The Recluse

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The Recluse
Picture of The Recluse from in game
Production overview



Rarity class:


Weapon type:

Submachine Gun

Required level:


Min-max impact:


Min-max stability:


Min-max handling:


Min-max magazine:

36 (40 with Backup Mag mod)


Feed system:

Box Magazine

Ammunition type:


Fire mode:


Rate of fire:

900 RPM



Effective range:


Service history




"My bite will turn your sweet flesh to vile rot."
— Weapon description

The Recluse is a Legendary Submachine Gun that is awarded from a pinnacle weapon quest in the Crucible.


An arrow whined out of nowhere. It drove through his shoulder, penetrating his armor as though it were paper, not plasteel.

No enemies on his tracker. So then where—

The second arrow hit harder than the first: straight through his other shoulder, skewering the joint. He twisted his head, saw the arrowhead protruding through his pauldron, chuckled humorlessly, looked through the trees. The asteroids of the Reef did not afford many hiding places, even those which had been terraformed to support plants and animals, so the shooter had to be—

The third arrow penetrated his thigh. He laughed aloud.

"Transmat?" his Ghost suggested, a quiet voice in his mind.

"No. They started this. I'll finish it."

Unable to lift any of his own weapons in defense, concerned that he might compromise his Ghost if he made any attempt to heal himself with the Light, Lord Shaxx began to limp toward the shooter's likeliest vantage.

This was the work of a ballista, he supposed. Dark Age weaponry. Nothing else could hit so hard.

As he tottered along, an Awoken woman in the near distance seemed to rise from the forest floor. She cast aside her camouflage and stood straight. He stopped to gawk. She was as tall as he was, if not taller. Her bow (just a bow! an ordinary bow!) was certainly taller.

"You're trespassing on Awoken territory, Guardian," she called to him. "Declare yourself."

"Who are you?" he asked, astounded.

"I am the Queen's Wrath. Declare yourself. I will not ask again." She raised her bow, drawing it to its full capacity.

He watched in amazement. It was just a bow. And she was just an ordinary Awoken woman! And yet! "You are a tempest," he replied humbly.

In the next instant, she killed him.

It was the start of a beautiful friendship.


  • It is mentioned by Shaxx that he came up with the name (Recluse) from a story a little girl about an Itsy Bitsy Spider.
  • There is also a weapon ornament for this weapon named the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
  • The Recluse, along with The Mountaintop grenade launcher and the Wendigo GL3 grenade launcher was one of the most used loadouts in the entirety of the Shadowkeep era of Destiny 2, with all three weapons being Pinnacle weapons.
    • This led to, even after all three weapons were eventually sunset, players still having the weapons, often with absurdly high kill counts
  • The legendary Submachine Gun Funnelweb, relesed with The Witch Queen, has been compared to Recluse due to both weapons being Void 900rpm VEIST SMGs.


  • Lightweight Frame: Superb handling. Move faster with this weapon equipped.
  • Polygonal Rifling: Barrel optimized for recoil reduction. Increases stability.
  • Ricochet Rounds: Rounds ricochet off hard surfaces. Increases stability. Slightly increases range.
  • Feeding Frenzy: Kills with this weapon increase reload speed for a short time.
  • Master of Arms: Kills with any weapon improve this weapon's damage for a short time.

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