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Is Ruinous Effigy The Best Exotic Trace Rifle?

Ruinous Effigy is finally available in Destiny 2, but is it the best Exotic Trace Rifle in the game?


Ruinous Effigy is finally upon us, and it’s probably one of the best Exotics in Destiny 2 right now. Bungie has delivered on a promise of interesting and meaningful weapons with this new Trace Rifle, but is it the best in the game? Let’s dive in and see how well this weapon stands up against the competition.


  • Impact – 8
  • Range – 42
  • Stability – 67
  • Handling – 53
  • Reload Speed – 40
  • Rounds Per Minute – 1000
  • Magazine – 94

Hidden Stats

  • Aim Assistance – 84
  • Inventory Size – 46
  • Zoom – 12
  • Recoil – 96
  • Bounce Intensity – 4
  • Bounce Direction – Tends Vertical


  • Intrinsic Perk: Transmutation – Final blows with Ruinous Effigy collapse foes into Void Transmutation Spheres.
  • Evolution – You and your allies can pick up those Void Transmutation Spheres and hurl them at enemies in order to deal further damage.
  • Hammer-Forged Rifling – Increases Range.
  • Particle Repeater – Increases Stability.
  • Composite Stock – slightly increases Stability and Handling Speed.

The Competition

There isn’t a lot of competition when it comes to Trace Rifles, but that almost makes them harder to judge. They all hit enemies with a constant beam of energy, which usually deals more damage the longer it’s focused on the enemy.

Coldheart is nothing special, apart from the fact that it will slow your enemies. Ruinous Effigy is definitely better than that. Prometheus Lens is just a warm version of Coldheart, and nowhere near as good as Ruinous Effigy either.

Divinity is slightly better, because it will actively debuff your foe. Still, you can pick up their corpse and throw it for more damage. I would say that Ruinous Effigy has more flow to the overall combat enhancements it brings, so it is better in this case.

Wavesplitter is probably the only real competition for Ruinous Effigy. It oscillates through three levels of power, each one dealing more damage. It’s an interesting Exotic, but once again I have to say that the flow of this latest Trace Rifle is just far superior.


When you get right down to it, nothing has a better flow than Ruinous Effigy, and that’s massively important in Destiny 2 today. It wasn’t a couple of years ago, but now Guardians need weapons that can eep them moving, and keep the damage being piled on. We don’t need Trace Rifles that envelop enemies in a field of damage, we want to be able to crate small bombs from ads and throw them at the bigger bosses.

Yes, Ruinous Effigy is the best Exotic Trace Rifle as of Season of Arrivals. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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