What is Necrotic Grip
Corruption, pain, devour, all words describe what this new exotic truly is. Necrotic Grip is Beyond Light’s new exotic gauntlets for the Warlock class, and we have talked about this on a previous blog however I feel this exotic needs more of the spotlight. In out last blog we wrote about the relationship between Necrotic Grip and Thorn, making it the ultimate, deadly combo. Here, we wont be touching upon that. Here, we talk about Necrotic Grip at it’s core.
Necrotic Grip’s perk is called “Grasp of the Devourer” whereby damaging enemies with melee attacks spread corruption. This corruption slowly eats away at its foes until killing them making this exotic truly devastating. It doesn’t stop there, though. After killing, the corruption explodes out of the enemy, sending a wake of corruption which latches onto the next nearest foe(s). If Necrotic Grip keeps killing, the corruption keeps spreading.
Killing enemies with Necrotic Grips corruption also restores melee energy too, truly making this one of the most unique exotics we have ever had in Destiny, not to mention the hidden perk it gives to Thorn when used together. Just four days after Beyond Light came out, I obtained this exotic. After seeing it’s showcase on Beyond Lights Exotic Trailer preview, I knew I wanted it in my arsenal as Thorn is my main weapon of choice and I love corruption damage. Also being a Warlock main, this exotic felt like it was made to be mine.
“To gain power, you must sacrifice. Exos have known this long before the Guardians’ rise.” – Taeko-3
Project day 2. I just got my first look at the Artifact H-349. It’s heavier than expected. More than a few people questioned if we even should study something with such a… dire legacy, but if we can’t understand our enemies’ tools, then we leave ourselves vulnerable to them.
Project day 5. Ran our first test of the artifact’s…let’s call them “necrotic properties.” We used cattle; they were large enough to survive the initial discharge. The results have been… upsetting.
No more animal testing.
Project day 30. Spectral analysis is back, and it’s got nothing. The artifact doesn’t operate like traditional Hive tech, which is our closest analogue. A cult of deranged fanatics can mass produce knockoffs, but we can’t even tell you what it’s made from.
Project day 31. We had an accidental discharge. Carro, lab tech over in 4B. Human, so… this is going to be it for him. We’ve got someone staying with him as the corruption spreads… At the very least, there’s so much more to study now as we watch his unfortunate deterioration. He’s been babbling since it hit his central nervous system, saying, “I’m reborn,” or variations thereof. I think… he almost sounds happy.
Project day 39. The Vanguard forbade a post-mortem, but a few of us couldn’t stomach the idea of Carro’s sacrifice being in vain. The results have been insightful. Off the record, I’m keeping a few tissue samples. It almost feels like having him around again.
Project day 41. We began the way with another moment of silence for our lost colleague. Too bad he’s not around to appreciate it.
Project day 45. we kept thinking about H-349 as a destroyer. But it’s really more sophisticated than that. I mean, with a normal gun, it’s just… boom. Done. H-349 on the other hand is deadly, not destructive. Much like a viper, its bite does not bring about instant death. Instead, its venom cajoles. It co-opts your beating heart into a death clock, ticking down your last moments. Your own pulse kills you.
Death may be slow and agenizing for its victim. But for the viper, time is an amendable trade for efficiency.
Project day 51. Yanniv had been crying. A lot lately. We must accept that tragedies happen; it’s a hard lesson to learn.
Project day 65. Another accidental discharge today. We realized that Yor’s little creation is hungry, so we fed it more. It certainly performs in exchange; the activity is intriguing after it feasts. I’ve been able to follow Yanniv’s degradation with a more analytical mind than when we lost Carro. I have to say, the process is so elegant; the science involved almost seems poetic. It may be reproducible. Just imagine how much more I could’ve ;earned if the scanners were all active at the time.
Project day 77. Another accidental discharge. This time, I ensured the scanners were running beforehand.
— Audio logs of Warlock and researcher Jana-14, salvaged after evacuation
Necrotic Gip is my favourite exotic armour piece by far in all of Destiny. It touches points that I love so much, like Yor and the Dredgens. I am a Dredgen in Destiny, and I am heavily involved with the followers of Yor, so it is only right that I so rightfully love the exotic hand canon that is Thorn, and the exotic Warlock gauntlets that is Necrotic Grip.
Dredgen Yor is lore that we can speak of another time, including another blog. As it explains more about the corruption that eventually turned the loving Rose into the biting Thorn that we know today. For all Warlocks out there, be careful when searching for this exotic, you don’t want to get corrupted yourself.
Take good care, Guardians.
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