A couple of weeks ago I talked about my general disappointment in The Black Armory and how it does not really have any content that players can participate in immediately. That much is largely true but as far as disappointment it is waning. Once I hit 620 light the Forge Ignition sequence went from nigh impossible to pretty much a guaranteed thing. The actually event itself is honestly pretty great, I just wish it would have scaled in a similar fashion to the way that strikes appear to, giving players a brand new activity to do at a much wider variety of light levels. Now at 630 light burning down the final boss feels much like burning down a Public Event Boss… somewhat time consuming but largely trivial. Granted I have yet to ignite any of the forges other than Volundr, but I am up to the point where I should be doing Gofanon tonight. I could have in theory done it last night but I spent my evening trying to mop up any remaining powerful gear rewards that I had available.
The Hammerhead is your first reward for taking down the boss and while I didn’t get an amazing roll… I didn’t get a horrific one either. I’ve since ignited the forge a few more times to get some of the blue weapon frames which apparently end up as one of a handful of weapons per type of activity being completed. I did one that required doing three lost sectors on the Dreaming City and another that required taking down a couple high value targets in the Gambit and in both cases it rewarded a weapon from the pool from those activities. I am working on one for collecting a bunch of materials, and as a result I am assuming it will be rewarding one of the planetary weapons as a result. Now for some quick show and tell of some of the weapons I have picked up from the armory either as drops or as frames that I forged.
This is the weapon that I forged from a blue frame that involved running three lost sectors in Dreaming City. I have to say I love this weapon so much in both look and the way it feels to use it. I’ve infused it up a bit and it has more or less become my new main hand canon to go to.
The other weapon that I got from forging a blue frame is Bygones… which weirdly enough is a weapon I had yet to get from any of my Gambit packages. This one comes with kill clip and full auto and so far has been a blast to use because it honestly feels like you are firing a really slow rate of fire super accurate auto rifle.
As far as random drops… Bad News was never an amazing Hand Canon to start with, and this way cooler paint job version isn’t necessarily amazing either. The roll I got has explosive rounds and range finder… which is okay-ish but the reload speed largely precludes me from using this very often.
Baligant is also not an amazing shotgun in general but this version with Field Prep and Moving Target seems particularly bad… I mean I guess you could slide to reload but not really my cup of tea. I tend to ignore all shotguns that are not full auto.
Lastly I finally wrapped up my Hand Cannon Headshots in Crucible… and then completed the rest of steps and unlocked my Ace of Spades. Yes I realize this is like six months behind the curve but whatever… it knocks another exotic quest off the list. I still have several that I need to do including the Rat King which simply requires me to go find some other people with the Rat King and do activities.
Have you gotten anything cool or interesting from the Black Armory Forges?