Destiny 2 News Roundup – Weapon Balancing, Season 18 and Free Solar 3.0 Emblem

Bungie was back this week with their This Week At Bungie update giving us our first few snippets of info for Season 18, details on the mid-season weapons patch coming, plus an Airborne Accuracy explainer, a free solar 3.0 emblem for everyone and details about the returning Trials of Osiris this weekend.

Let’s check out the update from Bungie.

Balance Patch and Season 18

We’ll have a small mid-Season weapon balance update shipping with Solstice, which will include some buffs to weapon subfamilies that have been languishing for a while, a fix for certain Special weapons not getting enough ammo per Special brick for one defeat in PvP, and some tuning for oppressive Exotic weapons.

Beyond that, we’re wrapping up production on the Season 18 weapons and the matching balance update, which will be of a standard, appropriate size (no novels this time). Some highlights: revisiting some weapon subfamilies, Legendary perk and Exotic weapon tuning and adding intrinsic anti-Champion functionality to several Exotic weapons.

Free Solar 3.0 emblem

At the start of Season 17, we introduced players to Solar 3.0 and all of the possibilities that comes with it. To add a little more team bonding into the mix, we had a few Fragments that were kept a secret for the community to work together to uncover. As we knew you would, everyone pulled together to take on the new Nightmare Containment activity, despite a few technical hiccups, and got the job done, fully unlocking these new puzzle pieces that make up a bigger fiery picture. For those fellow statistical nerds out there, here’s a quick breakdown of the event, and an answer to the most important question we’ve ever asked: How many Guardians does it take to blow up a lightbulb?

  • Over 1.6 million players completed at least one Nightmare Containment during the event.
  • Guardians averaged ~13.8 Nightmare Containments per character.
  • One dedicated player even completed over 390 Nightmare Containments over the course of the event.
  • In the first 24 hours, one Guardian successfully completed 78 Nightmare Containments.

That’s impressive! Good work out there teaming up and getting the job done. In addition to the Solar Fragments unlocking, we also have a special emblem to commemorate that collective effort. You know, just because! To unlock that latest fashionable flair, head to Bungie.net/redeem and enter this handy-dandy code: T67-JXY-PH6.

We hope you’re having fun playing with all of the new build possibilities that Solar 3.0 has to offer, and we can’t wait to see all of the new ways that this community will band together in the years to come.

Trials of Osiris Returns

If you’re into the PvP side of Destiny 2, then you may have noticed that we have been playing around with some ideas concerning the more competitive side of this experience. With Freelance, Zone Captures, and tweaking other odds and ends have all played into a bigger vision for what Trials of Osiris could be. Now, after a short break, Trials is back and comes bearing some sweet new armour.

With Trials back in action, the Lighthouse awaits. We’ve already revealed the new weapons on the way with the return of Trials, but just in case time has been a cruel memory stealer, here’s what players can look forward to (in addition to the armour seen above):

Weapons:

  • Forgiveness Sidearm
  • Burden of Guilt Fusion Rifle

Sparrow:
Falcon’s Chase Sparrow

And a shiny new Ghost Shell that you can catch a glimpse of in the armour image above. Not a secret but come on, some things need to be a mystery. This week’s Trials of Osiris is Elimination, so good luck out there and make Saint-14 proud!

Airborne Accuracy

In a TWAB earlier this year, we dove deep into a plethora of changes to Destiny 2 regarding how combat looks and feels in-game. That was a beefy TWAB. Real beefy, so it’s understandable that there may still be some lingering questions over particulars, including airborne accuracy. The Weapons Team is back to offer up some additional insight, let’s dive right in:

Weapons Team: Quick reminder of our stated goal for the airborne changes: Destiny has extremely fluid and expressive airborne movement, but that movement must be balanced against grounded players lest it becomes oppressive. We want all players who enjoy that playstyle to be able to build into it, but they’ll have to make tough choices about what they leave behind to do so. Successfully engaging in the air will no longer be as simple as, “put an Icarus Grip mod on it,” but the upside for heavily investing in it will be higher.

We’re putting together a detailed explanation of how airborne effectiveness (AE) interacts with aim assist and accuracy for players who love to dig into the details, but that’s going to take a little longer and we wanted to address some points of confusion early.

Firstly, the Season 17 patch notes included a line that incorrectly stated that “All primary weapons have their airborne accuracy penalty removed”, this should have been qualified as “At 60 Airborne Effectiveness, all primary weapons have their airborne accuracy penalty removed”.

That said, at the base, primary weapons generally shoot straighter while airborne than they did before (for example the hand cannon base accuracy cone AKA error angle is now 0.8 degrees compared to 0.97 last season), and you can now fully eliminate the airborne accuracy penalty (meaning: your weapons will shoot as straight as they do while on the ground), which wasn’t the case before.

Note that even if the centre of the accuracy cone is directed at a target, if your accuracy cone is wider than the target on your screen, any single projectile can still miss. For this reason, we recommend that you try to hit one of the important thresholds on a primary weapon:
30 AE: similar accuracy to pre-season 17 Icarus Grip, suitable for jump shots at mid-range.
A hand cannon’s accuracy cone at 30 AE is 0.48 degrees, compared to 0.47 degrees last season with Icarus.
60 AE: fully removes the airborne accuracy penalty and allows for more accurate longer-range airborne shots.

Keep in mind that Special weapons are penalized more heavily while airborne than Primary weapons and must get to 100 AE to eliminate the airborne accuracy penalty. Shotgun spread angle is heavily penalized at 0 AE, this penalty is reduced with higher AE and eliminated at 100.

We’re keeping an eye on feedback on airborne gameplay in general, and are looking into cases where players miss shots they feel like they should have hit. In these cases, it helps a lot to know exactly what the player’s build was for the occurrence, so if you are posting a clip or making a comment, please also include the weapon, with perks and mod, Exotic armour, and any subclass build (including Aspects and Fragments) that you were running. This could be in text or by making sure screenshots or videos show the build elements.

In Season 18 and beyond we plan on giving players a few new ways to build into the stat (including making the stat visible in the weapon inspection screen) and updating some Exotic weapons that we felt could use a bump to AE.

Exotic Ornaments

In the Eververse, you’ll see a few new Legendary ornaments for class items. They are undeniably cool looking if you ask me but if you look a little closer, you’ll notice a special Exotic tie-in. Not only do these ornaments look stylish, but they also have an Exotic synergy special effect. The latest fashion trend pairs with the original iteration of a few important Exotic pieces, check out what’s new below:

Cloak of Bakris:
Cloak of Bakris pairs with the Hunter helmet, Mask of Bakris.
Adds a Stasis effect on the cloak’s collar.

Mark of the Falling Star:
Mark of the Falling Star pairs with the Titan chest piece, Cuirass of the Falling Star.
Adds an Arc effect on the mark’s trim.

Bond of Battle Harmony:
Bond of Battle Harmony pairs with the Warlock chest piece, Mantle of Battle Harmony.
Adds an Arc effect on the bottom of the Bond awning.

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