Gjallarhorn and Thorn are Getting Nerfed and Other Destiny Weapon Balances Revealed

The end is near.

Gjallarhorn, Destiny’s most powerful and sought after weapon may be meeting its doom. Bungie revealed via their news blog, that Gjallahorn is getting a nerf. Specifically, they are reducing the damage of its trademark Wolfpack Rounds.

While it’s intended to be a powerful weapon worth its exotic slot in PvE, Bungie believes that its strength is alienating players who do not have it. Many Destiny fireteams will purposely exclude people that don’t have Gjallarhorn because of the belief that certain bosses will be too difficult or take too long without three Gjallarhorns firing away. It’s not untrue, Gjallarhorn does make just about every boss easier, but its power kills weapon variety. Here’s what Bungie had to say about the Gjallarhorn nerf:

If Destiny had a nuke it would be the “Ballerhorn.” We definitely intended to have a high damage Heavy Weapon that was ideal for PvE destruction. What we did not intend, and what we unfortunately saw, was pick up Raid and Nightfall groups gating participation based on whether or not players had this weapon. Gjallarhorn was so strong that for many people it had become the only answer to getting through tough encounters, and therefore they were less willing to spend time with other players that didn’t have it.
We strive for Destiny to be a place where a single weapon or strategy does not dictate how, or with whom, you spend your time. In the new world Gjallarhorn is still worthy of its legacy as an exotic Heavy Weapon, but we hope it promotes inclusive behavior rather than exclusivity.

Gjallarhorn isn’t the only casualty either. Thorn, the incredibly popular PvP weapon is also seeing its power scaled down in Crucible but buffed for PvE:

  • Changes:
    • Reduce base damage of Thorn’s Mark of the Devourer DoT (Damage over Time) to roughly 1/3 of what it was in PVP and PVE
    • Allow DoT to stack up to 5x across multiple landed projectiles
      • This is a net buff for Thorn’s DoT, but reduces the lethality of the weapon in PVP

Besides Thorn and Gjallarhorn there are a host of other new weapon changes incoming for Destiny including specific exotics such as Necrochasm and overall weapon types such as Hand Cannons. Check out Bungie News yourself right here for the full list of changes. These updates are live as of Destiny’s 2.0.0 update

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