Destiny 2 has made Xur at least slightly more relevant these days, in that this is my second post on Xur in about a month here, as he sometimes pops up not only with legendary must-haves but also weirdly good rolls on a number of legendary weapons too. Can’t say if it’s just luck or if Bungie tips the scales a bit, but he seems to be doing better than Banshee on average with these reels.
So this week’s “must-have” is a little unusual, but it’s something you’re probably going to want to pick up on, given that we’re locked into a very specific PvE meta this season.
You want this Seventh Seraph Carbine Automatic Rifle, on sale via Reset (Xur is in the Tower Hangar):
Wait, Auto-loading Vorpal … Auto-rifle? You’re going to have to explain that one, Paul. Why is it good?
Well, because it fills a very, very specific role this season where, to our knowledge, the only type of anti-barrier weapon that we get for these six months, aside from a small handful of exotics, is the automatic anti-barrier rifle. .
So if it does, this is actually the perfect Anti-Barrier Auto Rifle Throw for Nightfalls, on any difficulty, even GMs. Let me explain.
1. The Vorpal weapon works on champions, meaning it will deal 15% more damage to champions initially. Add a Major Spec mod (it’s the one that works on champions) and it’s a total of 22.5% more damage.
2. When trying to shatter an anti-barrier shield with an auto rifle, you usually move on to kill it when stunned. So you put the gun away and take out something else. This is where autoloading comes in, as it means the charger will automatically be full the next time you need it, and you won’t be looking to reload while the champion is healing (this happens to me frequently).
3. This weapon also has armor piercing cartridges, which deal additional damage to fighters’ shields, which, yes, does include barrier shields. That’s 5% more damage for those shields, so shatter faster.
4. This is a Warmind weapon, so it generates Warmind cells. Yes, those got a little nerfed, but creating a Warmind cell is basically just having another advantage active, even if you’re not doing a full version of Warmind. That’s a nice bonus, and if you kill a champion with this gun instead of just popping the shield, I think it should automatically generate a Warmind cell due to the enemy’s rank.
So, in conclusion, this is the perfect weapon for the Meta Champion right now. No, it’s not good for crowd cleaning or PvP, and it might not be good in the coming seasons when there are better anti-barrier options, but it’s good for the next five months at least, and you’d be crazy not to pick it up before it’s gone, because it’s impossible to target the farm these days.
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