Bungie's upcoming season 18 show, and a reprised original Destiny raid, are all things to be excited about in August. However, before the reveal, Bungie has released some new information about certain weapon types and Exotics.
Bungie discussed a few tweaks to weapon archetypes. Scout rifles are getting an overall damage boost, as are heavy grenade launchers. Other weapons, like lightweight bows and high-impact auto rifles, are also getting a damage boost. Glaives are getting a buff to their melee, allowing their hits to activate three Exotics: ACD/0 Feedback Fence, Karnstein Armlets, and Necrotic Grip.
When Season 18 of Bungie starts on August 23, there will be some modifications to existing benefits. Both the Gambit and Iron Banner perks will be completely overhauled, and Dares of Eternity weapons (the ones based on Bungies other games, like Halo) will have their own Origin trait. Ambitious Assassin will also have its hidden cooldown removed, so it will now give ability energy on multikills.
The greatest update in the Bungie blog is to the Exotics. Many older weapons will have anti-Champion abilities in season 18, while some Exotics will have entirely new abilities.
Here are some Exotics that are getting anti-Champion updates:
- Le Monarque - Overload on poison arrows
- Thunderlord - Overload
- Malfeasance - Unstoppable on explosions
- Wish-Ender - Anti-Barrier
Wish-Ender is also a Fantastic Exotic game that's getting a significant boost, as it'll strike most enemies three times instead of twice, and it'll also deal an additional 10% damage to Champions, majors, and minibosses.
The Cranial Spike benefit in Dead Mans Tales will no longer offer bonus damage to players (the buff remains against PvE enemies), but will instead increase reload, aim assist, and range per stack. At max Cranial Spike stacks, the Catalyst will cause the weapons hip-fire RPM to rise to 180.
In Season 18, the Exotic Void pulse rifle from the Vow of the Disciple raid will be much easier to use, have no cooldown, and be much easier to activate for players.
Bungie announced that fans would learn more about Arc 3.0, the last update for the old subclasses, prior to the Destiny 2 show on August 23. Players will likely hear more about it next week.