Monday, June 13, 2016

How to get Ace of Spades in Destiny Taken King

Ace of Spades Exotic Hand Cannon
First of all WHAT is the Ace of Spades?

The Ace of Spades is an Exotic Hand Cannon that can only be obtained and equipped by Hunters. This Exotic Hand Cannon was made available via The Taken King expansion.

What makes the Ace of Spades special?

It has a perk that is very unique. The perk is called ‘Maverick – Precision kills move one round from your ammo reserves into the magazine’ I know what you are thinking, why couldn’t it be precision kills increase reload speed dramatically? Because we can’t have nice things. Add to that the Third Eye perk that comes unlocked right off the bat, which keeps your radar active even when aiming down the sites, and you have a decent Hand Cannon at your disposal. 

The Ace of Spades also has ANOTHER amazing perk called firefly where precision kills cause the target to explode, which is a beloved perk for PvE among Destiny players. I definitely find that this gun suits the Hunter class more so than the others and with the ammo buff for Hand Cannons after the April Update, this is a solid choice for PvE. Hand Cannons are making somewhat of a comeback after the April update, so the Ace of Spades definitely has a place in PvP as well. Third Eye is a very under rated perk which is extremely useful for PvP, making the Ace of Spades a decent choice for PvP as well.

So, How to get the Ace of Spades in The Taken King?

Step 1 –

In order to get the quest for the Ace of Spades Hand Cannon you will need to rank up with the gunsmith to Rank 3 on your Hunter. You rank up with the gunsmith by ‘testing’ weapons for him each week. You can only test a maximum of 5 weapons a week for 250 experience each weapon. The other way to get gunsmith experience is by finding an ingame item (maximum of 4 items that start with DVALIN) that drops from random kills in the game and handing it into the gunsmith for reputation. This means that to get to Rank 3 could take you at least 3 weeks because of the weekly limit and reset. The gunsmith resets on Wednesdays so plan accordingly.

Step 2 –

Now as soon as you reach Rank 3 with your Hunter you will receive a quest from the gunsmith to obtain the Ace of Spades Hand Cannon. The gunsmith will hand out a quest called ‘Back in the Saddle’ which is a fairly straightforward quest similar to the one you received at Rank 2 for the Legendary Sniper Rifle Stillpiercer. Speaking of the Stillpiercer, you HAVE to complete that quest in order to receive the Ace of Spades quest at Rank 3, so if you reach Rank 3 with the gunsmith with your Hunter and do NOT receive the ‘Back in the Saddle’ quest that may be the reason why. Therefore it is important to do the ‘Back in the Saddle’ quest at Rank 2 for the Stillpiercer FIRST. If you need help on how to get the Stillpiercer Sniper Rifle then click here.

Once you have the ‘Back in the Saddle’ quest for Rank 3 all you need to do is get 100 kills with any Hand Cannon, while having a Primary weapons Telemetry active. You can buy a Primary-weapon telemetry for 250 glimmer from the gunsmith. It is a consumable that increases your Hand Cannon experience gained while active and lasts 30 minutes. Now you don’t actually need to buy a Telemetry if you have a Hunter cloak that has a similar perk which is ‘increase Hand Cannon reputation gains’ and the Hunter cloak perk doesn’t expire after 30 minutes although 30 minutes is more than enough time to get the required number of kills. The easiest way to do this is to load an easy story mission that has lots of enemies running at you OR earth patrol and then make your way around shooting everything in sight. Now I just got this quest on my Hunter and I know for a fact that using a Hunter cloak instead of Telemetry works just fine.

Step 3 –

Once you have the required number of kills with a Telemetry active OR a Hunter cloak with a similar perk, then you have to talk to the gunsmith in the Tower again. Once you talk to him he will give you another task to complete.

Step 4 –

This is the continuation of the ‘Back in the Saddle’ quest and now Banshee-44, the gunsmith, wants you to dismantle weapons in order to gather weapons parts to make the gun. He needs 10 weapon parts in total. **Just a reminder that ONLY dismantling rare or Legendary HAND CANNONS  will count towards the weapon parts Banshee- 44 needs.**

Dismantling a Rare Hand Cannon gives you 2 weapon parts towards the quest and dismantling a Legendary Hand Cannon gives you 5 weapons parts towards the quest. YEAR 1 Hand Cannons also DO count, in case you have some lying around in your vault. This part was a bit tricky for me as I didn’t have many Hand Cannons lying around so if you plan on doing this quest keep a few rare or legendary Hand Cannons that you plan on dismantling anyways, handy for this quest.

But again this part of the quest is relatively easy and straightforward to do and once you have the 10 required parts (check the quest objectives to make sure you have 10/10) then go and talk to Banshee-44, the gunsmith again.

Step 5 –

The final step is to talk to Banshee-44, the gunsmith for one final time where he will finally give you your Exotic Hand Cannon Ace of Spades.

Step 6 –

Enjoy wrecking your opponents with your newly acquired Exotic Hand Cannon.

As a final note I would like to say that this Hand Cannon isn’t the greatest Hand Cannon in The Taken King or anything like that as there are definitely other options out there like the Hawkmoon or MIDA for PvP and the Hung Jury for PvE. I would however recommend that you at least upgrade the gun fully and try it out to see how well you do with it in both PvP and PvE as this might become your new favorite primary exotic weapon. The gun performs extremely well in PvE and if you are skilled at using Hand Cannons then the Ace of Spades is also a decent choice for PvP.

That brings me to my next point you can ONLY use this Hand Cannon as a Hunter regardless of the Hunter subclass, which also means that you can ONLY get the quest for this gun from the gunsmith AS a Hunter. If you reach Rank 3 with the gunsmith as, say a Warlock or Titan, you will receive a similar quest but for different weapons, an Exotic Scout Rifle and an Exotic Auto Rifle respectively, I believe. Just something to keep in mind when trying to Rank up with the gunsmith.

Let me know if you were able to get the Ace of Spades and what your thoughts on this Exotic Hand Cannon are?



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