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Hawkmoon icon1.jpg
Season 12
Type Hand Cannon
Slot Kinetic
Ammo Primary
Rarity Exotic
Damage Type Kinetic
Archetype Adaptive
Description Stalk thy prey and let loose thy talons upon the Darkness.
Impact 78
Range 57
Stability 67
Handling 74
Reload Speed 63
Rounds Per Minute 140
Magazine 8
Zoom 14
Inventory Size 52
Aim Assistance 93
Recoil 96
Bounce Intensity 4
Bounce Direction Tends Vertical
Let loose thy talons icon1.jpg Let Loose Thy Talons
Not available anymore.
Xur icon1.png Xûr
Sells a randomly rolled version of this weapon every weekend.
Hawkmoon PvP Stats

Hawkmoon is an Exotic Hand Cannon.

Perks - Curated Roll


  • Paracausal shot icon1.png Paracausal Shot - Final blows and precision hits with Hawkmoon grant stacks of Paracausal Charge. The final round in the magazine deals bonus damage based on the number of stacks. Stowing Hawkmoon on the final round removes this bonus.


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


Trait 1

  • Transformative icon1.png Transformative - Future drops of this weapon will have random rolls.

Trait 2

  • Smooth Grip icon.png Smooth Grip — This weapon is slightly easier to hold and aim.
    • Slightly increases stability.
    • Slightly increases handling speed.


  • Hunter's Trance icon.png Hunter's Trance — Increased magazine size. Grants increased handling, reload speed, and weapon range based on the number of stacks of Paracausal Charge.

Hawkmoon Catalyst can be obtained by completing the Harbinger mission. To unlock its upgrade, the player has to defeat enemies with this weapon.

The Catalyst adds the Hunter's Trance perk to this weapon and Masterworks it.

Perks - Random Rolls

Possible Barrel

  • Arrowhead brake icon1.png Arrowhead Brake - Lightly vented barrel.
    • Greatly controls Recoil.
    • Increases Handling Speed.
  • Chambered compensator icon1.png Chambered Compensator - Stable barrel attachment.
    • Increases Stability.
    • Improves Recoil Direction.
    • Slightly decreases Handling Speed.
  • Corkscrew rifling icon1.png Corkscrew Rifling - Balanced barrel.
    • Slightly increases Range and Stability.
    • Slightly increases Handling Speed.
  • Extended barrel icon1.png Extended Barrel - Weighty barrel extension.
    • Increases range
    • Decreases handling speed
    • Moderately controls recoil
  • Fluted barrel icon1.png Fluted Barrel - Ultra-light barrel.
    • Greatly increases Handling Speed.
    • Slightly increases Stability.
  • Full bore icon1.png Full Bore - Barrel optimized for distance.
    • Greatly increases Range.
    • Decreases Stability.
    • Slightly decreases Handling Speed.
  • Hammer-forged rifling icon1.png Hammer-Forged Rifling - Durable ranged barrel.
    • Increases Range.
  • Polygonal rifling icon1.png Polygonal Rifling - Barrel optimized for recoil reduction.
    • Increases Stability.
  • Smallbore icon1.png Smallbore - Dual strength barrel.
    • Increases Range.
    • Increases Stability.

Possible Trait 1

  • Opening shot icon1.png Opening Shot - Improved accuracy and range on the opening shot of attack.
  • Rangefinder icon1.png Rangefinder - Aiming this weapon increases its effective range and zoom magnification. Increased projectile velocity while aiming Rocket Launchers, Grenade Launchers, and Bows.
  • Moving target icon1.png Moving Target - Increased movement speed and target acquisition when moving while aiming down sights.
  • Killing Wind icon.png Killing Wind - Final blows grant increased mobility, weapon range, and handling for a short duration.
  • Snapshot sights icon1.png Snapshot Sights - Faster time to aim down sights. Stability is increased.
  • Eye of the storm icon1.png Eye of the Storm - This weapon becomes more accurate and boosts handling as your health gets lower.
  • Hip-fire grip icon1.png Hip-Fire Grip - Increases accuracy, stability, and precision hit targeting when firing from the hip.
  • Quickdraw icon1.png Quickdraw - This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast. Handling is improved.
  • Surplus icon1.png Surplus - Substantially increases handling, reload speed, and stability for each fully charged ability.

Possible Trait 2

  • Heavy grip icon1.png Combat Grip — This weapon's recoil direction is more vertical.
    • Greatly controls recoil
  • Heavy grip icon1.png Heavy Grip - This grip is weighted for recoil control.
    • Increases Stability
    • Decreases Handling speed
  • Polymer grip icon1.png Polymer Grip - This weapon's grip is made of lighter material.
    • Increases handling speed.
  • Smooth Grip icon.png Smooth Grip — This weapon is slightly easier to hold and aim.
    • Slightly increases stability.
    • Slightly increases handling speed.
  • Textured grip icon1.png Textured Grip - The friction on this weapon's grip is exceptionally strong.
    • Greatly increases Handling Speed.
    • Slightly decreases stability.

How to Obtain

Season of the Hunt

During Season of the Hunt, Hawkmoon could be obtained by completing the quests As the Crow Flies and Let Loose Thy Talons. This version of Hawkmoon would have the Transformative trait, which has no effect, in place of a weapon trait. Completing the Harbinger activity would reward the player with another copy of Hawkmoon, with randomly rolled perks, as well as the Hawkmoon Catalyst. A new copy of Hawkmoon could be acquired from Harbinger once per weekly reset.

The Witch Queen

Upon the release of The Witch Queen, the Season of the Hunt content, including Harbinger, was removed from the game. Hawkmoon now appears in Xûr's inventory every weekend, with randomly rolled perks. The Hawkmoon Catalyst now has a chance to drop when completing Vanguard, Crucible, or Gambit activities.


What is this feeling?

I did not ask for it. I do not understand it. I do not want it.

The Crow is so carefree in his ignorance. The bonfire's glow lights up his pale features and I am drawn to the hope in his gold eyes. Where is the despairing child I anticipated?

He drinks from an open bottle of wine against the recommendation of his Ghost. The Guardian encourages him and they are laughing. This celebration is maddening; neither have reason to be so jubilant. Their world is ending and they thrash like dying creatures in the final light of collapsing stars. They do not seem to acknowledge the futility of their existence, the impermanence of it in the face of cosmic annihilation.

Now the Guardian is drinking, standing close to the fire. Their Ghost, too, encourages them not to partake. They poison themselves for the enjoyment of it.

I am reminded of my sisters. Of moments spent by lapping shores, gazing up at infinite stars full of possibilities and wonder. I am left yearning.

What is this feeling?

I do not understand it. I do not want it.

They are celebrating their victory over the Taken. The Crow is making a gun shape with his hand, swinging the nearly empty bottle of wine around in the other like a Sword. The Guardian looks pensive, sitting on a rock by the fire, contemplating the secret they are keeping. The Crow notices, but tries not to show it. He wants the Guardian's spirits to be lifted. He wants to be supportive, so that they may share in their triumphs together.

As equals.

I am reminded of my home. I am reminded of the warmth of the sun and the embrace of my family. I am reminded of my father's face. I am reminded of everyone I betrayed. All the blood spilled in the name of immortality. The warmth of the sun burns me with its memory.

What is this feeling?

I do not want it.

The fire has nearly died. The Crow fell over and cannot stand, though he insists he is fine. The Guardian is turning the embers with the tip of their Sword. The Ghosts are talking to one another in quiet conspiracy. The celebration has ended, but I can sense their emotions are mixed: complex and myriad things, when a simple, singular focus would suffice.

There is a growing kinship here. Against better judgment.

What is this feeling?



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