Destiny 2 Touch of Malice drop location and how to get the Catalyst explained

Touch of Malice from Destiny 2 is a classic exotic that has returned to Destiny 2.

It is a one-of-a-kind scout rifle, powered by the dark power of Oryx, the Taken King himself. It can deal incredible damage per second, but at a high cost to the wielder. The last round in the chamber will regenerate instantly, but steals health from its wearer each time it does so.

Touch of Malice, or ToM for Destiny fans, returned during Destiny 2’s Plunder Season alongside the restored King’s Fall raid. It’s a random drop and the Touch of Malice catalyst is hidden behind a combination of puzzle, easter egg, and easter egg.

Here’s how to get Touch of Malice and unlock the catalyst.

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How to get a touch of malice in Destiny 2

Touch of Malice is an exclusive release for King’s Fall Raid. It’s much easier to acquire than in Destiny 1, where it was the prize at the end of a long treasure hunt and quest chain. In Destiny 2, all you need is a good strike team and some luck.

Touch of Malice drops from Oryx, the final boss of the Taken King raid. It is a random fall with relatively low chances of falling (community surveys estimate around 5%). The only thing you can do is attack and keep attacking. You have a chance to receive Touch of Malice once per character, per week, as long as they are on a team that kills Oryx. That gives you up to three injections per week. The rest is luck and perseverance.

It is currently unknown if there is a “bad luck protection” for Touch of Malice drops, meaning that if it doesn’t drop after so many encounters, there is a system to ensure that you will eventually get it.

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How to get the Touch of Malice catalyst in Destiny 2

Touch of Malice, like many other exotics, has a catalyst that can be unlocked to further enhance the weapon’s abilities.

The Touch of Malice catalyst grants an ability called Rapid Hit. With this enabled, precision hits increasingly increase the reload speed and make the weapon more stable. This makes it much easier to land accurate shots – the key to maximizing damage.

To unlock the Touch of Malice catalyst, you must stand on a series of plates with the Touch of Malice equipped in various locations within the King’s Fall raid. This will cause four orbs of light called Relics to appear in that area. You and your team must grab them all and shoot them all simultaneously. A timer appears when the first relic is held, so be sure to find them and place a Guardian next to each one before picking one up.

Raid Entry

The first plaque is near the raid entrance. Continue down the statue-lined hallway in the center of the room, then turn left into the room in the back left corner of the large open chamber.

Deposit at the altar in the middle of the large central chamber, directly behind the portal that opens at the end of the raid entrance encounter. Be careful of the screamers that appear when you bring the relics.

Golgoroth’s Winery

The next plate is in the room containing the chest hidden in Golgoroth’s cellar, in a small alcove next to it. As before, have the holder of Touch of Malice step on this plate to spawn the Hallows.

Drop down to find the four relics. Once everyone is ready, gather them together and jump into the hole in the hallway directly next to the hidden chest. It is no longer a bottomless pit, but a small room containing the altar. Have everyone do dunks simultaneously and then continue forward.

Transept, Oryx’s basketball court

The final plaque is near the end of the Transept, the jumping puzzle with large wall bumpers that launch the unfortunate guardians into the abyss. Look at the ground after crossing the second hidden bridge, at the base of the climb to the exit.

Once you collect the relics, everyone must return to the entrance to find the altar. At the other end of this room some narrow floating bridges will have formed, climb them and dive as a group into the altar.

A door will open just to the left if this changes. This leads to an area known colloquially as the Oryx Basketball Court. Originally a well-hidden Easter egg in Destiny 1, this is now the final piece of the Touch of Malice Catalyst puzzle.

There is a tall altar at the back of the room and a large number of relics scattered throughout the room. Now it’s time for everyone to start grabbing and dunking as fast as they can. Once all the relics are submerged, the wielder of the Touch of Malice receives the catalyst from it. It still takes a lot of kills to power the catalyst and get it to activate, but now you can get to work. Enjoy!

Good luck adding Touch of Malice to your exotic collection!

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