Exotic Review: Knucklehead Radar

You can see the point, right? Who wants to team up with one?

The Knucklehead Radar has made its triumphant return from Destiny 1 over to Destiny 2 due to one simple but incredibly practical perk. Being one of the better Exotics in the first Destiny it is no surprise that it is back.

Knucklehead Radar runs with the Intrinsic perk, Upgraded Sensor Pack, which very simply provides an active radar while aiming down sights. While this can seem kind of mundane to begin with, it is actually incredibly practical in almost all activities. Knucklehead Radar effectively grants every Kinetic, Power and Energy weapon the same benefits that MIDA has, which is a massive bonus in Crucible and in PVE activities.  This subclass neutral Exotic is a great boon to Destiny 2 Hunters due to the fact that the speed at which the radar appears after exiting ADS has been slowed, which basically equals to a longer time waiting for your radar to return. This is why MIDA has a distinct advantage, with Guardians being put into a state of firing readiness and knowing that there are hostiles nearby. Even one or two shots before your enemy can begin firing is going to make a massive difference.

Performance

The Knucklehead Radar, while being beneficial in PVE definitely would have more use, gameplay wise, in the Crucible. While roaming around in PVE, arrayed against AI targets, the radar becomes handy but a bit meh, with a lot of time spent not aiming and just snapshotting into aim mode when an enemy appears, or punching them to oblivion.

In Crucible, the usefulness sparks right up with aiming and scoring headshots being incredibly important to winning firefights quickly and effectively, especially when faced with multiple enemy Guardians. The Knucklehead Radar makes sure that you are always informed and kept in the loop about enemy positioning without any delays in the radar returning. I cannot tell you how many times I have been killed because I stopped aiming to reposition and ended up getting killed by someone I did not know was there…because my radar hadn’t come back. Oh well, the Knucklehead Radar will solve all that.

It is a great Exotic but it is kind of situational at times, which can make other Exotic armour pieces shine a little bit more. It all comes down to your playstyle and the way you operate. One thing is for sure, this provides a massive bonus to other ranged Scout Rifles that are not the MIDA.

Acquisition?

The Knucklehead Radar can be gained through an Exotic Engram decryption or from Xur if he happens to carry it in his inventory.