Destiny 2 finally lets me use boss weapons in The Witch Queen

With its latest raid, the Disciple’s Oath, Life 2: Sorceress Queen finally does what other loot games have done for decades: it actually lets me loot the boss’ weapon.

Rhulk, Disciple of the Witness and final boss of Witch QueenThe raid of, loved for so many reasons (especially he stepped on people, gave birth a bunch of vulgar memes). However, I love Rhulk for the huge glowing aura he carries in battle. Because when he dies, he leaves space for some lucky players.

I was one of the lucky players in last weekend’s opening of Vow of the Disciple, when it was still extremely difficult to complete due to Bungie’s Modifications of Competition Mode. And for the first time in almost a decade playing Destiny, I decided to do a scene. I put on my new raiding gear, displaying Rhulk’s massive weapon on my back as I just stood in the square and flexed. I glance at my phone to see the time, and whenever I look back at my screen, a new Guardian is standing nearby, staring at the unfamiliar item hanging behind me. It’s the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever had in terms of a Destiny achievement, and it makes me feel great – I’m one of a few hundred players able to cosplay as the new raid boss.

Rhulk's weapon, Lubrae's Ruin

The unique land of Rhulk, Lubrae’s Ruin, has a brilliant orange light.
Image: Bungie via Polygon

Destiny has a long history of Guardians turning bosses into guns. In The Taken KingDuring the King’s Fall raid, the player uses various pieces of the boss to create the Touch of Malice scout rifle. But building something new out of shards isn’t as fun as picking up your dead enemy’s completely intact asset and using it to defeat it again next week.

World of Warcraft have understood this thrill since its earliest years. Illidan Stormrage abandoned his warrior (a kind of war different from Destiny) years before the Demon Hunter class – inspired by Illidan and his weapons – joined the game. Garrosh Hellscream drops a version of his broken ax, Gorehowl, during the Siege of Orgrimmar raid. The function behind a goopy purple ax with a bunch of eyeballs on it doesn’t really matter. All a player like me cares about is the ability to embody the boss you just defeated.

Using boss weapons is the essence of looting fantasy games. Sure, it’s impressive in its early days – and as the weapon ages, it serves as a reminder not only of an achievement but of a great fight. Whenever I use Rhulk’s glaive, I think about the Disciple’s Oath raid. Its neon light brought the memories to mind.

Looking at Destiny’s history, it’s easy to identify some clearly missed opportunities for reminiscent boss weapons: Oryx’s Taken sword, Ateon’s big gun, one of Riven’s claws, etc. But thinking back what might not be as exciting as imagining the next boss weapon might finally be in my hands. Bungie gave players their first real taste of boss vanity. As a Guardian, I’ve taken down a lot of gods in many raids, Strikes, and dungeons – but picking up a boss’ weapon was the first time I felt like that.

https://www.polygon.com/22993268/destiny-2-vow-disciple-rhulk-boss-raid-weapon Destiny 2 finally lets me use boss weapons in The Witch Queen

Charles Jones

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