Season of the Chosen has kicked things off strong with its loot game given we have a whole bunch of Battlegrounds weapons, Playlist specific weapons and returning weapons from Destiny 1 to farm for in Nightfalls like The Palindrome. There is one weapon hidden in the loot pool that would rank up there with the best pinnacle weapons in previous seasons. Today I am going to look at the weapon, why it’s so good and also how to get it.
Back in Destiny 2: Forsaken Bungie created a new tier of weapon called ‘Pinnacle’. This sits somewhere between Legendary and Exotic. Some famous pinnacle weapons over the years include Recluse (SMG), Revoker (Sniper) and Redix Claymore (Pulse Rifle). These were simply the best legendary weapons in the game. They were so good, that many of them dominated the meta in Destiny 2 for years, only to have been irrelevant in the endgame by sunsetting.
Over the years and iterations, Bungie has made these pinnacle weapons less powerful so they don’t dominate the game as they once did. The problem with these weapons is they are so powerful, there’s no need to use anything else and they either have to be nerfed or removed, which people don’t like considering they have sunk often multiple hours into gettings one of these weapons.
Pinnacle weapons became Ritual Weapons and then became Pursuit weapons, but essentially they are one and the same thing – slightly more powerful weapons. In Season of the Chosen, we have Salvager’s Salvo a breech-loading grenade launcher. It’s pretty good, but it’s definitely not Mountaintop which was another example of a pinnacle weapon that dominated up until the release of Beyond Light.
Pinnacle Weapons were hard to get, there was a massive grind but you were rewarded with a gun that matched the effort. Redrix’s Broadsword is probably a great example of this, let’s look at the quest.
- Orientation: Defeat 200 opponents with Pulse Rifles
- The Shape of Things to Come: Reach Valor rank Heroic
- The Candidate: Get 75 Double Play medals in Crucible
- Dead Is Dead: Defeat 150 opponents with Pulse Rifle precision final blows
- Further Instructions: Get 50 kills with Arc, Solar, and Void in Crucible
- This Place Is Death: Complete 25 Control, Survival, and Rumble matches
- The Constant: Complete 20 Crucible daily bounties
- The Beginning of the End: Reset your Valor rank
Those steps are going to take some time, but at the end of it, you were rewarded with an amazing Redrix’s Broadsword Pulse Rifle, with some devasting perks. Redrix’s Broadsword Legendary Kinetic Pulse Rifle with a High-Impact Frame. Slow-firing and high-damage. This weapon is more accurate when stationary and aiming down sights. Looking at the stats we have Impact 33, Range 60, Stability 59, Handling 38, Reload Speed 44, Rounds Per Minute 340, Magazine 27.
Checking out the perks this was a fixed roll.
- Desperado – Reloading after a precision final blow increases your rate of fire.
- Outlaw – Precision kills decrease reload speed time
- High Calibre Rounds – Shots from this weapon knock the target back further
- Chambered compensator – Increased stability
That Desperado and Outlaw combination was deadly. This gun was also sunset and now lives out its days in the Monuments for Lost Lights. Sure, you can buy it and use it in quickplay or comp but you won’t be able to use it in endgame PVP like Trials or Iron Banner. That brings us nicely to the secret pinnacle weapon inside Season of the Chosen, and that’s The Messenger.
The Messenger is a Legendary Kinetic Pulse Rifle with a High-Impact Frame meaning it’s Slow-firing and high-damage. This weapon is more accurate when stationary and aiming down sights. Looking at the stats we have Impact 33, Range 69, Stability 59, Handling 38, Reload Speed 44, Rounds Per Minute 340 and Magazine 31.
The thing that separates The Messenger is the perk combinations. In the 4th slot, we have One for all, Headseeker, Celerity, Kill Clip and Desperado – Reloading after a precision final blow increases your rate of fire. In the 3rd slot we have Zen Moment, Killing Wind, Moving Target and then Rapid-Hit and Outlaw. Rapid Hit – Rapid precision hits temporarily increase stability and reload speed. Outlaw – Precision kills decrease reload time. Outlaw and Desperado give you that Redrix style combo on a Pulse Rifle that’s been missing since Redrix was sunset. But we also have Rapid-Hit too, for that boost in stability as well as reload speed.
Either of these rolls on The Messenger is going to be deadly. Now Sunsetting has been shelved and we have the opportunity for this roll out there in the wild I think it’s well worth farming Trials of Osiris for when The Messenger is available. The first week was a good opportunity, given The Messenger was the reward at 3 wins… but it’s going to come up again as the weeks and seasons progress.
This season we have Salvager’s Salvo as the Pursuit Weapon, but I would keep an eye on Trials and when The Messenger is available. Either Outlaw or Rapid-Hit and Desperado are a deadly combination for PVP and if you’re wanting to go into competitive game modes then this is the tool you want to be arming yourself with. It may not be a Pinnacle Weapon like we’re used to, we don’t have a huge quest to get through to get one. This is going to be based on a little RNG, but it is possible to get the roll. My first drop was Outlaw and One For All in the first week, and I went back into Trials with another character and got lucky with a Rapid Hit and Desperado roll. I was willing to settling for anything with Desperado, but to get Rapid Hit too… that’s pretty lucky.
If you want to get this weapon then you will have to go into Trials and get it. The loot for Trials of Osiris does rotate each week, but I do a video that comes out shortly after trials goes live detailing the map and the weapons for that week, so subscribe and hit the notification bell to never miss what’s going on in Trials at the weekend.
That’s it for today, just a heads up on one of the best weapons out there in the loot pool at the moment. Given sunsetting is going to be removed later this year, I think it’s well worth farming for this gun as it’s going to be a secret weapon in PVP for months to come.
Let me know what you think down in the comments. Did you farm out Redrix back in the early days of Destiny 2 and what replacements did you find? Also, let me know how you get on in Trials on Osiris and farming for this weapon.