You won’t get Exotics more often, but you will get duplicates less often.
The latest expansion to Destiny 2, Forsaken, came with some notable changes to Exotics. Since launch, though, Bungie has heard feedback from fans that the pursuit of Exotics isn’t working quite the way it intended, and so it will be taking steps to correct the loot drops. However, that doesn’t mean the battlefield will be raining Exotic gear left and right. The drop frequency will remain essentially the same. Instead, Bungie plans to increase the chances that an Exotic drop will be one that you don’t already own.
In a blog post, the investment team explained its reasoning. “Exotics are intended to be meaningful long-term chases,” it says. “Finding an Exotic should be rare but impactful. Right now we are falling short of the ‘impactful’ part of our goal. There’s nothing exciting or powerful about getting your fourth Fighting Lion when all you really want is a Two-Tailed Fox. We plan to increase the chance for Exotics to drop something you don’t already have.”
The studio also explained some changes coming to Masterwork Cores. The name was meant to imply the pinnacle of gear, but Forsaken made them a key part of the infusion system. Since they’re so rare, players can’t infuse as often as they’d like, and the name is misleading as to their intent. To solve this problem, Bungie will be making cores more plentiful, and also changing their name to something that better communicates what they do.
If you want to get your hands on a guaranteed Exotic without waiting for random drops, you can take on a Exotic quest to earn the hand cannon Malfeasance. For more details on Destiny 2, check out our weekly resetguide.