Independent Study

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Independent Study
Independent study icon1.jpg
Season 6
Type Quest
Rarity Exotic
Steps 7
Rewards Thorn

Independent Study is an Exotic Quest.

1. A Melted Hunk of Metal


Despite the burn damage, you recognize this weapon as a Thorn, a legendary weapon capable of severing Guardians from the Light. The Shadows of Yor, followers of an infamous Guardian-killer, are well-known for carrying Thorns. This one is broken, but you think it may be possible to fix it. A reputable (and discreet) gunsmith would know where to start.

Bring the ruined Thorn to Banshee-44 in the Tower.


Banshee visited: 1

2. The Essence


Banshee has recommended a number of rare components that you should be able to use to restore your ruined Thorn to working order. First on the list is Hadronic Essence, a dense lattice of exotic baryons and mesons, once commonly favored as an infusion in Warlock fieldweave.

Gather Hadronic Essence by completing bounties for Asher Mir on Io, by defeating Warlocks in the Crucible, or by completing Nightfall strikes. Nightfall strikes grant the most efficient progress.


Essence gathered: 50

3. The Steel


Next on the list of required components is Plasteel Plating, a durable hybrid plastic favored by Titans for its balance of strength and workability. Plasteel is not commonly available for artisan use these days: the Red War wiped out the DIY supply chain within the City.

Gather Plasteel Plating by completing bounties for Sloane on Titan, by defeating Titans in the Crucible, or by completing encounters at the Blind Well. Heroic Blind Well encounters grant the most efficient progress.


Plating gathered: 50

4. The Binding


Last on the list of Guardian-grade components is Sapphire Wire, another hard-to-come-by item formerly favored by Hunters because of its versatility. Sapphire Wire, like Plasteel Plating, was another casualty of the Red War... but you feel confident that you can scrounge some up.

Gather Sapphire Wire by completing bounties for Ana Bray on Mars, by defeating Hunters in the Crucible, or by completing an Escalation Protocol wave. Escalation Protocol waves grant the most efficient progress.


Wire gathered: 50

5. Weaponize the Unknown


Your project is going well. The gun is now mechanically sound, but it is simply a gun: it has no intrinsic power of its own. You'll need to reconnect it to the Light somehow, and the vast dark secrets of the Void seem like the most promising route.

Defeat Guardians in the Crucible using Void energy or Hand Cannons. Precision streaks using Void Hand Cannons grant the most efficient progress. Note that progress is multiplied in the Iron Banner or in Survival Crucible matches.


Connection strength: 500

6. Something Yet Remains


Your Thorn hums with the hungry indifference of the Void, but it lacks something essential. You know the original Thorn was intimately connected to the Hive, though you don't know exactly how. Wandering around the Tower to ask your mentors about the provenance of a banned weapon strikes you as a bad idea, but- There are quieter places to ask questions. Places off the beaten path, where knowledgeable Cryptarchs have settled down to do their work in peace and quiet...

Pay a visit to Tyra Karn at the Farm. The Farm is accessible via the EDZ Director.


Tyra visted: 1

7. The Chasm of Screams


While you were speaking to Tyra, she mentioned something called the Hated Path, a sort of primer to transform an ordinary Hand Cannon into a Thorn. Bathe your Light in horrors. Feed your weapon with death. Bind it with sickness. Horrors, death, sickness... that all sounds like the Hive nests on Titan to you.

Defeat the Arbiters, Sardav and Telesh, then defeat Savathun's Song in an epic reprise of strike Savathûn's Song on Titan.


Strike completed: 1


  • The Arbiters spawn in the phase of the boss encounter where Savathûn's Song conjures an invincibility barrier. These are Ultra enemies that must be slain in order to validate the mission and complete the step.
  • The access point to the Savathûn's Song strike on the map will be replaced with Chasm of Screams until the step is complete.


Thorn icon1.jpg Kinetic Thorn
Primary ammo Hand Cannon