Destiny 2 Abyss Defiant: God Rolls and How to get it

by | Sep 2, 2023

Crota’s End has made its Destiny 2 debut, and some pretty sweet weapons have come along with it. One of these is Abyss Defiant, a high-impact frame auto rifle with an extensive suite of new and powerful perks.

Today, we’ll cover everything there is to know about this auto rifle: how exactly to obtain it, the rolls you should look out for, and most importantly, whether or not it’s worth the grind.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Abyss Defiant art Abyss DefiantHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar SolarCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 22EnergyCraftable

How to get Abyss Defiant this Season

Abyss Defiant is a random drop from the Crota’s End raid. More specifically, this auto rifle can drop at the Enter the Abyss (first) and Crota, Son of Oryx (final) encounters. You can find the full loot table for Crota’s End here.

As with all recent raids, weapons from Crota’s End—including Abyss Defiant—are purchasable from the final vendor after obtaining them once. The cost is 20 Spoils of Conquest, a small price for a specific weapon drop.

Crota's End Raid weapons featured

Crota’s End Raid weapons, Destiny 2

How good is Abyss Defiant

As with some other weapons available from Crota’s End—namely, Word of Crota—Abyss Defiant’s primary weakness is its frame. High-impact auto rifles, albeit slightly underrated in high-difficulty PvE content, rarely see use in Destiny 2.

That said, Abyss Defiant does excel past that weakness through its powerful and synergistic perks. From new options like Heal Clip and Sword Logic to classic favorites such as Outlaw and Incandescent, this weapon is perfect for anything from Solar builds to general gameplay.

Best alternatives:

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
CALUS Mini-Tool artCALUS Mini-ToolMIDA SynergyLegendaryPrimarySolarBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar


PvEPresageCheckmark icon V3Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 17EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent
Igneous Hammer artIgneous HammerAggressiveLegendaryPrimarySolarLightfallNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar


PvPTrials of OsirisError icon V2Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 13EnergyNoTop-tier

While it’s hard to argue for Abyss Defiant over options like CALUS Mini-Tool and Igneous Hammer, this auto rifle is still a great pick if you’re looking for a longer-range option with the added bonus of new and powerful perks.

Abyss Defiant God roll screen

Abyss Defiant God roll, Destiny 2

Best Abyss Defiant Rolls for PvE and PvP

Abyss Defiant PvE god roll

  • Barrel: Corkscrew Rifling or Arrowhead Brake
  • Magazine: Flared Magwell or Light Mag
  • Perk 1: Heal Clip (also good: Enlightened Action)
  • Perk 2: Sword Logic (also good: Incandescent)
  • Masterwork: Reload Speed

Regarding PvE, Abyss Defiant’s perk pool is overflowing with solid picks. While we have our favorite combinations, what you run here entirely depends on your goal when equipping this weapon.

If you’re strictly looking to kill combatants to no end, options like Enlightened Action, Reconstruction, Sword Logic, and Kill Clip are your best bets. Instead, if you want to build into a Solar subclass, Heal Clip, Collective Action, and Incandescent are the clear winners.

There’s also the slightly more niche combination of Heal Clip and Kill Clip, which synergize exceptionally well with one another. This is an excellent choice if you want a balance between subclass synergy and raw power.

While Abyss Defiant’s frame makes it difficult to recommend for everyday gameplay, its powerful and synergistic perk combinations push it past that stigma and allow it to excel in higher-difficulty activities.

Abyss Defiant PvP god roll

  • Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • Magazine: High-Caliber Rounds
  • Perk 1: Heal Clip (also good: Enlightened Action)
  • Perk 2: Kill Clip
  • Masterwork: Range

When it comes down to it, Abyss Defiant just isn’t made for The Crucible. That said, there are some ways to make it better.

For the barrel, magazine, and masterwork, the only thing you’re looking for is range. As for the two main perk columns, it’s a bit rough. Heal Clip and Enlightened Action are the only column 3 perks you’ll want to look out for, while the final column really only has Kill Clip.

While some perks definitely enhance this weapon’s performance in PvP, Abyss Defiant is simply weak here. If you’re eager to give this weapon a spin, we recommend sticking to PvE.

Abyss Defiant: Is it worth farming?

Ultimately, unless you have a specific build planned for Abyss Defiant (or are already an avid raider), it isn’t worth farming. Especially considering you need to step into a raid to obtain it, this auto rifle isn’t good enough to warrant its relatively difficult obtainability method.

Interested in more top-tier Crota’s End weapons? You should definitely check out the Necrochasm auto rifle.

About The Author

Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
With my over seven years of game knowledge, six months of writing experience for, and hundreds of Blueberries already guided through endgame content, I hope to allow newcomers to have the same great introduction I had all those years ago. You can find Andrew on Twitter.
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