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

by | Apr 9, 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

Based on how High-Impact frames are performing in PvP, it’s safe to say that this will be a killer PvP weapon. 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 is a perfect addition to make it stable as can be.

For PvE, High-Impact pulses trend on the lower end of usage. Their slower rate of fire and clunkiness do not make for good PvE weapons, but their range can be of benefit if scouts aren’t an artifact anti-champion option. Most of the time, people will be using Aggresives and Rapid Fires over High-Impacts, so probably keep this in PvP.

C-tier for PvE A-tier for PvP  

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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
Elsie's Rifle God Rolls Infographic

Elsie’s Rifle God Rolls, Destiny 2

Elsie’s Rifle PvE god roll

  • Barrel: Smallbore
  • Magazine: Tactical Mag
  • Perk 1: Repulsor Brace or Rewind Rounds
  • Perk 2: Destabilizing Rounds or Frenzy
  • Masterwork: Range

As previously mentioned, pulse rifles in PvE aren’t that common for a variety of reasons, but they can still dish out great damage. Smallbore will help push the range out a bit further and keep it stable while doing so, and Tactical Mag provides some stability as well as an extra burst in the mag.

For our perk 1, Repulsor Brace or Rewind Rounds are arguably the strongest. Repulsor’s overshield effect is perfect for Void builds, and Rewind Rounds will help you take down chunkier targets without the need to reload. Perk 2 has some good PvE perks, but Destabilizing Rounds or Frenzy are probably the go-to’s for ease of use. Depending on how Desperate Measures works, it could also be a very viable choice.

Elsie’s Rifle PvP god roll

  • Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • Magazine: Chambered Compensator
  • Perk 1: Zen Moment or Keep Away
  • Perk 2: Desperado or Kill Clip
  • Masterwork: Stability

PvP is where Elsie’s Rifle will find its home. High-Impacts continue to dominate the sandbox, so it’s only right that we beef this one up as much as possible. For starters, Hammer-Forged Rifling is going to be the best choice here for the pure range buff. You could opt for Arrowhead for 100 recoil direction, though the stability granted by Ricochet Rounds will offset that for most.

Yet again, we see a stacked perk pool, but we’ll try to narrow it down. Perk 1 should be Zen Moment or Keep Away for their recoil control and range buffs, respectively. Zen Moment is especially good if you forewent Arrowhead Break, but Keep Away can be of better benefit if recoil isn’t an issue. Perk 2 has three excellent PvP perks, but the two we recommend are Desperado or Kill Clip. Both alter the TTK of the gun, but Desperado requires a precision kill rather than any kill, so pick what feels right.

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. To get it to drop, players will need to complete the associated Weapon Quest from Arcite-44. Once completed, it can drop from either Shaxx’s Treasure Chest or the activity itself.

You can even attune to it for better drop chances, and there will be a ultra rare version with a special shader and curated roll. We cover the entire Brave Weapons Rotation here.

How to get Elsie's Rifle Screen Destiny 2

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.

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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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