The most sought-after items in Destiny 2 are certainly the game's exotic weapons, and among those rests the exotic rifle known as Arbalest. This exotic weapon deals Kinetic damage, and its Compounding Force perk makes it a great choice for players hoping to take down foes with elemental shields. Learning how to find the Arbalest in Destiny 2 is one thing, but knowing how to use it is another. Keep reading to learn all the most critical details of the Arbalest exotic rifle in Destiny 2.
Arbalest Exotic Kinetic Linear Fusion Rifle
Arbalest intrinsic perks and abilities
- Compounding Force - Fires slugs that cause massive damage to elemental shields of enemy combatants.
- Disruption Break - Breaking an enemy's shield with this weapon makes them more vulnerable to Kinetic damage for a brief period.
Thanks to the crew over at light.gg, we also know more about the Arbalest's base weapon stats including its capabilities with regard to hidden statistics like zoom and recoil direction. Here are the full details:
- Impact: 41
- Range: 47
- Stability: 59
- Handling: 38
- Charge Time: 533
- Magazine: 5
- Aim Assistance: 61
- Recoil Direction: 77
- Weapon Size: 34
- Zoom: 25
How to get the Arbalest in Destiny 2
No one currently knows how to get the Arbalest in Destiny 2. It could very well be a random drop from Exotic engrams, but if that were the case someone would have it by now. The more likely scenario is that the Arbalest is actually the reward from a questline involving the Drifter. It could very well be the reward for completing the final tier of the Reckoning, a new activity added with the Joker's Wild. We simply do not yet know how to unlock the Arbalest.
When/How to use the Arbalest
Based on the Arbalest's perks, we can make a few assumptions about how it ought to be used. The Intrinsic perk allows it to knock down enemy shields with ease, despite it being a Kinectic weapon. This means you could theoretically fire a single round and then swap to your Heavy weapon to deal damage. It will be important to communicate with your teammates when you're firing, as their Kinetic weapons will be dealing significantly more damage thanks to the the gun's other trait. Coupling the Arbalest with Izanagi's Burden could result in some stupendous amounts of damage, as the Izanagi's is technically a Kinetic weapon.
It's worth noting that because the Arbalest is in the Primary slot, you won't be able to take advantage of the bonus damage from Kinetic sources without some fast weapong swapping. Another item worth noting is that most bosses do not actually have a shield, so it won't be useful for boss DPS. The only place this will really shine is against high-tier enemies, like Envoys in Gambit, though even those melt quickly with standard strategies. So, despite the damage it might be able to pull off, it could wind up being overkill and a potential wasted slot. Only time will tell.
The Arbalest Exotic Kinetic Linear Fusion Rifle is among the most powerful and capable weapons in Destiny 2. With a little bit of practice, players should have no problem coming to terms with its perks and making the most out of Compounding Force as well as Disruption Break. Our coverage of Bungie's sci-fi saga doesn't end here — be sure to head over to Shacknews' complete Destiny 2 strategy guide to stay up-to-date on the latest coverage.