Zavala never talked about how much being a Guardian would cost you, right? Bungie has been working with the wizards at NERF to bring the iconic Destiny weapon Gjallarhorn to life – which is now available in Destiny 2 – and it looks incredible. However, what isn’t incredible is the price players are going to have to pay if they want to guarantee to get their hands on this loot. If you want to make sure a few months from now you’re running around with a literal Gjallarhorn, you’ll need to fork out upwards of $240 – which works out at around £200 in today’s climate.
We know that sounds like a lot for a NERF gun (and it is quite a lot for a NERF gun), but there’s more to getting your hands on the Gjallarhorn than just heading to your local toy shop. This is actually going to be first available through the Bungie Rewards program, with special early access to pre-orders available for Destiny 2 players that manage to unlock the Gjallarhorn in-game before July 7 at 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST / 18:00 BST.
If you’re sitting there wondering how to get the Gjallarhorn in Destiny 2, you’ll be pleased to know that you need to pay more money for the privilege. This fan-favourite rocket launcher is only available through a questline accessible if you own the Destiny 2 Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack.
This content pack was bundled with both the Destiny 2 Witch Queen Deluxe Edition 30th Anniversary Bundle and the Destiny 2 Witch Queen Collector’s Edition, but standalone it’s going to cost you around half the price of the standard edition of the latest expansion. When you add this price to the price of the Gjallarhorn NERF gun itself, you’ve got a very expensive bit of merch on your hands.
Looking at the Bungie Store listing for the NERF LMTD Destiny Gjallarhorn Blaster, to use the official name, it does confirm that this weapon will be available to everyone after July 21 – “subject to availability”, of course. We have reached out to Bungie for more details on the pricing structure and whether any assurances have been put in place to make sure that people without the Destiny 2 Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack have a shot at picking this up after the pre-order period. However, at the time of writing, we have not received a response.
Discussing the decision to make this NERF gun available to Bungie Rewards members first in a Bungie Blog post, ecommerce specialist Stephani Hatfield has explains that Bungie “might have only been hinting at this launch for a few months now, [but] this has been about a year in the making.” They also make it clear that, while the product launch is exciting, the “Bungie Rewards customer” is a huge part of the focus for this product – and all of the Bungie Day celebrations.
In addition to this, associate product development manager at Bungie Allie Eibeler states that “you have to earn it in the game first and that’s just so cool… it’s an awesome way to make sure the people who are most excited, who’ve been waiting for this for a year at this point can get their hands on [it] first.” We’re not sure that sentiment will be echoed by everyone, but it does offer some reason as to why the decision was made.
If you’re thinking about tackling the quest to get your hands on the Gjallarhorn, then you should check out our guide to the best Destiny 2 weapons for PvE here and the best Destiny 2 armour here. It’s never bad to be prepared.