Ingenuity. Desperation. A haphazard prototype of terrible power. Such were the factors at play in the Wardcliff incident.
It is finally here. The Dubious Volley that has risen under another name, after being discovered in the data file of The Taken King expansion. Behold the Wardcliff Coil, a truly powerful rocket launcher, but is it the Gjallarhorn 2.0 as many people say it is.
If the Gjallarhorn could be classified as a calm controlled burst of destruction, the Wardcliff Coil is chaos incarnate. The Exotic perk for this rocket launcher is known as Mad Scientist which allows the Wardcliff Coil to fire a volley of rockets in the general vicinity of where you’re aiming. The spread on this weapon is pretty large, but with each part of the volley being as devastating as a single rocket. The Trait on this Exotic is Mechanized Autoloader, which automatically reloads the weapon on ammo pickup. A side note that should be mentioned is the fact that you have to have the Wardcliff Coil in your hand for the autoload to work. For example, if you are using a Kinetic Weapon and run over some Power Ammo, you will have to do all the heavy lifting in terms of reloading.
Wardcliff Coil comes with the Volatile Launch Barrel perk which greatly increases blast radius at the cost of slightly decreased handling and projectile speed. The blast radius is all you need honestly, with it completely and utterly blowing away anything that you fire at. The radius is larger than any single weapon in the history of Destiny and the fact that each part of the volley deals significant damage, you generally will not miss your target, assuming you are at closer ranges. Wardcliff Coil also comes with Extended Mag, which is more of a hindrance than anything else. While Extended Mag greatly increases the magazine size the Wardcliff Coil can only load one rocket at a time, so it is kind of pointless. Thus, you are left with a greatly decreased reload speed as the only real effect of Extended Mag. But if you play your cards right and mix a bit of luck in, the Mechanized Autoloader will help you out. Finally, we have the Composite Stock which slightly increases stability and handling speed.
Where to begin? To use a popular slang term, the Wardcliff Coil wrecks and wrecks hard. Gratuitous in terms of overkill, the Wardcliff Coil annihilates any foe that has the misfortune to come across its path. There is a downside, however, which is its accuracy and the method of its firing. Since the Wardcliff Coil fires a volley of rockets that choose a multitude of pathways, it can be difficult to precisely target an opponent/s from a distance. If you take the famed Gjallarhorn for instance, it was able to lock onto a target, track them down and then unleash the tracking Wolfpack Rounds. It worked amazingly well from a distance, but the Wardcliff Coil needs a more close range target, to make the most out of the psychotic rocket volley and the extended blast radius.
With all that has been said in regards to its explosive power, of course, it is going to be amazing to use in PVE. It is an area-clearing/area denial weapon to beat all others, eliminating foes big and small alike, but you definitely need to be a bit closer to your targets to get full effectiveness. Getting some height via a good Jump, Lift or Glide while up close is quite a successful way to utilise the Wardcliff Coil.
The same thing can be said for the Crucible, where you need to be close but not right on top of your target. The sporadic nature of the volley is too easy to dodge by enemy Guardians. Not to mention, with the more team-focused style of play in Destiny 2 Crucible, the large radius of the Wardcliff Coil may net you some impressive multi-kills.
The Wardcliff Coil is only available through the luck of an Exotic Engram decryption or from Xur if he happens to have it in his inventory.