I know what some of you are thinking: “Paul, shut up, shut up, shut up!” I’m writing about a massively powerful new DPS weapon, and you think Bungie will hear about it and nerf it.
Well, I’ve got some news for you. Bungie has absolutely already seen your triple Stormchaser one-phase Caiatl clears, and they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do regardless of me. But your average player, they may not know about the glory of Stormchaser, so I want to make sure everyone gets their hands on this thing before it probably is nerfed at some point in the future. But hopefully it lasts as long as this current season, at least.
Stormchaser is a new, arc linear fusion rifle from the Duality dungeon, with a twist. The difference being is that it is the only “aggressive frame” three round burst linear fusion in the game. And as a result, it not only does about 40% more damage than a normal linear fusion with the same perks, it actually outclasses every other legendary and exotic in the heavy slot by a pretty big margin, outside of one very, very specific roll on one other weapon.
I am going to turn to my friend Chevy, who has done the testing that showcases just how nutty Stormchaser is. Here is the ranking DPS list now that Stormchaser is in the mix:
- Cataclysm with Bait and Switch and Fourth Time’s the Charm (landing every shot) – 3.43 million
- Stormchaser with Vorpal – 2.43 million
- Cataclysm with Bait and Switch – 2.14 million
- Sleeper Simulant – 1.69 million
- Eyes of Tomorrow – 1.44 million
- Hezen with Lasting Impression and Wolfpack Rounds – 1.52 million
- Whisper of the Worm – 1.27 million
- Xenophages – 1.25 million
- Hezen with Last Impression – 1.21 million
- Gjallarhorn – 1.16 million
- Hezen with Vorpal – 1.12 million
- A Thousand Voices – 1.03 million
- Palmyra with Explosive Light – 716,000
- Parasite x20 – 416,000
So, as you can see, while the top spot is technically the Vow raid linear fusion Cataclysm, you need exactly the Bait and Switch, Fourth Time’s the Charm Roll to get it that high. You have to trigger Bait and Switch by landing shots with all three weapons, then, you’ll have to hit every single shot to make Fourth Time trigger. Meanwhile, Stormchaser just needs Vorpal to get that high, and you will routinely see 100,000+ damage per single burst on a boss target. It is…extremely insane. Further tests show that almost all buffs you can get on Stormchaser beat those same buffs on Cataclysm. Most of the time, Stormchaser is 30-40% higher:
So, you want one. Where do you get it? Once place, the duality dungeon, but two places within that, the second and third encounter. It does not drop from the first. The second Vault encounter is your best bet because the loot pool is smaller than the final boss, and I’ve already gotten two Vorpal ones there with just a small amount of farming. That segment does not even require a boss fight, just essentially ad clearing on a timer and not messing up bells. So yes, I would highly recommend farming for it, and even if you don’t have time to do full dungeon runs, you can A) farm these sections repeatedly, individually, now with the way dungeon farming works and B) there are plenty of LFG no mic groups running these all the time. The mechanics are not complicated enough where you actually need to talk if you have some idea of what you’re doing.
I do think the Stormchaser archetype, of which it is the only one, will probably end up getting nerfed so it’s not this much of an outlier, more or less a million damage above all other exotics and legendaries besides Bait and Switch Cataclysm. But until then, get one and go nuts, it’s a blast.
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