Every weapon buff & nerf in Destiny 2 Season 23

Aakash Regmi
Image of Osto Stirga in Destiny 2

In their Dev Insights for Season 23, Bungie has highlighted all the major changes coming to all weapon archetypes and some exotic buffs. Here’s every weapon change, buff, and nerf in Destiny 2 Season 23.

Destiny 2 Season 23 will likely be released on November 28, but as usual, Bungie has already broken down all the balancing changes coming to the game once the season launches. It is headlined by the first details on the highly anticipated Thorn Catalyst, and a buff for Vex Mythoclast.

The mostly-neglected weapon class, Glaives, is getting some love too. Bungie has also hinted at ammo-type changes for ARs, and changes to Bow for PvP mid-season. 

So, here’s every weapon that’ll be touched in the upcoming Destiny 2 Season 23.

Thron Weapon Page showing catalysts effect
The Thorn is due its first-ever Catalyst in the upcoming season.

Destiny 2 all weapon changes coming in Season 23

As detailed by Bungie in their October 25 blog post, here is a full breakdown of all the weapon buffs and nerfs coming just as the new season launches.

General weapon changes

  • Assault Rifles: Increased damage against red bar enemies by 10%.
  • Pulse Rifles: Increased damage against the red bar and orange bar enemies by 12.5%.
  • Sniper Rifles: A flat PvE damage of 15%.
  • Glaives:
    • Changes to projectile:
      • Increase speed by speed by 30%
      • Increase damage in PvE by 25%
      • Decreased projectile damage in PvP by:
        • 123 for Aggressive Glaive
        • 113 for Adaptive Glaive
        • 101 for Rapid-Fires Glaive.
    • Melee:
      • Reduced the delay time between firing and melee to 0.2 seconds from 0.75 seconds.
    • Changes to shield:
      • Shield now recharges passively at 1% per second.
      • For PvP:
        • Base damage resistance remains at 50%.
        • Reduced damage resistance against Primary ammo weapons and melee attacks to 30%.

Exotic weapon changes

Vex Mythoclast

  • Damage increased against red bar enemies by 10%. 
  • Damage increased against bosses by 25%. 
  • Damage increased against Champions by 200% when in the Linear Fusion Rifle mode.

Osteo Striga

Removed the general SMG damage bonus in PvE that was buffing the poison damage.

Revision Zero

  • Damage increased against Champions by 100%.


  • Picking up a Remnant can overflow the magazine, up to 40 rounds max. 
  • Catalyst:
    • +20 range 
    • +10 stability 
    • Getting kills or picking up a Remnant grants additional range, handling, and mobility.

Salvation’s Grip

  • Added a speed limit on the detonation when damaging Stasis crystals.


  • Detonation damage of the large projectile increased by 25%.
  • Reduced self-damage inflicted, as well the radius by half.

Class Glaives

  • Across the board:
    • Grant 1 ammo whenever you activate a perk.
    • No longer passively drains shield energy when you special reload to activate the perk. 
    • No longer deactivated by reloading or stowing the weapon. 
  • Warlock:
    • Changed the effect of the healing turret projectiles to grant cures and provide restoration.  
    • Increased the AoE radius to 8 meters to benefit more nearby allies. 
    • Increased its magazine size from 4 to 5. 
  • Titan:
    • Passing through the bubble now grants bonus reload speed, handling, and a small amount of stacking bonus damage in addition to the overshield. 
    • Reduced the health of the bubble from 8000 to 2400 to account for the increased uptime and improved effects.
  • Hunter:
    • Lighting Seeker now jolts targets on impact. 
    • Reduced the direct hit damage of Lightning Seeker to account for the free ammo granted.

That covers all the major changes coming to weapons in Season 23 of Destiny 2, for more on the game, check out:

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About The Author

Aakash Regmi is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel and primarily covers Genshin Impact, Call of Duty, and major racing games. Before joining CharlieIntel in July 2023, he wrote for Collider, Hard Drive, DualShockers, and Try Hard Guides. You can contact him at [email protected].