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- "The sun's light purifies all it touches. Such is the gift of the Golden Gun. Its Light blesses those who stand with the wielder. And burns away foes foolish enough to stand against it."
- — Brother Vance
- "Summon a flaming pistol which disintegrates enemies with Solar Light."
- — Ability Description
Golden Gun forms a Hand Cannon supercharged with Solar elemental energy, allowing it to deal an incredibly high amount of damage. This ability expires after ten seconds or three shots. Upgrades to this super increase accuracy and damage, cause targets to explode upon death, or speed up the Gun's recharge rate.
This ability was known as the "Ghost Gun" in a previous, pre-alpha build of the game.
In the trailer for the Dark Below expansion, at the last second in a scene the gun had the inscription "Tex Mechanica" was written on the side of it as an Easter Egg to The Last Word, the model on which it is based and the weapon of the man who pioneered the Golden Gun.
In Destiny 2, the Golden Gun changes appearance based on the skill tree picked. For Way of the Outlaw, the golden gun keeps its default appearance, that of The Last Word. For Way of the Sharpshooter, it resembles the legendary hand cannon, Eyasluna.
Golden Gun in action. Seen from another Guardian's perspective.
The Golden Gun as it appears in Destiny 2.