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What Makes Igneous Hammer so Good in Destiny 2?

The best 120 Hand Cannon you’ll ever own.

This week there has been a lot of fuss over one weapon, Igneous Hammer. This is a legendary Hand Cannon and is actually said to be the best 120 Hand Cannon in the game. In this guide, we’re going to look at what makes it tick, and what makes it so good. If you missed out on grabbing it from Trials of Osiris, pretty much for free, last week, don’t worry. I’m sure it’ll happen again soon.

First, let’s look at the stats and see what they can tell us.

Stats

  • Impact – 92
  • Range – 69
  • Stability – 42
  • Handling – 52
  • Reload Speed – 19
  • Rounds per Minute – 120
  • Magazine – 12

Hidden Stats

  • Aim Assistance – 69
  • Inventory Size – 55
  • Recoil Direction – 95
  • Zoom – 14

Okay, so what’s so special here? Well to start with, the weapon has that 120 rate of fire. It’s impossible to beat that, and to be honest that’s all that makes this Hand Cannon special. However, the stats do rise in the points where it matters. The impact is almost 100%, meaning every enemy is going to seriously suffer when you land a hit.

Stability and handling aren’t the best though, which is going to lead to some issues. These could be avoided with the right set of perks though. Luckily, you can get Igneous Hammer with a whole range of them.

The pool of perks you can get a roll of this weapon from is large, but not the biggest I’ve seen. There’s enough there to make for some deadly combinations though. For example, Celerity increases your overall accuracy and reduces incoming flinch, making it easier to fire through attacks. Combine that with Killing Wind, and you’ll probably have a weapon that is going to much through anything you come up against.

Most of the perks relate to increasing handling speed and aiming down sights too. I’m not going to say that those are irrelevant aspects of a Hand Cannon, but I barely ever fire down sights. I like to feel like a cowboy, and you don’t get that if your eyes are glued to the barrel.

Overall, it really does seem that it’s the combination of that 120 rate of fire and the potential to be able to fire through incoming damage that makes this weapon so good. I do think that there’s an element of prestige being associated with Igneous Hammer just because it’s a Trials of Osiris weapon. Really though, it doesn’t matter how you acquire a weapon, it’s good if it’s good. This one though, seems to have a bubble around it.

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I'm an avid Destiny 2 fan and player. I fell in love with Destiny 1 during the early alpha and have been hooked by the universe ever since. I really enjoy playing with other Guardians, speculating about the lore, and writing about as much of the Destiny universe as I can.

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