Titan mains, maybe it’s time to hang up your favorite hat. After a hotfix was released to Destiny 2 earlier today, players started noticing that the Loreley Splendor Helm was no longer working as it did pre-patch. In fact, it appeared to have struck a major nerve. The text for the item’s primary benefit still reads: “When you take critical damage with full ability energy or when you cast a Barricade, create a sunspot at your location that has improved healing effects.”
Sunspots are like friendly fires that heal you and speed up ability regeneration. Previously, the Sunspots that Loreley cast when you took significant damage would grant Restoration x2. However, after the hotfix they only grant x1 Reset. As there was initially no mention of a balance change in the patch notes, many assumed this was either a stealth nerf by Bungie or a bug. As it turns out, this was an intended change that was just left out by accident.
UPDATE: Hotfix 126.96.36.199 includes a recent change to the Loreley Splendor Helm Titan Exotic, reducing sunspot health regeneration to X1. This change will be reflected in the latest patch notes article soon. https://t.co/ND8tYzcMi3September 13, 2022
Sure enough, the post now reads: “Loreley Splendor Helm Titan Exotic has been adjusted to grant x1 Restoration from x2.”
Despite the disappointment that it wasn’t properly pointed out, I don’t think much of the Destiny 2 community will be surprised that the helm has changed. The Restoration x2 effect was so powerful that it allowed Solar Titans to heal through frankly ridiculous amounts of incoming damage even in the toughest PvE content. Loreley has become a staple for Titans thanks to her ability to make everyone unplayable, and Bungie often steps in when a piece of gear seems like it’s become so mandatory that all other options get squeezed out.
In Datto’s video below you can see how powerful the pre-nerf Restoration x2 effect was.
Loreley was also a threat in PvP because it greatly expanded players’ effective health pool when dueling, so many people will be happy to see the back of it.
As for whether it will be any good now, I honestly suspect not. Loreley had acted as a universal get out of jail free card. The reduced effect, while still useful because it triggers automatically, will be more like the “call my state-appointed attorney” card.
The fact that regular Sunspots already grant Restoration x1 means Solar Titans are likely to start experimenting with other options like Path of Burning Steps and Phoenix Cradle. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Heart of Inmost Light chest, which is heavily used across all subclasses, become even more popular—so much so that it could be on the rebalancing block next.
To me, while it’s a completely understandable nerf, it’s also sad for two reasons: 1) I still hadn’t managed to solo the Grasp of Avarice dungeon without dying, which I need to do for the sweet pirate emblem. 2) Loreley’s fashion game is on point and I’m going to miss seeing those fiery plume horns bouncing around the Tower.
Please enjoy my favorite Loreley look below as we bring you a piece of Destiny 2 armor for a Hall of Fame.