This week, Bungie announced that season 4 of Destiny 2 would bring with it a “companion” gun to season 3’s Redrix Claymore, an almost identical gun called Redrix’s Broadsword.
Bungie’s stated goal is to get more players to experience the Outlaw/Desperado perk combo that less than 1% of players got to use, given how rare the Claymore ended up being due to the state of Competitive PvP. But many of those who did earn the Claymore are mad that Bungie is essentially cloning the weapon they had to painfully grind to earn and giving it out in season 4.
To try and combat the perception that earning the Broadsword is going to be “easy,” Bungie has taken the somewhat unprecedented step of laying out the exact questline for the weapon well ahead of its launch in Forsaken. Here’s the grand list of steps which is…lengthy, to the least:
- In the Crucible. Defeat 200 opponents with Pulse Rifle final blows.
- Reach Valor Rank “Heroic”
- In the Crucible. Earn 75 Double Plays.
- In the Crucible. Defeat 150 opponents with precision final blows from any Pulse Rifle.
- In the Crucible, defeat 50 opponents with Arc final blows
- In the Crucible, defeat 50 opponents with Solar final blows
- In the Crucible, defeat 50 opponents with Void final blows
- Complete 25 Crucible matches in Quickplay (Rotators count)
- Complete 25 Crucible matches in Competitive
- Complete 25 Crucible matches in Rumble
- Complete 20 Crucible Bounties
- Reset your Valor rank 5 times within a single season
- Visit Lord Shaxx and claim your reward.
So, what to make of this? I don’t consider this quest particularly hard. It is long, but I don’t think any of the individual steps are all that difficult. There’s not even anything as complicated as power weapon kills. Absolutely zero win requirements. You just have to…play a hell of a lot of Crucible over the course of the season.
The longest steps in this long quest are probably getting 75 double plays, and obviously resetting your Valor rank five times in a single season. I did it about two and a half times this year, and played a lot of Crucible. But to this point yes, it will be retroactive, as in any progress you make before step 8 will count toward that step once you get there. And also I believe that it may be easier to go through ranks in season 4 due to changes in the system going forward.
Here’s the thing, I like this quest. It’s long, but rewarding, and it doesn’t feel insurmountable, just like it’s going to take a lot of effort and persistence.
But I still fundamentally don’t really like the concept of Redrix’s Broadsword. It feels like Bungie should be introducing an entire new weapon for a quest like this, rather than cloning a weapon that people had to grind for in a way, way more frustrating way in season 3. To me, this seems like the basis of a solid, straightforward exotic quest, but instead we’re doing it for a legendary pulse rifle that’s a tweaked version of a powerful reward last season. Weird.
So no, it’s clear that Bungie isn’t “giving away” the Broadsword to anyone other than those who already have the Claymore. I can’t quite calculate how much effort this will take, but dozens of hours of PvP this season, if I had to guess, using my progress this season as a metric. This will probably be a gun that still only a few people end up with, though significantly more than the 6-8,000 that got the Claymore out of millions of active players last season.
I think the Claymore was probably a mistake to begin with, and I do think the entire concept of the Broadsword is kind of a mistake here, but I mean, whatever, I’ll grind for it. You know I will. Will you?
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