If you’re a Destiny 2 player, you’ve undoubtedly seen someone using Fatebringer (or been around someone who was). It’s one of the best Hand Cannons in the game and is frequently used in late game content and easier activities alike. Getting a Fatebringer isn’t too difficult, but there are several things you need to know first, like where to get it (and its other version) and what the best perks are. In this article we’ll cover all that and more!
How to Get Fatebringer in Destiny 2
Luckily, Fatebringer is available for all players (including free-to-play players). It can be looted in the Vault of Glass raid, which was added a couple years ago as a part of the game’s free-to-play content. Vault of Glass was the first raid in the first game years ago, and its return was happily welcomed. Along with it came many of the weapons from the original game, including Fatebringer.
Each encounter in the Vault of Glass raid has different loot drops. Fatebringer drops from the 3rd and 4th encounters of the normal difficulty version of the raid. The 3rd encounter is one of the quickest raid encounters overall, as long as someone on your team understands how it works well enough to explain it. The 4th encounter, Gatekeeper, is a bit more complicated but shouldn’t be too hard with an experienced team. Vault of Glass is one of the easiest raids in the game right now, so if you haven’t done one before, it’s a great starting point. It’s also really fun and has a variety of other gear, so it’s worth doing at least a few runs to collect all that loot.
Once you’ve acquired your first Fatebringer, you can get new rolls by spending Spoils of Conquest after the final boss. This is the best way to farm the rolls you want, as you can only get one new item from each raid encounter per week on each character. The exception to this is when Vault of Glass is the weekly rotating Pinnacle raid. During those weeks, you can infinitely farm weapons and gear from encounters.
Destiny 2 Fatebringer God Rolls
Fatebringer has multiple perk combos that could be considered God Rolls. And while it is mostly a PvE weapon, it can also be used in PvP if you want. In this section, we’re gonna take an in-depth look at each option for customizing your Fatebringer!
- PvE: Corkscrew Rifling, Hammer-Forged Rifling, or Smallbore
- PvP: Corkscrew Rifling, Hammer-Forged Rifling, Extended Barrel, or Full Bore
For PvE, the best overall barrel for Fatebringer is Corkscrew Rifling. Its +5 to stability, handling, and range is good in every situation. Hammer-Forged is also good since it gives +10 range but nothing else, and Smallbore can also be good since it gives +7 to both range and stability.
In PvP, you’ll want to prioritize range on Hand Cannons. The best option for this is a tie between any of the barrels that give range but don’t have major downsides. Corkscrew Rifling, Hammer-Forged, and Extended Barrel are all good options. You could also opt for Full Bore if you want maximum range but a negation to stability and handling.
- PvE: Tactical Mag or Accurized Rounds
- PvP: Accurized Rounds
Picking a mag for PvE is pretty easy on Hand Cannons. You want one with either good range bonuses or a reload speed bonus. Tactical Mag gives +10 reload speed, +1 mag size, and +5 stability. It’s a fantastic spread of solid bonuses and will always be good. Accurized Rounds just gives +10 range, so it’s strong but one-dimensional. If that’s what you feel you need, though, feel free to go for it.
For PvP, picking a mag is even easier. Since range is the best stat for PvP, Accurized Rounds is the easy God Roll pick for Fatebringer.
- PvE: Explosive Payload
- PvP: Explosive Payload or Tunnel Vision
The first perk is easy to pick in PvE. Explosive Payload effectively makes your shots do more damage, so it’s an easy choice. The perk also makes some of your damage have no range fall-off, which can be helpful when using Fatebringer at range.
In PvP, Explosive Payload is still the best option. Since its already best to optimize for range, having no range fall-off is fantastic. You could go with Tunnel Vision or maybe even Killing Wind if you prefer them, but Explosive Payload is the standard best pick.
- PvE: Firefly or Frenzy
- PvP: Kill Clip or Opening Shot
Firefly and Frenzy are both great PvE picks for the second perk slot. Firefly is the most popular choice due to how strong it is for ad-clear, but Frenzy is often underrated. Either one can make for a great God Roll for Fatebringer.
Kill Clip and Opening Shot are pretty evenly matched when it comes to PvP perks. Kill Clip is good if you know you’ll be able to land kills with Fatebringer in PvP, and Opening Shot is just a generally strong PvP perk on any weapon. Either can be great, so pick whichever you like the most.
Fatebringer God Roll TL;DR
Here’s the quick version for reference!
Fatebringer PvE God Roll:
- Barrel: Corkscrew Rifling, Hammer-Forged Rifling, or Smallbore
- Mag: Tactical Mag or Accurized Rounds
- Perk 1: Explosive Payload
- Perk 2: Firefly or Frenzy
Fatebringer PvP God Roll:
- Barrel: Corkscrew Rifling, Hammer-Forged Rifling, Extended Barrel, or Full Bore
- Mag: Accurized Rounds
- Perk 1: Explosive Payload or Tunnel Vision
- Perk 2: Kill Clip or Opening Shot
How to Get Timelost Fatebringer in Destiny 2
To get a Timelost Fatebringer, you’ll have to complete the 3rd encounter of Vault of Glass (Templar) on Master difficulty while also completing its challenge mode. To do this, it’s recommended that you be very familiar with the Vault of Glass raid before starting. It’s definitely possible to get carried through this challenge since it’s so easy once you’re familiar with it, but it can make things more complicated for both you and your teammates.
The Timelost weapons from Vault of Glass are on a rotating weekly schedule, with only one available each week. When it’s Fatebringer week, you’ll have to complete the “Out of Its Way” challenge. This challenge requires you to defeat Templar without letting him teleport at all. For most groups, this is the standard method of doing the encounter anyway. You might have to wipe a few times to get it, but with an intelligent team that’s at the appropriate power level, it’s a fairly easy challenge to complete.
Timelost Fatebringers dropped from the challenge will have a curated roll, meaning you won’t have to farm for a God Roll. Each one will have both Explosive Payload and Firefly every time, with another random option in each slot that you can choose to switch to. So if you don’t want Explosive/Firefly, you will have to do a bit of farming. Luckily, that can be done at the end of the raid, but only in the Master version and only if you already have a Timelost Fatebringer beforehand.
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