Snipers are the best choice of weapon when you are a part of long-ranged battles. However, using snipers may not suit your playing style, and you might be using them because you have no better choice. For such players, Destiny 2 has the Eriana’s Vow Catalyst. This weapon is the perfect replacement for a sniper despite it being a hand cannon like the Spare Rations.
If you get flustered after missing a shot using a sniper and fear getting killed because of the slow reload time and rate of fire, then the Eriana’s Vow is a weapon you can rely on. It can take down barriers, deal incredible damage over long distances, one-shot kills on headshots, and even has a scope just in case you require some additional assistance.
Therefore, if you are looking to strengthen Eriana’s Vow with the Catalyst and make the best out of this weapon, you are in the right place.
How Good Is The Eriana’s Vow Catalyst?
If you are not using an anti-barrier mod; then this weapon is an excellent choice to take down barrier shields and champions. Additionally, a perk like the “Death at first glance” allows it to deal extra damage when aiming down sight. With this perk, you can easily take down enemies with a single headshot in Crucible.
As Eriana’s Vow Catalyst is a long-range weapon, it works just as well as a sniper, if not better. Even though it can be a burden at close range, compared to a sniper, its rate of fire is faster. The stats of the weapon are:
- Impact – 100
- Range – 100
- Stability – 37
- Handling – 31
- Reload speed – 32
- Rounds per minute – 90
- Magazine – 6
Here are some perks that compliment and make the weapon stronger:
- Looks can kill – Shield piercing ammunition
- Death At First Glance – Bonus damage when aiming down sight
- More To Give – Increase magazine size
With all the stats and details of the Exotic Eriana’s Vow Catalyst hand cannon, you can surely assess just how good this weapon is and compare it with some other Destiny 2 Weapons.
Eriana’s Vow Catalyst in PvE
In PvE, Eriana’s Vow Catalyst is a powerhouse, especially against mages, champions, and even mini-bosses. Takedown snipers with ease using the Eriana’s Vow Catalyst special ammo, which can be found easily, so there is no need to worry about running out of ammo.
The best part of it is its ability to take down barriers. It even works when you are slightly underpowered to take down champion shields. Whether you are new to Destiny 2 or a returning player, this weapon is, without doubt, the best one to use when fighting against champions in an activity.
Eriana’s Vow Catalyst in PvP
Using Eriana’s Vow Catalyst in PvP may not be the best choice if you do not have enough experience. It is no doubt that Eriana’s Vow Catalyst is a strong weapon; however, its true potential only comes out at the hands of the player with just as much potential. Otherwise, it can turn out to be nothing more than a burden.
Using the empowering rift, you can eliminate targets with just one headshot. Even without it, it only takes two shots to the head or the body. At long range, Eriana’s Vow Catalyst can deal great damage. However, in PvP, you won’t always be in that ideal situation. Often you would have to fight things out at close quarters, or at least mid-range. At times like these, Eriana’s Vow is not the best choice.
However, if you know what you are doing, and have incredible control and aim with the weapon, you can turn things around for good. If you have a playstyle similar to that of a sniper, this hand cannon is amazing as it is easier to handle and aim than a sniper. Therefore, it all comes down to the player in PvP.
How To Get Eriana’s Vow Catalyst
You can get the Eriana’s Vow by purchasing it from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower (Monument of Lost Lights), where you can also buy Outbreak Perfected and Anarchy. To buy Eriana’s Vow, you will require 1 Exotic Cipher, 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Helium Filaments, and 1 Ascendant Shard.
The Eriana’s Vow Catalyst can be obtained by simply completing the Eriana’s Vow Catalyst quest “The Vow ” given by Banshee-44. The objective of the quest is to obtain 400 Progress. This can be done through testing the weapon in either Strike activities, Vex Offensive, Crucible, Gambit, or Gambit Prime.
The important part is using the weapon and the choice of activity is irrelevant as long as it is one of the things mentioned above. Also, completing higher difficulty content can speed up the process of gaining Progress. Once 400 Progress is obtained, simply head back to Banshee-44 where he will hand over the Eriana’s Vow Catalyst. Next, let us see how to upgrade it.
How To Upgrade Eriana’s Vow Catalyst
To upgrade Eriana’s Vow Catalyst after you have obtained it, you will need to grind a bit. For this, you have to defeat a total of 700 enemies using the Eriana’s Vow in either PvE or PvP. However, it might be of little assurance that if the Eriana’s Vow was used to defeat enemies before obtaining the Catalyst, those Eriana’s Vow Catalyst kills count too. This also means that during the quest of obtaining the Catalyst, quite a few of the numbers were already covered.
How To Use The Eriana’s Vow Catalyst
The most important thing to keep in mind when using the Eriana’s Vow Catalyst is to familiarise yourself with both its strengths and its weaknesses. Eriana’s Vow Catalyst is a Handcannon. This means that the weapon has a relatively slower reload speed compared to a simple handgun. Hence, using it at close quarters is a gamble for whether the shot connects or not. Therefore, precision is crucial when using Eriana’s Vow Catalyst.
It does deal incredible damage as it can one-shot opponents over long distances with a headshot. It can even take down barriers. Even the ammunition it uses is special, but they are easy to find. However, it is best used as a counter against barriers and taking down mages or snipers over long distances. Trying anything else depends completely on the situation and the skills of the player and is advised against it.
How Does Eriana’s Vow Catalyst Compared To Other Exotic Guns
One of the most important aspects of Eriana’s Vow Catalyst which makes it unique from the rest of the Exotic weapons is the fact that the ammo it uses can be found easily so running out of it is never a problem. However, firstly let us clear that in PvP, Eriana’s Vow Catalyst barely stands any chance, if at all, against weapons with a higher rate of fire since its biggest weakness is its ability to fight at close and mid-range due to its slow reload and magazine size.
Now, in PvE, Eriana’s Vow Catalyst can rival the best of the best Exotic weapons. The one that can be the best to compare it to would be the Sunshot. However, even against Sunshot, when it comes to dealing with barriers, no one can stand above Eriana’s Vow Catalyst. Therefore, a comparison can only be made based on whether it’s PvE or PvP.
Now that you know how to get Eriana’s Vow Catalyst, you can try using it in PvE and PvP matches and find out its strength and weakness yourself. This deep understanding will help you overcome your opponents if you are able to use the weapon correctly.