Destiny Update Weakens Auto Rifles, Closes Loot Cave

Latest patch also bolsters effectiveness of Scout rifle; Vault of Glass exploit removed; Shotgun and hand cannons tweaked.

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Destiny developer Bungie is reducing the effectiveness of the game's Auto Rifle and will be improving Scout Rifles as part of a wide-ranging update.

The latest Destiny patch, which rolls out on Tuesday, also applies numerous tweaks the gameplay, along with closing a loot cave and removing a trick that grants easy progress in the Vault of Glass raid.

Bungie added that it is working on an even larger future update that "will address under-performing Exotics and overall class balance".

The key change in the newest hotfix ( is the Auto Rifle balancing, which decreases the gun's base damage by 2 percent, reduces its stability by 4-17 percent, and decreases the precision damage multiplier from 1.50 to 1.25.

Meanwhile, the less popular Scout Rifles are undergoing an upgrade, with its base damage being increased by 6 percent, along with improvements to its auto-aiming, its recoil tuning, and more.

Two other primary weapons will undergo some tweaks, with the shotgun's base damage at maximum range now 20 percent weaker (meaning it's even less effective at distance) while the revolver has increased mid-jump accuracy.

There are tweaks and changes which go beyond weaponry, with one easy sniper point in the Vault of Glass Raid now closed off, while a loot cave, situated at the rocket yard, appears to have been removed.

"The Fallen have also retreated from their hold over the Rocket Yard to discuss a new takeover plan," Bungie wrote on its official blog.

The full details of the fixes can be found below:


The most recent hotfix ( for Destiny goes live on October 14th. This hotfix includes a number of changes to weapon balance across archetypes (e.g., lowering Auto Rifle effectiveness and increasing Scout Rifle damage output), specific weapons (Vex Mythoclast and Pocket Infinity) and includes a number of fixes to issues with the Templar encounter in the Vault of Glass.

We're still working on a larger update which will address under-performing Exotics and overall class balance.


Fixed a bug where the Valkyrie-O5X Ship was the same as the Aurora Lance



  • Unbreakable: Fixed an issue with the perk granting more agility than intended


  • Brimstone: Perk can now activate if player is airborne



  • Fixed some issues related to quick weapon swapping

Auto Rifles

  • Base Damage decreased by 2%
  • Reduced Precision Damage multiplier from 1.50 -> 1.25 (head shot bonus)
  • Stability decreased by 4% - 17% (driven by stat value)

Hand Cannons

  • In-air accuracy now increased

Scout Rifles

  • Base damage increased by 6%
  • Damage vs. Combatants increased by 6% - 25% (based on tier)
  • Improved target acquisition, plus additional recoil tuning.


  • Decreased base damage at maximum range (falloff) by 20%
  • Shot Package Perk now has a slightly wider cone of fire
  • The Rangefinder and Shot Package perks are now mutually exclusive

Exotic Weapons

Vex Mythoclast

  • Base Damage decreased by 34%
    Increased Precision Damage multiplier from 1.25 -> 1.50 (headshot bonus)

Pocket Infinity

  • Enhanced Battery Perk has now been replaced with the Speed Reload Perk


  • Metal Detector: Fixed a bug that prevents this perk from actually providing additional ammo
  • Lightweight: Fixed a bug that allowed additional agility to apply even when a weapon was stowed



  • Engram rewards from strikes now appear in the post-game Activity Summary

Raid - Vault of Glass

Templar Encounter

  • Kill volume added to sniper platforms to prevent players from sitting on top of them
  • Relic is now removed and respawned if the holder leaves the playable area


  • The Fallen have also retreated from their hold over the Rocket Yard to discuss a new takeover plan

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