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Gnawing Hunger auto rifle review and best perks | Destiny 2

Season of the Drifter may have passed, but some of its weapons have been revamped for Season of the Arrivals. Gnawing Hunger, a 600 RPM auto rifle, may be one of the strongest guns in Destiny 2 right now. What makes Gnawing Hunger so strong and what should you look for when the gun drops?

Auto rifles

Auto rifles are the strongest they have ever been in Destiny 2, and Gnawing Hunger is no exception to this. Adaptive frames – the 600 RPM archetype – are the best feeling, boosting noticeable range and a solid rate of fire. Other solid auto rifles in this archetype that we are seeing utilized this season have been The Summoner and The Forward Path. Addtionally, we have seen the exotic auto rifles The Suros Regime and Hard Light see play in PvP.

For its own part, Gnawing Hunger rocks void damage and is a versatile pick in both PvE and PvP.

Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2
The Forward Path and Fool’s Remedy

Best perks for Gnawing Hunger

When it comes to first column perks, Gnawing Hunger does not have you pick the usual Feeding Frenzy or Outlaw options for reload perks. While some players may view this as a downfall, in most cases the reload is speedy enough to not require the meta reload perks. Subsistence can be used to avoid reload, but personally I am not a fan of this perk. Since my early days in Call of Duty, I have always been a habitual reloader, and I know a lot of other Destiny 2 players are the same way. Field Prep can also be picked up for faster reload and handling when crouched.

Reload perks aside, Zen Moment and Tap the Trigger are the strongest perk choices in the first column. Any perk that can drastically buff your stability is super strong on auto rifles. Out of the two, Zen Moment is what I prefer in the first column. Zen Moment allows you to lay down the fire, while Tap the Trigger requires you to selective-fire to maintain that increase in stability and accuracy.

There is not a single bad perk in the second column for Gnawing Hunger. Each one serves a purpose and your choice depends on your playstyle. For damaging perks, your choices are Rampage, Swashbuckler, Multikill Clip and Kill Clip. Demolitionist is also found in this column and caters to a playstyle that focuses on the grenade ability.

My roll

The term ‘god roll’ is arbitrary and based solely on a player’s preference and playstyle. That said, here is my current roll for the Gnawing Hunger:

I am not a big PvP player, so Rampage is my go-to when it comes to damage perks. Swashbuckler is also a solid choice, but because my main character is Warlock, I lack a one-shot melee ability to activate all 5 stacks. I would not be opposed to having a Kill Clip roll for PvP.

Field Prep is a solid perk, but often times I don’t find myself crouching during a gun fight. I would much rather have Zen Moment for Gnawing Hunger to be more accurate and to easily stay on target.


Gnawing Hunger is a strong 600 RPM auto rifle that can hold its own in both PvP and PvE in Destiny 2. With solid damage perks and being a strong archetype, it can easily be added to any Guardians’ arsenal.

The easiest way to farm Gnawing Hunger is from Umbral Engrams, which was added to Destiny 2 in Season of the Arrivals.

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Derrick Tomlinson

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Fan of looter-shooters, the FPS genre, Marvel and Star Wars.
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