MIDA Multi-Tool Exotic Review

Contributing author: Joel; updated 3/27/15

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MIDA Multi-Tool is an Exotic Scout Rifle.

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The good: Super fast reload/equip speed.

The bad: Impact and range are below average.

Conclusion: Perks aren’t very effective in PvE, but an amazing PvP weapon.

Read the full review here

This is an Exotic Weapon
Scout rifle (Primary Weapon)
Kinetic Base Damage/Upgraded300/331
Quality Lvl70
Rate of Fire
Magazine Size

Equip Speed
Aim Assist

Talent Upgrades Tree

Kinetic Damage

This weapon causes Kinetic damage.

Soft Ballistics

Less recoil. Penalty to Impact.

-5% Damage
+10 Stability

Third Eye

Radar stays active while aiming down this weapon’s sights.

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


When held, this weapon grants +2 character Agility.

MIDA Multi Tool

This weapon boosts move speed and fires on a hair trigger.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

CQB Ballistics

Greatly reduced recoil. Significant penalty to range.

+15 Stability
-10 Range


This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Smart Drift Control

Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to range.

+20 Stability
-15 Range

Field Scout

Maximum Ammo capacity.


Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Video Review

Weapon Review

The MIDA Multi-Tool is an Exotic scout rifle sold by Xûr, won from the Cryptarch, or received as a reward from PvP/PvE. It keeps true to its name, in that it is a weapon that can be used in almost every situation. Its perks allow you to customize it to your playstyle and overall it’s pretty fun to use.

Its namesake suggests a versatility that helps it to handle a variety of situations and, for the most part, it doesn’t disappoint. Its stats are particularly rare among Scout Rifles, and its niche lies in mobility – a strange role for a weapon class whose primary function is sustainable DPS at greater distance.

Scout Rifles were buffed in the hotfix last month:

  • Base damage increased by 6%
  • Damage vs. Combatants increased by 6% – 25% (based on tier)
  • Improved target acquisition, plus additional recoil tuning.

Until the Fate of all Fools is released, this is the only Exotic Scout Rifle available.

The Good

The MIDA Multi-tool has respectable base stats with a few notable front-runners. Its RoF of 42 is unusually high for the Scout Rifle. The two most popular variants, to which the Saterienne Rapier and Gheleon’s Demise conform, have 37 and 27 respectively, leaving the MIDA a hair faster than these worthy alternatives.

With the quickest reload speed available, the MIDA reloads practically instantaneously, completely eliminating the need for gear reload buffs or other reload perks such as Outlaw that are often required to make its competitors viable.

Its Stability is not especially stalwart, but is serviceable to handle its RoF without an unreasonable muzzle climb even at its maximum fire rate. The Magazine size of 21 (27 with Field Scout) is just enough to allow for prolonged fire when necessary.

As far as perks go, the MIDA has a useful array that complement its role nicely. Third Eye is very well-suited to the MIDA’s mobility-heavy profile, allowing Guardians to maintain constant radar uptime even when ADS. This perk is especially excellent for PvP, while being acceptable in PvE as well.

Its third row options are a mixed bag, but there are standouts. Lightweight grants +2 to Agility in all circumstances, and again synergizes well with this weapon’s main draws. Field Scout is a viable alternative for those who want to be able to never let off the trigger in PvE, increasing the magazine size to an insane 27 and providing extra reserve ammo.

Its signature Exotic ability boosts movement speed and lets the weapon fire on a hair trigger. This movement speed boost is very noticeable, and applies while both walking normally and while ADS. Its comparable to Single Point Sling, but is not limited to ADS in this regard. To really make use of the increased speed, wear the Radiant Dance Machines while using this weapon. The uses for this perk are manifold, though an obvious plus is the ability to maintain speed in spite of Weight of Darkness stacks in the Abyss in Crota’s End.

In addition to this, a fairly recent patch added MIDAs very own personal High Caliber Rounds-esque perk. Every single bullet fired from it possesses the ability to stagger almost any foe. This is a useful boon towards keeping a target locked down and pairs well with MIDA’s flanking-encouraging perkset.

The Bad

Its Impact leaves a lot to be desired, with nearly the lowest Impact among other scout rifles. Although its naturally high RoF helps to compensate, you’ll often be wishing for a bit more oomph.

As this weapon also lacks the highly desirable Firefly, there’s no way to improve its trash-disposal utility, and it will be outclassed in situations in which damage is paramount. Its built-in High Caliber Rounds help to keep you alive when your damage is lacking, but it’s still a little disappointing.

Moreover, its range is a bit of an outlier among a class that prides itself in being able to handle enemies at a distance. Soft Ballistics does not further penalize it, but it comes at the cost of Impact, which is a steep price to pay even in marginal amounts.

CQB and Soft Ballistics offer means of boosting Stability, but in return further reduce your effective Range or Impact to varying degrees.
mida multi tool exotic review
Unfortunately, this is unavoidable, and as MIDA frankly shouldn’t be used as a long-distance killer, we recommend Smart Drift Control. This reduces Range the most of the three, but provides the heftiest boost to Stability without compromising Impact. It forces MIDA into a closer-range niche, but ultimately Scouts have enough base Range to not being particularly troubled in most content by even a moderate nerf.

Quickdraw is rather wasted on the MIDA, whose equip speed and general agility-centric profile cause draw times to become a non-issue. Although Third Eye is great for certain situations, it is by and large wasted in PvE content in which the enemy’s location is known and unvarying. The “hair trigger” function of the signature perk is similarly underwhelming; PS3 users don’t see any benefit whatsoever, and it does not increase the base fire rate – merely the pressure required on the trigger to fire a round.

Finally, the MIDA consumes an Exotic slot. In many cases it won’t be enough to get the job done, and those with Icebreaker or Gjallarhorn as usual are going to have a tough time justifying its spot in their setup. Of course, this is true for any Exotic weapon, so it is not ultimately considered in our scoring of this weapon’s potential. However, it is always worth noting.


In PvE the MIDA mostly serves the role of a weapon whose job it is to propel a Guardian through content quickly and efficiently. Its signature perk and hidden High Caliber Rounds work in tandem to limit enemy fire reaching you while allowing you in turn to lock down and rapidly dispatch potentially dangerous Majors or snipers.

Without Firefly, the MIDA lacks the raw destructive power of some its stiffest competition, but the high Rate of Fire allows it some leeway in this regard. You will reach your objectives swiftly, while maintaining high survivability on the merits of your agility and ability to take cover at the drop of a hat.

Although it isn’t strictly “weak” in DPS consideration, if you’re using the MIDA to deal the most damage, you will be disappointed.


This weapon is an excellent choice in PvP, depending on your needs. If you are looking to frustrate your opponents by never sitting still or allowing a single enemy to get the drop on you, you’ll be glad you chose it.

Its high RoF and staggering rounds can swiftly ruin anyone’s day who happens to be sitting out in the open. It combos well with the Bladedancer’s natural agility and is great for any player whose MO is flanking or rushing. It is a bit wanting in TTK, but if you play right and have sure aim, you will see great success with the MIDA.


It was built to do a little of everything, so it basically took design elements from each scout rifle.

Its scope resembles the typical Scout Ranged Lens RLR5/RLS3 but with a reduced zoom factor of 2.0x for increased visibility in short range encounters. Its fire rate is distinctive, with a curt, suppressed whistle that suggests control and precision.
mida multi tool exotic
The compass on the side is similar to the one on the SUROS Regime. Early on, there were rumors of the compass pointing to treasure chests or upgrade materials, but these rumors have since been squashed.


MIDA Multi-Tool is really designed to fill a high mobility playstyle, but it can also easily fit into anyone’s loadout and be used successfully.

The MIDA has seen its share of upgrades, and has come out better because of them. It is an extremely fun weapon to use, and versatile to boot. Although it suffers from damage output problems, it more than compensates with its staggering rounds and unreal speed, both in movement and reload. You will never feel lost on the battlefield, even if you aren’t going to be wasting enemies in record numbers.

For PvP this weapon earns a 9.4/10 and for PvE a 8/10.

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.


  • BenTargaryen

    I’m not much of a fan of the built-in ACOG but this is still one of my top “wants”, next to Vision of Confluence and The Last Word. Here’s hoping Xur will be selling it this coming weekend.

    • Raxs

      Not being able to change the sights on some weapons can be a frustration. It would be a heck of a lot nicer if they actually made it so you can change them. “Super good advice” itself is pretty much useless with it’s high zoom scope. If you truly want some “Super good advice”, don’t use “Super good advice”.

      It’s nice to have special built in sights on some of the exotics, don’t get me wrong. But some have really obnoxious optics I’d rid of.

      • BenTargaryen

        Oh, I agree with you there but not just because the sight is out of place for a Heavy, the gun itself… is just not good. I’ve got two Zombie Apocalypse’s and a Swarm that can shoot circles around that thing.

        Until it receives an appropriate buff, it’ll be sitting in my Vault along with Bad Juju.

        • Raxs

          Haha, Yeah. The recoil is already insane. I’m saying putting a scope on it is just adding insult to injury. As it is right now, even if it did get some nice sights it’s still not a practical weapon. It does need a buff along with Thorn and Juju. I’m sure they’re already working on it.

          • Zayndabomb

            Super good advice is great in raids when go against oversoul and oracles( infinite clip, no reload necessary), but that’s it, strictly situational.

  • Tiberius Borbely

    Got this as a drop after a Vanguard Tiger strike. My jaw dropped, since it was one of the Exotics I really wanted. Didn’t get to fully upgrade it yet, but I love it! Getting a lot of precision kills in PvE, not sure what the reviewer was complaining about. I’d definitely rate it a lot higher than 6.5

    • Rhage Tuballes

      yeah. couldn’t agree more. it should be higher than 6.5. The movement speed boost in PvE helps a lot though.

  • BuckshotGeorge

    Had this for a while now but as I’m not much of a scout rifle user I still haven’t got it fully upgraded. I think once I fill the remaining damage slots it will be really useful. Its speed cannot be underestimated. Not only is it fast on the reload it also adds to your agility and quickness in battle. You actually run and move faster with it equipped. Nice review.

  • Raxs

    Looks nice. I’m one of those people that might carry around two or three scout rifles all great for different tasks, to have one that is decent in just about everything is pretty nice. Scout rifles are definitely the weapons (along with snipers) that I really notice when the radar is missing.

    It’s weapons like this that make you realize that you don’t need to have a super powerful trait to make it stand out. When you have a multi specialized weapon you realize how much they take the edge off things.

  • Krysl3r

    Please give me a proof reading job 🙂
    So I may be a little finicky over grammar working in a school but there’s always at least one (or many more) per post.

    • Could you give me a specific example/quote?

      • Krysl3r

        There’s an abundance of commas but the first sentence with a structure problem would be the following;
        “It’s got a high fire rate, healthy magazine size and as it’s able to output a large volume of damage at a consistently good rate”.
        The “as” mid sentence makes it seem incomplete. It could be better structured such as:
        “Its high rate of fire and healthy magazine size result in a high, consistent damage output”.

        Sorry, I’m not trolling, I love the site and check it multiple times a day! ❤
        *regretting bringing it up now!*

        • that was an oversight, fixed

  • One of my clan mates has this beauty and he has improved his game since he got it. It seems a serious alternative to Suros Regime in terms of precision.

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  • Mike

    Just pulled this out of the chest in the Raid. I like it so far. Good fire rate and magazine size coupled with fastest reload makes this a beast already. Haven’t tried it yet in PvP since I din’t have any perks upgraded yet. My fully upgraded Vision of Confluence is still my bottom bitch as of right now though. It’s also really cool that the compass actually moves and functions as opposed to just being a layer on the gun.

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  • delta 6655

    whens your next exotic review? i love reading these.

    • Universal Remote is coming this weekend 🙂 And we recently posted The Last Word

  • Thomas Harrison

    the radar helps when you are doing a mission with the enemy melee multiplier on

  • Thomas Harrison

    this weapon is so addicting to use not to mention it has saved me in the nightfall when i get jumped by damn ninja vandals

  • Jayelcey

    I actually think it’s much better in PvE than PvP. It takes what, 5-6 shots to drop someone in PvP unless your aim is perfect. By then, you’re often mowed down by a SUROS Regime or blasted by a hand cannon or fusion rifle.

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  • John Blue

    You know I still don’t understand why anyone would call the Attack stat on a weapon “Damage” but seems like everyone and their mom makes this stupid mistake.

  • Travis Knight

    Does anyone else think the MIDA sounds like a wooden crossbow? It has kinda that “thawump” from a crossbow. I think it’s fantastic!

  • Shawn Ferraro

    This review is off. You can’t base whether a weapon is a pve or pvp weapon solely off the guns perks. This weapon is amazing in pve because of its magazine size, reload speed, and fire rate. It’s garbage or mediocre at best in pvp because of its low damage. This is based off experience with the gun, NOT just the perks.

    • h4ck3rbr0

      not really because it has fast fire rate and it isn’t always about damage. When your aiming down sights it will be harder for people to hit you and such.

  • Niklas bomber

    funny thing is i got this the day before xur sold it

  • shhh_peaceful

    If you’re a player who is only moderately aggressive (i.e., not one of these annoying titans with shotguns, jumping around smashing the hell out of everybody all the time) and prefer to keep some space between you and your opponent, you will love the MIDA in PvP. Once you get the MIDA perk, the gun will fire as fast as you pull the trigger, and many of your enemies won’t be able to escape after you land your first shot. This gun doesn’t have the straight stopping power of some other scout rifles, so aim for the head (and let’s be honest, you’re probably gonna lose a shoot out with most weapons if you’re not poppin’ ’em in the dome).

    The ACOG sight on the gun took some getting used to, but it feels pretty natural after you do. Close quarters is tough, but the hair trigger perk at least gives you a fighting chance (close quarters not recommended though lol!). The third eye perk is definitely helpful when approaching enemy-infested areas already aiming down the sights.

    It has a quiet sound when shooting, almost like the sound of an arrow being shot from a bow. In PvE, a single headshot will kill most of the lower level enemies, and the fast fire rate can take out harder enemies pretty quickly. Overall, fun and effective weapon!

  • Josh Gotlieb

    Do you guys just automatically give every gun with lower impact a shit rating? Higher impact isn’t universally better.

  • pretty quick

    Best exotic in my opinion. The damage is fine. Reload is insane. The agility makes you faster than other gun’s agility perk for some reason. I love it.

  • benkenobi

    hey you forgot to list recommended perks for the gun! Would be helpful to know if CQB ballistics or Linear Compensator would be better. Thank you and great article

  • Riv

    6.5… Really planet destiny. This is a horrible review. I shoot all your exotics you have rated 8+. This is not a pve beast but it’s sure as hell better than a 6.5 Ha Ha! I’ve seen some guardians do very well. Terrible review.

  • Bob Bobbington

    I personally gave this weapon a 10 (Not biased, it seriously feels like a 10) in PvE when I started to use it. Only Exotic that I’ve decided to upgrade beyond the Exotic perk. Handles so effectively it’s unbelievable. It’s not an all-rounder that excels at nothing, it excels at Reloading, has a great Stability, great Rate of Fire and great Stability. Range isn’t as high as others but it’s not a sniper.

    The perks may be restrictive but really it contains the two perks most people would want in this weapon, Smart Drift Control and Field Scout. Third Eye can’t be beaten, the reload is already so great Outlaw would make little impact on it.

    It’s very aesthetically pleasing, the compact military style and the long-range scope suit each other. I’d only suggest a less thick and curvy thing around the trigger.

    It has a low impact that may have to use a couple of shots to kill someone, but that is boosted by the high RoF. In fact, the higher RoF is better than other lower RoF Scout Rifles, this feels like it can cut through anything perfectly with no strain on any particular enemy. I always use it on PvP as well, when I do play it, head-shots seem suspiciously easy to get.

  • colefactor

    It would be cool to see something like a 3-burst round or an auto 3-burst perk on the MIDA.


    I’m buying this today, and I’m gonna pone everything!

  • Daft

    This gun is perfect for days when the crucible snipe bounty is up. Wrecking rookie snipers is what this gun was built for. I run this and shotty on my warlock and it seems to work.