D.F.A: God Rolls for PvE & PvP and How to get it

by | Oct 6, 2022

The D.F.A. is a Kinetic Adaptive hand cannon from the Curse of Osiris DLC (also known as the worst Destiny 2 expansion ever released). And while the DLC was awful, some of its loot was top notch, including this hand cannon, which is now back in the game as one of the few farmable Nightfall weapons today.

In this guide, we tell you where to find the weapon, how to farm it, and what are the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
D.F.A. artD.F.A.AdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 17KineticNo

How to get the DFA in 2022

Another victim of weapon sunsetting, the D.F.A. was off the table for nearly four years (it was released during Year 1 of Destiny 2, after all!). But the wait is over, as it finally returned to us with some solid perks, especially for PvP, as a Nightfall-exclusive reward.

Nightfall Weapon rotation for 2022

There are 14 Nightfall-specific weapons in total, and as of Season of Plunder (S18), only 6 out of the 14 total weapons are currently on rotation, with only one dropping each week. This means you can only farm the D.F.A. hand cannon once every six weeks!

2022 Nightfall weapon rotation

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
23 August 2022D.F.A. artD.F.A.Hand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 1
30 August 2022Mindbender's Ambition artMindbender's AmbitionShotgunSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 2
6 September 2022Duty Bound artDuty BoundAuto RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 3
13 September 2022The Militia's BirthrightThe Militia's BirthrightGrenade LauncherKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 4
20 September 2022Horror's Least artHorror's LeastPulse RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 5
27 September 2022Silicon Neuroma artSilicon NeuromaSniper RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 6
4 October 2022D.F.A. artD.F.A.Hand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 7
11 October 2022Mindbender's Ambition artMindbender's AmbitionShotgunSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 8
18 October 2022Duty Bound artDuty BoundAuto RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 9
25 October 2022The Militia's BirthrightThe Militia's BirthrightGrenade LauncherKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 10
1 November 2022Mindbender's Ambition artMindbender's AmbitionShotgunSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 11
8 November 2022Silicon Neuroma artSilicon NeuromaSniper RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 12
15 November 2022D.F.A. artD.F.A.Hand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 13
22 November 2022Horror's Least artHorror's LeastPulse RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 14
29 November 2022Duty Bound artDuty BoundAuto RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 15
6 December 2022The Militia's BirthrightThe Militia's BirthrightGrenade LauncherKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 16

This guide will always highlight the Nightfall weapon every week, as well as the schedule for the coming weeks.

Nightfall weapons

How good is the D.F.A. today

As a 140 RPM hand cannon, D.F.A. struggles in PvE, especially when taking on some of the more challenging pieces of content.

In PvP, however, D.F.A. shows some promise. But to be fair, in spite of being a personal favorite, there are objectively better options in Fatebringer, Eyasluna, and Austringer. Fatebringer and Eyasluna outperform it in PvE due to a stronger perk pool, and Austringer beats it in PvP due to better base stats, and its ability to be crafted.

However, to some, D.F.A. has a certain ‘feel’ to it. The gun sounds amazing and the sights are extremely clean. You might find yourself performing better with it than with a technically superior hand cannon; I know I certainly do.

Simply put, the DFA is a middle-of-the-road option. It doesn’t have too much going on in the perk department, and really relies on feel to beat out its competition. This nets it a B tier in our rating. It can certainly work in the right hands, however you may be better off with some other picks instead.

  • B Tier – Average: A decent choice that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.

Best alternatives:

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Eyasluna artEyaslunaAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryStasis30th AnniversaryYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvE + PvPGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventKineticNo
Fatebringer artFatebringerAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Austringer artAustringerAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticSeason 17YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPDerelict LeviathanSeason 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Season 17KineticCraftable

Best DFA Rolls for PvE and PvP

Once you’ve identified the right week to farm, you’ll want to run as many Nightfalls (and at the higher difficulty possible) as possible to increase your chances of finding a god roll. Among the several strong possible rolls out there, these are our favorites, the combinations we consider god rolls.

DFA roll gameplay

A DFA roll, Destiny 2

DFA PvP god roll

In terms of rolls for PvP, you want high Range and Stability, so Smallbore is the obvious choice here. For your magazine, you’re looking for Accurized Rounds for an increased range. Finally, for your perks, Perpetual Motion or Fragile Focus, and Timed Payload or Opening Shot will be your best picks. Rampage isn’t too bad either for casual PvP.

  • Barrel: Smallbore
  • Magazine: Accurized Rounds
  • Perk 1: Perpetual Motion or Fragile Focus
  • Perk 2: Timed Payload or Opening Shot

DFA PvE god roll

For PvE, you only really have one route you can go down. You will still want Smallbore and Accurised Rounds; however, the combo of Outlaw and Rampage is the only standout option. Timed Payload can work for staggering enemies, and Wellspring is okay for more ability spam.

  • Barrel: Smallbore
  • Magazine: Accurised Rounds
  • Perk 1: Outlaw
  • Perk 2: Rampage

DFA Adept

If you’re courageous enough to tackle Nightfalls on Grandmaster difficulty, you could earn an Adept version of the Horror’s Least. On top of serving as bragging rights, Adept variants of weapons have more perks per column, give even more stats when Masterworked, and can accept unique Adept mods.

Be aware that Grandmaster Nightfalls are only available during the second half of the season.

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 MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 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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