No Time to Explain

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No Time to Explain
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Season 12
Type Pulse Rifle
Slot Kinetic
Ammo Primary
Rarity Exotic
Damage Type Kinetic
Archetype High-Impact
Description A single word etched onto the inside of the weapon's casing: Now.
Impact 33
Range 73
Stability 60
Handling 48
Reload Speed 64
Rounds Per Minute 340
Magazine 24
Zoom 17
Inventory Size 57
Aim Assistance 45
Recoil 90
Bounce Intensity 10
Bounce Direction Tends Left
Beyond Light season icon.png Beyond Light
Complete the Beyond Light campaign and talk to the Exo Stranger.
No Time to Explain PvP Stats

No Time to Explain is an Exotic Pulse Rifle.

Perks - Curated Roll


  • Rewind again icon1.png Rewind Again - Precision shots and shots against combatants slowed or frozen by Stasis will return to the magazine.

Sight / Barrel

  • Fluted barrel icon1.png Fluted Barrel - Ultra-light barrel.
    • Greatly increases Handling Speed.
    • Slightly increases Stability.

Magazine / Battery

Trait 1

  • Time-slip icon1.png Time-Slip - At 10 stacks of Rewind Again, a small portal will open, shooting bullets from an alternate timeline version of this weapon. Precision hits extend the portal's duration.

Trait 2


No Time to Explain Catalyst is obtained by completing the Soon quest.

The Catalyst gives No Time to Explain the Blast from the Side perk and Masterworks it.


  • No Time to Explain was originally exclusive to the Beyond Light Deluxe Edition for the duration of the Season of the Hunt. With the launch of the Season of the Chosen, it appears to have been made available to owners of any edition of the Beyond Light expansion.[1]


Novarro's timeline analysis indicates the weapon is the fabled Exo Stranger's Rifle, enhanced at a future point in this continuity and then sent back to this present…

…on Europa. Late Golden Age. Deep inside a secret lab.

"Which window?"

"3025, Dr. Bray."

"I thought we'd run out of possibilities there?"

"We had… and then a new one popped up."

"Austen-1, how is that possible?"

"We don't know. We still don't understand how any of this works. It's highly volatile and uncontro—"

"Have we pinpointed the weapon's exact location?"

"…More or less. Elsie-1 is supposed to attempt retrieval tonight."

"We can't risk the window closing before then. I'll be going this time."

"But last time, those things in the sky almost killed you."

"And now I know how they work. That's half the battle."

The old man gears up and enters a strange metallic pod made from Vex parts. Austen-1 stands at a distance from the pod, typing "April 10, 3025" into a console.

"All right, Dr. Bray. You're a go in 3… 2… 1…"

A burst of light.

An icy wasteland. What stood pristine moments prior is now dark, old, and falling apart, as if centuries have passed.

Clovis wades through the wreckage and comes to a frozen, deserted battlefield littered with human, Exo, Vex, and alien bodies. He reaches down and brushes snow from one of the alien bodies, lifting one of its many arms.


A piercing whir emanates from somewhere in the distance—Clovis looks up and sees a black and red ship floating in the air. It stops above the battlefield and emits a bright red light, scanning the area as if searching for something.

Clovis slowly pulls a device from his pocket. He presses a green button, and the screen lights up, showing a blinking dot a few yards away. Very close to where the ship itself now searches.

He grabs a dead Exo and opens a panel on its arm, tinkering before closing it with care. He quickly sneaks away, and in seconds, the Exo explodes, drawing the attention of the ship. He sprints across the battlefield towards where it was searching only moments ago.

Using his device again, Clovis scans the ground until the blinking light goes solid. He digs into the snow until he hits something. He pulls it up halfway—a rifle, shining like new, etched only with one word: Now.

Clovis attempts to fully free the weapon. But it's stuck; attached to something. He pulls harder, revealing an entire dead Exo, hand wrapped tightly around the grip. He takes a good look at its face and gasps.


The whirring sound reaches Clovis's ears again, pulling him out of his stupor. The ship heads right towards him. Clovis pries the gun from Elsie's rigid hand and sprints back the way he came, diving into his pod and activating it just as the ship fires on him.

A burst of light.

"You could have been killed," says a familiar voice.

"Instead, I got you a gift, Elisabeth," Clovis responds, catching his breath and dusting himself off.

"One down, an infinite number left to go. It better have been worth it." He looks into her eyes and musters a half-hearted smile.

"We'll make it so."


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  1. "machinehead933 comments on No Time To Explain needs some explanation" Reddit, posted by machinehead933, 2 Nov. 2021,

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