Since Xur was selling Riskrunner this weekend just passed, we thought it was high time we reviewed the weapon. As an Exotic Submachine Gun the weapon only has a couple of items to compete with, those being The Huckleberry, and Tarrabah. Let’s take a look at the stats and perks first.
- Impact – 20
- Range – 55
- Stability – 60
- Handling – 74
- Reload Speed – 24
- Rounds Per Minute – 900
- Magazine – 41
- Aim Assistance – 50
- Inventory Size – 50
- Recoil Direction – 124
- Zoom – 13
These are the perks as listed by Destiny 2 DB, though other rolls are available.
- Intrinsic Perk: Arc Conductor – When taking Arc damage, the weapon becomes more powerful and resists incoming Arc damage. Kills will extend the time in this overcharged state
- Superconductor – When Arc Conductor is active, your shots have the chance to chain lightning and return ammo
- Arrowhead Brake – Greatly increased recoil and increased handling speed
- Extended Mag – Greatly increased magazine size, greatly decreased reload speed
- Short-Action Stock – Greatly increased handling speed
In my experience, Riskrunner is an absolute beast when using it in PVE. Guardians are always taking damage, it’s just part of Destiny 2, but when that damage happens to be Arc, then Riskrunner turns you into a much more powerful being. The chain lightning really is something to behold, and you notice the added Arc resistance straight away if you’re in a jam with quite a few enemies. By far the best part of this weapon is the way it throws ammo at you though. As long as you have Arc Conductor active, and there’s a plethora of enemies to shoot your way through, you can just hold the trigger down and run, with no need to reload at all. Honestly, if you love watching a weapon’s perk in action before your eyes, Riskrunner is for you, and my god does it make short work of enemies once it’s activated properly.
This is the real reason you’re reading this article, how good is Riskrunner in PVP? Well honestly, without a slew of enemies to take on, it’s not as good as it is in PVE. However, you definitely take Arc damage in PVP, and should a Guardian fail to kill you, the chances are that you’ll destroy them, chain some damage to their mates, and be able to fire for far longer thanks to some added ammo from at least one kill. Riskrunner is a gamble in PVP, but when it pays off, it pays off in full.
Is Riskrunner the best Exotic Submachine Gun in Destiny 2?
Okay, so is Riskeunner the best? Well compared to The Huckleberry, it’s fairly similar, but has the added benefits of Arc lightning, Arc resistance, and that all important ammo return. Honestly, The Huckleberry can’t compete with Riskrunner, even though it is rather good by itself.
Tarrabah is a different beast. This weapon stores up energy and unleashes it against your enemies, something that Riskrunner can’t do. However, you need to be accurate with this damage, or it just goes to waste. With Riskrunner you can be inaccurate and still manage to pull off some great kills and moments. I’d say that yes, Riskrunner is better than Tarrabah, but purely because it does what you need a Submachine Gun to do better.
Those are our thoughts on Riskrunner. Tell us what you think of it in the comments.
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