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Destiny 2 Exotic Hand Cannon (Tips & Strategies)

What makes The Last Word unique is its playstyle as a Hand Cannon because it’s an automatic weapon, firing off eight rounds at 225 rounds per minute.

Destiny 2 exotic weapons are some of the cornerstones of the game’s combat system, adding unique perks to weapons typically in their class but lower status. Depending on the exotic weapon, these items can be acquired either through a related quest, an Exotic engram either from the Season Pass, Xur, random world drop, or purchased for a certain amount of materials from the Exotic Archive. Every single exotic weapon in the game is designed to enhance a player’s combat efficiency in either PvP or PvE, and sometimes even both.

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The Last Word is an Exotic Hand Cannon in Destiny 2, featuring a number of unique traits not typically associated with the weapon class. Its perks are fixed, meaning there is no chance for a random roll. To acquire this Kinetic weapon, players will have to visit the Exotic Archive under the Forsaken emblem and purchase The Last Word for 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Etheric Spiral, and 1 Ascendant Shard.

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The Last Word: Destiny 2 Exotic Hand Cannon (Tips & Strategies)

All materials to acquire The Last Word can be earned in-game through various activities, or by completing the Season Pass. What makes The Last Word unique is its playstyle as a Hand Cannon because it’s an automatic weapon, firing off eight rounds at 225 rounds per minute. The Last Word comes with four perks and its Exotic Intrinsic Trait, but unfortunately, no catalyst can be completed for this weapon. Its perks are:

  • Corkscrew Rifling – Slightly increasing range, stability, and handling speed
  • Accurized Rounds – Further increasing its range
  • Hip-Fire Grip – Increased accuracy, stability, and precision hit targeting when firing from the hip
  • Textured Grip – Greatly increasing handling speed, while slightly decreasing stability
  • Fan Fire (Exotic Intrinsic Trait) – Allows the weapon to fire fully automatic. Additionally, hip-fire shots deal bonus precision damage while increasing reload speed and accuracy

In other words, The Last Word is an excellent close-range weapon to use in the Crucible or any other PvP situation. There are a couple of different strategies that put fights in favor of anyone using this Hand Cannon, and its specific skill set allows it to pair nicely with a variety of weapons.

Sniper Rifles

Sniper Rifles require special ammo, and in PvP it can become challenging for any player to make sure they never run out. While powerful one-shot killers, Sniper Rifles also put players in tough situations where close-quarter fights leave them with one weapon to choose from. Consider The Last Word the perfect Sniper Rifle counterpart, removing the close-quarter weakness. As players’ radar picks up enemies in close proximity, it’s best to draw them out into the open. If The Last Word gets the first shot it’ll most likely win the fight, giving the player a chance to pick up the Sniper Rifle ammo and return to an at distance position. Additionally, any player who tries to push a sniper out of position will find it challenging if The Last Word is the sniper’s secondary.

Pulse Rifles and Scout Rifles

Players using Pulse Rifles and Scout Rifles are put in this particular zone where they excel in mid-distance fights, but can’t take on snipers or close-quarter engagements as well. These weapons also give players a rough time when trying to close the gap, and shotguns don’t always provide enough range to make a quick swap. The Last Word Hand Cannon excels in this area, too, as its range is just enough to provide accurate precision damage in close-quarter fights. Its Fan Fire will help players reloading, looking to face off against another enemy that may be close by. If the enemy is just out of range, they can switch back to their Pulse Rifle or Scout Rifle to counter the enemy in that area.


Using a Destiny 2 shotgun and The Last Word is by far the most aggressive strategy and requires players to keep on the move. Corners and walls are friends of a Guardian brave enough to use a shotgun and The Last Word. The Last Word acts as the primary this time, and the mobility of the Guardian with it equipped will allow the player to quickly close gaps and find cover. Anyone unlucky enough to be shot first by The Last Word will most likely lose the fight, and anyone trying to close the gap further will be picked off by The Last Word user’s shotgun. Additionally, The Last Word holder should bait the enemy. They’ll expect a full push after a short while, so fake a push and back up. Catch them out in the open, just out of range of a shotgun, and The Last Word will finish the job.

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Destiny 2 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, and Google Stadia platforms.

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