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Charge your soul and let the electrons sing.
― In-game description

Riskrunner is an exotic submachine gun. It can be dismantled to generate Glimmer, Gunsmith Materials, and Legendary Shards.


This weapon has the following lore associated:

Insulated Weapons Frame: CHECK. Insulated Firing System: CHECK. Conductive Prongs: CHECK. Amplification Drivers: CHECK. Arc-core Replication Matrix: CHECK. Arc-core Chargers: CHECK. Feedback Reduction Loop: CHECK.
Direct User Pain Blockers: UNAVAILABLE
Ancillary operations listed under General Systems Review.
NOTE: The user must receive incoming damage to increase outgoing damage. However, the value we predict the user will receive in return for their discomfort far exceeds any momentary pain – assuming, of course, the user survives the attack.
In short: This may hurt. A lot.


Riskrunner is available as a reward for completing the Campaign mission Sacrilege. The player is given the choice to obtain Sunshot, Riskrunner or Graviton Lance. The item can also be found in Exotic Engrams and can be purchased from Xur.

As of October 1, 2019, players now have the opportunity to obtain this exotic weapon if they complete the exotic quest Pain and Gain, along with the catalyst.

Following the release of beyond light, Riskrunner is obtained from a exotic quest "a spark of hope".[citation needed]


Riskrunner can also be upgraded with the following perks:

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Arc Conductor perk icon.png Arc Conductor
When taking Arc Damage, this weapon becomes more powerful and resists incoming Arc Damage. Kills extend the time in this overcharged state.

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Arrowhead Brake perk icon.png Arrowhead Brake
Lightly vented barrel.
  • Greatly controls recoil
  • Increases handling speed

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Extended Mag perk icon.png 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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Superconductor perk icon.png Superconductor
When Arc Conductor is active, shots fired have the chance to become chain lightning and return ammo.

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

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Default Ornament perk icon.png Default Ornament
Restores your weapon to its default appearance.
Riskrunner perk icon.jpg Summer Storm
Equip this Weapon Ornament to change the appearance of Riskrunner.