Cold Denial is a new high-impact frame Pulse Rifle that’s bee added during Season of Arrivals. Together with the buff to high-impact Pulse Rifles from Bungie at the start of the season, this makes Cold Denial one of the most desirable weapons in the game right now. The following is a guide for how to get Cold Denial in Destiny 2.
Cold Denial is a legendary, kinetic pulse rifle that sits in the high-impact frame archetype. Up until recently these weren’t really getting anyone’s attention, however, in update 2.9.0 Bungie said
“High-Impact Pulse Rifle damage per bullet from 21 to 22 – this changes it from six crits to five crits/one body to kill a guardian in PvP at most resiliences.”
That may not sound a lot, but in practice, this is a really nice change. Everyone had their eyes on the Redrix before the start of the season, but Bungie added in something new into the sandbox with Cold Denial.
Let’s have a look at the stats on the weapon. We’ve got 33 for impact, 61 for range, 50 for stability, 32 for handling and 41 for reload speed. It’s a 340 rounds per minute pulse rifle with 28 in the magazine.
The curated roll comes with Headseeker where body shots landed with this weapon increase precision damage for a short time and Zen Moment was causing damage with this weapon increases the stability. It also comes with Flared Magwell for the increase to reload speed and stability and Smallbore for the increase in range and stability.
For PVP Eye of the Storm and Zen Moment would be a good roll and for PVE Multikill Clip and Feeding Frenzy would be good. Extended Barrel is pretty nice in relation to the range and Chambered Compensator is also good and it’ll feel much smoother in your hands. If you’re using a controller you may want to go for Chambered Compensator so it’s much easier to control, as on PC you won’t have to worry about that too much.
This one also comes with Richochet Rounds as you’ll have another boost to stability and range. The rounds also bounce off surfaces which can be nice, but it’s unlikely you’re going to get too many kills this way.
It also has the chance the drop with the new perks Killing Wind and Unrelenting, which are also great perks to have. There’s plenty of options with this weapon, so try and collect a few and try them out in your favourite game mode.
To get this weapon you’ll need to reach rank 45 on the season pass. Once you do you’ll get the base drop, but then you can use the focused engrams to get more drops. Unlocking both Falling Guillotine and Cold Denial gives you access to this new focusing, so I would save up a few umbral engrams if you can for when you get this as you can then immediately get a few more and go for that god roll.
I’ve seen a lot of top PVP players use this in the crucible in Trials and Comp playlists, so it’s definitely worth searching out a good roll on this weapon and maybe keeping a couple for next season in the vault. The Darkness weapons this season have been great and whereas Falling Guillotine is excellent in PVE for that big boss damage, then Cold Denial can give you that edge in PVP.
As with the other Darkness weapons, there’s some really interesting lore on Cold Denial, so let’s check it out.
A familiar tool in the face of failure.
The Wizard floats horizontally, inches off the ground, restrained by a mesh cocoon that ripples with Arc energy. The restraints crackle and hiss as the Hive lieutenant struggles. The Warlock glances uneasily at her captive.
“Guardian is insult. Sword Logic is death to weakness. Death to sick. Keep alive weakness makes weakness alive,” the Wizard says and then rattles off a thick stream of guttural sounds that the Guardian’s Ghost can’t translate. The Warlock assumes they’re curses.
“You’re lucky we disagree. We value more than just brute strength. We value all the things that make strength worth having. Like ingenuity. Or kindness. Or friendship,” the Guardian says. She scans the horizon uneasily. It’s been over thirty minutes since her fireteam last checked in. “I wouldn’t expect you to understand.”
The Wizard clacks his teeth in disdain. “Kill makes all nothing. Dead kindness nothing. Dead friend nothing. Kill is highest.”
“Well then, I should probably shoot you right now,” the Guardian snaps at her prisoner. Her fireteam’s prolonged absence is making her edgy. “Is that what you want?”
“Yes. You kill now. Is Logic.” The Wizard shows no fear.
The Guardian shakes her head. “You lot are the worst.”
Where the hell are they?
Let me know what you think of Cold Denial down in the comments. What rolls did you get and which activity do you like using this gun in?