Grenade launchers are sitting well atop the meta of Destiny 2 right now, especially with pinnacle weapons The Mountaintop and Wendigo GL3 that can dish out some serious damage. Fans assumed a nerf to grenade launchers was inevitable in Destiny 2's upcoming Shadowkeep expansion, but according to developer Bungie, the weapon class is not getting any kind of adjustments this fall.
It is a bit of a surprise that grenade launchers (or at least these specific weapons) are not getting their damage reduced considering that they are substantially more powerful than any other weapon class in the game, especially in PvE. Despite being tied to PvP activities, weapons like The Mountaintop and Swarm of the Raven have become staples for dealing out massive damage to bosses in the game.
In PvE, there is little reason to use any other Power weapon such as rocket launchers when the DPS capabilities of grenade launchers are so good. In the past, Bungie has typically taken weapons that have stood out as the go-to choice and nerfed them to encourage more weapon and loadout diversity. But it appears that the developer may be taking a different strategy when it comes to grenade launchers, as announced by community manager Dyland “dmg04” Gafner on Twitter:
Nope.— dmg04 🏗 PAX (@A_dmg04) August 29, 2019
There are no nerfs to Grenade Launchers (Including MT/Wendigo) coming in Shadowkeep.
Grenade launchers were generally regarded as a poor choice for both PvE and PvP early in Destiny 2’s lifecycle, but they have slowly grown become more prominent. And they were propelled into the spotlight in the current Season of Opulence due to the existence of The Mountaintop pinnacle weapon as well as a major buff that grenade launchers received at the beginning of the season. The Spike Grenade perk, which gives a damage buff on a direct hit, and instant reload abilities like the Rally Barricade have combined to allow players to melt bosses in seconds using grenade launchers.
Many of the teams going for World First in the Crown of Sorrow raid this season used The Mountaintop and another powerful grenade launcher to deal massive damage to the raid bosses. Whereas players used rocket launchers with the Cluster Bomb perk to deal massive damage in Forsaken and The Last Wish raid, that perk received a nerf at the same time as the grenade launcher buff, which has resulted in most players swapping rocket launchers for grenade launchers.
Not nerfing grenade launchers is surprising, and it will be interesting to see if another weapon class in Year 3 can unseat grenade launchers from their cemented spots in players’ loadouts.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep releases October 1, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.