To unlock the highly anticipated Sleeper Simulant you need to do a series of tasks in an unmarked quest. The basic gist is to find four fusion rifles that randomly drop, turn them into Banshee, wait for The First Firewall event, get the broadcaster, input the sequence (it’s based off the knight spawns at the end of the mission), have it broadcast, do another mission, defeat the three wizards at the end to obtain the core, charge it by dismantling a legendary heavy and completing a Warsat public event on Earth, Moon and Mars, plus complete the Archive mission on Venus and then talk to Banshee yet again, wait a day, and finally complete the level 42 version of the Fallen S.A.B.E.R. strike. Upon doing all this you’ll receive the Sleeper Simulant and learn it really wasn’t worth the hassle.
The Sleeper Simulant starts its disappointment by being a 310 light gun. While there is nothing wrong with a 290 gun, the amount of time and effort that went into obtaining it is certainly on par with the exotic sword, which is given at 310 light. From there, the Sleeper Simulant has fairly modest perks, with a so so magazine and ammo capacity. The perks include CQB Ballistics, Smooth Ballistics, Hip Fire, Speed Reload, Custom Optics, and finally Injection Mold. The Sleeper Simulant also contains two exotic perks. The first is Sleeper Simulant, which allows you to fire through enemies and bounce off a single hard surface, with the other, Activated Ikelos, bumping it up to five. This means the Sleeper Simulant is meant to be fired from the hip and you can either make it more stable or fire longer ranges.
Like a lot of guns, the perks might not be great, but that hasn’t stopped them from being great on the field. Sadly, this is not the case for the Sleeper Simulant. With it having the capacity of a rocket launcher, meaning it has a magazine of three and reserve up to nine, you have to make every shot count. With that in mind, it is fairly difficult to hit multiple targets with it (unlike rockets) and I’ve had issues getting the bullets to reflect. This really limits its use outside of very specific bosses and due to the range and nature of most of the bosses, it makes the gun impractical for the raid, most strikes and even the majority of missions.
In a lot of ways the Sleeper Simulant is a really cool looking and unique exotic that is more novelty than practical. Thats not to say it isn’t worth obtaining or people might find a way to make it useful, but odds are it will be another Dreg’s Promise. Neat in some ways, but out classed by most weapons. In either case, if you want to see it in action, you can check out the video below. Also, if you want to see it used in a specific situation or way, then make a comment and I’ll try to upload a video.