The Messenger god roll - Destiny 2

Discover what perks you should be looking for on a god roll of The Messenger in Destiny 2.


The Messenger remains a top-tier Pulse Rifle in Destiny 2 thanks to its god rolls. This 340RPM, Kinetic Pulse Rifle features a High-Impact Frame, making it absolutely deadly in the right hands. Couple this with just a few decent perks and, if you’re a PvP legend, your foes are about to rage as you steamroll through them.

How to get The Messenger

The Messenger is available from Trials of Osiris. This is a weekend-only PvP event available via Saint-14 in the Tower. The Pulse Rifle can be a reward for ranking up Trials, rewarded from engrams, focused at Saint, or even rewarded from the Flawless chest.

PvP – The Messenger god roll

The Messenger is a fantastic PvP Pulse Rifle, especially if you can land a god roll. The good news is that there are a couple of options to seek and it all depends on how you like to play.

The Messenger god roll - PvP
Barrel Arrowhead Brake (Recoil Direction +30, Handling +10)
Magazine Ricochet Rounds (Range +5, Stability +10)
Perk 1 Perpetual Motion (This weapon gains bonus stability, handling, and reload speed while the wielder is in motion)
Perk 2 Headseeker (Body shots landed with this weapon increase precision damage and aim assistance for a short time. Body shots landed while the perk is active refresh the time)
Origin Trait Wild Card (Final blows with this weapon have a chance to create experimental submunitions at the target’s location)
Masterwork Handling
Mod Radar Tuner (Radar immediately returns when you stop aiming down sights)

Because The Messenger kicks like a mule, you want to focus on straightening that up. This can be done by either aiming for Arrowhead Brake or slapping on Counterbalance Stock (the Adept version works best). Depending which you go for will change your other option. If you go with Arrowhead Brake, get Radar Tuner on and if you roll with the other mod, aim for Fluted Barrel or another that boosts stats you prefer.

The Messenger god roll for PVP

Source: D2Foundry

Ricochet Rounds follow this up nicely with a bonus to Range and Stability. These stat boosts continue with Perpetual Motion, which works well for those players that keep moving and hunting their prey. Then there’s Headseeker that really comes into its own with Pulse Rifles. Any bullets that don’t hit the enemy’s head will increase the damage of the next precision hit. This becomes a notable damage increase as you roll around the arena.

There are a couple of other perks you might also consider. Outlaw and Desperado work well together, especially with the latter increasing the RPM of The Messenger. If you can land your shots, this is a great combo that will see you shredding through foes.

PvE – The Messenger god roll

While Kinetic Primary weapons have fallen out of love in PvE meta, it’s still worth grabbing a god roll of The Messenger in the event you need to roll with an Energy Special weapon. There are a couple of options you could go for, but this one focuses on getting you a bit of extra damage.

The Messenger god roll - PvE
Barrel Arrowhead Brake (Recoil Direction +30, Handling +10)
Magazine High-Caliber Rounds (shots from this weapon knock the target back farther, Range +5)
Perk 1 Outlaw (Precision kills greatly decrease reload time)
Perk 2 Kill Clip (Reloading after a kill grants increased damage)
Origin Trait Wild Card (Final blows with this weapon have a chance to create experimental submunitions at the target’s location)
Masterwork Stability
Mod Major Spec

Aim for Arrowhead Brake to straighten up the recoil pattern and then High-Caliber Rounds for the extra stagger effect. This will keep your foes off-balance. The Masterwork and mod choice is up to you, but Stability will rein in the kick while Major Spec will help with anything above a red bar.

The Messenger god roll for PVE

Source: D2Foundry

For the main perks, there’s not a lot here that is particularly beneficial for PvE encounters. In saying this, Outlaw and Kill Clip is a combo that has always worked well. Get the precision kill, quickly reload, and enjoy the bonus damage from Kill Clip.

The Messenger is one of those Pulse Rifles you hate to come up against in PvP. The thing hits like a truck and its perks make it a monster at slaying enemy Guardians. Be sure to check out our Destiny 2 Strategy Guide for more god roll suggestions.

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