How will Submachine Guns be nerfed in Destiny 2 Season of the Deep?

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It has been speculated that Submachine Guns will be nerfed in Destiny 2 because they are too powerful, but how exactly will this be accomplished? Keep reading to learn more.

How will Submachine Guns be nerfed in Destiny 2 Season of the Deep?

To make things more balanced and appropriate for the fantasy setting, Bungie has decreased the Submachine Gun’s base damage while increasing the crit damage slightly. The following adjustments will be made to Submachine Guns when Destiny 2 Season of the Deep launches:

  • Reduce base damage from 15 to 14.
  • Increase precision hit multiplier from 1.45 to 1.5
  • The Immortal is getting a reduction of 10 to its base range.

In general, the Submachine Gun nerf isn’t all that drastic. Also, the TWAB blog post does not make it clear whether this damage reduction and crit damage boost only applies to Aggressive Frame SMGs. In any case, we’re glad Bungie listened to the community’s SMG complaints. This minor nerf should help SMGs to not dominate PvP as much as they have in the past. I also find it amusing that they are aware of The Immortal’s power and have created a nerf specifically for that SMG.

The changes coming to submachine guns are among the most important things to learn about weapon archetypes from this preview blog, but they aren’t the only ones that Bungie has revealed in the lead-up to Season of the Deep’s release.

  • Sniper Rifle damage in PvE has been increased by 10 percent.
    • While Izanagi’s Burden’s Honed Edge perk shots don’t receive this buff, all other Exotic sniper rifles do.
  • An issue has been fixed where the Long Arm scout rifle was receiving an unintended damage bonus vs. minors.
  • The Tyranny of Heaven bow has had its stats updated and increased to better match its contemporaries.

When Destiny 2 Season of the Deep releases on May 23, it will bring with it these modifications, along with a number of other sandbox improvements.