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An advanced energy weapon, named and sanctified by the leaders of the Future War Cult.
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— In-game description

The Vortex is a legendary fusion rifle which can be equipped by all classes at level 40. It can also be transferred between characters using the vault. The Vortex can be dismantled to generate upgrade materials.

SourcesEdit

The Vortex can be retrieved from one of the following activities/vendors:

Future War Cult Vendor source icon Future War Cult Vendor
Gain reputation with Lakshmi-2 of the Future War Cult faction to access this item.
The Taken King source icon The Taken King
This item requires the Taken King expansion.
Nightfall source icon Nightfall
This item can drop from Nightfall activities.

UpgradesEdit

The Vortex can also be upgraded with the following perks:

Column 0Edit

Random perk icon Randomly Selected Perk
This could be one of three randomly selected perks.
Void Damage perk icon Void Damage
This weapon causes Void Damage.
Solar Damage perk icon Solar Damage
This weapon causes Solar Damage.
Arc Damage perk icon Arc Damage
This weapon causes Arc Damage.
Infuse perk icon Infuse
Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.

Column 1Edit

Random perk icon Randomly Selected Perk
This could be one of two randomly selected perks.
MD-Reflex perk icon MD-Reflex
Significantly improved handling.
Reflex perk icon Reflex
Improved aim assist.
Random perk icon Randomly Selected Perk
This could be one of two randomly selected perks.
Red Dot-ORA perk icon Red Dot-ORA
Improved handling.
Red Dot-ORA2 perk icon Red Dot-ORA2
Improved handling.
OEG perk icon OEG
Improved handling.

Column 2Edit

Random perk icon Randomly Selected Perk
This could be one of nine randomly selected perks.
Underdog perk icon Underdog
This weapon gains a boost to range and handling when health is low.
Danger Close perk icon Danger Close
This weapon gains increased reload and handling when two or more enemies are in close proximity.
Surrounded perk icon Surrounded
This weapon gains bonus damage when three or more enemies are in close proximity.
Last Resort perk icon Last Resort
This weapon handles and reloads faster when the wielder is the last living player of their Fireteam.
Battle Runner perk icon Battle Runner
Kills with this weapon grant a brief boost to the sprint's top speed.
Hip Fire perk icon Hip Fire
This weapon has bonus accuracy while firing from the hip.
Spray and Play perk icon Spray and Play
Increases the reload speed of this weapon when its mag is empty.
Hidden Hand perk icon Hidden Hand
This weapon gains better target acquisition.
Kneepads perk icon Kneepads
Slide further while this weapon is equipped.

Column 3Edit

Random perk icon Randomly Selected Perk
This could be one of five randomly selected perks.
Single Point Sling perk icon Single Point Sling
Switch weapons faster. Move quicker while aiming.
Quickdraw perk icon Quickdraw
This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.
Enhanced Battery perk icon Enhanced Battery
Increases magazine size.
Snapshot perk icon Snapshot
Aiming this weapon is incredibly fast.
Lightweight perk icon Lightweight
When held, this weapon grants +2 character Agility.
Random perk icon Randomly Selected Perk
This could be one of five randomly selected perks.
Oiled Frame perk icon Braced Frame
Increased Stability

Reduced Magazine Size

Skip Rounds perk icon Skip Rounds
Ceramic-jacketed rounds ricochet on hard surfaces.

Their extreme density lets you carry more rounds in reserve. Added mass slows down weapon handling.

Oiled Frame perk icon Injection Mold
Increased Stability, Faster Handling

Reduced Range

Oiled Frame perk icon Hand-laid Stock
Increased Stability

Reduced Range

Oiled Frame perk icon Rifled Barrel
Increased Range

Slower Reload

Random perk icon Randomly Selected Perk
This could be one of four randomly selected perks.
Armor Piercing Rounds perk icon Armor Piercing Rounds
These iridium-core rounds overpenetrate targets.

Their mass slows down weapon handling.

Oiled Frame perk icon Feather Mag
Faster Reload

Reduced Magazine Size

Accelerated Coils perk icon Accelerated Coils
Reduces weapon charge time in exchange for slightly decreased damage.
Oiled Frame perk icon Oiled Frame
Faster Reload

Reduced Range

Column 4Edit

Random perk icon Randomly Selected Perk
This could be one of nine randomly selected perks.
Hot Swap perk icon Hot Swap
Readying this weapon grants a brief period of bonus accuracy.
Rangefinder perk icon Rangefinder
Aiming this weapon increases its effective range.
Replenish perk icon Replenish
This weapon's magazine will be refilled whenever you unleash your Super.
Eye of the Storm perk icon Eye of the Storm
This weapon becomes more accurate as your health gets lower.
Icarus perk icon Icarus
Improved accuracy while airborne.
Rangefinder perk icon Rangefinder
Aiming this weapon increases its effective range.
Life Support perk icon Life Support
Kills with this weapon while critically wounded have a chance to start regenerating health.
Army of One perk icon Army of One
Quick unassisted kills with this weapon reduce grenade and melee cooldown.
Grenadier perk icon Grenadier
Kills with this weapon reduce the cooldown of your grenade.

ReferencesEdit

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