Lord of Wolves

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"By this right alone do I rule."
— Weapon description.
Lord of Wolves
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Lord of Wolves is an Exotic Shotgun in the Destiny expansion House of Wolves, and returned again in Destiny 2: Forsaken.


"By this right alone do I rule."

Jolyon was a Crow. He'd seen much. More than most. He held the enemy's greatest weapon. Remembered its burn. Then began tinkering. He liked things. Liked how they worked. Found happiness in finding new avenues through which a thing could function. Not to alter the purpose, but simply to refine it.

The weapon delivered impact with incredible force spread over a range to increase its area of influence. But what if that force was brought to focus in a directed burst. A seasoned marksman with a steady, strong hand could deliver a burn that served less to herd, more to punish.

The feral ones deserved nothing less. The Wolves would have a new master. And that master was fire.

Lore (Destiny 2)[edit]

"By this right alone do I rule."

"Why did they call themselves Wolves?" the Hunter asks. "You guys don't have any wolves on your home world, do you?"

"Nama," the Captain replies. He has perched on a rusted-out Skiff. He scans the horizon, trying to remember the way to the crypt.

"So… Why, then? Most people haven't even seen one."

"Yeah," the Warlock chimes in. "I'd never even heard of wolves 'til I went to the Iron Temple."

The Captain cocks his head in a way that makes him look very like a squat, hulking owl. "Why Eliksni accept name 'Fallen'? Why Wolves accept name 'Wolves'? Why Misraaks is now," he grimaces as he mimes their accents, showing his serrated teeth, "Miff-racks?" He rises in one fluid motion and stands at his full height. "Why speak Guardian way instead Eliksni? Docked things do not word themselves."

He hops down, brushing past the Hunter and the Warlock with the rippling strength of a hunting tiger. "House of Wolves, they been Mraskilaasan. Gentle weavers. Come. I know the way now."


The Lord of Wolves is an Exotic burst fire Shotgun that can be obtained as a random reward, along with the Queenbreakers' Bow and Dreg's Promise, for completing the Challenge of the Elders. In Year One, it was obtainable only through Elder's Cipher Bounties, which were Bounties you had to complete after randomly obtaining the Elder Cipher weapon bounty at the end of a PoE game. This has since been removed since the launch of The Taken King. The Lord of Wolves is Acquired in Destiny 2 as a random drop from Spider's Bounties.


The Lord of Wolves is an Exotic Shotgun in the House of Wolves expansion pack. It rapidly fires five shots upon pulling the trigger. It has thirty rounds in its magazine, which is higher than any other shotgun, and it reloads its entire magazine in one reload. It has poor recoil, but deals high damage against any enemy the wielder comes across. The Lord of Wolves may not appear so, but its range properties far surpass those seen in every other shotgun so far, approaching the range of a typical fusion rifle.


Smart Drift Control—easier to control recoil, less range.

Soft Ballistics—less recoil, less range.

Linear Compensator—more predictable yet plentiful recoil, slightly more range and impact.

Hipfire—this weapon gains more accuracy when firing from the hip (not aimed down sights)

Speed Reload—quicker reload.

Extended mag—more bullets in the magazine (30-36)

Perfect Balance—less Recoil

Special Perk[edit]

Devil's Touch—kills with this weapon grant +2 agility (jump height and speed).


  • It is based on a Fallen Shrapnel Launcher, commonly wielded by Captains. However it does not fire small rockets like the Launcher does. In an older version of the gun its unique perk, Devil's Touch, lit enemies on fire to simulate this.
  • The gun has the House of Devils logo by the side
    • Directly below the scope, one can see the partial symbol of the House of Kings.
  • Upon the release of Season of Opulence Lord of Wolves became one of the most powerful weapons in the Crucible, being able to kill very quickly from a longer range than most shotguns.


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