There are so many weapons in Destiny 2, Exotic or otherwise, that it can be really hard to know which are are best suited for PvE, Crucible, or Gambit. You’ve got a bank full of weapons, sure! But which ones should you actually use? While it’s possible to just hop into Crucible and see what your teammates have, or what the other Guardians are killing you with, that’s not really a fun way to figure out what’s what. That’s why we’re here sharing the best Crucible weapons in the current Destiny 2 meta. That way you can work out your loadout before diving into the game mode.
We’ll be listing at least 10 options, while putting a spotlight on five in particular. 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 outfit with an Exotic!
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Our picks are based off 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!
This list was last updated on August 5, 2019. Keep in mind that the Solstice of Heroes event may skew these picks.
Best Crucible Weapons – Kinetic
Ace of Spades / The Last Word / Austringer / Thorn / Rose / Spare Rations (Hand Cannon)
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the best weapons in Destiny 2 Crucible right now are hand cannons. Ace of Spades has been great since Forsaken came out. The only reason it has any kind of competition is due to The Last Word and its own Exotic quest in January.
Both of these hand cannons are fantastic in the Crucible. Ace of Spades comes with both Firefly, which causes enemies to explode, and Memento Mori. The latter is the biggest reason the hand cannon sees such frequent play. Not only does reloading after a kill give you more rounds in the next magazine, those rounds also do extra damage. And to top that all off, you get to keep your radar while aiming down the sights.
While The Last Word is built to fire from the hip. This gives you the precious advantage of being able to move and jump while others have to focus on landing their shots. Unlike other hand cannons, The Last Word is a rapid fire weapon. That means you can hold down the trigger and fire away. Landing these hip fire shots cause it to reload quicker and increase your accuracy each time.
Thorn is, well, Thorn.
Either of these options is great if you have the choice, but it does come at a cost. You can only have one Exotic weapon equipped at a time.
Want a hand cannon that’s not exotic? Austringer has come out as a fan favorite! Our Austringer guide has details on how to get it from the Chalice of Opulence!
Revoker (Sniper Rifle)
Well, the number of snipers in Crucible has certainly slowed down now that we’re waist deep in the Season of Opulence. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Revoker, the pinnacle weapons for this season, is one of the most popular weapons to use.
Want to get it for yourself? Our Season of Opulence Pinnacle Weapons Guide has the details!
Blast Furnace / Bygones / Outbreak Perfected (Pulse Rifle)
Blast Furnace is a Black Armory weapon dropped in the Izanami Forge. If you have access to that, shoot for Feeding Frenzy and Rampage. Those best complement the four-burst fire pattern as your kills increase reload speed and damage (up to three times), letting you keep reeling in kill after kill.
Bygones is a very different beast. It’s a slower 390 rounds per minute compared to Blast Furnace’s 450. It also has good all-around stats. That means you can optimize it as you like, increasing stability or handling. It’s a Gambit weapon, too, so just keep playing and you’re bound to get one. Shoot for full-auto and Kill Clip. This is a solid overall weapon that doesn’t pack as much of a punch, but allows you to keep that sight laser focused on opposing Guardians.
Outbreak Perfected is also a good option though most players are currently using their exotic slots on hand cannons and not pulse rifles.
Best Crucible Weapons – Energy
Beloved / Twilight Oath (Sniper Rifle)
You can thank the Season of Opulence pinnacle weapon quests for this one. You’ll need 300 final blows and 50 headshots with sniper rifles account wide to earn the Revoker. The order of strength is from left to right with the first two being magnitudes better than the following two.
Beloved is a weapon from the Chalice of Opulance. To craft it put a Rune of Jubilation in Slot 1 and any red rune in Slot 2. Twilight Oath is a Tangled Shore drop
The Recluse (SMG)
The Recluse is perfect for killing lots of guardians quickly. Kill an opponent with any weapon and the SMG will get a damage boost. Kills with The Recluse itself will increase reload speed for a short time.
To get it, you’ll need to have played during the last season and be very good at Crucible as it’s one of the Season of the Drifter Pinnacle weapons.
Luna’s Howl (Hand Cannons)
Luna’s Howl is a great hand cannon despite recent nerfs. If you played Destiny 2 a few seasons ago, you likely have the Shock and Denial quest. If not, speak to Shaxx to pick it up.
If you did, but haven’t completed the quests yet, check out our guide to unlock Luna’s Howl.
Not Forgotten has fallen out of favor since it was first nerfed.
Lord of Wolves (Shotgun)
Lord of Wolves is still very, very powerful. You should use it! How do you get it? We have a guide for that!
Fighting Lion (Grenade Launcher)
You may have noticed the return of grenade launchers as well. Fighting Lion is a pretty standard energy weapon if you’re not running The Mountaintop in the Kinetic slot.
Other Good Weapons
Mindbender’s Ambition (Shotgun), Retold Tale (Shotgun), Jotunn (Fusion Rifle), Last Perdition (Pulse Rifle)
Best Crucible Weapons – Power
Hammerhead / Thunderlord (Machine Gun)
Are Machine Guns finally on the way out? Hammerhead is still more popular than ever, but Thunderlord has plummeted to the bottom of the charts and 21% Delerium doesn’t even make this list.
Tractor Cannon (Shotgun)
Tractor Cannon has always been good, this one stands out above the rest. It’s just so powerful and has a pretty wide spread. Plus it knocks enemies back! If you don’t kill them with the first shot, you’ll certainly get them with the second. Or you could just swap to a primary or secondary to finish them off.
Truth / The Wardcliff Coil (Rocket Launcher)
Truth is easily one of the best rocket launchers in the game thanks to the extreme amount of tracking it has.
The Wardcliff Coil is another good option if you prefer that!
Play of the Game / Edge Transit / Through Fire and Flood / Outrageous Fortune (Grenade Launcher)
Grenade launchers are actually in a pretty happy place. Play of the Game is one of the best around for Crucible.
Guide Update History
- 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.
- 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% Delerium, 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.
- 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.
- Kinetic – Added Outbreak Perfected. Removed Arbalest, Duke Mk. 44.
- Energy – No changes.
- Power – Added Outrageous Fortune, The Colony. Removed Bad Omens.
- 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% Delerium. 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.