Destiny 2 Swordbreaker: God Rolls and How to get it

by | Sep 3, 2023

The long-awaited return of Crota’s End is here and so are its infamous raid weapons from Destiny 1. There are a total of 6 new weapons in the raid’s loot pool and in this guide, we’ll go over the new Strand shotgun: Swordbreaker.

We’ll go over the weapon’s main features, how good it might be in today’s meta, as well as our recommended god rolls for both PvE and PvP.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Swordbreaker art SwordbreakerLightweightLegendarySpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element StrandCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 22KineticCraftable

How to get Swordbreaker this Season

Swordbreaker is one of many guns you can get from the Crota’s End reprised raid that is free for all players. You will need a team of six players to complete raid encounters and get your hands on some of this sweet loot.

This weapon is also craftable like any other Crota’s End weapon. This means you have a chance of getting a red border weapon after opening a chest and after you collect 5 patterns you can head to the Enclave to shape it.

You can find the entire loot table for Crota’s End here.

Crota's End Raid weapons featured

Crota’s End Raid weapons, Destiny 2

How good is Swordbreaker

This shotgun is an 80 RPM Lightweight Frame shotgun and lightweights are not something players use in PvP that much. They are just not reliable enough when you are going for a one-shot kill or a melee + shotgun combo.

In PvE, shotguns can be decent. But again, it’s not everybody’s choice, and we would not say they are anywhere in the meta. Spending your special weapon on a shotgun feels way more diminishing when you can use a wave-frame grenade launcher or a sniper rifle.

Still, if you are feeling like it, you can make this gun work. To get a good understanding of how it will feel you can check out Wastelander M5 from Dares and Seventh Seraph CQC-12 if you have them. Both are 80 RPM shotguns with some variety in perks.

Best alternatives:

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Seventh Seraph CQC-12Seventh Seraph CQC-12LightweightLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar


PvPXûrError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 10EnergyNo
Wastelander M5 artWastelander M5LightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic


PvE + PvPDares of EternityCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
30th Anniversary eventKineticCraftableTop-tier

Best Swordbreaker Rolls for PvE and PvP

🛑 Disclaimer: Like many other Crota’s End weapons, Fang of Ir Yût has new perks in its pool: Sword Logic and Precision Instrument. While they look promising, we tried to avoid putting them in our recommendations purely because there is not enough testing done with them.

Swordbreaker PvE god roll

  • Barrel: Corkscrew Rifling
  • Magazine: Tactical Mag
  • Perk 1: Pugilist
  • Perk 2: One-Two Punch
  • Masterwork: Handling or Reload Speed

To our surprise, Swordbreaker has quite a decent variety of perks. But regardless of your perks, we feel like Corkscrew Rifling and Tactical Mag will work well on any sort of roll for extra reload speed and a minor bump in stats.

Swordbreaker can roll a very melee-heavy perk combination that is Pugilist and One-Two Punch. These perks will give you melee energy and increase your melee damage. Someone like Arc Hunters with Combination Blow or Strand Titans can probably have a lot of fun with this roll.

But you don’t have to go for a melee roll if you don’t want to as this weapon is very flexible. You can roll Demolitionist for a more grenade-focused build or Subsistence for more ammo when ad-clearing. There are also Hatchling and Golden Tricorn as Perk 2 should you want them.

The combination works extremely well with the new Origin Trait: Cursed Thrall. After defeating targets with a melee attack, final blows with this weapon cause targets to explode for a short duration.

Swordbreaker PvP god roll

  • Barrel: Corkscrew Rifling
  • Magazine: Accurized Rounds
  • Perk 1: Slideshot
  • Perk 2: Opening Shot
  • Masterwork: Range

For PvP, the roll is much simpler. We are still going with Corkscrew Rifling but are switching to Accurized Rounds for extra range. Note that our Masterwork preference switched to Range as well.

Our perk choice is none than other Slideshot + Opening Shot. That is by far the best and only roll on Swordbreaker that will be decent in PvP. Both perks give you a whole bunch of passive range while you can stay on the move and secure cheesy kills.

Swordbreaker: Is it worth farming?

Out of all Lightweight Frame shotguns, Swordbreaker appears to be the best in the game with a vast range of perks to use. It’s more of a question whether you like using 80 RPM shotguns. If you do, then this weapon will not disappoint.

Interested in more top-tier Crota’s End weapons? You should definitely check out the Fang of Ir Yût scout.

About The Author

Edward Strazd
Edward Strazd
Destiny 2 is unironically my favorite game of all time. And it is always a pleasure to work with anything Destiny-related. Which is also why I’m here, helping you learn more about the game to be a better and fancier Guardian. You can find Edward on Twitter.
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