"Let them feel every lash, every curse, every touch of malice that they first dealt to me." —Eris Morn
― In-game description

Touch of Malice is an exotic scout rifle that can only be obtained by completing the quest Hunger Pangs.


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

Quest source icon Quest
This item can drop as a Quest reward.
The Taken King source icon The Taken King
This item requires the Taken King expansion.


Touch of Malice can also be upgraded with the following perks:

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Touch of Malice perk icon Touch of Malice
Final round of the magazine regenerates and deals bonus damage at the cost of the wielder's life force.
Infuse perk icon Infuse
Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.
Kinetic Damage perk icon Kinetic Damage
This weapon causes kinetic damage.

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Soft Ballistics perk icon Soft Ballistics
Less recoil.

Penalty to Impact.

Smooth Ballistics perk icon Smooth Ballistics
Increased recoil.

Boost to range.

Smart Drift Control perk icon Smart Drift Control
Predictable and controllable recoil.

Penalty to range.

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Eye of the Storm perk icon Eye of the Storm
This weapon becomes more accurate as your health gets lower.

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Snapshot perk icon Snapshot
Aiming this weapon is incredibly fast.
Hammer Forged perk icon Hammer Forged
Improved range and accuracy.
Flared Magwell perk icon Flared Magwell
Reload this weapon even faster.

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Touch of Mercy perk icon Touch of Mercy
Three rapid kills will return a portion of the wielder's health.

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Ornament perk icon Settled Score
Applies an Ornament to this weapon.

Removed PerksEdit

Touch of Malice previously held one of the following perks prior to a Destiny update:

Ornament perk icon Ornament: Settled Score
Applies an Ornament to this weapon.


  • In Update 2.4.0, Touch of Malice was updated to remove the Blessing of Light buff when the Touch of Malice perk is active.[2]
  • This weapon can be fired as an automatic weapon due to a hidden perk.



  1. List of Grimoire Cards/Touch of Malice
  2. Destiny Update 2.4.0
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