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A Guardian's power makes a rich feeding ground. Do not be revolted. There are parasites that may benefit the host… teeth sharper than your own.
― In-game description

Whisper of the Worm is an exotic sniper rifle that was introduced in the Warmind expansion. It can be dismantled to generate Glimmer, Gunsmith Materials, and Legendary Shards.


This weapon has the following lore associated:

Xol, the Will of Thousands, perished but was not destroyed. Death is a road, death is metamorphosis, the unsacred union between destroyer and destroyed. The might which defeats a god is also the ambrosia that god craves, the meat-sweet logic of Existence-Asserted-By-Violence, the binomial decision between two ways of being which deny each other. In dying, Xol fed richly.

Now came Xol unto the Taken upon Io, who fed Xol with plunder and tried to make of it an idol and a commanding will. Yet Xol was bound joyously to the very logic that sustained it in its death. It wanted the sword proof, the single proof. It wanted to become a rule which divided the mighty living from the mighty dead. So it whispered the Anthem Anatheme, the temptation to dominate the objective universe with the subjective will. It said, I shall be an engine to make your desire hegemon over your conditions. It said, WIELD ME, AND USE ME TO TEST YOUR FOE. This was its worship. Aiat.


Whisper of the Worm can be obtained by completing the secret quest known as The Whisper. The mission is only available during the Friday-to-Monday window. The mission is initiated by traveling to Io and triggering the Taken Blight Public Event. Upon killing a secret boss spawning either in cave entrances or close to them, a portal will open, always in the same spot. Note the boss might be in a different spot each time.

The next stage of the quest includes jumping puzzles with moving objects. Guardians are given 20 minutes to reach the final puzzle and eliminate the final bosses to receive the weapon. The final encounter includes a battle with three lieutenants: Drevis, Aspect of Darkness, Urzok, Aspect of Hate, and Ta'aurc, Aspect of War.

Due to the difficulty of the mission given the time limit, it's recommended that players bring a full fireteam and have a Power level that exceeds the requirement for the activity.


Whisper of the Worm can also be upgraded with the following perks:

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D2-White Nail perk icon White Nail
Higher base precision damage. Rapidly landing three precision hits will refill the magazine from reserves.

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Polygonal Rifling perk icon Polygonal Rifling
Barrel optimized for recoil reduction.
  • Increases stability

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Accurized Rounds perk icon Accurized Rounds
This weapon can fire longer distances
  • Increases range

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Mulligan perk icon Mulligan
Missing a shot has a chance to return ammo directly to the magazine.

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Fitted Stock perk icon Fitted Stock
This stock makes the weapon stable but heavy.
  • Increases stability
  • Moderately controls recoil
  • Slightly decreases handling speed

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Default Ornament perk icon Default Ornament
Restores your weapon to its default appearance.
Bound Hammer icon Bound Hammer
Equip this weapon ornament to change the appearance of Whisper of the Worm. Once you get an ornament, it's unlocked for all characters on your account.
Between Breaths icon Between Breaths
Equip this weapon ornament to change the appearance of Whisper of the Worm. Once you get an ornament, it's unlocked for all characters on your account.
WhisperCatalyst icon Whisper Catalyst
Upgrades this weapon to a Masterwork. It will generate Orbs on multikills and can be upgraded to provide additional stats and perks. This weapon will also gain a tracker that displays the number of enemies defeated by using it. Obtain Blighted Essence from "The Whisper (Heroic)" to unlock this upgrade.



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