Gjallarhorn Exotic Review

“If there is beauty in destruction, why not also in its delivery?” – Feizel Crux

Gjallarhorn is one of two Heavy Exotic Rocket Launcher’s currently in the game, this one deals Solar damage.

This weapon can be acquired as a random reward from the Crucible or PvE content, or from Xûr for 17 Strange Coins.

Expert Panel Score: 9.5/10

The good: Highest velocity, smaller tracking missiles.

The bad: Low rate of fire.

Conclusion: Amazing destruction capability for many situations.

Read the full review here

This is an Exotic Weapon
Rocket Launcher (Heavy Weapon)
Solar Base Damage/Upgraded260/300
Quality Lvl70
Rate of Fire
Blast Radius
Magazine Size

Aim Assist
Equip Speed

Talent Upgrades Tree

Solar Damage

This weapon causes Solar damage.

Soft Launch

Less recoil. Penalty to range.


Shells fired from this weapon track their target

Rockets are self-guided to target once fired

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Quick Draw

This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.

+100 Handling
+10% Ready
+10% Away

Wolfpack Rounds

Rounds fired from this weapon split into tracking cluster missiles upon detonation.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Confined Launch

Greatly reduced recoil. Significant penalty to range.


Switch weapons faster. Move quicker while aiming.

+30% Aim Down Sight speed

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Smart Drift Control

Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to range.

+20 Stability
-15 Range

Speed Reload

Reload this weapon quickly.

+50 Reload

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Video: Gjallarhorn Review

Weapon Review

Yelling horn, or Gjallarhorn, is an Exotic rocket launcher sold by Xûr, won in the Cryptarch lottery, or received as a reward from PvP/PvE.

It’s named after the mythic trumpet from Norse mythology that brings about the onset of the destruction and renewal of the universe. One of the most powerful weapons in the game, it certainly lives up to its majestic name.

The Good

The launcher shoots out rockets, while secondary sentries deploy at the site of impact to devastate foes that pass nearby; it’s got major destruction capability! As if hitting your enemy with a missile wasn’t deadly enough, this weapon ensures any targets left in the vicinity after the initial blast will also be demolished.

Sometimes you can dodge 1 rocket, but not even Lord Shaxx could survive the payload of seeking missiles Gjallarhorn emits.

Statistically, Gjallarhorn is excellent, and excels at medium-long range firefights. The area of effect damage from the tracking Wolfpack Rounds are devastating.

It’s also got the highest velocity out of any rocket launcher in Destiny.

The Bad

The blast radius is low compared to many other rocket launchers, but thankfully the tracking missiles can usually be relied on to deliver the extra punch.

The perks that come with this weapon do not allow for much customization. Aiming and reloading quicker are decent upgrades, but don’t bring much to the table, and Quickdraw is much less useful compared to the others. Ultimately you’ll have to choose what perks you want based off your playstyle.


This weapon is truly a work of art. Golden wolf heads adorn almost every inch of the weapon. The weapon’s designer, Mark Van Haitsma, added a wolf head for every day he spent working on it. Gjallarhorn was a gift to the Guardians who fought the Battle of the Twilight Gap, and forged from the armor of the Guardians who fell in battle.

This gives a very somber feeling to those wielding the weapon, as you are helping fallen Guardians continue their fight. The sight is also very simple, but elegant. It has an octagonal design which similar to the Titan’ emblem.


This weapon earns a solid 9.5/10. Gjallarhorn is a situational tool, and that’s OK, just be sure to know when to bring it out.

It is the absolute pinnacle of rocket launchers and is best to use in objective modes. Its major issue is the lack of meaningful customization options.

Since you won’t be using this for the majority of your encounters, use your primary or special Exotic, and then switch to this weapon when you have heavy ammo available.

Patrick Casey

Howdy! I am a contributing writer. If you think I overlooked something about a weapon, feel free to comment below and let me know. I’ll see you in the Crucible.


  • joerendous

    I fall almost every other respawn on that map. You’re welcome, Guardians.

  • Micah Yang

    I just can’t see myself using up my exotic with a heavy weapon because they are already so powerful and because you can’t find heavy ammo very easily. I want to use my exotic as often as possible

    • FATeemo

      Heavy ammo pack is your friend. at boss, blow 8 rockets at it, done.

    • Bob

      Use heavy ammo glitch, problem solved. Equip Ice Breaker, empty all rounds in pri and heavy, whip IB back out kill everything in site, HEAVY DROP GALLORE!!! Your welcome

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  • Alex Davis

    Top 2 weapon in the game. Highest damage output and fast reload to do it again. This review needs to be updated.

  • spencer

    they rated the thorn to low this is by far the #1 pie weapon in the game. Stack these with ruin wings and you are set for life.

  • sunbreaker_

    This review (along with a handful of others) definitely needs to be updated. Gjallarhorn is the strongest weapon in the game in terms of raw damage output. Even during enhanced encounters, such as the various burns in nightfall, it keeps up with items benefiting from the burn in question. With solar burn, there isn’t a single item in the game that can compare to the sheer devastation Gjallarhorn unleashes on any enemy in its way.

    Just this week, a friend of mine annihilated Omnigul in the Will of Crota strike with three shots from Gjallarhorn and Solar Burn active (it’s the nightfall). Three shots on his level 31, whereas it took multiple clips from my fully upgraded Hunger of Crota which is an anti-hive weapon, no less.

    Generally speaking, rocket launchers are only viable during boss fighters to begin with. There’s no point in using them on trash mobs when your primary and secondary weapons (depending on which guns you’re rocking) yield equally as effective crowd control and wave clear. Thus, in the realm where it belongs (boss damage) there is not a single gun in the game that can compare to this weapon; this weapon is 10/10, for sure.

  • fnamazinn

    Review needs to be updated. As of now, this is arguably the best weapon in the game. Excellent for taking out raid bosses and finishing off nightfalls (even quicker with solar burn). Has a greater use in PVE than PVP but still holds its own in PVP nonetheless. The Wolfpack rounds can take out guardians running away after the initial blast. You go to the forums and you will see some people ecstatic to get their first one, people doubting it, people praising it, and a some in a constant chase to obtain it. Great all purpose gun.

  • Just a random dude

    Ruin Wings + Gjallarhorn = total destruction

    • JEFF

      crest of alpha lupi friend its a match

    • Elien Vandeweyer

      Yup that’s my lovely Titan 😀

  • JEFF


  • jr240483

    afraid the reviewer needs to update on his info. it can only be acquired by nightfalls and raids. along with the exclusives Xur will never sell this exotic. if he ever did every player in the game would be cheesing & raping the raid bosses like crazy.