Destiny 2 Season 15 Will Nerf Anarchy And Xenophage, Buff Some Other Exotics

Destiny 2’s upcoming Season 15 is ushering in a bunch of big changes to gameplay, including an array of balance updates to its weapons. Alongside these tweaks, Bungie is rolling out overhauls to a handful of Exotics–including nerfs to a couple of fan favorites.

The biggest nerf is coming to the Anarchy grenade launcher, a weapon that’s been a permanent part of many players' raid loadouts. While Bungie wants to keep the gun powerful, the studio has tweaked it so that it can’t be as good for both boss damage and clearing minor enemies. Total ammunition is being dropped from 26 to 16 shots, while its boss damage is getting cut by 30%.

Anarchy’s not the only raid favorite to get a bit of a nerf. Bungie’s also rolling out changes to tone down Xenophage, the extremely popular Exotic machine gun. However, these tweaks are in response to Bungie’s planned buff to all machine guns, and they are designed to keep Xenophage close to its current effectiveness. Xenophage’s rate of fire will be cut from 120 rounds-per-minute to 90 RPM, and it won’t receive as much of the machine gun buff as other machine guns. Bungie states that its damage-per-second will be lower, but its burst and sustained damage will be improved.

Vex Mythoclast, an Exotic Fusion Rifle with a full-auto mode, is receiving the biggest buff of the Exotics, with a massive 40% damage boost in PvE. It’s also getting improvements to range, stability, rate of fire, and charge time (when in Linear Fusion Rifle mode). In addition, its catalyst will grant stability and damage after a kill, and you no longer sacrifice overcharge stacks when you stow the gun if it’s in automatic fire mode.

While these are the three biggest changes, Bungie’s also implemented a tweaks to a handful of other Exotics. Among others, Bastion will get a PvE buff and PvP nerf, Jötunn’s charge time will be reduced, and Fighting Lion will be slightly nerfed. You can read all of the changes at the bottom of this article.

All of these Exotic changes will arrive on August 24 with the launch of Season 15. We don’t know what the season’s story will cover yet, but we do know that it’ll bring Legendary Stasis weapons among other weapons changes. We’ll find out more during Bungie’s showcase event, where it’ll also talk about the The Witch Queen expansion.

Destiny 2 Season 15 Exotic Changes



Fighting Lion

Vex Mythoclast




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