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Borealis icon1.png
Season 1
Type Sniper Rifle
Slot Energy
Rarity Exotic
Damage Type Void
Description Light is a spectrum. Why limit yourself to a single hue?
Impact 90
Range 54
Stability 52
Handling 73
Reload Speed 69
Rounds Per Minute 72
Magazine 4
Zoom 45
Inventory Size 55
Aim Assistance 65
Recoil 55
Bounce Intensity 45
Bounce Direction Tends Vertical
Exotic engrams; extremely rare world drops.
Exotic engram icon1.png Exotic Engram
Possible reward.
Xur icon1.png Xûr
Occasionally sells this weapon.
Borealis PvP Stats
Crit Damage 394
Body Damage 158
Time Between Shots 0.83s

Borealis is an Exotic Sniper Rifle.

Perks - Curated Roll


  • The fundamentals icon1.png The Fundamentals — Holding [Reload] changes this weapon's damage type, cycling between Solar, Arc and Void.

Sight / Barrel

  • Corkscrew rifling icon1.png Corkscrew Rifling - Balanced barrel.
    • Slightly increases Range and Stability.
    • Slightly increases Handling Speed.

Magazine / Battery

  • Extended mag icon1.png Extended Mag - This weapon has a greatly increased magazine size, but reloads much slower.
    • Greatly increases magazine size.
    • Greatly decreases Reload Speed.

Trait 1

  • Iconic return icon1.png Ionic Return — Breaking an enemy shield transfers one bullet from reserves. Breaking a combatant shield—or the shield of a Guardian using a Super—with that shield's energy type grants bonus damage for the rest of the magazine.

Trait 2

  • Hand-Laid Stock icon.png Hand-Laid Stock — This weapon is optimized for recoil control.
    • Increases stability.


Borealis Catalyst can be obtained by defeating non-Guardian enemies anywhere in the system. To unlock its upgrade, the player has to defeat enemies with this weapon.

The Catalyst increases this weapon's reload speed by 18 and Masterworks it.


  • The damage type given in the infobox is the default damage type of Borealis. The Fundamentals allows the player to change this damage type to Solar or Arc instead.
  • The Borealis was exclusive to the PS4 Console for the entirety of Year 1. As of Year 2, it is now obtainable on all platforms.


"Project Borealis's onboard systems contain a pocket energy matrix capable of changing its alignment in a near instant to mimic the spectral frequencies of mapped energy types. The science is groundbreaking, but volatile. We're lucky to have this first, stable model available for active combat use. More will surely come, but for now, the Borealis is the only one of its kind that I trust for real world application."

"Sounds dangerous."

"If the internal matrix misaligns for any reason during its shift between outputs—damage, wear, a flaw in its production—the resulting feedback could [REDACTED]."

"That bad, huh?"

"If your definition of 'bad' includes the [REDACTED] then yes, 'bad' begins to describe it."



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