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Bungie is nerfing Destiny 2’s most popular weapons

RIP Whisper of the Worm (2018-2019)

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In its weekly blog post, Bungie announced plans to nerf some of Destiny 2’s most popular Exotic items in Season of Opulence. Bungie announced that their goal is to keep endgame activities like raids a challenge. But some of these items were too powerful to sustain.

Here are the nerfs coming in Season of Opulence.

Whisper of the Worm

The White Nail perk no longer regenerates ammo on three consecutive Whisper of the Worm precision hits. Instead, the gun pulls from its weapon reserves. To compensate, Bungie is increasing Whisper’s reserves to 18.

Sleeper Simulant

Sleeper Simulant’s ricochet shots deal less damage. Non-precision hits are more forgiving.

Lord of Wolves

Bungie is decreasing the damage by 20%. Players can now toggle the Release the Wolves — which doubles the shots fired by the weapon per-burst — perk on or off by holding the reload button.

Ace of Spades

The Memento Mori — which increases the damage of six Ace shots after reloading — now ends when Guardians store Ace of Spades. Memento Mori does slightly reduced damage so it can’t kill enemy Guardians in two headshots under certain conditions. Memento Mori stacks six times now, up from five.

Skull of Dire Ahamkara, Orpheus Rigs, and Phoenix Protocol

All three of these Exotics earn Super energy back with diminishing returns. It is much more difficult for players to earn an entire Super back.

Shards of Galanor and Ursa Furiosa

Bungie is reducing these items’ Super energy cap to make sure these Exotics fall in line with the other Super refund changes.

Gwisin Vest

In PvP, Gwisin Vest only restores 8% energy for killing one or two Guardians, down from 15%.

Bungie says they prefer to buff bad weapons instead of nerfing good ones. However, they’re concerned about constantly upping the power in Destiny 2. They also revealed that this preview is not a full list of changes

The Destiny community have already come out against the changes. The top three spots on the Destiny subreddit are complaints about the changeswith a few posts hitting over 4,000 comments. Frequent world-first raider Gladd also took to Twitter and Twitch to air his and his team’s frustrations. More Destiny content creators have followed.

Bungie has yet to respond to the community’s complaints.

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