In Destiny 2, players are always excited for something new. Luckily for us, Bungie gave us exactly what we were looking for — a hand cannon called Something New. It might not be the biggest meta-breaking weapon, but nobody can deny that it is, indeed, something new. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to get Something New in Destiny 2, as well as both the PVE and PVP god rolls.
Let’s get started!
How to Get Something New
Something New is a new weapon attached to the Solstice event. The event is only active from July 18 to August 8, and it seems like that will be the only way to obtain it. If you want to grab Something New but the Solstice event is not active, you’ll probably have to wait until next year. However, since it is still a new weapon, Bungie might give us a way to obtain it after the event is over. We’ll just have to wait and see for now.
Something New | Best PVE God Roll and Perks
Something New has lots of potential for Stasis builds that care about Stasis shards. Its stats might not be insane on their own, but with the right perks, the weapon can be a strong Stasis shard generator!
- Arrowhead Brake
- Corkscrew Rifling
Arrowhead Brake is always a good pick since it gives +30 recoil control and +10 Handling. Since Something New is a 120 RPM hand cannon, it has a ton of kick when shooting. Arrowhead Brake helps tame that better than any other perks.
Corkscrew Rifling is another great option. It gives +5 to range, stability, and handling, with no negatives or negations. Its probably the most well-rounded perk for hand cannons, so you can’t go wrong with it.
- Flared Magwell
- Ricochet Rounds
- Appended Mag
Flared Magwell is the strongest barrel perk for Something New in PVE. It gives +5 stability and +15 reload speed, which is greatly appreciated with these slow-reloading hand cannons. No matter what other perks you go with, extra reload speed will always be helpful here.
Other than Flared Magwell, you could also pick between Ricochet Rounds and Appended Mag. Ricochet Rounds makes your rounds bounce off surfaces and also gives +5 range and +10 stability. It’s mostly helpful for ad-clear builds, but it can work in pretty much any build if you don’t find yourself needing Flared Magwell. Appended Mag is also great, since it gives +2 mag size, increasing your overall mag from 8 to 10.
- Rapid Hit
- Feeding Frenzy
For the first perk slot, all three choices are equally strong. Rapid Hit grants stability and reload speed bonuses whenever you land precision hits, making it the easiest of the three to use. Its consistency is almost unmatched, since all you have to do is land precision shots to activate the bonuses. Reload speed can be a problem on this weapon, and Rapid Hit is likely the best solution.
Subsistence has a similar effect, but rewards you more for killing enemies than landing precision shots. With Subsistence, every enemy you defeat refills your magazine by 10%, allowing you to keep mowing down enemies endlessly. Feeding Frenzy is good for the same purpose, but just gives reload speed after killing enemies instead of directly refilling the mag. Any of these three can make a deadly weapon, so take your pick!
Headstone really only works in Stasis builds that want to generate tons of Stasis crystals, but that’s what you should be doing with this weapon anyway. If you aren’t running a Stasis build, there’s really not much reason to use this hand cannon. Headstone is one of the easiest ways to generate Stasis crystals, so if you focus your build around that, it’s the best perk you can have.
Something New | Best PVP God Roll and Perks
Something New is not a highly-rated PVP weapon in Destiny 2, but there are still some solid perks here worth considering. If Bungie ever gets around to improving Stasis as a whole, there might be some real reasons to use this in PVP. For now, though, its best use is to generate Stasis shards easily.
- Hammer-Forged Rifling
- Corkscrew Rifling
With the PVP barrel options, we have three great choices that all give a bit (or a lot) of range, in addition to some stability to help out with this heavy-feeling hand cannon. Smallbore is our recommended pick, since it gives +7 stability and +7 range. Those are both the main stats we want, and it’s a pretty high amount of each!
Hammer-Forged Rifling is another classic PVP pick, giving +10 range and nothing else. That’s quite a bit of range, so it can’t be overlooked. Smallbore does give more overall stats, but if you feel like range is the most important thing for you, this is a great choice. Corkscrew Rifling, obviously, is just as good a pick as always here, too. The +5 to range, stability, and handling is incredible and never bad on any weapon.
- Ricochet Rounds
- High-Caliber Rounds
Ricochet Rounds and High-Caliber Rounds are both great PVP perks. Ricochet Rounds is a bit more popular, mostly because it gives +5 range and +10 stability on top of the ricochet effect. For a magazine, it offers way more utility than almost any others. However, High-Caliber Rounds has the potential to be even more impactful. It also gives a range bonus (+5), as well as increased flinch against opponents. Either is great, so you’ll have to decide which bonus effects are more worthwhile to you.
- Rapid Hit
Unfortunately, Something New doesn’t have any “meta” PVP perks in this slot. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make something out of it. Rapid Hit is always a viable option, but just remember that it’s a lot harder to land precision shots in PVP than PVE. Since there aren’t any amazing PVP options in the first slot, picking what to use can be kind of difficult. Rapid Hit is effective enough to be a solid pick, though, so we’d recommend it.
Other than Rapid Hit, there are a few more options you could go with. Discord gives bonuses to ADS speed, accuracy, and airborne effectiveness after getting a final blow with another weapon. It allows for a different style of gameplay than a lot of perks, and its bonuses are really strong. Wellspring is also pretty decent since it gives some ability energy whenever you get a kill, but since that’s harder to do in PVP than PVE, it’s far less consistent. If you really want to make use out of Headstone, though, it’s a fine perk to help out a bit.
- Kill Clip
As with the PVE build, Headstone is the main reason to use this weapon in general. Making Stasis crystals in PVP can be really helpful if you have a good build for it, so you’ll always want it. There aren’t a ton of hand cannons with Headstone yet (there are several, but not as many as most perks), so if you don’t have any other ones, you can make this work!
Kill Clip is also a great pick, as it’s one of the best PVP perks you can get overall. All you have to do is get a kill, then reload to get a 25% damage boost for a few seconds. This allows you to get much easier kills, and it’s especially great for taking out groups of enemies defending an objective.
Where to Use Something New
As we’ve mentioned several times, Something New is a weapon to generate Stasis shards. So anywhere those builds work, so should Something New! Here are a few places you might consider bringing Something New with you in Destiny 2.
PVP Stasis Builds
Stasis builds might not be the best of the best these days, but Headstone is the one perk in PVP that enables most crystal-related strategies. Even in Trials of Osiris or Competitive, Headstone is strong enough within the right builds to earn a spot in a loadout. Stasis shard builds allow you to do some pretty fun stuff that usually isn’t possible in PVP, so we’d highly recommend at least checking it out.
Gambit is a great place to use less popular/meta weapons that you like anyway. If you don’t want to just use Something New in easier content or specific Stasis builds, you can always run around in Gambit with it. Really, any weapon can be used well in Gambit, and it also gives you a chance to try out both PVE and PVP perks at the same time. You might even figure out the best ways to use Something New so you’ll be even more effective in other Destiny 2 content.
Any PVE Stasis Build
This is kind of a catch-all entry, but it’s true. If you have a Stasis build for PVE and need a weapon with Headstone, you can always use Something New. There might be other, better options out there, but maybe you won’t like those options. Whether it’s your only choice or you just like the feel of the weapon, you can always use Something New in these Stasis builds.
Join the High Ground
That’s it for our guide to Something New in Destiny 2 — thanks for reading! Stasis hand cannons are always nice to get more of, so we’re happy to see another one get released. Have fun spawning Stasis crystals all over the map!