'Destiny 2' Sleeper Simulant Guide - How to Get It, Perks & More

Destiny 2 players have already torn apart the Warmind expansion to reveal a questline that unlocks the beloved Sleeper Simulant Heavy Fusion Rifle from Destiny 1. In this no-nonsense guide, we'll tell you what you need to do and what Perks make this weapon as great as it always was.


In order to get Destiny 2's Sleeper Simulant, you'll need to have first completed the main campaign in the newly released Warmind DLC. Talk to Ana, then talk to Zavala to get a campaign Exotic. Talk to Ana again, and she'll give you missions called Legacy Code and A Piece of the Past. Finish them both.

After acquiring the Legendary Hand Cannon, talk to Ana once more to begin a quest called Violent Intel. It requires you to kill Hive and Cabal with headshots in the new Mars Basin area. This part can be a bit of a grind, but Public Events can be a big help here. After that you'll unlock a new step called Rasputin's Culling.

This mission requires you to defeat powerful enemies, which means hunting down and slaying as many yellow bars as possible. Public Events on Nessus have lots of those, or you can do Heroic Fallen Glimmer Extraction Events too. You can generally finish this step in a couple of events if you play your cards right.

Destiny 2 Violent Intel
The Violent Intel quest starts you on your grind towards 'Destiny 2's Sleeper Simulant. Bungie/Activision

The next quest is called Warmind's Glory, and it requires finishing five Heroic Strikes. After that is the Nodes and Protocols step. To finish it you need to complete levels in Escalation Protocol and access 15 Sleeper Nodes. For more info on Nodes, read our Node guide and learn all the Node locations we know so far. With regard to levels, all you need to do is make it through a couple waves to pass the test.

With that horrendous grind done, you'll finally get a mission complete dialogue called Protocol "Perfected Form." Just replay Will of the Thousands with the IKELOS weapon equipped and you'll be good to go. Return to Ana and the Sleeper Simulant is yours.


Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant perks
The Sleeper Simulant's perks make it similar to its 'Destiny 1' version. Bungie/Activision
  • It does lots of damage
  • Heavy Bricks offer two rounds, which means there's always plenty of ammo
  • It's very similar to the Sleeper Simulant in the original Destiny.
  • Dornroschen: The weapon's laser overpenetrates enemies and retracts off hard surfaces.
  • Polygonal Rifling: Barrel optimized for recoil reduction
  • Flared Magwell: Optimized for fast reloading
  • Moving Target: Increased movement speed and target acquisition while moving when aiming down sight.
  • Composite Stock: Has a dual-purpose stock which increases stability and handling speed.

Destiny 2 's Warmind DLC is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

What are your thoughts on the Sleeper Simulant being in Destiny 2? Will you be making the intense grind to get it? Tell us in the comments section!