The Ikelos Sniper (or Ikelos SR V1.02) has returned in Season of Arrivals. This is a great 140 Sniper which has great potential if you have the right rolls. The following is a guide for how to get the Ikelos Sniper in Destiny 2.
We first saw the Ikelos weapon set in Destiny 2 year 1 with the release of the Warmind expansion. The Ikelos weapons are potential loot rewards from Escalation Protocol. Back then the shotgun took the headlines for being one of the best shotguns in the game, but the Sniper was pretty good too.
Now the Ikelos Sniperhas returned to us this season. This is a legendary energy sniper rifle that deals solar damage. It’s a rapid-frame sniper, which means deeper ammo reserves and faster reloading when the magazine is empty.
Looking at the stats we have 55 for impact, 37 for range, 45 for stability, 70 for handling and 61 for reload speed. This one is 140 rounds per minute with 5 in the magazine.
The curated roll here comes with Box Breathing were aiming with this weapon for a short time without firing grants bonus range and precision damage. It also comes with Triple Tap where rapidly landing precision hits will return 1 round to the magazine. It also has Serpah Rounds, which I think is unique to this Sniper Rifle, and Full bore which increases range decreases stability and handling speed.
Looking at the perks on the weapon there’s plenty of good options as in the final perk slot you can have Box Breathing, High Impact reserves and Quick Draw. In the third slot, you can have Fourth Times the Charm, Triple Tap, Feeding Frenzy, No Distractions, Moving Target.
For PVE I would go for something like Box Breathing or High Impact Reserves for that increase in Damage and pair that up with either Triple Tap or Fourth Time’s the Charm. For PVP Quick Draw and Moving Target would be your best bet, as we don’t have Snapshot Sights.
To get this weapon you’ll want to get your hands on an Exodus Engram for a chance at a drop. There are 4 weapons in the Exodus Engrams – the Ikelos SMG, Ikelos Sniper, First In, Last Out shotgun and Berenger’s Memory Grenade Launcher. You can get Exodus Engrams by completing steps in the quest for Zavala called Exodus: Preparation.
The first step here is to go and speak to Zavala. He’ll let you know it’s down to us to protect the system now that the Pyramids have arrived and sends us on a quest around the planets that are going to be vaulted in Beyond Light – Titan, Io, Mercury and Mars.
Once you have spoken to Zavala, he’ll then send to you Sloan on Titan. What you have to do here is complete a Weekly Bounty from Sloane. There are 2 on offer and you have a choice of some activities – this might be running a strike, killing a few enemies somewhere specific on the map or running public events. Read the bounty and then get on with those activities.
When you have finished the activity head back to Sloane and you’ll get your Exodus Engram. Then head on over to the Umbral Decoder to decode the engram for a chance at a drop of this weapon. There’s a 1 in 4 chance of getting it.
If you want more Exodus Engrams, then keep on with the Exodus Preparation quest and you’ll visit Asher on Io, Brother Vance on Mercury and Ana on Mars. There’s some great lore available as well as more Exodus Engrams.
Once you have the weapons you can then focus your Umbral Engrams through the Prismatic Recaster to create more Exodus Focused Engrams. Once you have these focusing options you can narrow it down to a 50/50 chance for getting the Sniper, so much more of a chance to get the weapon you want.
Let me know what you think of the Ikelos Sniper. How does it compare to other Snipers like Beloved and Twilight Oath?