Destiny 2 Cataclysmic: God Rolls and How to get it

by | Feb 28, 2024

Linear Fusion Rifles have been a popular pick for Raid damage phases ever since they became viable for the first time many seasons ago, so naturally, players want to have the best available pick. But is Cataclysmic it?

How to get Cataclysmic

To get Cataclysmic, you’ll have to step into the Vow of the Disciple Raid in Savathun’s Throne World. Cataclysmic drops from the first two encounters, meaning that clearing either the Acquisition encounter or the Caretaker encounter repeatedly will be the most efficient method of obtaining Cataclysmic.

Players can interact with the Raid Cache after completing the raid and defeating Rhulk. This allows players to purchase items they have previously received for 20 Spoils of Conquest, with the first each week being a guaranteed red border version. We recommend farming the Caretaker encounter for drops, but at least doing one Rhulk clear weekly to get your guaranteed deepsighted version. You can find the full Vow loot table here.

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How to get Cataclysmic, Destiny 2

You can find all of our Destiny 2 Weapon God Rolls here.

How good is Cataclysmic

When it comes to Linear Fusion Rifles, the first one many will think of is Cataclysmic. It was the first damage weapon to come with the ‘Bait and Switch’ perk, which has become a staple in the DPS meta, and it also came out at a point where Linear Fusion Rifles were beginning to gain some serious traction within the community. There is some competition for Cataclysmic, and some options can eclipse it in specific scenarios.

Nowadays, Linear Fusion Rifles aren’t as strong as they were in the glory days, but they are still viable options in situations where you may want to deal more ‘total damage’ rather than ‘burst damage’. Essentially, Linear Fusion Rifles can deal more damage overall than a Rocket Launcher could, but not many activities warrant this level of total damage to use a Linear Fusion Rifle.

Overall, Cataclysmic is one of the best Linear Fusion Rifles available, but Linear Fusion Rifles simply aren’t the meta pick for DPS, which, naturally, makes Cataclysmic weaker.

S-tier for PvE D-tier for PvP

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Cataclysmic God Rolls and Perk Pool

The Cataclysmic Linear Fusion Rifle can roll with the following perks:

  • Perk 1: Surplus, No Distractions, Compulsive Reloader, Sleight of Hand, Dragonfly, Fourth Time’s the Charm, and Successful Warm-Up
  • Perk 2: Adaptive Munitions, Turnabout, High-Impact Reserves, Box Breathing, Clown Cartridge, Bait and Switch, and Focused Fury
  • Origin Trait: Souldrinker
Cataclysmic God Rolls screen Destiny 2

Cataclysmic God Rolls, Destiny 2

Cataclysmic PvE god roll

  • Barrel: Fluted Barrel
  • Battery: Enhanced Battery
  • Perk 1: Fourth Time’s the Charm
  • Perk 2: Bait and Switch
  • Masterwork: Handling

Handling is necessary on this weapon as you must swap between Cataclysmic and another gun to activate Bait and Switch, meaning Fluted Barrel and a Handling Masterwork are preferred. Enhanced Battery is essential as it allows for another activation of Fourth Time’s the Charm, effectively granting ten shots in the magazine.

Fourth Time’s the Charm is excellent for the weapon’s ammo economy and provides around 12 additional shots overall, which is incredible for the weapon’s total damage. Bait and Switch is the apparent choice for perk 2, as it provides a remarkable damage bonus (35%, dropping to 30% with some nerfs).

Cataclysmic PvP god roll

  • Barrel: HitMark HCS
  • Battery: High-Caliber Rounds or Ricochet Rounds
  • Perk 1: Rangefinder or Perpetual Motion
  • Perk 2: Moving Target or Kill Clip
  • Masterwork: Range

Handling, once again, is quite helpful, so Fluted Barrel is the best pick. Stability is also quite nice to avoid being flinched off your target, so a Stability Masterwork and Particle Repeater are good.

No Distractions, once again, makes it easier to hit your shot thanks to the 35% flinch reduction after aiming down sights for 1 second. Perk 2 doesn’t matter whatsoever, as all perks in that column are not valuable. Box Breathing may come in handy in outrageously rare situations, like killing a Titan who is exiting a Bubble with Helm of Saint 14, but this is incredibly uncommon and isn’t worth counting on.

Before you go…

Interested in more top-tier weapons from the Vow of the Disciple raid? You should definitely check out these Lubrae’s Ruin God Rolls.

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Matthew Evans
Matthew Evans
I've been hooked on Destiny 2 for years now... I've racked up countless hours and plenty of experience, which I hope to share with Blueberries who want to get involved with Destiny. You can find Matthew on Twitter.
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