The Best Crucible Weapons in Destiny 2 (January 2020 Season of Dawn Meta)

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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The Process

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 January 6, 2020.

Best Crucible Weapons – Kinetic

Revoker (Sniper Rifle)

Revoker is a pain in the butt to get. A Season of Opulence Pinnacle weapon, it’s one of the best snipers in the game if you have it. Don’t stress if you don’t, however, just use another one of the listed weapons. Snipers aren’t super popular outside of Revoker.

With the debut of Momentum Clash, a Crucible game type which removes shields, getting Revoker is easier than ever. We recommend grinding sniper rifle final blows whenever it’s live.

Arbalest (Linear Fusion Rifle)

If you even stepped foot in the Crucible since Season of Dawn started you’re likely hearing a lot of Arbalest. It’s not because it’s overpowered either. Earning the Season of Dawn ritual weapon Komodo-4FR requires 125 linear fusion rifle kills. Being a primary weapon, Arbalest naturally has the most ammo and is the easiest way to grind out the quest.

Dust Rock Blues (Shotgun)

Despite the new Blasphemer shotgun from the Alter of Sorrows, Dust Rock Blues remains the go-to primary shotgun in Crucible. It’s super easy to obtain and one of the best options which is why it stays on our list month after month.

Spare Rations / The Last Word / Thorn / Crimson / Ace of Spades (Hand Cannon)

While the story is different for console players (sorry folks), on PC, hand cannons remain one of the best and most popular options. You should honestly pick whatever you like the most. They’re currently listed in order of popularity since the Season of Dawn started.

Surprisingly, Spare Rations is the only non-exotic hand cannon and the most popular option. The others are all relatively equal in popularity. Choose them based on the following:

  • Last Word: Rapid and hip fire.
  • Thorn: Damage over time.
  • Crimson: Burst fire.
  • Ace of Spades: Extra damage when reloading after a kill.

Bygones (Pulse Rifle)

If you’re still attached to the pulse rifle life, Bygones is the most obvious choice. It’s a solid all-around weapon and won’t use up your exotic slot.

Randy’s Throwing Knife (Scout Rifle)

The Season of the Undying Crucible ritual weapon requires a significant number of Scout Rifle final blows. It was quite the grind last season and still is for many who are yet to earn it. The good news is folks still seem to be using it even though the season has ended. If you have it, feel free to use it! It seems solid.

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Best Crucible Weapons – Energy

Not Forgotten / Luna’s Howl / Trust (Hand Cannons)

Before Recluse there was Luna’s Howl and Not Forgotten. These legendary hand cannons are some of the best competitive weapons in all of Destiny. If you don’t have them yet, it’s not too late to earn one! Just like Recluse, hit up the solo competitive playlist.

Mindbender’s Ambition / Lord of Wolves (Shotgun)

You may hear veteran Destiny 2 players talking about grinding the Hallowed Lair strike whenever it’s live. That’s because of the Mindbender’s Ambition shotgun. It’s one of the best Legendary weapons in the game and only drops, very rarely, from the Hallowed Lair Nightfall strike.

With Season of Dawn, Lord of Wolves finally got its own exotic catalyst which increases reload speed while Release the Wolves is active. When it’s not, the catalyst instead buffs stability. Because of that, the weapon has surged in popularity.

Beloved (Sniper Rifle)

Beloved is one of those weapons that has remained solid since its release. While sniper rifles haven’t always been in the meta — unless you’re Revoker — Beloved has always really been a solid option. It can also easily be obtained from The Menagerie once you’ve upgraded your Chalice of Opulence.

Symmetry (Scout Rifle)

Scout Rifles have never really been that great in Crucible unless it was the Momentum Control game mode. Symmetry, however, looks like it might just be in the meta thanks to its perks. Not only is it full auto, but precision hits build up Arc Seeker charges. When you finally swap over to that mode by holding reload, these seekers track enemies and deal extra damage.

Erentil FR4 / Jotunn (Fusion Rifle)

Honestly, Erentil FR4 is a super, super solid choice in a fusion rifle. When scoped it’s incredibly accurate even at some range. If you ever need to get fusion rifle kills in Crucible, this is the one we recommend. Jotunn takes the opposite approach and gives its projectiles tracking so you don’t have to worry too much about accuracy.

The Recluse (SMG)

I’m entirely surprised to see Recluse fall this low in the rankings, but this is where we find it at the moment. It’s still easily the best weapon in the game, but with the new seasonal artifact promoting other archetypes, it has taken a hit in popularity.

To get it, you’ll need be very good at Crucible as it’s one of the Season of the Drifter Pinnacle weapons and is very hard to obtain. If you haven’t earned it yet, we recommend the new solo queue competitive playlist.

Best Crucible Weapons – Power

Hammerhead / Avalanche (Machine Gun)

One of the most surprising parts of the Season of Dawn Crucible is the weapon diversity. For the longest time machine guns have reigned supreme. Hammerhead still lands as the most popular power weapon available, but many of the others have completely disappeared from the list. Avalanche has popped up, taking over 21% Delirium thanks to its availability during Festival of the Lost.

The Wardcliff Coil / Truth / Roar of the Bear (Rocket Launcher)

Wardcliff Coil and Truth will forever be popular. It’s the legendary rocket launcher that seems to rotate between a few options. This month it’s Roar of the Bear and Bad Omens.

Play of the Game / The Colony (Grenade Launcher)

Grenade launchers too have finally taken a step back. Play of the Game finds itself in the top three in terms of popularity. The Colony is another good option if you want to run an exotic.

Crooked Fang-4fr (Linear Fusion Rifle)

Same story as Arbalest here. Folks want linear fusion rifle final blows to earn Komodo-4FR. Earning the Season of Dawn ritual weapon Komodo-4FR requires 125 linear fusion rifle kills.

Black Talon (Sword)

Black Talon got an exotic catalyst alongside Lord of Wolves with the Season of Dawn launch. With it, shots blocked immediately after guarding increase the damage of Crow’s Wings for a very short duration. My guess is that it’s just flavor of the month and will likely fall off in our next update.

Tractor Cannon (Shotgun)

It’s never really a surprise when Tractor Cannon is popular. It’s definitely not around as frequently as it used to be, but that’s likely due to the strength of Solar subclasses combined with the nerf to The Recluse.

Guide Update History

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

Guides Editor at Fanbyte. Dillon is probably thinking about Destiny 2 right now.

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