Lots Of Weapon Changes Coming To Destiny 2, Mostly Buffs

This Week At Bungie included a preview of the mid-season update and an update of certain weapons.

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Another week, another “This Week at Bungie.”

Yesterday’s edition included a preview of Destiny 2’s mid-season update, an address of a question about a specific weapon, and a behind-the-scenes look at placeholder animations for that gun.

The team has adjusted the damage of various weapon types against red- and orange-bar enemies in PvE content. Auto Rifles, Pulse Rifles, Hand Cannons, and Sidearms have received a 25%, 20%, 20%, and 20% increase in damage, respectively, while Scout Rifles have been given a 10% boost. SMGs and Bows were used as benchmarks for tuning, and Bungie plans to continue monitoring the primary weapon balance in PvE and may make further adjustments in the future.

Also, the IKELOS submachine gun is being adjusted to have more recoil in line with other SMGs, and a larger change will reduce the damage of the Aggressive Frame SMG sub-family. The Rapid-Fire Frame Fusion Rifles are getting a damage boost and the Trace Rifles are getting a small damage increase and a boost to stability at high stats. Rapid-Fire Frame Sniper Rifles are also being adjusted with reduced recoil and increased ammo capacity.

Additionally, three exotic weapons are getting tweaks. Final Warning can no longer track targets through Titan Barricades, Tarrabah will generate less energy when taking damage and has reduced zoom, and Revision Zero's Fourth Times the Charm perk will be reset when entering Hunter's Trace, and PvE damage of the Hunter's Trace and Häkke Heavy Burst rounds will be increased.

There's more, too! The team said they reduced the difficulty of Legend and Master activities in Destiny 2 by reducing enemy HP scalar and co-op enemy HP scalar in Legendary Avalon. Bungie also decreased Commendation requirements and removed some Guardian Rank objectives. For full details, check out the blog post.

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Matthew D'Onofrio
Matthew D'Onofrio, News Editor
Matthew “dinofries” D'Onofrio is a writer, content creator, and — most importantly — a gamer. With such a strong passion for video games and a severe case of FOMO, it's no surprise he always has his finger on the pulse of the gaming world (And won't shut up about it). On the rare occasion Matt's away from a screen, you'll find him strumming away on his acoustic guitar or taking care of his cat Totoro.

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