Destiny 2 Elsie’s Rifle: God Rolls & How to get it

by | Apr 25, 2024

One of the oldest pulse rifles in Destiny history, Elsie’s Rifle, formerly The Stranger’s Rifle, finally made its way into Destiny 2 with Into the Light.

Now a Void High Impact frame, this Pulse is shaping up to be a stellar addition to player loadouts in PvP and a worthy grind for all Destiny vets.


How good is Elsie’s Rifle?

Elsie’s Rifle is an extremely powerful pulse rifle inside of the Crucible. It’s got slightly less range than The Messenger, but outside of that? Elsie has it beat, even having 10 more recoil direction, meaning Arrowhead Break with a Counterbalance Stock mod is a perfect addition to make it stable as can be. Add on the several stat boosting perks it can roll with, and you’ve got a perfect energy slot contender to The Messenger.

For PvE, High-Impact pulses trend on the lower end of usage. They are clunky and slow to fire, and their damage drops off significantly against Majors and above. However, they can be very enjoyable in general content where their TTK can make short work of most ads, and majors aren’t as plentiful.

Tier Rank & “Roles”: Elsie’s Rifle is A-Tier in PvE (especially for Ad Clear) and S-tier for PvP (especially for 3v3s).

A-tier for PvE S-tier for PvP

Best alternatives:

Elsie’s Rifle Perks and God Rolls

The Elsie’s Rifle Pulse Rifle comes with the following perks:

  • Perk 1: Feeding Frenzy, Zen Moment, Repulsor Brace, Loose Change, Keep Away, Under-Over, and Rewind Rounds
  • Perk 2: Adrenaline Junkie, Frenzy, Destabilizing Rounds, Kill Clip, Desperado, Desperate Measures
  • Origin Trait: Indomitability
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Elsie’s Rifle God Rolls, Destiny 2

Elsie’s Rifle PvE god roll

PvE Rolls Roll #1: GMs Roll #2: Ad Clear
Barrel Fluted Barrel
Magazine Tactical Mag
Perk 1 Rewind Rounds Repulsor Brace or Feeding Frenzy
Perk 2 Frenzy Desperate Measures or Destabilizing Rounds
Masterwork Reload Speed

Roll #1: GMs God Roll

As previously mentioned, pulse rifles in end-game PvE aren’t that common for a variety of reasons, but they can still hold their own, with the right perks. Fluted Barrel will make it feel less clunky, and Tactical Mag provides some stability as well as an extra burst in the mag.

Rewind Rounds is arguably the strongest in Column 3, given the high health of endgame enemies. Kill-based perks can be viable, but not on puls

Recommended Loadout: Forerunner, Elsie’s Rifle, Apex Predator

Roll #2: Ad Clear God Roll

For general content, getting kills with pulses is much easier, so perks like Repulsor Brace and Destabilizing Rounds can be great for chaining an overshield, or Feeding Frenzy and Desperate Measures for pure damage output.

Recommended Loadout: Any Special ammo weapon, Elsie’s Rifle, Deterministic Chaos.

Elsie’s Rifle PvP god roll

PvP Rolls Roll #1: 3v3 (Trials) Roll #2: 6v6
Barrel Arrowhead Break
Magazine Ricochet Rounds
Perk 1 Zen Moment or Keep Away
Perk 2 Headseeker Desperado or Kill Clip
Masterwork Range

Roll #1: 3v3s (Trials) God Roll

High-Impacts continue to dominate the sandbox, so it’s only right that we beef this one up as much as possible. Arrowhead Break is your best barrel since the max range roll only pushes the effective TTK range by 2 meters, and being able to actually hit your shots is more important than how far they can hit. Pair with Ricochet Rounds for even more stability and a slight range bump.

Zen Moment or Keep Away are equally good, but keep in mind that Keep Away drops the moment a single person is close by, though the range buff is quite nice. Headseeker will help keep your shots on target in the event you hit a body shot.

Roll #2: 6v6s God Roll

The only real difference here are the perks. Desperado, though nerfed, is still an excellent perk when multiple targets are available at once, letting you take full advantage of your temporary 600 RPM pulse rifle. Kill Clip is also great, providing a 25% damage buff that can be refreshed!

How to get Elsie’s Rifle

Elsie’s Rifle, along with the rest of the Brave Arsenal, is available as a reward from the new mode, Onslaught. It can drop from boss round completions, weekly challenges, BRAVE Engrams, and Shaxx’s Treasure Chest.

To attune to it, players will need to complete the associated Weapon Quest from Arcite-44, at which you get an extra 50% chance for it to drop. We cover the entire Brave Weapons Rotation here.

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How to get Elsie’s Rifle, Destiny 2

You can find our D2 Weapon God Roll hub here.

Before you go…

Interested in more top-tier weapons from Into the Light? You should definitely check out these Luna’s Howl God Rolls.

About The Author

Wyatt Lamb
Wyatt Lamb
If you asked any of my friends what I like to do with Destiny 2, they’d probably say “break it”. Build the biggest DPS, clear ads the fastest, zip zoom across the room; that’s my game. And with, I hope to show you all how to top the charts and make your friends go “wow”. You can find Wyatt on Twitter.
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