Say goodbye to elemental effects on your primary legendary guns in Destiny

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What, you think you’re tough because you got a neat shield, oh Fallen captain? WELL SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND! And once you’re done greeting my genitals, you can talk to my gun as well! It’s a scout rifle, 310 damage and a massive clip of reserve ammo that fires off explosive rounds. It’s also got arc damage bullets and…Wait. Where the hell is my arc damage? IT’S GONE?! DAMMIT DESTINY!

The situation above, may sound eerily familiar. Because you may have noticed that your favourite primary legendary isn’t vomiting out solar, arc or void damage projectiles lately.And it looks like that’s another piece of intentional design, as Bungie’s Luke Smith took to NeoGAF to explain why legendary primary weapons were elements:

Elemental primaries are being left behind. They had the distinct and undesirable property of limiting a broad weapon sandbox to a few weapons. You’re free to disagree, but I strongly prefer the breadth of arsenal options, the potential of finding a better Legendary than you have to being stuck because of a damage color.

Additionally, no Legendary weapons with damage colors has the property of making secondaries and heavies more important because of their damage color.

That’s another big shake-up in terms of the meta-game. That’s going to rule out guns such as the massively-popular Fatebringer hand cannon or Atheon’s Epilogue, leaving the elemental damage tasks to secondary and heavy weapons. It also feels like a slap in the face, for anyone who spent hours upon hours working through raids to get their hands on such rare rifles.

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I’ve always leaned towards hand cannons with explosive rounds myself, but with the latest balance challenges in Destiny I’ve also found myself going back to autorifles. My Häkke Zarinea-D is my current go-to primary, because if I can’t land some elemental damage on enemies, then I sure as hell am going to make up for it by firing ALL the bullets possible.

Last Updated: October 26, 2015

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  • Nikola

    Well that’s disappointing as finding primary elemental damage weapons was hard and it felt like an achievement once you get one also they really helped in doing stuff like nightfall but hey I had enough of Destiny until new story DLC!

    • Ir0nseraph

      Luckily my exotic Zahalo is safe for now, crisis averted 🙂

      • Nikola

        Lucky you:) That is such an awesome gun love the look of it as well!

      • Hammersteyn

        Now you just need to learn how to use it

        • Ir0nseraph

          Lol old age is bad hey the memory goes first, last night you were lagging in the kill count 🙂

          • Hammersteyn

            You sure? Check out the stats from the last POE we did when we dropped Skolas

          • Ir0nseraph

            The one before Skolas,:P
            Skolas some people were hunting the objective 🙂 and other well…

          • Hammersteyn

            other were dying?

          • Hammersteyn

            *Blames Guild

          • Ir0nseraph


  • Rock789

    Lol. Everytime I consider going back to Destiny they pull something like this. Don’t think I’ll ever go back at this rate – too many other great games to play.

    I mean, seriously, I just don’t get it… Why put something in the game and then nerf it later? It’s like [email protected]#$ing all over the poor saps who put in the time and effort to get that weapon in the first place! It’s one thing to be a game about grinding… It’s completely another to be a game about grinding only to find that which you wanted ain’t so good anymore…

    Why Bungie? Why?!

    • Nikola

      Game is fun still but it get’s old like it’s cool to play through the new expansion and do the raid but after that move one at least that’s what I am doing, as you said too many games too play at the moment!

      • Only real content I have left is the Hard Mode. We can already get up to Sisters, so it’s just Oryx left. Last night I had no intention of playing… then my mate told me about the Festival of Lost Light…

        Credit where credit is due, Bungie have definitely gotten smarter with their content releases. All our raid players are almost burnt out on the game then BAM! New content to reel us back in. So on that front, Bravo Bungie, Bravo!

        As for the guns though, as sad as it makes me, it makes a lot of sense. There was a time where all you saw was Fate Bringer and Vision of Confluence as primaries. That’s two guns from a list of hundreds.

        • Nikola

          I don’t know hey I heard about the Halloween thing last night and I could not be bothered to log in for some cosmetic bull crap, only log in when we have to raid and that’s it I don’t think I will even try hard mode to be honest really same raid with higher difficulty and slight tactics changes!

          Not to say the game is bad or anything faaar from it I love Destiny one of my favorite games ever I just kind of had enough for now, will return for future content most likely!

    • Hammersteyn

      Because they already took away The Thorn, Gjallarhorn, nerfed hand cannons and shotguns. They’re running out of ideas

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Because then you might not buy the next expansion with the new best weapons.

  • Hammersteyn

    As long as they don’t touch the Hung Jury scout rifle I’m happy. Explosive rounds FTW

  • Guava_Eater

    I thought I was going crazy…. I wasn’t picking up any Primary Weapons with Elemental Damage. At least now I know that it’s not just me. On the other hand I almost threw my remote at the TV when a level 20-something Heart of Crota kicked my ass because it was “Resist”-ing my Primary Weapon.

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    With Destiny it’s two steps forwards, four steps backwards, and then you do the electric slide all alone on the Dreadnought.

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