KEY POINTS

  • Shatterdive and other abilities are getting nerfed in the new patch
  • The Vex Mythoclast will be tuned down to be less oppressive
  • Adrenaline Junkie will likely receive a buff 

Another radical meta shift might be on the horizon as Bungie revealed its plans to nerf a few weapons and abilities in the coming anniversary patch this December.

Among the first future casualties of the coming patch is the Revenant subclass’s Shatterdive, which has been terrorizing the Crucible for months. Bungie’s sandbox discipline lead Kevin Yanes previously confirmed Shatterdive’s nerf in a tweet, where he also said that other abilities are getting toned down to promote gunplay.

Yanes did not specify what other abilities are getting nerfed along with Shatterdive, but it’s likely that skills like the Warlock’s Handheld Supernova and the Titan’s sprinting charge abilities will get hit by the sweeping ability nerf.

Bungie’s decision to push for a Crucible that’s heavier on the use of actual guns also translates to a number of balance changes for the weapons themselves. Senior community manager dmg04 announced that the popular Vex Mythoclast automatic linear fusion rifle is going to get taken down a notch in the coming update.

The weapon won’t be “nerfed to the ground,” but it will receive enough changes to make it less oppressive in PvP. Fans are concerned about whether or not these changes will be exclusive to the Crucible, as the Vex Mythoclast’s power in PvE activities is mostly attributed to the seasonal Particle Deconstructor mod.

Nerfing the Vex Mythoclast because of an external power spike has been deemed unfair by the community, but Bungie has not yet specified what changes are being considered. 

So far, only the Vex Mythoclast will be getting nerfed in the upcoming patch. However, the weapon changes aren’t stopping there. Bungie told players to hang on to their weapons that have Adrenaline Junkie, as the perk is set to receive significant changes in the next few months.

Adrenaline Junkie is often neglected by the playerbase since it needs grenade kills to be activated. Outside of PvE grenade builds, this perk was too difficult to proc. It seems like Bungie has found a way to make Adrenaline Junkie more useful across the board, but players will have to wait for more news as Bungie is yet to reveal the extent of the changes.

The Vex Mythoclast exotic fusion rifle in Destiny 2 The Vex Mythoclast exotic fusion rifle in Destiny 2 Photo: Bungie