Destiny 2 Ikelos Shotgun God Roll for PvE and PvP

Eoin Black
Eoin Black
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These two Destiny 2 Ikelos Shotgun god rolls probably aren’t what you’re expecting out of this thing. Sure, I could just recommend One-Two Punch or Trench Barrel and call it a day – but that would be boring. Instead, I’m suggesting a different god roll that fulfills a different purpose in your loadout. Sure, your alternatives may be better, but who honestly wants another One-Two Punch Shotty taking up space in their Vault?

I’m going to go through both Ikelos Shotgun god rolls, breaking each one down perk-by-perk and explaining why I’ve picked what I’ve picked. I’ll offer up some alternative options where they exist, and there’s plenty of room for variety on this thing, at least in PvE. In PvP, well, there’s honestly not much to work with.

Destiny 2 Ikelos Shotgun God Rolls

Ikelos_SG_V1.0.3 God Roll for PvE

Destiny 2 Ikelos Shotgun god roll for PvE.
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  • Smoothbore
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Subsistence
  • Incandescent

There are a few really good options for this Ikelos Shotgun god roll. Swashbuckler, One-Two Punch, and Trench Barrel are all T1 perks that could easily make up a god roll, but it’s not the one I’ve opted for here. I’ve gone for something a little more generalized – not everyone leans into their melee.

Starting off, I’ve got a Smoothbore / Accurized Rounds combination that adds a whopping 25 range onto this thing. Do you need that much range in PvE? No, not at all. Is it still nice to have? Absolutely. These two perks will make hitting one-shot kills on Adds more common from a distance, but if that’s not your cup of tea, you can swap them both out for honestly whatever you really want.

In perk column three, we’ve got a lot of really phenomenal stuff. A standout to me is Grave Robber – a perk that works incredibly well with both One-Two Punch and Trench Barrel. Either of those two perks with Grave Robber will make up a great god roll, especially for dealing with chunkier enemies like Champions or Majors. My roll concerns itself with Add-clear, though, so I’m going for Subsistence for a chance to get some ammo pushed from my reserves to my mag whenever I get a kill.

A shotgun isn’t too optimal for Add-clear, I’ll admit. A Grave Robber / One-Two Punch roll would probably be my go-to. However, everyone and their Grandma have a few Shotguns with that very roll collecting dust in their Vault. I wanted to do something a little bit different, hence why I’ve gone for Incandescent, instead.

Incandescent is one of the best Add-clear perks in the game, tied with Voltshot. However, you generally want it on a Hand Cannon or another primary weapon. Using it on a Shotgun is unusual, but no less effective.

With this Ikelos Shotgun god roll, you’ll be hitting for insane damage at long distances, blowing everything up, and getting ammo for your troubles. Sure, this effectively turns your Shotgun into an Add-clear tool, but don’t knock it until you try it.

Ikelos Shotgun God Roll for PvP

Destiny 2 Ikelos Shotgun god roll for PvP.
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  • Full Choke
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Threat Detector
  • Trench Barrel

There are two approaches you can take to the Ikelos Shotgun PvP god roll. The first is to go all-in on range, in which case you’ll want to keep Smoothbore. However, Full Choke is an option – and that’s a deadlier barrel, in my opinion. While Smoothbore is going to give us a chunk of range, it comes at the cost of a wider pellet spread. Full Choke is the reverse of that – tightening up our spread at the cost of some precision damage.

Combine that with Accurized Rounds and you’ll have tight shots that still have pretty good range on them, although it’s far from the most lethal Shotgun in the game. The Ikelos Shotgun isn’t exactly built for PvP, so keep that in mind before you go craft a Crucible roll.

In column three, our options start to dwindle a bit. All of the top-tier PvE perks like Grave Robber and Subsistence are useless in PvP, and the gun’s other perks aren’t Crucible standouts, either. That being said, Threat Detector is a decent perk that’s right at home on a CQC weapon like a Shotgun. It’ll give you handling, stability, and reload speed for being close to enemies. They’re not the most important stats in the world, but it’s infinitely better than your other column three options.

In column four, it’s very much the same situation. There’s not much competition here for PvP – with the best alternative to the perk I picked being Swashbuckler. On a Shotgun, in PvP, that perk will be practically useless because you’ll have a terrible uptime on it. Instead, Trench Barrel is the only perk I can really see working here.

With Trench Barrel, a melee hit will give you 50% more damage for five seconds or until you fire three shots. If you’re close enough to an enemy to have your Shotgun out, then you’re close enough to melee. Granted, you typically Shotgun first and melee second, but the perk doesn’t work that way.

All in all, this Ikelos Shotgun god roll is as good as it gets on the PvP side of things. However, it’s far from spectacular. It’s not a good PvP frame, and it has bad PvP perks. In PvE, it kicks ass – outside of that, I wouldn’t invest too much into it.

How to Get the Ikelos Shotgun in Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Ikelos Shotgun in the Exo Frame at the H.E.L.M.
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The Ikelos shotgun is available at the Exo Frame in the H.E.L.M. You’ve got a 1/4 chance of getting one from a general Ikelos Weapon-focused Umbral Engram, which is good for how little that focusing costs. However, with the Ikelos Weapon Focusing upgrade from the Exo Frame, you’ll be able to focus your Umbrals specifically into Ikelos Shotguns for:

  • 1 Umbral Engram.
  • 50 Legendary Shards.
  • 4 Resonate Stems.
  • 30 Seraphic Umbral Energy.

That’s expensive, especially the Umbral Energy. However, it’s by far the most efficient way to farm this Shotgun – provided you run Heist Battlegrounds to get your materials (the activity can also drop this weapon).

What’s more, though, is the fact that the Ikelos Shotgun is craftable. With the Focusing Deepsight upgrade, your first focus of each week will be a guaranteed red border. Combine that with the Heisted Deepsight upgrade, and farming from the Exo Frame, and you should be able to craft one of these things in no more than two or three weeks.

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Eoin has been playing video games his entire life. He specializes in narrative-driven, single-player titles, and brings his extensive Esports experience into his writing.
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