Bungie Outlines Upcoming Destiny 2 Exotic Changes

Your build might become very different soon.

Posted By | On 26th, May. 2018 Under News | Follow This Author @teh_jackson

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With the return of Iron Banner 6V6, Bungie is also tweaking around some other aspects of the game, hoping to rebuild some of their lost playerbase they once enjoyed.  Two pieces of Exotic armour per class are getting altered within the next patch, which Bungie has now outlined.

Hunters should consider The Dragon’s Shadow, which now will reload all weapons at once while dodging, with a bonus to mobility now part of the Wraithmetal Mail Effect. Meanwhile the Mechaneer’s Tricksleeves will now give your sidearm a powerful boost if you pull it out while critically wounded. 

Titan’s will see Synthoceps changed to have a more reliable damage output once you’ve been surrounded by three or more foes, while the Lion’s Rampant now allows players to hip fire without penalty while using Lift, or losing the effects of Lift. Finally, the Warlock gives the Lunafaction Boots an automatic rift reload, with Empowering Rift allowing weapons to be effective at greater distances. Sunbracers have had their effect completely changed to increasing the duration of Solar Grenades. The patch will take effect on May 29 across all platforms. Will you return to Destiny 2? Let us know in the comments below.



  • Mechanical Changes—Previously, the perk adjusted your melee damage depending on the number of enemies surrounding you. Now it grants a flat bonus to melee and Super damage when you’re surrounded by three or more enemies. The buff is retained for a short duration after you are no longer surrounded.
  • Although Synthoceps has gotten a fair bit of love in the Crucible, players are often focused on the increased lunge rate. The outgoing damage bonus was hard to appreciate and plan around with it being so variable in nature. With this change, you will be able to feel the impact more often in all scenarios, particularly in PvE.

Lion Rampant

  • Mechanical Changes—You can hipfire while Lift is active without interrupting it, and your aerial hipfire doesn’t have an aerial accuracy penalty.
  • The Lion Rampant was focused around Lift and how it impacts your playstyle and tactics, so we decided to push further in that direction, emphasizing fast moving aerial assault.


The Dragon’s Shadow

  • Mechanical Changes—Dodging reloads all weapons simultaneously. The effects of Wraithmetal Mail now also include a bonus to mobility.
  • Although the Dragon’s Shadow does have a small following, we wanted to make it more useful in a general sense under even neutral conditions, while keeping in the theme of a fast-moving ninja.

 Mechaneer’s Tricksleeves

  • Mechanical Changes—Swapping to a sidearm while critically wounded greatly increases its damage.
  • We went for the fantasy of a holdout weapon; the pistol tucked into your sleeve that you pull out in an emergency to save you. These changes should let you turn around a fight more easily.


Lunafaction Boots

  • Mechanical Changes—Rift reload is automatic instead of being activated on entry/exit. Empowering Rift makes weapons more effective at extended ranges.
  • Players having to dip in and out of the Rift to reload their weapons was not consistent with other Rift effects, particularly with the overshield effect on Healing Rift. It’s been made automatic to be easier to understand and use. As this is a more offensive choice in terms of Rift Exotics, we also wanted to further reward players who want to double down with Empowering Rift instead of playing it safe with Healing Rift.


  • Mechanical Changes—Original effect replaced with: Increases the duration of Solar Grenades. Solar melee kills grant unlimited Solar Grenade energy for a brief time.
  • While effective under some circumstances in terms of things like flat damage output with your Solar Grenade, Sunbracers didn’t feel flashy enough for gloves where your hands are perpetually on fire. So, while retaining the original flavor of “The Solar Grenade Exotic Armor,” we’ve scaled up the potential output significantly to give the player a strong taste of power on a more frequent basis.

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