Light of the Abyss Review

In the dark beyond the Hellmouth there is a terrible need for light.

Light of the Abyss is a Legendary special fusion rifle.

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


The good: Fastest charge rate, large magazine size.

The bad: Abysmal range & Impact.

Conclusion: Almost perfect for PvP.

Read the full review here

This is a Legendary Weapon
Fusion Rifle (Special Weapon)
Arc Base Damage/Upgraded300/331
Quality Lvl60
Charge Rate
Magazine Size

Aim Assist
Equip Speed
Recoil Direction

Talent Upgrades Tree

Arc Damage

This weapon causes Arc damage.


Agile sight. Lightning-fast handling.

+15 Reload
+15 Handling

Crowd Control

Kills with this weapon grant bonus damage for a short time.

15% damage bonus for three seconds after a kill.

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Skip Rounds

Ceramic-jacketed rounds ricochet on hard surfaces. Their extreme density lets you carry more rounds in reserve. Added mass slows down weapon handling.

Hip Fire

This weapon has bonus accuracy while firing from the hip.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


Precision sight. Highest zoom in class. Enhanced range.

+8 Range
+6 Stability

Enhanced Battery

Increases magazine size.

Increases magazine size from 7 to 8.

Hive Disruptor

Increase damage to Hive Majors.

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


Flexible sight. Light, with good recoil control. Strong target acquisition.

+5 Stability
+8 Reload
+8 Handling

Speed Reload

Reload this weapon quickly.

+50 Reload

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Light of the Abyss Video Review

Weapon Review

Light of the Abyss is a special fusion rifle that can only be obtained by defeating Crota. We have a (cheese-free) guide to Crota’s End if you need help with the raid.

How does this compare to Murmur? Is it a worthy Plan C replacement? Could this be the best PvP fusion rifle? Keep reading to find out!

Recommended perks:

+8 Range
+6 Stability

Speed Reload (PvE)
+50 Reload

Enhanced Battery (PvP)
Increases magazine size from 7 to 8

The Good

Right out of the box this fusion rifle has the highest charge rate out of all of the fusion rifles. This lends itself well to closer engagements in PvE, like the first fight in Crota’s End, and makes it a wonderful weapon for PvP.

Primarily you want a fast firing fusion rifle, and it doesn’t get much faster than .75 seconds.

Coupling this charge rate with the Crowd Control perk that increases damage by 15% after a kill will lead to very respectable damage output, even though the Impact is low.

In PvE at 331 Attack, it will take about 2-3 bursts to land a kill on a tier 2 enemy, and only 2 if you have Crowd Control active.

In PvP each bolt will do 41 damage, requiring 5 bolts to land a kill. Crowd Control makes it even easier to kill targets in PvP, requiring only 4 bolts to hit a target if it’s active.

It’s base stability isn’t great, but it’s not bad either. It’s higher than Perun’s Fire, Murmur, The Trolley Problem and many others.

It’s reload speed is also average, better than Murmur, and can be increased to about 2.15 seconds with Speed Reload.

Because it’s got such a high magazine size (the largest), the reload speed isn’t too much of an issue. The base reload is 2.50 seconds, and for PvP, you probably won’t appreciate the .35 second reduction as much as you would an additional shot.

Unique to the raid weapons is the Hive Disruptor perk which increases damage to Hive Majors. You’ll be able to do about 400 additional damage to Hive Majors.

The Bad

Light of the Abyss has an extremely low range, and the lowest Impact of any fusion rifle.

As long as you stick to killing things up close, you’ll be fine, especially considering you get bonus damage when firing from the hip.

The perks unfortunately are a little underwhelming. The Enhanced Battery perk will only increase the magazine size from 7 to 8 (but to be fair, that’s still a great size).

The Skip Rounds perk, while fun to mess around with, is simply outclassed by Speed Reload. It is interesting to be able to ricochet rounds off surfaces, but it really isn’t practical since the physics are a bit hard to predict.

Thankfully with Crowd Control, the horribly low Impact is slightly negated, which is more of a PvE-focused perk anyway.

light of the abyss review


Light of the Abyss is similar to the other weapons from Crota’s End: Various bones and other hive-looking bits grow out of the weapon.

Small green pulsating lights adorn parts of it as well, which also light up when you press the trigger down. Certain areas of the weapon, such as the sights, are absent of these unique cosmetic features.


Light of the Abyss is an extremely solid fast-charging fusion rifle.

Its use in PvE is a bit limited, as most encounters are going to be slightly outside of its optimal range, but it really finds a home in PvP.

The fast charge time, coupled with additional damage from hip firing and decent stability really makes this fusion rifle a threat on smaller maps.

Pretty much every player out there already has Murmur though, which is extremely close to Light of the Abyss‘ stats, so if you aren’t able to acquire this raid weapon don’t feel like you’re missing anything special.

Is it better than Murmur? Well, it ends up coming down to personal preference for which one you would use since they are so similar, they each have their trade-offs.

A 331 Attack Light of the Abyss will basically do just as much damage as a 331 Attack Murmur in PvE, though the superior charge rate certainly makes the Light more appealing for PvP.

For PvP this weapon earns a 8.5/10 and for PvE a 6.7/10.
light of the abyss damage

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  • BAMozzy69 .

    I have this Fusion and its certainly good. Its probably not quite as good as Plan C or Murmur in general in my opinion. As I have both Murmur and Plan C fully upgraded to 331, upgrading this to max level isn’t a priority to me. Its more of a priority than Swordbreaker (the Raid Shotgun) but Black Hammer (sniper – which I have maxed out) and the 2 heavies (Song of Ir Yut – LMG and Hunger of Crota – Rocket Launcher) are likely to get the Radiant Energy first. I am waiting though until the Hard Raid and the Primary weapons before upgrading any more of these weapons.

    • Christian

      Fair choice. Fair choice indeed.

  • Dan

    I’ve now gotten this 5 times and no other Raid weapon. It’s decent and all, but..Sigh

    • echelon

      Here, here.

  • boostedskyline

    This plug one.1 fusion I got from a message is probably my favorite, amazing stability, impact and decent charge rate and recharge

    • Eric

      Plug One.1 w/ accelerated coils is nice…I recently got one too.

      • boostedskyline

        Ya, it’s a pain to use before unlocking the accelerated coils but all it took to unlock it was a days worth of bounties on one character, not even

        • Murat Ozcan

          Try one with Perfect Balance, Kneepads and Rangefinder.

          I was thinking, who is going to bring this up. Fusion rifles are powerful and the only thing that stops them from being OP are range and stability. What happens when you get a max impact Fusion rifle with maximum stability and maximum possible range? It’s good at every range, 1 shots at every range, while the only drawback is the charge rate which is EASILY worked around by priming and firing around corners.

          • Chris Conley

            This is what you get.

  • Malcolm Scally

    please give us more storage space, i hate having to scrap exotic weapons because i have no more room 🙁

    • Mezi-Crochet

      Hahaha! I think you,re on the wrong plateform to do requests! 🙂

      • Malcolm Scally

        if i say it everywhere someone will notice eventually 😀

  • Abstract

    Wonderful for this weeks nightfall

  • MAJ_Bryan

    I actually really like this fusion rifle. Granted I only really use it when I do the “kill the knights on the earth or moon” bounty. It drops the knights better than Murmur does and charges faster as well.

    I’m not really a fusion rifle fan (at all) and I never do PvP but I do like Light of the Abyss, Murmur, and Plan C. It is really useful for killing those stupid knights right by Omnigul.