Destiny 2: Shadowkeep brought several new weapons with its release. You can earn these weapons by gathering and completing their respective essences from activities on the moon, or by killing certain Nightmare Hunt bosses when they’re available for the week. Here’s a look at each weapon, and what I personally consider the best possible roll for them.
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.
One of the effects of the move to fixed weapon rolls in Destiny 2 is that, in theory, it levels the Crucible playing field. There are – in theory – countless Kinetic/Energy weapon combinations with which a Crucible combatant can achieve success, without depending on a randomly-granted perk. However, in every FPS, there will always be what’s considered the “meta” or ‘best’ loadout, and Destiny 2 is no exception. Although we’ve only made it a few weeks since launch day, the dust in Lord Shaxx’s prized arena has already begun to settle, and there appear to be some weapons that
The Distant Star Pros – Very high reload speed. High aim assist. Cons – Low range. Below average stability and mag size. Recommended PvP Perks: Any Perfect Balance, Smallbore, Braced Frame, Hammer Forged, Injection Mold, Hand-laid Stock Full Auto, High Caliber Rounds Zen Moment, Hidden Hand, Life Support, Crowd Control, Eye of the Storm, Icarus, Firefly, Triple Tap Recommended PvE Perks: Any Perfect Balance, Smallbore, Braced Frame, Hammer Forged, Injection Mold, Hand-laid Stock Full Auto, High Caliber Rounds Firefly, Triple Tap, Life Support, Zen Moment, Crowd Control, Eye of the Storm A member of the MIDA-archetype, that unfortunately doesn’t posses
Crow’s Eye Pros – Hitscan. Above average range. High aim assist. Neutral – Average stability. Cons – Very low reload speed. Low mag size. Recommended Perks: Linear Compensator Hand Loaded, Fitted Stock High Caliber Rounds/Quickdraw, Lightweight, Snapshot Rangefinder, Zen Moment, Crowd Control, Reactive Reload, Hot Swap, Battle Runner For this archetype, even though the damage per bullet is higher, the slower RoF means it’s harder to compete with the other sidearms. However, due to the sidearm changes that came with Rise of Iron, this is one of the best sidearms out there because Linear Compensator allows it to kill with
Lyudmila-D Pros – Very high range and mag size. Above average recoil direction. Cons – Very low reload speed, stability, and aim assist. Recommended Perks: SC Holo Headseeker, Crowd Control, Glass Half Full Counterbalance, Unflinching Hand-laid Stock, Injection Mold, Fitted Stock, High Caliber Rounds It’s difficult to achieve a perfect two-burst with this pulse rifle, so Headseeker is great because you’re less dependent on hitting all headshots to achieve minimum TtK. Counterbalance is a massive help as well, preventing the gun from pulling as hard to the left as it normally does. Hand-laid Stock is by far the best choice for the last
SUROS PDX-45 (Gunsmith) Pros – High Stability. Cons – Low Range. Recommended Perks: SPO-28 Perfect Balance, High Caliber Rounds, Hammer Forged, Fitted Stock Counterbalance, Hidden Hand, Rangefinder, Headseeker Rifled Barrel/Smallbore Many Guardians have been waiting for months for the Gunsmith to bring us the perfect roll (and new weapons). If you aren’t lucky enough to get Perfect Balance, then Smallbore is the best option in the final column, and either of the other three second column options will work. You can even match Smallbore with Perfect Balance to achieve literally maximum Stability, but you won’t get as much range as