In some circles, the Scout Rifle isn’t the most popular class of guns and it requires quite a bit of skill to use. Sure, they deal a lot of damage and are good for players who prefer long-range engagements. One of the new Exotic weapons that can be found in The Taken King is the unique looking Touch of Malice, an Exotic Scout Rifle. The only way to get the weapon is by completing one of Eris Morn’s quests involving the discovery of Calcified Fragments.

Shattered Past

Meet Eris Morn in the Hall of Guardians in the Tower, remember she’s moved to a new location, now at the foot of the steps when you first go down them to go into the Hall. Once there she will give you the “Shattered Past” quest. You must recover 5 Calcified Fragments, which are found on the Dreadnaught. Once you’ve found the 5 fragments, return to the Tower and speak to Eris again.

You’ll then have to get 15 Calcified Fragments, and again, upon completion return to Eris to get the next step in your quest.


Hunger Pangs

In this quest, Eris Morn instructs you to kill Bracus, a Taken Centurion in the Salt Mines in Bunker War-4. Upon Completion of this quest, return to Eris Morn and claim your reward.

The Old Hunger

In order to activate the next step in the quest for the Touch of Malice you will need to zone into the raid for the first time, you don’t need to play it. Return to Eris Morn in the Hall of Guardians in the Tower and speak to her. When you speak to her she will give you the quest “The Old Hunger,” which requires you to recover the Blade of Famine from the Warpriest, Shroud of Ir Anuk from the Deathsingers and The Ravenous Heart from Oryx. Don’t worry, all three can be found in the King’s Fall raid and have a 100% drop chance.

Return to Eris Morn in the Tower, she will now ask for you to collect 25 Wormspore, 50 Hadium Flakes and 50 Weapon Parts. The Wormspore and Hadium Flakes can be found in the Dreadnaught. After giving Eris the items, she will offer you an Antiquated Rune, but the next step presents itself, and yes you’ll need more Calcified Fragments. This time you’ll need to collect 30.

Hunger Pangs

Once you’ve collected all of the materials and presented them to Eris, she will give you the next step in your quest and “The Hunger Pangs” chain will become active again. The next step requires you to enter The Undying Mind Strike and kill a special Taken Knight, Morgath, Lore-Keeper, who’s located at the very end of the strike. Once you kill Morgath, return to Eris in the Tower where she will reward you with a Stolen Rune.

You’re close, but there’s still work to do! Eris instructs you to collect 45 Calcified Fragments. After this arduous task, return to speak to Eris, and she will give you the final part of the Hunger Pangs quest. The Fear’s Embrace mission on Phobos is the last piece of the puzzle. This step requires you to kill a Taken Wizard, Mar-Zik, the Blightcaller, that spawns when Echo of Oryx has almost been defeated. Once again, return to Eris after killing Mar-Zik.

Now you’ve done it! Speak to Eris in the Tower and she will have the Touch of Malice for you. It’s been a long journey, but it’s well worth it!

Here’s a GREAT site where you can track how many Ghost Fragments you’ve found, and this includes Calcified Fragments on the Dreadnaught. Best of all, it gives you the locations of what you have and what you’re missing. Check them out at 

Weapon Perks:


Intrinsic: Touch of Malice – Final round of the magazine regenerates and deals bonus damage at the cost of the wielder’s life force.

(Hidden) Auto-fire; you can hold down the trigger to keep shooting.

Selectable: Soft Ballistics, Smooth Ballistics, Smart Drift Control

Eye of the Storm – This weapon becomes more accurate as your health gets lower.

Selectable: Snapshot, Hammer Forged, Flared Magwell

Touch of Mercy – Three rapid kills will return a portion of the wielder’s health.