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Light is a spectrum. Why limit yourself to a single hue?
― In-game description

Borealis is an exotic sniper rifle. Borealis can be dismantled to generate Glimmer, Gunsmith Materials, and Legendary Shards. Borealis will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 until at least Fall 2018.[1]


This item has the following lore associated: “Project Borealis's onboard systems contain a pocket energy matrix capable of changing its alignment in a near instant to mimic the spectral frequencies of mapped energy types. The science is groundbreaking, but volatile. We're lucky to have this first, stable model available for active combat use. More will surely come, but for now, the Borealis is the only one of its kind that I trust for real world application.” “Sounds dangerous.” “If the internal matrix misaligns for any reason during its shift between outputs—damage, wear, a flaw in its production—the resulting feedback could [REDACTED].” “That bad, huh?” “If your definition of ‘bad' includes the [REDACTED] then yes, ‘bad' begins to describe it.”


Borealis can be obtained from loot drops in PvE and PvP activities and from exotic engrams.


Borealis can also be upgraded with the following perks:

Column 0

The Fundamentals perk icon.png The Fundamentals
Holding changes this weapon's damage type, cycling between Solar, Arc, and Void.

Column 1

Corkscrew Rifling perk icon.png Corkscrew Rifling
Balanced barrel.
  • Slightly increases range and stability
  • Slightly increases handling speed

Column 2

Extended Mag perk icon.png Extended Mag
This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.
  • Greatly increases magazine size
  • Greatly decreases reload speed

Column 3

Ionic Return perk icon.png Ionic Return
Breaking an enemy shield transfers one bullet from reserves to the magazine.

Column 4

Hand-Laid Stock perk icon.png Hand-Laid Stock
This weapon is optimized for recoil control.
  • Increases stability



  1. PlayStation (2017) YouTube: Destiny 2 – PS4 Exclusive Content Trailer Retrieved June 20, 2017.