The Forward Path is a Legendary Auto that’s been returned to us this week through Iron Banner. This is a reprised weapon that’s been brought up to speed and it has the chance to drop with the new Iron Banner perks, Iron Gaze and Iron Grip. The following is a guide for how to get The Forward Path in Destiny 2.
The Forward Path is a 600 rpm auto rifle that sits in the kinetic slot and is part of the archetype that got a major buff in Season 10. It’s got great handling at 72 and pretty good reload speed at 64. The impact isn’t great at 21 and the range is mediocre at 50. It’s got 43 in the mag and takes primary ammo.
The curation roll comes with Iron Gaze, where you get an improvement to target acquisition at a cost of range (and it’s a big cost) and also Dynamic Sway Reduction, which got a big boost this season. You’ll want to look out for the Red Dot 2 MOA for the small increase in range and handling as well as Armour Piercing Rounds for range, handling and zoom.
For PVP you’ll want to grab a Dynamic Sway Reduction and Eye of the Storm, where accuracy and handling gets better as your health gets lower. Dynamic Sway is much improved this season, so it’s worth holding out for a roll with that if you can get it to drop.
For PVE it can drop with Multikill Clip and Feeding Frenzy, but Swashbuckler is also good too.
To get this weapon you need to complete the short quest from Lord Saladin in the Tower. For this you’ll need 25 auto rifle kills and 25 sidearm kills. Once you have this you’ll get a drop of both The Forward Path and The Fool’s Remedy Sidearm. On completing the quest you’ll get these weapons added to your Iron Banner loot pool, so handing in tokens will get you another version, with potential better rolls.
This weapon does have the chance to drop with Iron Gaze. This massive improves the aim assist, however, there’s -40 for range, making it 10 in total if you have Iron Gaze on there. I didn’t get one with Iron Gaze unfortunately, but I’ve heard it essentially turns into SMG range. This is likely to be more effective with a controller on PC or for console players, as that aim assist is really going to kick in.
I don’t think this one is going to replace Gnawing Hunger for me at the moment. The time to kill doesn’t feel as crisp as Gnawing Hunger, and it’s much more time consuming to get the weapon to drop and there’s a lot more RNG involved. I don’t know if we’ve been spoiled with the Umbral Engram method, as now the other vendors seem less good than the system with the Prismatic Recaster, Umbral Engrams and the Umbral Decoder.
To get another drop of The Forward Path we have to hand in tokens, and the loot pool is pretty big with the Armour set and the weapons, there’s probably roughly a 1/10 chance of this auto rifle dropping, whereas you can get Gnawing Hunger as a 50% drop rate with the right Umbral Focusing.
One tip, if you have more than one guardian then pick up the Red-Hot Iron quest on all characters and if you complete it once, then you’ll get drops on all 3 characters as it will auto-complete. So by picking it up on all 3 and doing it once, you’ll get the same loot as doing it 3 times, as the quest is account-wide rather than per character. It may be too late, as you may have done this quest already… but if you haven’t then make sure you pick it up on all 3 characters to get extra free loot from Iron Banner in Season of Arrivals.
I do like we have something to chase in Iron Banner with these new weapons and perks. I would recommend giving it a try and completing that short quest, however, I don’t think this is going to replace other beastly autos like Suros Regime, Gnawing Hunger of Galliard 42. It didn’t feel as crisp to me, it felt a little clunky and the flare that comes out of the barrel is slightly off-putting.
Iron Banner is around from 30th June – 7th July, but it will be back in approx 4 weeks, so if you are watching this in the future when Iron Banner isn’t here, then you’ll have to wait until Iron Banner rolls around again in the not too distant future. There should be one at the end of July and Aug as we build up to Destiny 2: Beyond Light in September.
Let me know what you think of the weapon down in the comments.