Patience and Time

If you've got it, they'll never see it coming.


Patience and Time is an Exotic Sniper Rifle notable for its high Stability and overall stat balance.

Excerpt from "'Should I Buy It?' – Patience and Time & Other Exotics"

When you think Patience and Time, you should immediately think Stability. It outclasses nearly every other Sniper with 79 Stability; that's only beaten by Vault of Glass Raid Sniper Her Benevolence (54).

While Patience and Time's namesake perk gives invisibility while zoomed, it's much less practical than you'd hope. In PVE, there are few situations where you're thankful for it. In PVP, you can still see the "red dot" sniper glare. Hmmm.

It's a popular pick during Arc Burn. Great Stability corresponds to a very easy to use Sniper Rifle. Third Eye (constant radar) is actually a good fit (better than expected). Since PaT has a low-zoom option, it has use at medium-range and benefits even more from Third Eye.


  • Patience and Time used to have Snapshot (quick aiming), but that was replaced with Custom Optics (a lower-zoom scope) in the major December Exotic patch.
  • PaT's Stability used to be 92, but has since been reduced to 79 (diff. of -13).

Where to get Patience and Time


This item can drop from Nightfall activities.

Prison of Elders

This item can drop as a Prison of Elders reward.


This item can drop as a Crucible match reward.

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.


This item can drop as a Strike reward. Exotic items can only drop from the most challenging Strike playlist.


This item can drop in situationally dependent ways.

Xûr, Agent of the Nine

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