Black Scorpion-4SR Scout Rifle - Destiny 2

Learn where to get the Black Scorpion-4SR, what makes it such a powerful Scout Rifle, and any god rolls it might have in Destiny 2.


Destiny 2’s Black Scorpion-4SR Scout Rifle is fast becoming a top-contender in Crucible. Part of its appeal is the perks it can potentially roll as well as its overall stats. If you’re looking to improve your Crucible performance, and slide into a new meta, take a look at the Black Scorpion-4SR.

Black Scorpion-4SR Scout Rifle

Black Scorpion-4SR
The Black Scorpion-4SR can be viewed through the Collections, though the perks listed are not the ones it will randomly roll with.

The Black Scorpion-4SR is a 260 RPM Scout Rifle, putting it squarely in the rapid-fire class of rifles. Given that it is an Energy weapon (Arc), it means you’ll be sacrificing your secondary slot shotgun or sniper rifle. However, this leaves your primary slot open for Izanagi’s Burden, Last Word, Thorn, or any other extremely powerful weapon.

Some may be wondering why there has been an uptick of Black Scorpions being used in the Crucible, and it’s likely due to update 2.1.4. Bungie took a pass at most of the Scout Rifle archetypes, and high rate-of-fire rifles were one of those. While a 6% damage increase is small, it’s enough to make the gun feel quite viable.

Because the Black Scorpion is a rapid fire Scout Rifle, it doesn’t deal as much damage as others. Ideally, you will be hitting 4-5 critical shots to get a kill or a mixture of precision and body shots. 

Black Scorpion-4SR god roll

Black Scorpion-4SR god roll
The Black Scorpion-4SR is a great Scout Rifle made even better by god roll perks and the right weapon mods, like Targeting Adjuster.

While no single roll of a weapon is going to feel right for every player (unless it’s Fatebringer), there are some excellent “god rolls” of the Black Scorpion-4SR Scout Rifle. This gun does come with one built-in perk that is standard across each roll:

  • Veist Rapid-Fire: Full Auto. Deeper ammo reserves. Slightly faster reload when magazine is empty.

Veist Rapid Fire lets you to hold down fire, preventing any shake from tapping or pulling, allowing you to focus entirely on aiming. You'll also be able to quickly reload if you manage to deplete the magazine.

As for the randomly rolled perks, like the barrel, magazine, and trait, anything that increases range, helps with target acquisition, reduces recoil and tightens stability is going to help immensely. Of the available perks, there are two clear winners:

  • Rangefinder: Aiming this weapon increases its effective range and zoom magnification.
  • Moving Target: Increased movement speed and target acquisition when moving while aiming down sights.

Rangefinder lets you avoid most of the damage drop-off and allows you to push out the effective killing range. This will help you engage from further away, giving you more time to land those hits. Meanwhile, Moving Target keeps you agile while also helping you keep your reticle locked on to your enemy.

To further help boost the effectiveness of Moving Target, a Targeting Adjuster weapon mod is a good idea. This will make your reticle quite “sticky”, helping you hit those 4-5 crits with some confidence.

Black Scorpion Destiny 2
While it might not be perfect, Zen Moment will help you rein in the rate-of-fire to ensure you land those precision shots.

Outside of these two perks, there are a few others that could be valuable.

  • Zen Moment: Causing damage with this weapon increases its stability.
  • High-Impact Reserves: Rounds at the end of the magazine deal more damage.

Zen Moment will obviously help with the weapon’s stability. Landing 4 to 5 critical hits in a row is just difficult enough to separate users into advanced users and those just getting by. As for High-Impact Reserves, this will help push the damage up high enough to be quite competitive. However, this only applies to the bottom half of the magazine – how you get there is up to you.

How to get Black Scorpion-4SR Scout Rifle

The Black Scorpion-4SR is a legendary scout rifle that is only available through Banshee-44 rank-up packages. This means you will need to start giving all of your Gunsmith Materials to Banshee in hopes of receiving a god roll Black Scorpion. Depending on your luck, you might receive a lot of decent rolls or no scout rifles whatsoever. Because it does come with random rolled perks, you cannot pull it out of your collections book.

Overall, the Black Scorpion-4SR is an extremely versatile and competitive Scout Rifle in Destiny 2. If you’re able to get a god roll Black Scorpion from Banshee-44, hold onto it, as it’s becoming quite popular in the Crucible. Check out the Shacknews Destiny 2 guide for an exhaustive list of guides, walkthroughs, and weapon breakdowns.

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    April 26, 2019 4:30 AM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Black Scorpion-4SR Scout Rifle - Destiny 2

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      April 26, 2019 4:59 AM

      Not until I grind out The Wizened Rebuke redux, and then the Suros Regime catalyst.

      Also there are plenty of kinetic shotguns that are powerful in the Crucible, Dust Rock Blues being the example and Parcel of Stardust also having a very good perk-pool.

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