I’m obsessed with a stick in Destiny 2: The Witch Queen. It’s a phrase I never thought I’d utter until the new Glaive weapon hit the game last week. Released as part of The Witch Queen expansion, the glaive is a powerful and versatile staff. Or “stabbing murder sticks,” as Bungie described the glaives last week. You can melee with him and kill enemies at close range, fire a projectile from afar, or block an attack.
I’ve been addicted to the sword since it fell at the start of The Witch Queen countryside. I really feel invincible with the sword Destiny 2and it’s the first new weapon type in years that has had such an immediate impact on the way I play.
When I first started using the glaive it was intriguing and unique, allowing me to perform attacks and take out enemies in ways I had never been able to in Destiny 2 before. The projectile takes some mastery and skill, and I found the perfect block for when I was about to reload without cover, or when I underestimated the enemy howler blasting you from above.
The only thing that really disappointed me was the slow reloading and efficient use. But there are more powerful perks you can unlock to overhaul the feel of a gladius. Where the new Enigma Glaive gets really interesting is when you start leveling it up and unlocking those perks through Destiny 2the new weapon crafting system. I chose the Pulse Amplifier and Frenzy perks, which greatly improve reload speed, projectile speed, handling, and damage.
Glaive feels totally different thanks to these perks, and my favorite pastime in Destiny 2 now runs at a group of enemies and clears them with melee from a staff. I hardly find myself using any other weapons now. I have become addicted to the sword.
When you use the glaive in melee, you don’t even use special ammo, so it’s a very effective way to eliminate a group of enemies at low cost. I found an even more efficient way to achieve this as well; I’ve equipped the Seasonal Artifact “Glaive Removal” perk. This transforms the glaive again, allowing you to take down enemies simply with a glaive melee.
This suppression works on virtually all enemy types, including difficult high level enemies. So you can run towards a group and stun the yellow bar enemies, before slashing your way through the rest with just your gladius. Once you’re done, return to the yellow bars and complete them, just as they recover from being removed. It doesn’t work against most bosses, but for the rest it makes clearing activities much easier.
I can’t wait to unlock the exotic versions of the swords. Each class will receive their own unique Exotic Glaive. The titan class can use their Exotic Glaive to create a protective shield around other Guardians, similar to the Void Bubble super mechanic. Warlocks can deploy Healing Turrets with their Glaive, which will complement the healing aspects of the Solar and Void subclasses for Warlocks. Hunters will unleash a chain lightning arc burst that will stalk enemies with their glaive.
There’s just something very satisfying about gunning down enemies at point-blank range in first-person, and Destiny 2Swords don’t provide the same level of satisfaction. I’m sure the exotic glaives will only reinforce my obsession with Destiny 2 new stabby stabby sticks.