“Reconnaissance by Fire” is a legendary quest that you need to complete to unlock the much-wanted scout rifle. Now being a legendary quest, it is definitely going to be at a certain level of difficulty. Then why all the fuss about it being too much work? It is because Bungie games decided to discontinue the Pinnacle weapons as they posed too big of a challenge to unlock. Now that they have been replaced by the ritual weapons that were supposed to be easier to unlock, this very quest takes a lot of time for the players to complete. Hence, the fuss. But you have come to the right place as we move on to talk about the challenges the quest poses and how to overcome them more easily.
Reconnaissance By Fire
To start the quest, you have to go to Lord Shaxx in the tower, who offers it to you. The quest consists of two parts. The first part, Field of view, requires you to complete the following three tasks that constitute the major part of the quest:
- 450 scout rifle final blows
- 2100 glory earned
- 14000 enemies defeated and medals
The second part called Eagle Eye only requires you to return to Lord Shaxx in the tower to receive the rifle.
Now the core tasks of the quest may seem like a tall order to complete at first sight, especially to the more casual gamers. Just as we made the Enhance quest easier for you, the following guide will smoothen the road for this quest as well :
Randy’s Throwing Knife Guide
Scout rifle final blows mean that you have to get the last shot in, to kill an enemy. Simply assisting in a kill does not add to this task. Because of its specification, this task needs the most grind to be completed and is the most bugging part.
Scout Rifles to use
To work on the scout rifle final blows part of the quest; one should wisely choose the scout rifle he is most comfortable with. After all, what better way is there to grind than to play with the weapon that makes one the most effective.
However, by playing myself and through other players’ opinions, I have found that the following 3 rifles are the best to grind the game and complete the quest.
- MIDA multi-tool with 200 rpm
- Polaris Lance with 150 rpm
- The Jade Rabbit with 150 rpm
- Black Scorpion-4sr (legendary) with 260 rpm
- A contingency plan (legendary) with 200 rpm
- Frostmire’s Hex (legendary) with 260 rpm
Even among these great rifles, my weapons of choice would be MIDA, the Jade Rabbit, and the Black Scorpion 4sr. The MIDA allows you to have a radar in ADS that allows you to hold lanes for longer without worrying about getting flanked. The Jade Rabbit is a long-range weapon that deals a hard punch. It is the best scout rifle for large maps like widow’s court and also my personal favorite. Last but not least, Black Scorpion 4sr is just a beast of a weapon overall with 260 rpm and 18 bullets per mag. This gun melts through enemies, especially at mid-range. All in all, these three rifles provide the most effectiveness and flexibility that you need to grind for this quest.
To get the most out of the scout rifles, you need to adapt to a more passive playstyle. Most of the time, you have to stay a little behind most of your teammates and hold long angles. Such a playstyle may be difficult and a little bit boring for you if you are used to playing aggressively. However, this playstyle will get you the most value if you are using the scouts. What you do is that you hold long lanes and angles from one end, get a couple of picks and then move to another lane. This will allow you to survive longer and get multiple kills in a single life.
Keep Changing Your Weapon
As you play different maps, change the scout rifle according to what you think is best for that map. For example, as mentioned before as well, you should try using the Jade Rabbit for large maps with long lanes. Similarly, Black Scorpion-4sr can provide you the most kill yield on smaller maps.
If you can complete the scout rifle task early, you may also want to switch to a loadout of your choice to complete the rest of the tasks. This will help you move to throw them quicker and complete the quest earlier.
Play Momentum Control
Momentum control is a new quick PvP mode with instant respawns and increased weapon damage for all weapons. This mode allows you to effectively one shot and kill people and then move on to the next one, making it one of the best to grind out challenges like this quest.
Glory points are earned by simply playing the crucible. The more you play, the more points you get. Even if you lose a game, the glory points count will not be deducted from what you have earned by grinding, making this perhaps the most straightforward task of the quest.
The quest mentions killing enemies and getting medals. However, it is not specified in the tasks that you need to earn multi-kill medals. Players have noticed that only multi-kill medals count towards the medals earned. So, it is advised to work on getting multi-kills as you grind for the quest. Cold fusion and Hawkeye are among some of the easier-to-get medals, so try working for them!
8. Play With Titan
Playing with titan allows you to use a shield to cover your back. This way, you don’t get stabbed in the back by an enemy. It will enable you to focus on a single area or angle of the map that will provide you with multi-kills, given that you know how to shoot!
These are a few ways that will help you complete the Randy’s Throwing Knife quest a little bit quicker. However, you may want to know about the reward you will get after successfully grinding out the quest. So, let’s nerd out over the much-anticipated Randy’s Throwing knife a bit.
A similar guide on the Independent study quest is also available.
A Review Of The Randy’s Throwing Knife
Randy’s Throwing Knife is a pinnacle weapon that, for me, represents the pinnacle of Destiny’s scout rifles. It is a sniper that has stolen the best features from the other scout rifles and cooked them into a concoction of near perfection.
Randy’s offers a fire rate of 260 rpm with a magazine capacity of 17 that can be extended up to 19. It is a rapid-fire scout rifle that packs a punch with its 45 impact/damage. All this adds up to 3 critical and two body shots with a 0.9 ttk (time to kill). If you hit only body shots with it, even then it has a 1.4 ttk that is one of the fastest in the game. The gun also has a very controllable recoil. Add that to the above-mentioned stats, and we get one of the best guns in the game, no exaggeration to that. More of such stats can be found here.
Along with the fantastic stats, the gun offers some very interesting perks that, when combined according to your liking, add to the glory of this scout rifle. It packs the following perks:
- Fluted Barrel, which increases your handling speed and stability.
- Extended mag, giving you 19 bullets in the mag but slower reload.
- Rapid hit, increase reload speed, and stability on precision hits.
- Snapshot, faster aiming down sights.
- Zen moment, causing damage with this weapon increases stability.
- Kill clip, reloading after a kill grants bonus damage
You can use various combinations to play the gun the way you want it to feel. My favorite combos are either:
- Snapshot + Zen moment that gives faster ADS and improved stability adds to the finesse of this rapid-fire gun.
- Rapid hit + Kill clip that not only gets you right back into the fight quicker but also provides faster ttk with bonus damage.
The overall feel of the weapon is nothing short of phenomenal. It is incredibly satisfying to destroy enemies with this gun. The added perks and the already great stats feel like a treasured addition to one’s arsenal. And yes, it is worth the grind!
You may also be interested in our in-depth study of the Dreaming City Weapons.