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For the Year 2 pulse rifle, see Red Death (Year 2).

Vanguard policy urges Guardians to destroy this weapon on sight.
― In-game description

Red Death is an exotic pulse rifle. In Year 1, it could be obtained from engrams, raids, the Prison of Elders, or purchased from Xûr for 23 Strange Coins. It can currently still be obtained as a random drop from Year 1 activities and legacy engrams.

Sources[]

Red Death can be retrieved from one of the following activities/vendors:

Vault of Glass source icon.png Vault of Glass
This item can drop in the Vault of Glass Raid.
Crota's End source icon.png Crota's End
This item can drop during the Crota's End Raid.
Prison of Elders source icon.png Prison of Elders
This item can drop as a Prison of Elders reward.

This item was also previously obtainable from one of the following sources:

Xur, Agent of the Nine source icon.png Xur, Agent of the Nine
Xûr, Agent of the Nine, sometimes sells this item in the Tower.

Upgrades[]

Red Death can be upgraded with the following perks:

Column 0[]

Kinetic Damage perk icon.png Kinetic Damage
This weapon causes kinetic damage.
Ascend icon.png Ascend
Increases the Attack value of this weapon to the highest available in Year 1.

Column 1[]

Accurized Ballistics icon.png Accurized Ballistics
More range and Impact.

Increased recoil.

Field Choke icon.png Field Choke
More range and Impact.

Increased recoil.

Aggressive Ballistics icon.png Aggressive Ballistics
More predictable recoil.

Enhanced Impact. Shorter range and more recoil.

Column 2[]

Unflinching icon.png Unflinching
It's easier to aim under fire using this weapon.

Column 3[]

Upgrade Damage icon.png Upgrade Damage
Increases Attack Power, allowing this weapon to cause more damage.

Column 4[]

Snapshot icon.png Snapshot
Aiming this weapon is incredibly fast.
High Caliber Rounds icon.png High Caliber Rounds
Oversize rounds built to stagger targets and leave them reeling.

Their mass makes a weapon harder to handle.

Single Point Sling icon.png Single Point Sling
Switch weapons faster. Move quicker while aiming.

Column 5[]

Red Death icon.png Red Death
Each kill heals you and speeds up reloads.

Column 6[]

Upgrade Damage icon.png Upgrade Damage
Increases Attack Power, allowing this weapon to cause more damage.

Column 7[]

Upgrade Damage icon.png Upgrade Damage
Increases Attack Power, allowing this weapon to cause more damage.
Upgrade Damage icon.png Upgrade Damage
Increases Attack Power, allowing this weapon to cause more damage.
Upgrade Damage icon.png Upgrade Damage
Increases Attack Power, allowing this weapon to cause more damage.

Trivia[]

  • Red Death was taken from a fallen Guardian and redesigned by a new owner who had it repainted and modified. The optics were even hacked to implement new graphics.[1]
  • The Red Death upgrade triggers health regeneration rather than providing health directly.
  • Red Death uses the model of an auto rifle.
  • The description used to read, "Vanguard policy urges Guardians to destroy this weapon on sight. It is a Guardian killer." The last part was removed in Update 1.0.3.[2]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. David Dague. (2013-08-15) "Destiny Drawing Board: Red Death". Bungie. Retrieved Aug. 16, 2013.
  2. Twitter "Destiny Database Tweet". Retrieved March 26, 2015.