Until The Witch Queen, finding the perfect weapon was the luck of the draw. Guardians would relentlessly tackle activities and flay millions of enemies in the hopes of getting the best available gun. Thankfully, Bungie have sought to make targeted grinds easier with each season, and it all culminates with weapon crafting in Destiny 2’s most recent expansion.
Here’s everything you need to know about weapon crafting, how to level up weapons, and what’s needed to make the best weapons possible in The Witch Queen expansion.
How do I craft weapons in The Witch Queen?
Upon the release of The Witch Queen, all new weapons added to the season will be available to craft through the Enclave on Mars. It’s not yet known what steps are required to gain access to weapon crafting, but we do know that it’s part of a quest early on in the campaign that’ll allow you to unlock what are known as Patterns. Think of them like blueprints for each craftable weapon.
How do I find Patterns in The Witch Queen?
Patterns can be obtained through a variety of means throughout The Witch Queen. With 42 new legendary weapons being added to the Enclave this expansion, it would be impossible to list them all individually. With that being said, Bungie has gone on record claiming that they can be earned through completing quests and specific gameplay objectives, along with general play.
What is Deepsight and Deepsight Resonance?
Deepsight is the new ability introduced in The Witch Queen. When players have unlocked Deepsight after completing the first two missions of The Witch Queen’s campaign and forging a Glaive, they will be able to find weapons throughout Destiny 2 with something known as Deepsight Resonance.
Deepsight Resonance is a weapon-specific bounty that can be found on randomly-rolled world weapons after gaining the Deepsight ability. These weapons possess a trait that a Guardian may not have unlocked within the Weapon Crafting menu for that specific weapon. By completing this quest, you will be able to craft weapons with this specific perk or reroll, known as Reshaping your current favorite iteration of that weapon with the newly unlocked perk at the cost of some of The Witch Queen’s new resources.
Where do I find weapon crafting resources and what are they?
Now, while crafting weapons is very exciting, this whole process doesn’t just happen for free. With the introduction of weapon crafting, there will be several new resources required in the creation of each weapon, including Resonant Alloys, Ascendant Alloys, Neutral Elements, Adroit Elements, Mutable Elements, and Ruinous Elements. You will also need to pay for your upgrades via Glimmer on top of all of that.
We don’t know exactly how to unlock these elements, but based on trailers and screenshots, we do know that they have a variety of rarities. Just like with weapons, the rarity of each element will indicate how hard it is to obtain these resources. It could mean that you need to complete Master and Grandmaster Nightfalls, raids, or even compete in the weekly Trials of Osiris event.
How do I level up my guns and unlock new perks?
Once you have settled on a weapon, it’s Bungie’s intention that you start to bond with this weapon. Seeing as you can adapt all four traits, the weapon frame, and even its elemental damage, there will be a great deal of investment in forging the weapon that’s right for you.
To support that, all crafted weapons will have a level. These levels will continue to grow the more activities you complete and enemies you kill. As you continue to level your weapon, it is said that you will start to harness your weapon’s true power and unlock improved versions of existing traits.
What are Weapon Foundries and Origin Traits?
On top of customizing your weapons, Bungie has also introduced Weapon Foundries and Origin Traits. Weapon Foundries are based on the literal manufacturer of the weapons you find in the world. In the Season of the Risen Suros, Omolon, Häkke, and Veist foundries will all be found in the World Loot Pool and three additional foundries, one for each core playlist (Gambit, Vanguard, and Crucible), will also be added. Each foundry will add unique perks that play into the lore of each Foundry. For instance:
- Suros weapons will have Suros Synergy that grants buffs after reloading.
- Häkke weapons will have Häkke Breach Armament that grant additional damage to vehicles, turrets, barricades, and Stasis crystals.
- Omolon weapons will have Omolon Fluid Dynamics that have a higher reload speed when you are using the first half of your magazine.
- Veist weapons will have the Veist Stinger trait, which grants the player a chance to refill their weapon’s magazine upon dealing damage.
These aren’t all the Foundry perks that will be present upon release, just a small glimpse ahead of The Witch Queen going live.
On top of that, Origin Traits will also offer a similar benefit to your weapons based on where you would acquire your weapons. There are 14 total Origin Traits but, again, Bungie have only teased with just a few:
In Trials of Osiris
There’s Alacrity. Gain increased reload, stability, aim assist, and range when you are the last living member of your fireteam or running solo. The numerical values for the weapon stats are: +20 reload, +20 stability, +10 aim assist, +10 range. (“Solo” includes only Lost Sectors and Rumble, for example.)
Here, there’s Stunning Recovery. Stunning a Champion partially refills your magazine, triggers health regeneration, and improves recovery for a short duration. This means that you will regenerate 60 health instantly, and receive a +40 boost to your recovery stat for three seconds.
There’s One Quiet Moment in Crucible. This grants increased reload speed when out of combat. This means that there will be a flat +40 reload stat boost when out of combat, which means you haven’t dealt or received damage in four seconds.
Vanguard’s Vindication: Final blows with this weapon grant a small amount of health. This will equate to 7 health per kill.
So, when The Witch Queen launches, you will want to dive right in and have a nosy at everything that’s available.
What are Mementos and how do you unlock them?
The final piece of the puzzle are Mementos, which are purely cosmetic customizations to weapons. You can unlock them from playing various activities. The only available Memento at launch will be through Gambit, but Bungie have stated there will also be Mementos for Trials of Osiris and Grandmaster Nightfall completions
As you can see, there will be an unfathomable amount of weapon combinations to sink your teeth into and making sure you get something that compliments your playstyle may take a little bit of effort and consideration. Ultimately, the proof will be in the bullet (or arrow) riddled pudding.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is expected to release on Feb. 22, 2022. Destiny 2: The Witch Queen preorders are available now.
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