Hunger of Crota Review

Would you defy Me? I am the eater of hope.

Hunger of Crota is a Legendary heavy rocket launcher.

This weapon has the chance to drop after defeating Crota in Crota’s End.


The good: Tracking rockets, cluster bombs, excellent damage against Hive Majors.

The bad: Linear Compensator and Aggressive Launch don’t work (bug?).

Conclusion: Preforms well in PvE; a great alternative to the Exotic rocket launchers.

Read the full review here

This is a Legendary Weapon
Rocket Launcher (Heavy Weapon)
Solar Base Damage/Upgraded300/331
Quality Lvl60
Rate of Fire
Blast Radius
Magazine Size

Aim Assist
Equip Speed
Recoil Direction

Talent Upgrades Tree

Solar Damage

This weapon causes Solar damage.

Soft Launch

Less Recoil. Penalty to Range.


Shells fired from this weapon track their targets

Rockets are self guided to target once fired.

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.

Cluster Bomb

Rockets create cluster bombs when they detonate.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Hive Disruptor

Increase damage to Hive Majors.

Linear Compensator

More predictable recoil. Slight boosts to Velocity and Blast Radius. More recoil.

+5% Damage
+5 Range
-10 Stability


Increases warhead velocity.

+40 Velocity
-10 Stability

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Aggressive Launch

More predictable recoil. Enhanced Blast Radius. Reduced Velocity and more recoil.

Heavy Payload

Increases warhead blast radius.

+40 Blast Radius
-20 Velocity

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Hunger of Crota Video Review

Weapon Review

Hunger of Crota is a heavy rocket launcher that can only be obtained by defeating Crota. We have a full guide to Crota’s End if you need help with the raid.

This rocket launcher has often been compared to Gjallarhorn because of its tracking ability and cluster bombs. Is it just as good? The best Legendary rocket launcher? Keep reading…

Recommended perks:

Heavy Payload
+40 Blast Radius
-20 Velocity

Soft Launch

The Good

If you are looking for a legendary rocket launcher that can take the place of Gjallarhorn in PvE, then Hunger of Crota is going to be the closest thing that can do that.

Hunger of Crota‘s blast radius and velocity are slightly lower, but its other base stats are very similar to Gjallarhorn.

Once fully upgraded you have the option to increase the blast radius or velocity. Because of the tracking, the base velocity is excellent as it is, and you’ll benefit more from an increase in blast radius since its below average without any upgrades.

The additional cluster bombs you get with its column 5 upgrade don’t track like Gjallarhorn’s do, but they’re still powerful and make up for the low blast radius.

The reload speed is also high too, well above average.

Unique to the raid weapons is the “Hive Disruptor” perk which increases damage to Hive Majors. You’ll be able to get about 300-400 additional damage to Majors.

The Bad

Not a huge issue, but one worth mentioning, is that the cluster bombs to not track, so you’re not even guaranteed to hit anything with them. If you fire a rocket in a crowded space, then you’ve got a good chance to, but nowhere close to the extra damage that Gjallarhorn’s will provide.

The biggest hit against this weapon is actually its low ammo reserves. Without any armor that increases heavy ammo, you are only able to hold 2 in the magazine and 2 in reserve.

Fortunately it goes up to 6 when you get a heavy ammo increase, which brings its ammo reserves into the correct range for a weapon you can actually use.

Other than that, Hunger of Crota is a real powerhouse, and a worthy alternative to an Exotic heavy.

hunger of crota raid review


The “eater of hope.”

Probably the coolest looking rocket launcher, if you like the creepy/dead look. The skull on the front is a reminder that this launcher means business!

Like all raid weapons, it appears to be infected with the Hive’s evil, giving off a green tint.


Hunger of Crota isn’t as optimal as Gjallarhorn for pure damage, but it comes close enough that you can equip a primary/special Exotic and not have to worry.

With tracking and superb stats, overall the weapon is an excellent choice to use in just about every encounter.

For PvP the Hunger of Crota will fall a bit short, but it’s still worth using. Generally it’s better to use a heavy machine gun in PvP anyway, but this is definitely in the top 5 list for rocket launchers.

If you are lucky enough to get it to drop from Crota, you will not be disappointed!

For PvP this weapon earns a 7/10 and for PvE a 8.4/10.

hunger of crota damage


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  • fearund30

    Got it from my very first Crotas End run and used it instead of Gjallahorn ever since.

    Against Hive Majors its almost as good as the Exotic rocket launcher, against other races it falls a bit short (sometimes, f.e. against the indying mind, it feels even useless).

  • BAMozzy69 .

    This was my first weapon reward from Crotas End and it is a very good Rocket Launcher – obviously not quite as good as Gjallahorn overall but probably better if and when used against the Hive.
    I don’t yet have Light of the Abyss but I would (and have) levelled up Black Hammer first. Song of Ir Yut next, then Hunger of Crota and finally (if ever) Swordbreaker. I may alternate between Song and Hunger – ie put Radiant Energy into 1 Slot on 1, then do 1 slot on the other and repeat until both get levelled up. I expect Light of the Abyss to be 4th in terms of priority of the currently available Crota’s End weapons that I would level up after seeing its stats and due to being a Fusion Rifle.

  • Daniel Seel

    The only thing that truely holds this launcher back is the fact that the tracking on it is sub-par when comparing it to exotic launchers that track. I don’t mind the less damage oevrall…but hate the tracking on this gun.

    • Kenshiro Genjuro

      Now that I read this, I have noticed some really poor tracking with this thing, but hadn’t thought it would likely be running any different algorithm from any other tracking RL (except Truth). I haven’t used it all that much though…haven’t had a solar-only burn nightfall since getting it.

  • Bonesy

    Most rocket launchers don’t have tracking so as long as you can aim or predict it seems like the only thing making this better than the Vanguard One Way Ticket 000 is Hive Disruptor (which is essential for CE). So like, it’s a good rocket launcher, but it’s not that freaking amazing. Cluster bombs > Tracking.

    Tip with cluster bombs against Knights, Ogres and Crota: shoot them in the dick so when they kneel there’s a high chance the cluster bombs will be stuck inside their arms and legs and wont roll away and miss.

  • Mezi-Crochet

    Best legendary RL, period

  • cool_herc

    As soon others have stated, it was my first CE drop, as well. In fact, I have 2. I don’t have Gjallahorn, and given that Thorn is my most used weapon and taking my exotic slot, HoC works just fine for my when doing CE or a Nightfall with solar burn.