As a part of Bungie’s recent overhaul update for Destiny 2, players now have access to a brand new weapon class known as Masterworks. Originally unveiled in a late-November blog post, the class will act as an enhanced version of Legendary weapons, with unique perks attached that can be rerolled. While details were originally scarce, the class is now available in the game, giving Guardians a new feature to master.
For players hoping to jump in and find a Masterworks, or even those confused about what exactly sets them apart, the following is a simple guide on what they do, how to find them, and what benefit they bring to Destiny 2 overall. Thanks to the comprehensive video from YouTuber and Guardian Arekkz, seen below, different sample screens of Masterworks features can be seen for better clarification.
What is a Masterworks weapon?
As previously stated, the new Masterworks class consists of Legendary weapons that are fitted with an extra perk slot. When a player earns a Masterwork, the Legendary will already have a randomly rolled perk attached, like the Halfdan-D auto rifle’s handling boost, seen below. In addition, each weapon will have the ability to track kills in PvE, or PVP with an upgrade, and generate Orbs in killstreaks. It’s important to note that only Legendary weapons can be Masterworks, so players hoping for boosted Exotics will have to wait for a possible change in the future.
How can I reroll perks or upgrade to PvP?
If a Masterworks weapon is given with a perk that doesn’t suit the gun well, like handling on a sword, Guardians can reroll the extra slot’s buff using two key items. To get a new bonus, players will need to spend three Masterwork Cores and 25 Legendary shards. As the feature is still in its early stages, the variety of perks available for the weapon class are not known, but they will likely be similar to perks seen from standard weapons. For players more concerned with Crucible matches, Masterworks can also be tailored to track kills in PvP matches. On the same screen as the perk reroll, seen below, players can spend 10 Masterwork Cores and 25 Legendary shards to upgrade to Crucible status.
How do I get more Masterwork Cores?
Masterwork Cores are fairly simple to find. All players need to do is dismantle a Masterwork to earn either one or two of the item. According to Arekkz testing of the system, it seems to be random whether players receive one or two Cores, but there could be a connection to what type of weapon is dismantled, too. As always, Legendary shards and gunsmith materials will also be awarded.
Where do I get Masterwork and how do I know if I already have one?
All Guardians above 250 Power level have the chance to earn a Masterworks weapon from any activity that typically drops Legendary items. For example, both Public Events that drop Legendary Engrams and purchasing Legendary Engrams from the Tower’s vendors have an equal chance of rewarding the player with a Masterwork. Bungie has clarified that Trials of the Nine and the Leviathan raid will offer a higher chance of dropping, though. While Masterworks look exactly like their Legendary counterparts, players will know a weapon is of the new class variety by the icon’s coloring. In addition to the typical purple color for Legendary weapon icons, the Masterworks will have a yellow border, which can be seen more easily when looking at the detail page of the weapon.
Why did Bungie make this new weapon class?
While the Masterworks class was revealed alongside the developer’s explanation of why players had previously experienced an XP reward issue, a specific reason for its existence was not given. However, the weapons offer a few reasons for players to take a closer look. In the first Destiny, weapons were dropped with random perks, much like Masterworks, but could not be rerolled. This forced players to constantly hunt and grind for the weapon with the right perk, essentially giving high-level players a reason to revisit the game daily. It’s likely Bungie wanted to bring a mechanic similar to that back into Destiny 2, as hunting for Exotics isn’t always the most rewarding quest. Also, Masterworks are a great remedy for the cap on how many Exotics a player can equip at one time. Currently, only one Exotic weapon and one Exotic piece of armor can be equipped, meaning the rest of the slots will hold mediocre to possibly helpful Legendary gear. With Masterworks, there’s no limit to how many can be equipped, giving Guardians more options of helpful gear to place alongside their most powerful Exotics.
With update 1.1.1, which includes the Masterworks class, now available to players, there are more new content changes to experience. Several vendors, including the mysterious Xûr, will now accept Legendary shards as payment for certain pieces of gear. Xûr will also now sell a Fated Engram, which guarantees an Exotic the player does not already own. Thankfully, for players hoping to get Masterworks as soon as possible, the update also increased the drop rate for Legendary and Exotic Engrams in the PvP playlist activities.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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