Destiny 2’s first new patch in 2020 fixes some nasty bugs, and reverts a beloved weapon back to its original power level.
On Jan. 16, Bungie launched Hotfix 188.8.131.52 as players continue to race through a seemingly unsolvable Corridors of Time puzzle. The patch is all bug fixes of one kind or another. It re-enables the weekly Gunsmith bounty that’s been out of commission for a few weeks, and removes the annoying, blinking symbol above Destiny 2’s real-money cosmetic store, the Eververse. The patch also fixed the maddening EDZ Obelisk bug, which made the Obelisk nearly impossible to interact with, despite needing it for a number of quests.
All of these bug fixes are good, including changes to bugs that ruined the game’s ammo economy. But one patch note ruined a weapon that just became useful — thanks to a bug.
The Wish-ender Exotic bow entered Destiny 2 last year during the Forsaken expansion. It isn’t particularly powerful, but it does allow players to look through walls. It deals bonus damage with its arrows — when the arrow goes into an enemy and when it comes out. The unique perk that offered the bonus damage was bugged, and dealt around four times as much damage as normal.
Players loved it. Knowing the Wish-ender likely wouldn’t stay bugged for long, players started pleading with Bungie. One player begged Bungie to keep the damage of Wish-ender bugged, but make it use Special ammo — the limited ammo shotguns, fusion rifles, and snipers use.
But alas, here we are and Wish-ender is no more. You can see the full list of Destiny 2’s hotfix notes on Bungie’s website.
Update: After the Jan. 16 hotfix, players found a new way to break the Wish-ender — one potentially even more powerful than before. Instead of just doing almost four times the intended damage on all enemies, the new bug causes Wish-ender to deal up to 12 times damage in rare scenarios.
If a player can position themselves behind a pillar or a nonplayer penetrable object, they can fire the Wish-ender shot through the object and into a player or enemy for massive damage. In certain, rare cases, player emotes that spawn a holographic item into the world — like the Festival of the Lost tombstone — can count as a penetrable object. That means you can theoretically use an in-game emote to trigger Wish-ender’s 12x damage bug.
While this may sound pretty bad if you’re a Destiny player, the chances of consistently finding a location to make this bug work are very rare. But if you happen to get one-shotted by Wish-ender this week, it’s probably this new bug that did you in.