Destiny 2 will change up swords in its next season, Bungie has today confirmed.
“Swords are receiving a sort of tableflip when it comes to light attacks, heavy attacks, and guarding,” Bungie advised. “While you’ll still rip and tear through opponents, as you would expect from a Sword, most of what you know needs to be unlearned. The blades have been rebalanced, and a new energy meter is making its way to swords.”
Swords will now have a recharging energy reserve that will need to be balanced alongside ammo. When a sword is equipped, the energy reserve will take over your normal melee slot.
“Although the guard function has always existed, it was never really considered worth the cost,” Bungie said.” With this change, we hope that players will use their guard intelligently to protect themselves instead of it being an almost unused button. Rest easy, Stronghold has also been modified to still allow Titans a unique guarding experience.
Heavy attacks will also consume Sword energy (and ammo). The stronger your energy reserve, the stronger the attack.
Light attacks while on the ground will now loop infinitely, ensuring a Guardian isn’t left open to enemy attack as the current three-attack loop allows. Cleaving — formerlly available on only aggressive swords — will soon be available on all swords.
Finally, “a portion of most Sword attacks can partially bypass elemental shields,” Bungie confirmed. “We added this to give Swords a little bit of a personality difference from shotguns who share a very similar role in combat as powerful CQC weapons.”
The sword changes will be available in Destiny 2‘s next season, one that will likely bring the return of the Trials of Osiris.
Destiny 2 is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Stadia.