Destiny 2 – How to get The Steady Hand (Legendary Hand Cannon)

The Steady Hand is a returning hand cannon in this seasons Iron Banner loot pool and it’s a 120 hand cannon, plus a pretty popular weapon right now up there amongst the top 5 weapons used in competitive PVP. Today I am going to look at the weapon stats, good rolls to chase for PVP and PVE and how to get The Steady Hand.

The Steady Hand is a Legendary Kinetic Hand Cannon which is an Aggressive Frame meaning it has high damage, high recoil. Optimized for long-distance shooting. Looking at the weapon stats it has Impact 92, Range 64, Stability 32, Handling 28, Reload Speed 28, Rounds Per Minute 120 and Magazine 8.

The curated roll comes with Mulligan where missing a shot has the chance to return ammo directly to the magazine and Slideshot where sliding partially reloads the magazine and boosts range and stability.

For PVP Killing Wind and Mulligan would be a good roll, whereas for PVE Quickdraw and Swashbuckler would be good. Swashbuckler is great as the weapon gains increased damage based on melee kills, which is nice for PVE focused builds. The most popular roll out there with the community is Quickdraw and Swashbuckler.

To get this weapon you have to run through the Iron Banner quest for the season called Slaying Dragons. You’ll get this weapon as part of the Iron Banner quest, just before you have to get hand cannon kills. You can also turn in Iron Banner tokens to Lord Saladin for a chance at a drop of this weapon.

Bungie made some changes to 120 hand cannons in Beyond Light which included changes to the former 110 hand cannons, which The Steady Hands was part of:


  • Increased RoF from 110 to 120.
  • Broke out Aggressive Hand Cannons, allowing custom tuning of stats (e.g. damage falloff for 100 range in this subfamily now starts at 32m).

This makes 120 hand cannons much more viable. They do take a little bit getting used to if you’re like me and have been using 150s and 140s for a long time. The damage and range on these now have seen them rise towards the top of the PVP charts. The Steady Hand is currently sitting at number 5 in the charts of the most used weapons in competitive PVP below Felwinter’s Lie, Adored and Sturm.

Let me know what you think down int he comments about The Steady Hand and which rolls are you enjoying this season.

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