Destiny 2 developer Bungie has detailed a number of adjustments for weapons and changes to Swords that were announced two weeks ago. So, if you were waiting for some of the important weapons changes and adjustment to Destiny 2 then changes listed below will definitely rejoice you.
Destiny 2 upcoming weapons changes and adjustments detailed below includes changes to damage values, ranges, and even reload cancelling to weapons such as Sniper Rifles, Grenade Launchers, Lord of Wolves, Shotguns etc.
All the new weapons changes and adjustments listed below will be coming out for the Destiny 2 at the beginning of Season of [Redacted]. According to the official announcement, the new changes will put the magnifying glass on weapons. While Swords will get a bit of an overhaul in functionality.
Notably, there will be some other changes coming for a new PvE challenge later in the Season. There will also be a new Nightfall difficulty, officially dubbed “Grandmaster,” to test even the most proficient Guardians.
Check out the Destiny 2 Upcoming Weapon Changes and Adjustments Detailed Below
Dev Team: For Season of [Redacted], we’ve adjusted quite a few weapon archetypes alongside the changes to Swords that were announced two weeks ago. While these are not all the changes in the release, we’re covering some important conversation pieces here.
Since the removal of auto-reload effects from Rally Barricade and Lunafaction Boots, as well as the introduction of a catalyst for Izanagi’s Burden, it’s seen a significant uptick in use. Izanagi’s Burden solidified itself within the majority of endgame builds due to its excellent burst damage, sustained damage, ammo economy due to Special ammo, and safety due to being a Sniper Rifle. The Outlaw trait was swapped out for No Distractions to be more in-line with the fantasy of the weapon and to ensure the trait on the weapon would still work with Honed Edge.
- The animation speed of Honed Edge is no longer affected by the reload stat
- Outlaw has been replaced with No Distractions
We gave Sniper Rifles an increase in PvE damage back in Shadowkeep. We’re removing that change for a few reasons. Sniper Rifles have a lot of utility and safety due to their range and the increased damage was giving them too much of a leg-up on their closer range counterparts. That gulf only widens as the difficulty of any given encounter goes up. The direct changes to Adaptive and Rapid-Fire Snipers were to make the differences in the sub-archetypes more impactful again as well as to give some amount of parity with the adjustments to Shotguns and Fusion Rifles.
- Damage to Major enemies and above have been reduced to pre Shadowkeep values (~-20%).
- Adaptive Snipers precision multiplier has been reduced from 3.25x to 2.95x.
- Rapid-Fire Snipers base impact has been reduced from 100 damage to 90 damage.
Through a combination of archetype adjustments and new perks being introduced, Grenade Launchers have been quite powerful ever since Season of the Drifter. We’ve changed the Aggressive frame sub-archetype to the Rapid-Fire sub-archetype to be more in line with other weapon’s established conventions and slightly reduced their effectiveness on Powerful enemies to give other weapons some more breathing room.
- Aggressive Frame grenade launchers are now Rapid-Fire Frame Grenade Launchers.
- Rapid-Fire Frame Grenade Launchers have had their damage reduced to account for their Rate of Fire (0.8x), but now also have increased reserves.
- Previously, Aggressive Frame Grenade Launchers fired faster than Adaptive but had the same damage.
- Damage to Major enemies and above by Power weapon Grenade Launchers reduced by ~10%.
Lord of Wolves
The ease of use granted by changes to Release the Wolves made it very difficult to approach and made the margin of error extremely large. We’ve pushed the two states apart via accuracy to ensure that the default state is the norm, rather than the exception. With this change, Release the Wolves should be used at extremely close ranges against large targets instead of just being a better version of the default behavior.
- Release the Wolves now significantly reduces this weapon’s accuracy while active.
The Last Word
When reintroduced in Season of the Forge, The Last Word became quite dominant due to its extremely forgiving maximum time-to-kill (TTK). We’re adjusting the way the weapon works to focus it back as a hip-fire based weapon while also improving that side of the experience for both controller and mouse and keyboard inputs. We also made it a little less forgiving so that you still have to concentrate on your aim while wielding the weapon.
- Fan Fire now adjusts the precision scalar while hip-firing.
- Fan Fire impact values have been adjusted.
- Precision Hip/ADS adjusted from 67.95/67.95 to 68.27/52.2.
- Non-Precision Hip/ADS adjusted from 50.01/50.01 to 38/38.
- Aiming down sights no longer provides additional effective range (damage falloff).
- Reduced stability for Mouse and Keyboard input.
- Reduced the effective range.
- To improve the experience, adjusted the way target acquisition is handled while hip-firing.
One issue we’ve been waiting to fix before adjusting Shotguns again was an oddity in the way our aim assist system works with weapons that don’t care much about precision damage. As an example for Shotguns, at certain distances between players, the aim assist system would prioritize the head, causing the entire spread to deviate from center mass and make the player miss out on the kill. With that issue out of the way, we made more adjustments to Shotguns to give other weapons a little more time to react to them.
- Target acquisition for non-slug Shotguns has been adjusted to no longer account for precision locations.
- Previously, target acquisition could actually cause the player’s spread to deviate from the intended aim vector, causing most of the spread to miss.
- Cone angle is now adjusted on a per sub-archetype basis and is no longer adjusted by the range stat.
- Aiming down sights no longer adjusts effective range for this weapon archetype.
Similar to the issue noted above with Shotguns, Fusion Rifles also suffered from some target acquisition related oddities that we’ve since fixed. Most of the changes here are adjustments focusing on the High Impact sub-archetype. Backup Plan was an Exotic perk in the original Destiny release, and it was placed on Legendary Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2 due to them being Heavy ammo weapons at the time rather than the Special ammo weapons they currently are. When weapons were shuffled around in Forsaken, the perk came along with them, and we’ve decided to adjust it alongside the archetype itself to have it fall back in line with other Legendary perks.
- Target acquisition for Fusion Rifles has been adjusted to no longer account for precision locations.
- Previously, target acquisition could actually cause the player’s volley to deviate from the intended aim vector, causing most of the volley to miss.
- Damage falloff for this weapon archetype can now floor at 0.5x (Previously 0.75x).
- Effective range and the impact of the optics stat for this weapon archetype has been reduced across the board.
- Backup Plan
- Backup Plan now adjusts impact to match the Rapid-Fire sub-archetype while active.
- Charge time is now set to match the Rapid-Fire’s sub-archetype * 0.85 while active.
Some small tweaks have been made to give Auto Rifles a small boost in efficacy for the Crucible—though they also influence PvE. The nature of the way Destiny is played tends to have Semi-Auto based weaponry be more effective in general and so we’re compensating for that with these tweaks. These are fairly modest changes intended to give Auto Rifles more of a chance in an open fight without attempting to drag the TTK of the entire game down.
The following impact values have changed:
- 22/35.2 Default/Precision (Previously 22/33)
- 17/27.2 Default/Precision (Previously 17/25.5
- 15.75/25.2 Default/Precision (Previously 13.75/22)
- 13.4/20.1 Default/Precision (Previously 12.5/18.75)
You should note that this isn’t the full list of changes coming to the Destiny 2. We will update the list once we get the full patch notes with all the weapons changes and adjustment to Swords next month.