Touch of Malice - Stats, Exotic Perk, Catalyst & More

Exotic Scout Rifle
"Let them feel every lash, every curse, every touch of malice that they first dealt to me." —Eris Morn
Touch of Malice Guide
Charged with Blight
Charged with Blight

Precision hits drain combatants' life force and charge up a ball of Darkness. [Alternate Weapon Action] and then fire to unleash the blight projectile, shrouding combatants in Darkness and temporarily blinding them.

Touch of Malice
Touch of Malice

The final round in the magazine deals bonus damage, drawing from the wielder's life force, and then regenerates itself. Rapidly defeating 3 targets restores health. Guardians and powerful combatants count as more than one defeated target.

Touch of Malice (ToM) has two main traits that make this weapon truly exotic. The first of which is its main exotic perk Touch of Malice which lets this weapon fire infintely when on its final round and deals more than double damage at the cost of damaging the user every shot. Defeating three targets will heal the user though. The other perk, Charged with Blight, builds stacks for every precision hit, and is equipped by holding the reload button. It fires a Taken Captain slow moving Blight shot which blinds, damages, and weakens targets by to Touch of Malice's damage allowing ToM to deal 150% damage to the affected target. The way to optimize these perks is to always utilize the weapon with its final round, play a build that has plenty of healing with rifts, healing grenades, etc. and when in encounters for boss damage, prep the Charged with Blight perk to max stacks, and shoot the boss with it the moment it becomes vulnerable and then deal DPS with the final round when standing in a rift to avoid being killed by the weapon's self damage.

Touch of Malice Perks
Touch of Malice Catalyst
Touch of Malice Catalyst
Touch of Malice Catalyst

Upgrades this weapon to a Masterwork. Once upgraded, the weapon will obtain enhanced capabilities, such as increased stats and/or additional perks.

Defeat targets using this weapon to unlock this upgrade.

Rapid Hit
Rapid Hit

Rapid precision hits temporarily increase stability and reload speed.

Targets defeated: 700
Touch of Malice Stats
Reload Speed
Aim Assistance
Airborne Effectiveness
Recoil Direction85
Inventory Size58
Rounds Per Minute260
How to get Touch of Malice

Source: "King's Fall" Raid