Destiny 2 The Hero’s Burden God Roll for PvE and PvP – Best SMG for Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk

Eoin Black
Eoin Black
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These Destiny 2 The Hero’s Burden god rolls are sublime. Aside from Gunnora’s Axe, it’s the best Iron Banner weapon available in Season of the Seraph, with three potential god rolls that rock both PvE and PvP activities. 

I’ll be going through not just two, but three potential The Hero’s Burden god rolls. One is great for PvE, one is great for PvP, and the other is phenomenal for both and should be priority number one when it comes to grinding out this weapon. The Hero’s Burden isn’t the best SMG in Destiny 2 – but it’s far from the worst. 

Destiny 2 The Hero’s Burden God Rolls

The Hero’s Burden God Roll for PvE

Destiny 2 The Hero's Burden god roll for PvE.
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  • Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • Ricochet Rounds
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Repulsor Brace / Kill Clip

This The Hero’s Burden PvE god roll is exceptional. It’s an almost identical roll to the Feeding Frenzy / Repulsor Brace Unforgiven that I still haven’t gotten from Duality despite grinding out countless Vault encounters. That being said, if you’re not a Void main, Repulsor Brace isn’t going to do very much for you – which is why I’ve offered an alternative The Hero’s Burden god roll with Kill Clip. 

This particular god roll is the god roll for this gun. It’s the roll I’ll be recommending for PvP, so if you get one – feel free to run it in all activities. However, I am a Void main, so I’ll be gushing over Repulsor Brace before talking about that. 

First and foremost, though, I’ve got to talk about taking Hammer-Forged Rifling over Arrowhead Break. My reasoning is simple – The Hero’s Burden already has great recoil direction. It’s also got pretty good base handling, so I don’t see the need for Arrowhead. Hammer-Forged is going to give us a flat +10 to range, with no drawbacks. This will help bump The Hero’s Burden into the 60+ range territory, which makes a difference in both PvE and PvP. There are other range-based barrels, all of which will also do just fine – as will Arrowhead. Your barrel isn’t too important on this roll. 

The same thing goes for your column two magazine perk. I believe that Ricochet Rounds will be your best-in-class for PvE, but both Armor-Piercing and High-Caliber will also do the job just as well – all add +5 range, with different supplementary effects. If you didn’t want a range ammo perk, I would recommend something that adds reload speed. Extended Mag only adds four to your base magazine, which isn’t going to make a lick of difference in any activity. 

Feeding Frenzy is next on the list, and it’s not my favorite ammo economy perk in the world. I’m a Subsistence, Outlaw, or Rapid Hit kind of guy., but Feeding Frenzy is the only thing that comes close to those perks here, so that’s what we’re using. Feeding Frenzy will simply give us more reload speed for rapid kills before reloading – something we’ll be doing a lot of considering this The Hero’s Burden god roll is designed for Add-clear. 

Repulsor Brace is the last perk on the table. If this perk is relevant to you, then you already know what it does. If you don’t know what it does, then you’re probably never going to need it in the first place. 

For the uninitiated, though, Repulsor Brace will give you an Overshield when you kill a Void-debuffed target. As of Season of the Seraph, Void is dominating the META with Volatile Round uptimes verging on 100%. So, with this god roll and a good Void build, every kill makes enemies Volatile, gives you an Overshield, and increases your reload speed. 

If you’re not a Void fan, swap out Repulsor for Kill Clip. It synergizes very well with Feeding Frenzy and will put in work both in PvE and PvP – but there are better SMGs out there that fill that high-damage Add-clear roll. 

The Hero’s Burden God Roll for PvP

Destiny 2 The Hero's Burden god roll for PvP.
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  • Corkscrew Rifling
  • Ricochet Rounds
  • Fragile Focus
  • Iron Reach

Much like the PvE side of things, there are two The Hero’s Burden PvP god rolls on offer. The first is that aforementioned Feeding Frenzy / Kill Clip combination – but that’s a bit boring. Everyone and their mother could tell you that’s the best roll on this weapon. So, I’m going to lean into something a bit different. 

Instead, I’m going to give an alternative that trades in that damage/reload synergy and some stability for range. This may suit your playstyle more than that other god roll. 

Starting off, I’ve got Corkscrew Rifling here for the small bump it gives us to handling, range, and most importantly – stability. Stability is going to be a problem on this roll, so much so that I wouldn’t mind running Polygonal Rifling here. You’ll be fine as long as your barrel gives you stability in some capacity.

In the PvE The Hero’s Burden god roll, I suggested that you could one run of three different ammo perks. That’s not the case here. Ricochet Rounds comes with the added bonus of +10 stability, so that’s the only real option in this column – especially on this particular god roll. 

I want to reiterate that Feeding Frenzy and Kill Clip is the best The Hero’s Burden PvP god roll. However, my alternative has strengths that roll does not, and that starts with Fragile Focus. Fragile Focus will give you a range buff of 20, provided you haven’t taken any damage yet. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can make a massive difference in the Crucible – especially if you have good movement and positioning. 

To supplement that, I’m opting for Iron Reach. Iron Reach gives us 20 range flat, but at the cost of a whopping 30 stability, hence why I’ve spent so much of this roll trying to recoup some of that loss. So much, in fact, that I recommend you try get your hands on a stability Masterwork. Without min/maxing that stat correctly – you could be in for a rough ride. 

With a stability Masterwork, this roll has a 74 base range. With Fragile Focus active, that goes up to 94. If you wanted to go all-in on the range, you could pick up a range Masterwork to pump it up to 100 – but that’s overkill. 

That’s three potential The Hero’s Burden god rolls I’ve offered up. This is one of the best weapons in the Iron Banner during Season 19, so make a point of trying to get it. You’ve got three god rolls to hunt for, which should help mitigate that grind somewhat. 

How to Get The Hero’s Burden in Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Saladin in the Tower.
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The Hero’s Burden, as I just said, is an Iron Banner weapon. That means it’s only available when Iron Banner is around, so you’ll need to grind long and hard if you want to be in with a chance of a god roll. 

Luckily, there is something you can do to maximize your odds. Once you have The Hero’s Burden unlocked in your collections, you can focus Iron Engrams with Saladin in the Tower. Focusing Iron Engrams lets you pick what you want from the Engram and costs:

  • 100 Legendary Shards. 
  • 20,000 Glimmer
  • 1 Iron Engram

This gets expensive quickly – especially with your Legendary Shards. However, it is the fastest and most efficient way of getting The Hero’s Burden in Destiny 2 – just make sure you supplement it with actually playing Iron Banner as it also drops as an activity reward from games, as well as a potential drop from regularly opening Iron Engrams. 

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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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