How to Get Exotic Ciphers in Destiny 2: Beyond LightDecember 9, 2020
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Where to Get Exotic Ciphers
At the time of this writing, there are only two known locations where you can get Exotic Ciphers: through the Season of the Hunt Season Pass, and through Xur.
Season Pass Rank Rewards
Players do not have to own the Season Pass to receive the Exotic Cipher that is available at Season Pass rank 55. However, owning the Season Pass will help players level up to this rank faster, making the Exotic Cipher easier to obtain.
Apart from the Season Pass, Exotic Ciphers can be earned by talking to Xur and completing his quest. You can find Xur at a different location every week. He arrives at the daily reset on Fridays and disappears on Tuesdays at the same time.
A new Exotic Cipher can be obtained from Xur each week. However, since only one can be held at a time, they must be used before another one can be obtained.
Where to Use Them
Exotic Ciphers are used to get Exotic gear from Destiny 2’s previous expansions, the Red War, Forsaken, and Shadowkeep. These Exotics can be purchased at the Monument to Lost Lights. This Exotic Archive is located in the Tower between the two Vault kiosks in the Courtyard.
Every Exotic gear item in the Archive requires an Exotic Cipher. They also require Legendary Shards, Ascendant Shards, Destination Materials, and loads of Glimmer. If you want a few of these vaulted items, prepare to grind for these other currencies to use your Exotic Cipher before your next visit with Xur.