We dive back into the world of Destiny 2’s Season of the Drifter weapons, this time shining a spotlight on the Last Man Standing solar Aggressive Frame shotgun. While it may be a reprised version of its former self, the Last Man Standing retains the exact same stats from its earlier incarnation. Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well for the shotgun’s return.
The Last Man Standing pales in comparison to other shotguns like the Imperial Degree and Mindbender’s Ambition, boasting one of the lowest stat spreads we’ve come across on an Aggressive frame. It’s disheartening to witness how this once-mighty weapon has been overshadowed by power creep.
How to Obtain the Last Man Standing in Destiny 2?
To acquire the Last Man Standing, you’ll need to dive into the Reckoning weapon set. These weapons, including the Last Man Standing, have a chance to drop at the end of seasonal activities during the Season of the Deep. Another way to obtain them is by delivering Legendary fish to the H.E.L.M. However, if you’re seeking to decrypt the Last Man Standing, you must first acquire a random roll of the weapon and spend 4 Deep engrams and Glimmer at the Sonar Station.
PvP Tips: Unleashing the Perfect Perks
When it comes to choosing the best PvP perks for the Last Man Standing, Opening Shot stands out as a top contender. It pairs well with every trait in the fourth column, except for One For All. Given the shotgun’s low base Range, every little bit of help is crucial when covering potential distances.
Alternatively, Threat Detector can be a suitable replacement, although it may feel like a wasted perk on an Aggressive Frame. It’s important to note that if you opt for Threat Detector, you’ll need to get up close and personal to secure kills. Surprisingly, being in close proximity to your enemy may catch them off guard, giving you an advantage.
(I’ve personally had success with this strategy during weapon testing.)
The Disaster Plan Origin Trait can also prove useful in PvP encounters. If you activate this trait, it may provide you with enough flinch resistance to take a shot in close range. Keep your fingers crossed that the Range bump kicks in as intended.
PvE Tips: Finding the Perfect Fit
When it comes to PvE content, you have a variety of good options to consider. While the Last Man Standing isn’t a must-have, it still offers some viable traits that work well together.
Ultimately, how you utilize the weapon makes all the difference. However, if you’re looking for our recommendation, aim to obtain a roll with Discord on it. This perk is the standout feature that sets this shotgun apart from others in its class.
Is the Last Man Standing Worth It?
In our opinion, the Last Man Standing falls as a middle-of-the-road shotgun, lacking standout qualities. Its only saving grace is being a Solar Aggressive Frame shotgun. There are numerous other shotguns that surpass it in performance and surpass it significantly.
The Last Man Standing doesn’t fare any better in PvE, but at least you can benefit from Discord. By equipping another Energy weapon with Discord in the Primary slot, you can effortlessly swap between them without needing to reload frequently.
While the Last Man Standing boasts a handful of good perks, its potential is hindered by having its best perks in the same column. Notably, Opening Shot and Threat Detector. The remaining perks are by no means bad, but none create a standout combination that sets this weapon apart in a sea of outstanding shotguns.
Although we’re disappointed by the Last Man Standing’s performance, we can’t deny that it has a visually pleasing design. This weapon is one of the few that successfully made a return from Year 2. It’s just unfortunate that it wasn’t modernized to fit seamlessly into today’s Destiny 2 sandbox. With any luck, the next batch of reprised seasonal weapons will avoid meeting the same fate as the Reckoning Set.
However, if you find genuine enjoyment in using this shotgun, don’t let us discourage you. Destiny 2 offers a plethora of options, and there’s no shame in favoring a suboptimal lineup of weapons. (Personally, I happen to enjoy wielding the Throne World weapons, despite what others may say.) Good luck out there, Guardians, and have a blast!
Destiny 2 Season of the Deep is now available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles, running from May 23, 2023, to August 22, 2023.