For the Year 1 pulse rifle, see Red Death (Year 1).
Vanguard policy urges Guardians to destroy this weapon on sight.
― In-game description

Red Death is an exotic pulse rifle.


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

Nightfall source icon Nightfall
This item can drop from Nightfall activities.
King's Fall source icon King's Fall
This item can drop in the King's Fall Raid.
Trials of Osiris source icon Trials of Osiris
This item can drop as a Trials of Osiris reward.
The Taken King source icon The Taken King
This item requires the Taken King expansion.
Xur, Agent of the Nine source icon Xur, Agent of the Nine
Xûr, Agent of the Nine, sometimes sells this item in the Tower.


Red Death can be upgraded with the following perks:

Column 0Edit

Kinetic Damage perk icon Kinetic Damage
This weapon causes kinetic damage.
Infuse perk icon Infuse
Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.

Column 1Edit

Accurized Ballistics icon Accurized Ballistics
More range and impact.

Increased recoil

Field Choke icon Field Choke
More range and impact.

Increased recoil.

Aggressive Ballistics icon Aggressive Ballistics
More predictable recoil.

Enhanced impact. Shorter range and more recoil.

Column 2Edit

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

Column 3Edit

Snapshot icon Snapshot
Aiming this weapon is incredibly fast.
High Caliber Rounds icon 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 Single Point Sling
Switch weapons faster. Move quicker while aiming.

Column 4Edit

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

Column 5 Edit

Ornament perk icon Ornament: White Witch
Applies an Ornament to this weapon.
Ornament perk icon Ornament: Steel Witch
Applies an Ornament to this weapon.



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