We’ve finally got our first legendary trace rifle in Destiny 2 and it’s… well… not great. Retraced Path is based on the Focus Rifle from Halo, and that’s about the only thing it has going for it.
It doesn’t really have a place in the meta in both PvP and PvE, which is a shame. So, if you’re looking for a new weapon to bring into Trials or Grandmasters, this isn’t it.
If you’re just trying to have some fun, though, you’re in for a treat. The gun is a blast to use in regular PvE content, which is why I’ve decided to go over some god rolls for Retraced Path in Destiny 2.
How to Get the Retraced Path in Destiny 2
Retraced Path is one of the new 30th Anniversary weapons, meaning it’s obtainable in the same way as every other new weapon (not the returning ones which are exclusive to GoA).
You can get the Retraced Path from playing Dares of Eternity, and out of the Xur’s chest using Treasure Keys. There’s no way to guarantee you get Retraced Path over the other weapons, but it shouldn’t be too hard to get your hands on a few of them.
Retraced Path God Rolls in Destiny 2
Retraced Path PvE God Roll
- Arrowhead Brake.
- Enhanced Battery.
Despite clearly being built for PvE, Retraced Path doesn’t have much in the way of staple PvE perks. The only real damage-buff we have access to is Frenzy, which I’m taking advantage of with this god roll.
Frenzy synergizes with Genesis deceptively well. Genesis will refill your mag when you break an enemy shield, and Frenzy grants you a damage buff provided you remain in combat. The more ammo you have to shoot, the longer you sustain combat, meaning you get more uptime on Frenzy. It’s not a combination you want to bring into something like a Grandmaster, but it will work surprisingly well in regular and Legendary content.
In terms of perks one and two, your barrel perk doesn’t matter too much at all. I aim for more Handling, but you can use whatever you want. The same is sort of true for your ammo perk. I use Enhanced Battery for its synergy with Genesis, but it’s far from mandatory.
Retraced Path is distinctively non-meta, so don’t sweat farming a god roll for it too much. Find a perk combination that you have fun with and call it a day. You’re never going to be min/maxing this trace rifle for endgame content.
Retraced Path PvP God Roll
- Arrowhead Brake.
- Enhanced Battery.
- Perpetual Motion.
- Golden Tricorn.
It would take a braver man than me to bring Retraced Path into the Crucible. If you’re that much of a masochist, then more power to you.
You’re not going to find much success with this weapon in PvP, but if you’re determined to try, this is the roll I recommend.
I struggled to build a PvP Retraced Path simply because its perk pool is incredibly light. Most of its decent options call for multiple kills to keep buffs active which is something I want to stay away from in player versus player. Instead, I’m focusing on maximum uptime, hence the inclusion of Perpetual Motion.
Perpetual Motion is one of the best perks to come out of the 30th Anniversary update. It gives you a Stability, Handling, and Reload Speed buff while you’re moving. It takes around nine seconds of movement to get to the maximum of two stacks of Perpetual Motion, which isn’t as much as you might think.
You should be constantly moving in PvP as a rule of thumb, so you’re going to have the perk active 90% of the time without you even noticing it. Golden Tricorn, on the other hand, requires a kill to activate.
Unlike something like One For All, Golden Tricorn only calls for a single kill to activate. On that kill, you’ll get a damage buff. That buff is powered up and extended when you get solar melee or grenade kills, making it a clear choice for PvP content.
This is a niche and situational roll, but it’s the best you’re going to get for PvP.