Destiny 2: How to Get Hierarchy of Needs Exotic Bow

Getting your hands on the Hierarchy of Needs Exotic Bow is one of the toughest (or simplest) tasks in all of Destiny 2. Find out how here.

The Hierarchy of Needs Exotic Bow can be both the hardest of Destiny 2’s Season of the Seraph Exotics to earn. Players can earn it in just a single run of its drop source. Others will complete dozens of runs with all drop buffs active and get nothing. The weapon itself is a very interesting take on the Bow weapon archetype, with an Exotic perk unlike anything else available in the game, and the lore implications are massive.

This guide will cover the limited ways you can get your hands on the Hierarchy of Needs Exotic Bow.

How to Get Hierarchy of Needs Exotic Bow in Destiny 2

There’s only one way to get the Hierarchy of Needs Exotic Bow: complete the Spire of the Watcher Dungeon by defeating Persys: Primordial Ruin. If you’re lucky enough to earn it, it will go automatically into your inventory rather than dropping from the loot chest.

You have three chances of getting the Bow per week: one for every character that can run the Dungeon. You can also complete three Triumphs to marginally increase your chances, but only one is easy.

  • Complete the Devil in the Details Triumph by collecting all six Devilish recordings throughout the early parts of the Dungeon.
  • Complete the Spire of the Watcher Dungeon solo (though not solo flawless).
  • Complete the Master difficulty version of the Spire of the Watcher Dungeon.

Completing the Dungeon solo is mostly a matter of will. Unless you have a highly optimal build, both the Akelous and Persys boss fights will take you at least four phases to properly defeat. Persys, in particular, is absolute chaos, with the boss following you around, blasting away.

Master difficulty is a slog of its own. The Dungeon starts at 1610 Power and goes up, and all of the Minotaurs become Overload Champions. Bosses take about 50% less damage as well. Thankfully, you don’t get sent back to orbit for failing an encounter, but even one fight can take fifteen minutes or more.

With all three bonuses unlocked, you still aren’t guaranteed the Hierarchy of Needs, and you might spend weeks without a drop. Once you get it, you’ll need to go through the Master Dungeon again for the Exotic Catalyst, so be prepared for that.

We wish there were more to do to up your chances at the Hierarchy of Needs Exotic Bow in Destiny 2, but there’s already a quest Exotic this season: Revision Zero. We covered its questline, The Hidden Shape, and the Operation: Seraph’s Shield mission you’ll do as part of the quest. Our guides hub to the game more.


John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.

Published Dec. 23rd 2022

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