Dead Messenger (Season 16)

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Dead Messenger (Season 16)
Dead messenger icon1.jpg
Season 16
Type Grenade Launcher
Slot Energy
Ammo Special
Rarity Exotic
Damage Type Void
Foundry Cassoid
Description A gift for the empress who has everything.
Blast Radius 55
Velocity 76
Stability 34
Handling 46
Reload Speed 55
Rounds Per Minute 72
Magazine 1
Zoom 13
Inventory Size 70
Aim Assistance 78
Recoil 73
Bounce Intensity 27
Bounce Direction Tends Left
"Vox Obscura" Exotic quest
Kill the messenger icon1.jpg Kill the Messenger
Quest reward. Not currently available.
Dead Messenger (Season 16) PvP Stats

Dead Messenger is a Exotic Grenade Launcher.

Perks - Curated Roll


  • Trinary vision icon1.png Trinary Vision - One-shot handheld Grenade Launcher. Projectiles release a fan of three energy waves on contact with the ground.

Launcher Barrel

  • Quick launch icon1.png Quick Launch - This weapon's barrel provides faster projectiles and much faster aiming.
    • Greatly increases handling speed
    • Increases projectile speed


  • High-velocity rounds icon1.png High-Velocity Rounds - This weapon's projectiles are particularly light and quick. Increases projectile speed.
    • Increases Reload Speed.


  • The fundamentals icon2.png The Fundamentals — Holding [Reload] changes this weapon's damage type, cycling between Solar, Arc and Void.


  • Short-action stock icon1.png Short-Action Stock - This weapon is especially easy to grip.
    • Greatly increases Handling Speed.


  • Turnabout icon1.png Turnabout - Using this weapon to break the shield of a combatant or a Guardian using their Super will grant you an overshield.

Dead Messenger Catalyst is obtained by completing the Vox Revelata quest. Its upgrade is unlocked by defeating enemies in Arc mode, Solar mode, and Void mode.

The Catalyst gives Dead Messenger the Turnabout perk and Masterworks it.


  • This weapon was originally obtained from the Vox Obscura Exotic mission. With the release of Lightfall, the mission was removed from the game and added to the Destiny Content Vault. As a result, this weapon is not currently obtainable. The Vox Obscura mission will return in Season 22 as part of an Exotic mission rotator.[1]


A gift for the empress who has everything.

Caiatl and Zavala stood side by side, watching a live feed of the Guardian's assault on the Psion transmission facility, as broadcast by Amanda Holliday's circling aircraft.

The Guardian ducked behind cover and pulled out a sleek grenade launcher, recovered during their last assault of the base. They fired into a pack of onrushing war beasts, sending shrapnel hurling through the air.

The Cabal empress emitted a low rumble as she admired the weapon. Zavala looked up at the enormous ruler with raised eyebrows. Her gaze was fixed on the firefight, her eyes twinkling with violent ardor.

The Vanguard commander shut off the open comms and cleared his throat. "Would you like me to send you one of those grenade launchers? I can have Banshee create a Cabal-sized version for you."

Caiatl looked down at the Awoken leader, suddenly aware that her avarice had been on display. She lowered her tusks, which the commander interpreted as equivalent to a blush.

"That would be most welcome, Commander," Caiatl replied. "I'd like to fire it into Xivu Arath's belly and bathe in her soulfire."

Zavala turned back to the screen. "You have a… passionate spirit, Empress."

He did not see it, but beneath her mask, Empress Caiatl smiled.

It was terrifying.


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Weapon Ornaments

Patch History

    • Reduced splash damage against players from waves by 35%.



  1. "Lightfall and the Year Ahead" Bungie, posted by Destiny Dev Team, 13 Feb. 2023, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.
  2. "Destiny 2 Hotfix" Bungie, posted by Destiny 2 Dev Team, 24 Jan. 2023, wikipage

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