Red Death

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"Vanguard policy urges Guardians to destroy this weapon on sight. It is a Guardian killer."
— Weapon description
"Only rumors tell of the mad Guardian who fashioned this butcher's tool. But its power is undeniable, and fear is a formidable weapon."
— Grimoire description
"This is our ‘Heavy Metal’ gun."
— Tom Doyle, Bungie Art Lead.[1]
Red Death
Production overview

Rarity Class:


Weapon Type:

Pulse Rifle

Required Level:

20 (Year One version)
40 (Year Two version)

Min-Max magazine:



Fire mode:




Service history

Red Death is an exotic pulse rifle introduced in Destiny Year One. It was formerly owned by a Guardian, until its owner was killed, presumably in battle. It was then taken by a bandit, who repainted it and modified it, among other things hacking the optics and adding new graphics.[2][1] A Year Two version of Red Death is available in The Taken King.


Year One[edit]

In addition to being conventionally powerful, Red Death can restore health and increase reload speed for a short time after every kill.[3]

Year Two[edit]

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  • The Red Death is constructed and reloads like an Auto Rifle yet it behaves like a Pulse Rifle and is classified as one.


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