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Abyss Defiant


Destiny 2’s latest reprised raid, Crota’s End, is finally here and there are a number of  reprised weapons with updated perk pools to choose from. Abyss Defiant is the Solar High-Impact Frame auto rifle with a very impressive stat package and a strong set of perks in both the third and fourth columns. Here’s how players can get Abyss Defiant and what the best rolls are for PVE and PVP.

How to Get Abyss Defiant

Abyss Defiant drops from the first and last encounters of the reprised Crota’s End raid. Players can get an additional Abyss Defiant to drop from the raid’s secret chests too. To craft this weapon, players will need five Deepsight patterns, and the red-border Deepsight Abyss Defiant version has a chance to drop in the raid. Also, players can buy one red-border of Abyss Defiant every week from the Crota’s sword vendor for 25 Spoils of Conquest. Additionally, completing the raid’s weekly red-border puzzle can drop a random raid weapon with Deepsight at the end of the raid. Alternatively, players can use Deepsight Harmonizers on a non-Deepsight Abyss Defiant to speed up its pattern progress.

Abyss Defiant

Abyss Defiant God Rolls

Abyss Defiant PVE God Roll

  • Arrowhead Brake
  • Appended Mag or Armor-Piercing Rounds
  • Reconstruction or Heal Clip or Pugilist
  • Target Lock or Incandescent or Sword Logic or Swashbuckler
  • Masterwork: Stability

Abyss Defiant plays a versatile role in PVE. If you need an ad-clear roll, it has Incandescent, which can be paired with either Reconstruction for constant ad-clear or Heal Clip to get some additional healing with every kill. Alternatively, you can opt for damage perks like Target Lock or Sword Logic. Reconstruction and Target Lock is a tried-and-tested combination that always gets results, but Sword Logic is a new perk exclusive to the Crota’s End raid. Sword Logic is a unique perk that offers a damage bonus depending on the tier of enemy you kill. This damage bonus has a timer that also depends on the tier of enemy you kill. The simplest way to describe the perk is that it is a combination of Rampage and Killing Tally. This is a complex perk, but the damage bonuses make it well worth having on your arsenal. Each weapon from Crota’s End has an exclusive origin trait called Cursed Thrall. Cursed Thrall states that "after defeating a target with a melee attack, final blows with this weapon cause targets to explode for a short duration." This works great for all weapons, but in particular, it has great synergy with Pugilist and Swashbuckler.

Abyss Defiant PVP God Roll

  • Fluted Barrel
  • Ricochet Rounds
  • Zen Moment or Heal Clip
  • Sword Logic or Kill Clip or Target Lock
  • Masterwork: Range

Abyss Defiant is a monster in PVP. With the recent changes to range and zoom, auto rifles have been feeling great in the Crucible and Abyss Defiant is no different. Zen Moment is a perfect pick for this weapon since the reduced recoil and flinch makes this auto rifle feel like a laser beam. On the other hand, Heal Clip can help you survive after a duel with a stack of Cure for both you and nearby allies. If you can land your shots consistently, Target Lock is a great addition, but for a straight damage buff that you can keep refreshing, both Sword Logic and Kill Clip are viable for that playstyle. Also, it’s worth considering how Abyss Defiant shoots at a slower RPM (Rounds Per Minute) than other archetypes. Ultimately there’s no going wrong with any combination of these perks. As for stats, this gun has plenty of range at base, so Fluted Barrel gives additional handling and stability as High-Impact auto rifles usually have low stats in those categories. Ricochet Rounds offer additional stability and range, and it gets 98 range with the Range Masterwork, which is plenty to beam Guardians across maps in the Crucible.

About the Author

Sahil Bajaj

Sahil Bajaj is a Narrative Designer and Game Writer who is currently working as a freelancer. He's worked with companies like Sweet Baby Inc, Veritable Joy and the 4 Winds Entertainment. He plays all Destiny 2 classes equally and is Guardian Rank 11.


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Dual strength barrel. • Increases range • Increases stability

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Polygonal Rifling

Barrel optimized for recoil reduction. • Increases stability

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Hammer-Forged Rifling

Durable ranged barrel. • Increases range

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Full Bore

Barrel optimized for distance. • Greatly increases range • Decreases stability • Slightly decreases handling speed

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Fluted Barrel

Ultra-light barrel. • Greatly increases handling speed • Slightly increases stability

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Extended Barrel

Weighty barrel extension. • Increases range • Decreases handling speed • Moderately controls recoil

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Corkscrew Rifling

Balanced barrel. • Slightly increases range and stability • Slightly increases handling speed

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Chambered Compensator

Stable barrel attachment. • Increases stability • Moderately controls recoil • Slightly decreases handling speed

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Arrowhead Brake

Lightly vented barrel. • Greatly controls recoil • Increases handling speed