A while ago I wanted to try and make a grand list of every time Destiny 2 has experienced a ridiculous Telesto bug, the weapon having a mind of its own being perhaps one of the most buggy weapons in video game history, breaking the game in all manner of ways over the years.
Turns out someone beat me to it.
That would be telesto.report, a website dedicated to tracking every Telesto bug that we’ve encountered, including all currently live bugs and how long it’s been a since a new one cropped up (just over 8 days, at the time of this writing).
In total, there have been 38 different instances of Telesto breaking Destiny 2 in some fashion, most of its issues stemming from the coding of its bolts which are individual objects and at one point, coded as actual enemies, leading to a lot of these glitches.
Telesto has been on a tear this season in particular. Nine of these listed bugs are from this season alone. The currently active one is Telesto bolts being able to persistently damage enemies even after they’re supposed to have exploded. Before this, Telesto bolts could be used as armor on a friendly teammate, and then after they were “fixed,” could stop supers if put in doorways. And during all this, when Telesto was supposed to be disabled for fixing, it kept reactivating itself in certain modes.
All the classics are here:
- Telesto deals double damage with Energy Accelerant!
- Telesto regenerating melee and grenade energy!
- Telesto almost instantly filling super!
- Telesto granting infinite ammo!
- Telesto speed clearing Blind Well by itself!
- Telesto straight up crashing the game entirely!
The first recorded Telesto bug on the list is when Telesto could be used to negate the Juggler mode, where ammo wouldn’t drop for your equipped weapon type. Shooting Telesto, then switching to a different gun before the bolts exploded would in fact drop special. Relatively minor in the grand scheme of Telesto bugs, but that was back in 2016 in Destiny 1, and it’s been a long, long time since then. Actually, I believe 3 of these bugs are from Destiny 1, so technically Telesto has only broken Destiny 2 35 times.
It’s hard to think of not just a more problematic gun in a video game, but one where the issue isn’t just it being overpowered, it’s all the goofy ways these bugs have manifested, again, mostly due to the coding of the bolt projectiles. Some have wondered if Bungie would end up straight up erasing Telesto from the game entirely to avoid these non-stop headaches, but they seem to be giving no indication that’s going to happen, and lately, they’ve been embracing the meme.
What will Telesto break next? No idea, but telesto.report is on it.
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