The Chaperone

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"My mother had a shotgun we called the Chaperone. Kept us alive out there, before we got to the City."
Amanda Holliday
The Chaperone
Production overview


Tex Mechanica


The Last City

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Weapon Type:


Required Level:



Ammunition type:

Single Slug


Solar (Destiny), Kinetic (Destiny 2)

Service history

The Chaperone is an Exotic Shotgun available in The Taken King.[1] It is obtained through the quest, Jolly Holliday.

The shotgun is based on the original Chaperone, used by Amanda Holliday's mother Nora and buried with her. Holliday had Tex Mechanica create an updated version of the shotgun in honor of her mother.


"My mother had a shotgun we called the Chaperone. Kept us alive out there before we got to the City." —Amanda Holliday

Amanda Holliday was born on the road, when the City was nothing more than a whispered prayer. Their only protection was the weapons they could scavenge, build or modify. Weapons like her mother's shotgun, with its black and gold filigree far too fine for the world around it. They called it the Chaperone.

That Chaperone lies in a shallow grave with its last owner, but Amanda recalls every detail of its design. And, via a partnership with the gunsmiths of Tex Mechanica, she's brought the Chaperone back to life. Though the new weapon is much more powerful than the cantankerous relic the Hollidays used on the road, it bears the appearance, and the name, of the Chaperone that saw the one surviving Holliday safely to the Last City.

Lore (Destiny 2)[edit]

"My mother had a shotgun we called the Chaperone. Kept us alive out there before we got to the City." —Amanda Holliday

"The Last Safe City doesn't exist."

That's what her parents said when Nora Jericho was young. Almost as often as they said, "I'll die before I leave this land."

Nora believed them. She never had a reason not to.

She never forgot the moment she learned her mother could be wrong. It was her tenth birthday.

The same day the four-arms finally breached the bunker that had stood for hundreds of years. The same day a knight in scratched and dented armor fought them off—but not before cruel electric blades sheared through the metal orb hovering at his shoulder.

Nora helped him recover the jagged shreds of a shell. Confused but unquestioning, she helped him bury the pieces.

In thanks, he told her of the Last Safe City. Gave her a map and a shotgun, told her, "good luck," and then walked off into the desert alone.

Nora's mother didn't have room in her life for the upending of worlds. She stayed, along with half the bunker folk, in the desert.

Nora left the next day.


The Chaperone fires a single slug shot and grants an Agility boost when equipped. Precision kills will grant a brief increase to the weapon's Handling, Range, Rate of Fire, and Stability.


  • The Chaperone is the only lever-action shotgun in the game. The reload animation hearkens back to the way Arnold Schwarzenegger uses a similar shotgun in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • The Chaperone is also the only slug-firing shotgun in Destiny. All other shotguns fire buckshot, save for the Lord of Wolves, which fires some kind of incendiary shot (possibly a variant of Dragon's Breath shells.)
  • The Tex Mechanica logo can be seen on the back of the weapon.


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