Destiny Update Nerfs/Buff Gun Damage. House of Wolves 2nd Quarter?

When Destiny’s 1.1.1 update hits the scene this month, it will include weapon adjustments including both buffs and nerfs.  Since the release of Destiny last September, developer Bungie has been observing the game and collecting data.

In addition, the highly-anticipated expansion House of Wolves won’t be releasing until the second quarter of 2015.  That means that it can release anytime between April 1st and June 30th.

Below is a list of changes to weapons in patch 1.1.1:

Auto Rifles

  • Base damage decrease by 2.5 percent on average, with higher rate of fire weapons taking a smaller nerf
  • The effective range of auto rifles has been reduced
  • Range stat will be further emphasized, such that the greater it is, the less the new range penalty will be applied

Pulse Rifles

  • Base damage is increasing by 9.7 percent

Hand cannons

  • Reduced effective range
  • Damage falloff is closer to the player and subsequent shots will be less accurate at longer ranges
  • Initial accuracy will be decreased at longer ranges, but likely won’t be terribly noticeable at short- and mid-range

Fusion rifles

  • Shot dispersion will be greater for bursts, but close- and mid-range groupings won’t be affected much. This essentially reduces fusion rifle utility at longer range.
  • Starting ammo reduced, primarily for Crucible balancing. This will only be noticeable in PvE when you first load up the game.


  • PvE damage is being increased by 100 percent
  • Range values are being reduced and damage falloff will start closer to the player. This will impact Crucible use of long-range shotguns.
  • Initial starting ammo is being decreased


Scout rifles, sniper rifles, heavy machine guns and rocket launchers will not be adjusted with the update.

My Opinion:

NO, NOT THE AUTO RIFLES!  I don’t see this as a bad nerf to be honest.  With the Pulse Rifles getting some love, I’m sure Bad Juju is going to be showing up everywhere.  Time to finish up that bounty.  I have just recently come back to the Destiny scene and am loving every minute of it.

Patrick Garrity an Associate Writer for MONG and a Jersey native who loves video games and enjoys the industry.  He loves rum and wants to be a pirate one day. Follow him on Twitter.

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