Get the Mindbender's Ambition Legendary Shotgun in Destiny 2

Learn everything there is to know about the Mindbender's Ambition Legendary Shotgun perks and how to get it in Destiny 2.

Everyone enjoys a good shotgun in gaming, and Destiny 2 has its fair share of quality options. Of the greatest new additions is the Mindbender’s Ambition, a Legendary Shotgun. It’s a popular Nightfall weapon that can prove pretty powerful for PvP if you’re lucky with your roll. So if you want to get your hands on it, this guide will teach you how to get the Mindbender’s Ambition Legendary Shotgun in Destiny 2.

Get the Mindbender’s Ambition Legendary Shotgun in Destiny 2

How to get the Mindbender's Ambition Legendary Shotgun in Destiny 2
The Mindbender's Ambition is a powerful shotgun you can earn from Nightfall Strikes in Destiny 2. © Bungie

The Mindbender’s Ambition is a drop from The Hollowed Lair Nightfall Strike. You have a chance to receive it from the chest after the final boss encounter. Sadly, there’s no way to increase your odds of receiving this Nightfall exclusive weapon. Even if you score highly, you’ll still have the same chance to obtain it as in a much poorer run. But then again, if you’re playing well you’ll probably run through the Nightfall much more quickly, too.

If you’re trying to farm the Mindbender’s Ambition, you won’t want to use any handicaps or modifiers that make the Nightfall any harder. The quicker you can get through it, the more times you can run the strike and have a chance to get the shotgun.

To make the best progress, team up with a solid Fireteam that you can run the Nightfall Strike with repeatedly. Make sure you have some high burst damage, as The Fanatic will only open himself up for damage every so often. Grenade launchers like The Mountaintop make for a fine choice here. Beyond that, it’s simply a case of praying to the Guardian gods each time you beat the Nightfall Strike that this will be the time you’ll get the Mindbender’s Ambition with a good roll.

Mindbender’s Ambition perks

Mindbender’s Ambition is a pretty solid shotgun, even without its perk options. This weapon can come with a selection of different perks, but the main ones you’re after are Rampage and Opening Shot. The former increases the accuracy and range of your first attack, while the latter grants temporarily increased damage after each kill, stacking up to three times. With the right perks, Mindbender’s Ambition can take out enemies in one hit at surprisingly long ranges. Here’s the full list of perks:

Curated Roll:

Intrinsic: Aggressive Frame

Hard-hitting, high recoil. Increases rate of fire after kill.

Barrel: Rifled Barrel

Ranged shotgun barrel.

  • Increases range
  • Greatly decreases handling speed

Magazine: Steady Rounds

This magazine is optimized for recoil control.

  • Greatly increases stability 
  • Slightly decreases range

Trait 1: Opening Shot

Improved accuracy and range on the opening shot of attack.

Trait 2: Rampage
Kills with this weapon temporarily grant increased damage. Stacks 3x.

Mindbender's Ambition Perks in Destiny 2
© Bungie

Random Rolls:

Intrinsics: 

  • Aggressive Frame: Hard-hitting, high recoil. Increases rate of fire after kill.

Barrels: 

  • Rifled Barrel: Ranged shotgun barrel.

  •  Increases range
  • Greatly decreases handling speed

  • Smoothbore: Smooth shotgun barrel. Greatly increases range at the cost of more projectile spread.
  • Smallbore: Dual strength barrel.

      • Increases range
      • Increases stability

  • Barrel Shroud: Balanced shotgun barrel.

      • Increases stability
      • Increases handling speed

  • Corkscrew Rifling: Balanced barrel. 

      • Slightly increases range and stability
      • Slightly increases handling speed

  • Full Choke: Tightened barrel. Reduces projectile spread when aiming down sights at the cost of precision damage.

Magazines:

  • Assault Mag: This shotgun's magazine is optimized for quick combat.

      • Greatly increases stability
      • Increases rate of fire

  • Appended Mag: This weapon's magazine is built for higher capacity.

      • Increases magazine size

  • Tactical Mag: This weapon has multiple tactical improvements.

      • Slightly increases stability
      • Increases reload speed
      • Slightly increases magazine size
    • Extended Mag: This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.
      • Greatly increases magazine size
      • Greatly decreases reload speed
    • Steady Rounds: This magazine is optimized for recoil control.
      • Greatly increases stability 
      • Slightly decreases range
    • Accurized Rounds: This weapon can fire longer distances.
      • Increases range

  • Light Mag: Improved reload and range.

    • Increases reload speed
    • Slightly increases range

Trait 1:

  • Slideshot: Sliding partially reloads this weapon's magazine and temporarily boosts range and stability.

  • Threat Detector: Increased reload, stability, and handling when enemies are in close proximity.
  • Snapshot Sights: Faster time to aim down sights.
  • Pulse Monitor: Auto-reloads part of the magazine when wielder is critically wounded.

Trait 2:

  • Rampage: Kills with this weapon temporarily grant increased damage. Stacks 3x.
  • Quickdraw: This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.
  • Moving Target: Increased movement speed and target acquisition when moving while aiming down sights.
  • Auto-Loading Holster: The holstered weapon is automatically reloaded after a short period of time.

And there you have it, everything there is to know about how to get the Mindbender’s Ambition Legendary Shotgun in Destiny 2. After more? Here are our guides for the Tarrabah Exotic SMG and The Mountaintop Pinnacle grenade launcher in Destiny 2.

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