Destiny: The Taken King - How to get the Touch of Malice

This guide shows you exactly how to to get the exotic scout rifle, Touch of Malice.

The Touch of Malice is a special exotic scout rifle in Destiny: The Taken King. It has a long quest that involves the raid, collecting materials, doing missions, and collecting calcified fragments.

This mission has several steps, but you won't know what's required to get to the next step if you don't have enough calcified fragments. I'm here to explain each step of the quest and give full details on getting this unique gun.

This guide will go over getting the Touch of Malice including:

  • Touch of Malice Perks - Info on the gun and what it does.
  • How to get Touch of Malice - Full details on the quest to get Touch of Malice.

Touch of Malice Perks

The Touch of Malice has two special perks that make the gun very unique.

  • Touch of Malice - Final round of the magazine regenerates and deals bonus damage at the cost of the wielder's life force.
  • Touch of Mercy - 3 rapid kills will return a portion of the wielder's health.

destiny touch of malice

The 1st perk lets you shoot forever without reloading, but you lose health when you get to 1 bullet. The 2nd perk gives some of your health back when you get 3 rapid kills, so it balances out.

Another thing to note about this gun, it shoots in full-auto mode and very fast. If you use this in the auras on the daughters and Oryx fights in the raid, you can keep shooting and never lose health.

How to get Touch of Malice

Shattered Past

The first step is to get a calcified fragment. These are glowing blue collectibles that you find on the Dreadnaught. There are 50 total and you eventually need 45 to complete the quest.

When you get one, you'll get a quest to talk to Eris. You don't need to, but I suggest going back to her before getting any others. When you turn the quest in, the next step is to collect 5 more, regardless of how many you already collected.

They are bound to your character, not account, so try to focus on getting them on one character at a time. Check this Reddit post for the calcified fragment locations.

Hunger Pangs and The Old Hunger

After completing Shattered Past, you have access to 2 more quests.

Hunger Pangs comes up when you collect a total of 15 calcified fragments. This gives you a special heroic version of the mission Promethean Code.

The Old Hunger comes up after you have access to the King's Fall Raid raid. It requires you to collect 3 items, one drops from the Warpriest, one drops from the Daughters of Oryx, and one drops from Oryx. For help with the raid, check out my King's Fall raid guide.

After you turn this in you get another step to collect 50 Hadium Flakes, 50 weapon parts and 25 wormspore. You get Hadium Flakes from normal chests on the Dreadnaught.

After you turn those in, and collect 30 calcified fragments, you get another Hunger Pangs quest to do a special version of the Undying Mind strike. At the end of the strike you have to kill a special Taken knight that spawns called, "Morgath, Lore-Keeper."

destiny touch of malice quest

You need to collect 45 calcified fragments after that to get the last step in the quest. This requires you to do a special version of the Fear's Embrace mission on Phobos, one of the hardest missions in the game. When you get to the end, you must wait for a special Taken Wizard, "Mar-Zik, the Blightcaller" to spawn. Kill it and you finally reach the end of the quest.

Talk to Eris and she gives you the Touch of Malice with 310 attack. It is important to note that you need Hadium Flakes to upgrade this weapon.

That's it for my guide on getting the Touch of Malice. Please visit by Beginner Tips and Tricks for more help with Destiny: The Taken King. Let me know if you have any questions!

Guide Editor

After gaming for 25 years, Synzer leveraged his vast knowledge of RPGs and MMOs into a job as a games journalist, covering the games he loves. Five years later, he's still writing about Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, and Knights of the Old Republic. Synzer has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. You can see him in action on his YouTube channel ( and Twitch (

Published Oct. 2nd 2015

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