How to Get Tarnished Mettle in Destiny 2 – Tarnished Mettle God Rolls for PvE and PvP

How to Get Tarnished Mettle in Destiny 2 – Tarnished Mettle God Rolls for PvE and PvP

How to Get Tarnished Mettle in Destiny 2 – Tarnished Mettle God Rolls for PvE and PvP

Ahoy, welcome to Season 18! With the new season, there are 6 new seasonal weapons, known as Plunder Weapons, to chase after. All Plunder Weapons are craftable and come with new perks and solid stats.

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This article will focus on Tarnished Mettle, the 200 RPM lightweight frame arc scout rifle. This weapon is great for the new season, as scout rifles have an anti-barrier mod in the seasonal artifact and the weapon is Arc, so it synergizes with the new Arc 3.0 rework.

Be sure to check out our other guides on how to get Blood Feud, No Reprieve, and Planck’s Stride.

How to get Tarnished Mettle in Season 18

Like seasons prior, seasonal weapons are obtainable through random drops and via focusing umbral engrams. Acquiring the weapon is one thing, but collecting red frame weapons for crafting is another. You will need 5 red frame weapons in order to craft a Plunder Weapon.

To increase your chances and even guarantee red frame weapon drops, you will need to use the Star Chart in the HELM. This is the seasonal upgrade path which will give bonuses to the seasonal activity and allow you to curate your loot.

Plunder Weapons can be purchased from the Star Chart using 12 Plundered Umbral Energy, Legendary Shards, and an Umbral Engram.

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The Star Chart is upgraded using Repute, which is acquired via Seasonal Challenges and through steps of the seasonal quests, Sails of the Shipstealer.

Unlike prior seasons, the Star Chart has more freedom in its upgrade path, and an upgrade does not require all of the prior upgrades in the same row.

For instance, if you upgrade the 1st level of the Swashbuckler row, you can use your next Repute for the second upgrade on the Quartermaster row even if you do not have level one.

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The upgrade path is divided into 3 rows: Quartermaster, Navigation, and Swashbuckler. It is recommended to unlock in this order:

  1. Level 1 of the Navigator row.
  2. Level 2 of the Swashbuckler row.
  3. Level 3 of the Navigator row for the Weapon Treasure Map upgrade, allows you to create a treasure map specifically for Plunder Weapons in the expedition activity.
  4. Level 3 of the Quartermaster row to unlock Focused Weapon Spoils in order to be able to use your Plundered Umbral Energy for a chance at red frame weapons. This bit is recommended second, as waiting is beneficial because you can save up your umbral energy and this will give you time to unlock the weapon you desire to directly purchase it for a chance at a red frame drop.
  5. Any upgrade in Level 4 that you prefer so you can unlock the Level 5 upgrades.
  6. Level 5 of the Swashbuckler row Hidden Compartment upgrade gives a guaranteed red frame drop once per week from the
  7. Ketcrash activity as well as upgrades that increase the odds for a Plunder Weapon drop from Ketcrash.

The last source of red frame weapons is from the Treasure Beacons, obtained through reputation gains at the Star Chart. These beacons will give an easy-to-follow quest that will ultimately end in you getting a red frame weapon. Earn these quickly by upgrading your star chart with bounties acquired from the Star Chart.

How to Unlock Tarnished Mettle Pattern and Craft It

As mentioned before, 5 red frame weapon drops are needed to be completed in order to craft this weapon. Once that is complete you need to level up a crafted version of the weapon to unlock all of the perks that it can roll with, including enhanced perks. Next, we will go over the best perks for Tarnished Mettle in both PvE and PvP; here are the available perks for Tarnished Mettle:

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Tarnished Mettle PvE God Roll

Barrel Option

  • Arrowhead Brake – Grants +30 to Recoil Direction and +10 to Handling
  • Corkscrew Rifling – Grants +5 to Stability, Handling, and Range

Magazine Option

  • Appended Mag – Gives +3 to Magazine Size
  • Tactical Mag – Gives +1 to Magazine Size, +10 to Reload Speed, and +5 to Stability

Perk Column 1

  • Rapid Hit – Increases Stability and Reload Speed for up to 5 stacks from precision hits (+60 Reload Speed and +25 Stability at 5 stacks)
  • Demolitionist – Kills refund 10% of grenade energy cooldown

Perk Column 2

  • Swashbuckler – Increases damage from kills with the weapon or melees. Stacks up to 5, and a melee kill automatically gives 5 stacks
  • Multikill Clip – Builds up to 3 stacks from kills before reloads, grants 50% bonus damage with 3 stacks
  • Voltshot – Reloading the weapon after a kill makes the next shot jolt the target it hits

The barrel and magazine options are based on relevant stats as well as magazine size to reduce the need for reloading. The first column can go one of two ways.

Rapid Hit is a fantastic perk for all content as it greatly increases reload speed against any target and does not require a kill.

Demolitionist is a solid pick if your build is based around grenade energy, and can be even better if your build revolves around Jolting enemies with Arc 3.0 and pairing Demolitionist with Voltshot in column 2, which is a new perk that allows you to Jolt enemies more reliably via a weapon rather than abilities.

The other recommended column 2 perks are damage perks. If you plan to melee more so, Swashbuckler is the best option, and if you plan to play safer in more traditional scout rifle range, Multikill Clip is the option for damage. 

Tarnished Mettle PvP God Roll

Barrel Option

  • Corkscrew Rifling – Gives +5 to Stability, Handling, and Range
  • Fluted Barrel – Gives +15 to Handling and +5 to Stability

Magazine Option

  • Accurized Rounds – Gives +10 to Range
  • Steady Rounds – Gives +15 Stability and +7 Airborne Effectiveness, but you lose -5 Range

Perk Column 1

  • Demolitionist – Kills refund 10% of grenade energy cooldown
  • Killing Wind – On a kill, gives +20 Range, +50 Mobility, +40 Handling, and a 5% increase in damage falloff distance
  • Moving Target – When ADS, gain 10% Aim Assist and movement speed penalty is 3% smaller

Perk Column 2

  • Eye of the Storm – Become more accurate and increase handling as health gets lower
  • Explosive Payload – Half of damage is split in to explosive damage that is not affected by damage drop off and increases flinch to targets

The barrel and magazine options are solely for stats to Stability, Handling, and/or Range for weapon performance during duels.

Column 1 has Demolitionist for builds that are based around grenade play. The other 2 options are for dueling; Killing Wind is activated on kill and is for more mobile playstyles while Moving Target is the more consistent option for those who will be ADS and boots on the ground more so during gameplay.

Column 2 has more dueling options. Eye of the Storm increases your weapons abilities, while Explosive Payload decreases your enemies’ shooting ability due to an increase in flinch. Both are solid perks, and you can’t go wrong with either.

Warp Up

Unfortunately, there are no direct means of getting red-framed weapons like there was last season, but there are more ways to get weapon drops in general.

Getting a crafted weapon is great, but keep an eye on the perks you get from random drops as you might get lucky with the perks and be on the same level as a fully crafted weapon with much less of a grind.

Now that you know how to get Tarnish Mettla god rolls, good luck on your grind and chasing your plunder!

Thanks for reading! Don’t miss our other Destiny 2 weapon guides.