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Borealis - Stats, Exotic Perk, Catalyst & More

Exotic Sniper Rifle
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Borealis Guide
Ionic Return
Ionic Return

Breaking a combatant's shield—or the shield of a Guardian using a Super—with the matched damage type refills the magazine from reserves and grants bonus damage rounds. Breaking a combatant's shield with a matched damage type Ionic Return round refreshes the perk.

The Fundamentals
The Fundamentals

[Alternate Weapon Action] : Changes this weapon's damage type, cycling between Solar, Arc, and Void. Grants different stats based on your selected damage type.

Solar - Increases reload speed and aerial effectiveness. Arc - Increases handling and range. Void - Stability and aim assist.

The design of Borealis is based around swapping elements to break shields. Unfortunately there are many other options for this in the game that are better options such as Arbalest which doesn't have to go through the process of changing elements and comes with Disruption Break and Dead Messenger which is better for single target damage and groups of enemies.

Borealis Perks
Borealis Catalyst
Upgrade Masterwork
Upgrade Masterwork

Defeat enemies using Borealis to unlock this upgrade.

Reload Speed: 20
Arc Mode Kills: 150
Solar Mode Kills: 150
Void Mode Kills: 150
Borealis Catalyst
Borealis Catalyst

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

Borealis Stats
Impact
90
Range
49
Stability
47
Handling
70
Reload Speed
65
Aim Assistance
65
Zoom
45
Airborne Effectiveness
12
Inventory Size55
Recoil Direction55
Rounds Per Minute72
Magazine4
How to get Borealis

Source: Exotic engrams; extremely rare world drops.