickly level up your crafted weapons in Destiny 2.

Let’s get right to it!

What are Crafted Weapons in Destiny 2?

Weapon crafting was introduced to Destiny 2 with the Witch Queen expansion in early 2022. Since then, the system as a whole has seen many changes and improvements. The materials are easier to get these days, and the whole process is less unnecessarily complicated. You can craft and reshape weapons at The Enclave, which can be viewed by selecting Savathun’s Throne World. It’s also a nice way to see some of Mars, even though we’re still bitter that they didn’t give us Escalation Protocol back.

Best Ways to Level Crafted Weapons in Destiny 2

With that in mind, let’s get into the best ways to level up your crafted weapons in Destiny 2! Note that if you don’t yet have crafted weapons to level, you can get started with our guide on the best weapons to craft!

Shuro Chi Farming

Shuro Chi Farming in Destiny 2
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

Shuro Chi is by far the most popular and efficient way to level up crafted weapons. Since you can easily access Shuro Chi, he’s also a convenient choice as well. The reason Shuro Chi is such a good farming spot is pretty straightforward — it’s easily accessible and there’s a raid banner. Raid banners allow you to refill your special and heavy ammo, so they’re essential for this purpose.

To access Shuro Chi, you’ll need to launch the Last Wish raid. Once you land, just go in the first room and wait for the dialogue to finish. Then an entrance on the left will open up and you can progress forward. Here’s a rundown of the steps you’ll need to take to reach the Wish Wall, where we’ll be skipping to Shuro Chi:

  • Jump left onto the ledge as soon as you go through the door. Then jump up and follow the path until it comes to an end.
  • Jump up onto another ledge, then jump to the obvious platform just ahead.
  • Continue past the big room and toward the open area in the back. Look for green, grassy platforms that glow a bit. They represent ledges you can land on to progress, so keep an eye out.
  • Follow these grassy platforms until you come to an area where you need to crouch to progress. Do so, then look for the next grassy platform.
  • Just keep progressing normally, then jump across the large gap you’ll come across. After that, you’ll come into the room with the Wish Wall.

At the Wish Wall, you can shoot the black circles on the wall to change their symbols. Match up the right symbols and you can get rewards, activate effects for the raid, or teleport to a specific encounter. We’ll be using the Wish Wall to skip to Shuro Chi, so here’s the code needed for that.

Destiny 2 Wish Wall
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

Once you’re been teleported to Shuro Chi, the rest is pretty simple. Use the raid banner to get special and heavy ammo if you need it, then go forwards toward the door. To optimally farm weapon XP in Shuro Chi, use Void Hunter and shoot the Deadfall version of Tether at the crowds of enemies. Then you can shoot one of them to take out the whole group, both speeding up the process and conserving ammo. You don’t have to do this, but it makes a long process a bit shorter. There are a lot of adds to take out in this room, and once you’ve gotten them all you can simply wipe and do it all over again.

Dares of Eternity

If farming adds in the Shuro Chi checkpoint for hours doesn’t appeal to you, you’re not out of options. Dares of Eternity is one of the best and easiest ways to level up crafted weapons in Destiny 2, since there’s a ton of adds and lots of free ammo. Farming primary ammo weapons will be trivially easy in Dares, but special/heavy ammo weapons aren’t too hard either. If you get Starhorse’s Favor for the second and third sections, you get infinite heavy ammo. Special ammo is also pretty easy to come by thanks to the massive waves of adds. This makes those phases super easy, since the whole team can blast through waves with heavy ammo, and it also allows you to farm XP for those weapon types easie.

Dares of Eternity is not the fastest way to level up crafted weapons, but it’s easy and it works. If you just need to finish up a level or two and don’t want to deal with the Wish Wall, this is a solid option. Just make sure to get Starhorse’s Favor, otherwise the process gets a lot more tedious. You can effectively guarantee the Favor for the second section by either lining up your jump well or just walking into the gravity lift backwards. In Master difficulty, you can always guarantee Favor for the last section, but at the Normal difficulty, you’ll just have to hope for good luck.

Grasp of Avarice Opening

Grasp of Avarice Destiny 2
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

Grasp of Avarice is another good way to farm crafted weapon levels, especially if you want to get straight into it. The opening section of Grasp is great for farming adds, since there’s an infinite spawn in the first cave. Just go to the first objective and don’t deposit enough Riches to progress the encounter.

In this opening section, you can run around and farm adds and powerful enemies however long you want. You’ll have to watch out for the powerful enemies, but they don’t present too much of a threat. As long as you stay aware of your surroundings, it’s no problem to stay alive in this room. One thing you will have to watch out for, though, are the Riches. When you pick up the glowing engrams on the ground, you’ll get a debuff called Burdened by Riches instead of any loot. If the timer by this debuff hits zero, you’ll wipe immediately. Luckily, all you have to do to reset the timer is pickup another one. So just be careful and don’t forget to reset the debuff every now and then, which shouldn’t be too hard.

A lot of people prefer farming Grasp of Avarice over Shuro Chi because of how easy it is to access. Shuro Chi requires a lot of setup, even if you end up getting a checkpoint instead of doing the Wish Wall yourself. On the other hand, you can launch into Grasp and start farming weapon levels instantly.

How to Level Up Crafted Weapons Passively (Kind Of)

If you wanna level up some weapons but you’d rather do it passively, that works too! For weapons you don’t need to level up immediately, you can just take advantage of activity completion XP. You don’t have to use a weapon throughout the entire run to get the XP, as long as you have it equipped when the activity officially ends. So for example, you can play a Strike with one weapon, then switch to your crafted weapon at the end to collect the XP.

This method of leveling up crafted weapons takes a while. It’s not anywhere near the best method for quickly leveling them up, but it’s great for passively getting some for weapons you might not care about too much. Got a crafted weapon in the Vault from The Witch Queen that you forgot about? Throw it on at the end of Gambit games and such to collect a bit of free XP. You never know when a weapon you forgot about might become good, so why not level them up now instead of cramming it all in later?

Level Bonuses, Mementos, and Masterworking Crafted Weapons

Level Up Crafted Weapons in Destiny 2
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

Other than just unlocking new perks, there are other reasons to level your crafted weapons up. One of the major reasons is to get the minor stat bonus at Level 20, which is nice even though it’s just a small boost. Any bonus is still a bonus, after all. In addition to that, there are also Memento bonuses to unlock and masterworking.

Mementos are cosmetic upgrades for your crafted weapons that give different traits depending on weapon level. At Level 1, you get a special tracker associated with the playlist the Memento came from. You’ll get a title for the weapon at Level 20, then a unique shader at Level 30. There are only three Mementos at the moment, and they drop from Gambit, Nightfall Strikes, and Flawless Trials runs.

If you want to masterwork your crafted weapons, you’ll have to get them leveled up first. Masterworking a crafted weapon requires you to equip it with an enhanced intrinsic (requires Level 7) and two enhanced traits/perks (requires a maximum of Level 16). Leveling up your weapons fast is a key part of masterworking a weapon as quickly as possible.

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Have fun farming those checkpoints, and happy gaming!

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