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Destiny 2 July 7 patch notes: weapon & armor fixes, Raid changes, more

Published: 7/Jul/2020 20:02

by Bill Cooney

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A new Destiny 2 patch is bringing substantial changes to the weekly reward limits from several Raid encounters, as well as various weapon and armor fixes, and more. So let’s take a look at all of the changes in the latest update.

The latest Destiny 2 patch, update 2.9.1, released on July 7 with downtime starting at 9 AM PDT. Players were able to log back in after only an hour at 10 AM, but Bungie has warned that there could be widespread interruption to those trying to log in or download the patch.

Destiny Leviathan Raid
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Weekly reward limits have been removed from the Leviathan Raid and a number of others.

As far as what’s included in the July 7 update, the most substantial change is the removal of the weekly reward limits from main raid encounters including Leviathan, Eater of Worlds, Spire of Stars, Crown of Sorrows, and Scourge of the Past.

One important thing to note is that Secret Chests will still continue to have weekly lockouts following the update, so you won’t be able to farm them without end.

Destiny 2 Secret Chests
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Secret chests will still have weekly lockouts, unfortunately.

Moving on to the armor and weapon changes, the issue that was preventing Season of the Worthy Seasonal Armor Mods from having a chance to be purchasable on Banshee-44 has finally been fixed.

In addition, the issue that was preventing players from purchasing the Unflinching Machine Gun mod from Banshee-44 has also been patched, so the mod should now be available for purchase.

On the Investment side of things, players have been complaining for a while that the Heavy Hitters Triumph was not properly tracking when Contact event bosses had been defeated, but that should no longer be a problem after this patch goes live.

Destiny Contact event
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Several issues with the Contact public event have been fixed as well.

A bunch of annoying issues we’ve been running into with the Contact Public Event have been fixed as well, and the full July 7 Destiny 2 patch notes can be read below.

As always, stay tuned our @theDestinyBlog account on Twitter for all the latest Destiny 2 news and updates as they happen.


DESTINY 2 UPDATE 2.9.1

ACTIVITIES

Contact Public Event
  • Fixed an issue where players could collect and deposit 15 motes prior to unlocking the Umbral Mastery II gift on the Prismatic Recaster.
Trials
  • Increased Glimmer rewards in Trials of Osiris.
Nightmare Hunts
  • Fixed an issue where Nightmare Hunts could grant more Season of Arrivals rewards than intended.
Raids
  • The following raids no longer have weekly reward limits from main encounters:
      • Leviathan
      • Eater of Worlds
      • Spire of Stars
      • Crown of Sorrow
      • Scourge of the Past
  • Note: Secret Chests will continue to have weekly lockouts
  • All armor from the above listed Featured Raids has been updated to use the Season of Arrivals infusion cap.
  • Last Wish and Garden of Salvation raid weapons and armor have been updated to use the Season of Arrivals infusion cap.

GAMEPLAY AND INVESTMENT

Investment
  • Fixed an issue where the Heavy Hitters Triumph was not properly tracking which Contact event bosses had been defeated.
  • Fixed an issue where the Season of the Worthy Rank Stat Tracker was not appearing properly.
Pursuits
  • Fixed an issue where players had the Guardian Games quest in their inventory well after Titans completely dominated the event.
      • Hunters are still pretty sad about it.
  • Fixed an issue where there was inconsistent use of weapon and ammo types in High-Stakes Heist quest steps.
  • Fixed an issue where Seraph weapons were not counting towards Sleeper Simulant catalyst quest progression.
Weapons
  • Fixed a rare crash with Anarchy.
  • Fixed an issue with Umbral Enhancements III that was preventing Cold Denial and Falling Guillotine from getting an additional trait.
  • Fixed an issue with Vortex Frame Swords where the Heavy attack wasn’t ending properly over the network.
  • Fixed an issue where various Season of Arrivals weapons are missing collections entries.
Armor
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing Season of the Worthy Seasonal Armor Mods from having a chance to be purchasable on Banshee-44.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing players from purchasing the Unflinching Machine Gun mod from Banshee-44.
Other
  • Added the ability for Season of Arrivals armor to use Charged with Light mods from Season of Dawn.
  • Corrected some incorrect armor mod icons for several Season of Arrivals mods.
  • Corrected incorrect perk descriptions for two Season of Arrivals mods – Reactive Pulse (formerly Font of Light) and Radiant Light – to correctly match their functionality.
  • Added the Season of Arrivals mod socket to the pieces of the EDZ destination armor set that did not have them.
  • The Unstoppable Pulse Rifles artifact mod will no longer cause non-Pulse Rifle damage to stagger Unstoppable Champions while aiming down sights of a Pulse Rifle.
  • The Rival Warlock Ghost Shell from Guardian Games will now show Ghost Projections.
  • Fixed an issue where the Unstoppable Pulse Rifle mod icon was displaying a Scout Rifle.
  • Fixed a bug that affected aim assistance when shooting through Barricades using Citan’s Ramparts.

UI/UX

Eververse
  • The header for the Flair section of Eververse now displays the correct text.

Controller Remapping

  • Updated the description for “Toggle Sprint.”
Xûr
  • Updated description of Exotic Engrams on Xûr, as players may now purchase more than one on a given a week using an Exotic Cypher.

Subtitles

  • Fixed an issue where subtitles for Season of Arrivals Drifter dialogue could misgender players as “brother” even when using female character.

MISC.

General
  • Adjusted Strike weekly bounty pool for the Seasonal focus.
  • Scorn, Cabal, Vex, and Fallen variations should no longer appear during Season of Arrivals.
  • Fixed an issue where the first sleeper node “CB.NAV/RUN.()Dynamo.Approach.Arch” was not appearing for players attempting to complete the Nascent Dawn Exotic quest.
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Destiny 2 is making huge changes to guns ahead of Beyond Light

Published: 23/Oct/2020 7:49 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 7:53

by Brad Norton

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We’re just weeks away from the launch of Destiny 2’s Beyond Light expansion but before we get there, Bungie has revealed an assortment of key weapon changes on the horizon.

While Guardians around the world eagerly await the next big adventure in Destiny, there’s plenty to get caught up on. From new storyline teasers to fresh information on the upcoming raid, you’ve got a lot to be aware of before we reached Beyond Light on November 10.

Alongside incoming content, Destiny’s core gameplay will also be changing a great deal with the next major expansion. Tons of weapons are being modified in the game’s sandbox, meaning that they’ll function differently, deal adjusted damage, and even come with unique effects.

From Hand Cannons to Sniper Rifles and plenty more, there’s a good chance your favorite weapons will feel different in Beyond Light. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming changes.

Hand Cannon changes in Destiny 2 Beyond Light

Destiny 2 gameplay
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All three types of Hand Cannons will be changing in Beyond Light.

First and foremost, the three distinct types of Hand Cannons will be evolving in the Beyond Light update. The Aggressive frame will come boasting an improved rate of fire. The Adaptive and Precision frame comes with slightly less damage falloff from afar and a 37 percent larger magazine size. 

Lastly, the Lightweight frame – to be labeled as ‘Adaptive’ moving forward – will have a slight reduction to its rate of fire. This pertains to Luna’s Howl, Not Forgotten, though Sunshot is being excluded.

The latter of the bunch may seem severe, though Bungie assured the rate of fire changes are for good reason. “Lightweight Hand Cannons represent the majority of Hand Cannon usage in the Crucible,” they revealed. As a result, this led to a faster time to kill than any other frame. This should be balanced out in Beyond Light with a slower fire rate.

Sniper Rifle changes in Destiny 2 Beyond Light

Destiny 2 sniping gameplay
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Snipers may find it a little more difficult to aim in the near future.

Next up is a more unique change to Sniper Rifles. Aim assist is what Bungie targeted for the next major patch. Moving forward, it’ll now be different depending on your scope. For Snipers with lower zoom scopes, you’ll have less aim assist. For those with higher zoom scope, you’ll have more aim assist. 

“We want Sniper Rifles to feel powerful,” Bungie reassured. However, this comes with a tradeoff. The developers no longer want snipers to be “so easy to use that they dominate.”

Auto Rifle and Scout Rifle changes in Destiny 2 Beyond Light

Destiny 2 Auto Rifle gameplay
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Expect minor tweaks to both Auto and Scout Rifles in Beyond Light.

The most notable Auto Rifle change coming with Beyond Light is merely an attempt to scale back. With Season of the Worthy, Adaptive frame rifles were buffed, but that’ll soon be adjusted once again. Overall damage will be reduced from 15.75 to 14.25 damage per bullet. 

Regarding Scouts, the weapons themselves won’t be buffed per se. Though Bungie aims to make them “a little easier to use.” Similar to the Sniper changes, Scouts will benefit from improved aim assist moving forward.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light gameplay
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You’ll need to be on top of all these weapon changes to take down Beyond Light’s biggest threats.

Rocket Launcher fiends will also be happy to know that your reserve ammo will be increasing by one or two explosives depending on the particular weapon. Beyond that, Bungie provided a full list of specific perks that will be changing alongside the weapon frame adjustments. 

A ton of Exotics and Legendary weapons are also being overhauled in unique ways with the next expansion. It’s clear Bungie is eager to hit the reset button and create an entirely new state of balance in Destiny 2.

You can read up on the full list of changes below.

All Destiny 2 gun changes coming in Beyond Light update

Hand Cannons

Aggressive 

  • Increased RoF from 110 to 120.
  • Broke out Aggressive Hand Cannons, allowing custom tuning of stats (e.g. damage falloff for 100 range in this subfamily now starts at 32m).

Adaptive and Precision 

  • Range stat now has more impact on minimum damage falloff range for both archetypes.
  • Damage falloff for 100 range now starts at 25m, was 20m.
  • Precision Hand Cannon
  • (180 RoF) magazine scaled up by 37 percent.
  • Note: This also affects Exotics with that rate of fire.

Lightweight (folded in to Adaptive) 

  • Moved all Lightweight Hand Cannons (150 RoF) to the Adaptive subfamily (140 RoF).
  • This includes Luna’s Howl and Not Forgotten.
  • One Exotic Hand Cannon will retain 150 ROF.
  • We aren’t going to leave it to speculation.
  • It’s beautiful.
  • It does solar damage.
  • It makes enemies explode.
  • It’s Sunshot.

Sniper Rifles

  • Adjusted how aim assist (AA) is affected by Sniper Rifle zoom level. Lower zoom scopes have less AA, higher zoom scopes have more, scopes with around 50 zoom are unchanged.
  • Lowest-zoom scopes have a large reduction in AA cone angle.
  • Highest-zoom scopes have a small increase.

Auto Rifles

Adaptive

  • Damage per bullet reduced from 15.75 to 14.25.
  • Note: Prior to Season of the Worthy, damage per bullet was 13.75.

Scout Rifles

  • Increased how much each point of the AA stat widens the AA cone.
  • At maximum, the AA cone is now 15 percent wider.

Rocket Launchers

  • Increased reserves by 1 or 2 rockets depending on Inventory stat.

General

Perks

  • Outlaw
    • The reload speed increase felt insufficient with certain subfamilies and combinations of rolls (e.g. Aggressive Hand Cannons).
    • Increased reload stat bonus from +50 to +70.
  • Merciless
    • Increased inventory stat from 36 to 55 (this increases reserve ammo).

Mountaintop

  • We’ve had a ton of feedback that Mountaintop feels a bit over the top in Crucible modes. This Pinnacle weapon has had ample time to shine, so we’re taking it down a notch.
  • Specific pain points:
    • A one-shot body shot with infinite range.
    • Quick and easy cleanup of wounded Guardians, even around corners.
    • Deals high splash damage, rewarding players for inaccuracy.
    • Perfect in-air accuracy allows airborne Guardians to rain down death, and there’s not much grounded Guardians can do to respond.
    • Here are the changes intended to address those points:
    • Reduced splash damage by 33 percent, increased impact damage such that total damage is 5 percent lower than before.
    • Reduced projectile velocity multiplier from the Micro-Missile perk from 1.4 to 1.2. (i.e., now 20 percent faster than other breech Grenade Launchers instead of 40 percent).
    • Reduced in-air accuracy. Now has significant projectile error while in-air (around 7 degrees without the Icarus Grip mod, substantially less with).

Falling Guillotine

  • Reduced heavy attack damage by ~24 percent to bring in line with other Swords.
  • Note: Falling Guillotine will continue to be slightly above average, just not to the extent that it is now.

MIDA Multi-Tool and MIDA Mini-Tool

  • MIDA Mini-Tool
    • Moved the “Mida Synergy” trait to the intrinsic, similar to how the (Baroque) version works
    • Added the following perks:
      • Hip-Fire Grip
      • Kill Clip
  • NOTE: There is an issue with the masterwork on this weapon that prevents it from being upgraded. This will be fixed in a later update.
  • NOTE: The Gunsmith will begin selling a version of this weapon on November 10 with no infusion cap.

Sturm and Drang

  • Drang
    • Moved the “Together Forever” trait to the intrinsic, similar to how the (Baroque) version works
    • Added the following perks:
      • Accurized Rounds
      • Moving Target
  • NOTE: There is an issue with the masterwork on this weapon that prevents it from being upgraded. This will be fixed in a later update.
  • NOTE: The Gunsmith will begin selling a version of this weapon on November 10 with no infusion cap.

Ruinous Effigy

  • Transmutation Spheres
    • Reduced the damage of the aerial melee attack by 25%
    • Significantly reduced the damage of the drain effect on enemy combatants

Arbalest

  • No longer strikes shields multiple times, but its efficacy against shielded targets has been increased.

Jade Rabbit

  • Armor Piercing Rounds swapped to High Caliber Rounds.
  • This fixes an issue that could prevent the exotic perk from triggering.