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

by | Apr 26, 2024

Cataphract GL3, Destiny 2’s first Trials of Osiris Grenade Launcher, might just be the best Grenade Launcher yet. Excellent perks and an Adept variant mean you should look out for this weapon.

Today, we cover how good the Cataphract GL3 is, its best rolls, and how to obtain it.


How good is the 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.

All in all, the Cataphract GL3 is easily S Tier for PvE and A tier for PvP.

S-tier for PvE A-tier for PvP

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Cataphract GL3 Perks and God Rolls

The Cataphract GL3 grenade launcher can roll with the following perks:

  • Perk 1: Envious Assassin, Field Prep, Auto-Loading Holster, Demolitionist, Impulse Amplifier, Slickdraw, Enlightened Action
  • Perk 2: Chain Reaction, Hatchling, Bait and Switch, Explosive Light, Cascade Point, Full Court, Vorpal Weapon
  • Origin Traits: Alacrity, One Quiet Moment, Omolon Fluid Dynamics
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Cataphract GL3 God rolls, Destiny 2

Cataphract GL3 PvE god roll

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

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.

How to get Cataphract GL3

To get Cataphract, you’ll have to hop into Trials of Osiris. Once you obtain this, you can focus your Trials Engrams into the Grenade Launcher.Cataphract GL3 can also randomly drop after completing Trials matches.

As part of the rotation this season, you’ll have a few shots to farm the Adept version of Cataphract GL3 too. We cover the Trias weapon this week here.

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How to get the Cataphract GL3, Destiny 2

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

Before you go

Interested in more top-tier weapons from Trials of Osiris? You should definitely check out these Igneous Hammer 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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