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Dead Man's Tale


The Dead Man’s Tale was renewed in Destiny 2's Season of the Witch. Not only is this Exotic scout rifle back for players to collect, but now a craftable weapon. Prepare yourself for some customization!

How to Get Dead Man’s Tale in Destiny 2

Back from the Destiny Content Vault, players can access Presage — along with some other Exotic missions of the past — in the Exotic Mission Rotator. To get the Dead Man’s Tale you will have to complete the Presage Exotic quest on Normal difficulty. Bungie introduced this feature in the Season of the Witch for players to complete Exotic missions and farm their rewards. 

You can access this mission through the Legends section in the Destinations tab. Once you complete said mission, you will receive the Deepsight Resonance red-border version of Dead Man’s Tale. Extract five Deepsight Resonance and you will then be able to craft the weapon at the Mars Enclave, in Savathun’s Throne World.


Dead Man’s Tale God Rolls

Craftable weapons feature a unique weapon level which is independent of the weapon’s power level. Each level achieved will unlock specific traits for you to craft at the Enclave by using crafting materials such as Enhancement Cores, Prisms, and Resonant and Harmonic Alloys. The more you use your crafted weapon to defeat enemies and complete objectives, the faster you will level it up.

Dead Man’s Tale PVE God Roll

  • Arrowhead Break (obtainable at crafting Level 2)
  • High-Caliber Rounds (Level 5)
  • Vorpal Weapon (Level 10)
  • Fitted Stock (Level 4)

The Dead Man’s Tale has great PVE capabilities. High-Caliber Rounds will slightly improve your range while also knocking down targets even further than normal. Vorpal Weapon will grant a damage boost toward bosses, vehicles, and Guardians using their Super ability. Finally, the Fitted Stock further increases the weapon’s stability, handling, and recoil. All of this will provide you with a weapon more than capable of ad-clear as well as dealing with stronger bosses.

Dead Man’s Tale PVP God Roll

  • Fluted Barrel (Level 8)
  • Ricochet Rounds (Level 6)
  • Moving Target (Level 9)
  • Composite Stock (Level 3)

The Dead Man’s Tale also works well in PVP, thanks to its 120 RPM, and the Killing Wind perk will increase its mobility, range, and handling after dealing final blows. Adding Ricochet Rounds to this scout rifle makes the weapon’s projectiles ricochet off surfaces while also providing a range and stability boost. Moving Target will increase your move speed and target acquisition while aiming down the sights — this is especially useful for encounters in the Crucible. Composite Stock will increase the stability and handling speed of this weapon, which increases your chances of surviving other Guardians.

About the Author

Alejandro Josan



Gaelin-4's war beast leads us through balmy Venusian jungle. Our rifles low, our Ghosts high in the canopy like sentry drones.

"My vehicle is old. Needs maintenance. Been running too long without cutting the engine," I say.

Gaelin sends me a sideways look. "That shipwright still around? She used to make cider in the autumn. I swear, she kept us like a pack of strays."

I sigh. "No, I mean this thing." I run my hand over my body. "Besides, you know I can't go back there." I straighten the leather wrap around my Tex-foundry rifle.

"You know I literally tune myself, right?" asks the Exo Hunter.

"Why? You're immortal."

"And you're not?"

"I know, but I'm… slower. I feel slower."

"Uh huh."

"Just not like what I used to feel like. Not… spry. Not up here either." I tap my helmet.

"Tragedy. I feel for you. Have Gilgamesh tune you then."

I chuckle. "Yeah… he'd love that."

"You two having issues again?"

I shake my head in a stiff, narrow lie. "You think we come back the same every time?"

"I do. Straight from the manufacturer ," Gaelin-4 says.

"Sometimes I get the feeling… something's different."

Gaelin stops and squints at me.

I dip my head and let my hood fall forward. "Nothing I can put my finger on, just little things. Adjustments."

"You think he's changing you?" Gaelin's voice sounds more serious than surprised.

I wait too long to answer. It's not because I don't know my answer, but because I want to feel like I still doubt it. I raise my head. Gaelin meets my eyes and looks up to the canopy.

He leans his shoulder into me and drops his voice to a whisper. "My Clip's a good one, but you need to realize Ghosts don't know anything. Nobody does. They're just like us. They get curious. They question. If you think something's coming unwound, you need to sit down and talk it out."

"Wait… did Clip change yo—"

"Please," Gaelin scoffs. "You're paranoid." He turns to keep walking and calls back, "Life changes you. Same with them. I'm the only one that stays the same."

Gaelin raises a fist and we stop. His war beast sniffs the air and turns us east. We continue walking.

"What'd you name the beast?"


"You've been reading too many of the Spider's books ."

"Some of 'em are good."

I laugh. "Aren't you the man that said anything you got tying you down can be made into a noose?"

"Yeah, some time ago."

"You've been taking a lot of jobs with him ? Those Fallen?"

"You're one to talk, Emperor's lackey . Some of those Eliksni aren't so bad."

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Barrel Slot

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Cranial Spike IV

Chaining precision hits grants bonus target acquisition and range.

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Cranial Spike III

Chaining precision hits grants bonus target acquisition and range.

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Cranial Spike II

Chaining precision hits grants bonus target acquisition and range.

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Cranial Spike

Chaining precision hits grants bonus target acquisition and range.