Over the past nine months, Bungie’s added four different Exotic hand cannons to Destiny 2. In a new trailer the studio released today, Bungie showed off the fifth. But this new hand cannon, Lumina, is the series’ first ever support weapon.
Lumina is the first Destiny Exotic to focus mainly on healing allies — although it can deal damage to enemies as well. The trailer shows off gameplay of various teammates using the weapon’s Exotic perk, Noble Rounds.
When players defeat an enemy, they can buff their Lumina hand cannon. With the buff active, players can shoot the gun from the hip to send a healing orb to a nearby ally and increase their damage.
In its recent ViDoc, Bungie spoke about focusing on the RPG elements of Destiny. With the new Well of Radiance Warlock Super from last fall and Lumina, it appears the studio is taking the first steps toward a dedicated healing role in Strikes and Raids.
The gun looks like a rose, with golden thorns poking out between its cracks. Based on a datamine, it appears the weapon is also the reverse of the infamous, evil Thorn hand cannon. In the quest, players will cleanse the original weapon of Darkness to create this new weapon of Light.
In last week’s Bungie blog, the studio hinted that players can start their quest for Lumina in the EDZ location. The Lumina quest comes out on July 2 for Destiny 2: Forsaken Annual Pass owners.