Sleeper Simulant is still one of the best DPS weapons in the game, plus it’s useful across a range of activities for both PVP and PVE. It’s about to get a massive buff in Season 14, with a 15% increase to damage, so it’s worth adding to your arsenal if you haven’t done so already. Today I am going to walk through the steps required to get Sleeper Simulant after the Beyond Light update, as this is one of those weapon quests that changed dramatically since the original mission was put into the Destiny Content Vault.
Sleeper Simulant was around in Destiny 1, and while it was powerful back then it gains a whole new generation of fans in Destiny 2 when it was introduced in Season 3 during the Warmind expansion. Back then you had to take on a lengthy quest to get this weapon, but now it’s much easier to acquire.
That’s a good thing because we’re about to get a massive buff to Linear Fusion Rifles next season, meaning now is the best time to either dust off that old Sleeper Simulant from your vault, or pick up a fresh new one. Without further delay, let’s dive into the steps required to get your hands on one of the most powerful exotic power weapons in the game.
How to get Sleeper Simulant after Beyond Light
Sleeper Simulant is arguably much easier to get these days. This one first came to Destiny 2 in Season 3 with the Warmind DLC, and it involved a lengthy quest on Mars. Thankfully, it’s much easier to get these days. You can now buy the Exotic Linear Fusion Rifle from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower, which you can find next to the Vault in the Tower called Monument to Lost Lights. Land in the Tower in the main courtyard, and head on over to the Monument and look under the Red War Exotics category.
Sleeper Simulant will cost you:
1 x Exotic Cipher
200 x Baryon Bough
1 x Ascendant Shards
You can get an Exotic Cipher from the Season Pass, or you can complete the quest from Xur – he’s around from Friday until Tuesday. I do a guide on Xur’s location each week, so make sure you subscribe and hit the notifications bell to never miss an update.
Glimmer can be acquired from pretty much any activity – strikes, gambit, crucible, public events, patrols, etc. You can also go to Spider and trade in materials for Glimmer, but don’t trade in Baryon Bough as you’re going to need those for Sleeper Simulant.
For the Ascendant Shards you can purchase these from Banshee-44 in the Tower, or you can get them from high-level nightfalls as random drops from the final chest.
Finally, there’s the Baryon Bough. This is a little more in depth so I will get into how to farm Baryon Bough next.
How to farm for Baryon Bough
Baryon Bough are the planetary material found on the Dreaming City and there’s a couple of ways to get them. Before you head down onto the Dreaming City you’ll want to prepare, in particular with your ghost shell. There’s a mod called Wombo Detector which helps you detect caches and resources within a 50m range. Put this on your ghost as this is going to come in use.
Once you’ve done this head down to the Dreaming City. There’s a few farming methods we’re going to combine here. Pick up all the bounties from Petra, she moves around locations on the Dreaming City so check the map and mark her location. Her bounties will reward you a bunch of Baryon Bough.
Next you’ll find to find the caches hidden on the Dreaming City, you’ll be able to see these on your map and they will reward you Baryon Bough. Finally, you can find individual Baryon Bough on the ground. If you get your ghost out your Wombo Detector Ghost mod will be able to help you find them nice and fast.
It also worth checking out Spider on the Tangeled Shore as he maybe selling or trading Baryon Bough. His invesntory rotates daily. Do be careful with Spider though. I would wait for the 5 x Baryon Bough to be sold for 1 Legendary Shard, rather than 5000 Glimmer. Unless you have loads of Glimmer and Shards, as SPider will fleece you of everything you’ve got.
Once you have all the materials then head back to the Monuments to Lost Lights in the Tower and purchase Sleeper Simulant.
Sleeper Simulant is an Exotic Power Linear Fusion Rifle. Looking at the exotic perk
- Dornröschen – The weapon’s laser over penetrates enemies and refracts off hard surfaces.
- Moving Target – Increased movement speed and target acquisition when moving while aiming down sights.
Compared to a standard Fusion Rifle, the Sleeper Simulant has much more range and accuracy. Instead of firing seven individual bolts per burst, it only fires once. It has the pinpoint accuracy of a sniper rifle (though it uses a low-zoom sight), which is something most heavy weapons lack and is capable of precision damage. Each beam fired has virtually unlimited range as well as no damage falloff, meaning that the damage inflicted, either at close or long-range, will be all the same.
On the subject matter of damage, the Sleeper Simulant inflicts extremely high damage per shot, making it a devastating weapon to use against bosses and can even penetrate closed Shriekers. It was the subject of a nerf in a previous season, as it was ruining Gambit with Invaders Weilding the very deadly Sleeper Simulant. It’s also one of the best-looking weapons in the game and has roots in Destiny 1.
Linear Fusion Rifles are about to get a whole lot better in Season 14 of Destiny 2 with Bungie lining up a 15% buff to damage and a 20% buff to magazine size. Bungie said in their latest update:
Linear Fusion Rifles: These are an unpopular choice in PvE, largely because other weapons do their intended job (single target sustained damage) better or more efficiently, without the requirement of landing all precision hits. We want to keep the LFRs focus on precision damage but decided to increase the precision damage to make them more competitive, and increase reserves to give them more staying power.
Note that we have seen plenty of suggestions to move some or all LFRs out of the Heavy slot, but this is a substantial amount of work and a balance risk for PvP, due to the difficulty of balancing Sniper Rifles (as instant-shot weapons) against LFRs (with charge time), with wildly varying flinch and aim assist values, and reduces weapon diversity in the Heavy slot. It’s still a possibility for sometime in the future though, if tuning them as Heavy weapons doesn’t have the desired effect.
Let me know down in the comments what you think of Sleeper Simulant?
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