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"Nothing kills a Guardian faster than another Guardian." —The Drifter
― In-game description

Malfeasance is an Exotic hand cannon introduced in Destiny 2: Forsaken. This weapon has the following lore associated:


Malfeasance can be obtained by finishing its exotic quest, which requires the following:

  1. Play Gambit matches until an Ascendant Primeval spawns instead of a normal one. The round in which the Ascendant Primeval spawns must be won in order for it to drop The Seething Heart, which is required to continue the next steps.
  2. Once you receive The Seething Heart, return to the Drifter, where he will grant the quest step City of Secrets.
  3. Travel to the Dreaming City and defeat 25 Taken bosses or minibosses (enemies with yellow health bars).
  4. The next step of the quest requires completing a special variant of The Corrupted strike. Follow the markers to Callum's Grave. You'll receive a Depleted Weapon Core.
  5. Return to the Drifter and receive the quest step, Business as Usual.
  6. Play Gambit matches and earn points by banking Motes and winning matches. Note that if you drop or lose any Motes during a match, you'll lose progress and there's a x2 loss penalty for each Mote lost. Fill both bars up to 100% to unlock the final step, Lights Out.
  7. Defeat 25 opposing Guardians in Gambit, by either invading the other team or killing invaders. Also kills 4 Guardians in one invasion or have a teammate do it for you 3 times.[1][2]
  8. Return to the Drifter to receive Malfeasance.

This weapon is not yet retired to the Year 4 Destiny Content Vault.[3]


Malfeasance can also be upgraded with the following perks:

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Explosive Shadow perk icon Explosive Shadow
Shoot tainted slugs that burrow into the enemy. Stacking enough slugs causes them all to explode.

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

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

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Taken Predator perk icon Taken Predator
Bonus damage against Taken enemies and Gambit invaders.

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Heavy Grip perk icon Heavy Grip
This grip is weighted for recoil control.
  • Increases stability
  • Decreases handling speed

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Tracker Disabled perk icon Tracker Disabled
No tracker is displayed on this weapon.

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Crucible Tracker perk icon Crucible Tracker
This weapon tracks the number of Crucible opponents you defeated with it.

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Default Ornament perk icon Default Ornament
Restores your weapon to its default appearance.
Aim To Misbehave perk icon Aim to Misbehave
Equip this weapon ornament to change the appearance of Malfeasance. Once you get an ornament, it's unlocked for all characters on your account.