Destiny 2‘s Olympics-like Guardian Games competition, which pits each character type against the others in a big contest to see who’s best, has returned for its second year. Like last year, it brings an Exotic weapon for you to earn: Heir Apparent. This machine gun has the added benefit of projecting an Arc shield around you while you fire it, protecting you (but forcing you to move slowly) as you use it to cut down anything in your path.
If you earned Heir Apparent last year, then your goal in this year’s Guardian Games (apart from beating the Titans, of course) is to complete a new quest to earn its Exotic catalyst–check out our Heir Apparent Exotic catalyst guide for tips on how to do it quickly and efficiently. But if you still need to unlock Heir Apparent, you can do that pretty fast in this year’s games. Here’s everything you need to know to get the machine gun and turn yourself into a lead-slinging fortress.
How To Earn Heir Apparent
The good news is that, unlike last year, Heir Apparent is pretty painless to nab in 2021. You just need to put a little time into the Guardian Games to grab it. But while it doesn’t take much to acquire, it’s not immediately clear what you need to do to get it–the Exotic quest for the gun doesn’t drop until you’ve completed certain prerequisits.