The Season of the Drifter brought with it new weapons rewarded from both of its two new Playlists; Gambit Prime and The Reckoning. You can earn a chance at the curated rolls of these weapons by completing specific tasks in Gambit Prime itself. We are starting our review of these weapons with the new Sub-Machine Gun, the Bug-Out Bag.
Grab and Go
You can earn this specific roll of the weapon by defeating High Value Targets in Gambit Prime. Alternatively, you can also complete a Tier Two Reckoning for a chance at both the curated and random rolls on this weapon.
This SMG is a 900 rounds-per-minute, Solar energy Sub-machine gun with a base magazine size of thirty-three rounds.
The perks for this roll of the gun come with;
- Adaptive Frame; A well-rounded grip, reliable and sturdy.
- Corkscrew Rifling; Slightly increases Range and Stability, Slightly increases Handling Speed.
- Alloy Magazine; Faster reloads when the magazine is empty.
- Slideways; Sliding partially reloads this weapon’s magazine and temporarily boosts handling and stability.
- Multikill Clip; Reloading grants increased damage based on the number of rapid kills made beforehand.
- Reload Speed Masterwork; +10 to Reload Speed
Yes, that’s right. Killclip 2.0 is here, and it’s great for PVE. This new perk rewards Guardians with extra damage when they reload shortly after scoring a kill(s). It stacks up to three times if you kill three enemies before reloading. Here’s a breakdown of how much extra damage you’ll be doing in PVE:
- Multikill Clip x1 = 33% extra damage
- Multikill Clip x2 = 66% extra damage
- Multikill Clip x3 = 100% extra damage
This perk creates an interesting loop for killing trash in PVE and Gambit Prime. Guardians start the cycle by killing one or two soft enemies, then reloading, using that extra damage to kill three more enemies to reload one more time and then unload a full magazine of x2 damage onto an elite or boss.
But is it better than Rampage?
For comparison, Rampage x3 rewards approximately 67% additional weapon damage. The benefit for Rampage compared to Multikill Clip is that Rampage begins to stack immediately after kills. So what does this mean? It means that for sustained trash clearing Rampage remains king of the hill, but Multikill Clip will become the new king of melting elites. Lastly, Slideways is always there to help you load a few more bullets to get that third and final kill should you need it.
In summary; the curated Bug-Out Bug offers PVE slayers bored of their shotguns a chance to use something new. The Multikill Clip perk opens up opportunities for styles of play which are challenging, dynamic, and very rewarding when properly executed. There’s a learning curve to this weapon and its perks, but they reward a committed player who plays to the weapon’s strengths.
Thank you for reading!