Dead Man's Tale

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Dead Man's Tale
Production overview


Tex Mechanica

Rarity class:


Weapon type:

Scout Rifle

Min-max impact:


Min-max stability:


Min-max handling:


Min-max magazine:



Ammunition type:

Primary ammo

Rate of fire:

120 RPM



Effective range:


Hidden stats

Aim assistance:


Inventory size:






Bounce intensity:


Bounce direction:

Tends Left


"Long, short, they all end the same way."

Dead Man's Tale is a Exotic Kinetic Scout Rifle that was first acquired from the completion of the The Voice on the Other Side quest, and repeatedly afterwards with random rolls from completing the Presage activity weekly. With the release of The Witch Queen expansion, and the subsequent vaulting of the Presage mission, players can obtain one roll of the gun each week from Xûr by exchanging an Exotic Cipher with him[1].


  • Cranial Spike:
    • PvE: Chaining precision hits grants bonus damage per stack.
    • PvP: Chaining precision hits grants increased reload speed, target acquisition, and range per stack.
    • Upon reaching maximum stacks of Cranial Spike, the catalyst increases hip-fire RPM by 50, but deals reduced damage per bullet (20% decrease).

Barrel Magazine Perk 1 Perk 2 Origin

Chambered Compensator Flared Magwell Subsistence Composite Stock
Corkscrew Rifling High-Caliber Rounds Outlaw Fitted Stock
Fluted Barrel Ricochet Rounds Vorpal Weapon Hand-Laid Stock
Polygonal Rifling Light Mag Fourth Time's the Charm Short-Action Stock
Smallbore Armor-Piercing Rounds Killing Wind
Hammer-Forged Rifling Accurized Rounds Snapshot Sights
Arrowhead Brake Steady Rounds Moving Target
Extended Barrel
Full Bore


The quest to obtain the catalyst for Dead Man's Tale was originally awarded upon completion of the Presage activity on Master difficulty. Since this content is no longer in the game, the catalyst now has a chance to drop from playlist activity completions (Strikes, Crucible and Gambit) once the weapon has been acquired.

The catalyst, once completed, will grant an additional perk:

Dark Forged Trigger: Removes hipfire accuracy penalties and increases rate of fire from hip. Stacks of Cranial Spike increase hip rate of fire further.



Gaelin-4's war beast leads us through balmy Venusian jungle. Our rifles low, our Ghosts high in the canopy like sentry drones.

"My vehicle is old. Needs maintenance. Been running too long without cutting the engine," I say.

Gaelin sends me a sideways look. "That shipwright still around? She used to make cider in the autumn. I swear, she kept us like a pack of strays."

I sigh. "No, I mean this thing." I run my hand over my body. "Besides, you know I can't go back there." I straighten the leather wrap around my Tex-foundry rifle.

"You know I literally tune myself, right?" asks the Exo Hunter.

"Why? You're immortal."

"And you're not?"

"I know, but I'm… slower. I feel slower."

"Uh huh."

"Just not like what I used to feel like. Not… spry. Not up here either." I tap my helmet.

"Tragedy. I feel for you. Have Gilgamesh tune you then."

I chuckle. "Yeah… he'd love that."

"You two having issues again?"

I shake my head in a stiff, narrow lie. "You think we come back the same every time?"

"I do. Straight from the manufacturer ," Gaelin-4 says.

"Sometimes I get the feeling… something's different."

Gaelin stops and squints at me.

I dip my head and let my hood fall forward. "Nothing I can put my finger on, just little things. Adjustments."

"You think he's changing you?" Gaelin's voice sounds more serious than surprised.

I wait too long to answer. It's not because I don't know my answer, but because I want to feel like I still doubt it. I raise my head. Gaelin meets my eyes and looks up to the canopy.

He leans his shoulder into me and drops his voice to a whisper. "My Clip's a good one, but you need to realize Ghosts don't know anything. Nobody does. They're just like us. They get curious. They question. If you think something's coming unwound, you need to sit down and talk it out."

"Wait… did Clip change yo—"

"Please," Gaelin scoffs. "You're paranoid." He turns to keep walking and calls back, "Life changes you. Same with them. I'm the only one that stays the same."

Gaelin raises a fist and we stop. His war beast sniffs the air and turns us east. We continue walking.

"What'd you name the beast?"


"You've been reading too many of the Spider's books ."

"Some of 'em are good."

I laugh. "Aren't you the man that said anything you got tying you down can be made into a noose?"

"Yeah, some time ago."

"You've been taking a lot of jobs with him ? Those Fallen?"

"You're one to talk, Emperor's lackey . Some of those Eliksni aren't so bad."


  • Dead Man's Tale Intrinsic Perk was changed in Season of Plunder, due to some unintended effects and consequently, undesired prominence in the Crucible.[2]
  • Dead Man's Tale is one of only two Transformative Exotic weapons, meaning it has multiple, random rolls; the other being Hawkmoon.


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