Exotic Sword Quest
Exotic Sword Quest
I thought it would be helpful to make a thread for those taking on making their exotic swords.
I'll post what I know.
Once you get your sword fully upgraded and 280+ Light, Shaxx will put you on your quest to turn it into an exotic. The first part is getting 50 Major/Ultra kills AND 25 Crucible kills.
The major kills is easy enough, either just running a few strikes or farming the 3 Hive majors in the Cosmodrome. I got my 25 Crucible kills playing Mayhem Clash since heavy drops so much faster. Also, melee kills with just the hilt (no heavy ammo) count, but it takes two "swipes" and it's slower than a normal melee. Basically I just ran around with my sword equipped trying for melee kills and picked up heavy when it was available and took me about an hour (had to learn some of the new maps too).
After you get your kills, you have to visit the Dreadnaught and kill this special knight. The trick to getting in the room where he is, you have to kill the three guard knights all together in about 5 seconds and the door will open. Once inside you'll find the target and he can only be killed with your sword.
After that you return to Shaxx and the grind is about to get REAL! Depending on the element you chose - Void, Solar or Arc - you'll be sent off to collect 10 rare materials AND get about 500 ability kills.
The rare materials ONLY drop from the material "nodes" and not chests. Basically you run around collecting relic iron (void sword for me, the others are different) and the rare materials drop after about every 10 of the regular material. This is where you'll want a ghost that can help locate materials - especially for relic iron since it's hard to easily see. I have one of each ghost for collecting mats - really helps out.
I would just slowly cruise areas and wait for the ghost to find mats, clear the area of mats and then move on to a new area. You can stay in the same area, but I just found stuff may respawn faster if you leave and come back. I had a pretty decent loop on Mars, but this still took a LONG time, all told I farmed close to 170 materials just to get the rare materials I needed.
During your farming, you should also be working on getting your ability kills. Ability kills are kills with your grenade, charged melee and super. I used my Bad Juju and Obsidian mind to help keep the Nova Bombs raining, but still you'll need to get about 500 ability kills.
I was about 70% done with my ability kills by the time I had finished my rare material collections. To finish it off, I went to Siege of the Warmind and just farmed the thralls that ran down the steps.
After this stuff, now you'll have to wait for Armsday and the quest will progress after speaking with Shaxx. This is as far as I've progressed.
The final part is a special 300 Light Sunless Cell strike. The final room will spawn 3 knights with either a Void, Solar or Arc shield. To finish your sword, for example Void, you'll have to kill the void Knight and then the Boss within a certain time. I think it's 30 seconds, but I'm not 100% sure.
Then the quest is complete and you'll turn it in for a 310 Exotic sword. You will also get to keep your Legendary sword.
I have my Void sword ready for Armsday. I may try and get either my Arc or Solar ready too for this week.
Anybody finished this quest yet? Any additions or stuff I missed?