Whisper of the Worm

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Whisper of the Worm
Production overview


Xol, Will of the Thousands


Black Hammer
Black Spindle

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Heavy Sniper Rifle

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66 (Catalyst)

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Box Magazine

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72 RPM


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Xol, Will of the Thousands


"A Guardian's power makes a rich feeding ground. Do not be revolted. There are parasites that may benefit the host... teeth sharper than your own."
— Weapon description.

Whisper of the Worm is an Exotic Heavy Sniper Rifle introduced in Destiny 2: Warmind with an update on July 17th, 2018. It is the successor to the Black Spindle, and by extension, the Black Hammer. It is the form that Xol took to feed upon the Guardian.


Whisper of the Worm is a heavy sniper rifle, unlike its predecessors Black Hammer and Black Spindle. The weapon shares the White Nail perk of the Spindle as it functioned after the release of The Taken King, pulling ammo from reserves. It focuses on sustained boss DPS without reloading, heavily competing with Sleeper Simulant. The Catalyst obtained by running core playlist activities grants Whispered Breathing, which, after aiming down sights for three seconds, will increase precision damage and range until de-scoped. it also was available in the game in vanilla destiny 2 but people were not able to find it until warmind


  • Intrinsic Perk: White Nail, II, III, IV
    • Higher base precision damage. Rapidly landing three precision hits will refill the magazine.

Barrel Bowstring Blade Haft Sight Magazine Arrow Guard Perk 1 Perk 2 Stock Grip Origin

Polygonal Rifling Accurized Rounds Mulligan Fitted Stock
Arrowhead Brake Flared Magwell Field Prep Short-Action Stock
Corkscrew Rifling Alloy Magazine No Distractions Composite Stock
Chambered Compensator Steady Rounds Enlightened Action Hand-Laid Stock
Full Bore
Extended Barrel
Fluted Barrel
Hammer-Forged Rifling


Players can unlock the Exotic Catalyst upon completion of The Whisper on Legend difficulty. To fully Masterwork the catalyst, players must kill 500 enemies using Whisper of the Worm. Only then can the catalyst unlock the following perks:

  • +30 Reload Speed
  • Whispered Breathing: Aiming this weapon without firing for a brief moment grants bonus range and precision damage while it remains zoomed.


"And my vanquisher will read that book, seeking the weapon, and they will come to understand me, where I have been and where I was going."
The following is a verbatim transcription of an official document for archival reasons. As the original content is transcribed word-for-word, any possible discrepancies and/or errors are included.

Xol, the Will of Thousands, perished but was not destroyed. Death is a road, death is metamorphosis, the unsacred union between destroyer and destroyed. The might which defeats a god is also the ambrosia that god craves, the meat-sweet logic of Existence-Asserted-By-Violence, the binomial decision between two ways of being which deny each other. In dying, Xol fed richly.

Now came Xol unto the Taken upon Io, who fed Xol with plunder and tried to make of it an idol and a commanding will. Yet Xol was bound joyously to the very logic that sustained it in its death. It wanted the sword proof, the single proof. It wanted to become a rule which divided the mighty living from the mighty dead. So it whispered the Anthem Anatheme, the temptation to dominate the objective universe with the subjective will. It said, I shall be an engine to make your desire hegemon over your conditions. It said, WIELD ME, AND USE ME TO TEST YOUR FOE. This was its worship, Aiat.


Originally, to obtain the Whisper of the Worm, one had to complete a secret mission called The Whisper. As of January 29, 2019, the mission could be started on any day of the week, with any Public Event in the Lost Oasis on Io, by killing one of three Taken lieutenants. These lieutenants were called Drevis, Aspect of Darkness, Urzok, Aspect of Hate, and Ta'aurc, Aspect of War. Upon entering the anomaly, the player was taken to the Grove of Ulan-Tan Lost Sector location and would have to navigate through mazes and dark caverns, as well as fight through hordes of Taken that spawn through numerous blights. The player would eventually arrive in a large boss encounter featuring the lieutenants from before. If participants cleared these encounters within the twenty-minute time limit, they would be rewarded with the Whisper of the Worm.

After the removal of Io at the end of the Season of Arrivals, Whisper of the Worm was moved to the Monument To Lost Lights, where it can be purchased for 150,000 Glimmer, 250 Baryon Bough, 2 Ascendant Shards, and an Exotic Cipher.

It has since been removed from the Monument To Lost Light, and is back in the reprised Whisper mission, which returned in Into the Light.


  • Whisper of the Worm is the third gun to naturally have a Taken appearance and the fourth weapon overall to appear as a Taken beside Stolen Will, the Cold Between Stars ornament for Black Spindle, and Dreadfang.
  • The three Taken Ultras you fight within the final area of "The Whisper" mission are Taken variants of three enemies encountered within Destiny:
  • Whisper of the Worm appears to be heavily based upon two similar weapons from Destiny, Black Hammer and Black Spindle. All three weapons have the "White Nail" perk, and all are closely connected to the Hive.
    • Commonly seen as its third iteration, it is technically the weakest when compared to the other three. Even in its original state with the infinite ammo version of the "White Nail" perk, it was in the Power Weapon slot. Thus, compared to both Black Hammer and Black Spindle less combinations of weapon loadouts could be used.
  • Upon its initial release, the original Exotic catalyst could previously be obtained by running through the Heroic version of the Whisper mission. In order to fully unlock the catalyst, players needed to open six secret chests hidden throughout the mission, including one that involved shooting Oracles not unlike those from Vault of Glass. The order for the Oracles, from left to right, was 1-3-5, 4-6-7-3-1, and finally, 7-3-1-6-4-2-5. Chests awarded 2% catalyst completion, while completing the mission rewarded 24% for a total of 36% per week. After the exotic mission was sunset between Beyond Light and Into the Light, the catalyst could only be obtained by completing playlist activities such as Strikes, Crucible and Gambit.


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