The Best Crucible PVP Weapons in Destiny 2 (June 2022 Meta)

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There are so many weapons in Destiny 2 that it can be hard to know which weapons are best suited for PVE, Crucible, or Gambit. You’ve got a bank full of weapons, sure, but which ones should you actually be using? While it’s possible to just hop into Crucible and see what your teammates are using, that’s not a fun way to figure out what’s what. So here we are, sharing the best PVP weapons in the current meta so that you can work out your loadout before diving into the next match.

Keep in mind that you may need to do some adjusting, depending on which weapons you don’t have and which slot you choose to use an exotic.

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The Process

Our picks are based on a combination of a few different sources. The largest is what the Charlemagne Discord bot, which reports the current Destiny 2 meta, thinks about the state of things. Among other things, the bot tracks weapon popularity for each game mode. This is super useful for getting our baseline information. We also use general community consensus from the Destiny subreddit and our own experiences playing Crucible!

Guide last updated on June 2, 2022.

Best Crucible Kinetic Weapons

Austringer / Eyasluna / Ace of Spades / Crimson / The Last Word / Thorn / Fatebringer (Hand Cannon)

The most popular archetype in all of Destiny 2, there are a lot of strong hand cannons you can use in the Crucible. Both Eyasluna and Fatebringer remain popular choices not only because of their solid perk pools, but wonderful base stats. Of the two, I’d recommend Eyasluna simply because its starting stats are comically good and it can roll with Rangefinder. Meanwhile, if you’ve grinded enough, you can hand build the perfect PVP Austringer.

As for exotic hand cannons you can use Crimson, The Last Word, Thorn, or Ace of Spades. All four are terrific options despite each playing differently. Ace of Spades is definetly the best of the four due to the sheer range and stopping power it possess, but Crimson is a close runner-up

New Purpose / The Messenger / Piece of Mind (Pulse Rifle)

Currently sitting in the number one “most-used” slot, Piece of Mind is absolutely dominating the Crucible right now. Tied to Season of the Risen, this pulse rifle has incredible base stats and can be crafted with some seriously dangerous enhanced perks. This makes it far better than a lot of the other guns, as those enhanced perks can make a huge difference when fighting someone. If you’ve braved the new Duality dungeon, New Purpose is also proving to be a promising choice. Alternatively, you can use The Messenger which is a slower firing, yet stronger weapon. Tied to Trials of Osiris, this gun is also an absolute monster and unsurprisingly a very popular choice.

Riiswalker / Ragnhild-D / The Chaperone / Reckless Endangerment (Shotgun)

Shotguns will always be a staple in Destiny 2 Crucible — especially when there are so many incredible choices. Riiswalker is definetly the best in slot option for Kinetic shotguns since it can roill with the Iron Reach perk which gives it a whopping +18 to range. Speaking of sniper rifles shotguns, The Chaperone continues to be a good choice for people who can actually aim and Reckless Endangerment is a decent alternative since this ritual weapon comes with a nice perk combo.

Dead Man’s Tale (Scout Rifle)

Between its accuracy and how great it is at long ranges, Dead Man’s Tale is a weapon as good as the person wielding it. For PVP, grind for a Killing Wind roll to further increase the scout rifle’s effectiveness after each kill.

Sunset Recommendations

Honestly, the entire point of sunsetting weapons was so Bungie could avoid power creep. That’s all fine and dandy when power level matters like in raids, high-level strikes, and Trials of Osiris — but these weapons are still perfectly usable everywhere else. Crucible, in particular, seemed to be a sticking point for Bungie, yet all of these weapons are still top tier. Some may no longer be obtainable, but feel free to keep rocking them if you have them! For others, like the Revoker, it’s easier than ever to get one for yourself — just visit the Monument to Lost Lights.

  • Steelfeather Repeater (Auto Rifle)
  • Revoker (Sniper Rifle)
  • The Mountaintop (Grenade Launcher)

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Best Crucible Energy Weapons

Felwinter’s Lie (Shotgun)

Felwinter’s Lie is so incredibly powerful. The good news? Everyone can get a copy from the Monument to Lost Lights. The bad news? We all have to suffer everyone using Felwinter’s Lie.

Le Monarque (Bow)

If information is your game, Le Monarque is incredibly useful. Thanks to the poison damage-over-time, you can track opposing Guardians through walls and convey that information to your teammates. It also hits like a truck and is especially nasty in Iron Banner where players typically gather around control zones or chokepoints.

Vex Mythoclast / Main Ingredient / Jotunn (Fusion Rifle)

With all of the new Solar 3.0 tools available, Vex Mythoclast is reaching new heights in the crucible. Main Ingredient is still topping the charts since Xur recently sold a PVP god roll, making it available to everyone with enough legendary shards. One of the best PVP fusion rifles in the game, this weapon is capable of absolutely decimanting anyone within a few meters. Want to stick with an old favorite? Jotunn certainly hasn’t gone anywhere — and probably won’t.

Lorentz Driver (Linear Fusion Rifle)

Even after Bungie turned off the random Guardian tracking, effectively letting you frequently see enemies through walls, Lorentz Driver is still a top-tier weapon. We haven’t seen a Linear Fusion Rifle this good since the days of Arbalest, so grab it and get going!

Shayura’s Wrath / Funnelweb (Submachine Gun)

While there are many new guns, one making waves among players is the Funnelweb submachine gun. Considered by many to be a “baby” version of the highly utilized Recluse pinnacle weapon, this firearm is skyrocketing in popularity. Much of this is thanks to not only its deep perk pool but also the fact that it is void. This gives it some bonkers synergy with the new Void 3.0 update — especially for those using volatile rounds. Shayura’s Wrath is currently in second place, though I suspect this due to it being tied to Trials of Osiris and not the gun itself. Shayura’s is still a monster of a weapon and you should absolutely consider using it.

Beloved (Sniper Rifle)

Not only is Beloved back, but it’s craftable. Put together your ideal PVP roll and get killing! No more praying to the RNG gods that you get your ideal perk alongside Snapshot Sights.

The Palindrome / Igneous Hammer / Frontier’s Cry (Hand Cannon)

I don’t even know where to start with Igneous Hammer. This thing is basically a sniper rifle capable of three-tapping folks from across the map. The wild thing is that’s true regardless of what kind of roll you get. A god roll Adept version can just destroy absolutely everyone.Palindrome, on the other hand, is in the Nightfall rotation. Just make sure to check before you start grinding. Now that there is more than one weapon each week, it’s much harder to get the specific roll you’re looking for. Finally, Frontier’s Cry is at the bottom of the top ten list this month, but honestly I think this because players are just trying it out. It’s a very medicore hand cannon and you can find better options.

Sunset Recommendations

Again, the entire point of sunsetting weapons was so Bungie could avoid power creep. That’s all fine and dandy when power level matters like in raids, high-level strikes, and Trials of Osiris — but these weapons are still perfectly usable everywhere else. Crucible, in particular, seemed to be a sticking point for Bungie, yet all of these weapons are still top tier. Some may no longer be obtainable, but if you have them, feel free to keep rocking them! For others, like the Revoker, it’s easier than ever to get one for yourself — just visit the Monument to Lost Lights.

  • Luna’s Howl / Not Forgotten (Hand Cannon)
  • Beloved (Sniper Rifle)
  • Erentil FR4 (Fusion Rifle)
  • Trust (Hand Cannon)

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Best Crucible Weapons – Power

Gjallarhorn / Ascendancy / The Wardcliff Coil / Palmyra-B  (Rocket Launcher)

It’s back! Gjallarhorn has finally made the jump to Destiny 2. Because Bungie wanted to avoid a situation where everyone is running the same exotic heavy weapon this time around, it’s given the weapon a new perk: Pack Hunter. With it, nearby allies gain increased handling, reload, and speed every time someone fires Gjallarhorn. That’s all in addition to the weapon’s iconic Wolfpack Rounds. Because of this, each fireteam should run no more than one Gjallarhorn if you’re coordinating. For those who want something different, The Wardcliff Coil is always a good option alongside the plethora of Legendary rocket launchers. As for legendary rocket launchers, the Palmyra-B has gotten a lot of attention since it’s craftable and can come with some decent PVP perks.

Recurrent Impact (Machine Gun)

Heir Apparent was finally nerfed into the ground in PVP, so don’t expect to see it any longer. Recurrent Impact makes the list as the newest Machine Gun in the game. However, as a whole, machine guns are once again lackluster when it comes to Crucible.

Reed’s Regret /Cataclysmic (Linear Fusion Rifle)

For the discerning Guardian, there are two solid linear fusion rifle options for PVP. Reed’s Regret is the Trials of Osisirs linear fusion rifle and considered by many to be the best legendary linear in the game. Much of this is because it can come in an Adept form if you go flawless, but also thanks to its solid stats and great perks. Cataclysmic is also making waves, but I suspect this is mainly because this weapon can be crafted and enhanced perks are very strong.

Typhon GL5 (Grenade Launcher)

If you’re going for a legendary Grenade Launcher, Typhon GL5 appears to be the most popular. Personally, I am underwhelmed by this weapon if only because I don’t find the stats that impressive or perk pool that strong for PVP. If you can use an exotic, I suggest just rocking The Colony since it requires less effort and can easily secure kills due to the tracking rounds.

Black Talon / Half-Truths / Razor’s Edge (Sword)

Swords have really plummeted in popularity this season. Outside of the likes of Black Talon, which can also attack from range, you should be seeing a lot less of them even with the Stasis nerfs. Razor’s Edge is also making the charts because Hunters like to look cool when they run around and pretend they’re in an anime.

Sunset Recommendations

Here are some other recommendations:

  • Hammerhead (Machine Gun)

Guide Update History

June 2022

  • Kinetic – Added Austringer and New Purpose.
  • Energy – Added Beloved and Vex Mythoclast.
  • Heavy – No changes.

April 2022

  • Kinetic – Added Piece of Mind, Ragnhild-D, The Chaperone, and Reckless Endagerment. Removed Osteo Striga, Multimach CCX, No Time to Explain, Syncopation-53, Astral Horizon, and Krait.
  • Energy – Added Frontier’s Cry. Removed Vex Mythoclast and Null Composure.
  • Heavy – Added Palmyra-B, Razor’s Edge, and Cataclysmic. Removed Red Herring.

February 2022

  • Kinetic – Added Osteo Striga, Syncopation-53, Krait, and Multimach CCX. Removed Vigilance Wing, The Chaperone, Fractethys, Wastelander M5, and Peacebond.
  • Energy – Added Le Monarque and Funnelweb. Removed Compass Rose, Found Verdict, Matador 64, Seventh Seraph CQC-12, Adored, Frozen Orbit, Darkest Before, Gridskipper, Gnawing Hunger, and Sorrow’s Verse.
  • Heavy – Added Recurrent Impact, Red Herring, and Typhon GL5. Removed Code Duello and Avalanche.

December 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Eyasluna and Wastelander M5. Removed Dire Promise.
  • Energy – Added Null Composure, Matador 64, Shayura’s Wrath, and Seventh Seraph CQC-12.
  • Heavy – Added Gjallarhorn and Half-Truths. Removed Heir Apparent, Commemoration, and Archon’s Thunder.

October 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Peacebond.
  • Energy – Added Main Ingredient.
  • Heavy – Added Ascendancy and Reed’s Regret.

September 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Fractethyst, No Time to Explain, Vigilance Wing, Thorn, Riiswalker, and Dire Promise. Removed Steady Hand and Chroma Rush.
  • Energy – Added Vex Mythoclast, Forge’s Pledge, Lorentz Driver, Darkest Before, The Palindrome, Gridskipper, and Sorrow’s Verse. Removed Seventh Seraph CQC and Shayura’s Wrath.
  • Heavy – Added Archon’s Thunder. Removed The Colony, Blast Battue, Falling Guillotine, and Temptation’s Hook.

July 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Riiswalker, Chroma Rush, and Fatebringer. Removed True Prophecy and Survivor’s Epitaph.
  • Energy – Added Compass Rose and Found Verdict. Removed Gridskipper, Prometheus Lens, and Glacioclasm.
  • Heavy – Added Corrective Measure, Memory Interdict, and Tomorrow’s Answer. Removed Seventh Seraph SAW and Quickfang.

May 2021

  • Kinetic – Added The Last Word, Survivor’s Epitaph, and Ace of Spades. Removed No Time to Explain, The Time-Worn Spire,
  • Energy – Added Shayura’s Wrath, Glacioclasm, Prometheus Lens, and Gridskipper. Removed Cloudstrike.
  • Heavy – Added Heir Apparent and Quickfang.

April 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Dead Man’s Tale, Astral Horizon, The Time-Worn Spire, and The Chaperone. Removed Hawkmoon, Sturm, Ace of Spades, Dire Promise, and Arbalest.
  • Energy – Added Igneous Hammer. Removed Ticcu’s Divination.
  • Heavy – Added Code Duello. Removed Eyes of Tomorrow.

February 2021

  • Kinetic – Added The Messenger. Removed Vigilance Wing, Cold Denial, SUROS Regime, The Forward Path, and Witherhoard.
  • Energy – Added Ticuu’s Divination, Bottom Dollar, and Frozen Orbit. Removed Mindbender’s Ambition, Xenoclast IV, The Summoner, and Stars in Shadow.
  • Heavy – Added Blast Battue and Eyes of Tomorrow. Removed Thermal Erosion, Interference VI, and Crowd Pleaser.

January 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Sturm, The Steady Hand, Hawkmoon, and Arbalest. 
  • Energy – No changes.
  • Heavy – No changes.

December 2020 (Beyond Light Update 2)

  • Kinetic – Added The Last Word, Vigilance Wing, Cold Denial, and True Prophecy. Removed Bastion.
  • Energy – Added Xenoclast IV and Cloudstrike.
  • Heavy – Added Seventh Seraph SAW, Commemoration, and Temptation’s Hook.

November 2020 (Beyond Light Update 1)

  • Kinetic – Added No Time to Explain, Ace of Spades, and Vigilance Wing. Removed Spare Rations and The Mountaintop.
  • Energy – Added Adored and Stars in Shadow. Removed Hard Light, Luna’s Howl, and Not Forgotten.
  • Heavy – Added Thermal Erosion and Crowd Pleaser. Removed Truth.

August 2020

  • Kinetic – Added Crimson.
  • Energy – No changes.
  • Heavy – Added Falling Guillotine, Xenophage. Removed Play of the Game.

July 2020

  • Kinetic – Added The Forward Path.
  • Energy – Added Seventh Seraph CQC-12.
  • Heavy – No changes.

June 2020

  • Kinetic – Added Dire Promise, Witherhoard, and Astral Horizon. Removed Crimson, Dust Rock Blues, Monte Carlo.
  • Energy – Added Felwinter’s Lie. Removed Galliard-42 XN7568.
  • Heavy – Added Temptation’s Hook. Removed Bad Omens and Tractor Cannon.

May 2020

  • Kinetic – Added The Last Word, Bastion, and The Mountaintop. Removed Astral Horizon, Ace of Spades, and Bygones.
  • Energy – Added Galliard-42 XN7568 and Gnawing Hunger. Removed Erentil FR4 and The Recluse.
  • Heavy – Added Interference VI, The Colony, Heir Apparent, Tractor Cannon, and Bad Omens. Removed 21% Delerium, Tomorrow’s Answer, and Roar of the Bear.

April 2020

  • Kinetic – Added Astral Horizon.
  • Energy – Added The Summoner.
  • Power – Added Black Talon, Tomorrow’s Answer.

March 2020

  • Kinetic – Added SUROS Regime, Monte Carlo. Removed The Last Word, Randy’s Throwing Knife, Arbalest.
  • Energy – Added Hard Light. Removed Trust.
  • Power – Added 21% Delirium. Removed Pyroclastic Flow, The Colony, Tractor Cannon.

February 2020

  • Kinetic – No changes.
  • Energy – Removed Symmetry.
  • Power – Added Pyroclastic Flow, Bad Omens. Removed Avalanche, Crooked Fang-4FR, Black Talon.

January 2020

  • Kinetic – No changes.
  • Energy – No changes.
  • Power – Added Avalanche, Tractor Cannon. Removed 21% Delirium, Bad Omens.

December 2019 (Season of Dawn Update)

  • Kinetic – Added Arbalest, Spare Rations, Thorn. Removed The Jade Rabbit, MIDA Multi-Tool, Vigilance Wing.
  • Energy – Added Beloved, Symmetry, Lord of Wolves, Trust. Removed Riskrunner, Hero’s Burden, Claws of the Wolf, Wizened Rebuke.
  • Power – Added Crooked Fang-4FR, Bad Omens, Black Talon. Removed Swarm of the Raven, Edge Transit, Through Fire and Flood.

December 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Randy’s Throwing Knife. Removed Thorn.
  • Energy – Added Claws of the Wolf, Wizened Rebuke, Hero’s Burden. Removed Trust, Eriana’s Vow, Beloved.
  • Power – Added Swarm of the Raven, Roar of the Bear, 21% Delirium. Removed Thunderlord, Zenobia-D, Leviathan’s Breath.

November 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Vigilance Wing. Removed Spare Rations.
  • Energy – Added Jotunn. Removed Loaded Question, Last Perdition.
  • Power – Added Leviathan’s Breath. Removed 21% Delirium, A Fine Memorial, Wendigo GL3, Deathbringer.

October 2019

  • Kinetic – Added MIDA Multi-Tool, Revoker, Dust Rock Blues, The Last Word, Jade Rabbit, Thorn, Crimson. Removed Sweet Business, SUROS Regime, Cerberus+1, Austringer, Outbreak Perfected, The Mountaintop.
  • Energy – Added Luna’s Howl, Beloved, Not Forgotten, Trust, Eriana’s Vow, Riskrunner, Last Perdition. Removed Subjunctive, Every Waking Moment, Retold Tale, Lord of Wolves.
  • Power – Added Truth, The Wardcliff Coil, The Colony, Deathbringer, A Fine Memorial, Zenobia-D, Through Fire and Flood. Removed Swarm of the Raven, Love and Death.

September 2019

  • Kinetic – Added SUROS Regime, The Mountaintop, Vigilance Wing. Removed Thorn, Rose, Outbreak Perfected.
  • Energy – Added Erentil FR4. Removed Twilight Oath.
  • Power – Added The Colony, 21% Delirium, Swarm of the Raven. Removed Through Fire and Flood, Outrageous Fortune.

August 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Rose, Spare Rations, and Outbreak Perfected. Removed Lumina, Bad Juju, and Militia’s Birthright.
  • Energy – Added Last Perdition. Removed Fate Cries Fowl.
  • Power – Added The Wardcliff Coil, Through Fire and Flood, Thunderlord, and Outrageous Fortune. Removed Fixed Odds, Bane of Sorrow, Legend of Acrius, and The Colony.

July 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Militia’s Birthright, Lumina, and Bad Juju. Removed Outbreak Prime, Supremacy, The Mountaintop, and Duke Mk. 44.
  • Energy – Added Jotunn. Removed Kindled Orchid.
  • Power – Added Fixed Odds, Legend of Acrius, and Bane of Sorrow. Removed 21% Delirium, The Wardcliff Coil, and Through Fire and Flood.

June 2019 (Update 2)

  • Kinetic – Added Duke Mk.44 and Revoker. Removed Bite of the Fox.
  • Energy – Added Lord of Wolves and Kindled Orchid. Removed Tatara’s Gaze.
  • Power – Added Truth and Through Fire and Flood. Removed Thunderlord and One Thousand Voices.

June 2019

  • Kinetic – Added The Supremacy, Bite of the Fox, The Mountaintop, Austringer. Removed Dust Rock Blues, Vigilance Wing, The Chaperone.
  • Energy – Added Beloved, Twilight Oath, Fighting Lion, Fate Cries Fowl, Tatara’s Gaze. Removed Not Forgotten, Kindled Orchid, Trust, Last Perdition, Right Side of Wrong.
  • Power – Added One Thousand Voices. Removed Avalanche.

May 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Outbreak Perfected. Removed Arbalest, Duke Mk. 44.
  • Energy – No changes.
  • Power – Added Outrageous Fortune, The Colony. Removed Bad Omens.

April 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Arbalest, Thorn. Removed Go Figure, Bite of the Fox.
  • Energy – Added Kindred Orchid, Last Rendition, Right Side of Wrong. Removed Wishbringer, IKELOS Shotgun.
  • Power – Added 21% Delirium. Removed One Thousand Voices.

And that’s it for our guide to the best Crucible weapons in Destiny 2! Thanks for taking the time to check it out. We wish all of you trigger-happy Guardians out there the best of luck in mowing down your friends.