The Mindbender’s Ambition, a Solar Aggressive frame Shotgun from the Forsaken era, once dominated the PvP meta before being sunset last year. After more than a year, it has returned as a Nightfall-exclusive weapon. In this guide, we will explore where to find this powerful weapon, how to farm it effectively, and the best rolls for both PvE and PvP scenarios.
How to Obtain the Mindbender’s Ambition in 2023
The Mindbender’s Ambition was reintroduced into the loot pool in Season 18 as a Nightfall-exclusive weapon. This means that it can only be obtained through Nightfall completions and only during the weeks it is on rotation.
Nightfall Weapon Rotation for 2023
Out of the 14 Nightfall-specific weapons available, only 6 are currently on rotation as of Season 18. Each week, one weapon drops, which means that you can only farm the Mindbender’s Ambition once every six weeks. This guide will always highlight the Nightfall weapons available for the current week and provide the schedule for the upcoming weeks.
Evaluating the Mindbender’s Ambition
The Mindbender’s Ambition used to be the go-to shotgun in Year 2, but it lost some of its shine when it was sunset with the launch of the Beyond Light expansion. It lacks some of the best shotgun perks, such as Opening Shot, Quickdraw, and Slideshot. Due to these missing perks, we consider the Mindbender’s Ambition a B-Tier weapon.
For those looking for alternatives, the Found Verdict and Wastelander M5 are excellent choices. The Found Verdict is an Aggressive frame Shotgun available in the Vault of Glass Raid, while the Wastelander M5 is a Lightweight frame Shotgun obtained from the Dares of Eternity in the PvE and PvP modes.
Best Mindbender’s Ambition Rolls for PvE and PvP
When farming for the Mindbender’s Ambition, it’s important to aim for god rolls that maximize its potential. Here are our recommended rolls for both PvE and PvP scenarios.
Mindbender’s Ambition PvP God Roll
In PvP, focus on high Range and high Handling. Barrels like Smallbore, Corkscrew Rifling, and Barrel Shroud are solid picks. For the Magazine, Accurized Rounds is the best option, although Assault Mag is also viable. Threat Detector is a good first perk, and Fragile Focus is recommended for the second perk. Snapshot Sights and Well-Rounded are decent alternative picks.
Mindbender’s Ambition PvE God Roll
In PvE, the choice of Barrel and Magazine is less crucial. Barrel Shroud and Assault Mag are the best options available. For the perks, consider Lead from Gold or Auto-Loading Holster as the first slot perk, and One-Two Punch or Incandescent for the second slot.
Mindbender’s Ambition Adept
For those daring enough to tackle Grandmaster Nightfalls, there is a chance to earn an Adept version of the Mindbender’s Ambition. Adept variants offer more perks per column, provide additional stat boosts when Masterworked, and can accept unique Adept mods. Keep in mind that Grandmaster Nightfalls are only available during the second half of the season.
By following these guidelines and understanding the importance of E-E-A-T factors, you can acquire the Mindbender’s Ambition and optimize it with the best rolls for your preferred playstyle.