Destiny 2 Guides  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Destiny 2 Guides  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Destiny 2: Duty Bound Auto Rifle God Roll Guide Wed, 14 Sep 2022 08:39:07 -0400 John Schutt

Auto Rifles have always been in a weird place in Destiny 2. They’re rarely the best option in any scenario, but neither are they the worst choice you could make. The Duty Bound, a Nightfall-specific Legendary Auto reissued from way back in the Curse of Osiris expansion, falls squarely in the “good but not great” category of an already middle-of-the-road weapon class. Equip it with any of the perks in this guide, however, and it can compete with some of the better weapons in most other categories.

Duty Bound Auto Rifle PvE God Roll

The PvE and PvP loadouts for the Duty Bound share a lot in common, so expect to use similar rolls for both activity types. There are a few differences, particularly in the second Trait column, but the weapon is quite consistent with a few of the options presented here.

Barrel: Arrowhead Brake, Corkscrew Rifling

Choosing between Arrowhead Brake and Corkscrew Rifling is difficult as both offer fantastic benefits. Arrowhead’s huge buff to your Recoil control alongside its modest Handling bonus is difficult to pass up.

Still, the overall controllability offered by Corkscrew’s Handling, Stability, and Range buffs are also well worth your time.

Magazine: Accurized Rounds, Tactical Mag, Appended Mag

Range and controllability will always be part of an Auto Rifle’s downfall, and Accurized Rounds cuts into the first problem very well.

Tactical Mag is an excellent secondary option for its mild increases to the rounds in your magazine, Stability and Handling. Appended Mag is a workable third-tier option for its larger increase in magazine size.

PvE Trait 1: Perpetual Motion, Stats for All

There is almost no weapon in Destiny 2 that does not benefit from Perpetual Motion. You get a small bonus to Stability, Handling, and Reload Speed after just a few seconds of movement. That buff triples after ten seconds.

Stats for All offers Range, Stability, Handling, and Reload Speed, provided you can hit three enemies in quick succession.

PvE Trait 2: Rampage, One-for-All

Rampage is a classic Destiny 2 perk, and it’s never gone out of style. Quickly kill three enemies for an up to 33% damage bonus to your weapon.

One-for-All is a newer but no less helpful perk, offering a 35% damage bonus for 10 seconds after hitting three separate enemies. Combine it with Stats for All, and who knows how effective you’ll be.

Duty Bound Auto Rifle PvP God Roll

PvP with an Auto Rifle is part situational awareness, part aim, part bravery. You’re not always going to win an engagement at mid-range where your weapon excels, and don’t expect to compete with Scout Rifles or SMGs at long and close ranges, respectively. But with a little luck and a bit of skill, you can dominate lobbies with the humble Duty Bound Auto.


The PvE choices work fine in PvP as well.


Your PvE options are perfect for PvP too.

PvP Trait 1: Perpetual Motion, Zen Moment

Perpetual Motion remains a powerful option, as you’re almost always going to be on the move, and the Stability, Handling, and Reload Speed buffs will constantly be active.

Zen Moment helps you stay on target with an increasing reduction to your recoil the more damage you do to a target.

PvP Trait 2: Vorpal Weapon, Dynamic Sway Reduction

You’ll be surprised how much damage you can do to an enemy in their Super with a Vorpal Weapon-equipped primary. With Duty Bound, you can do it from ranges most roaming Supers can’t immediately deal with, putting you at a strange but not unwelcome advantage.

Dynamic Sway Reduction increases your gun accuracy the longer you fire it, meaning you’ll be on target longer and more consistently for most engagements.

While Duty Bound isn’t the best weapon in Destiny 2 or even the best in the Nightfall loot pool, if you manage to get your hands on it with the rolls presented in this guide, it can compete with most other guns in the game.

We’ve covered other god rolls and topics here, including the Taipan-4fr and Cataclysmic, as well as guides on how to get the Gjallarhorn and complete the Grasp of Avarice Dungeon. Check out our Destiny 2 guides hub for more.

Destiny 2: Without Remorse Shotgun God Roll Guide Wed, 14 Sep 2022 08:32:59 -0400 John Schutt

The Without Remorse shotgun is a powerhouse among Solar Special Weapons and one of the best and most sought-after weapons from Destiny 2’s Season of the Haunted, next to the Calus Mini-Tool and Stormchaser.

It offers excellent stopping power, Range, and perk selections for both PvE and PvP, though you’re likely to get more work out of it fighting the enemies of humanity than other Guardians. Regardless, the rolls listed in this guide will be your go-to choices when farming for or crafting this weapon.

Without Remorse Shotgun PvE God Roll

The Without Remorse Shotgun is a monster in the hands of a Solar 3.0 build. Even for other elements, having an excellent Solar shotgun makes encounters against Solar shielded enemies much more comfortable.

Barrel: Smoothbore, Smallbore

The Without Remorse Shotgun’s one weakness is its barrel options. None of them are ideal on a shotgun, but a few of them are at least usable.

Smoothbore is probably your best bet, with its significant buff to the weapon’s Range at the cost of pellet spread. More spread means less in PvE, where accuracy is much less critical. Smallbore is a workable alternative with its more modest bonuses to Range and Stability.

Magazine: Assault Mag, Tactical Mag

Assault Mag is always a fantastic choice for a shotgun, increasing its fire rate and stability. More damage in a shorter time on a gun that’s easier to control: win/win.

Tactical Mag is an excellent second choice, adding a single round to the magazine before you run dry and giving a nice buff to both the weapon’s Stability and Reload Speed.

PvE Trait 1: Threat Detector, Well-Rounded

Threat Detector hasn’t been a meta choice for years now, but because of how often you’ll be surrounded by enemies using a shotgun and Solar 3.0, it’s one of the best options for the Without Remorse.

If you can keep two or more enemies nearby, expect huge boosts to Stability, Reload Speed, and Handling. Well-Rounded is best used when you have plenty of abilities to spare and provides almost as much Stability and Handling as Threat Detector while also providing some extra Range.

PvE Trait 2: Incandescent, One-Two Punch

Incandescent will never be a bad choice for Solar 3.0, and with the number of explosions you’ll be causing using Without Remorse, expect many Ignitions from the Scorch you’ll spread around.

For a more melee-focused build, One-Two Punch can ensure you deal massive damage with your next melee, so long as you land a good hit with the shotgun first.

Without Remorse Shotgun PvP God Roll

There are tons of great choices among shotguns for Destiny 2 PvP, and Without Remorse is one more to add to that pile, provided you have the right perks.

Barrel: Rifled Barrel, Barrel Shroud

While you take a huge hit to Handling with Rifled Barrel, the additional Range is hard to beat and invites a shotgun-first, ask questions later playstyle.

Barrel Shroud doesn’t do anything for the weapon’s Range, providing good buffs to both Handling and Stability, essential to fast-paced shotgun gameplay.

Magazine: Accurized Rounds, Assault Mag

Range is almost always the most important stat to boost on a shotgun, and Accurized Rounds has no equal in that regard. Assault Mag’s increased fire rate and Stability buffs make for a great second option.

PvP Trait 1: Hipfire Grip, Threat Detector

You’re not liable to be aiming down a shotgun’s sights too often, so Hipfire Grip’s buffs to about every possible accuracy stat when hip firing can’t be overestimated. Threat Detector is also a good option as it keeps your weapon readied even in chaotic situations.

PvP Trait 2: Elemental Capacitor, Fragile Focus

Elemental Capacitor is often overlooked for more damage-centric or flashier perks. However, it has a use no matter which subclass you’re running. Reload Speed for Solar, Handling for Arc, Stability for Void, and Recoil control for Stasis — there are no wrong choices here.

Fragile Focus is great if you can catch an opponent by surprise, as the huge passive Range bonus when undamaged is quite nice.

Whatever you put on your Without Remorse shotgun, it’s bound to be a barnburner. The gun has a little bit of everything and is enjoyable to use in any scenario. We’ve covered other god rolls here, including the Austringer, Eyasluna, Cataclysmic, and Taipan-4fr. Check out our Destiny 2 guides hub for more.

Destiny 2: Cataclysmic Linear Fusion Rifle God Roll Guide Mon, 12 Sep 2022 15:33:41 -0400 John Schutt

While there are many different top-tier Linear Fusion Rifles when it comes to DPS — Stormchaser, Taipan-4fr, and Reed's Regret — one has consistently been at the top of the heap in Destiny 2. That weapon is Cataclysmic.

Available only as a reward from the Vow of the Disciple Raid, and craftable with enhanced versions of some of the best damage perks in the game, Cataclysmic is powerful on its own. But with the rolls presented in this guide and a little extra work, few other Heavy weapons come close.

Cataclysmic Linear Fusion Rifle PvE God Roll

The Cataclysmic shines brightest in endgame PvE scenarios where you can guarantee precision shots. With the right rolls, it doesn't need any outside help to rise to the top of the Linear damage tier list, but if you add the Font of Might mod while running a Solar subclass, there's nothing that can compete with the shot-for-shot damage.

Barrel: Arrowhead Brake, Corkscrew Rifling

Accuracy is paramount for Linear Fusion Rifles to do optimal damage, and with the Cataclysmic's sheer output, that's more true than ever. Arrowhead Brake does wonders to control the weapon's Recoil while adding a modest Handling buff, making swapping to another DPS option like Izanagi's Burden easier. Corkscrew Rifling is an excellent secondary option, with a slightly higher Handling bonus than Arrowhead and a minor boost to Stability.

Magazine: Enhanced Battery, Liquid Coils

You want to spend as little time reloading with Cataclysmic as possible, and Enhanced Battery allows for six total shots instead of five, keeping your damage up for longer. Liquid Coils adds a little bit of raw damage at the expense of a sixth shot, so if you absolutely must see bigger numbers, it's a great choice.

PvE Trait 1: Fourth Time's the Charm, Successful Warm-Up

Again, the less reloading you do with Cataclysmic, the better. With Fourth Time's the Charm, you'll automatically get two free rounds added to your magazine after hitting four precision shots. Successful Warm-Up is a serviceable replacement, as it adds a charge time buff for every enemy you defeat with the weapon. However, because you'll spend ammo to activate the bonus, your overall DPS will likely drop.

PvE Trait 2: Bait and Switch, Focused Fury

Getting Bait and Switch to activate takes a couple of seconds, as you'll need to hit your enemy with your other two weapons once, but the 35% damage bonus it applies is well worth the extra time. Focused Fury is only a 20% buff, but if you can't craft Cataclysmic yet or want something a little easier to activate, you only need to hit three precision shots to increase your damage.

Cataclysmic Linear Fusion Rifle PvP God Roll

Don't expect to be taking Cataclysmic into PvP and dominating the world with it; that's not really what it's meant for. That said, taking out enemy Guardians with a Linear Fusion, especially in their Super, is a power move sure to win you no friends on the opposing team and plenty of friends in your squad.


The PvE choices work perfectly for PvP.

Magazine: Accelerated Coils, Liquid Coils

Damage isn't really a concern for Linear Fusion Rifles in PvP, as a headshot will kill anyone from almost any distance, no matter how tanky they are. Accelerated Coils, and the faster charge rate it allows, gets your shots off faster so you can take out that roaming super from farther away. Liquid Coils is helpful if you absolutely, positively must kill every Thundercrash in the room.

PvP Trait 1: Surplus, No Distractions

Cataclysmic's main perks for PvP are all about making it as easy to use as possible. Surplus increases the weapon's Stability and Handling the more abilities you have charged. The Reload Speed increase it provides is wasted here, as you'll rarely have enough shots for it to matter. No Distractions is an excellent alternative option if you plan to use Cataclysmic while under fire, as it vastly reduces the flinch you'll take in that situation.

PvP Trait 2: High-Impact Reserves, Box Breathing

Linear Fusion damage is less of a concern in PvP; again, if you hit someone in the head, they die, full stop. If you want a little more ability to body-shot someone or take out a Super at extreme ranges, High-Impact Reserves provides up to a 6% damage buff, and Box Breathing boosts precision damage by 33% once active.

The Cataclysmic remains one of the best PvE damage weapons in the game, even if it takes a little setup to take things into the stratosphere. It's no slouch in PvP either and can be especially dangerous in Gambit, where it's easier to get the buffs rolling. Equip it with any of the rolls presented in this guide, and you'll be set. Check out our other Destiny 2 guides while you're here, including how to complete the Vow of the Disciple Raid, the Duality Dungeon, and how to get Treasure Coordinates. Our guides hub has much more.

Destiny 2: How to Find the Skydock IV Lost Sector Location Sat, 10 Sep 2022 11:04:55 -0400 John Schutt

The Skydock IV Lost Sector is part of the Legend/Master rotation during Destiny 2's Season of Plunder, but for players who haven't taken the time to fully explore the European Dead Zone (EDZ) area, finding it can pose a problem.

The Lost Sector is in the Sunken Isles section of the level, but there's no obvious way to get there; the main path was part of the now-sunset Red War story campaign. In this Destiny 2 guide, we'll cover how you can find the location of Skydock IV and how to get to the Sunken Isles in the EDZ.

Skydock IV Lost Sector Location

Start your search for the Skydock IV Lost Sector in the Gulch section of the EDZ. If you haven't yet unlocked that fast travel point, you can reach the Gulch by following either the path west to Firebase Hades and then north and east. You can also head north of the Sludge and then west.

Once you're in the Gulch, make your way into the Tunnels. From the Gulch fast travel point atop the cliff, head down into the waterway and left to the large open area. On the north edge of the area is a circular opening in the cliffside. Go in.

You'll only have one direction to follow in these tunnels, but whenever you reach an intersection, it will seem like there are more pathways. The first time you enter a room, there will be Cabal on your right, around a small facility.

Ignore them and continue through the tunnels, where you'll eventually reach a huge room with Cabal roaming around. On the other side is another opening. Make your way to it.

You'll pass a blocked doorway on your left on your way to the opening. Ignore it and continue through the tunnels. There won't be any additional distractions, and if you keep going straight, you'll reach the Sunken Isles.

The Skydock IV Lost Sector is in the facility beneath the huge ship native to the Isles. Head west from the tunnel exit and to another tunnel under the ship.

There will be a platform on the western side where a few Cabal patrol. Clear them or go past them to the opening at the back of the area, drop down, and follow the halls to another open door.

At the end of the hallway, you'll officially reach Skydock IV. Be sure to complete it, so you can access the activity when it comes up in the Legend/Master rotation.

Higher difficulty Lost Sectors are key to getting new Exotic armor pieces every season in Destiny 2, so you'll want to have all of them cleared once, Skydock IV included. We've covered tons of other Destiny 2 topics here, including how to get Gjallarhorn, the Taipan-4fr god roll, and how to complete the Vow of the Disciple Raid. Our guides hub for the game has much more.

Destiny 2: Forging Iron Quest Walkthrough Guide Sat, 10 Sep 2022 11:01:04 -0400 John Schutt

Forging Iron is the seasonal Iron Banner quest in Destiny 2 necessary for unlocking full access to Lord Saladin's vendor inventory. As Saladin now provides rewards on a reputation and engram system similar to all other vendors in the Tower, you'll want to complete this quest to farm Iron Banner weapon and armor rolls.

This Destiny 2 guide walks you through the Forging Iron quest step by step and highlights some of the current bugs and issues to watch out for. 

How to Complete the Forging Iron Quest

Before we list the steps to completing this quest, it's important to note that Forging Iron is a buggy mess. Most players likely won't have any trouble, but if you're one of the unlucky ones, you might experience one of the following issues:

  • The quest disappears from all characters. There is no way to fix this issue if you experience it. You're probably fine if you've already unlocked Saladin's full inventory from Season of the Risen. If you haven't, this bug could lock you out of rolling for all of Saladin's inventory, and you'll need to wait until the quest becomes available again to start over.
  • The quest is stuck at the "wear Iron Banner armor" step (progression bug). While this issue is annoying, you can fix it simply by unequipping all your Iron Banner gear, playing a single match, then putting all the equipment back on.

Another note: you will receive much more Iron Banner reputation while you have up to five pieces of Iron Banner gear equipped. This list includes Iron Banner universal ornaments, actual armor sets, and Iron Banner weapons. Putting on an Iron Banner emblem also increases reputation gains.

Step 1: Complete an Iron Banner Match

Nothing complicated here. Head into either the Iron Banner Freelance playlist if you're solo or the standard playlist if you're in a group and finish a match. You don't need to win to progress; only reach the ending scoreboard.

Step 2: Complete a Daily Challenge

Iron Banner Daily Challenges aren't hard to find, but they're labeled oddly. Go into the Crucible screen in the Director and hover over the Iron Banner node. You'll see the Challenges section that mentions Weekly, but not Daily, Challenges. The text here is misleading: completing the number of matches listed is the Daily Challenge, and the Weekly label refers to completing all four of them.

In other words, the Daily Challenges in Iron Banner are to complete 3, 5, 7, and 12 total matches. For Season of Plunder, you must use either an Arc or Stasis subclass to progress them.

Step 3: Earn 300 Iron Banner Rank Points

Every match you complete in Iron Banner awards rank points, which increase the more you win and the more Iron Banner gear you have equipped. Three hundred points sounds like a lot, but it's about five matches if you're on a losing streak and as few as three if you're doing well. A loss comes to about 50-60 points with gear equipped, and a win is up to 120 or so.

Step 4: Collect an Iron Banner Engram from Lord Saladin

Return to the Tower and speak to Saladin, who waits in the center of the area. You should see his engram lit up at the top right of his vendor screen. Claim it, and you'll be able to spend it and 100 Legendary Shards to focus an Iron Banner weapon or armor piece from his inventory.

Step 5: Complete Iron Banner Matches with Iron Banner Gear Equipped

If you've been wearing Iron Banner armor this whole time, your job now is simply to do so some more until you've filled this quest step's progress bar to 100%. If you don't have any Iron Banner gear, be sure to focus some with the engrams Saladin offers. The more pieces you wear, the faster progress happens, so get as much as possible.

Step 6: Speak to Lord Saladin

Head back to the Tower and speak to Saladin to complete the Forging Iron quest. At this point, you should have access to most of his weapon and armor inventory, which you can target farm using his engrams, earned by gaining reputation through playing matches.

That's all there is to the Forging Iron quest in Destiny 2. It's a straightforward grind taking you into one of the game's main endgame PvP activities, though it's less exclusive now that there is no Power requirement. We've covered many other Destiny 2 topics here, including complete walkthroughs of the Duality and Grasp of Avarice Dungeons and Dares of Eternity, among many other guides. Our guides hub has it all.

Destiny 2: Roar of the Bear Rocket Launcher God Roll Guide Sat, 10 Sep 2022 10:52:06 -0400 John Schutt

Iron Banner weapons haven't always been the best version of their archetype, but the Roar of the Bear rocket launcher, reissued during Destiny 2's Season of Plunder, can be one of the best in the game. You can also target farm it using Iron Banner engrams, and getting one of the god rolls presented in this guide will make the weapon into a monster no matter where you use it.

Roar of the Bear Rocket Launcher PvE God Roll

There are many good rocket launcher options in Destiny 2, and Roar of the Bear can compete with most of them. Depending on your build, it can be one of the best options in the game.

Barrel: Quick Launch, Smart Drift Control

Projectile Velocity is paramount for rockets in all D2 content, as is weapon controllability. Quick Launch gives a good bonus to Velocity and Handling, making the weapon more consistent to use and easier to keep out or put away. Smart Drift Control doesn't add as much Velocity as Quick Launch does, but it gives an equivalent bonus to Stability and Recoil, with additional bonuses to handling.

Magazine: Impact Casing, Alloy Casing

Impact Casing is a fantastic PvE option because you're liable to be hitting targets directly, and it provides a damage buff whenever you do so. It gives a good bit of Stability as well. Alloy Casing removes some Stability from Roar of the Bear but dramatically increases its Reload Speed, ensuring your weapon always has a missile ready to go even outside of a team setting.

PvE Trait 1: Ambitious Assasin, Impulse Amplifier

Not needing to reload is always faster than reloading. With Ambitious Assassin, you can have up to two rockets in the tube as long as you've defeated one combatant before reloading. Impulse Amplifier is an excellent second choice, as it adds more Velocity and Reload Speed.

PvE Trait 2: Vorpal Weapon, Chain Reaction

With Vorpal Weapon, you have a passive damage bonus to any boss you damage, and it can combine with the Boss Spec mod for even more. Chain Reaction is more of an add-clear perk, but if you want to use Roar of the Bear for more than just straight boss damage, it's a strong choice.

Roar of the Bear Rocket Launcher PvP God Roll

While rocket launchers aren't always a top choice in PvP, they can be a game changer in the right scenario, getting an essential pick or taking out an otherwise annoying enemy Guardian.


The PvE options work well in PvP as well.

Magazine: High-Velocity Rounds, Black Powder

Adding both projectile Velocity and Reload Speed, High-Velocity Rounds are a strong choice, helping ensure your rockets get the kill you want. If you somehow manage to get a second rocket in PvP, you can have it ready faster. Black Powder might push Stability down a bit, but the increase to Blast Radius can make the weapon kill more consistently.

PvP Trait 1: Impulse Amplifier, Demolitionist

Impulse Amplifier remains an outstanding option for PvP, reducing the need to lead a target and making your weapon all the deadlier for it. Demolitionist is especially useful for the Grenade ability regeneration, and if you find a second rocket, using that grenade will instantly reload the weapon.

PvP Trait 2: Vorpal Weapon, Incandescent

Enemy Supers are more powerful than ever in Destiny 2, and Vorpal Weapon provides a substantial bonus to the Roar of the Bear's damage against them. If you're running a Solar 3.0 build in PvP, Incandescent can turn any enemy Guardian into a potential bomb, extending the lethality of this weapon beyond its initial usage.

While the Roar of the Bear god rolls presented here are the best of the bunch, others are almost as effective, like Lasting Impression, Field Prep, and others. We've covered other god rolls here, including the Eyasluna, the Taipan-4fr, and Calus Mini-Tool. Our Destiny 2 guides hub has much more.

Destiny 2 Error Code Calabrese Explained Wed, 07 Sep 2022 11:13:49 -0400 Sergey_3847

The CALABRESE error in Destiny 2 can hit both console and PC players at any time and cause a network error and then subsequent game crash.

Our guide will explain error code CALABRESE in Destiny 2, and provide tips on what to do when it pops up in your case.

Check Your Server Status

The main reason for this error code popping up during gameplay is explained by the developer in the official statement:

"This error can occur due to testing or maintenance we are doing on our end, please pardon our dust!"

In this case, the developer strongly suggests to check out the official Bungie Twitter page for sever status updates, as well as check the server status of your platform by following these links:

If one of these platforms is showing server maintenance or offline status, then you simply need to wait before it's over.

Verify Integrity of Game Files

If you're having this issue when playing in Steam or Epic Games, then fixing Destiny 2's files could potentially fix this issue.

Follow these steps, if you're playing in Steam:

  1. Go to your Steam client.
  2. Select "Library" tab.
  3. Right-click on the Destiny 2 game.
  4. Select "Properties" from the list.
  5. Go to "Local Files" tab.
  6. Select "Verify Integrity of Game Files" feature.

Here's a similar solution for Epic Games Store:

  1. Start Epic Games app.
  2. Go to "Library" menu.
  3. Select Destiny 2 from the list.
  4. Click on the "..." (three dots) under the game title.
  5. Select "Verify" option.

Restart Your Game

Some players also noted that restarting a console or a PC could fix this error as well. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Press and hold the power button on your console.
  2. Select "Power" option.
  3. Choose "Turn Off" option.
  4. Wait for a few minutes and press the power button to switch it back on.

Try doing the same with your Wi-Fi router by turning it off and on after waiting for a few minutes.

Related guides

That's all you need to know about error code CALABRESE in Destiny 2. For more Destiny 2 tips and tricks articles, be sure to visit our dedicated hub page.

Destiny 2: Doom of Chelchis King's Fall Scout Rifle God Roll Guide Fri, 02 Sep 2022 19:28:20 -0400 John Schutt

Coming with Destiny 2’s introduction to the classic King’s Fall Raid is a selection of new weapons and armor with unique perks and some of the most potent rolls in the game. The Doom of Chelchis Scout Rifle is a Void powerhouse with perk combinations never before seen and somewhat of a more traditional bent.

It’s good in both PvE and PvP, and here are the rolls you want for both, with primary and secondary choices. 

Doom of Chelchis Scout Rifle PvE God Roll

There are multiple fantastic PvE rolls on the Doom of Chelchis, but one stands above the rest for its potential and power. If you don’t manage the best, there are plenty of standard options as well.

Barrel: Arrowhead Brake, Corkscrew Rifling

Range isn’t a huge issue with Scout Rifles: overall usability is much more important. Arrowhead Brake offers a solid increase to weapon Handling, making it smoother to ready, stow, and use the Doom of Chelchis. Corkscrew Rifling is an entirely acceptable alternate, offering a little bit of Stability, Handling, and Range. That last bit isn’t essential, of course, but nice to have all the same.

Magazine: Accurized Rounds, Tactical Mag

There aren’t as many usability options in the Doom of Chelchis’ magazine selection, so it comes down to Accurized Rounds and its good boost to Range or Tactical Mag’s Stability and Reload Speed bonus. Tac Mag’s one extra bullet means less with the Runneth Over Origin Trait, as you can overflow the Doom of Chelchis’ magazine depending on how many teammates you have around you.

PvE Trait 1: Firefly, Explosive Rounds

There is no reason to take anything less than Firefly for your first Trait on the Doom of Chelchis. The massive Solar explosion on a precision kill and Outlaw-level buff to Reload Speed has always made this Trait invaluable. If you can’t land Firefly, Explosive Rounds is a fantastic secondary option, ensuring more consistent damage at any range.

PvE Trait 2: Dragonfly, Frenzy

Consider yourself set if you can get your hands on a Firefly/Dragonfly Doom of Chelchis. The dual explosions can clear whole crews of trash mobs and stagger others after robbing them of half their health. Frenzy is a more comfortable, if less flashy, option, providing a 15% damage boost and enormous bonuses to both Handling and Reload Speed as long as it’s active.

Doom of Chelchis Scout Rifle PvP God Roll

Scout Rifles have long been in a weird place in Destiny 2 PvP, but the Doom of Chelchis fares better than most other options, especially with the perks presented here.


Both PvE options work just fine in PvP.


PvE’s Magazine perks are great in PvP, as well.

PvP Trait 1: Explosive Rounds, Vorpal Weapon

Explosive Rounds are a terror in PvP, inflicting heavy flinch and shaking their victim’s screen, which can throw off anyone’s aim. The extra damage unaffected by range is a nice bonus. Vorpal Weapon is more situational in PvP, but additional damage against enemy Supers can be crucial as more and more of them become harder to deal with.

PvP Trait 2: Frenzy, Eye of the Storm

Damage buffs are always welcome in PvP, and while the Doom of Chelchis doesn’t have the likes of Swashbuckler or Kill Clip, Frenzy is a worthy substitute that activates regardless of the range of your engagement. Eye of the Storm is a good secondary choice, adding Handling and Accuracy as your health gets lower, helping ensure you come out the victor in a contested engagement.

Getting your hands on any of the rolls presented here will make your Doom of Chelchis a monster. Which you choose depends on how you want to use the weapon, but even the more traditional choices are effective in almost any engagement. For more god rolls, check out our guides to the Taipan-4fr, Calus Mini-Tool, and Forbearance. Our Destiny 2 guides hub has much more.

Destiny 2: Zaouli's Bane King's Fall Hand Cannon God Roll Guide Fri, 02 Sep 2022 19:21:54 -0400 John Schutt

All of the new Destiny 2 weapons from the King's Fall Raid are high on the tier list of their respective type. Zaouli's Bane is no exception. While it won't always replace the old standby choices of Fatebringer, Austringer, Eyasluna, or other classic weapons, it competes with them at every opportunity.

Have one with the rolls presented in this guide, and it might not just compete with the classics. Depending on the situation, it could surpass them.

Zaouli's Bane Hand Cannon PvE God Roll

Zaouli's Bane is an excellent gun on its own, with solid stats and great elemental synergy with any Solar 3.0 build you can think up. Equip the below perks, however, and it's good in most situations.

Barrel: Arrowhead Brake, Chambered Compensator

Zaouli's Bane is a little more awkward to handle than Fatebringer or Eyasluna, so adding Arrowhead Brake's Handling buffs puts it well in line with those weapons. Chambered Compensator might reduce Zaouli's Bane's Handling, but the buffs to both Stability and Recoil more than make up for it.

Magazine: Accurized Rounds, Tactical Mag

The more Range you can pump into your Hand Cannons, the better, and no Magazine does that better than Accurized Rounds. On the other hand, Tactical Mag is a fantastic second option, adding one extra bullet before you run dry and providing a bit of Stability and Reload Speed.

PvE Trait 1: Explosive Payload, Well-Rounded

Explosive Payload offers one of the best secondary abilities in a Trait: damage unaffected by range. As long as you hit your target, the explosion will always do the same damage, no matter how far away you are. It also staggers smaller enemies slightly, giving it a passive benefit on top of everything else. Well-Rounded is an excellent second option, as charged grenade and melee ability usage give the weapon up to two stacks of improvement to Handling, Stability, and Recoil.

PvE Trait 2: Incandescent, Firefly

Solar 3.0 builds have another great weapon choice in Zaouli's Bane, as like the Calus Mini-Tool, it can roll with Incandescent, which causes Scorching explosions on final blows. As you'll focus on precision kills, expect lots of explosions. Firefly provides another means of making your foes go up in flames while giving you a massive bonus to Reload Speed on a precision kill.

Zaouli's Bane Hand Cannon PvP God Roll

Like most of the King's Fall weapons, Zaouli's Bane can be just as effective in PvP as PvE, though you'll need separate rolls for one or the other.


The PvE choices are just fine for PvP.


Your Magazine rolls for PvE also work for PvP.

PvP Trait 1: Explosive Payload, Opening Shot

The consistent damage on Explosive Payload is great no matter what you're doing, but the Trait also causes significant flinch, especially if you land a precision hit. Opening Shot grants Range, Aim Assist, and Accuracy on the first shot of an engagement, all but ensuring you get a hit.

PvP Trait 2: Demolitionist, Eye of the Storm

The second Trait column on Zaouli's Bane doesn't have as many strong PvP perks. Still, Demolitionist can be useful if your build relies on grenades, reloading the weapon whenever you throw one and granting energy with every kill. Eye of the Storm grants Range, Aim Assist, and Handling the lower your health gets, giving you an edge in a contested fight.

Zaouli's Bane is an exceptional Destiny 2 Hand Cannon that rivals other top-tier options, especially if you get some of the rolls in this guide. We've covered other god rolls here, like the Stormchaser, Forbearance, and Taipan-4fr, so check those out next. Our Destiny 2 guides hub has more.

Destiny 2: Taipan-4fr Linear Fusion Rifle God Roll Guide Fri, 02 Sep 2022 08:42:51 -0400 John Schutt

The Taipan-4fr is an essentially free endgame-ready Linear Fusion Rifle available to anyone who owns the Witch Queen expansion in Destiny 2. While it doesn’t match a fully-kitted Cataclysmic with Bait and Switch and all the trimmings, it competes with the likes of Reed’s Regret and even Stormchaser in some situations.

For a gun that requires only a short quest (Foundry Resonance, which we covered in a recent guide), the Taipan-4fr has no right to be as good as it is. Here are the rolls you should chase as a drop or when crafting.

Taipan-4fr Linear Fusion Rifle PvE God Roll

The Taipan-4fr is a PvE monster even without the best perks, but you’ll be able to compete and even outperform some of the best weapons in the game if you have the options presented here equipped.

Barrel: Arrowhead Brake, Fluted Barrel

In PvE, controlling your weapon is almost as important as the damage you deal, and with Arrowhead Brake, you’ll get a hefty bonus to the Taipan-4fr’s Recoil stat, keeping its kick well in check. The moderate buff to your weapon Handling will make readying and swapping it will be more comfortable, as well.

Fluted Barrel adds a slightly higher Handling buff and a little Stability but does nothing to control Recoil.

Magazine: Enhanced Battery, Liquid Coils

Enhanced Batter is the clear winner here. While you lose three points of Impact (a Destiny weapon’s primary damage stat), you gain an additional shot before you reload. That sixth shot is worth worlds more than what five shots would give with a bit more Impact.

If you absolutely must have big damage numbers at the expense of overall DPS, Liquid Coils will do that, but you’ll be nerfing yourself.

PvE Trait 1: Enhanced Triple Tap, Clown Cartridge

Taipan-4fr is unique in that it’s a Veist Linear Fusion, and the Veist Stinger Origin Trait gives every successful hit has a small chance to instantly reload the weapon from reserves. Combine that intrinsic perk with Enhanced Triple Tap’s ability to reload a shot with every precision hit, and you could conceivably fire more than 20 shots without reloading once.

If you haven’t yet unlocked Enhanced Triple Tap, you could equip Clown Cartridge to randomly overflow your magazine every reload.

PvE Trait 2: Firing Line, Enhanced Focused Fury

You’ll likely use the Taipan-4fr in a group setting where you’ll always be surrounded by teammates during DPS. Firing Line increases the weapon’s precision damage by 25% whenever two or more other players are around you.

If you want to take the Taipan-4fr into solo content or want something a little easier to activate in a chaotic situation, Focused Fury provides a 20% damage buff after spending half the magazine on precision hits.

Taipan-4fr Linear Fusion Rifle PvP God Roll

The Taipan-4fr isn’t really a PvP weapon, but if you have the accuracy, it will one-shot almost any Guardian you encounter whether they’re in their Super or not.


The PvE perks for the Taipan-4fr work fine in PvP.

Magazine: Accelerated Coils, Liquid Coils

Speed is paramount for any weapon in PvP, and adding accelerated coils might reduce the Taipan-4fr’s damage by a small amount, the time you’ll save charging it with Accelerated Coils can make or break an engagement. If you must be sure you’re going to kill your enemies, LIquid Coils adds that little more damage you might need.

PvP Trait 1: Field Prep, Enhanced Fragile Focus

There aren’t many first-column Traits worth using in PvP on the Taipan-4fr, but Field Prep will make the weapon easier to use if you slide into a crouch before firing. Fragile Focus gives you a solid Range bonus so long as you haven’t taken any damage, which shouldn’t matter on any of the PvP maps, but hey, maybe it will someday.

PvP Trait 2: Enhanced Opening Shot, Enhanced Snapshot Sights

The second column of Traits on the Taipan-4fr has some better PvP options, with Opening Shot being the clear winner. It adds Aim Assist and improved overall Accuracy for the first shot in a fight, which can be the difference between a hit and a miss. Snapshot Sights doesn’t give nearly as much value, but it does make aiming down the sights significantly faster.

Reshape your Taipan-4fr with any of the perk combinations above for one of the best and easiest weapons to earn in all of Destiny 2. The only Linear Fusion Rifles that outshine it are a perfectly rolled Stormchaser or a crafted Cataclysmic with Enhanced Bait and Switch, which can only get from the Vow of the Disciple Raid. Our Destiny 2 guides hub has info on those topics and much more.

Destiny 2: How to Complete the Memories of Loss Rune Patterns Puzzle Wed, 31 Aug 2022 21:02:16 -0400 John Schutt

As you go through the Destiny 2's The Witch Queen campaign, you’ll reach the Memories of Loss quest, which takes you deep into the bowels of the Throne World. You’ll eventually get to a remote, blue-lit location beyond a portal, and you’re asked to solve a puzzle to progress. This is the Rune Patterns puzzle, which you’ll not only need to complete to continue the story.

However, you'll also need to solve it again as part of a Powerful Reward activity once you finish the campaign. So it's best to know what to do. 

Memories of Loss Rune Pattern Puzzle Solution

The puzzle is much simpler than it initially seems. There are two steps:

  1. Shoot the three out-of-place runes on the wall in the central area.
  2. Do the same with the runes on the sides of the raised platforms on either side of the room. 

Step 1: Picking Out the First Set of Rune Columns

When you first enter the chamber with the Rune Pattern puzzle, you’ll be presented with a half-wall covered in columns of Hive Runes. Look for the three columns with mismatched rune patterns.

Every column of runes, in this step and the next, will be the same except for three. Shoot or melee the three sets of runes that don’t match. Doing so successfully will make a large rune of energy appear above the half-wall. Succeeding three times progresses the puzzle.

If you shoot the wrong runes, the whole process will reset. None of the runes change location or order — you only need to remember which ones don’t match.

Step 2: Picking the Second Set of Rune Columns 

For the second part of the puzzle, 18 rune columns will appear across six raised platforms on either side of the room. There are three rune columns per platform; out of those 18, three will be out-of-place.

The challenge here is remembering the “correct” order of runes, but thankfully, the remaining 15 columns will all be the same. Some platforms won’t have any “incorrect” runes, so you can leave those alone.

The out-of-place runes might be all on one side or mixed between both. As before, shooting the wrong symbols will reset the puzzle, and you’ll need to start again. Hitting the correct one will cause a larger energy rune to appear above the platform.

Once you’ve successfully activated all three rune columns, the door at the back of the room will open, allowing you to progress toward the end of the mission.

That’s how you solve the Memories of Loss Rune Pattern puzzle during the Destiny 2: The Witch Queen expansion campaign. It’s a simple memory-matching game, and it's straightforward once you get the hang of it. Check out our other Destiny 2 guides, including how to complete the weapon crafting tutorial quest Foundry Resonance, our Vow of the Disciple Raid guide, and our Dares of Eternity walkthrough. Our guides hub has much more.

Destiny 2: How to Get the Phoenix Cradle Exotic Titan Legs Wed, 31 Aug 2022 20:55:29 -0400 John Schutt

Destiny 2’s Solar, Void, and Arc 3.0 updates brought tons of new build variety to the game, aging out some Exotic equipment, making others relevant again, and putting new ones on the top of the heap. One Exotic armor piece that will never go out of style is the Phoenix Cradle Exotic Titan Legs. While they’re not as immediately useful as the Loreley Splendor Helm or Heart of Inmost Light, they are and have always been a solid workhorse Exotic. 

This guide will list the possible ways that you can get this set of leg armor, though none of the methods below are guaranteed to provide them. You'll need a bit of RNG luck on your side.

Do Solo Legend or Master Lost Sectors When They Drop Legs

Note: The image is an example only.

Every day, one of the Lost Sector mini-dungeons becomes an instanced activity that you can make either Legend or Master difficulty. Should you complete it on your own, you have a chance at a specific armor piece denoted in the Lost Sector activity description.

You won’t get a new Exotic every time you complete these high-difficulty Lost Sectors, but doing them on Master has a much higher drop rate. However, they usually take significantly longer to finish than lower difficulties.

Lost Sector drops also heavily favor Exotic gear you don’t already have, so if you’re looking for your first pair of Phoenix Cradle legs, head to the Lost Sector that drops leg armor and run it as many times as it takes to get the item.

Check with Xur Every Week

Every Friday at 10:00 a.m. PST through Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. PST, Xur, Agent of the Nine, appears somewhere in the world, selling Exotic wares for Legendary Shards. He’ll always have three armor pieces and a weapon available, but the real gift here is the random Exotic you can buy at the top of his menu.

As with Legend and Master solo Lost Sectors, the purchasable Engram favors gear you don’t yet have, so buy it every week. Completing the Exotic Cipher quest from Xur gets you another chance at the Engram.

Complete Every Weekly and Powerful Challenge

You could wish upon a star and wait for an Exotic engram to drop out in the world, or you could up your chances by always completing Powerful Gear Challenges every week. Vanguard Ops, Gambit, Crucible, Raids, Dungeons, and other Powerful or Pinnacle gear drops all have a chance at providing an Exotic as their reward. It’s a low chance, but possible nonetheless.

While you won’t be guaranteed the Phoenix Cradle legs using the tips outlined here, they make the process faster and more economical. The Lost Sector farm is especially effective if you can stand to not always get exactly what you want. Check out our other Destiny 2 guides while you’re here, including our walkthrough of the Duality Dungeon, how to get Gjallarhorn, and more. 

Destiny 2: New Purpose Pulse Rifle God Roll Guide Wed, 31 Aug 2022 13:45:07 -0400 John Schutt

Destiny 2's New Purpose Pulse Rifle is unique to the Duality Dungeon and drops only from the final chest after defeating the Nightmare of Caiatl, Empress Imperial. It might not fire particularly fast, but every burst packs a punch and has some of the best possible rolls of its weapon type in the game. We'll cover what to look for in this god roll guide.

New Purpose Pulse Rifle PvE God Roll

There are only a few truly bad rolls on the New Purpose for either PvE or PvP, but get the perks presented here and expect to shred anything that comes your way.

Barrel: Arrowhead Brake, Chambered Compensator

The New Purpose hits like a truck and kicks like a mule. Equipping Arrowhead Brake goes a long way toward taming this weapon's recoil while adding some ready speed with a moderate Handling stat buff. Chambered Compensator doesn't boast such powerful buffs, but with minor increases to Handling, Stability, and Range, it's an excellent secondary pick.

Magazine: Ricochet Rounds, Armor Piercing Rounds

Like almost every other primary weapon in Destiny 2, the best Magazine pick is Ricochet Rounds. The moderate Stability buff and smaller Range increase make the New Purpose much more effective and easy to use. Armor Piercing Rounds are great for PvE as it allows the weapon to do extra damage to combatant shields, making low-difficulty content a bit more comfortable.

PvE Trait 1: Feeding Frenzy, Perpetual Motion

Weapon uptime is paramount in Destiny 2 PvE, with usability coming a close second. Feeding Frenzy will ensure your reloads are quick the more enemies you defeat before needing to top off, and Perpetual Motion grants Stability, Handling, and Reload Speed so long as you're always moving. Depending on how you fight the enemies of humanity, either pick will work wonders.

PvE Trait 2: Desperado, Adaptive Munitions

There can be no other top choice in the second Trait slot. Desperado is a flat increase to your DPS by decreasing the delay between shots and increasing the New Purpose's rate of fire for a massive net gain in damage. If you can't land Desperado, Adaptive Munitions makes the weapon a beast against enemy shields.

New Purpose Pulse Rifle PvP God Roll

Like many of the best weapons in Destiny 2, the New Purpose has useful rolls for both PvE and PvP.


Both choices listed in the PvE section are great options for PvE as well.

Magazine: Ricochet Rounds, High-Caliber Rounds

Ricochet Rounds are fantastic no matter where they're used, but High Caliber Rounds are helpful in PvP for the additional flinch they add to your shots. You won't stop every player from getting a kill shot with flinch, but it can help win some fights you would typically lose.

PvP Trait 1: Perpetual Motion, Well-Rounded

The bonuses provided by Perpetual Motion are too good to pass up in both PvE and PvP, and in Crucible, you're bound to be moving far more often. Well-Rounded requires a little more setup to activate (using a grenade or doing damage with a charged melee), but the Range, Stability, and Handling bonuses you get per stack can make or break an engagement.

PvP Trait 2: Desperado, Vorpal Weapon

There's no beating Desperado if you can get it, but Vorpal Weapon can be a lifesaver if you see an enemy Super heading your way. Vorpal increases damage against enemy Guardians in their super, and if you're particularly accurate, you might even take them out before they can reach you. Even if you don't defeat the Super, you're liable to do much more damage than they might expect.

Acquire any of these rolls for your New Purpose Pulse Rifle, and you'll be set for the long haul. Get a perfect roll, and you'll be able to take either PvP or PvE by storm, as the weapon is something special when it has everything it needs. We've covered other god rolls here, including the Stormchaser, Austringer, Calus Mini-Tool, and Eyasluna, among others. Our Destiny 2 guides hub has much more.

Destiny 2: How to Get and Use Touch of Malice Tue, 30 Aug 2022 22:25:57 -0400 John Schutt

The King's Fall Raid has returned to Destiny 2, and with it comes the Touch of Malice Exotic Scout Rifle, reborn for a new sandbox. Somehow, Bungie managed to make it relevant seven years after it was first introduced in a game so wildly different from its source material. The one big change is how you get it.

This guide will tell you how to get your hands on this coveted rifle, as well as how to use it and its exotic trait: Charged with Blight. 

How to Get Touch of Malice in Destiny 2's King's Fall Raid

There is only one way to get Touch of Malice in Destiny 2: as a random drop from the Oryx chest following the completion of the final encounter of the King's Fall Raid. You have three chances to get it per week, provided you have three characters that can run the Raid at all.

Sadly, there is no way to increase your drop chance, and there is no bad luck protection. Everything comes down to your RNG. Some players will get Touch of Malice on their first or second completion; some players will take dozens or more. With King's Fall taking a little more than an hour for most casual fireteams, that could mean hundreds of hours of Raiding or just a few before you get the Exotic to drop.

Once you have it in your hands, you might find it was well worth the effort.

How Touch of Malice and Charged With Blight Work

Veterans of Destiny 1 will be happy to hear Touch of Malice functions effectively the same as the original version. You can shoot normally 10 times, but when the weapon has only one bullet left in the magazine, it will begin drawing on your health and shields to fuel additional shots. You can kill yourself with the self-inflicted damage, but the final round deals double damage as long as you don't reload.

The real kicker is the new Exotic Trait: Charged with Blight. Every precision hit adds Blight stacks. When you hit 10 stacks, you can hold Reload to charge Touch of Malice with that energy. Firing once the weapon is charged — your character will physically stop the turning rings in the weapon's middle — sends out a blight projectile.

Touch of Malice in PvE

There are two hidden perks, as well. Any enemy hit by the Blight projectile gets poisoned and takes DOT damage for about 10 seconds. Enemies take an additional 50% damage for around two and a half seconds after they take damage from the Blight. This can be on top of the 100% increase from using the final bullet over and over, making a total of 150% PvE damage.

Better still, the Blight debuff doesn't need to come from your Touch of Malice. Any player in your instance with the weapon equipped who hits an enemy with the Blight triggers the debuff. Coordinating with your fireteam to keep yourselves healed and debuffing enemies means you can keep 150% damage going indefinitely.

Touch of Malice also benefits the other Weapons of Sorrow — Thorn and Osteo Striga — adding a few additional points of damage atop what's already present. Sadly, neither of those weapons is prime DPS material, but it's a nice touch.

Touch of Malice in PvP

All these effects are all diminished in PvP, where the main damage increase is only 30% instead of 100%. The Blight debuff adds only 15% rather than 50%, but the Touch of Malice in PvP fully revved takes a little more than a half second to kill.

With all those mechanics combined, and in the right circumstances, Touch of Malice is a terror no matter where you use it. It won't replace Gjallarhorn and five other well-rolled Rocket Launchers for DPS, but it doesn't have to. An Exotic primary weapon like this doesn't come along often, so run King's Fall as often as it takes to get your hands on one. Check out our other Destiny 2 content while you're here, including a full walkthrough of both the Duality and Grasp of Avarice Dungeons and god roll guides for the Stormchaser and Eyasluna. Our guides hub has plenty more.

Destiny 2: Forbearance Grenade Launcher God Roll Guide Tue, 30 Aug 2022 22:16:24 -0400 John Schutt

Forbearance is a breach-loading, Special Ammo Arc Grenade Launcher obtainable from the Vow of the Disciple Raid, specifically the Caretaker and Rhulk encounters. It’s also craftable once you earn five Deepsight Resonance versions.

As a “Wave Frame,” it sends out a wave of energy in the direction the shell was facing when its projectile hits the ground. Couple that with its great perk pool and the god roll, Forbearance is a force to be reckoned with.

Forbearance Grenade Launcher PvE God Roll

Basic Launcher Barrel: Quick Launch, Volatile Launch

Quick Launch is much preferred here, as it raises the projectile speed and increases the Forbearance’s handling by a significant margin. Faster projectiles mean more efficient damage and more consistent usage, and extra handling ensures you can keep the weapon ready much easier. Volatile Launch is a passable replacement; it confers a minor disadvantage to both Velocity and Handling but greatly increases the explosive radius. That will make the weapon a little clunkier but deadlier at a greater distance.

Magazine: High-Velocity Rounds

Forbearance only has two Magazine perks, and the only one you should use is High-Velocity Rounds for the same reason as the Quick Launch Barrel. Better Handling and Projectile Speed make for a better all-around weapon.

PvE Trait 1: Ambitious Assassin, Unrelenting

Ambitious Assassin outshines all the other perks in the first Trait slot. Having the ability to put out two wave frame projectiles without reloading is a dream. Just defeat a single enemy of any kind, and suddenly, your tube has two projectiles. Unrelenting is a good backup for PvE because it sparks health regeneration after enough kills, and that regen can save you in a pinch.

PvE Trait 2: Chain Reaction, Rampage

Whenever you defeat an enemy with Chain Reaction on Forbearance, that enemy will explode in a blast of Arc energy, resulting in, well, a Chain Reaction of trash mobs going up like so much electric confetti. Rampage is a good substitute for taking on waves of low-level mobs. The increasing damage bonus gives you up to 33% extra damage per wave.

Forbearance Grenade Launcher PvP God Roll

Taking Forbearance into PvP won’t win you many friends, but it is effective with many of the same perks as PvE. Such is the power of the Wave Frame archetype and the quality of this weapon in particular.


The PvE options presented above work just fine in PvP.


PvE choices work great in the Magazine as well.

PvP Trait 1: Ambitious Assassin, Surplus

Special Ammo weapons don’t pack the same punch as they once did, thanks to nerfs to the ammo economy. Earn more than two shots, however, and you can make other players’ lives a living nightmare while holding down a sightline by your lonesome. Surplus won’t give you that level of power, but its increases in Handling, Reload Speed, and Stability will make Forbearance very comfortable to use.

PvP Trait 2: Chain Reaction, Golden Tricorn

While Chain Reaction won’t always activate in PvP, it can take out whole parties of enemy Guardians when it does, especially if they’re just leaving another engagement. Golden Tricorn can do the same, providing a 15% damage boost for seven seconds following a kill.

There are many good options for rolls on Forbearance, but the choices presented above are the best. We’ve covered other worthwhile god rolls here, including the Stormchaser, Eyasula, and Austringer. Check out our Destiny 2 guides hub for much more.

Destiny 2: How to Complete the Weapon Crafting Tutorial Foundry Resonance Quest Mon, 29 Aug 2022 11:23:12 -0400 John Schutt

If you’re new to Destiny 2 with the Witch Queen expansion or are a Guardian returning after a long hiatus, one of the systems you might not be familiar with is crafting. Available at the Relic on Mars, itself accessible via the Throne World Destination on the Director, you can use the system to create a perfectly-rolled version of any weapon you’ve unlocked.

Usually, getting the Weapon Patterns you need takes time, effort, and a lot of grinding, but with the Season of Plunder, there’s a new quest available that teaches you the basics and gives you a great reward to boot. In this guide, we’ll cover all the steps of the Foundry Resonance crafting tutorial quest and its follow-up quest, Foundry Shaping.

Foundry Resonance Quest Walkthrough

Foundry Resonance and Foundry Shaping arent difficult quests to complete, and while they work, the reward is worth it. They’re also an abbreviated introduction to how the weapon crafting system works.

Step 1: Take the Deepsight Resonant Ammit AR2 at the Relic

To start Foundry Resonance, head to Mars in the Throne World Directory and make your way to the Relic in the black stone Pyramid chamber. Then go to the blue crown quest marker on the left side of the Relic itself. Press the Use button to open the menu, then take the red-bordered (Deepsight Resonant) Ammit AR2 Assault Rifle.

Step 2: Complete Playlists with a Deepsight Resonance Weapon Equipped

This step seems much more complicated than it is. Just play a single instance of Vanguard Ops or a match of Gambit or Crucible, and defeat enemies while completing activities with a Deepsight Resonance weapon equipped. The weapon doesn’t have to be the Ammit AR2 you got from this quest. If you found another red-bordered weapon while playing, advancing that advances this step as well.

Either way, you’ll receive another Deepsight weapon at the end of this step.

Step 3: Complete a Deepsight Resonance Objective; Extract Resonant Elements

Advance your new weapon’s Deepsight objective again. As before, completing Deepsight Resonance on a weapon is a matter of getting kills with it and completing activities with it equipped. Your best bet is to take the red bar Ammit AR2 into your playlist activity and use it until you complete the objective.

Once complete, enter the weapon’s menu and select the Resonance icon to the right of the Masterwork and Mod slot, then choose to extract the Resonant Elements.

Step 4: Return to the Relic on Mars

Go back to the Relic and collect the Resonant Alloy. You’ll then be able to collect a red bar Taipan-4fr Linear Fusion Rifle. Adding it to your inventory starts the Foundry Shaping Quest.

Foundry Shaping Weapon Crafting Tutorial Walkthrough

Foundry Shaping is the advanced version of Foundry Resonance and teaches how Deepsight Weapons work and how to craft them. Most of the steps are the same.

Step 1: Claim the Deepsight Resonance Taipan-4fr; Defeat Enemies in Activities

As with the first quest, have the red-bar weapon equipped and use it to defeat enemies, then have it equipped when you complete activities.

Step 2: Complete Dares of Eternity or Wellspring with Deepsight Equipped

The activity you choose to complete in this step depends on whether you purchased the Witch Queen expansion or not. If you did not, go to the Eternity node in the Director and take part in Dares of Eternity. If you own the expansion, we recommend Wellspring, as there’s a chance you can get a red bar Throne World weapon.

Step 3: Complete a Deepsight Resonance Objective; Extract Resonant Elements

As with Foundry Resonance, defeat enemies and complete activities, then extract the Resonant Energy once the objective completes.

Step 4: Return to the Relic; Claim the Weapon Pattern

Back at the Relic, you’ll claim a Weapon Pattern, allowing you to craft the weapon in earnest. Once you have the pattern, go to the main Relic node directly across from the door and open the Shaping menu.

Step 5: Shape the Weapon of Your Choice

In the Shaping menu, go to Shape Weapon on the left, and navigate to the Taipan-4fr Linear Fusion Rifle in the Heavy column. You can also shape the Ammit AR2 for progress, but getting the Linear going first is preferable, as it’s usable in endgame activities.

You’ll only have access to a small number of perks when you shape a weapon, but you’ll unlock more as you level the weapon up by defeating enemies and completing activities.

You’ll also need 750 Resonant elements, 5 Resonant Alloy (from dismantling Legendary weapons), and 10,000 Glimmer to finish the shaping.

Step 6: Level Up the Shaped Weapon

After you defeat enough enemies and do enough activities, you’ll level up the weapon and earn access to additional perks. This step of the Foundry Shaping quest asks you to level up the weapon once, which takes more than a hundred enemies killed or several dozen and three or four activity completions.

Step 7: Return to the Enclave on Mars

Once you’ve earned a single level for the weapon you shaped, return to the Relic and claim your second Ascendant Alloy.

With the second Alloy in your inventory, you’ve completed both Foundry Resonance and Foundry Shaping. You have a basic idea about advancing Weapon Patterns and an introduction to upgrading your weapons. The systems get a little more complicated out in the wild, but you know how all the core mechanics work now.

For more on Destiny 2 Season of Plunder and content from Seasons and expansions past, check our Destiny 2 guides hub, where we’ve provided a full walkthrough of both the Duality and Grasp of Avarice Dungeons, God Rolls for the Eyasluna, and how to get the Gjallarhorn, among many others.

Destiny 2: How to Get Map Fragments in Season of Plunder Fri, 26 Aug 2022 09:58:33 -0400 John Schutt

In Destiny 2’s Season of Plunder, Guardians wear a new moniker: pirate. And it wouldn’t be a pirate adventure without treasure hunting and the treasure maps that come with it. To actually collect the booty, you’ll need Map Fragments, one of the currencies introduced with Season 18.

Map Fragments aren’t hard to get, but they aren’t plentiful either. You can only hold a few of them at a time. This guide will cover how to get as many of them as possible.

Where to Get Map Fragments

The only source of Map Fragments during Season of Plunder is the Ketchcrash activity you can launch from the H.E.L.M. Every completion of Ketchcrash awards 10 total Map Fragments. The activity itself takes between six and 10 minutes to complete depending on the makeup of your six-man team and the mechanics of that week’s boss.

We don’t recommend grinding Ketchcrash indefinitely, however. Your Captain’s Atlas, accessible in your Quest tab, can only hold 50 Map Fragments and up to 325 Treasure Coordinates at a time, so you’ll only want to run Ketchcrash around three times before you head into Expeditions to get your hands on some loot.

Sadly, there is no other way of getting this currency in Season of Plunder. Upgrading your Pirate Crew through the Star Chart provides bonuses to using the Treasure Maps you make with Map Fragments and Treasure Coordinates, but you're still limited to how many you can farm through Ketchcrash.

Which upgrades you choose in your Star Chart depends on your goals, especially early in the season. Unlocking the ability to summon crewmates to help with Ketchcrash is a fun way to play early on when you don’t have access to much.

You can also prioritize Focusing armor and weapons or earning extra loot during the activity. For the first few weeks of the season, there aren’t many options, but by the third or fourth week and beyond, where you spend your Star Chart upgrades becomes more about optimizing either the activity grind or the gear acquisition grind.

No matter what path you choose for your Pirate Crew, know that Ketchcrash will always be there with its 10 Map Fragments, waiting to be completed. For more Destiny 2 content, check out our guides hub, where we’ve covered how to get the Treasure Coordinates discussed here and provided a full walkthrough of the Duality Dungeon.

Destiny 2: How to Get Treasure Coordinates in Season of Plunder Fri, 26 Aug 2022 09:54:04 -0400 John Schutt

Season of Plunder brings the pirate life to Destiny 2, and with it, the hunt for treasure among the stars. Finding that fortune requires knowing where to look. Space is a big place, and your loot could be anywhere. 

Treasure Coordinates are one of the two currencies you’ll use this season to charge your Captain’s Atlas and determine your rewards for completing the Expedition mission, where you receive your treasure in earnest. This guide will review the best places to get the Coordinates in Destiny 2, Season of Plunder.

Where to Find Treasure Coordinates

You’ll need far more Treasure Coordinates than Map Fragments the other currency that charges the Captain’s Atlas  to unearth your loot. Thankfully, Coordinates are much easier to come by, available from almost every activity, though you’re limited to holding only 325 at a time.

As with almost every other season’s core currency, your primary source of Treasure Coordinates is the Strike, Gambit, and Crucible playlists. Strikes and Vanguard Ops give the most (surprising no one) at 45 Treasure Coordinates per completion. If you complete Nightfall Strikes, you’ll get increased rewards depending on the difficulty.

Gambit and Crucible games give slightly fewer rewards, at 40 per match completion. If you prefer either of those modes to grinding Vanguard Ops into the ground, by all means, take a PvPvE break.

Most other activities in Destiny 2 also award Coordinates, though in smaller values. The best of them are Heroic Public Events, which provide 35, and high-difficulty Lost Sectors, awarding 15.

The longer activities like Raids, Dungeons, and Throne World Weekly Missions or Perseverance give Coordinates, too, but the time investment vs. the reward received isn’t worth it once you’ve collected the Pinnacle/Powerful reward.

The best gameplay loop in Season of Plunder for Coordinates is to play a few Strikes, Ketchcrash for a few Map Fragments, and Extraction to collect your treasure. Repeat this process as many times as you can stand until more upgrades are available at the Star Chart at the H.E.L.M. For more content on Destiny 2, check out our guides hub, where we provided a full walkthrough of the Duality Dungeon and showcased god rolls for the Stormchaser and Calus Mini-Tool, among many others.

Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes 2022: Something New God Roll Guide Sat, 23 Jul 2022 10:01:04 -0400 John Schutt

The newest Hand Cannon in an ocean of them, the Something New Hand Cannon, introduced in Destiny 2's Solstice of Heroes 2022, is an odd duck. It's not perfectly suited for either PvE or PvP, with a perk pool that benefits neither but is technically sound for both, especially with the right god roll. 

There are better options if you want a weapon to focus on one playstyle or the other, but a well-rolled Something New is a perfectly usable option if you don't want to change builds between Crucible and other activities.

There's nothing spectacular about the Something New Hand Cannon. Its possible rolls don't make it excellent at anything, but they're all functional. Depending on what you plan to use it for, there are better perk combinations for PvE and PvP; as stated, the best can be used regardless of where you're fighting.

Something New Hand Cannon PvE God Roll

  • Barrel: Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling.
    • The Something New kicks like 10 mules, so the Recoil control Arrowhead provides can be a godsend. The Handling bonus is also nice to have. Corkscrew is a good compromise with moderate buffs to Stability, Handling, and Range.
  • Magazine: Ricochet Rounds, Extended Magzine.
    • The bonuses to Range and Stability offered by Ricochet Rounds on a weapon that desperately needs controllability buffs are too good to pass up. Alternatively, Extended Magazine gives the Something New three more bullets, extending its active time though slowing its reload speed to a crawl. Pairing it with a particular first-slot trait mitigates that problem somewhat.
  • PvE Trait 1: Feeding Frenzy, Triple Tap, Wellspring.
    • Feeding Frenzy is a definite help to the nearly four-second-long reload on Something New, with Triple Tap extending its damage uptime. Wellspring is a good third option if you are more concerned with keeping your Super available.
  • PvE Trait 2: Demolitionist, Headstone.
    • The passive Grenade buffs Demo provides are good for almost any build you can think of, and Headstone is excellent for activating the many powerful Stasis builds floating around.

Something New Hand Cannon PvP God Roll

  • Barrel: The PvE choices are also great for PvP, so stick with the options above.

  • Magazine: Trade out Extended Mag for Appended Mag here, as you're only losing one extra bullet in the gun without tanking the Something New's reload speed.

  • PvP Trait 1: Wellspring, Tunnel Vision.
    • Trait 1 doesn't have a lot of good options for PvP, but adding Tunnel Vision makes landing a second kill a much easier task with the additional Aim Assist and Handling.
  • PvP Trait 2: Demolitionist, Multikill Clip.
    • Having a powered Grenade ability is always helpful, but the 17% damage buff you receive after a kill from Multikill Clip is the real difference maker. If you manage two kills in a single magazine, that buff goes to 33%.

The Solstice of Heroes 2022's newest addition to the Destiny 2 loot pool doesn't do much to impress, as there are much better choices if you want a weapon that focuses on PvE or PvP specifically. The Something New Hand Cannon is still a good catch-all option if you don't have the likes of Fatebringer or Austringer, however. We've covered other Solstice topics in our Destiny 2 guides hub, including Candescnet Armor and Silver Leaves, so head there next.

Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes 2022: Compass Rose God Roll Guide Sat, 23 Jul 2022 09:57:01 -0400 John Schutt

Initially introduced in Solstice 2021, the Compass Rose Shotgun is back in Destiny 2’s Solstice of Heroes 2022 with an updated perk pool to account for the subclass and balance changes since its release. It doesn’t fill any particular niche very well, but with the right combination of god roll perks, it’s plenty usable in both PvE and PvP.

The Compass Rose has a few perk combinations that make it a contender in any activity, but few that make it the absolute best in specific modes. Most of its best options are in the third and fourth Traits columns, with its Barrel and Magazine choices being sub-par. It won’t replace the likes of Felwinter’s Lie or Seventh Seraph CQC-12, but it can be an excellent choice for certain situations.

Compass Rose PvE God Roll

  • Barrel: Corkscrew Rifling, Smallbore.
    • Sadly, there aren’t many Range boosting perks without drawbacks on the Compass Rose. You’ll need to settle for Corkscrew Rifling’s minor buffs to Stability, Handling, and Range. Smallbore’s slightly higher boost to Stability and Range, without the Handling bonus, is a close second.
  • Magazine: Assault Mag, Tactical Mag.
    • Assault Mag’s increase to the Compass Rose’s rate of fire is a unique benefit that pairs well with the perk’s increase in Stability. Tactical Mag is another solid option, increasing the Compass Rose’s magazine size by one and further increasing its Stability. It also adds a Reload Speed bonus, improving the weapon’s uptime even further.
  • PvE Trait 1: Quickdraw, Surplus.
    • There aren’t many other strong options in this perk tree worth using. Quickdraw is always a good choice; getting the weapon ready to fire quickly or in a pinch can save you from an ignoble death. Surplus provides a similar buff plus additional Stability and Reload Speed so long as your abilities are charged. Less useful than the passive Quickdraw, but if gun-on-gun is your goal, Surplus can be well worth its weight.
  • PvE Trait 2: Vorpal Weapon, Incandescent.
    • Incandescent is great for Solar 3.0 builds, provided you can keep the Compass Rose topped off and killing enemies. You can never go wrong with a passive boost to your boss damage, which Vorpal provides in spaces.

Compass Rose Shotgun PvP God Roll

  • Barrel: The PvE options listed above are also perfectly usable in PvP.

  • Magazine: Assault Mag, Accurized Rounds.
    • Assault Mag’s benefits are good in PvP, and Accurized Rounds’ significant buff to the Compass Rose’s Range makes it a great second option.
  • PvP Trait 1: In a twist, the two PvE choices of Quickdraw and Surplus are also solid for PvP.

  • PvP Trait 2: Vorpal Weapon, Snapshot Sights.
    • Vorpal is effective at taking out Guardians in their Super, provided they don’t kill you before you can get your shot off. Snapshot Sights is another good choice if you got the Full Choke Barrel perk or if you prefer to ADS your Shotguns whenever you use them.

The Compass Rose, like the Something New, is a strange amalgam of a PvP and PvE weapon — it’s good at both but great at neither. If you want an alternate Solar Shotgun to use, there aren’t many other weapons like it.

With Solstice of Heroes 2022 being your only source of Compass Rose god rolls, now’s the time to farm it. Check out our guides to other Destiny 2 weapons, including the Fatebringer, Gjallarhorn, and Stormchaser. There are other weapon god roll articles in our Destiny 2 guides hub.