Exotics in Destiny 2 are highly rare items that can be found only from high tier quests and Exotic Engrams. They all have special stats that can go along with them and you can only have one Exotic item equipped in a certain section at once. There can be many reasons to keep these items, but there are also a lot of people that want to know if they should dismantle these items. I am here to answer a few of your questions.
Here are the headings about dismantling Exotics in Destiny 2:
- Should I dismantle Exotics?
- Why dismantle them anyway?
- When do I dismantle them?
- Which ones should I dismantle first if I do?
- What is so good about Exotics anyway?
Related: How to Get Exotics in Destiny 2
Should I dismantle Exotics?
There are 2 things to think about before you dismantle an Exotic. You might dislike the weapon but want to keep it anyway, or you might like it, but you need to dismantle it for parts. There are honestly so many situations that you could encounter when it comes to dismantling anything in Destiny 2. Always think about what you are about to do because when you dismantle something, you can never get it back. Be sure to lock everything you want to ensure that you don’t mistakingly dismantle it. Even though Exotics are very rare, you might not like a specific piece of armor or weapon, and you just need to dismantle it for parts.
A good reason to keep these items is this: you might get an Ornament later on that you can equip to the Exotic to give it a different look. These Ornaments can be found around any world, bought in the Eververse Store, and unlocked through certain missions and objectives. You might not like the look of an Exotic item, but equipping an Ornament can completely change it’s appearance.
Why dismantle them anyway?
There are 2 reasons that people dismantle an item, either they don’t want the item any more or they want to get some good items from the dismantling. When you dismantle an Exotic item, you get a bunch of Legendary Shards and even a chance to get an Enhancement Core. These cores can be used to Masterwork a piece of armor and give it an extra ability that it did not have before. Also, it is important to note that you only get to equip one Exotic in the armor slot, and one in the weapon slot. You can have a total of 1 weapon and 1 piece of armor that can be equipped at one specific time.
When to dismantle them
You should dismantle Exotic items when you are done with that specific item, you don’t like the item at all, you have a better Exotic item than the previous one, or you want more upgrade materials for other pieces of gear. Personally, I highly recommend saving every Exotic item you can because the more you have in the future, the more you can dismantle at once. In some situations, there will be special events that reward you better for your dismantled item, and those are worth the wait of dismantling.
Not a lot of people think about how short-sighted it is to just dismantle everything they have. Sometimes you might need certain weapon types and items to complete quests, so I recommend trying to keep the best items you have because of their easy access from your storage. The storage is a really important place; you can keep all the items there that you aren’t currently using, but you still want to keep. That will discourage you from destroying an item that you might actually want.
Which ones should I dismantle if I do?
Before you dismantle the item, you MUST MAKE SURE it is the exact item that you want to dismantle, because once you complete the dismantling process, the item can’t be brought back. When you get an Exotic item, look up how rare the item is and if it is not that rare, then consider dismantling. If it is a very rare item that there is only 1 of, then don’t dismantle it because you probably will never get it back. Always be aware of the items you have not locked in your inventory, because you could accidentally get rid of something you actually need.
What is so good about Exotics anyway?
Exotics are the rarest items in the entire game, and they always come with a bonus. If it is an Exotic piece of armor, it might have an extra defense against Fallen enemies or fire. If it is an Exotic weapon, it might have a 10% chance not to consume ammo, or it might cause the bullets to explode on impact. Exotic items can also be speeders, spaceships, and emotes. The fun part is, you get to choose what items you keep. Just remember that if you dismantle an Exotic item, you should have a good reason to do so or you might unknowingly waste a rare item.