When Destiny 2 first launched there was a lot of discussion around power ammo and how rare the drops were. Because all of the high damage weapon classes, including those that used to be secondary weapons, were moved to the power weapon slot for Destiny 2, players were noticing that enemies took longer to kill and boss fights were extremely drawn out. Once the power ammo was gone there was almost no way to get it back.
To help fix this issue, Bungie introduced a change for Destiny 2 that made it so elite enemies – those with yellow health – would drop power ammo upon kill. It was easily one of the best early changes made in Destiny 2 and it helped bring back the power fantasy of melting a boss with a high damage weapon.
But with the release of the Warmind update, it seems like Bungie has nerfed power ammo drops in Destiny 2. The developer never mentioned such a change in the patch notes, but after spending dozens of hours with the game post-DLC launch there definitely seems to be less power ammo available. Without question, the “every elite enemy drops power ammo” change is gone, but it’s not a complete reversion to the Destiny 2 beta days either. It’s just strange that Bungie would decide to limit the power ammo available to players after spending so much time talking about making the game faster and bringing back the power fantasy.
It is possible that this change is unintentional or it could have been made to compensate for other additions in Destiny 2. With the new Heroic Strike Playlist, Bungie introduced a new modifier called Heavyweight that increases power weapon damage and is supposed to make power ammo drops more common. Perhaps Heavyweight is inadvertently messing with power ammo drops or Bungie made the change to drops to ensure Heavyweight doesn’t lead to too much power weapon ammo.
In the grand scheme of things less power ammo may not seem like much but we’re sure that Destiny 2 players would have preferred that Bungie acknowledge it was making a change. The same is likely true for the change to orbs of light, which now despawn after a certain amount of time. Hopefully, Bungie can give some clarity on the changes it made behind the scenes.
Destiny 2 is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.