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Linear fusion rifle

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"We didn't have linear fusions in the Dark Age. But we made it work."
The Drifter

Arbalest is an Exotic Linear fusion rifle. It can be acquired from Eva Levante after completing the Party Hard triumph during The Revelry event or from acquired exotic engrams.


"We didn't have linear fusions in the Dark Age. But we made it work." —The Drifter

"Nah. Dark Age version was better."

"You and I remember the Dark Age differently."

"I'll take a hard projectile over energy any day. No better way to make sure the target is dead."

"Energy is for silencing barriers. Fists are all I need to administer blunt-force trauma."

"I forget you used to be a Warlord."

"What do you mean 'used to?'"

"I thought you'd thrown in with Saladin and Felwinter."

"I did. But I never stopped being me."

"Then why—"

"'Warlord' is too many syllables."

"Gambit needs more candidates like you. Should stop by sometime. Whatever you want to call yourself."

"Thank you. You're a liar and a cheat. Stay out of my Crucible."


This weapon is a handheld railgun that is especially damning against any unit with a shield, be it a Centurion, Captain, Minotaur, Wizard, Knight, Taken... if your target's got an elemental shield, it can be certain that the Arbalest will deliver a world of hurt to said target. That said, its rate-of-fire and reload speed leave something to be desired.

It should be remembered that despite being mounted in the primary slot, this weapon inflicts Kinetic damage despite using Special ammunition, so if the player has a weapon in the energy/secondary slot that also consumes Special ammunition, they may find themselves in trouble once their resource starts to run out.

Weapon Perks[edit]

  • Intrinsic trait - Compounding Force: Fires slugs that cause massive damage to elemental shields of enemy combatants.
  • Extended Barrel: Weighty barrel extension.
    • Increases range
    • Decreases handling speed
    • Moderately controls recoil.
  • Projection Fuse: Distance optimizations.
    • Increases range
  • Disruption Break: Breaking an enemy's shield with this weapon makes them more vulnerable to Kinetic damage for a brief period.
  • Composite Stock: This weapon has a versatile dual-purpose stock.
    • Slightly increases stability
    • Slightly increases handling speed.

Weapon Mods[edit]

Barren Wastes - Equip this Weapon Ornament to change the appearance of Arbalest
Violent Exorcism - Equip this Weapon Ornament to change the appearance of Arbalest



  • After The Revelry event ended, Arbalest was added to the pool of exotic weapons that can be obtained from exotic engrams and powerful rewards.
  • The weapon's namesake is a type of large crossbow derived from medieval French usage.

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