Hi all. I have seen a lot of people commenting on how good the ion cannon is, how it’s OP, or even that it should get nerfed. I actually think this is one of the more balanced launchers they have put in the game, and it’s not as OP as everyone is making it out to be.
A little about me, because I know some people are going to wonder why they should even listen to what I have to say, I play a launcher fl4k almost exclusively. I work with many people on fl4k launcher builds (including some popular people on YouTube), and I enjoy breaking down the different damage properties of launchers to find what people miss with anointments and stats on class mods/artifacts to make them more effective. With only launchers I solo slaughter shaft M4 TVHM quickly and efficiently, as well as Maliwan takedown. I intentionally try to break the game with launchers and pass on my knowledge to others. When I use the ion cannon I routinely hit for 5 to 14 million damage (NOT in fade away and NON-crits) with consistency, and don’t have ammo issues. Does that mean my word is gospel? Not at all, but I know a thing or two about launchers and the ion cannon.
The ion cannon is really good against single targets or super tightly packed enemies, but still isn’t as good as other launchers in the game for more wide spread groups, slaughter shaft, trials, etc. and other launchers in game perform just as well for what it is great at. It’s still one of the top 3 best launchers in the game, and it’s ONE of my favorite single target launchers, but that’s not saying much and doesn’t exactly make it nerf worthy. The launchers that are better for more things, and almost as good for single targets, generally aren’t even legendaries. There are so many non-launcher weapons that kill groups faster that are usable by everyone that it makes the notion of needing this one almost laughable. I think why many people are so excited about it is because launchers in general have a reputation of being terrible, and this is the first decent one people have had easy access to that isn’t.
I think this brings a few things to light about launchers in general. First, I think that many of the other launchers (legendaries in particular) need a buff. I’m just going to leave that there. Second, the good NON-legendary launchers are waaaaaaaay too hard to farm for. Because the only launchers that competitive with non-launcher weapons must have certain stats and anointments, even if you do happen to get one it will likely not even be close to the one with the right rolls to be usable in M4. This is further compounded by the fact that they have no dedicated loot source. Third, lastly, and possibly the most disappointing (and I can say this without breaking forum rules because they were droppable in a certain event in beta and people I know used them at the event) is that there are some launchers that are in the core game that have not been droppable since beta that don’t need work.
So, can everyone please calm down about the nerf talk with the ion cannon? And for the devs, can you please look at the other items I brought up?