Every New Witch Queen Hand Cannon (& How To Get Them)

Every New Witch Queen Hand Cannon (& How To Get Them)

Multiple Hand Cannons have been introduced in Destiny 2’s Witch Queen expansion, as well as reworked to include new perks in a third column.

Hand Cannons are among the most sought-after weapons in Destiny 2, and there are a handful of new or reworked ones that players can get in The Witch Queen expansion. Most of the Hand Cannons that have been introduced alongside The Witch Queen expansion are Adaptive Frame archetypes, meaning they fire 140 rounds per minute. Many of them also have high stat packages, so players can expect most of them to be found across several endgame activities.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a single Hand Cannon that players can create through weapon crafting in The Witch Queen expansion, though it’s likely that players will craftable versions of this type of weapon in later seasons. Hand Cannons received a major Season of the Risen artifact mod that allows players to equip a target acquisition helmet mod for only one energy slot, as opposed to the normal five-slot cost. As players level up their seasonal artifact and unlike this mod, it’s like that PvP will see even great use of Hand Cannons in Season of the Risen.


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The two easiest Hand Cannons that players can get are the Cantata-57 and Crisis Inverted. Both weapons deal Arc Energy and fire 140 RPM, and they can be acquired by all players regardless of whether they purchased The Witch Queen expansion or not. Cantata-57 can drop with perks like Rapid Hit or Compulsive Reloader in the first column, and Opening Shot, Timed Payload, Rangefinder, and Vorpal Weapon in the second. Meanwhile, Crisis Inverted has nearly double the number of perks available to it, though some of the best rolls include Outlaw and Kill Clip or Outlaw and Opening Shot.

New Nightfall & Iron Banner Hand Cannons In Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Palindrome Legendary Hand Cannon

Both the Palindrome and Palindrome (Adept) have been reworked to possibly include two additional traits in a third column, namely Stunning Recovery and Vanguard’s Vindication. Vanguard’s Vindication allows players to get a small amount of health when they get final blows with the weapon, while Stunning Recovery partially refills the magazine, triggers health regeneration, and improves recovery for a short duration whenever players stun a Champion. Similar to their appearance in previous seasons, players can get both Palindromes in Destiny 2 from Nightfalls and Grandmaster Nightfalls.

As many players who saved their Iron Banner bounties from last season have already discovered, the Frontier’s Cry is a new Solar Energy Hand Cannon that fires 180 rounds per minute. Although there aren’t too many perks for this new weapon, players can get a roll that has Steady Hands and Kill Clip, as well as Rapid Hit and Kill Clip. Finite Impactor is another returning 140 RPM Hand Cannon that received a slight rework, allowing it to get a third column perk called Skulking Wolf. This perk grants enhanced radar and removes players from the opponents’ radar in Destiny 2 during an Iron Banner Hunt.

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Destiny 2 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Google Stadia platforms.

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