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Destiny 2 Shepherd's Watch Guide - God Roll & How to Get It

Destiny 2 Season of the Lost is here and we’re heading back to The Dreaming City. Acting as a prologue to The Witch Queen expansion, this season revolves around freeing Savathun from her worm god to save Osiris from her clutches. Along with a new seasonal activity, players can also obtain new armor, weapons, exotics, and in-game consumables. Just like previous seasons, there are also a few reprised weapons from Destiny 2’s first year. One of these, and my personal favorite PVP sniper rifle, is the Shepherd’s Watch. If you’re looking for a solid sniper rifle that sounds absolutely w i c k e d here’s how to get it and what rolls you’ll want.

How to Get Shepherd’s Watch

Unlike most of the weapons I’ve covered this season, Shepherd’s Watch is not tied to any specific activity. Instead, it’s simply a world drop which means you can get it from legendary engrams, as a vendor reward, Powerful/Pinnacle rewards, or by turning in Gunsmith Materials to Banshee-44 at the Tower. Unfortunately, there’s no Umbral Engram focus that can drastically narrow down the loot pool so you can far this weapon, so you will be relying a bit on chance. That being said, if you have an excess of Gunsmith Materials, going to Banshee-44 is probably the best method. He will only reward weapons, which can make farming for this weapon a little more bearable.

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Shepherd’s Watch God Rolls

Shepherd’s Watch PVE God Roll

  • Fluted Barrel
  • Appended Mag or Tactical Mag
  • Lead From Gold or Outlaw
  • Firing Line

When it comes to PVE sniper rifles there are objectively better options. Unless you are starving for a good PVE sniper, I really don’t recommend this weapon. That being said, there is a decent roll — especially since the Firing Line perk has been fixed. In the first slot, you’ll want Fluted Barrel to increase the weapons handling and stability. Additionally, you’ll either want Appended Mag or Tactical Mag to increase the amount of ammo in the clip. Personally I suggest Tactical Mag, mainly because it also gives us a nice reload speed boost which is great for damaging bosses.

In the primary perk slot, I suggest either Lead From Gold or Outlaw. The former is a nice way to ensure more ammo for your weapon, while the latter is better for those using Shepherd’s Watch to deal with non-boss enemies. Firing Line is our second primary perk and is one of the best DPS options available in the game. If you’re looking for a solid endgame option for taking down static targets, Firing Line is the way to go. You can also run Frenzy, but this is a pretty lukewarm option for non-casual content.

Shepherd’s Watch PVP God Roll

  • Fluted Barrel or Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Moving Target or No Distractions
  • Snapshot Sights

When it comes to PVP there are some great options available which can make narrowing down a single roll a bit tricky. That being said, I highly recommend either Fluted Barrel or Hammer-Forged Rifling. If you want to increase the range of Shepherd’s Watch you’ll want Hammer-Forged Rifling. That being said, I still prefer Fluted Barrel since it gives us +15 to Handling which is quite substancial. We are also running Accurized Rounds, which makes Hammer-Forged Rifling not as nessecary since this perk already boosts our range.

As for our primary perks, in the first slot you’ll want either Moving Target or No Distractions. These are terrific options for PVP, with Moving Target raising our ADS (aim down sighs) speed and target aquisition when looking down the scope. It’s great for those who like to quickly peak out, secure a kill, and get back into cover. Inversely, No Distractions briefly reduces our flinch when aiming, allowing us to easily secure kills even while being fired at. There’s no right answer here, as it mainly comes down to your personal preference. Regardless of which one you select, you’ll want Snapshot Sights in the last column. A faster ADS speed means we can win duels with other snipers or just quickly scope in on a target before they dive into cover.

About the Author

Collin MacGregor

Collin MacGregor is the Guide Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He's also the person who willingly plays the support class (you're welcome) and continues to hold out for an Ape Escape remake.