Red Death

Vanguard policy urges Guardians to destroy this weapon on sight.

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Red Death is an Exotic Pulse Rifle, notable for high Impact and its strong healing effect. Its namesake talent will heal you to full in under 2 seconds after a kill; it'll also briefly speed up your reload. Considering those benefits, Red Death is all about keeping you in the fight. This makes it a great choice for Guardians with a low Recovery stat.

Stat Changes

In the December Exotic Patch, nearly every Exotic weapon was buffed. Red Death was not, and was arguably nerfed. Its previous Impact/ROF was 30/59. This was changed to 26/66 – a faster ROF with lower Impact.

In Patch 1.1.1, the damage for all Pulse Rifles was increased +9.7%. This return Red Death to its former damage numbers, while still maintaining the higher ROF. A net benefit in the long run!

Lore

Red Death has very little Lore. The Grimoire card only has a description & a few lines:

Vanguard policy urges Guardians to destroy this weapon on sight. It is a Guardian killer. Only rumors tell of the mad Guardian who fashioned this butcher's tool. But its power is undeniable, and fear is a formidable weapon.

Description Change

"Vanguard policy urges Guardians to destroy this weapon on sight. It is a Guardian killer."

These are Year One values. Red death got a Year Two overhaul.

Where to get Red Death

Vault of Glass

This item can drop in the Vault of Glass Raid.

Crota's End

This item can drop during the Crota's End Raid.

Prison of Elders

This item can drop as a Prison of Elders reward.

Xûr, Agent of the Nine

Xûr, Agent of the Nine, sometimes sells this item in the Tower.