Destiny to Nerf Auto-Rifles

by on 10/14/2014

Seems like it’s a day for nerfs. Bungie has listened to complaints about auto-rifles being too accurate and overpowered, and ignored auto-rifle fans who want them left alone, and is rolling out a hotfix that will balance them and other weapons.
Although it looks like auto-rifles and shotguns were powered down, handcannons, scout rifles and some of the exotic weapons actually got a boost. It’ll be interesting to see if and how this changes competition in the Crucible.
It also looks like Bungie might have closed another “loot cave,” this one in the Rocket Yard.
The hotfix goes live tomorrow, Oct. 14, so get in there and dominate with your auto-rifle while you still can. Here are the full hotfix notes from Bungie:
Fixed a bug where the Valkyrie-O5X Ship was the same as the Aurora Lance
Unbreakable: Fixed an issue with the perk granting more agility than intended
Brimstone: Perk can now activate if player is airborne
Fixed some issues related to quick weapon swapping
Auto Rifles
Base Damage decreased by 2%
Reduced Precision Damage multiplier from 1.50 -> 1.25 (head shot bonus)
Stability decreased by 4% – 17% (driven by stat value)
Hand Cannons
In-air accuracy now increased
Scout Rifles
Base damage increased by 6%
Damage vs. Combatants increased by 6% – 25% (based on tier)
Improved target acquisition, plus additional recoil tuning.
Decreased base damage at maximum range (falloff) by 20%
Shot Package Perk now has a slightly wider cone of fire
The Rangefinder and Shot Package perks are now mutually exclusive
Exotic Weapons
Vex Mythoclast
Base Damage decreased by 34%
Increased Precision Damage multiplier from 1.25 -> 1.50 (headshot bonus)
Pocket Infinity
Enhanced Battery Perk has now been replaced with the Speed Reload Perk
Metal Detector: Fixed a bug that prevents this perk from actually providing additional ammo
Lightweight: Fixed a bug that allowed additional agility to apply even when a weapon was stowed
Engram rewards from strikes now appear in the post-game Activity Summary
Raid – Vault of Glass
Templar Encounter
Kill volume added to sniper platforms to prevent players from sitting on top of them
Relic is now removed and respawned if the holder leaves the playable area
The Fallen have also retreated from their hold over the Rocket Yard to discuss a new takeover plan

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