Weapon Shaping

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Weapon Shaping, also known as Weapon Crafting, is a gameplay system introduced with The Witch Queen expansion. It allows players to use the Relic at the Enclave to create copies of certain weapons, which can then be leveled up through use and further customized with unlockable perks.

Access

Players gain access to Weapon Shaping after completing the mission The Arrival in the Witch Queen campaign. The Relic quest will guide the player through a tutorial on how to shape new weapons. Through this process, players will craft The enigma icon1.jpg The Enigma, a Glaive. The quests Shaping: Extraction, Shaping: Resonant Alloys, and Reshaping the Enigma will further explain certain aspects of the crafting process. These quests will also reward players with crafting materials and several Weapon Patterns. This series of quests is free to all players, and does not require ownership of The Witch Queen expansion.

Weapon Patterns

Main page: Weapon Patterns

A weapon can only be crafted if the player unlocks that weapon's pattern. Not every weapon in the game is available for crafting. All unlockable patterns and their unlock conditions are viewable in the Patterns & Catalysts section of the Triumphs tab. Most patterns are unlocked by extracting them from Deepsight Resonance weapons, while others are obtained from quests or activities.

Deepsight Resonance

Main page: Deepsight Resonance

Resonant Elements and certain patterns must be obtained by extracting them from Deepsight Resonance weapons. These weapons are marked by a red border around their icons, and have a chance to drop from most activities.

Shaping

The Weapon Shaping screen.

Players have two options when crafting at the Relic: Shape, which creates a new weapon, and Reshape, which modifies an already crafted weapon.

When Shaping a weapon, players must slot in an Intrinsic, 2 weapon perks (usually a Barrel and a Magazine), and 2 Traits. These depend on the weapon being crafted. Players can optionally slot in a Memento, which grants a unique shader and tracker depending on which activity it was obtained from.

Shaped Weapons

Main page: Shaped Weapons

Shaped weapons have a Weapon Level. This works similarly to attuning Deepsight Resonance weapons, but takes longer to reach 100% of a level. As the weapon increases in level, the player will unlock new perks and Intrinsics that can be applied during reshaping.

Players can shape as many copies of a given weapon as they want. This can allow for multiple versions of the same weapon. However, progress is not shared between these copies. If a shaped weapon is dismantled, its progress is not saved and is lost forever. The player can make a new copy of that weapon and start from level 1.

Reshaping

When Reshaping a weapon, players can reconfigure the weapon with different perks. At higher levels, Enhanced Traits will be unlocked. These are enhanced versions of other traits available on the weapon, improving the effect that a given trait provides. At Weapon Level 7, players can apply one of several Enhanced Intrinsics that provide a boost to one of the weapon's stats (e.g. Reload Speed, Stability). This replaces a weapon's usual Masterwork stat bonus, as shaped weapons cannot be upgraded like normal weapons.

Materials

There are a variety of materials used in Weapon Shaping:

  • Resonant Alloy icon.jpg Resonant Alloys are used to craft Intrinsics and Enhanced Intrinsics on most weapons. They are obtained by dismantling Legendary (and occasionally Rare) weapons. Note that dismantling Legendary weapons will not drop Alloys until the Shaping: Resonant Alloys quest is acquired.
  • Drowned Alloy icon.jpg Drowned Alloys are used to craft Intrinsics and Enhanced Intrinsics on weapons obtained from the Vow of the Disciple raid. They are obtained by dismantling weapons obtained from the Vow of the Disciple raid.
  • Ascendant Alloy icon.jpg Ascendant Alloys are used to craft Enhanced Traits while reshaping weapons. They can drop from weekly Witch Queen campaign missions, or from The Wellspring. One can be bought weekly from Master Rahool in the Tower. One can also be earned by reaching rank 16 with Banshee-44.
  • Neutral Element icon.jpg Resonant Elements are used to craft perks and traits.

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