Future 2 – Starfire Protocol Brutally Nerfed in Season of the Deep

Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted

Bungie has a number of modifications coming to Future 2 in Season of the Deep when it launches on Could twenty third. That features tuning for a number of Exotics and turning under-utilized objects into potential sport changers (emphasis on “potential”). Unique armor modifications are up first, and to maybe the shock of nobody, Starfire Protocol is getting nerfed.

Nevertheless, many most likely didn’t count on how extreme that nerf could be. As an alternative of 20 p.c power gained per injury occasion, it’s 2.5 p.c. You additionally get 20 p.c grenade power from kills with Empowered weapon injury. Whereas it’s not utterly useless within the water, you’re not throwing Fusion Grenades each two seconds as soon as the brand new season hits.

It’s not all dangerous information. Daybreak Refrain will present extra injury to Dawn’s projectiles, and Chromatic Hearth’s explosions are gaining elevated radius and injury. Moreover, explosions now trigger standing results relying on the outfitted subclass, so you should use Wishender and weaken enemies with precision kills. It’s a spin-off of Le Monarque with extra single-target injury.

Try all of the Unique armor modifications in Season of the Deep beneath. Unique weapon modifications are nonetheless to be revealed, so keep tuned.

Season 21 Unique Armor Tuning Preview


Sealed Ahamkara Grasps

  • This Unique will now reload the journal of your entire weapons if you defeat a goal together with your powered melee, and for five seconds after dealing melee injury you acquire elevated motion pace and soar top.

Athrys’s Embrace

  • Achieve further energy whereas the Unique’s Weighted Knife injury bonus is lively.


  • When absolutely drawn, Bows acquire a bonus to break in opposition to combatants that will increase as you maintain the draw however deactivates after a couple of seconds.

Dev Commentary: The unique redesign allowed you to retain the injury bonus so long as you held the Bow at full draw—which might be carried out indefinitely due to the prevailing Unique performance. Nevertheless, this resulted in some overly passive play types, the place gamers felt just like the optimum method to play was to maneuver slowly at full draw, or disguise behind cowl indefinitely, earlier than coming out to shoot. With a restricted window on the injury bonus, Bows nonetheless profit from a major bump in injury from holding the draw for a short while with out bogging down the play expertise.

Raiju’s Harness

  • When deactivating your Arc Workers Tremendous, you create a blinding explosion that briefly will increase your Arc weapon injury. Nevertheless, blocking with Whirlwind Guard will now not eat power extra slowly.

Radiant Dance Machines

  • Kills whereas your free dodge is lively prolong the period of free dodging. Now not deactivates if you get too distant from enemies. Deactivates after utilizing Suspending Slam.

Dev Commentary: Including the time extension on kills permits this to pair extraordinarily effectively with Marksman’s Dodge, the Reaper armor mod, and the brand new Highly effective Attraction mod that lets you acquire Orbs of Energy at a distance. Throughout playtesting, gamers might have free dodges for lengthy stretches, flattening numerous orbs. Nevertheless, permitting it to proceed granting free Suspending Slams made it slightly too straightforward to create an infinite orb-generating machine with out ever having to danger your individual survival.


  • Eliminated airborne effectiveness penalties. You solely acquire elevated pace, slide distance, and improved leaping whereas your dodge power is full.

Dev Commentary: We wish ST0MP-EE5 to have a robust fantasy, however everlasting uptime for potent motion advantages that make concentrating on Hunters in PvP very tough on controller finally ends up making it too computerized of a selection, even with the prior airborne effectiveness modifications. We’re undoing that change, however tackling the uptime to try to make it so you should use it to ambush or escape from an engagement, however not each.

Masks of Bakris

  • Modified to make use of a tier-4 non-stacking weapon injury bonus (which behaves the identical because the non-stacking injury bonuses supplied by Surge mods). Injury bonus elevated in PvE from 10% to 25%, and now grants a 6% bonus to weapon injury in PvP. Now not stacks with Surge leg armor mods, however supplies a bigger bonus than might be achieved with 3 such mods outfitted.


Level-Contact Cannon Brace

  • Lightning strikes now jolt targets. Elevated PvE injury per lightning bolt from 50 to 200. Being amplified now will increase the injury of the lightning strikes by 50% as an alternative of extending their vary.

No Backup Plans

  • This can be a full rework, changing the previous performance completely. Now supplies a reasonable profit to the airborne effectiveness and reload pace of Shotguns. When you have a Void overshield, Shotguns deal further injury and Shotgun last blows refresh your overshield. Whereas utilizing a Void subclass, fast Shotgun last blows or defeating a strong enemy with a Shotgun grants you a Void overshield and kicks off your well being regeneration.

Second Likelihood

  • Protect throw melee now weakens enemies. Gorgeous a Barrier Champion together with your defend throw melee grants a single full melee cost.


  • Changed the therapeutic from blocking pictures exactly with important injury discount (50% in PvE, 10% in PvP) whereas blocking with a Sword. Whenever you cease blocking, acquire restoration x2, with a period that will increase primarily based on the variety of pictures you blocked.

Dev Commentary: The unique “heal on excellent guard” mechanic was swapped out for injury discount to enhance ease of use. The earlier model of excellent guard incentivized fast blocking and releasing of the block to be best, which was unintuitive for many gamers and inaccessible to some. The change to break discount whereas blocking and Restoration after you cease blocking lets you near melee vary even in opposition to highly effective enemies and keep alive whereas delivering assaults due to the restoration. Conveniently, this additionally pairs very effectively with sure Unique Swords (akin to The Lament).

Everlasting Warrior

  • Speedy takedowns with an Arc weapon grant an escalating bonus to Arc weapon injury, utilizing the identical non-stacking injury bonuses utilized by Surge mods. This may go all the way in which as much as the tier-4 injury bonus, granting a injury bonus of 25% in PvE and 6% in PvP, offering a bigger bonus than might be achieved with three Surge mods outfitted. Whereas on the tier-4 injury bonus, Arc kills refresh the bonus’s period. After your Fist of Havoc Tremendous ends, you acquire the tier-4 injury bonus.

Khepri’s Horn

  • The Photo voltaic injury wave now scorches targets.

Path of the Burning Steps

  • Modified to make use of the non-stacking weapon injury bonuses utilized by Surge mods. This may go all the way in which as much as the tier-4 injury bonus, granting a injury bonus of 25% in PvE and 6% in PvP, offering a bigger bonus than might be achieved with three Surge mods outfitted. Whereas on the tier-4 injury bonus, Photo voltaic kills refresh the bonus’s period. Turning into encased instantly grants you the tier-4 injury bonus.


  • Diminished the vary of the chain injury from 20m to 12m and PvP injury from 85 to 50.

Dev Commentary: This Unique sees numerous use in PvP and never a lot in PvE, and these modifications embrace that. The vary on the injury chain made it very straightforward to get killed by this Unique with out ever seeing the individual killing you in PvP, so we lowered that vary and tuned down the injury.


Vesper of Radius

  • Your rifts emit an Arc shockwave each 5 seconds that offers injury (200 in PvE and 70 in PvP). Enemies defeated by these shockwaves explode for a further 100 injury and, when you’ve got an Arc subclass outfitted, additionally blind close by enemies.

Chromatic Hearth

  • Elevated the radius and injury of the explosion created by precision Kinetic takedowns. The explosion additionally applies a standing impact to targets broken by it, relying on which subclass you will have outfitted: blind (Arc), scorch (Photo voltaic), sluggish (Stasis), sever (Strand), weaken (Void).

Daybreak Refrain

  • Dawn projectile’s injury bonus has been elevated and now not is reliant on the enemy being scorched.

Sanguine Alchemy

  • Standing in a rift grants a non-stacking bonus to weapon injury matching your subclass injury sort. This injury bonus is the equal of two Surge leg mods (17% PvE and 4.5% PvP).

Claws of Ahamkara

  • Powered melee kills create an Orb of Energy. When Heavy Handed mods are outfitted, will increase the efficiency of the orb spawned (not more than 1 orb might be spawned per enemy takedown).

Dev Commentary: This Unique makes use of the identical perk as Heavy Handed, and stacks with the mod must you select to equip it.

Mantle of Battle Concord

  • Weapon bonus injury modified to tier-4 when Tremendous is absolutely charged, rising injury bonus in PvE from 20% to 25% and decreasing the injury bonus from 15% to six% in PvP. Now not stacks with Surge leg armor mods, however supplies a bigger bonus than might be achieved with three such mods outfitted. Injury bonus solely applies to weapons that match your subclass injury sort, and now stacks with Empowering Rift and different related injury bonuses. Prolonged base period of this bonus from 6 seconds to 10 seconds (PvE) and three seconds to five seconds (PvP).

Ophidian Side

  • Eliminated the prolonged melee vary.

Dev Commentary: The prolonged melee vary created some unusual conditions the place a participant’s melee lunge would trigger them to flicker in excessive latency situations. This Unique nonetheless retains many robust impartial sport advantages.

Promethium Spur

  • Grants Rift power for any Photo voltaic weapon takedown, with extra power granted for Photo voltaic weapon takedowns whereas standing in a rift. Additionally, you now need to be standing in a rift if you get a last blow for the Unique to eat your class skill power and create a rift on the goal’s location.

Starfire Protocol

  • Diminished the quantity of power gained per occasion of harm from 20% to 2.5%. Empowered weapon kills now grant 20% grenade power.

Dev Commentary: Oh, Starfire Protocol. This Unique has been robust for a very long time, ever since Photo voltaic 3.0 dropped and fusion grenades turned rather more highly effective for Warlocks. In making these modifications, we didn’t need to utterly rob the Unique of its advantages. However proper now, Starfire Protocol is among the greatest single-target injury boosting Exotics (mix Witherhoard or Wolfpack Rounds with a Rocket Launcher with Demolitionist and also you primarily get an infinite loop of rockets and double-detonating grenades) and it’s sucking the entire air out of the room. These modifications are meant to tamp down on passive weapon injury providing you with your grenades again too shortly (you continue to most likely get an additional grenade or two per injury section), whereas additionally pushing it away from single-target injury dominance and extra towards impartial play.