The Thin Precipice is a Strand Vortex Sword. The first one of its kind in Destiny 2. The sword is the Taken version of the Just in Case sword that’s been reprised for Season of the Deep.
Swords haven’t been a thing in Destiny 2 for years. Not since the heyday of the Dreaming City, we believe. Nowadays, swords don’t see much play unless it’s for sword skating. Or a Throne-Cleaver with Valiant Charge. When it comes to the Thin Precipice, however. There are a couple of things worth mentioning. It’s mostly for fun and not something that you’ll need in either end-game content or the Trials of Osiris.
How to get Thin Precipice in Destiny 2?
To get weapons from the Deep weapon set, like the Thin Precipice, Guardians have to take part in the seasonal activities: Salvage and Deep Dives. Getting five red border weapons and Deepsight activating them will unlock the crafting pattern for the weapon. Activity Keys improve the chances of acquiring red borders from the rewards chest at the end of an activity.
Best Thin Precipice PvP God Roll
1st Column: Jagged Edge
2nd Column: Heavy Guard
Quick Access Sling Mod
Valiant Charge + Counterattack (This is likely what you’ll encounter when going up against a sword wielder. Both traits require you to block attacks and then immediately go for the offensive. Valiant Charge increases lunge distance, while Counterattack increases the damage for that guaranteed kill.)
Valiant Charge + Golden Tricorn (This combination relies less on blocking and more on using Strand skills to get a damage buff that you’ll hopefully use on the next unfortunate soul who crosses your path.
Swords don’t have much of a perk pool and most of what you’ll see are traits that are more useful in PvE and will do nothing for you in PvP. Thankfully, this weapon comes with Valiant Charge, one of the few traits that are useful in the Crucible.
Another option you have in the 3rd column is Duelist’s Trance. It can be useful here considering that the Thin Precipice is a Vortex blade capable of launching a heavy spin attack. The only drawback is that you’ll only be getting the full benefit of the trait for as long as the weapon is out. The moment you stow that blade, you’re back to square one.
If you prefer to only use the blade to secure a kill, we suggest running Harmony on the weapon. It’s a bit risky though. It’s not a good idea to be running around a Crucible arena with heavy ammo on you. Should you die, your teammates will be in much greater danger.
Best Thin Precipice PvE God Roll
1st Column: Hungry Edge
2nd Column: Heavy Guard
Backup Mag Mod
Unrelenting + Chain Reaction (This combination is best used in ad-dense activities where enemies are literally stacked on top of each other. Chaing Reaction kills feed into Unrelenting, giving you full health the moment multiple enemies die. The Strand effects are nice to look at as well.)
Tireless Blade + Collective Action (Another ad clear option. But this time, you’ll be getting a damage buff for each elemental pickup on the ground. Best used with the Strand subclass.)
It’s not the best when it comes to ad clear. The Gold Tusk with Chain Reaction and Season of the Deep Artifact mods do the job a lot better. Still, it’s better than nothing.
We actually ran the weapon with the Hatchling trait to see if it can be a viable option. Needless to say, we were very much disappointed by the results. Not only do you need to rapidly kill multiple opponents at once to activate the trait, the resulting action only produces one Threadling spawn per burst. We didn’t know what were expecting but this isn’t the play at all.
How good is the Thin Precipice Sword?
It’s kind of hard to recommend this weapon as it doesn’t come with Eager Edge or has a heavy attack like the Throne-Cleaver. The only time it is actually advisable to run this setup is if you are trying to survive end-game content on a Strand subclass. Otherwise, it’s going to be up to each Guardian if they feel like running a Strand sword. Maybe there’s value in it during Strand surges. Who knows, really?
If you happen to pick up 5 red border copies of the weapon, why not unlock the crafting pattern and try out some combinations? It’s the first Strand sword so you might find something that you’ll like.
These are the Thin Precipice Base Stats before any perks are applied:
Swing Speed: 40
Charge Rate: 20
Guard Resistance: 0
Guard Efficiency: 0
Guard Endurance: 0
Ammo Capacity: 56
The perks for the Thin Precipice are serviceable enough. They are what you’ll find on most swords minus any movement tech. Still solid though, if you know when to block and when to strike back.
3rd Column Perks
4th Column Perks
And that’s everything we have for this Thin Precipice god roll guide. We don’t know if anything more to speak about the weapon. We’ll still keep an eye out on development, at least during the Season of the Deep. Until then, good luck and have fun out there, Guardians.