How to Get Nightshade and its God Roll in Destiny 2

You can definitely do a lot better and worse than this pulse rifle

Pulse rifles have it all: accuracy, damage, and now with the mid-season patch on its way, a 20% increase in damage. Once Pulse Rifle, that’s fairly easy to get is Nightshade. Here’s how to get Nightshade and its God Roll in Destiny 2.

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How to Get Nightshade and its God Roll in Destiny 2

Nightshade is a legendary kinetic Pulse Rifle with a lightweight frame. This ensures that you move a little faster when you have it equipped, giving you a slight boost in both PvP and PvE activities. But how do you get your hands on it?

The answer is, blessedly, straightforward. All you need to do is complete Vanguard strikes, Nightfalls, or claim rank up passages from the Vanguard Vendor, Commander Zavala. While it’s not one of the weapons you can focused decode, it’s a fairly common drop.

Unfortunately, Nightshade isn’t craftable, which means that if you have a specific roll you want on it, you’ll have to keep farming out those strikes. To make this easier, it’s a good idea to select a week where Vanguard’s reputation is boosted.

Related: Fastest Way to Farm Favors of Grace in Destiny 2

As for what roll to aim for, Nightshade functions equally well in PvP and PvE, though there are certainly better Pulse Rifles to choose from in the former. No Time to Explain dominated the competitive scene for quite some time, and BxR-55 Battler is another good alternative.

But if you love Nightshade, here’s the God Roll for it.

God Roll for Nightshade in Destiny 2

  • Basic Sights → Red Dot Micro. +2 Zoom, +7 Handling, +9 Range.
  • Basic Magazine → Accurized Rounds. +10 Range.
  • Basic Trait 1 → Moving Target. Increased movement speed and target acquisition when moving while aiming down sights.
  • Basic Trait 2 → Kill Clip. Reloading after a kill grants increased damage.

If you’re curious about another vendor-exclusive weapon, then this hand cannon might be up your alley: How to Get the Trust Hand cannon in Destiny 2.


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