Bungie’s 30th Anniversary event is coming up soon in Destiny 2, and we have a massive sandbox update coming, which is going to switch things up in terms of which weapons to use in-game. Today I’m going to look at some of the best Legendary weapons and perks to get your hands on before the update, so you can be in the best possible place going into the Bungie 30th Anniversary event.
Bungie gave us a big update about their sandbox changes coming last week, and today I’m going to run down some great legendary weapons to get your hands on and why, related back to buffs coming on December 7th.
Bungie shipped this with a high Heavy attack ammo cost to offset a great melee weapon that also has a good ranged attack, but now believe it’s safe to reduce the ammo cost.
- Reduced Heavy attack ammo cost from 8 to 5.
Sola’s Scar is a Legendary Power Solar Sword. It’s a Caster Frame meaning you can launch a heavy projectile attack.
Tireless Blade and En Garde is a good roll to look out for, but one of the most interesting features of this sword is that it can roll with Chain Reaction. This is where each final blow with the weapon creates an elemental damage explosion. I think this is the only sword that can have Chain Reaction roll on it, which makes it potentially explosive. Popular rolls out there include Tireless Blade and Chain Reaction, Relentless Strikes, and Vorpal Weapon.
Temptation’s Hook is a heavy sword that comes with some interesting perks and a whole host of benefits in Season of Arrivals. First of all, it’s a caster frame, so you can launch a heavy projectile attack and the attacks are stronger when you have full energy. It can also drop with Surrounded, where the weapon gains bonus damage when three or more enemies are in close proximity.
A decent roll comes with Tireless Blade, where you get sword ammo for every powered kill and Surrounded as we mentioned before. It also comes with a balanced guard for good all-around balanced defenses and a Honed Edge for an increase in damage.
Linear Fusion Rifles
In Season 14 Bungie bumped these up but believes that while their potential damage output competes numerically, and they’re extra hot right now because of the sweet Particle Deconstruction artifact mod, they can’t compete with the ease of use of other damage options. Last time they got a precision damage buff, this time it’s a flat damage buff.
- Increased PvE damage by 10%.
Threaded Needle is a Legendary Power Linear Fusion Rifle which is a Precision Frame meaning it fires a long-range precision energy bolt.
For PVE Clown Cartridge and Dragonfly would be a decent roll, plus this one is the most popular roll out there in the community at the moment. Clown Cartridge randomly overfills the ammo on reloading and Dragonfly creates elemental damage explosions on kills. Another good roll for PVE would be Rapid Hit and Vorpal Weapon, making this very useful against bosses for Legend Lost Sectors, Strikes, Nightfalls, or Raids.
For PVP Killing Wind and Vorpal Weapon would be good, giving you that boost to mobility, range, and handling for a short duration through Killing Wind. Vorpal Weapon is great for taking out Guardians in their supers. Rangefinder is another good perk for PVP.
Reed’s Regret is a Legendary Power Linear Fusion Rifle with a Precision Frame meaning it fires a long-range precision energy bolt. This weapon’s recoil pattern is more predictably vertical.
For PVE Triple Tap and Rampage would be a good roll. Triple Tap is where rapidly landing precision hits will return 1 round to the magazine and rampage gives you increase damage on kills, which stacks up to 3 times.
For PVP Quickdraw and Vorpal Weapon would be good. Quickdraw makes it so the weapon can be drawn very fast, and the vorpal weapon is great for killing guardians in their super.
In Season 11 Bungie wanted to see if slugs could be viable in PvE with a high enough reward for the risk of being close and the time it takes to aim at a head. The good news, they’re viable! However, they currently outclass pellet Shotguns and many other Special ammo options (not to mention being part of a dominant boss-melt tactic), we’d like to equalize this a bit. However, since pellet Shotguns are easier to use than slug Shotguns they don’t need as large a bump.
- Reduced slug Shotgun PvE damage bonus from 30% to 20%.
- Gave pellet Shotguns a 10% PvE damage bonus.
Seventh Seraph CQC
Seventh Seraph CQC is a Legendary Energy Shotgun which is a Lightweight Frame meaning it has Superb handling. Move faster with this weapon equipped.
For PVP Quickdraw and Snapshot Sights is a good roll, and PVE Slideshot and Vorpal Weapon would be one to look out for. The most popular roll out there with the community right now is Quickdraw and Snapshot Sights. Seventh Seraph CQC is also up there amongst the most popular weapons for competitive PVP right now sitting at number 4 only below Felwinter’s Lie, The Steady Hand, and Adored.
The Ikelos Shotgun is a Rapid-Fire Frame shotgun meaning it fires full auto with deeper ammo reserves and dishes out Solar damage. This one also can drop with Vorpal Weapon, Elemental Capacitor, Disruption break in the final perk slot. In the third slot, this one can roll with Feeding Frenzy, Firmly planted, and Moving Target. In PVP I’d go for something like Moving Target and Disruption Break. For PVE Vorpal Weapon and Feeding Frenzy would be a good option.
In Season 11 Bungie bumped Bow damage up 10% vs rank-and-file enemies, having seen this in the game for a few Seasons it seems safe to nudge them up again.
- Increased damage vs rank-and-file enemies by ~10%.
Biting Winds is a Legendary Kinetic Combat Bow. It’s a Precision Frame, Compound Bow where the Longer draw time is optimized for damage.
For PVP Killing Wind and Explosive Head would be good and PVE something like Rapid-Hit and Swashbuckler would be a great roll. The most popular roll out there at the moment is Killing Wind and Explosive Head. Killing Wind is a relatively new perk where final blows with the weapon increase mobility, range, and handling for a short duration.
Wolftone Draw is a Legendary Energy Combat Bow with a Precision Frame meaning longer draw time optimized for damage.
For PVE Agile Bowstring, Carbon Arrowshaft, Impulse Amplifier, and Dragonfly would be a decent roll. AGile Bowstring greatly increases handling speed and slightly improves stability, Carbon Arrowshaft increases stability. Impulse Amplifier increases projectile speed and reloads speed and finally, Dragonfly creates elemental damage explosions. This is like a mini Trinity Ghoul with Dragonfly.
For PVP Archers Tempo and Adagio would be good. Archers Temo decreases draw time for every precision hit, and Adagio increases damage after defeating an enemy.
Grenade final blows grant bonus damage and handling for a moderate duration.
This perk wasn’t performing as well as intended, and the path of least resistance was making it live up to its dev name (grenadebuckler).
- Eliminations with the weapon can add single damage stacks or extend existing ones.
- Grenade eliminations boost the stacks immediately to x5.
- Lowered the duration to compensate for weapon activation.
Automatically reloads the magazine and improves weapon handling when critically wounded—even when this weapon is stowed.
What if instead of activating on what feels like a fail state, this activated on a state you’ll be in almost every encounter, even if you’re winning?
- Changed threshold for activation from 90% health to 30% shield (i.e., this now requires much less damage to trigger).
Let me know in the comments which weapons you will be picking up before Bungie’s 30th Anniversary.
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