The Spare Rations is back! First introduced back in the Season of the Drifter, the Spare Rations hand cannon is remembered for its god roll, and the loops players had to jump through to get the best version of the weapon to show off in the Crucible. Does the weapon hold after all these years MIA? Let’s go find out.
Once upon a time, Spare Rations was once considered the best hand cannon in Destiny 2. But that’s no longer the case anymore. There have been so many hand cannons released since the time of its first release. The truth of the matter is, the weapon has been power crept to death, and it simply cannot keep pace with the powerhouses of today’s meta.
How to get Spare Rations in Destiny 2?
The best way to get Spare Rations is to take part in the fishing seasonal activity. By submitting Legendary fish at the H.E.L.M., players have a chance of getting random rolls from the Reckoning Weapon set.
Other than that, Guardian can focus farm rolls of their preferred weapon from the terminal next to the Portal. But they will need to unlock the weapons first by getting a random instance of the weapon either through seasonal activities or delivering Legendary fish to the H.E.L.M.
Best Spare Rations PvP God Rolls
1st Column: Smallbore
2nd Column: Ricochet Rounds
Quick Access Sling Mod
Slideshot + Opening Shot (Hands down, the best combination for PvP. Performing a slide will partially reload the weapon and increase range and stability for a short period of time. Paired with Opening Shot, you can surprise enemies going around corners.)
Moving Target + Opening Shot (A more static pairing. This combination doesn’t ask the wielder to slide throughout the match. Instead, they will be peeking behind cover – standing, while starting encounters with Opening Shot.)
Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (One of the more aim-reliant combinations. This combination is best utilized by players who live or die by the headshot. Spare Rations can pretty much three-tap any Guardian regardless of their Resilience. Having Kill Clip on makes this a two-tap monster.)
This version of Spare Rations can no longer fight at longer ranges now that it doesn’t roll with Rangefinder. Guardians who really want to use this weapon in PvP have to learn to fight within its intended ranges to have a chance against better hand cannons like Rose and Austringer.
It is worth noting that the weapon feels phenomenal at closer ranges. And it’s all thanks to its base 71 Handling. In a 1 vs 1 duel, you have a slight advantage with the speed at which you can aim down sights.
There is some value to this weapon’s Disaster Plan Origin Trait. Players just have to be aware that they have the buff on until the weapon’s fired again.
Best Spare Rations PvE God Roll
1st Column: Smallbore (Fluted Barrel as an option)
2nd Column: Alloy Magazine
Reload Speed Masterwork
Backup Mag Mod
Rapid Hit + Kinetic Tremors (The only viable god roll for PvE content. This combination relies on the Guardian to make crit shots to increase their reload speed so that they can activate Kinetic Tremors more often.)
Kinetic Tremors is an amazing trait, in our opinion. It doesn’t have any business being on a hand cannon, let alone Spare Rations. There’s simply no reason to bring a hand cannon into any end-game PvE content unless you’re looking to stun Champions. Even then, there are plenty of Exotic hand cannons that straight-up handle crowd control better. And let’s not forget that Malfeasance with Lucky Pants makes quick work of any bosses.
Unless there’s a buff to hand cannons in the future, leave Kinetic Tremors on a more serviceable weapon like the Battle Scar. On that note, you might want to keep a Rapid Hit + Vorpal Weapon in your vault just in case there’s a big buff to both later down the line.
How good is the Spare Rations?
Frankly speaking, the Spare Rations is a shadow of its former self. Bungie brought back the gun exactly the way it was and gave it perks that barely help it compete with newer hand cannons. It’s a shame too. The gun feels and sounds great but it doesn’t do anything for you other than remind you that its time has come and gone. We don’t know why such a storied weapon didn’t get the same treatment as the Austringer or Rose. It just baffles our minds.
On the flip side, if you are willing to treat it as a pseudo 180 hand cannon with a slightly longer range and amazing Handling, you will learn to love it for what it is and probably not compare it so much to what it was.
These are the Spare Rations Base Stats before any perks are applied:
Reload Speed: 56
Rounds Per Minute: 140
Individually, Spare Rations’ perks are strong, at least when applied to a different weapon. The problem here is that there are only a few combinations that make it “good” for the task at hand. That goes doubly sure for PvE activities.
3rd Column Perks
4th Column Perks
And that’s everything we’ve got for this Spare Rations god roll guide. We’ve tried many different rolls in both PvP and PvE, and we’re confident that we’ve done more than enough testing. Of course, we can’t account for all builds and the constant changes happening within Destiny 2. If we happen to chance upon an interesting roll, we will update this article within the Season of the Deep. Good luck and have fun out there, Guardians.