Destiny 2 Is Getting Plenty of Nerfs, But Buffs Are Coming

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In this week's "This Week At Bungie" blog post, the developer outlined some changes it's making to Destiny 2 as part of the change to Season 14.

Chief among them are a bunch of nerfs for weapon archetypes and perks, but there are some more positive things, too – including new Iron Banner rewards to soften the blow.


Bungie's community manager has promised that an upcoming blog will focus on buffs, too.

Destiny 2 Is Getting Plenty of Nerfs, But Buffs Are Coming

One of the biggest nerfs is for The Lament, with the exotic sword seeing its heavy attack damage when revved lowered by 16 percent.


Bastion will get the intrinsic ability to stagger Unstoppable Champions, while its spread angle is being increased by 13 percent.

These changes are being made due to the removal of "Chip damage", which is when weapons bypass shields, "which has caused numerous issues with Stasis-encased enemies, encounter mechanics, and other content", Bungie says.

Aggressive 120 rpm hand cannons will have damage and aim assist falloff distance reduced, based on range, halving a prior buff, while Vortex Frame swords are getting a higher ammo cost for heavy attacks now that sunsetting means Fallen Guillotine is relevant forever.

As for perks, Bungie is ensuring Quickdraw's handling bonus is removed after a second of switching to the weapon or ADS, and the perk has been switched for Surplus on Felwinter's Lie and Astral Horizon.

Frenzy is getting its bonus damage reduced from 20 to 15 percent, while Reservoir Burst increases magazine size, while full battery bonus damage drops from 33 percent to 25 percent.

"Iron Grip, Subsistence, Unrelenting, and more" are all being looked at, too.

As for the next Iron Banner, we've got a Hand Cannon and Sniper Rifle rejoining the rotation, but with two new weapons, too. From the image, it looks like a shotgun and a Machine Gun, and Bungie is promising new Iron Banner armor in future seasons.