Ever since the subclass 3.0 updates in Destiny 2 Year 5, different Exotic weapons and armor have come to the fore as monstrously effective options, whether in PvE, PvP, or sometimes both. The Collective Obligation Pulse Rifle is one such weapon for Void builds, especially when building around the various buffs and debuffs that Void provides. It’s not, however, the easiest weapon to come by, and you’ll need patience and friends — or at least like-minded teammates — to get your hands on it.
How to Get the Collective Obligation Pulse Rifle in Destiny 2
The only way to get the Collective Obligation is as a random drop from the final encounter of the Vow of the Disciple Raid, originally released with the Witch Queen expansion. Unfortunately, there is no other source of the weapon in Destiny 2. You can’t get it from completing the initial encounters of the Raid either — only the chest after defeating Rhulk can drop it.
How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Collective Obligation
You can, however, increase your chances of getting the Exotic by completing the Raid-specific challenges.
- When you look at the Seal screen for Disciple-Slayer, you’ll notice that some of the challenges have an Exotic icon on them. Completing any of these adds a marginal increase to the drop chance of the Collective Obligation.
As with other Raid Exotics like the Conditional Finality, One Thousand Voices, or Touch of Malice, having every drop-increasing challenge done won’t guarantee you get the weapon, but having them, and doing enough Raids to improve your bad luck protection, can give you a better chance at Collective Obligation.
Why Having Collective Obligation is Important for Void Builds
Not having the Collective Obligation doesn’t make or break a top-tier Void build on any class, but having it can take one that works and catapult it into one that dominates.
- Its Exotic perk, Void Leech, allows you to absorb Void debuffs — Weakened, Volatile, or Suppressed — and reapply them to other enemies.
- Its unique perk, called Umbral Sustenance, automatically reloads the weapon whenever you’re affected by a Void buff: Invisible, Devour, or Void Overshield.
Now imagine that you have a Hunter with the Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk, giving you effectively infinite access to Volatile Rounds, near constant Invisibility, and the ability to activate Devour almost at a whim. Yeah, Collective Obligation can make that monster of a build and elevate it even further. It will take up your Exotic weapon slot, but pair both with the likes of the Commemoration Machine Gun and a solid Kinetic Shotgun or the Riptide Fusion Rifle, and there’s almost nothing that could stand in your way.
In short, if you want some of the absolute best Void 3.0 builds in all of Destiny 2, I highly recommend the Collective Obligation Exotic Pulse Rifle. And as hard as it can be to get, it’s worth every second. For more on the game’s many facets, check out our guides on how to get the Wicked Implement, the Triton Vice, the best DPS weapons in the Ghost of the Deep Dungeon, and more in our D2 guides hub.