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For the Year 1 machine gun, see Thunderlord (Year 1).

"They rest quiet on fields afar...for this is no ending, but the eye."
― In-game description

Thunderlord is an exotic machine gun. It can be obtained as a reward from the Weekly Nightfall Strike, as an end-of-match reward from the Crucible, or from Xûr.


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

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.


Thunderlord can be upgraded with the following perks:

Column 0[]

Arc Damage perk icon.png Arc Damage
This weapon causes Arc 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.

Linear Compensator icon.png Linear Compensator
More predictable recoil.

Slight boosts to range and Impact. More recoil.

Column 2[]

Feeding Frenzy icon.png Feeding Frenzy
Kills with this weapon increase reload speed for a short time.

Column 3[]

Perfect Balance icon.png Perfect Balance
This weapon has extremely low recoil.
Field Scout icon.png Field Scout
Increases carried Ammo capacity.
Flared Magwell icon.png Flared Magwell
Reload this weapon even faster.

Column 4[]

Lightning Rounds icon.png Lightning Rounds
This weapon fires faster and more accurately the longer the trigger is held.


  • Pre-release, Thunderlord was demonstrated in Bungie's E3 2013 gameplay demo. In addition, its design and general philosophy were outlined in a brief news article on Bungie's website.[2]
  • Unlike the normal Persistence upgrade, the Lightning Rounds upgrade gives the weapon three distinct "stages" of fire rate and accuracy upgrades; the second will kick in after the trigger has been held down for a short time, and the third some time after that. The third stage can only be reached before reloading if the Field Scout upgrade has also been selected.
  • This weapon has a small chance of causing enemies it kills to explode.



  1. Songs from the Void
  2. Dague, David. (2013-09-18) "Destiny Drawing Board: Thunderlord". Bungie Inc.. Retrieved 24 Sep. 2013.