Queenbreaker was sold by Xur recently, so we thought it was about time we got around to analysing it in some closer detail. Being an Exotic Fusion Rifle the competition for Queenbreaker is; Arbalest, Sleeper Simulant, Merciless, Telesto, Jotunn, and One Thousand Voices. Let’s dive in and take a look at the stats on Queenbreaker first.
The visible stats on Queenbreaker are as follows.
- Charge Time – 633-300
- Impact – 20-41
- Range – 73-86
- Stability – 91
- Magazine Size – 6
- Reload Speed – 64
- Handling – 42-50
The hidden stats on Queenbreaker are as follows.
- Zoom – 25-35
- Inventory Size – 40
- aim Assistance – 80
- Recoil Direction – 80
These stats are pretty high on their own. The weapon’s perks obviously enhance them but I’d almost go so far as to say that you don’t need that enhancement. Queenbreaker’s real benefit is in its Exotic perk, so let’s dive in and check the perks out to get a good idea of the weapon as a whole.
- Exotic: Wire Rifle – Fires a precision Arc-bolt at long range that blinds enemies when hit.
- Marksman Sights – Long range sights that have a slower charge time, but make shots deal more damage. They also display charge levels and ammo
- Combat Sights – Short range sights with a faster charge time and better Handling. They display a Guardian’s ability energy
- Enhanced Battery – Increases Magazine size
- Hip-Fire Grip – Increases accuracy and stability when firing from the hip
- Quickdraw – Provides unbelievably fast draw time
- Fitted Stock – Increases Stability, controls Recoil moderately, and slightly decreases Handling Speed
I think it’s pretty safe to call Queenbreaker a PVP weapon. The different sights provide a point of view for any Guardian to get to grips with easily, and the ability to blind an enemy is never more useful than in either the Crucible or Gambit.
Arbalest is much more PVE focused, with an Exotic perk that specialises in damaging elemental shields. While powerful, I believe even Queenbreaker’s PVP focus can beat Arbalest in a direct comparison.
Jotunn leans much more towards PVP, with a blob of energy that tracks enemies and causes a wide area of damage. This is great for hitting enemies behind cover, as well as those pesky runners. However, if you’re good at long range with a decent sight, then I think Queenbreaker can beat Jotunn in terms of being the better Fusion Rifle.
One Thousand Voices is effectively a Trace Rifle. While it definitely helps in dealing damage, there’s no comparison for the blinding effect that Queenbreaker inflicts on enemies.
Telesto fires Void shards that make enemies explode. This is an awesome perk and definitely beats Queenbreaker when it comes to close quarters, but Telesto has nothing to beat Queenbreaker’s superior long range proficiency.
Merciless provides a faster charge until a kill is made. This is useful, but again it’s a close range perk that’s more suited to PVE than PVP. I would still say Queenbreaker is superior.
Finally we have Sleeper Simulant. This weapon is lethal on a number of levels, and while being able to bounce shots is handy, it’s not as useful as being able to switch to a long range sight to finish off an enemy.
I have to say that at this point in time I definitely see Queenbreaker as the best Exotic Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2. You’ve got everything you need to make another Guardian’s life a living hell with this weapon, both at long and short range. While it isn’t the best Exotic Fusion Rifle in PVE, it’s still got its charms, allowing you to easily swap between dealing with close combat hordes, and picking off far away enemies.
Let us know what you think in the comments.
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