Destiny 2 Raconteur: God Rolls and How to get it

by | Mar 11, 2023

After years of waiting, the community has finally received a legendary bow perfect for Stasis builds: Raconteur. But this bow doesn’t just synergize with Stasis subclasses; it’s also an excellent pick for PvP and general gameplay.

How do you obtain Raconteur? How should you go about farming it? What are the rolls to look out for? Read on, and we’ll cover all that and more.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Raconteur artRaconteurPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryStasisSeason 20YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis


PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20KineticCraftableTop-tier

How to get Raconteur in Season 20

Raconteur is a Defiant weapon that can be obtained by completing the Season of Defiance’s main activity, Defiant Battlegrounds. Completing a Playlist version of a battleground, launched via the HELM, also allows you to use Defiant Keys.

Pro tip: Having a Defiant Key will reward you with more seasonal loot, including Defiant weapons and Engrams, when completing Defiant Battlegrounds.

Defiant Engrams can be used to focus Raconteur at the War Table (assuming you have the Defiant Weapon Focusing upgrade). By the way, the cost to focus Defiant engrams has been greatly reduced compared to previous seasons (only requiring 3,000 Glimmer!).

Raconteur is also craftable, meaning the main thing you’re looking for is Deepsight drops.

Season of Defiance S20 weapons part 2

Season of Defiance weapons, Destiny 2

How good is the Raconteur today’s Meta?

While bows have never fully made it into the meta, they’ve always been a solid pick in all aspects of the game. They deal high damage per shot, feel amazing to fire, and are some of the best picks in high-level PvE content.

Raconteur is no exception; it contains all the perks that make bows extraordinary while bringing something relatively new: a Stasis element.

Overall, Raconteur is an A-Tier weapon. If you’re looking for a bow that’s easy to get and that excels in all areas of Destiny 2, Raconteur is the one for you.

Best alternatives:

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Lunulata-4b artLunulata-4bLightweightLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis


-World loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 17KineticNo
Strident Whistle artStrident WhistlePrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar


PvEVanguard FocusingError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 17EnergyNoTop-tierIncandescent
Under Your Skin artUnder Your SkinPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void


PvEVox ObscuraCheckmark icon V3The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftableTop-tier

Best Raconteur Rolls for PvE and PvP

Now that you know Raconteur’s potential, we have one thing left to cover: its god rolls for both PvE and PvP.

Raconteur God rolls

Raconteur PvP god roll

In PvP, it’s best to reduce draw time and reload speed as much as possible while not losing out on any damage per shot. Because of that, we’ll start with Elastic String and Fiberglass Arrow Shaft. For perks, you’ll want Archer’s Tempo and Successful Warm-Up. These drastically decrease the time it takes to draw an arrow while not reducing impact damage, increasing TTK exponentially.

  • Barrel: Elastic String
  • Arrow: Fiberglass Arrow Shaft
  • Perk 1: Archer’s Tempo
  • Perk 2: Successful Warm-Up

Raconteur PvE god roll

The first three traits will be kept the same for PvE: Elastic String, Fiberglass Arrow Shaft, and Archer’s Tempo. In the final column, you can go a couple different routes. Headstone is the clear winner for Stasis synergy, while Explosive Head can provide some extra punch in high-level content. Successful Warm-Up is still a great option too, especially for low-difficulty activities.

  • Barrel: Elastic String
    Arrow: Fiberglass Arrow Shaft
  • Perk 1: Archer’s Tempo
  • Perk 2: Headstone (also good: Explosive Head or Successful Warm-Up)

Before you go…

Lightfall and Season 20 delivered several top-tier new weapons you do not want to miss out on. Check out our Season 20 new weapons for more excellent weapons.

About The Author

Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
With my over seven years of game knowledge, six months of writing experience for, and hundreds of Blueberries already guided through endgame content, I hope to allow newcomers to have the same great introduction I had all those years ago. You can find Andrew on Twitter.
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