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Destiny 2’s Melee Changes Can’t Come Soon Enough

Two melee options to make for a better PvP experience.

In yesterday’s This Week at Bungie Article, the developer revealed a big change that’s coming to the Crucible, and melee abilities in general. From season 15, we’re all going to have the option to assign our standard melee ability, the automatic one, to a button, and the charged melee ability to another. This is particularly good for PC Guardians, but it’s also practical and a decent chance that’s been needed for a good long while across all platforms.

So how does this work? Well, you have your standard melee ability, and that’s the auto-melee attack. This attack is contextually altered depending on your current situation. If you’re within range of an enemy, then it’ll convert to the melee attack that sees you stab an enemy in the face. However, if you’re far away, out of range so to speak, then you’ll use your charged melee attack. This is just whatever you’ve assigned to your Guardian, but for argument’s sake let’s call it a throwing knife.

The new charged melee attack is just that. It’ll only use your charged melee attack, with no chance of you accidentally leaping forward to stab a boss in the face and be crushed by its massive close range attack. This is an attack you can assign to a new button. While on consoles and controllers that might be a bit tricky given the lack of available buttons, it’s still a good new attack to add to your controller.

Whatever button you assign the charged melee attack to, it’ll prioritize the original function first. Therefore, you should got for the Finisher button or something that won’t get triggered as much in PvP. This just helps avoid embarrassing situations like reloading when you meant to kill another Guardian.

This is a small change, but I think it’s going to make a massive difference to the Crucible. Every now and then, this issue will hit me and make me curl up and implode inside. Removing the possibility for it to happen will be awkward at first, but I’m very excited to start running with the new control scheme and make it work for me.

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