Dead Messenger

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Dead Messenger
Production overview

Rarity class:


Weapon type:

Grenade Launcher

Min-max stability:


Min-max handling:


Min-max magazine:



Feed system:


Fire mode:

Full Auto

Rate of fire:

72 RPM



Service history

In service:



Dead Messenger is an Exotic grenade launcher introduced in Season of the Risen. It does Void damage by default, with the capacity to change to dealing Solar and Arc damage by holding the reload button.


A gift for the empress who has everything.

Caiatl and Zavala stood side by side, watching a live feed of the Guardian's assault on the Psion transmission facility, as broadcast by Amanda Holliday's circling aircraft.

The Guardian ducked behind cover and pulled out a sleek grenade launcher, recovered during their last assault of the base. They fired into a pack of onrushing war beasts, sending shrapnel hurling through the air.

The Cabal empress emitted a low rumble as she admired the weapon. Zavala looked up at the enormous ruler with raised eyebrows. Her gaze was fixed on the firefight, her eyes twinkling with violent ardor.

The Vanguard commander shut off the open comms and cleared his throat. "Would you like me to send you one of those grenade launchers? I can have Banshee create a Cabal-sized version for you."

Caiatl looked down at the Awoken leader, suddenly aware that her avarice had been on display. She lowered her tusks, which the commander interpreted as equivalent to a blush.

"That would be most welcome, Commander," Caiatl replied. "I'd like to fire it into Xivu Arath's belly and bathe in her soulfire."

Zavala turned back to the screen. "You have a… passionate spirit, Empress."

He did not see it, but beneath her mask, Empress Caiatl smiled.

It was terrifying.


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Intrinsic Perk: Trinary Vision - One-shot handheld Grenade Launcher. Projectiles release a fan of three energy waves on contact with the ground.

Column 1: Launcher Barrel - Quick Launch - This weapon's barrel provides faster projectiles and much faster aiming.

  • Greatly increases handling speed
  • Increases projectile speed

Column 2: Magazine - High-Velocity Rounds - This weapon's projectiles are particularly light and quick.

  • Increases projectile speed
  • Increases reload speed

Column 3: Trait - The Fundamentals - [Alternate Weapon Action] : Change this weapon's damage type, cycling between Solar, Arc, and Void.

Column 4: Stock - Short-Action Stock - This weapon is especially easy to grip.

  • Greatly increases handling speed.


  • Much alike other weapons of its kind (Hard Light, Borealis), this weapon will default back to inflicting Void damage when a Guardian is resurrected, or they enter a new activity. Remembering to change the element the gun fires is important if running an element-dependent build.


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