Destiny 2: Adagio perk

 AAlthough the Adagio perk in Destiny 2 slows your attacks, it deals more damage to enemies, but it is not recommended for damage-dealers.

Destiny 2: New Light is a free-to-play video game that invites players to explore the vast open world of Sol. As its name suggests, it is the second installment of the Destiny series, and hence, you can encounter similar gameplay and mechanics in both games.

Like its predecessor, Destiny 2 contains player-versus-player and player-versus-environment game modes.

In the PvE mode, you can assume the role of a Guardian; a revived corpse of the ancient dead. The Guardians are immortal warriors, and they now endeavour to protect the survivors of the human race.

In this quest, you can use weapons to defeat intergalactic threats. Some weapons have traits, and one such trait is the Adagio perk.

Weapon traits

Weapon Traits are considered as perks that provide your character’s weapon with extra power or utility by changing its behaviour. These perks generally come at a cost in the form of an activation trigger condition, or in some cases, a penalty to utilities or other statistics.

The number of weapon perks that a weapon can have is determined by its rarity. Rare weapons can only use 1 perk, while Legendary and Exotic weapons can have 2 traits, meaning that basic and uncommon weapons cannot have traits slotted.

Weapon traits for Legendary weapons are randomly rolled. This means that traits are unbiased and are picked from a set pool of possible traits. Players cannot choose which traits they want for their Legendary weapons.

Destiny 2: Adagio perk

During Destiny 2 Season of the Lost, players could obtain new perks, one of which is Adagio. After defeating a target, the perk makes the weapon fire, charge, or draw more slowly. However, the perk increases the amount of damage dealt.

Destiny 2: Adagio perk
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The fire feature only applies to auto guns and hand cannons, the charge effect applies to fusions, and the draw effect only applies to bows. In other words, the perk could cause you to attack slower, but the damage it deals will be more after you defeat an enemy.

It is crucial to note that rolls on the following weapons:

Curated rolls Random rolls
  • Firefright
  • Iota Draconis
  • Frontier’s Cry
  • Likely Suspect
  • Brigand’s Law
  • Empirical Evidence
  • Thoughtless
  • Firefright
  • Krait
  • The Last Breath
  • Judgement
  • Vulpecula
  • Frotissimo-11
  • Fractethyst
  • Wastelander M5
  • Empirical Evidence
  • Thoughtless
  • Wolftone Draw
  • Iota Draconis
  • Likely Suspect
  • Frontier’s Cry
  • Aisha’s Embrace
  • Aisha’s Embrace (Adept)
  • Compass Rose
  • Brigand’s Law
  • Canis Major
  • Reed’s Regret
  • Reed’s Regret (Adept)

Although Adagio provides benefits to many weapons, it has been controversial. Destiny 2 players revealed that the Adagio perk ruins its allocated weapon. However, some players stated that though the rounds per minute (RPM) drop is viable, it drops down to the next RPM bracket.

This means that 180 on hand cannons become 140 while 140 becomes 120 and the perk’s damage has been described as static. On most guns it is a 25 percent buff, meaning that sometimes you get a 2 percent damage per second increase, and other times you receive a 7 percent damage per second increase.

The damage increase is thus unpredictable. Adagio is useful in some builds, but for a pure dps character, other perks are more beneficial.

Why is Adagio a good perk?

Although Adagio is not the best perk for damage dealers, it has niche benefits. Firstly, the RPM change does not matter if you are not shooting at maximum RPM. This means that you can consider it 25 percent damage buff from 1 kill, with no reload required.

This makes it the ideal perk for shotguns. Moreover, your ammo consumption decreases, and in turn, the time to empty your clip increases. Less time is spent reloading your guns, so there is more time to shoot enemies.

Bows receive a 20 percent damage increase, and fusion rifles can get up to 27 percent damage increase, so it can be said that Adagio is a damage perk based on shotguns, bows and rifles. In specific situations, it can be useful on other guns.

Best weapon perks for DPS

Adagio is not the best perk for pure DPS builds, so you should use these perks:

Perk Description
Subsistence Defeating enemies partially reloads the magazine from reserves
Frenzy When you are in combat for an extended period of time, this perk increases damage, handling, and reload speed for the weapon
Headstone The final precision attack spawns a Stasis crystal at the enemy’s attack
Rangefinder Aiming this weapon increases its effective range and zoom magnification

How to unlock weapon perks for crafted weapons

Weapon crafting was introduced with The Witch Queen season and though it is a simple system, there is a lot of farming involved. Weapons can only be crafted when you have unlocked their respective patterns, which serve as blueprints for the crafting station.

You then have to unlock the perks through a separate mechanic. First, you have to level up your crafted weapon. Advanced perks become available when the weapon has reached a high enough level. You can find the perks under the weapon’s Pattern in the Relic section.

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