Savathun is finally here, which means Destiny 2’s highly anticipated expansion has been released. The Witch Queen has players finally confront one of the franchise’s most popular villains in her own throne world. Not only is this DLC introducing a new story, but there are also a ton of new weapons, armor, exotics, consumables, and activities for players to participate in. The Witch Queen also marks the release of the Void 3.0 update, which drastically reworks the void subclass and new exotics to build around.
Along with all this expansion, there’s a new crop of Nightfall weapons for players to grind for. One of the best is Silicon Neuroma, a very strong PVE sniper rifle that can roll with some terrific perks. Despite being tied solely to this Vanguard activity, it’s absolutely worth grinding for – even if you’re a PVP player as it can get some pretty solid rolls for those who prefer the Crucible. Here’s how to get this aggressive frame sniper and what the best perks are:
How to Get Silicon Neuroma
Silicon Neuroma is solely tied to the Nightfall activity. Yet, it’s not as simple as playing the Nightfall activity until one drops. Weapons specifically tied to this activity rotate in availability every week. This means there will be some weeks where you cannot get Silicon Neuroma and weeks you will be able to nab it. I strongly recommend using the website TodayInDestiny, as it will show you what Nightfall guns are available by clicking on the Nightfall image box.
Additionally, the difficulty of the Nightfall will determine the drop rate for this gun. Meaning if you play on the Adept difficulty you’ll have a much slimmer chance of obtaining a Duty Bound than if you complete a Master Nightfall. Below are all the Nightfall difficulty options and the rarity of the weapons tied to it:
Adept – Rare
Hero – Uncommon
Legend – Common
Master – Common
Grandmaster – Common (Adept Variants Only)
Keep in mind, if you want the Adept variant of Silicon Neuroma you will need to play the Grandmaster version when this gun is available. If this sounds like you’ll be jumping through a lot of hoops, you kind of are. It’s not a terribly eloquent system, but it’s the only way to earn this gun. You cannot craft the Silicon Neuroma at the time of writing this as no gun patterns exist for it. Meaning you are entirely reliant on RNG for getting a “god roll.”
Silicon Neuroma God Rolls
Silicon Neuroma PVE God Roll
Firing Line or Focused Fury
When it comes to the PVE god roll of Silicon Neuroma, we are looking for a very specific roll which makes things simple. First off, you’ll want Arrowhead Brake which not only gives a huge boost to our recoil but also improves our handling allowing us to swap to this gun faster. While this may not sound important, being able to quickly bring out your sniper rifle is great for damaging bosses. As for the magazine, I recommend Appended Mag to give us an extra round which works nicely with our primary perks.
Speaking of, the first primary perk is Triple Tap. This is a premiere PVE sniper perk that allows us to deal more damage to a target without reloading. It has the added benefit of synergizing wonderfully with our final perk, Firing Line. Given you will almost always be using this gun while standing beside your fireteam, it’s very easy to trigger in endgame activities like raids or Grandmaster Nightfalls. If you’re more of a solo player, Focused Fury is another solid option, however, you will only be able to get a damage boost for the final two bullets which obviously isn’t ideal.
Silicon Neuroma PVP God Roll
Unsurprisingly, the PVP god roll is pretty straightforward in terms of both what perks you’ll want and what they do. To start, we are going for Hammer-Forged Rifling to give us +9 to the range. This allows us to ensure we always secure kills from afar and can easily win sniper duels against our opponents. We also want Ricochet Rounds which gives us a minor bump to the range but also improves our stability making it much easier to stay on target after firing a round. Alternatively, you can go with High-Caliber Rounds if you want your opponent to flinch a bit more when they’re hit.
Finally, our two primary perks are the wombo-combo of Snapshot Sights and Opening Shot. The former dramatically increases our aim down sights speed while the latter increases the accuracy of our first round fired. This makes the Silicon Neuroma terrifyingly consistent, as we can quickly acquire a target and ensure that our first shot is as accurate as possible. I strongly recommend this roll, if you are looking to bring this weapon into any PVP game mode.