While the metas in Destiny 2 are always changing, right now one of the most popular loadouts for PvE content consists of the Mountaintop grenade launcher in the primary slot, Anarchy or Swarm of the Raven in the power weapon slot, and The Recluse submachine gun in the energy slot. Of the three weapons, Recluse is arguably the most useful, both because of its perks and its ability to clear enemies quickly and efficiently.
Why is The Recluse SMG So Popular?
Recluse is so popular in Destiny 2 because of its perk synergy. Its unique perk is called Master of Arms, and it grants 10 seconds of bonus damage after a kill with any weapon and resets after an additional kill. So if you get a kill with your primary or power weapon, you can switch to Recluse and it is ready to chew through basic enemies.
Recluse’s other perk is Feeding Frenzy, which boosts reload speed after a kill, regardless of if it’s a precision kill or not. Combined with Master of Arms, Recluse can quickly dispose of a few red bar enemies, pop a new clip in, and get back to work. It’s extremely efficient and is easily one of the best Destiny 2 weapons.
How to Get Recluse
Other Crucible Pinnacle weapons in Destiny 2 are typically fairly involved in terms of their quest steps, but Recluse is very straightforward. Players only need to reach Fabled rank in Competitive Crucible, get wins in Crucible, and they are done. No need to get kills with a submachine gun or gain medals. Getting wins can take time, but in Competitive or during Iron Banner progress is faster. We recommend waiting until Iron Banner rolls around and focusing there.
How to Reach Fabled Rank in Competitive PvP
Fabled rank in Competitive Crucible requires 2100 Glory, which is a little less than halfway through all of the rankings. It’s near the range where opponents start to group up in 4-stacks (pre-made teams of 4 players) and are usually brandishing some top tier weaponry.
It’s for this reason that we recommend going into Destiny 2’s Competitive playlist with a friend or friends, if only to add that much-needed communication that helps in Crucible. Yes, it’s possible to hit 2100 Glory playing solo but it can be harder. Plenty of players will share horror stories of getting close to 2100 Glory through solo queuing, before dropping dramatically.
Getting to 2100 Glory for many Destiny 2 players is a matter of knowing when to quit and when to keep going. Luckily, Bungie did away with loss streaks a few seasons back, but there is still a penalty for losing, and losses can add up fast. Getting on a winning streak is more valuable, but trading a win for a loss will only result in a minimal gain. Basically, if you only win 50% of your games it will take 471 matches to reach Fabled, however, win streaks can give huge boosts in Glory. Check out this full breakdown of Glory Ranks and gains for more info.
There is also an added bonus Glory gain for every new week, as long as players log at least 3 games during the prior week. At Guardian and Brave rank, players gain 160 Glory, while at Heroic rank they gain 120 Glory. So if you are within 80 points of Fabled and don’t want to press your luck, you can wait until after reset and you will hit the goal.
Once players hit Fabled, they can complete the Recluse quest from Shaxx and claim one of the best weapons in the game currently. And, if you don’t already have Mountaintop or Luna’s Howl, you have completed one of the steps on the road to those weapons.
Destiny 2 is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.