Rocket launchers reign supreme in the current DPS meta, and among the top choices is the Apex Predator in Destiny 2. This legendary weapon offers a range of offensive perks in both columns, and with the option to craft enhanced versions of these perks, it becomes an even more formidable choice. Whether you’re looking to dominate in PvP or wreak havoc in PvE, this guide will provide you with the best rolls, insight into why Apex Predator is so highly regarded, and most importantly, how you can add it to your arsenal.
Acquiring Apex Predator this Season
Apex Predator can be obtained by participating in any of the Last Wish raid encounters and secret chests. The raid offers a total of 5 encounters and 2 secret chests, giving you a decent chance of obtaining this weapon. To increase your odds, visit Hawthorne in the Tower each week to acquire a quest that requires you to complete all encounters of the Last Wish raid. Completing this quest will reward you with a Deepsight weapon, helping you to acquire the patterns needed to craft Apex Predator.
If you’re not a frequent raider or prefer to play solo, there’s still hope. You can jump into Last Wish by yourself each week and use the Wish Wall to access both secret chests for all three characters. By doing so, you significantly increase your chances of obtaining a god-roll Apex Predator.
Unleashing the Power of Apex Predator
Apex Predator has earned its reputation as the most-used Legendary rocket launcher in PvE, and the second most-used in PvP, based on usage stats alone. It boasts a variety of desirable perks, with Reconstruction and Bait and Switch being the most sought-after by players. To maximize the damage output of Apex Predators, many fireteams also equip at least one Gjallahorn.
While acquiring the desired roll may take time, you can make use of the latest Season 22 Rocket Launcher, Semiotician, or The Hothead as decent alternatives in the meantime.
Best Apex Predator Rolls for PvE and PvP
Apex Predator PvE God Roll
- Barrel: Quick Launch
- Magazine: Impact Casing
- Perk 1: Reconstruction
- Perk 2: Bait and Switch
- Masterwork: Reload Speed or Velocity
Apex Predator excels as a go-to PvE rocket launcher in today’s meta. Quick Launch and Impact Casing provide the weapon with much-needed handling and stability for rapid and consistent firing. However, if you find these stats unnecessary, you can switch to Alloy Casing for increased reload speed. The perfect combination for Apex Predator is Reconstruction with Bait and Switch. Reconstruction is an exceptional perk for boss damage, while Bait and Switch offers a 35% increased damage for 10 seconds when all equipped weapons deal damage within 7 seconds.
Apex Predator PvP God Roll
- Barrel: Smart Drift Control
- Magazine: High-Velocity Rounds
- Perk 1: Tracking Module or Reconstruction
- Perk 2: Collective Action or Vorpal Weapon
- Masterwork: Reload Speed or Velocity
Rocket launchers are rarely the weapon of choice in PvP, but if you insist, Apex Predator offers some viable options. Smart Drift Control improves overall stats, and High-Velocity Rounds provide extra projectile and reload speed. However, the perks available for PvP players are generally lackluster. Tracking Module still performs, though not as effectively as in PvE. As for Perk 2, Vorpal Weapon or Collective Action are recommended, but do consider perks that synergize well with your PvP build.
Is Apex Predator Worth Farming?
For any PvE player in Destiny 2, Apex Predator is an absolute must-have. With its exceptional perk combinations and the ability to craft the weapon, there’s simply no other rocket launcher that compares. However, in PvP, rocket launchers, including Apex Predator, fall short compared to more versatile options like grenade launchers. Alternatively, you can always rely on the trusty Gjallahorn.
If you’re interested in acquiring more top-tier weapons, don’t miss out on the Cataphract GL3 grenade launcher, a formidable choice in Crota’s End.