If you’ve been keeping up with Bungie’s recent dev blog, you may have heard that the Thread of Generation Destiny 2 Strand fragment is in danger of losing its position as the top Strand fragment in the upcoming season. The reason behind this potential shift lies in the fragment’s connection to damage-over-time mechanics and frequent damaging weapons like trace rifles, both of which are set to receive significant nerfs. While this outcome may seem inevitable to some, let’s delve deeper into what the fragment actually does before discussing the impending changes.
Thread of Generation Destiny 2 Fragment
The Thread of Generation Destiny 2 fragment generates grenade energy when dealing damage, albeit at the cost of a -10 Discipline reduction. Interestingly, the fragment doesn’t specify whether the damage needs to come from weapons or abilities; all it requires is for damage numbers to appear on the screen. Currently, the most efficient way to gain energy is by using weapons like Auto Rifles, as a constant stream of damage can shave off a considerable amount of cooldown time, even with lower Discipline stats. Weapons with damage-over-time mechanics tend to apply damage at higher rates, resulting in faster grenade energy generation. However, this will change starting next season.
Thread of Generation Nerf Details
In Season 21, the Thread of Generation fragment will face the following nerfs:
- Reduced energy generation from certain damage-over-time mechanics.
- 36% reduction in energy generation from Trace Rifles.
This nerf will affect damage-over-time mechanics such as poison (looking at you, Le Monarque) and scorch weapons, as well as specific Arc attacks. Additionally, it seems that unraveled projectiles will no longer generate as much energy as before. The reason behind the trace rifle nerf remains unknown, but it is likely to align the power level of Thread of Generation with other weapon types. Previously, Strand users could almost instantly replenish their grenades using trace rifles, prompting this direct nerf for the upcoming season.
Guardians who heavily rely on Grapple, such as Hunters who refrain from grenade spamming Grapple Points and Threadling Warlocks seeking to add mobility to their Threadling build, will be most affected by these adjustments.
What Does This Mean for Thread of Generation Going Forward?
It remains to be seen how these nerfs will impact the effectiveness of the Thread of Generation fragment in the upcoming season. It’s possible that the changes will lead to a situation similar to the Loreley Spendor Helm, where players will need to invest more in recovery to achieve similar effects. In the worst-case scenario, players might abandon Thread of Generation altogether in favor of alternative fragments.
However, we’ll have to wait and see. Bungie has yet to disclose the exact extent of the damage-over-time generation reduction, though they have promised a more detailed blog before Season 21 launches.
So, how can you prepare for these upcoming nerfs? If you’re a Hunter looking to maintain Grapple uptime, you might be tempted to consider using three copies of the Bomber mod instead of two. Warlocks might find Verity’s Brow essential for achieving the same level of grenade regeneration as before.
That’s all for now regarding Thread of Generation. We’ll continue to keep an eye out for any further updates as we approach Season 21. Stay tuned, and best of luck in your Guardian Games, Competitors!
Check out this video from YouTuber Aztecross, where he discusses the expected class changes coming in Season 21 of Destiny 2.