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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.jpg Nightfall
This item can drop from Nightfall activities.
King's Fall source icon.png King's Fall
This item can drop in the King's Fall Raid.
Trials of Osiris source icon.png Trials of Osiris
This item can drop as a Trials of Osiris reward.
The Taken King source icon.png The Taken King
This item requires the Taken King expansion.
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.


Red Death can be upgraded with the following perks:

Column 0[]

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

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[]

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 4[]

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

Column 5[]

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