Essentially a cross post from Reddit, but I really want to discuss this detail. Seriously, NAMED WEAPON ARCHETYPES!
Based on the reveal footage, it seems that the new weapon cards feature upfront labels for our weapon archetypes. No need to guess what archetype our weapons are, nor what they specialize in. It also means we don’t need to use the cumbersome descriptions of mid-high, mid-low, higher-mid, lower-mid titles if we don’t want to. Which is especially nice for some of the more varied weapon supertypes like Snipers or Fusion Rifles (both of which have something like 8 different impact/rate of fire spreads). While the Destiny game guide and the IGN website had these labels listed, it has not been updated with new expansions.
I scrubbed the various gameplay footage and websites trying to find the available descriptions for the archetypes. I’ve omitted the new exotic weapons as they do not have the archetype tags on their cards, in lieu of their exotic perks.
[Kinetic and Energy Weapon Archetypes]
- Adaptive: Well-rounded, reliable and sturdy. (Scathelocke)
- Lightweight: Move faster with this weapon. (Nightshade)
Above: Better Devils
- Lightweight: Move faster with this weapon. (Urchin-3SI)
[Power Weapon Archetypes]
- Rapid-Fire: Deep ammo reserves. Fast reload when empty. (Copperhead-4SN)
- Hakke Precision: Fires small auto-tracking missiles.
- Aggressive: High damage, high recoil.
So far it seems Bungie has elected to only reveal one archetype per category. In addition, Kinetic and Energy weapons share the same archetypes despite belonging to different slots. As such I’ve grouped them together.
[New Foundry: Veist]
In addition to Also, it looks like the new Foundry Veist has a pretty identifiable naming convention. Their coding seems be be “Animal-#__”. The animals appear to be named after venomous creatures. SI stands for sidearm, MG stands for (sub)machine gun, and SN stands for sniper rifle.
The Veist color palette consists of dark grays, light gray, and green accents with practical bodies with spiked/flared ornamentation.
The name seems to be based in some form of Germanic phonetics.
Veist SMG: Red Mamba-3MG
Veist Sidearm: Urchin-3SI
Veist Sniper Rifle: Copperhead-4SN
This bad boy is the "Sweet Business", an Exotic Kinetic Auto Rifle. It appears to be SUROS made but it isn't labeled anywhere, so I cannot confirm this suspicion. The exotic perk is Payday - "Large mag. Increased hip fire accuracy. Holding down the trigger boosts this weapon's range and rate of fire, and automatically loads ammo pickups into the magazine." In other words, it has a variant of "Spinning Up".
An Exotic Energy Hand Cannon, this is the "Sunshot". I've seen some people regard it as a "Fatebringer" replacement. The perks on it's weapon card reads, Sunburn - "Explosive Rounds. Highlights targets." and "Targets killed with Sunshot explode in Solar Energy. I haven't been able to determine its archetype again, as Exotics aren't labeled the same way.