Bungie has announced that with the release of The Taken King Expansion, there will be some changes with some of the weapons of Destiny. If you play Destiny online now you will notice two main weapons that dominate load outs, the Thorn and Gjallarhorn. The Thorn is an hand cannon and the Gjallarhorn is an exotic rocket launcher. Both weapons will be “nerfed” in the upcoming update, reducing the effectiveness of the Thorn and the damage of Gjallarhorn’s cluster bombs.

Many other weapons are also getting updates. For example, the auto rifles have been tweaked in previous updates and now appear to be receiving a slight weapons buff.

The full list of changes include:

  • Auto Rifles: Base damage increased, damage falloff starts closer to the player, base stability slightly decreased, and damage against AI enemies increased by ten percent.
  • Pulse Rifles: Base damage of medium rate-of-fire pulse rifles reduced by 2.5 percent, slight reduction in base stability, and an increase in magazine size.
  • Scout Rifles: Base damage increased for medium to high rate-of-fire scout rifles, increase in magazine size, a reduction in hip fire accuracy, and a damage boost of five percent against AI combatants.
  • Hand Cannons: Damage falloff starts closer to the player, slight reduction in aim-down-sights accuracy, a reduction in hip-fire accuracy, a reduction in magazine size, and a reduction in zoom.
  • Shotguns: Reduction in effectiveness of shotgun perks enhancing lethality, reduction in precision damage multiplier, and a reduction in damage against AI enemies by ten percent.
  • Fusion Rifles: Reduction in range for slow-charging, high-impact fusion rifles, reduction in projectile speed, increase in accuracy for short-range fusion rifles, and a reduction in accuracy for long-range fusion rifles.
  • Sniper Rifles: Final Round improves precision damage only.
  • Rocket Launchers: Slight increase in blast radius, reduction in range of detonation of Grenades and Horseshoes perks.
  • Hard Light: Increase in base stability, increase in bounce count for bullets, bullets are not affected by damage falloff.
  • Necrochasm: Increase in base stability, increase in magazine size, Cursebringer perk will always trigger on precision kill, and an increase in radius and damage for Cursebringer explosion.
  • The Last Word: Reduction in range and stability, reduction in aim-down-sites range, increase in accuracy.
  • Thorn: Reduction in damage of Thorn’s Mark of the Devourer perk to 1/3 of previous value, buff to that perk to stack up to 5 times.
  • Hawkmoon: Addition of stack limit to Luck in the Chamber and Holding Aces perks, increase of two round to magazine size when Holding Aces is unlocked, and Luck in the Chamber damage bonus reduction by three percent.
  • Ice Breaker: Increase in recharge time for round to eight seconds from five seconds.
  • No Land Beyond: Increase in weapon handling speed, increase in time decay of The Master perk to eight seconds, and an addition of 20 percent precision damage while The Master perk is active.
  • Black Hammer: Tripled recovery boost bonus for allies granted by Lord of the Wolves.
  • Gjallarhorn: Reduction in damage of Wolfpack Rounds

The update will release with The Taken King Expansion on September 15th. Destiny was released on September 9, 2014 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3. For more information regarding Destiny continue checking back to Gamespresso.


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