Destiny 2 previews key weapon buffs for mid-season update

Bungie has released an in-depth preview of Upcoming mid-season weapon update because destiny 2, which features substantial support for several primary weapons. Exotic SMG Tarrabah and Legendary Ikelos SMG will have PvP nerfs in this update, with some other tweaks and balances across the cards.

The main focus of this weapon balance pass is on strengthening the sometimes lackluster primary weapon class, especially as the PvE content becomes more challenging. Auto Rifles, Pulse Rifles, Hand Cannons, Sidearms, and Scout Rifles will all receive buffs in the update. Bungie explains that SMGs and Bows were used as “benchmarks” for these spells, with the aim of raising other weapons to the same level of effectiveness.

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Auto Rifles will take 25% damage against enemies with red and orange bars in PvE, Pulse Rifles, Hand Cannons and Secondary Weapons will get 20%, while Reconnaissance Rifles get ten%. The weapon team has said that you’ll be more likely to shoot enemies with the red bar in Hero and Legendary content. In a Twitter comment, Bungie clarified that the above offers also apply to Exotic weapons and will add up to a 40% damage increase on enemies with red bars.

Bungie also looked at the weapons that currently dominate the PvP meta, to balance out the exceptions. First in sight is the Ikelos SMG, which turns out to have some legacy custom tweaks that greatly reduce its recoil. This effect has now been removed, making Ikelos’ recoil more consistent with other SMGs.

Tarrabah is also being nerfed, with Bungie reducing the amount of Rampage Beast’s mana generated from taking damage from 3% to 1%, as well as reducing zoom from 16 to 15.

The weapon team also took a look at the changes in line with the launch of Season 21, including damage reduction for aggressive frame SMGs, a major revision to hip firing nets, a 10% increase in damage for Sniper Rifles in PvE and more individual Exotic weapon buffs.

Mid-season update weapon preview 20


  • Increases the damage of the following weapons to enemies with red and orange bars in PvE:
    • Automatic rifle: 25%
    • Pulse Rifles, Hand Cannons, and Sidearms: 20%
    • Reconnaissance rifle: 10%


  • Tommy Gun
      • Removed some tweaks in the customization range that caused these weapons to have significantly less recoil than intended. The recoil is now consistent with other Aggressive Frame SMGs.
  • fusion gun
    • Increases explosion damage by 15 (damage per shot increased from 245 to 260, damage per ray increased from 27.2 to 28.9).
    • Damage in PvE unchanged.
  • trace rifle
    • Increases base damage by 4% (base damage increased from 12 to 12.5).
    • Reduced hit multiplier from 1.4x to 1.35x (crit damage increased from 16.8 to 16.9).
    • Increases the effectiveness of the stabilization in reducing flinch by 10% at 100 stats (scales down at lower values).
  • sniper rifle
    • Reduce recoil by 50%.
    • Increases total ammunition (magazine + reserve) by 30%.


  • Final warning
    • Can no longer mark targets through the Titan Barrier.
  • Tarrabah
    • Reduces the mana of Aggressive Monsters generated when taking damage from 3% to 1%.
    • Zoom reduced from 16 to 15.
  • no modification?
    • Fourth Enchantment will now reset when entering Hunter’s Trace.
      • This will prevent the problem of firing a single shot while in Hunter’s Trace and forcing a return to Pulse Rifle mode when FTTC activates.
    • Increases PvE damage of Hunter’s Trace rounds by 25%.
    • Increases the PvE damage of Häkke Heavy Burst bullets by 75%.

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