Weapon Crafting Guide


Weapon Crafting allows players to unlock the memories of weapons and use Patterns to Shape and Reshape unique weapon options.


Unlocking Deepsight

In Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, players are given a new ability: Deepsight. This ability allows players to see and interact with hidden objects, including memories of weapons.

To unlock Deepsight and begin Weapon Crafting, play through the first few missions of The Witch Queen campaign on Savathûn's Throne World. These missions are free to all players.

Unlocking Deepsight will awaken Resonant red-bordered weapons and activate latent features of others across the system. These weapons can be acquired by completing various activities and through world drop rewards.


Shaping a Weapon


Players will be given an Enigma Glaive as their first Resonant weapon to Shape. Components can be chosen to customize the Glaive (and other weapons), with more components unlocking as the Weapon Level increases. Weapons can only be Shaped at the Relic in The Enclave, accessible from the Throne World destination in the Director.

    1. Choose a Frame Intrinsic. Enhanced Intrinsics become available when a certain Weapon Level is reached.
    2. Choose a Barrel perk. The choices available will vary based on the type of weapon you are Shaping.
    3. Choose a Magazine perk. The choices available will vary based on the type of weapon you are Shaping.
    4. Choose a Trait.
    5. Choose another Trait
    6. Optional: Choose Momentos (not available on the first interaction with Crafting).
    7. Once all components are chosen, press and hold the Shape button to create the weapon.

As levels of a weapon are unlocked, so are Components. Players can interact with the Relic and Reshape weapons to use these Components.


Weapon Levels


Defeat enemies with these Resonant Weapons to increase their levels. Completing activities with the weapon equipped will also increase the weapon's level. Increasing a weapon's level unlocks higher quality frames and more available perks.


Attuning Weapons


Resonant Weapons contain Deepsight Resonance that must be Attuned so that the Resonant Materials can be extracted. Resonant Materials are used to improve Shaped weapons or can be used in the Shaping of new ones. Attuning weapons is near identical to weapon level progression, and can unlock Weapon Patterns. After unlocking Weapon Crafting, Resonant Weapons can be acquired by completing various activities and through world drop rewards.


Resonant Materials

Resonant Materials and Elements can be obtained by playing through regular activities in Destiny 2 that can help Shape weapons. 


Resonant Alloys

Resonant Alloys are required in order to insert an intrinsic frame (adaptive, aggressive, precision, etc.). While each weapon has a type of intrinsic frame that cannot be changed (you cannot convert a precision frame into an aggressive frame, for example), at higher weapon levels you are able to select intrinsics that have Masterwork-like stat bonuses. Resonant Alloys are primarily obtained by dismantling weapons, but can also be rewarded for completing activities.


Ascendant Alloys

Ascendant Alloys   are required for Enhanced Traits. Ascendant Alloys can be obtained from weekly Witch Queen campaign missions and Throne World Offensives. Alloys can also be purchased from the Cryptarch or Banshee-44 in the Tower.


Resonant Elements

Resonant Elements are required for Perk Components. All perks require Resonant Elements.


Drowned Alloys

Drowned Alloys are required for raid-exclusive Traits on crafted raid weapons. Drowned Alloy can be obtained by dismantling Vow of the Disciple raid weapons.



Mementos are optional crafting consumables that grant vanity options to crafted weapons, such as special Shaders and Trackers. Mementos can be acquired by completing specific activities.



Weapon Patterns

To Shape a weapon, its Pattern must first be unlocked. Progress toward a Weapon Pattern unlock can be tracked in the Triumphs area under “Patterns & Catalysts.”

Weapon Patterns are primarily unlocked by Attuning red-border weapons. A few Patterns can also be unlocked through the completion of specific quests.