It’s not often that a lightweight bow completely rewrites the playbook when it comes to bow play in both PvE and PvP. But then comes the Lethophobia showing us how one perk can change the landscape for legendary bows in Destiny 2.
The Lethophobia is a Void lightweight bow from the Season of the Wish weapon set. It is currently making a name for itself as the first bow to get Disruption Break, at least according to Light.gg. I had no idea how impactful Disruption Break was going to be on a bow. Looking back now, I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised. Disruption Break on Explosive Personality worked so well that the Solar wave frame GL still sees use to this day in both PvP and PvE. And it’s looking like a similar occurrence is happening with Lethophobia.
How to get Lethophobia in Destiny 2
A random roll of the Lethophobia can be acquired after taking part in the seasonal event as well as a potential reward at the end of the weekly story segment. Extended runs of the Coil can net you multiple weapons including red borders of the Lethophobia.
You can craft your own Lethophobia after activating 5 red borders and going to the Enclave on Mars. The enhanced version of the Disruption Break perk has proven its effectiveness but the regular perk is more than good enough in the vast majority of activities.
Best Lethophobia PvP God Rolls
1st Column: Polimer String
2nd Column: Fiberglass ArrowShaft
Targeting Adjuster Mod
Impulse Amplifier + Disruption Break
Steady Hands + Disruption Break
Disruption Break is at the center of the PvP and PvE god rolls. If it weren’t for that perk, you might as well be using a precision bow and hitting enemies from the back of the map. In a way, Lethophobia forces you to get into the mix if you want to ensure the kill on enemies tagged by Disruption Break. You can still go with alternatives like Explosive Head and Golden Tricorn. But for the rest of us who already have bows with those perks, we will naturally gravitate toward more unique rolls.
Your choice of pairing determines where you want to get your advantage from. You’ll want to go with Impulse Amplifier if you want an advantage before the encounter. You go for Steady Hands after that buff after the kill has been secured.
When it comes to PvP, accuracy matters a lot on a lightweight bow. They may be fast but you’ll be landing more body shots than you’d want. Your objective in PvP is to break a Guardian’s shield with a headshot to leave them wide open to follow up kinetic damage. You don’t even need to kill then and there. If they’re wise, they’ll recognize that they are vulnerable, effectively removing them from combat for a few seconds longer. It’s similar to how Guardians have to hide for a while after getting hit by Le Monarque.
Best Lethophobia PvE God Rolls
1st Column: Polimer String
2nd Column: Fiberglass Arrow Shaft or Compact Arrow Shaft
Draw Time Masterwork
Minor Spec Mod
Permeability + Disruption Break
Successful Warmup + Disruption Break
Lethophobia’s PvE god rolls are Disruption Break with accompanying PvE perks. You only really need Disruption Break to leave enemies vulnerable to kinetic weapons. My weapon of choice happens to be either Huckleberry or Tigersprite. You’ll be surprised how quickly shield-broken enemies melt under a barrage of bullets. If you are a Hunter, you can also go with Lucky Pants with Warden’s Law or Malfeasance in the Kinetic slot.
Successful Warmup is a good perk for PvE bows. I would usually go for that if it weren’t for Permeability. For those who don’t know, Permeability allows your bow to take on your current subclass after performing your class ability. It’s the same thing as Osmosis but with a different condition. I chose Permeability over Successful Warmup because of its utility.
There are times when Lost Sectors will have two different shield types to deal with. Take the most recent Chamber of Starlight Legend Lost Sector. There are Void and Solar shields present. I can destroy Solar shields after performing a Hunter dodge. Additionally, Season of the Wish’s artifact mods allow for Solar Explosions after landing a precision kill. That’s a lot of damage.
How good is the Lethophobia?
You know a bow is exceptionally good if it can beat out Le Monarque for that energy slot in PvE. Between that, Trinity Ghoul, and Ticuu’s Divination, there wasn’t any need to keep any elemental bows for PvE. But then Lethophobia comes along and suddenly there’s room in my vault for a Void lightweight.
I don’t how long until Bungie introduces an Exotic Energy bow with Disruption Break. But until that day comes and passes, I think I shall stick with Lethophobia. I already have more than 1,500 PvE kills on it as of the writing of this article, so I might as well hold on to it for a little while longer.
These are the Lethophobia base stats before any perks are applied:
Reload Speed: 60
Draw Time: 612
I’ve already gone through all the must-have perks on this bow. You still have a few notable perks if you don’t have a different one in reserve. Repulsor Brace in the 3rd Column goes well with Hunter wearing Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk. Explosive Head and Golden Tricorn are popular choices if they weren’t in the same column as Disruption Break.
3rd Column Perks
4th Column Perks
And that’s everything I have for this Lethophobia god roll guide. It’s not every day that I get excited over a non-Exotic bow in Destiny 2. But when I do, I’m glad it’s because of a top-tier perk like Disruption Break. We probably won’t be seeing pleasant surprises like this until Final Shape arrives. We should at least make the most out of it while we wait. Good luck and have fun out there, Guardians.
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