Destiny 2 Falling Guillotine: God Rolls & How to get it

by | Apr 28, 2024

The most anticipated part of any Destiny 2 release is the weaponry that comes with it, and Into the Light pulls no punches on this front. It brings back some old favorites, one of which is the Vortex Frame Sword, Falling Guillotine.


How good is the Falling Guillotine (Brave)?

Falling Guillotine doesn’t seem to be changing, coming back as a Void Vortex Frame sword. Unfortunately, the Vortex Frame archetype is weak right now, as Adaptive Frame swords like the Bequest massively outclass it for damage. However, Falling Guillotine is one of the few weapons in the game with the ability to roll with double damage perks, potentially making it a contender. However, we’ll have to wait and see and test the damage numbers against the competition.

The perks in question are Frenzy and Vorpal Weapon in the first column and Bait and Switch and Surrounded in the second column. These perks all facilitate Falling Guillotine’s use in a swap rotation for DPS as they do not require stacking like Whirlwind Blade does. This damage bonus total comes out to 45-50%, which is 10-15% more than just Surrounded on Swords, giving some weight to speculation that Falling Guillotine could be a sleeper pick.

This revamped Falling Guillotine has the potential to be A-tier for PvE and B-tier for PvP.

Tier Rank & “Roles”: We consider this revamped Falling Guillotine S-tier for PvE (Utility/Casual playstyle) and B-tier for PvP.

A-tier for PvE B-tier for PvP

Best alternatives:

Falling Guillotine Perks and God Rolls

The Falling Guillotine Sword can roll with the following perks:

  • Perk 1: Vorpal Weapon, Relentless Strikes, Repulsor Brace, Frenzy, Attrition Orbs, Chain Reaction, and Duelist’s Trance
  • Perk 2: Surrounded, Whirlwind Blade, Destabilizing Rounds, Eager Edge, Bait and Switch, Sword Logic, and Desperate Measures
  • Origin Trait: Indomitability
Falling Guillotine God Rolls Infographic

Falling Guillotine God Rolls, Destiny 2

Falling Guillotine PvE god roll

PvE Rolls Roll #1: Utility Roll #2: DPS
Blade Jagged Edge
Guard Swordmaster’s Guard
Perk 1 Frenzy or Relentless Strikes (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
Perk 2 Eager Edge Surrounded or Whirlwind Blade
Masterwork Impact

Roll #1: Utility God Roll

As always, Jagged Edge and Swordmaster’s Guard are the preferred picks for Swords as they increase damage by the highest amount, but Honed Edge isn’t awful, either. The first perk doesn’t matter too much, as the main draw of this version of Falling Guillotine is the movement capabilities of Eager Edge. However, Frenzy and Relentless Strikes are both the best options available in the first column.

Building this sword with Eager Edge allows for incredible movement, especially with certain techniques like Shatterskating or Wellskating.

Recommended Loadout: Riptide, Sunshot, Falling Guillotine.

Roll #2: DPS God Roll

The Blade and Guard options of Jagged Edge and Swordmaster’s Guard remain the same. In terms of perks, there are a ton of avenues you can go down. Frenzy provides a higher damage buff, and also increases Handling, making it better on paper than Vorpal Weapon, but Vorpal Weapon doesn’t have an activation condition.

For perk 2, Surrounded provides the best damage buff, but it can be awkward to activate, meaning some may prefer the simplicity of Whirlwind Blade.

Recommended Loadout: Witherhoard, Zaouli’s Bane, Falling Guillotine.

Falling Guillotine PvP god roll

PvP Roll: All-Around
Blade Hungry Edge
Guard Swordmaster’s Guard
Perk 1 Vorpal Weapon
Perk 2 Eager Edge
Masterwork Impact
  • Blade: Hungry Edge
  • Guard: Swordmaster’s Guard
  • Perk 1: Vorpal Weapon
  • Perk 2: Eager Edge
  • Masterwork: Impact

The Blade and Guard options don’t really matter inside of PvP, meaning players can opt for any Blade and Guard they really want. However, the perks may make a bit of a difference in certain situations

Vorpal Weapon could potentially make a difference against certain Supers that have lower damage resistance, and Eager Edge allows you to move around the map much faster, making it a fun and viable option.

How to get Falling Guillotine

Falling Guillotine is available from the new ‘Onslaught’ activity, dropping as a potential reward every ten waves. This new activity also comes with a legend mode difficulty, granting more rewards to players who take on the challenge. Alternatively, players can enter the Hall of Champions and use their Brave Trophies to open a specific loot chest.

Additionally, players can complete the attunement quest from Arcite to increase their odds of having a Falling Guillotine drop. We cover the entire Brave Weapons Rotation here.

How to get Brave Onslaught Weapons Screen Destiny 2

How to get the Falling Guillotine, Destiny 2

You can find our D2 Weapon God Roll hub here.

Before you go…

Interested in more top-tier weapons from Into the Light? You should definitely check out these Elsie’s Rifle God Rolls.

About The Author

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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