Word of Crota Review

There was life, and He spoke unto it; and it was silent, and lived no more.

Word of Crota is a Legendary primary hand cannon.

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


The good: Void damage, high stability, quick reload/ADS speed.

The bad: Phantom Gift is bugged.

Conclusion: Great against Hive majors and bosses.

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This is a Legendary Weapon
Hand Cannon (Primary Weapon)
Void Base Damage/Upgraded300/331
Quality Lvl60
Charge Rate
Magazine Size

Aim Assist
Equip Speed
Recoil Direction

Talent Upgrades Tree

Void Damage

This weapon causes Void damage.


Stable sight. Optimized for excellent recoil control.

+6 Stability
+8 Reload

Zen Moment

Causing damage with this weapon increases its stability.

Stability increases with each hit up to a cap of 66% after 5 hits.

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Speed Reload

Reload this weapon quickly.

+50 Reload

Phantom Gift

Rapidly landing three precision hits returns one round to the magazine.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


Standard sight. A lightweight design, good for recoil control.

+4 Stability
+10 Reload

Hammer Forged

Improved range and accuracy.

+40 Range
-10 Reload

Hive Disruptor

Increase damage to Hive Majors.

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


Snapshot sight. Excellent handling. Superb target acquisition.

+2 Stability
+12 Reload

Explosive Rounds

Volatile payload explodes on impact, dealing a portion of the weapon’s damage in an area.

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Video Review

Weapon Review

Word of Crota is a primary hand cannon that can only be obtained by defeating Crota on hard mode.

Is the Word of Crota better than Fatebringer? The Word will be better used in situations where you can take use of its unique perks, but Fatebringer overall is the ‘best’ choice.

Recommended perks:

+6 Stability
+8 Reload

Hammer Forged
+40 Range
-10 Reload

The Good

Like each of the Crota’s End primary weapons, Word of Crota features an elemental damage type. The Void damage will be great for weekly activities with Void Burn and enemies with Void shields, and is one of the only primary weapons that has this element besides Atheon’s Epilogue.

Word of Crota has an extremely high rate of fire. Similar to The Devil You Don’t, The Last Word and Thorn, it’s in the low Impact/high RoF archetype.

A full 12 round magazine can be emptied in about in 4.5 seconds, compared to the 6 seconds it takes to empty Fatebringer’s magazine. Of course it might take a little longer to empty the magazine depending on the rounds from Phantom Gift.

Phantom gift is the perk that’s unique to the Word of Crota. Phantom Gift is similar to Black Hammer‘s White Nail perk, but instead of getting a full magazine back, you’ll get just 1 additional round from landing 3 critical hits. If you never miss precision shots, you effectively have a 17 round magazine.

Obviously depending on what enemy or boss you’re fighting, Phantom Gift allows for much more quick damage. It is especially effective at taking down mobs with accuracy, but not armored enemies or enemies without a critical spot like Minotaur’s and Praetorians.

If you’re not in an area where you’ll really be able to take advantage of it, just use Explosive Rounds for the extra damage. Once the Phantom Gift perk is fixed, you won’t need to choose between it and Explosive Rounds.

Phantom gift is easy to proc due to the extremely high stability. Word of Crota is in the top tier for stability, only being beat by Hawkmoon and Red Hand IX.
word of crota review
In addition to the great base stability, Word of Crota also has Zen Moment which will increase the stability on each hit up to 66%. At medium range you can easily send shot after shot into a target without having to worry about recoil.

The reload speed is also really quick, and can be increased further with the Speed Reload perk. Its base speed is 2.70 seconds but that can be quickened to 2.40 seconds. The ADS speed is also incredibly quick at just .10 seconds.

The high stability and quick reload speed make this a competitive choice for PvP, but the perks just can’t match a hand cannon like Timur’s Lash (full review).

Unique to the raid weapons is the Hive Disruptor perk which increases damage to Hive Majors. You’ll be able to do about 408 additional damage with each shot to Hive Majors, but there is a cooldown of 1 second in between shots.

The Bad

First of all, the fact that Phantom Gift is bugged makes this weapon frustrating to use. Using Explosive Rounds or taking advantage of Hive Disruptor won’t allow you to get additional rounds from Phantom Gift.

The reason you’ll want to use this weapon is for the extra damage you get from Phantom Gift/Hive Disruptor/Explosive Rounds – it’s a shame they (currently) don’t work together.

The Impact of 68 is low, but this certainly isn’t bad by itself because it’s normal for its archetype. It will do slightly more damage than Fatebringer, but it’s negligible for anything besides a Hive Major.

What’s unfortunate about the low Impact is that the additional damage you’ll get with Hive Disruptor or Explosive Rounds will eliminate Phantom Gift.

Furthermore, low Impact hand cannons shouldn’t generally be used on bosses, but bosses are where Phantom Gift will be easiest to proc.

Word of Crota‘s range is average, certainly not the worst, but fortunately you can remedy this by getting the Hammer Forged perk.

In the Crucible, it’s really not worth using because of its perks. You can still take out a Guardian in a 3-4 shots and the stats aren’t bad at all, but this hand cannon just doesn’t stand out over anything else.

Finally, because of the aesthetics of the gun (protruding Hive-like bones on the sides), you may have to wait until the crosshair has returned to center before firing off an additional round.

word of crota pvp review


The same design choices were used for this weapon as with the rest of the raid weapons, with bones growing out and green lights all over it. The main problem with this is that the bones that grow out of the side are rather large.

The profile of the weapon when aiming down its sights is rather large and it becomes noticeable when trying to take advantage of the high rate of fire, as the bones on the side get in the way of seeing your target.

You can get a feel for the weapon and know where the crosshairs actually are in the recoil, but it is still very inconvenient to have to slow down your shots to accommodate the cosmetics getting in the way of your fight.


Is Word of Crota better than Fatebringer? For most circumstances, probably not. Fatebringer is the PvE king due to its versatility and crowd control capabilities, and Word of Crota only excels against Hive Majors, so it’s not going to be a replacement.

However, if you don’t have Fatebringer, this is an excellent PvE alternative and will be helpful in Hive encounters. Void weapons are few and far between, and Word of Crota is still among the best PvE hand cannons.

As far as PvP goes, unless you desperately need a high stability hand cannon, avoid using this one due to its lackluster perks.

For PvP this weapon earns a 8/10 and for PvE a 8.3/10.


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  • Horstmaster

    Good review, really like this site. Thumps up.
    I also like the Word of Crota but I can agree with all your thoughts about the bugged Phantom Gift. It’s not a disappointing gun, it’s just not Fatebringer but it would become a little boring only doing a new Fatebringer with Void Damage.
    Use this weapon and enjoy guardians 🙂

    • Robert

      I would love a new Fatebringer with Void Damage.

  • Riley Freeman

    this gun is disappointing. Fatebringer is still the king and its not even close. When I got this weapon I was excited…until i tried it and saw that bungie is just running out of ideas when it comes to weapons.

    Bungie best advice i could give u is to bump the lengendaries or at least raid weapons cuz these new ones suck.

    The auto rifle and scout rifle are the only decent ones. The auto rifle just copies suros and we all know it

    • Mezi-Crochet

      Agree… Disapointing is the word! Abyss Defiant, Hunger Of Crota, Black Hammer and Fang Of Ir Yut are the only really good weapons of this raid. I guess it’s balanced with the VOG weapons.

      FateBringer > WoC
      Atheon Epilogue FoIY
      Hezen Vengance < Hunger of Crota
      Pradethyn Revenge < Black Hammer
      Praedyth Timepiece Swordbreaker (but Who cares about shotguns)
      Corrective Measure > Song of Ir Yut
      Praetorian Foil >>>> than Neocrasm (didn’t get it yet)

      • Anonymous

        Disagree with ur sniper comparison. I would say they r equal. Black hammer bgreat vs boss but weak vs mobs (too slow and high chance to miss 1shot forcing u too reload and only have 15 shots). Revenge great against mob (fast and more ammo) but weaker vs boss (black hammer can kill without reloading)

        • ElekTriX

          True, but most don’t waste sniper ammo on mobs that can be one hit with a primary though.

          • Mezi-Crochet

            Exactly… Sniper is when I Need HARD SHOT. Bosses or Majors

    • The auto rifle is really good for PVE, but on PVP I didn’t like it. Very low impact.

    • I agree w you. Fatebringer is the king of hand cannons.

    • Christian

      What? You are saying that just because one weapon outperforms another “Bungie are running out of ideas”? Performance isn’t based on ideas at all, but rather how it was engineered to perform.

      For some people, Word of Crota might be better, it’s just a different archtype to “Fatebringer” which you are more accustomed to. “Necrochasm”, for example, isn’t a bad gun, it’s the best of it’s kind, it’s just that it’s kind isn’t a best performer. If they made all Handcannons like Fatebringer, all Handcannons would feel the exact same and there would be no weapon diversity in the game at all. That sounds like the exact opposite of what you’d want.

      Besides. All people do is complain about how VoG is supposedly pointless, there would be no reason to make all of the weapons redundant to use either. People just don’t think about things and keep demanding content and changes they don’t really want. DO you really want a weapon better than Fatebringer? it’s just an entire other reason to not play the VoG anymore.

  • BAMozzy69 .

    I wouldn’t say this gun is disappointing, its still a good hand cannon. However after how great Fatebringer is its understandable why people may feel disappointed by it. Obviously it isn’t helped by glitchy perks that don’t work well together but it still puts enemies down. I use Hammer Forged on mine and it is far more effective, and versatile than the Last Word in PvE with more ammo too. On a Void burn, this is almost certainly going to be my weapon of choice too.
    Had this been Solar or Arc then I doubt it would be my 3rd place in terms of the CE Primaries. I certainly wouldn’t put energy into this until you have used them on Abyss Defiant, Oversoul Edict, Black Hammer and Hunger of Crota first

  • Lara Croft

    If it wasn’t for the Void damage on this weapon, I wouldn’t care about it at all. Still decent enough.

  • Hokie

    This gun is awesome…..if you just got the Thorn bounty like I did…. Void kills? No problem!