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"I call it the Zhang Fei. It hits almost as hard as I do." —Wei Ning
― In-game description

Fighting Lion is an exotic grenade launcher. It can be dismantled to generate Glimmer, Gunsmith Materials, and Legendary Shards.


This weapon has the following lore associated:

Wei Ning punched the mountain. It moved. A microscopic shudder, but enough to make her punch it again. “They're just angry that you keep winning without a gun.” Her Ghost danced fretfully around her fist. “That's why they say these things. Jealousy.”

“I tell you,” Ning grunted, shattering granite, “someday they'll lose their smart guns and fancy ships, and then they'll wish they'd listened! There's one weapon you can always count on, and it's your strong hand.”

“Eriana would be sad to hear you dismissing machines.” Her Ghost bobbed slyly up to her shoulder. “Eriana would ask if those mighty hands could build a machine in the image of your strength. Just like she was made in the image of a woman.”

Wei Ning tapped her fists together. “Huh,” she said.


Fighting Lion can be obtained by random drops in PvE and PvP, Exotic Engrams, or purchased from Xur for 29 Legendary Shards.


Fighting Lion can also be upgraded with the following perks:

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Delayed Gratification perk icon Delayed Gratification
Grenade projectiles will bounce off surfaces. Hold to fire, and release to detonate.

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Countermass perk icon Countermass
This weapon is weighted for vertical recoil.
  • Greatly controls recoil
  • Increases stability
  • Increases handling speed

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Implosion Rounds perk icon Implosion Rounds
This weapon's projectiles travel faster and have a controlled explosion.
  • Increases projectile speed
  • Greatly increases stability
  • Decreases blast radius

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Thin the Herd perk icon Thin the Herd
Direct hits with this weapon do more damage to shielded enemy combatants. Rapid kills against grenade-damaged enemies will refill the magazine.

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Short-Action Stock perk icon Short-Action Stock
This weapon is especially easy to grip.
  • Greatly increases handling speed

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Default Ornament perk icon Default Ornament
Restores your weapon to its default appearance.
Fighting Lion perk icon Jade Countenance
Equip this Weapon Ornament to change the appearance of Fighting Lion.


  • The Fighting Lion is the only primary ammo grenade launcher in Destiny 2