Destiny 2 The Slammer: God Rolls & How to get it

by | May 1, 2024

Thanks to changes in sword energy and heavy attacks, swords are slowly seeing a return to the meta, and The Slammer is at the forefront. Not only is it part of a fan-favorite frame, but the rolls on this are exceptionally strong and rare to see, and it also has an Adept version.


How good is The Slammer?

Sword viability has fluctuated over the years, which is evidenced by the fact that the most used sword is one purely for movement tech. However, the reintroduction of Crota’s End, as well as a few  new dungeon bosses, have made swords fulfill a niche damage roll that they’ve yearned for. The Slammer, thankfully, satisfies both the movement and damage crowds.

For starters, The Slammer rolls with Eager Edge, a perk formerly exclusive to the 30th Anniversary swords, and it is the first sword to get the coveted Bait and Switch. While the perks aren’t the best in tandem with each other, the fact that they appear on here shows that this sword might be able to do it all. It even has Cold Steel for that extra Stasis synergy!

We consider The Slammer A-tier for PvE and C-ter for PvP. 

A-tier for PvE C-tier for PvP

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The Slammer Perks and God Rolls

The Slammer Sword can roll with the following perks:

  • Perk 1: Thresh, Chain Reaction, Pugilist, Eager Edge, Relentless Strikes, Attrition Orbs
  • Perk 2: Bait and Switch, Demolitionist, Permeability, Collective Action, One-for-All, Cold Steel
  • Origin Traits: Vanguard’s Vindication, Stunning Recovery
The Slammer God Rolls Screen Destiny 2

The Slammer God Rolls, Destiny 2

The Slammer PvE god rolls

PvE Roll: All-Around
Blade Jagged Edge
Guard Swordmaster’s Guard
Perk 1 Relentless Strikes (also good: Eager Edge)
Perk 2 Bait and Switch (also good: Cold Steel)
Masterwork Impact

Not much has changed about swords when it comes to what the best blade is. While some might want more ammo for potentially long droughts of Heavy drops, a co-ordinated team makes that irrelevant, so Jagged Edge’s extra damage for less ammo isn’t a huge loss. With charge rate being the only thing to matter outside of damage, Swordmaster’s Guard buffs all charge related stats at the cost of less guard efficiency.

For the perks, it’s really up to how you want to use this sword. If you don’t have either Half Truths or The Other Half, you might be inclined for an Eager Edge roll to experience the joys of zipping across the room. But if damage is your game, then the de facto god roll of Relentless Strikes and Bait and Switch is what you want. Relentless returns ammo to the sword every 3rd strike, and Bait and Switch gives a sweet 30% damage buff. You could even go One-for-All instead of BnS for the hack-and-slash fantasy, or Cold Steel for a high risk anti-Champion playstyle.

The Slammer PvP god rolls

PvP Roll: All-Around
Blade Jagged Edge
Guard Heavy Guard
Perk 1 Eager Edge
Perk 2 Cold Steel
Masterwork Impact

As far as PvP is concerned, swords are towards the bottom of usage, with the two most used being the only ones with Eager Edge. This isn’t surprising given the risk involved, and even with the increase to guard’s damage resistance, you’ll find yourself dead more often than not.

To make the most out of this sword, really any blade will cut it, as a single swing can take out most guardians. If you want to buff the damage, Jagged is your best friend, especially since you won’t be hitting max ammo to even see the lack of reserves. Heavy Guard works very well here as it supes up your guard stats at the cost of slower energy charge.

Perk 1 is, of course, Eager Edge. Like all melee weapons in shooters, the lack of range is what makes swords high risk, high reward, but Eager Edge sheds that restriction. Having an 80% increased lunge range means far off targets can either be killed or closed in on in the blink of an eye, which is exactly what this needed. Cold Steel for Perk 2 is probably the only viable option as it can be used to possibly slow down people in Supers, but realistically, anything goes here.

How to get The Slammer

Although it is technically in the game, The Slammer will not be available to players until March 19th, when it will be the weekly featured Nightfall weapon. At that point, players are free to hop into either standard or Grandmaster Nightfalls to earn a roll of this weapon. As always, earning Platinum rewards in GM Nightfalls guarantees a single drop of the Adept version.

Once you earn a roll, you can also focus more at Zavala for Glimmer and Vanguard Engrams. Adepts require the additional cost of Vanguard Ciphers, which are earned on a successful Grandmaster completion, and they vary in quantity based on the reward tier. We cover the Nightfall weapon this week here.

How to get The Slammer screen Destiny 2

How to get The Slammer, Destiny 2

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

Before you go

Interested in more top-tier weapons from Nightfalls? You should definitely check out these Wild Style God Rolls.

About The Author

Wyatt Lamb
Wyatt Lamb
If you asked any of my friends what I like to do with Destiny 2, they’d probably say “break it”. Build the biggest DPS, clear ads the fastest, zip zoom across the room; that’s my game. And with, I hope to show you all how to top the charts and make your friends go “wow”. You can find Wyatt on Twitter.
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