The Best Crucible PVP Weapons in Destiny 2 (July 2021 Meta)

Crucible is not a great place in Destiny 2 right now let me tell you. If you haven’t been keeping up with the Trials of Osiris weapons, you’re in for a rough time. So many of those weapons have now been made available at three wins that players have been able to grind them out even with losses. Regardless of which weapons are at your disposal however, we do have some recommendations for you. Here are the current best PVP weapons in Destiny 2.

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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 to get our baseline information. We also use general community consensus from the Destiny subreddit and our own experiences playing Crucible!

Guide last updated on July 13, 2021.

Best Crucible Kinetic Weapons

Ace of Spades / The Last Word / Crimson / The Steady Hand / Fatebringer (Hand Cannon)

Hand Cannons are still the go to for most players on PC. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Crimson because it’s accurate but also burst fires which gives you more leeway when it comes to landing your shots. Otherwise, pick your poison!

The Messenger (Pulse Rifle)

If you’re determined, or good at Trials of Osiris, hopefully you snagged yourself a good The Messenger. This is pretty much the best Pulse Rifle in Destiny right now. It’s a shame the darn thing is locked behind a game mode catered to such a small percentage of the player base. And that’s not even including the fact that the activity remains plagued with cheaters, hackers, and people who would rather jump off the edge of the map than actually try to win.

The Chaperone / Riiswalker / Astral Horizon (Shotgun)

It should come as no surprise that one of the Trials weapons makes an appearance here. Astral Horizon is the go to Kinetic shotgun when it comes to the Crucible, though it has been getting some competition from Iron Banner’s Riiswalker.

Dead Man’s Tale (Scout Rifle)

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

Chroma Rush (Auto Rifle)

If you can manage to get a god roll focused on increasing Chroma Rush’s range, it can be a very competitive weapon.

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 everywhere else those weapons are still perfectly usable. Crucible, in particular, seemed to be a sticking point for Bungie and 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 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)

Best Crucible Energy Weapons

Felwinter’s Lie / Compass Rose / Found Verdict / Seventh Seraph CQC-12 (Shotgun)

Felwinter’s Lie is so incredibly powerful. The good news? Now we can all get a copy from the Monument to Lost Lights. The combination of Full Choke, Quickdraw, and Opening Shot make it better than any other Legendary shotgun out there. As per usual, with a random roll like Seventh Seraph CQC, shoot for Slideshot and Snapshot Sights.

It’s shotgun season (again) and the explosion in popularity has moved Compass Rose and Found Verdict into the meta alongside Seventh Seraph CQC.

Adored / Frozen Orbit (Sniper)

With weapon sunsetting, Bungie made the ritual weapon Adored, a sniper that both looks and feels like Beloved. The only problem is Beloved is still around in playlists where power level is disabled so make your pick!

Jotunn  (Fusion Rifle)

The biggest problem with Fusion Rifles is their accuracy. So it should be of no surprise that Jotunn, a weapon with tracking projectiles, is both powerful and popular.

Gnawing Hunger (Auto Rifle)

Auto rifles are in a fine place if you prefer to use them. Gnawing Hunger is easily the most popular option out there. If you’re looking for information on what’s considered a god roll, you can find that here.

Igneous Hammer / Bottom Dollar (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 godroll Adept version can just destroy absolutely everyone.

Bottom Dollar drops exclusively from Gambit, but the drop rate is so incredibly low that you may not have one just yet. The rarity is particularly painful because the number of perks this hand cannon has in its pool is higher than normal. The combinations are plenty and can be particularly powerful, but getting a specific roll is nigh impossible at the moment. Hopefully the one you manage to get isn’t abysmal!

Shayura’s Wrath (SMG)

You may notice a trend here. As the seasons go on, more and more weapons on this list are exclusively from Trials of Osiris. Shayura’s Wrath is no exception and is easily the best PVP SMG since the days of Recluse. Get it and give it a go. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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 everywhere else those weapons are still perfectly usable. Crucible, in particular, seemed to be a sticking point for Bungie and 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 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)

Best Crucible Weapons – Power

The Wardcliff Coil / Code Duello / Tomorrow’s Answer (Rocket Launcher)

Wardcliff Coil is the rocket launcher of choice due to the wide spray of projectiles. This lets you be a little less picky about aiming and helps you actually hit a target. Plus it’s capable of wiping out a bunch of enemies if they’re bunched up.

If you’d rather not run the exotic, Code Duello has long been a popular legendary alternative though those with Tomorrow’s Answer tend to prefer that.

The Colony / Memory Interdict / Blast Battue (Grenade Launcher)

Much like Truth and Jotunn, The Colony has tracking rounds which makes a Guardian’s life much easier. If you’re going for a legendary grenade launcher, Blast Battue and Memory Interdict are the default just because they’re the most recent additions to the game and easiest to grind good rolls for.

Heir Apparent / Corrective Measure / Commemoration (Machine Gun)

Seventh Seraph SAW’s slow rate of fire is crucial in Crucible when it comes to at range eliminations. Commemoration and Corrective Measure are also a popular choice for those who run raids.

Black Talon / Falling Guillotine / Temptation’s Hook (Sword)

Swords are less popular in Crucible, but if you like to get up close and personal, these are the three we recommend. Falling Guillotine can be amazing if enough enemies are grouped up while Black Talon and Temptation’s Hook will let you launch projectiles from a distance.

Sunset Recommendations

We’ve already said our piece. Here are some other recommendations:

  • Hammerhead (Machine Gun)

Guide Update History

July 2021 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 that 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.


Dillon Skiffington

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