Destiny 2 hasn’t shown “full scope” of new Exotic armor changes yet

Bungie's mid-season update for the Season of the Witch is here, but the selection of new Destiny 2 Exotic armor changes isn't actually arriving until Seaosn 23.

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The next season of Destiny 2 content ahead of The Final Shape is just weeks away and developer Bungie is sharing a rather unusual admission about the Season of the Witch patch notes – which arrived just days ago. If you’re looking forward to taking advantage of the new Destiny 2 Exotic armor changes, you’ll be annoyed to learn that they’re not actually going live in-game until Destiny 2 Season 23 – mostly. However, when these changes do arrive, there’s going to be a lot more of them to talk about.

You might think that Bungie’s looter shooter is one of the best FPS games out there, and that Bungie itself can do no wrong, but even the Destiny 2 developer makes mistakes sometimes – and that’s exactly what’s happening with the Season of the Witch mid-season update. Less than 24 hours after update 7.2.5 went live in-game, Bungie is admitting that it revealed some of the Exotic armor changes a little earlier than it wanted to – and, rather interestingly, that these are part of a wider set of changes dropping in Season 23.

Taking hastily to the Destiny subreddit to share a statement via the official ‘Destiny2Team‘ account, Bungie states that “some Exotic armor changes coming in Season 23 were shown a little earlier than anticipated”.

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“What has been shown is not the full scope of Exotic armor and tuning changes coming next Season”, Bungie continues. “The unintended preview is a small part of larger tweaks on the way, for all classes… While the descriptions of some of the Exotic armor were updated, it’s important to remember that they will continue to function as they did prior to the launch of the v7.2.5 update”.

The Destiny 2 developer then goes on to explain that the following Exotic armor items will remain unchanged until Season 23 and the wider set of changes is released:

  • Shards of Galanor
  • St0mp-EE5
  • Mechaneer’s Tricksleeves
  • Celestial Nighthawk
  • Synthoceps
  • Karnstein Armlets

If you’ve checked out the latest set of Destiny 2 patch notes, though, you’ll know that this isn’t everything on that list. Bungie confirms that both Young Ahamkara’s Spine and Antaeus Wards were indeed intended to be part of the mid-season balancing update and will see their announced changes reflected in-game.

So, if you’re trying to throw together the best Destiny 2 Hunter build or best Destiny 2 Titan build using these, you’re in luck. If you’re on the hunt for the best Destiny 2 Warlock build, though, you won’t have to wait too long to see more Exotic armor changes introduced. Season 23 is expected to arrive late November 2023 – which is just a handful of weeks away.

A Message from the Bungie Team: Exotic Armor changes ahead of Season 23.
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Just for clarity, as it stands, the Antaeus Ward will no-longer offer you an improved slide and you’re going to need full class ability to deploy Reflective Vents. So, it’s actually been hit with a bit of a nerf. Meanwhile, the Young Ahamkara’s Spine Exotic has reduced the increased health of Tripmine Grenades to 70 and removed the bonus 50% damage resistence. You’re also only getting Grenade Energy with ability kills, not ability damage. Yes, another nerf.

You know, if the rest of the changes are like those two, we’re not annoyed that they’re being delayed.

For those of you jumping into Destiny 2 before the next season arrives, you should make sure you’re not mising out on the best Festival of the Lost reward. In fact, the Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost event is the best Exotic farm right now; so, this could actually be the best time for you to get some Destiny 2 Season of the Witch Exotic armor ahead of their replacement next season.