Destiny 2 players were in for a treat when the 30th-anniversary event introduced elements from the Halo franchise to the game in December 2021. Among the new additions were the BxR-55 Battler pulse rifle and the Forerunner sidearm, two unique weapons that brought a fresh flavor to the game, even for those who had never played Halo before.
The BxR-55 is a versatile pulse rifle that excels in both PvE and PvP. In PvE, it offers incredible combinations such as Demolitionist/Adrenaline Junkie, which has become an excellent choice after recent buffs. Another potent combination is Pugilist or Demolitionist paired with Incandescent.
How to Acquire the BxR-55 Battler
To obtain the BxR-55 Battler, players can participate in the Dares of Eternity activity. Upon completion, a Treasure Key is awarded, which can be taken to Xur’s Treasure Hold to unlock a random weapon from the anniversary set, including the BxR-55. If a Deepsight Resonance version of the weapon (with a red border) is acquired, players can dismantle it to add a pattern recipe to their collection. By obtaining three patterns, they can then craft their own BxR-55 at the Enclave.
The reintroduction of the BxR-55 Battler alongside the release of Season of Plunder allowed the pulse rifle to take advantage of new elements in the sandbox. These additions include synergy with Solar 3.0 thanks to the addition of Incandescent, as well as the ability to apply enhanced perks to maximize firepower. Additionally, Dares of Eternity weapons now possess the Hot Swap origin trait, which significantly increases handling when switching to a Dares weapon while being damaged.
The BxR-55 Battler’s unique Legacy PR-55 Frame further enhances its appeal. With minimal penalties to its hip fire, the BxR-55 is one of the most comfortable weapons in the game, regardless of the activity type. Let’s take a closer look at the god rolls for the BxR-55 Battler in Destiny 2.
God Rolls for the BxR-55 Battler
BxR-55 Battler PvE God Roll
- Barrel: Arrowhead Brake (for 100 recoil direction), Smallbore, or Corkscrew Rifling
- Magazine: Accurized Rounds, Ricochet Rounds, or Flared Magwell
- First Perk: Demolitionist, Perpetual Motion, or Outlaw (Honorable mention: Pugilist)
- Second Perk: Incandescent, Kill Clip, or Adrenaline Junkie
BxR-55 Battler PvP God Roll
- Barrel: Arrowhead Brake, Hammer-Forged Rifling, Corkscrew Rifling, or Smallbore
- Magazine: Accurized Rounds or Ricochet Rounds
- First Perk: Perpetual Motion or Killing Wind (Honorable mention: Pugilist)
- Second Perk: Blunt Execution Rounds or Kill Clip (Honorable mentions: Eye of the Storm, Elemental Capacitor)
Choosing the perfect god roll for the BxR-55 Battler depends on personal preferences in Destiny 2. However, some perks stand out due to their unique combinations and synergies, or simply based on their availability. Let’s break down each perk so you know what to choose, what to craft, and what to leave behind.
Demolitionist is an excellent choice for the BxR-55 Battler, earning a spot among the top contenders in our god roll. This perk provides utility by granting grenade energy, which pairs well with damage-boosting perks like Kill Clip. Some notable combinations include Demolitionist/Adrenaline Junkie and Demolitionist/Incandescent.
Perpetual Motion and Outlaw
For enhanced weapon feel and comfort, Perpetual Motion and Outlaw are great choices. Outlaw provides faster reloads, while Perpetual Motion improves stability, handling, and reload speed simply by staying active and mobile. These perks are especially beneficial when crafting your own version of the BxR-55.
Killing Wind (PvP)
In PvP, range is crucial, and Killing Wind allows players to capitalize on the BxR-55 Battler’s strengths by increasing range and mobility after a kill. Combined with the BxR-55’s intrinsic hipfire bonuses, Killing Wind is a clear choice for Crucible battles.
Pugilist fuels melee-based builds by granting melee energy after kills. While the BxR-55 can’t roll Pugilist/Swashbuckler, this perk itself is a solid addition for melee-focused players. It also provides a handling boost for a brief period of time after hitting a target with melee damage, which can be advantageous in the Crucible.
Heating Up is a reliable perk that improves weapon accuracy by mitigating vertical recoil. While it may not always be at the top of a god roll, it is rarely a bad choice. However, due to strong competition in the third perk column, other options may be more preferable.
Kill Clip is a tried-and-true damage-boosting perk that ranks high in god rolls. It is a no-brainer for PvE and remains a potent choice in PvP as well.
Blunt Execution Rounds (PvP)
Bringing the Halo combo to Destiny 2, Blunt Execution Rounds provides a significant handling and damage boost after meleeing an opponent. This perk gives players an advantage in close-range duels in the Crucible. Combine a melee strike, swap to the BxR-55, and unleash a devastating burst before your enemy can react.
Adrenaline Junkie (PvE)
With Adrenaline Junkie now akin to Swashbuckler with grenades, it has become a top-tier choice in many god rolls, including the BxR-55 Battler. Its ranking may vary depending on preferred activation triggers, but its ability to refresh easily with kills makes it a valuable pick, especially in combination with Demolitionist in the first perk column.
Elemental Capacitor or Eye of the Storm (PvP)
With the removal of Rangefinder, Elemental Capacitor and Eye of the Storm are the remaining choices for PvP-focused perks. Elemental Capacitor offers varying bonuses based on the player’s subclass, while Eye of the Storm provides bonuses that scale based on the player’s health. Both perks can be beneficial in the Crucible, but the uniqueness of the BxR-55’s signature perk, Blunt Execution Rounds, gives it an edge. However, if melee usage is not a priority, Elemental Capacitor and Eye of the Storm can provide excellent results for Crucible encounters.
Magazine and Barrel
While the BxR-55 Battler feels good by default, the right barrel and magazine choices can further enhance its performance. Arrowhead Brake is crucial for pushing recoil direction to 100, resulting in near-vertical recoil. Though not essential, barrels that offer all-around boosts for PvE or focus on range and/or handling for PvP can maximize the potential of the BxR-55. When it comes to the magazine, players can prioritize range and stability instead of worrying about a long reload. The BxR-55 already boasts exceptional stats, so choose what feels best for you. For us, stability and range are the top considerations.
With these god rolls and valuable insights, you are now equipped to make the most of the BxR-55 Battler in Destiny 2. Whether you’re tackling PvE challenges or engaging in intense PvP battles, this pulse rifle will be a reliable companion by your side.