Skyburner's Oath

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Skyburner's Oath
Skyburners oath icon1.png
Season 1
Type Scout Rifle
Slot Energy
Rarity Exotic
Damage Type Solar
Description The inscription, written in a Cabal dialect, reads: "Victory or death!"
Impact 67
Range 70
Stability 50
Handling 60
Reload Speed 50
Rounds Per Minute 150
Magazine 17
Zoom 21
Inventory Size 60
Aim Assistance 90
Airborne Effectiveness 35
Recoil 100
Bounce Intensity 0
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.
Skyburner's Oath PvP Stats
Optimal Time-to-Kill 0.90s
Optimal Kill 1 crit 3 body
Body Shot Time-to-Kill 1.20s
Body Shots to Kill 5
Crit Damage 52
Body Damage 47

Skyburner's Oath is an Exotic Scout Rifle.

Perks - Curated Roll


  • Slug rifle icon1.png Slug Rifle — This weapon lobs explosive slugs. When you're aiming down sights, the slugs travel fast and straight. When you're firing from the hip, the explosion is larger and applies Scorch to the target.


  • Extended barrel icon1.png Extended Barrel - Weighty barrel extension.
    • Increases range
    • Decreases handling speed
    • Moderately controls recoil


  • 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.


  • For the Empire icon1.png For the Empire - This weapon is Full Auto, does extra damage to Cabal, and penetrates Phalanx Shields.


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


Skyburner Catalyst can be found by completing strikes, Crucible and Gambit matches. To unlock its upgrade, the player has to defeat Cabal enemies with this weapon.

The Catalyst increases Skyburner's Oath's Reload Speed by 20 and Masterworks it.


  • Slug Rifle
    • Aim-down-sights (ADS) projectile has a speed of 9999, effectively making it hitscan.[1]
    • Hip-fire slug travels ≈51.72m/s
    • 185% damage on precision hit.
    • Hip-fire explosion damage deals 82% on body, 93% on precision. ADS explosion damage deals 82% on body, 54% on precision.
    • Hip-fire explosion applies 5 Scorch on hit (10 with Ember of Ashes).[1][2]
    • This weapon has Explosive Payload.
  • Extended Mag
    • Magazine adjusted to 18 rounds.
  • For the Empire
    • Deals 123% damage to Cabal.
  • As with most weapons the Oath includes a small display with an ammo readout, though the numerals are displayed using Cabal characters.
  • Before version 4.1.0[1], Skyburner's Oath behaved like a Lightweight (200 RPM) Scout Rifle when it was hip-fired. While aiming down sights, the weapon instead behaved like a High-Impact (150 RPM) Scout Rifle due to the Slug Rifle perk taking effect.
    • A side-effect of the Oath's archetype change from Lightweight to High-Impact when aiming down sights was a noticeable reduction in fire rate. The increase in damage was equal to roughly +27%.
    • As of version 4.1.0, both ADS and hip-fire behave like a High-Impact (150 RPM) Scout Rifle.[1]


Some grunts are born to fight the war. Yes, they're loyal and true, and when the call comes "hot drop in five," well, they're always first in the queue. But I'm not one of them. I'm no hero, I'm in no hurry to die. I shot my own squad on Phobos, when death came to wear us like armor. I rode the Primus's ship that rammed the Hive dreadnaught. Second wave out the hatch. We won that fight. Victory or death. We're not dead, so we won.

Now this is the end, brothers, our final fight. Ghaul's here to finish it. Mars taught us how to fight Guardians. The Hive taught us how to eat their Light. Remember that we made it possible. The Red Legion ends it. But we held the line and we didn't die. That's victory. It says so on the gun.


Skyburner's Oath1.jpg

Weapon Ornaments

Patch History

  • 7.1.0[2]
    • Fixed an issue where Skyburner’s Oath and the Explosive payload icon1.png Explosive Payload perk could bypass the bosses’ shields in Duality’s Vault encounter.
  • 4.1.0[1]
    • Increased aim-down-sights (ADS) projectile speed to 9999 (i.e., this projectile is now hitscan).
    • Both ADS and hip-fire are now 150 RPM.
    • Hip-fire projectile no longer tracks, but arcs similar to a Grenade Launcher have a larger detonation size than ADS.
    • The hip-fire detonation also applies Scorch to targets.
    • The bonus range from the Masterwork has been rolled into the base stats of the weapon. The Masterwork now grants bonus reload speed instead.
    • Has the highest airborne effectiveness stat of any weapon in the game.
  • 3.1.0[4]
    • Catalysts for the following weapons have had their sources and objectives updated to not be associated with Vaulted content:
      • Skyburner's Oath


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Destiny 2 Update 4.1.0" Bungie, posted by Bungie, 24 May 2022, wikipage
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Destiny 2 Update 7.1.0 - Season of the Deep" Bungie, posted by Destiny Dev Team, 23 May 2023, wikipage
  3. "Destiny 2 Hotfix " Bungie, posted by BrunoLouviers, 28 Jun. 2022, wikipage
  4. "Destiny 2 Update 3.1.0. " Bungie, posted by Destiny Dev Team, 9 Feb. 2021, wikipage

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