The Ikelos SMG is a legendary submachine gun in Destiny 2 that returned with Season of the Seraph.
It’s the second retaliation for the weapon, last seen in Destiny 2’s Season of Arrivals when it was first reintroduced with random perk rolls.
This time around, it’s back with a new perk to hunt, including the fan-favorite Voltshot, and this page will detail how to get the Ikelos SMG and which divine roll of Ikelos SMG you should hunt down.
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How to get IKELOS SMG in Destiny 2
During the Season of the Seraphim, there are only a couple of acquisition methods, however, after Lightfall, through past seasonal weapons, Xûr will likely rotate weekly between various seasonal equipment, including the Ikelos SMG.
If you’re playing after the release of Lightfall, keep an eye out for Xûr products and read up on which gods roll you’ll want to keep an eye on, but if you’re playing during the Season of the Seraphim, the following explanation will detail what you need. do.
Before you can start the real farm to re-acquire multiple copies of Ikelos_SMG_V1.0.3 during the Season of the Seraphim, you must acquire Resonate Stems by completing various activities and opening Seraphim chests during the Season of the Seraphim.
You’ll use them to focus Umbral Engrams which require you to have the ‘Ikelos Weapon Focusing’ vendor upgrade, but if you haven’t unlocked the Ikelos SMG yet, you’ll need to use the Resonance Stalks in combination with the upgraded Resonance. Expand your inventory to create a key that opens a Warmind Node; This is where Ikelos’ weapons drop, and you’ll first need to get the SMG from here before you can focus it.
The ‘Ikelos Weapon Focusing’ vendor update for Season of the Seraph.
Once you have discovered and unlocked all the Warmind nodes, you will no longer need to use the Resonance Amplifier and a message will appear as seen in the image below. This means you can jump right into focusing Umbral Engrams.
Improved Resonance Amplifier in the inventory screen with the message at the bottom of its popup stating that “Resonance Stems can be exchanged for other items in the Exo Frame in the HELM.”
Instead, you’ll spend excess Resonate Stems at the Exo Frame vendor in HELM to concentrate Umbral Engrams content if you want to continue hunting for drops of the Ikelos SMG, or any of the other three Ikelos weapons.
Please note that to do this you will need the Ikelos Weapon Focusing seasonal upgrade from the Exo Frame, as well as the following currencies:
- 1x Umbral Engram
- 50x Legendary Shards
- 30x Seraphic Umbral Energy
- 4x resonant stems
You can also focus an Umbral Engram to grant a random Ikelos weapon without the need for the seasonal upgrade and at a reduced cost, but it’s a 1 in 4 chance rather than a guarantee.
Left: Cost approach specifically for the Ikelos SMG. Right: Focus costs a 1 in 4 chance of getting the Ikelos SMG.
While you can continue to farm the Ikelos SMG by accumulating resources to focus one after another, this weapon can also be crafted, and for the rest of the season until the release of Lightfall, you can focus one weapon per seasonal vendor each day and it will be guaranteed a ‘red edge’ Deepsight version of a weapon.
This means that with a daily approach, you can get a crafted version of the Ikelos SMG in up to five days, or less if you’ve already progressed.
Of course, crafting is our recommendation here, as it will allow you to level up and tune the weapon specifically to your liking, give you freedom of customization so you can try different combinations when you want to change it up, and allow you to connect upgraded versions. of each benefit.
Additionally, there’s no mention yet of what will happen to these reward sources, but signs point to crafting being the only way to retain access to these weapons in such a flexible, customizable, and rerollable way, for example. which is not an option. -What a brain really!
Speaking of which, let’s dive into our recommendation of the perks you should look for, or plug into, if you’re going the craft route.
IKELOS SMG God Roll Recommendation
Making this version of the Ikelos SMG different from its predecessors is not only its updated and revamped perk set, but also the ‘Rasputin’s Arsenal’ source trait found on all four Ikelos weapons retaken for Season of the Seraphim.
This Origin Trait partially refills the weapon’s magazine by breaking a target’s shield, a buff that won’t lead to pure Domination in itself, but is a nice buff that will work synergistically with any Arc-protected combatant thanks to the type. damage from this weapon.
However, in terms of weapon elements that can be changed, either through random rolls or crafting, here is our recommended Ikelos SMG roll in Destiny 2:
- Barrel: small caliber or hammer-forged rifle
- Mag: Seraphim Rounds
- Perk 1: Feeding Frenzy (PVE) / Dynamic Roll Reduction (PVP)
- Perk 2: Voltshot O Frenzy (PVE) / Tap the Trigger or Rangefinder (PVP)
If you’re looking for a versatile barrel option for PVE, we’re going with Smallbore, a somewhat balanced option in terms of range increases, stability, and handling. Stability and recoil are worth paying attention to when it comes to submachine guns in general, but thanks to this weapon’s lower rate of fire, 750 rounds per minute, it can be relatively easy to control under sustained fire.
In terms of PvP, Hammer-Forged Rifling is a good choice of cannon – if you transition to this from Smallbore, the Ikelos SMG’s range will increase by 3 and stability will decrease by 7, so choose the one you think fits best. to your playing style.
As for the magazine, while preference is of course still a factor to consider, here is an option that is not only unique to Ikelos weapons, but is also a good choice to consider.
Seraph rounds provide multiple bonuses that are usually distributed individually to other magazine selections, including ricochet and over-penetration rounds, as well as increased range and stability.
While you lose a small magazine size or increased reload speed with this magazine option, that can easily be rectified with your perk options.
The Seraph Rounds mag option.
Additionally, you can always increase a specific stat, either through a +10 boost or by honing the weapon, depending on whether you’re crafting the weapon or relying on random rolls, respectively.
As for perks, there are actually a lot of great perks to choose from for both PvE and PvP.
In the first column, we recommend Feeding Frenzy for PVE, which increases reload speed with each quick kill, especially effective on weaker enemies that can be taken out quickly.
When it comes to PvP, you’ll want consistency in performance, and Dynamic Sway Reduction is the one to go for here thanks to the improvements it brings to the accuracy and recoil gained from holding down the trigger.
Alternatively, Perpetual Motion is a good choice if you’re looking for more ways to improve your weapon handling, stability and reload speed, and Killing Wind (increasing your mobility, range and weapon handling for a short period after a kill) is also a good choice. it’s a good option. shout.
Both are good options for PvP, but they’re also worth considering for PvE, especially on higher difficulty content where getting multiple primary weapon kills in a row is less common.
When it comes to the second column of perks, there are even more heavy hitters for both PvE and PvP.
For PVE, if you’re looking for general weapon effectiveness, Frenzy is the way to go, as it grants permanent increases to weapon damage, handling, and reload speed after being in combat for a short time.
Alternatively, the fan-favorite Voltshot returns here, overloading your weapon upon a post-kill reload, causing your next hit with the weapon to “shake” a target; this can have great synergy with Arc’s subclasses and builds and is quite powerful. in itself.
As for PvP, Tap the Trigger grants a brief period of increased stability and accuracy when pulling the initial trigger (an extended time with the improved variant of the perk) and this will work in conjunction if you have Dynamic Sway Reduction in the first column, which provides greater consistency and overall weapon performance in every combat engagement.
Alternatively, Rangerfinder is also a good option and can increase range or a way to balance the weapon’s performance based on your stat choices.
Truth be told, we’re only scratching the surface with the recommendations above because the Ikelos SMG has a lot of top-tier perks for both PVE and PvP – it’s one of the most loaded ones you can get, so we highly recommend trying to unlock it. Use it for crafts so you can experiment with all its different intricacies.
In fact, one buff roll you have access to when you first craft it is a combination of Feeding Frenzy and Frenzy in the first and second buff column respectively, so right off the bat you get what is effectively a roll of God.
The Feeding Frenzy / Frenzy version of the Ikelos SMG is available as soon as you unlock it to craft it.
As a reminder, be sure to take advantage of the daily Deepsight drops by targeting Umbral Engrams (available until the launch of Lightfall) so you can craft this weapon and customize it freely whenever you want.
This is especially vital as at this time there is no concrete confirmation on if and when this weapon could return as a drop in this form, although it is not out of the question as Xur regularly introduces and sells weapons; That being said, crafting is still your best option and is worth pursuing while there is still time.
If you’re looking for more god rolls to forge and collect before Lightfall releases, be sure to check out our god roll guides on weapons like the Revision Zero exotic pulse rifle, Militia’s Birthright grenade launcher, the High Albedo sidearm, and more, as well as an explanation on how to complete the More Than a Weapon questline, useful for getting some Umbral Seraphic Energies that will help you focus more copies of the Ikelos SMG.
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