Your only existence shall be that which I weave for you out of sorrow and woe.
― In-game description

Black Spindle is an exotic sniper rifle released in The Taken King.


Black Spindle can be obtained from an alternate path in the story mission Lost to Light on the Heroic difficulty. The mission must be completed normally until the point where three Tomb Husks are required to unlock the door. At this point, instead of going through the locked Tomb Husk door, the fireteam must make their way towards the Ketch from the strike The Shadow Thief. The fireteam must accomplish this without wiping, or else the door will be locked.

Once inside the first room of the Ketch with Taken, a 10-minute timer will start. The fireteam must defeat all Taken in the ship before the time is up. If successful, the Black Spindle will be awarded. There is also a chance for the Jumpship "Vienna Singer" to drop each time the alternate path is completed.


Black Spindle can be upgraded with the following perks:

Column 0Edit

Solar Damage icon Solar Damage
This weapon causes Solar Damage.
Infuse icon Infuse
Consume a more powerful Weapon to boost the Attack value of this Weapon.

Column 1Edit

Smooth Ballistics icon Smooth Ballistics
Increased recoil.

Boost to range.

Field Choke icon Field Choke
More range and impact.

Increased recoil.

CQB Ballistics icon CQB Ballistics
Greatly reduced recoil.

Significant penalty to range.

Column 2Edit

White Nail icon White Nail
Rapidly landing three precision shots will refill the magazine from your reserves.

Column 3Edit

Snapshot icon Snapshot
Aiming this weapon is incredibly fast.
Flared Magwell icon Flared Magwell
Reload this weapon even faster.
Perfect Balance icon Perfect Balance
This weapon has extremely low recoil.

Column 4Edit

Mulligan icon Mulligan
Missing a shot has a chance to return ammo directly to the magazine.

Column 5 Edit

Ornament perk icon Ornament: Ragabone
Applies an Ornament to this weapon.
Ornament perk icon Ornament: Cold Between Stars
Applies an Ornament to this weapon.


  • This rifle is a remake of the Year 1 Legendary sniper rifle Black Hammer.
  • The Black Spindle is an incarnation of a weapon used by Crota's sisters, Ir Anûk and Ir Halak. It would weave existences of eternal suffering and woe to its targets, unlike Crota's Hammer, which simply killed its targets.[1]
  • When The Taken King was released, the alternate path was only available when Lost to Light was the Daily Heroic Story Mission. In an update, it was made available at any time by simply selecting the mission in the Director.
  • When the Age of Triumph update was released, it also became available in the 390 Light version of Crota's End.



  1. List of Grimoire Cards/Black Spindle