Monte Carlo Exotic Review v.2

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Monte Carlo is currently a PS exclusive Exotic auto rifle. It will be available for Xbox users around Fall 2015.

This weapon can be acquired randomly as a reward in PvE or PvP.


The good: Instant reload, high range/stability, quick reload speed.

The bad: Low Impact, Hip Fire perk is OK.

Conclusion: Its utility to recharge the melee ability is phenomenal.

Read the full review here

This is an Exotic Weapon
Auto Rifle (Primary Weapon)
Kinetic Base Damage/Upgraded302/331
Quality Lvl70
Rate of Fire
Magazine Size

Aim Assist
Equip Speed

Talent Upgrades Tree

Kinetic Damage

This weapon causes Kinetic damage.

CQB Ballistics

Greatly reduced recoil. Significant penalty to range.

+15 Stability
-10 Range

Hip Fire

This weapon has bonus accuracy while firing from the hip.

Cuts your “bloom” circle by 33%

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

High Caliber Rounds

Oversize rounds built to stagger targets and leave them reeling. Their mass makes a weapon harder to handle.

Increases the amount an enemy flinches when shot.

Monte Carlo Method

Dealing damage with this weapon reduces your melee cooldown and grants a chance to fully charge your melee ability with each kill.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Smart Drift Control

Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to range.

+20 Stability
-15 Range

Send It

Increases range and accuracy.

+50 Range

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Aggressive Ballistics

More Predictable recoil. Enhanced impact. Shorter range and more recoil.

+10% Damage
-5 Range
-5 Stability

Field Scout

Maximum ammo capacity increased.

Raises magazine size to 56.

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Video Review

Recommended Perks

Smart Drift Control (PvP)
+20 Stability
-15 Range

Aggressive Ballistics (PvE)
+10% Damage
-5 Range
-5 Stability

Field Scout
Increases magazine size to 56

Weapon Review

Monte Carlo is an Exotic auto rifle that’s currently exclusive to the PS, but it will be available for Xbox users starting sometime around Fall 2015.

The signature perk will decrease the recharge time on your melee ability any time you deal damage with the gun, and the fast fire rate ensures that you will have your melee up a lot more than normal.

It’s a great weapon because of its utility, not so much because of its direct damage potential.

The Good

The ‘Exotic patch‘ brought a base stability increase to this weapon, increasing it to match up with Vanquisher VIII and Shadow Price. There’s only a few auto rifles that have a higher base stability.

Using the Smart Drift Control muzzle leads to a wonderful experience when firing the weapon. You’ll be able to effortlessly hit your target, but you won’t do as much damage as you would with Aggressive Ballistics.

Monte Carlo has average Impact & RoF; it’s in the middle of the archetype and shares the same Impact and rate of fire as Up For Anything, For The People, and Hard Light. You’ll be able to ADS in .30 seconds and unload 36 rounds in 3.6 seconds.

The base range on this weapon is extremely high, actually higher than any auto rifle in Destiny. The range will be reduced with Smart Drift Control, but the increased stability makes up for it.

The base stability and reload speed are above average as well, only beaten by a few auto rifles. You’ll be able to reload in just 2 seconds.
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The melee cooldown reduction is what this weapon is really built around. Any damage you deal will decrease your melee cooldown, and it only takes about 10 seconds of continuous damage for your melee ability to be completely filled.

At 30% strength, simply waiting for the melee ability to recharge, it takes roughly 54 seconds to regenerate. This perk will easily cut that time in half, and even more so if you’re able to pump out consistent damage.

You’ve also got the chance to completely refill your melee energy when you kill an enemy. This will happen about 15% of the time and you’ll get a notification when it happens.

To get the most out of the Monte Carlo Method perk, you’ll want to build around it. Warlocks with the Claws of Ahamkara will benefit greatly. Sunsinger’s should use Flame Shield for increased defense and Voidwalkers should use Soul Rip or Life Steal. A Striker Titan with Shoulder Charge, Transfusion, and Overload will be nearly unstoppable. As a Gunslinger you better be good with your throwing knife, because with Knife Juggler and Gambler’s Dagger it’ll be active almost constantly.

All of the perks on Monte Carlo allow for great customization. If you are comfortable with the base range, which is high, then you can use Field Scout to increase the magazine size to 56 and increase your reserve ammo. Having such a high magazine size is extremely beneficial in all circumstances, and will probably be the best option for most people.

This gun really shines in mid-range combat. The quick rate of fire and high stability ensures that your shots will generally get to where you want them to without much hassle.

The Bad

If you hit anything other than a precision shot with this weapon, you’ll be having a rough time. Its high rate of fire and low Impact cause the damage to be low, but this can be alleviated if your shots are precise and by using Field Scout.

The low Impact causes level 30 enemies to take 105 damage to the body and 261 damage to the head. A level 30 Major will take 105 body and critical shots will hit for 131.

Using Aggressive Ballistics, you’ll be able to increase the damage by roughly 9% – necessary for PvE.

In PvP it’ll take about 12 body shots or 10 headshots to take someone out. If you can manage the recoil of the weapon, which really isn’t too bad, it’s definitely worth it to use Aggressive Ballistics for the increased damage.

While the stability is above average, it’s still less than Up For Anything and a few others that are in the same archetype.

The Hip Fire perk is OK, but you’ll usually want to aim down the sights for easier critical hits, so it doesn’t get used much.

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Cosmetically this weapon is fantastic, easily recognizable, and really does look like an Exotic. It has a wonderfully sleek, futuristic look to it. The sound also complements the weapon; it sounds like a perfectly well oiled machine. There is a small ringing that occurs after each shot as well that easily goes unnoticed, but it just adds to the overall character of the weapon even more.

The blade that extends from the front of the weapon really makes one wish that it could be used!

The scope has a cool yellow illumination around the edges, and the iron sight leads up to a red dot which really helps you get a perfect bead on the targets. Put the iron sight on someone’s chest, and the red dot should line up perfectly with their head.

Originally designed as a showpiece, the Monte Carlo’s sleek demeanor and intricate firing system make it more than a fashion statement.


The perks on Monte Carlo will serve you best in close-medium range encounters. The decreased melee cooldown and increased hip fire accuracy make this perfect for up close and personal engagements. The main problem with the weapon is it just doesn’t do enough damage to compete with other weapons.

The time to kill is just too high to really have any benefit in PvP. It does well in PvE because of Monte Carlo Method, but its good for its utility, not its damage.

Of course some Guardians will find great success with it, and it’s definitely worth building upon if you’re adamant about your melee ability. You won’t even need to worry about Strength since the weapon will take care of it for you.

When it comes down to it, after the update to this weapon, its absolutely worth using. It has a fantastic utility to help out with the powerful melee abilities, and the low damage output is just the trade-off for having such an awesome perk.

For PvP this weapon gets a 8/10, and for PvE it gets a 8.2/10
monte carlo review

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.


  • Alex Davis

    Got an Xbox One. Fuck us.

  • Kou Vang

    Gotten this gun recently. Im planning on using it for the hunter throwing knife bounty to get it back up faster.

    • Martin Kennedy

      It’s great for that bounty.

    • True Radiant Free

      You can use the precision kills instantly decrease cooldown of throwing knife also, that’s what helped me a lot.

  • Kevyn

    I’m not sure if you’ve seen the reddit post talking about the TTK for all weapons in the game but the mid tier auto rifles actually kill at a similar speed to the higher impact counter parts. It’s just a matter of recoil and the fact that the lower rate of fire guns have more forgiving recoil patterns.

    • Toon

      Don’t believe the Reddit hype. This gun is not about being the best overall gun in the game, It isn’t about being a higher DPS than a different auto rifle. This gun is about replenishing your melee ability. It is very situational, but for that situation where you need your melee skill replenished quite often (Such as Defender Titan on the Lamps section of Crota’s End Raid or the Hunter’s Knife Throwing bounty)
      , there is no better gun in the game.

  • Lee Juriet

    Boo, Hiss, Playstation Exclusive!

    Why the FUCK they made it a goddamn YEAR for us on the Xbox to get these weapons I do not know….

    • Paul

      Answer is simple: money bro!

    • disqus_aigOPuWVlZ

      seriously dude …the same comment everytime im so sick of your fan boy crap

      • Lee Juriet

        STFU… When those who bought a Xbox get shafted this much, we are ENTITLED to our bitching. YOU are the Fanboy for protesting it.

        • Cody Dash

          Hey xbox jackass, you don’t deserve the weapons in the FIRST PLACE. YOU GET ENTIRE GAME SERIES TO YOURSELVES, STOP WHINING.

          • Strife

            Last I checked Playstation has quite a few exclusive series. I’ve owned both but I agree, for a game that you pay the same amount for DLC and content, but one gets more for the same price, isn’t fair.

          • TDUNN79

            I think he specifically means Halo which was made by Bungie until Halo Reach. This could just be Bungie giving PSN users an exclusive as an apology. That’s what I believe anyway.

          • Lee Juriet

            Possibly, but you guys get Killzone, Uncharted, Monster Hunter, eventually Planetside 2, Resistance, and a few other series to yourselves…. As far as I can recall, only Halo is the real “Xbox Exclusive”…. And my point still stands; why are quite a few people being cheated out of guns and content simply because of our console preferences?

          • BarretOblivion

            Wrong Monster Hunter is a Nintendo exclusive only one Monster Hunter ever came to Playstation and it was on the PSP. Cry all you want but Bungie can’t change the content time drop as the deal was made with Activision and Sony. This deal will most likely continue on in Destiny 2 and all the rest until the contract runs out after 10 years. Its the exact same kind of deal that was made with Microsoft and Activision to have Call of Duty DLCs a month ahead of Sony and PC. My friends and I play Call of Duty for the Co-op. We absolutely hated waiting an extra month for DLC we already paid for from Season Passes. All you are missing is likely 3 strikes, 1 map, and 4 exotics. Oh god that’s SO much content to whine about. Its called marketing and you’ll get the content later.

          • TDUNN79

            That’s true. It’s not really like anybody can change Bungie’s decisions about what certain users should and shouldn’t get. I do feel that it is a bit unfair for someone to be negated, (even if it is for a limited time), of content based on their preference of games system.

          • troll

            Playstation is lame and so are their games, why ridin so bad bro, go get a lamestation if its so much better. Knob

          • Cody Dash

            I do agree with the fact you shouldn’t be paying the same price for less, but my fact still stands here.

          • MarcoLorenzo

            lol what fact? That XBox has more exclusives? At the moment, Xbox One *might* have a *slight* edge but that will likely change dramatically this year. Regardless, even if they have more exclusives, that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to have the same game we all paid for.

          • Lee Juriet

            oreally? You guys have FARRRRRR more exclusives!

          • Cody Dash

            Hell NO. the only good one is Last of us. You get Titanfall, halo + MORE.

          • Chewy

            Well, God of War, Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian (when it will eventually come out), Jack and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank (those last two are preferentiel), Need for Speed (personnal opinion = better than Forza). We get Halo, Gears of War, btw the first entry of Titanfall is exclusive since the sequels r gonna be multi. Sure there are more, but generally PS gets more exclusive games and content.

          • True Radiant Free

            I’m looking forward to the PS4 R&C.

        • BarretOblivion

          You guys have been getting CoD dlc a whole month before us for years. Quite crying and deal with it until Fall.

          • Strife

            Who plays CoD?

          • Lee Juriet

            More people now that Advanced Warfare is here and isn’t just a somewhat updated clone of previous CoD’s….

          • Deciver95

            Is that sarcasm? Because, I’m pretty sure it’s one of the biggest franchises in gaming

          • Lee Juriet

            So what? a month isn’t all that long, and is PERFECTLY in line with how publishers have been doing DLC for YEARS. A fucking YEAR now, that is a completely DIFFERENT matter ENTIRELY.

          • True Radiant Free

            You sound like a spoiled child, go play Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox-exclusive Bungie FPS series you may have heard of).

          • Deciver95

            Only because it affects you.

        • Deciver95

          You miss out, on 2 guns, 2 trikes and some rare gear? That’s shafted? Bitch we missed out on GTA 4 dlc for a year. God you’re a joke

        • Andy G

          You guys get cod dlc,early,becuase the money you pay for gold they pay activision to hold the content to xbox an extra month same thing with destiny but its playstatiom now you know how ps players felt when we had to wait an extra month now that we pay for ps plus they can afford to do that

          • Kenshiro Genjuro

            This might be the first fanboy argument I’ve seen where everyone’s trying to argue that everyone else’s console is better.

      • MarcoLorenzo

        It’s not being a fanboy if all he’s doing is complaining about something that is truly unfair. He never dissed the Playstation or PS owners so I don’t see what the problem is. We all paid for the same game but Xbox owners got a somewhat inferior product, he is entitled to some moaning.

    • dstripedape

      Seems like xbox should have a it’s own exclusive like they did with mass effect series, that would make the year easier to stomach imo.

      • Octus

        they should just stop having exclusives altogether.

      • Lee Juriet

        Yeah, it’d make it less a pain in the ass.

    • f

      i wouldnt worry too much, i dismantled it. suros and vex mythoclast still kicks its ass

    • I’m a ps4 owner and I still didn’t have luck of getting the exclusives weapons. That would be much better if all platforms had the same conditions. This way, everybody would expect getting them from Xûr one day. The PS4 EXCLUSIVE doesn’t represent nothing for me.

      • Lee Juriet

        Wierd.I thought you were guaranteed a chance to get them

        • MarcoLorenzo

          Well you are guaranteed a “chance” to get them, but whether or not you do is another question altogether! I was lucky enough to get the Hawkmoon yesterday in a Nightfall after probably 200 hours of game time. It’s a cool pistol but I wouldn’t say you’re missing anything if you manage to get Thorn or The Last Word.

          • True Radiant Free

            only 200 hours?

          • DLAROC

            200 hours is nothing in Destiny. I have almost 1,000 (been playing since day 1). I have all 3 classes at level 32,All achievements except 3, every exotic piece of gear except the two Titan chest pieces, and every exotic weapon except Hawkmoon and Four Horseman. (Both PS exclusives)

          • True Radiant Free

            I think you replied to the wrong person, because yeah I have around 600 hours, all 32’s, and all exotic weapons.

          • I’m playing Destiny since it was released , more than 500 hours of game play and Still didn’t get hawkmoon. I think you’re a luck guy 🙂

          • MarcoLorenzo

            Yeah I guess 200 hours might not be as much as some people. It’s a lot for me though since the most I’ve ever spent on a game was probably 90 hours in FFVIII way back when 😛

        • Guest

          Actually no… Unfortunatelly it’s randomized. So that’s the reason it I don’t feel advantage of been PS exclusive… I’ve been trying getting howkmoon for long , long time and nothing so far.

          • cool_herc

            Some of you need to realize that, no matter how long you play, there are some weapons that you may NEVER get in the game as drops.

          • DLAROC

            That’s the one thing I don’t like about Destiny’s loot system. You can play 24 hours a day and still never get that one weapon you want. I like being able to play and earn my stuff. Not hope and pray I get it with luck. Lol

    • Octus

      i have a playstation, i dont like the way they are doing these exclusives. totally not fair for people paying the same price for the game.
      that being said, i have not had this or the hawkmoon drop for me at all. im just waiting for the xbox to get them, so hopefully Xur will sell them to me.

    • Deciver95

      Business deal. Same way you guys get every COD dlc a month early, or the GTA 4 and fallout DLC early. Not nice when it’s on the other foot, huh

      • Chris

        except playstation does not hold back something you paid for. A month is not a long time, and you pay for it when you get it. By buying this game, we with xbox’s have already paid for content that we do not have yet, both in the main game, and in the dlc. That means the difference is that your content is not out of date, and you never bought it when the other console did. You bought it when you got it.

  • Toon

    This gun is amazing. If you are running a Defender Titan and spec for Force Barrier, you can almost permanently keep force barrier active because of the melee replenishing perk on this gun. I do this 100% of the time on the “Lamp” portion of Crota’s End raid. It is like an “easy button” for the thrall zerg during that first portion of the raid.
    Also why complain about owning an xbox. Bungie told you to buy a ps4 if you want to enjoy Destiny more. You bought an xbox. You obviously make poor life decisions. Don’t come on here complaining about your poor life decisions. trollolol.

    • Alex Davis

      Some of us had an xbox before bungie said anything about ps4 exclusivity and we don’t care to pay $300+ for another console for 1 game. Are YOU trollin?

      • Lee Juriet

        He is.

      • Toon

        Yes I am trolling. lol That’s why I said Trollolol.

    • SGT_Pannenkoek

      Hou je bek eens Toontje

  • Slee

    the problem with this gun is that Xur has not had the upgrade for it in FOREVER

  • Legless

    Damn straight Xbox users, PS4 is the future of gaming. You bunch of spoiled rotten children should quite complaining. Did you forget that Titanfall was exclusive to XBOX alone….. but wait, didn’t the dev’s state that they made a mistake making Titanfall xbox exclusive. When will you ever learn that money doesn’t entitle you to anything.. Your era of bitching will soon come to an end.

    • Strife

      Titanfall wasn’t even that great of an exclusive launch. The game itself lacks replay value. I had it when it was released and I played it for maybe a month and stopped. Not a very good exclusive compared the the ones Playstation gets.
      P.S. Playstation probably payed more money to get more exclusive content for Destiny, so your point is invalid. Money can entitle you to more.

    • Octus

      please don’t turn this thread into a fight for which console is best. it really does nothing to help conversation and will make people not want to post here with actual information.

      • Kenshiro Genjuro

        Stupid Wii gets all the good exclusives.

    • Toon

      Titanfall isn’t an xbox exclusive. It is released for PC, and will be on PS4.

    • Haydn

      umm…. ok,,,

      good for you…

    • MarcoLorenzo

      As a PS4 owner, you are an embarrassment.

  • Jujurunts

    I wish had this weapon.

  • Miroslaw Horbal

    WTF? Monte Carlo is amazing in PVP.

    I can easily drop 3 enemies with one magazine from this gun, and the high ROF makes it significantly faster at dropping enemies than Suros.

    Aim for the head.

    • MakkinjeM

      I read you man. It already worked for me when SUROS was still such an amazing gun, and the Monte Carlo didn´t had any buffs. I took a lót of SUROS users down on the mid-range with Monte Carlo back then. Now Monte has become better, and SUROS has been nerfed. That’s why I already asked in the original post, if it hadn’t surpassed it’s former bigger brother SUROS.

  • Neil

    This comment section is like Belgium, so keep the console war out of it.

  • Fail

    After using the Monte Carlo for a while I came to one conclusion, you really want Agressive Ballistics and Field Scout. Agressive Ballistics for the extra damge since it has some misrable impact and Field Scout to send as much damage down range as possible. With FS it brings it up to 56 rounds, I can fire this thing for a full 30 seconds.

  • Riley Freeman

    it really is the best looking weapon in the game. Ive had this game since day one and i cant get this or gjallarhorn if my life depended on it. I only just got thunderlord 2 weeks ago and i have 27 days worth of time played put into this game. 3 characters at 32 way before it was the norm.

    stuck getting last word repeatedly and universal remote.

    only got hard light within the last month

  • Ingulit

    Major missed opportunity giving this gun Hip Fire instead of Cascade! I’m looking forward to trying this puppy out once it rolls around on Xbox 🙂

  • MakkinjeM

    So Patrick Casey, I was just wondering, after reading the SUROS review: How is this weapon rated after the AR nerf? I reckon it’s less harmed than SUROS, since it’s more on the High RoF/Low Impact archetype of AR’s. But has is at actually become better than it’s big brother SUROS? SUROS Got a lot of nerfs throughout the lifespan of Destiny, there where Monte Carlo got quite some nice buffs. Has it now become the best AR of the game? Or at least statwise? (since there is always personal preference ofcourse)