Trace Rifle

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Coldheart, an example of a trace rifle.

"The trick with Traces is keepin' your laser on the target. Longer you keep it there, the more damage you do."

Trace Rifles are powerful rifles capable of firing singular, concentrated energy beams that can be focused down upon multiple targets at once. They are under the special weapon category. Because of the low amount of known rifles, they were instead infused with auto rifles until the introduction of Upgrade Modules. Similarly, they shared armor mods with auto rifles as well until Season of the Splicer. Most trace rifles wieldable by Guardians were of Exotic rarity until the introduction of Retraced Path.


A class of weapon first known to the Last City through the work of Omolon,[1] trace rifles are highly accurate, battery-powered[Note 1] lasers. While they may appear to have a measly impact stat, this is more than made up for by the fact they are the fastest firing weapons in the game, with a damage output between the general purpose use of auto rifles and the heavy duty power of machine guns. Paired with their nonexistent spread and high stability they are effectively a sort of "super auto rifle" befitting of their status as special ammo weapons.

Trace rifles support the following intrinsic trait.

Intrinsic trait In-game description Further details

Adaptive Frame

A well-rounded grip, reliable and sturdy. N/A

Exotic trace rifles[edit]

Legendary trace rifles[edit]

  • Retraced Path - Acquired as a drop from Xur's Treasure Hoard, which is part of the Dares of Eternity activity during Bungie's 30th Anniversary event.
  • Hollow Denial - Acquired from Nightmare Containment or Sever missions.
  • Path of Least Resistance - Acquired from Heist Battlegrounds.
  • Acasia's Dejection - Acquired from the Root of Nightmares raid; an Adept version of this weapon can be obtained from completing encounter challenges on Master difficulty.
  • Appetence - Acquired from Riven's Lair or the Coil
  • Incisor - Acquired from Trials of Osiris; an Adept version of this weapon can be obtained by going flawless

Enemy trace rifles[edit]


  • Trace rifles appear to be loosely inspired by the Focus Rifle of Halo: Reach, Bungie's last game before making Destiny, as indicated by the flavor text of Retraced Path.[3]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Magazine perks on trace rifles use battery terminology like fusion rifles.


  1. ^ Bungie (2017/9/8), Destiny 2: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Coldheart
  2. ^ Polygon - Destiny 2 Shadowkeep guide: Divinity Exotic quest
  3. ^ Bungie (2021/12/7), Destiny 2: 30th Anniversary Pack Retraced Path flavor text