Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades was a Hunter-exclusive exotic Hand Cannon introduced in The Taken King, which served as the signature weapon of the Vanguard Hunter Cayde-6. It is obtained by reaching Rank 3 Gunsmith reputation with a Hunter and completing the Back in the Saddle quest. It was reintroduced in Forsaken and can be obtained after a lengthy questline following the main story, now available to all Classes. The Ace of Spades is named after Cayde-6’s son Ace who he was father of before becoming a guardian.
The Ace of Spades was a Hunter-specific Hand Cannon in The Taken King that fits into the mid-impact archetype. The weapon has 12 bullets in the magazine and is capable of clearing entire rooms of enemies without reloading using the Maverick perk, which reloads one bullet from the reserves after a precision kill. In Forsaken, The Ace of Spades, now available to all Guardian classes, can still easily clear hordes of enemies with the Firefly perk, where after a precision kill, the enemy explodes dealing Solar damage. The instrinsic perk it has is called Momento Mori, where reloading after a kill gives The Ace of Spades extra damage power in six shots, making it one of the best exotic weapons in Destiny 2.
The Ace of Spades rewards precision kills with two main bonuses: With Firefly, all precision kills become explosive shots that do damage to nearby enemies. With Maverick, precision kills grants a bullet from your ammo reserve into the magazine. Both these perks are more useful against groups of weaker enemies, as they will not activate as frequently with stronger enemies who require multiple shots to bring down, possibly meaning that a player can expend all their ammo without reloading at all.
The Ace of Spades returns in the Forsaken expansion. Unlike its Destiny incarnation, it is no longer restricted to Hunters. In PvP, it has proven itself to be an extremely powerful weapon, outperforming hand cannons in the same archetype and others including, but not limited to, Better Devils, Dire Promise, and Jack Queen King 3. Memento Mori grants the user radar even when aiming down sights, a trait which is shared with MIDA Multi-Tool. The perk also grants six increased damage bullets after every kill and reload, and when paired with its Firefly perk, gives it an effect similar the Kill Clip/Outlaw combination seen on other, legendary weapons. However, unlike that combination, Memento Mori's effect wears off when the weapon is stowed, the user is killed or when all six bullets are expended, and not over time.
Lore (Destiny 2)
"Folding was never an option." —Cayde-6
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF CAYDE-6
To whomst it may concern:
I, Cayde-6, being of sound(ish) mind and body, do hereby and henceforth and heretofore leave all my possessions to the person, alien, animal, or natural phenomenon what kills me.
Aforesaid possessions include, but are not limited to: – The Ace of Spades – Any and all stashes I've hidden throughout the system – The Colonel, my faithful friend – My debts, which follow:
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