Destiny 2 Cataphract GL3: God Rolls and How to get it

by | Sep 8, 2023

Destiny 2’s first Trials of Osiris Grenade Launcher has been released with Season 22, and it might just be the best Grenade Launcher yet. Excellent perks and an Adept variant mean you should look out for this weapon.

This article will cover how good the Cataphract GL3 is, the best rolls, and how to obtain it.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Cataphract GL3 art Cataphract GL3AdaptiveLegendaryHeavyStrandLightfallYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStrand Element Strand-Trials of OsirisError icon V2Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 22HeavyNo

How to get Cataphract GL3 this Season

To get Cataphract, you’ll have to hop into Trials of Osiris. The best way to get it is to obtain the Cataphract on the reward track at Saint-14. Once you obtain this, you can focus your Trials Engrams into the Grenade Launcher. 

Trials of Osiris focusing Destiny 2

Trials of Osiris focusing, Destiny 2

Cataphract is at rank ten on the reward track, meaning that you’ll have to play a good number of games, so it’s best to get a team together to farm some games.

How good is Cataphract GL3

Grenade Launchers aren’t exactly the go-to pick for boss damage as their DPS (damage-per-second) is lower than top tier Rocket Launchers such as Apex Predator or Cold Comfort. However, Cataphract has a couple of tricks up its sleeve that no other Grenade Launcher has. 

This GL has access to the buffed Envious Assassin and the potent Bait and Switch, making it a top option for burst DPS.

In PvP, Cataphract is decent. It comes with Impulse Amplifier, which is a solid perk. Grenade Launchers are reliable options for PvP as they can typically secure very easy kills on multiple targets if you are accurate.

Best alternatives:

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Regnant artRegnantAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidSeason 20YesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void


PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20HeavyCraftableTop-tierDestabilizing Rounds,Repulsor Brace,Explosive Light
Wendigo GL3 art
Wendigo GL3AdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc


PvENightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 19HeavyNoTop-tierExplosive Light

While there are some alternatives, such as the Wendigo GL3 or Regnant, Cataphract easily rivals them for the top spot due to its excellent perk pool. However, if you don’t want to play Trials, Wendigo and Regnant are, while worse, suitable alternatives.

Cataphract GL3 God rolls Destiny 2

Cataphract GL3 God rolls, Destiny 2

Best Cataphract GL3 Rolls for PvE and PvP

Cataphract GL3 PvE god roll

  • Barrel: Quick Launch
  • Magazine: Spike Grenades
  • Perk 1: Envious Assassin
  • Perk 2: Bait and Switch
  • Masterwork: Handling

Grenade Launcher barrels don’t mean much, as they are seen chiefly as stat bonuses. Quick Launch is the best option as it comes with a bump to Velocity and Handling, making it the best choice. With Magazines, there is only really one option- Spike Grenades. These slightly increase your damage, meaning it is the best pick.

In perk slot 1, Envious Assassin is the best choice. However, players should pay attention to Auto-Loading Holster in a DPS swap-rotation loadout. In perk slot 2, Bait and Switch is the best choice as it is a 35% increase to your weapon damage, but if you get unlucky, Explosive Light isn’t an unusable alternative either.

Cataphract GL3 PvP god roll

  • Barrel: Quick Launch
  • Magazine: Proximity Grenades
  • Perk 1: Impulse Amplifier
  • Perk 2: Full Court
  • Masterwork: Velocity

For PvP, perks don’t matter much, but having the best is still good. Quick Launch helps by increasing the Velocity and Handling, making it easier to use, and Proximity Grenades helps to secure kills.

In perk slot 1, Impulse Amplifier is the best choice as it increases projectile speed, making the shots easier to hit. For slot 2, there are several options. Full Court increases damage after 0.2s travel time, meaning that this will usually come into effect. Alternatively, Vorpal Weapon or Chain Reaction can both work too.

Cataphract GL3: Is it worth farming?

Cataphract GL3 is top of the line when it comes to Grenade Launchers and even competes with Rocket Launchers, meaning that it is definitely worth farming if you are looking for a solid DPS weapon.

Interested in more top-tier Trials of Osiris weapons? You should definitely check out the fan-favorite The Immortal SMG.

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 (and now Diablo 4) for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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