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Etched Crystals Destiny 2 Guide: The Last Word

Want to get the last word on, well, The Last Word? You're going to need some materials. Our Etched Crystals Destiny 2 guide will help you bring The Drifter what he wants.
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If you’re looking to pick up The Last Word Exotic weapon in Destiny 2, then you’re going to have to jump through a whole ton of hoops to actually get it. We’re talking subquests upon subquests, PvE missions and PVP missions, and that is honestly just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re stuck on the Sullied Light bit of the quest chain, then check out our Etched Crystals Destiny 2 guide for how to get un-stuck.

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Etched Crystals Destiny 2 Guide: The Last Word

To get to the part of The Lost Word quest chain where you’re actually having to get these Etched Crystals, you have to first have completed the following sub-quests:

  • Tainted Artifact
  • The Cleansing
  • A Cleansed Artifact
  • The Temptation
  • The Damnation

At this point, you should have had to work your way through killing a whole bunch of Hive enemies, getting Solar kills, chatting up the Drifter, and spent a healthy amount of time in The Crucible trying to kill without being killed. The subquest you’re looking for will be the Sullied Light one, and it will have the following requirements:

  • Get the Blood for Blood medal
  • Get the Best Served Cold medal
  • Collect Etched Crystals from Lost Sector escapees
  • Killing Hive with Precision damage
  • Sacrificing Hive bosses

The easiest way to get your mitts on these Etched Crystals it to head into Lost Sectors to take down Hive bosses and their lackeys. We would recommend heading to the bits of the Tangled Shore and Dreaming City populated by these types of enemies. However, the most time-efficient way to get these Crystals and to also get your boss kicks would be to run Cargo Bay 3 and Core Terminus Lost Sector and (on Titan and Mars respectively). Once you’ve farmed enough of the escapees, you’ll have the crystals that you need and you can move onto the next subquest – Sorrow’s Road – once you’ve dished out enough bruising. If you need a general run down of how to get the weapon, our The Last Word guide should help.

Now that you’ve got our Etched Crystals Destiny 2 guide in hand, finishing this part of The Last Word’s Exotic weapon quest chain shouldn’t take you too long to knock out. You’re really close to actually nabbing the Exotic for yourself by this point, so check out our guide on how to defeat Enkaar for the next big task the Drifter will have you to do earn his favour.


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Ginny Woo
Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.