Admittedly by the time I post this it will be of extremely limited benefit given that as far as I understand the Faction Rally should in theory reset on Tuesday. For the unindoctrinated the Faction Rally is this event happening currently in Destiny 2 that involved choosing one of the three factions from Destiny 1 and representing them. The goal of the event is to collect tokens while doing almost any activity in the game, and then turn these in 20 at a time to the faction leaders. For my Titan I decided to rep Future War Cult, and I wrote a post last Thursday about the weapons that were available. Each faction is offering four unique weapons from their packages and I thought it might be cool to attempt to get them all and do similar write-ups. Now I had done this a week ago when the faction rally went live… it might be of some significant benefit. Now however I am largely just doing for the fun of it, and it seems useful info in the long run.
We are going to start off this New Monarchy edition with what was ultimately the hardest weapon for me to actually get to drop. This weapon has gone through a name change since it first started dropping occasionally from Cayde-6 treasure caches to when the Rally proper began. The Song of Justice VI formerly the Sentencer IV is a nearly max range high impact scout rifle that trades these stats for really low stability and handling. It is also relatively slow firing in the 150 rounds per minute class until the more popular and broader 200 rounds per minute class represented most noticeably by the MIDA Multi Tool. It lives in a really weird place, but after spending some time using it while doing patrols and such I can see its charm. It will probably never take the spot of my Manannan SR4 largely because I love explosive payload more than I can rightly express with words… it does have a few of its own nice perks. Armor Piercing rounds is extremely nice for destroying mob shields, which I have not seen on that many weapons so far. Additionally it has auto loading holster which causes the weapon to reload itself while holstered, making this work extremely well in situations where you are not using this as your primary weapon. I could see it working nicely on strikes when you are using an energy auto rifle as your primary weapon, and just swapping to this any time you need to snipe something at a distance.
I am a huge proponent of the Auto Rifle and have loved them since the first moment I got one in my hands in Destiny 1. In Year Three one of my favorite weapons was the Suros made Genesis Chain, which was a slow rate of fire high impact Auto Rifle… that looked valuely like this weapon. I got my hopes up and then they were quickly dashed when I saw what archetype this weapon fit into. The 600 RPM bracket already has a few really good competitors in it and I think the problem is… this gun just isn’t nearly as good as either of them. The key problem is the lack of stability… this gun kicks weirdly and often times unpredictably making it significantly harder to control than Scathelocke or Ghost Primus that both live in this same archetype. Now if you do not have access to either of those weapons… then sure this is a good option and once you get used to its quirks you can make it perform fairly well. The biggest problem however is there just is no viable reason to use this over one of the other weapons I mentioned… other than it just looks aesthetically cool. However if that is really your thing… then grab a Martyrs Make and slap a New Monarchy Shader on it… because you are going to have a much more enjoyable experience.
Up until now New Monarchy has been the tale of weapons that are just flat out outclassed by other options. I think however we are going to finish strong starting with the Royal Dispensation II. Sub-Machineguns for me at least are the new shotgun… when you absolutely need to wreck someone up close and personal much the same way as I used to do with my beloved Invective. There are basically two competing categories the 600 rpm class and the 900 rpm class. In the grand scheme of things I tend to prefer the slightly slower rate of fire because they are much more controllable and easier to keep trained on the precision damage markers. That said this gun is shockingly stable for as fast as it is firing, and when combined with the Grave Robber perk… gives you some really up close and personal power. When I run a submac it is because I am getting up in peoples faces and the fact that if I get a melee kill it reloads part of my magazine… means I can stay there and be effective for longer. The gotcha however… is with 900 rpm and 33 shots in the magazine… this thing unloads extremely quickly. This gun is effectively the Foggy Notion with slightly better handling speed and slightly worse reload speeds… but that little tweak seems to make the gun feel so much better to use. Well worth holding onto and playing with to see if you like it, because at the end of the day that is all that really matters.
Up until this gun entered my life I carried around a pretty heavy crush on Hawthorne’s Field-Forged Shotgun… because Destiny 1 spoiled me on insisting that if I was using a shotgun that it had to have full auto. I was honestly shocked that I had not encountered anything else in game that seemed to have it… and then I saw this weapon. One of the big problems with the Hawthorne shotgun is the rate of fire… not that it is too slow but it is way the hell too fast. I cannot count the number of times I have fired shots into the void because I couldn’t pick my finger up off the trigger fast enough to stop from firing one round too many. The Unification VII fixes this with its 55 rounds per minute rate of fire as compared to the frankly too fast 90 on Hawthorne. Additionally we gain a significantly higher impact per shot and slight range increase… at the loss of some reload speed and one round in the magazine. What cannot be properly accounted for however is just how badass this weapon looks and how good it feels. The weapon has High Caliber rounds, which causes it to stagger mobs which is always going to be useful.
I am curious how you feel about the New Monarchy offering this time around? It has been leaked that each faction has a significantly deeper pool of available weapons than these four, so it is going to be interesting to see what arrives each time this event runs.