MASSIVE Weapon Changes! Nerfs & Buffs | Izanagi's burden, The Last Word, Lord Of Wolves |
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THIS WEEK AT BUNGIE – 2/20/2020
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This week at Bungie, all eyes are on Stage 7.
Time and time again, this community humbles us. A few weeks ago, you were challenged with the Empyrean Foundation, requiring billions upon billions of Fractaline donations to light a beacon of hope. You’ve strategized your investments, brought riches to our dear friend Spider, and smashed six goals faster than we could have imagined. Here’s an update on your shared progress:
Whether you’ve been donating or investing, this has been a community-wide effort from the get go. Your combined efforts are paving the way to success. Soon, the final Triumph for the Savior title and a fancy new shader will be available for everyone, and it’s all thanks to you.
Now, let’s shift gears. A few weeks back, we promised some Sandbox previews leading up to Season of [Redacted]. Let’s get to it.
TAKING A PASS
This week, we’re putting the magnifying glass on weapons. While Swords were given a bit of an overhaul in functionality, other weapon archetypes are seeing some finer tuning. Damage values, ranges, and even reload canceling are on the table this time around. We know one of the first questions on your mind will be, “Is this a Crucible-centric update, or will PvE get changes this Season as well?”
While the following changes will be coming out at the beginning of Season of [Redacted], some are in preparation for a new PvE challenge coming later in the Season. A new Nightfall difficulty, officially dubbed “Grandmaster,” will test even the most proficient Guardians. We’ll have more details about this new ordeal in the coming weeks. But for now, we have information from the Dev team on changes being made to ensure that we strike the right balance between challenge and reward.
Dev Team: For Season of [Redacted], we’ve adjusted quite a few weapon archetypes alongside the changes to Swords that were announced two weeks ago. While these are not all the changes in the release, we’re covering some important conversation pieces here.
Since the removal of auto-reload effects from Rally Barricade and Lunafaction Boots, as well as the introduction of a catalyst for Izanagi’s Burden, it’s seen a significant uptick in use. Izanagi’s Burden solidified itself within the majority of endgame builds due to its excellent burst damage, sustained damage, ammo economy due to Special ammo, and safety due to being a Sniper Rifle. The Outlaw trait was swapped out for No Distractions to be more in-line with the fantasy of the weapon and to ensure the trait on the weapon would still work with Honed Edge.
The animation speed of Honed Edge is no longer affected by the reload stat
Outlaw has been replaced with No Distractions
We gave Sniper Rifles an increase in PvE damage back in Shadowkeep. We’re removing that change for a few reasons. Sniper Rifles have a lot of utility and safety due to their range and the increased damage was giving them too much of a leg-up on their closer range counterparts. That gulf only widens as the difficulty of any given encounter goes up. The direct changes to Adaptive and Rapid-Fire Snipers were to make the differences in the sub-archetypes more impactful again as well as to give some amount of parity with the adjustments to Shotguns and Fusion Rifles.
Damage to Major enemies and above have been reduced to pre Shadowkeep values (~-20%).
Adaptive Snipers precision multiplier has been reduced from 3.25x to 2.95x.
Rapid-Fire Snipers base impact has been reduced from 100 damage to 90 damage.
Through a combination of archetype adjustments and new perks being introduced, Grenade Launchers have been quite powerful ever since Season of the Drifter. We’ve changed the Aggressive frame sub-archetype to the Rapid-Fire sub-archetype to be more in line with other weapon’s established conventions and slightly reduced their effectiveness on Powerful enemies to give other weapons some more breathing room.
Aggressive Frame grenade launchers are now Rapid-Fire Frame Grenade Launchers.
Rapid-Fire Frame Grenade Launchers have had their damage reduced to account for their Rate of Fire (0.8x), but now also have increased reserves.
Previously, Aggressive Frame Grenade Launchers fired faster than Adaptive but had the same damage.
Damage to Major enemies and above by Power weapon Grenade Launchers reduced by ~10%.
Lord of Wolves
The ease of use granted by changes to Release the Wolves made it very difficult to approach and made the margin of error extremely large. We’ve pushed the two states apart via accuracy to ensure