Season of Plunder is underway in Destiny 2 and Guardians are once again going after those red-rimmed weapons. Below, I’ll detail the most effective ways to farm Deepsight weapons to craft them, which will give you access to their game-changing, enhanced perks.
Here is the full list of Season of Plunder’s new seasonal weaponry. Each weapon requires you to find and complete five (5) versions of Deepsight before you can craft them.
- Tarnished Mettle – Arc Scout Rifle
- Blood Feud – Stasis SMG
- Highwayman Law – Arc Sidearm
- No Reprieve – Stasis Shotgun
- Sailspy Pitchglass – Arc Linear Fusion Rifle
- Planck’s Stride – Arc Machine Gun
You’ll find all of these weapons for inspection by visiting the new star map vendor at the helm. You can also look them up on D2 Gunsmith if you want to see all the perks and builds.
How to get deep vision weapons in Season of Plunder
Season of Plunder has two new seasonal activities called Ketchcrash and Expedition. Completing these activities grants Season of Plunder armor and weapons with a chance to drop Deepsight versions of each weapon upon completion. While these are essential parts of the seasonal cycle, there are other ways to get these weapons in their red-rimmed form starting at the Star Chart.
A main part of collecting Deepsight weapons is having Umbral Engrams. These can drop anywhere in the game world by simply completing activities, or they can drop from enemies, including the new Season of Plunder activities. If these weapons are your focus, save all your Thresholds and try the method outlined below.
You can decrypt each Umbral Engram you get for a chance at a random Deep Sight weapon (you must unlock all seasonal weapons to claim the Weapons of Plunder engram), but to do this you’ll also need Plundered Umbral Energy. You can get three Plundered Umbral Energy from each Expedition run. This is how seasonal activity loops work:
Complete Ketchcrash races to get 11 Map Fragments per completion. Complete in-game activities to earn Treasure Coordinates. Combine five (5) Map Fragments and 50 Treasure Coordinates to create a basic Treasure Map in your Captain’s Atlas. Execute Expedition, taking three Umbral Energy Looted per run.) You must apply a Treasure Map to your Captain’s Atlas before the end of each run to get the rewards and energy. Your Captain’s Atlas is found in the quests tab and you can apply Treasure Maps to it by going to the item details section. Note that map shards are capped at 50, so try not to do too many Ketchcrash activities without redeeming them.
With your six Looted Umbral Energies and an Umbral Engram, you can click on the Loot Weapons engram on the Star Map for a chance for a random seasonal weapon to drop as a Deep Sight version to build. Please note that this is not guaranteed to be a Deepsight weapon. However, it is a way to work in a loop while enjoying Destiny 2’s new seasonal activities because if you don’t get one of the activities itself, you have a shot here with your rewards. You can also just buy the weapon you want to craft outright, assuming it’s been dropped before.
As the season progresses, we will unlock more reputation. The first two (2) of these are found in the Season Challenges tab for completing a successful Expedition and Antiquarian I. Reputation is the new token that allows us to upgrade our Star Map and unlock seasonal benefits, some of which do make obtaining Deepsight variants even easier.
The first update to aim for is Navigator 3: Weapon Treasure Map, which allows you to use a looting weapon-focused Map on the Captain’s Atlas. Map crafting focused on the looted weapon in the Captain’s Atlas will allow us to get a weapon drop at the end of the Expedition, but again, it’s not a guaranteed red border drop, and the weapon will be random among the six options .
Then grab Quartermaster 3: Focused Weapon Loot. This grants the ability to decrypt Umbral Engrams on Season of Plunder weapons once they have been added to your collections. This means that for every Season of Plunder weapon you unlock, you can pick it directly from the star chart for a chance to upgrade it to Deepsight.
Swashbuckler 5: Hidden Compartment is a long way down the road and will require at least seven reputation upgrades to reach, but it’s worth it as it unlocks guaranteed deep insight. The description says: The first Ketchcrash quest completed each week rewards a weapon with Resonance of Deep Vision. Once again, it will be a random weapon, but you’ll pick one up for your first Ketchcrash run each week once you’ve unlocked it.
So since we know all the routes to get to them, it’s clear that the most effective way is to build Map Fragments by completing Ketchcrash to collect Umbral Energy from running Expeditions. While we’re doing this loop, we can expect RNG to bless us with Deepsight’s seasonal loadouts, but if not, we’ve got a chance straight from the star chart and converting our Umbral engrams. On top of that, for each higher rank on the star map, we are awarded an engram with a chance of a weapon, even in the reward track for each main rank.
Finally, on the Star Maps reward track there are three bottled messages called ‘Cosmic Flotsam’. These are rewards for us when we reach ranks seven, 10, and 16. They give us puzzles to solve, and upon completion, they award the Season of Plunder gear. Weapons that have potential to drop can also be deep sight weapons, so it’s worth completing them once you reach these ranks during your seasonal cycle to get the weaponry.
The seasonal activities are a lot of fun, and as a loop, I personally think it’s one of the best in Destiny 2 to date. The reward structure is solid and you can keep it fresh by jumping from one to another and still feel like progress is being made.
Now that you know the best way to farm Deepsight weapons in Season of Plunder, get out there and loot, Guardian. For more information and a solid guide for Season of Plunder, check out our Destiny 2 Strategy Guide here on Shacknews.