The Destiny 2 Nightfall weapon changes on a week-by-week basis, giving you the chance to delve into enemy-infested lairs across the system and grab yourself a special gun. The only way to get a Nightfall weapon is by completing the activity, and even then, there's only a limited chance. You can also get adept versions of each weapon, though these are solely a guaranteed reward for the much-harder Grandmaster Nightfalls.
A couple of Nightfall weapons were retired last season, including the Duty Bound auto rifle and the Silicon Neuroma sniper rifle. If you don't want to miss out on any weapons that might disappear by season's end, it's always a good idea to keep a weather eye on what's coming up next. Here I'll explain what Nightfall weapon is up for grabs this week, its best roll, and what you'll need to bring to beat the activity on higher difficulties.
What is the Nightfall weapon this week?
The Nightfall weapon from January 31 - February 7 is Hung Jury SR4, a kinetic precision frame Scout Rifle. Alongside Wendigo, this is one of the new Nightfall weapons this season. While not especially good for PvP, it has got some decent rolls for PvE, and it's the only Adept scout rifle you can currently get from GM Nightfalls.
For barrel and magazine, you'll likely want Corkscrew Rifling and Accurized Rounds for better stability, handling, and range. For perks, Rapid Hit and Explosive Payload are the best, letting you deal explosive damage with your rounds, while also gaining a faster reload from landing rapid precision hits. Firefly would also be a decent stand-in for Explosive Payload if you're getting lots of kills. Similar to Dragonfly it makes enemies you defeat with precision hits explode, but this variant deals Solar damage. If you'd rather get ammo refunded to your mag for kills instead of a Rapid Hit's faster reload, Subsistence might make a better complement for Explosive Payload, though its usefulness is reliant on you getting kills.
Nightfall weapon rotation for the Season of Plunder
With each new season, some Nightfall weapons are retired to make way for new ones, meaning it's often your last chance to grab them for quite a while. Here's the current Nightfall rotation with weapons and dates from when the Grandmasters begin:
|Insight Terminus||Mindbender's Ambition (Solar shotgun)||Jan 17 - 24|
|Scarlet Keep||Horror's Least (Arc pulse rifle)||Jan 24 - 31|
|Birthplace of the Vile||Hung Jury (Kinetic scout rifle)||Jan 31 - Feb 7|
|The Corrupted||Militia's Birthright (Kinetic grenade launcher)||Feb 7 - 14|
|The Glassway||D.F.A (Kinetic hand cannon)||Feb 14 - 21|
|Warden of Nothing||Wendigo (Arc power grenade launcher)||Feb 21 - 28|
The two new weapons this season are Wendigo GL3 and Hung Jury SR4, but we don't know what weapons are leaving rotation at the end of this season yet.
How to get Adept nightfall weapons
Since Grandmaster Nightfalls have now begun, you can earn adept versions of the weekly Nightfall weapon by completing them. Adept weapons are strong because they can equip adept mods, which are far superior to regular weapon mods. Adept Big Ones for example, effectively combines Boss Spec and Major Spec into a single mod that allows extra damage for both bosses and powerful enemies. You can earn adept mods by completing Grandmaster Nightfalls.
Completions also have a chance to reward you with a Nightfall Memento. These items are mainly cosmetic, and can be slotted into new weapons that you craft. When you reach level 20 with that weapon it'll unlock a title, and when you reach 30, you'll get a special shader for it. The Nightfall Memento shader is a shiny orange colour with tessellated vanguard symbols that move.