Patience and Time Exotic Review

“If you’ve got it, they’ll never see it coming.”

Patience and Time is one of two (the other being Ice Breaker) Exotic sniper rifles in the game, this one deals Arc 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: 8.4/10

The good: Temporary semi-invisibility, high stability, ADS radar.

The bad: Average Impact, slow reload speed.

Conclusion: Unique and useful abilities, great for PvP.

Read the full review here

This is an Exotic Weapon
Sniper Rifle (Special Weapon)
Arc Base Damage/Upgraded260/300
Quality Lvl70
Rate of Fire
Magazine Size

Equip Speed
Aim Assist

Talent Upgrades Tree

Arc Damage

This weapon causes Arc damage.

Field Choke

More range and Impact. Increased recoil.

+5% Damage
+12 Range
-15 Stability

Third Eye

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

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Custom Optics

Precision glass for lower zoom, wider view.

Patience and Time

You gain active camouflage while aiming down the sights.

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

Fitted Stock

Increases weapon stability.

+25 Stability

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.

+100 Magazine
+80 Inventory

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Video: Patience and Time Review

Weapon Review

Patience and Time is an Exotic sniper rifle that is truly unique. It’s signature cloaking ability gives the weapon plenty of character, and the radar that stays up as you ADS is an invaluable ability.

It’s much more stable than Ice Breaker, and much better for PvP.

Patience and Time is an assassin’s dream. Enhanced sensor integration allows for target tracking while aiming down the sight, and those who work with the weapon and explore its deeper capabilities will find light-bending camouflage systems ready to interface with a Guardian’s armor micromaterials.

The Good

The cloaking ability of Patience and Time truly brings something different to the table. Generally we see upgrades on Exotic weapons that are offensive, but this is a defensive perk. As they say, a good defense makes a great offense, and that’s exactly what the cloak will do for you.

Its signature ability is one that gets mobs off you or makes you less noticeable (not completely invisible) in PvP. It’s worth using the weapon for this unique ability alone, since it allows you to do much more with it than you may be used to.

Pairing it with other skills like Bladedancer’s stealth, or Sunsinger’s floating while aiming down sights can really take a player to the next level.

The Bad

The magazine can be upgraded to hold 6, but obviously it just causes you to be conservative with your shots. If you end up really enjoying this weapon, you’ll have to build your armor around holding more sniper rifle ammo to get the most out of it. Special Ammo Synthesis are going to be essential when relying on this weapon.

The Impact and reload speed is well below average.
patience and time exotic


This weapon has an iconic classic look. It’s akin to a 21st century sniper rifle with a shorter barrel, and some camouflage material wrapped around the scope. It has a very suppressed sound when fired; people often won’t notice where the shots came from.


Designed to allow you to stay stationary for awhile. Being aware of your surroundings while being hidden from your enemies is a deadly combination. It’s used best by those who have a solid grasp on Destiny’s mechanics, and can experiment with those mechanics.

To get the most out of Patience and Time, and to see it flourish, you’ll unsurprisingly need to take your time when using it. Unlike Ice Breaker, it’s got a very limited magazine.

Because of its excellent upgrade perks and stats, this weapon earns a 8.4/10 – much better for PvP.

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.


  • Raxs

    Aw man, this is undoubtedly one of the coolest feature wise exotic weapons. Camoflage, ADS radar… The snipers ultimate weapon.

  • Robert

    Yeah, I’m loving this Sniper right now. Just got it from Nightfall last night.

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  • delta 6655

    how long does the camo last? as long as your scoped, or does it wear off, or can u unscope and have some tempary invisibilty, and how long does it take to charge?

    • 3 seconds to charge, lasts about 10 seconds. it will go away if you fire a shot. if you unscope, you will lose it as well.

      • delta 6655


  • Green Hell

    Can you still be detected by laser sight while cloaked in pvp?

    • Niklas bomber

      yes the laser sight is still there stand near lights to blend in

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  • C2

    Low mag size??? 6 is the highest possible currently in the game!

  • Gravity_Joe

    Wait, didn’t this weapon have the Custom Optics perk for a lower zoom? Or has that been switched out?

  • austioporosis15

    Allows any class to easily go invisible and play medic in strikes, nightfalls and raids.

  • Azazel9876 PS4

    Low mag size and reload speed are some of the highest possible, I believe. This weapon deserves at least a 9/10 PVP and 9/10 PVE

    Stealth (removes lens flare) ((Mention the lens flare))
    Highest possible ammo
    Able to get max stability
    Very high RoF
    Quick reload

    Zoom is a bit much in PvP
    Trigger and fire seems to be a bit laggy

  • Tobias W.

    Hey, will this make a player invisible to enemies in PvE too? In other words, in the first stage in Crota’s End, can someone just walk by all these Hive adds without being noticed while staring down the aim?


    I don’t care what people say or rate this thing. In the hands of a good sniper, I say 10/10. Low recoil means easy consecutive precision shotsand everything else makes it so you see them before they see you, which could make the difference in any battle.