While developer Bungie has only revealed a few details about the upcoming Destiny 2 DLC Curse of Osiris, fans have tried to extract as much info from the promotional materials. Some of those theories seem to be spot on, while others have been met with a healthy dose of skepticism.
One theory that initially had some weight, but has since been lost traction centered on the return of the exotic hand cannon Thorn to Destiny 2. Initially, many players thought that Thorn made a brief appearance in the Curse of Osiris reveal trailer, but further investigation has shot numerous holes in the theory.
Thanks to the magic of high resolution video and screenshots, it’s pretty plain to see that Thorn is not the hand cannon in question, which should help plenty of Destiny 2 players sleep a little easier.
For those that hadn’t been following the theory, it initially gained traction thanks to the below screenshot. In it, a Hunter can be seen hopping through a sunny landscape with a hand cannon pointed forward.
We will admit that the profile of the hand cannon looks a lot like Thorn, but only from a distance. Once you zoom in on the photo, it becomes clear that the protrusion underneath the hand cannon looks more like a mini-bayonet then simply a part of the gun’s frame. Thorn does have that unique profile, but its body is all one piece. This gun doesn’t look like that.
With an enhanced look at the hand cannon, it appears that the gun’s design is closer to the Lingering Song, an Iron Banner weapon introduced in Year 3 during Rise of Iron. The Lingering Song fits the description of the hand cannon with a mini-bayonet/knife below the barrel.
That being said, although this hand cannon has more in common with Lingering Song than Thorn, it is not the Iron Banner hand cannon either. Those that remember Iron Banner in Year 3 will note that Lingering Song also had two curved spikes coming off the bottom of the gun.
Based on the zoomed in image it looks like this mysterious Destiny 2 hand cannon borrows the design of an energy weapon hand cannon like the Annual Skate and puts the bayonet on the bottom of the barrel. In some ways, it reminds us of the Red Death pulse rifle, but only in a general sense.
For now, the hand cannon is one of the many mysteries surrounding Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris, but it won’t be for long. Bungie has promised to say more about the gear in the upcoming DLC as part of its three livestreams in November.
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris releases December 5, 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.