You’ll craft a huge number of blades, axes, hammers and pikes between your Behemoth hunts in Dauntless, but few will be as special as the rare Exotic Weapons. There are currently three Exotic Weapons in Dauntless, and you can’t get them through the regular means. In this guide we’ll be looking at The Hunger, and Exotic Sword that lets you trade your health for increased damage and attack rate. Want it? Good, because in this guide we’ll take you through how to get The Hunger Exotic Sword in Dauntless, and what you need to upgrade it.
How to get The Hunger Exotic Sword
Before you can craft The Hunger, you’ll first need to obtain its blueprints. This is a mechanic that’s unique to Exotic weapons, and unfortunately means you’re left at the whim of random chance. The blueprint for The Hunger can be obtained either by completing Heroic Patrols, or by fighting the Shrowd Behemoth. You won’t be able to earn blueprints until you’ve unlocked Heroics as an option.
The Shrowd is an Umbral Behemoth with Threat Level 17, making it one of the toughest fights in the game right now. Make sure you have a good understanding of elemental weaknesses before you take it on. From this point on, being able to get The Hunger is just down the luck. Every time you successfully kill a Shroud, you’ll have a small chance to earn The Hunger blueprint as a drop. It’s only a very small chance, which means you might need to grind the fight several times before you’re lucky enough.
How to craft and upgrade The Hunger Exotic Sword
Once you have the blueprint, you’ll be able to craft The Hunger just like any other weapon. The Behemoth parts you’ll need are much tougher than usual though. The initial crafting requirements are as follows:
- 150 Rams
- 3 Shrowd Feather
- 4 Twisted Shadowspur
- 6 Elemental Furyplate
- 3 Elemental Tailgem
The Shrowd Feather and Shadowspur can be harvested by breaking parts of the Shrowd during your fights, but the Furyplate and Tailgem are a little different. Elemental Furyplate can only be harvested from the limbs (usually legs) of a Behemoth (Threat Level 8+) while it is enraged. That means you need to break the part while the Behemoth is glowing red with anger. Elemental Tailgem can only be earned by breaking the tail of an elemental Behemoth (Threat Level 8+) within two minutes of starting combat. See our guide on Tailgem, Clawgem and Skullgem for more information.
Levels +1 to +5 cost the standard increasing Rams and Dull Arcstone, but at Level +6 you’ll need another unusual collection, as listed below:
- 220 Rams
- 13 Dull Arcstone
- 4 Corrupted Voidfeather
- 2 Darkbeak Fragment
- 6 Neutral Clawgem
- 3 Neutral Furytooth
Corrupted Voidfeather and Darkbeak Fragment are again obtained by breaking the relevant parts of the Shrowd during a fight. The Neutral Clawgem can only be earned by breaking the limbs of a Neutral Behemoth (Threat Level 8+) within two minutes of combat starting. Finally, the Neutral Furytooth is only earned by breaking the head of an enraged Neutral Behemoth (Threat Level 8+).
Levels +7 to +9 will ask for Shining Arcstone in addition to Dull, and at level +10 you’ll hit the next boundary and require the following parts:
- 400 Rams
- 23 Dull Arcstone
- 75 Shining Arcstone
- 2 Nightmare Shard
- 8 Shrowd Feather
- 3 Darkbeak Fragment
- 3 Dark Tailfeather
- 6 Aetheric Claw
- 3 Elemental Skullgem
Hopefully you’ll have collected enough Shrowd parts by this point, though the Nightmare Shard is an Epic Drop so you shouldn't expect to get it each time you take down the oversized raven. That leaves us with the Aetheric Claw and the Elemental Skullgem. Aetheric Claw is a rare drop from the limbs of an Aether Charged Behemoth (Threat Level 8+), while the Elemental Skullgem requires you to break the head of an Elemental Behemoth (Threat Level 8+) within two minutes of starting combat.
From there on you’ll need 600 Rams and an increasing number of Peerless Arcstone to upgrade The Hunger, all the way up to the final level of +15 which asks for 600 Rams and 40 Peerless Arcstone. It’s an extremely expensive weapon to upgrade, but makes for an entertaining long-term goal in Dauntless. Take a look at the video below by OhDough to see The Hunger in action: