Gnawing Hunger is a Void energy Auto Rifle that many Destiny 2 players have fond memories of. Over the years, it’s been one of the defining weapons of the game. Even though it’s fallen off in the meta due to a combination of power creep and new alternatives, it remains a very powerful weapon in the right hands. In this Destiny 2 article, we’ll look at how to get Gnawing Hunger and its God Roll for both PVE and PVP!
How to Get Gnawing Hunger
Unfortunately, getting Gnawing Hunger in Destiny 2 isn’t quite so easy these days. For whatever reason, Bungie removed it from all the game’s loot pools, making it only available via vendors.
Specifically, the only way to get Gnawing Hunger (as of Season 19) is when Xur is selling it on the weekends. The roll you get from him will be predetermined and the same for everyone. Hopefully Bungie gives us a way to farm Gnawing Hunger again in the future, but for now, you’ll just have to hope Xur has the roll you want.
Best Perks for Gnawing Hunger
In this section, we’ll do a rundown of the best perks for each slot on Gnawing Hunger! It’s separated into sections based on each perk slot — barrels, magazines, and the two major perks. The full God Rolls will listed at the end of the PVE and PVP sections.
- PVE: Corkscrew Rifling or Arrowhead Brake
- PVP: Hammer-Forged Rifling, Corkscrew Rifling, or Smallbore
Corkscrew Rifling is a great barrel for PVE since it gives bonuses to range, stability, and handling. Having a good spread of bonuses with no drawbacks whatsoever will always make Corkscrew Rifling a decent pick if nothing else (however, usually it’s much more). You could also pick Arrowhead Brake if you think a large boost to recoil control would be more beneficial. Arrowhead Brake also gives a larger bonus to handling than Corkscrew Rifling, making it a great alternative.
For PVP, Hammer-Forged Rifling is great because it gives a +10 bonus to range. Not having any other bonuses makes this a less intriguing pick for some, but 10 range is substantial in PVP. Corkscrew Rifling is a good alternative pick here as well, as is Smallbore. It gives a +7 bonus to both stability and range, so you can’t go wrong with it either.
- PVE: Tactical Mag
- PVP: Accurized Rounds
Tactical Mag is easily the best pick here for PVE. It gives +3 mag size, +5 stability, and +10 reload speed. It’s yet another great perk with no drawbacks, and it’s also the only magazine for Gnawing Hunger that gives bonuses to both mag size and reload speed.
Accurized Rounds is largely considered the best PVP magazine overall in the game, so it’s also the best for Gnawing Hunger. It gives a flat +10 range bonus, just like Hammer-Forged Rifling. Pair those two together to take out enemies on the other side of the map all the way from your own spawn (not really, but you could probably get close).
Best PVE Perks for Gnawing Hunger
- Perk 1: Subsistence
- Perk 2: Rampage, Demolitionist, or Multikill Clip
Subsistence allows Gnawing Hunger to regenerate ammo upon killing enemies. According to light.gg, it grants 17% of your maximum mag size in ammo, pulling from reserves. Note that the 17% is just for SMGs and Auto Rifles — it gives 10% for all other weapons. This is a very strong perk on Gnawing Hunger or any weapon, really. There aren’t any strong alternatives for the first slot, but Field Prep and Zen Moment both have potential.
For the second perk, you have more options. Rampage is the standard God Roll pick, since it can be combined well with Subsistence and because it gives so much extra damage (up to 33% after three kills). Demolitionist is another great choice, especially if you’re prioritizing grenades for your build. Solar Warlocks, particularly, can make excellent use out of Demolition. Multikill Clip is a bit of an odd choice, but it holds up pretty well. It can grant up to 50% bonus damage (based on number of enemies killed before reloading), but it isn’t quite as consistent as Rampage since it does require reloading first.
Gnawing Hunger PVE God Roll
- Rampage, Demolitionist, or Multikill Clip
- Tactical Mag
- Corkscrew Rifling or Arrowhead Brake
Best PVP Perks for Gnawing Hunger
- Perk 1: Tap the Trigger
- Perk 2: Kill Clip
The PvP God Roll for Gnawing Hunger is pretty simple. Tap the Trigger grants additional accuracy and stability when you first begin firing, which is strong in PVP since it takes so little time to kill anyway. There aren’t really any other useful PVP perks in this slot, other than maybe Field Prep. Gnawing Hunger isn’t exactly known as a PVP weapon, and this is the main reason why.
Kill Clip is the only real option for PVP in the second slot, but it is pretty good at least. Kill Clip grants a brief 33% damage buff upon reloading after a kill. Since it only requires one kill to activate, it’s really solid in PVP. Even if you aren’t the best at PVP, you can still grab the occasional kill from time to time since it’s usually so chaotic. Kill Clip is reliable and one of the better PVP perks overall, so it saves Gnawing Hunger from being irrelevant in the Crucible. (Although, it’s still mainly a PVE weapon.)
Gnawing Hunger PVP God Roll
- Kill Clip
- Tap the Trigger
- Accurized Rounds
- Hammer-Forged Rifling, Corkscrew Rifling, or Smallbore
Where to Use Gnawing Hunger
Gnawing Hunger hasn’t been top of the meta in a while, but it’s recently seen a rise back to relevancy thanks to the strength of primary ammo Energy weapons. Since Gnawing Hunger is a Void weapon, it works well with several Artifact mods and type-specific builds. You can realistically use Gnawing Hunger in any activity this season, even the more difficult ones like Grandmaster Strikes and Master Raids. Here are a few examples of good uses for Gnawing Hunger right now:
Nightfall Strikes, and also Grandmaster Strikes, often have match game — a modifier which makes enemy shields resistant to non-matching Energy weapons. For example, a Void shield will take far more damage from a Void weapon than non-Void weapons. Gnawing Hunger is good for that purpose, but it’s also just strong in general. Its stability and range make it great for taking down enemies with high HP, and its perks are definitely strong enough to hold up in late game PVE.
If you’re hoping to make good use of perks like Subsistence and Rampage, Gambit is one of the best places to do so. There are so many ads in Gambit that you’ll always be able to activate perks that require killing enemies. This makes Gnawing Hunger a great weapon for stacking damage and shredding blockers, or even enemy Guardians.
If you’re looking for a more specific place to use Gnawing Hunger, the final boss of Duality is a great place to go. Having a solid Void weapon is important in this dungeon encounter, especially at Master difficulty, where you have to quickly kill enemies with Void shields. Funnelweb has been the most popular Void primary weapon for this and other activities lately, but Gnawing Hunger holds it own against it with the right roll.
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