The Best Crucible Weapons in Destiny 2 (May 2019 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!

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 Gambit and Gambit Prime.

This list was last updated on May 10.

Best Crucible Weapons – Kinetic

Ace of Spades / The Last Word / Thorn (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.

Outbreak Perfected (Exotic Pulse Rifle)

It should come as no surprise that the latest exotic quest weapon, Outbreak Perfected, is among the most popular right now. But it’s not listed here simply because it’s new, it’s also extremely powerful. The exotic comes with The Corruption Spreads perk. This causes enemies that take repeated hits from the weapon to spawn SIVA nanites that attack other enemies. It also has the Parasitism perk which causes the weapon to deal bonus damage to any enemies already infected with SIVA nanites.

Still need to get it? Here’s our guide on how!

Dust Rock Blues (Shotgun)

Remember that super generic Forsaken shotgun? Yeah. We don’t either. But hey, the good news is that you probably already have one of these.

With rapid fire shotguns getting the nerf hammer recently, Dust Rock Blues has quickly risen up as an underrated kinetic weapon. It’s a randomized drop, however, so there are some perks you’ll want to aim for. We recommend Full Choke, Accurized Rounds, Slideshot, and Rifled Barrel.

This is one shotgun with some range and that’s really helped make it one of the go-to shotguns in the Destiny 2 Crucible.

Blast Furnace / Bygones (Pulse Rifle)

We’re lumping Blast Furnace and Bygones into one recommendation here since it really comes down to preference.

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.

Other Recommendations

Vigilance Wing (Pulse Rifle), The Chaperone (Shotgun)

Best Crucible Weapons – Energy

Luna’s Howl / Not Forgotten (Hand Cannons)

Luna’s Howl is a great hand cannon. Some players would argue it’s the very best in Destiny 2, in fact. That’s not surprising considering the steps you need to complete to unlock it. If you played Destiny 2 last season, you likely have the Shock and Denial quest. Both of these weapons are part of that questline. If you didn’t play last season… sorry, you’re out of luck.

For those that don’t, the good news is that the hand cannons will be getting nerfed in the next month or so. The Magnificent Howl perk on both this and Not Forgotten will now only increase body shot damage, and both guns’ RPM will be reduced to 150.

If you did, but haven’t completed the quests yet, check out our guide to unlock Luna’s Howl and upgrade it into Not Forgotten!

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 be very good at Crucible as it’s one of the Season of the Drifter Pinnacle weapons.

Jotunn (Fusion Rifle)

Jotunn is a unique Fusion Rifle that you can get from the Bergusia Forge as a random drop. The reason it’s so good? If you charge it long enough, its shots track opponents before exploding and applying burn damage.

Retold Tale / Mindbender’s Ambition (Shotgun)

All of these shotguns are solid options in the current Crucible. You can earn Retold Tale as a random drop in the Dreaming City. Mindbender’s Ambition is a Nightfall exclusive drop from the Hallowed Lair strike. If you don’t have either of those, Wishbringer is the best alternative.

Other Good Weapons

Kindled Orchid (Hand Cannon), Trust (Hand Cannon), Last Perdition (Pulse Rifle), Right Side of Wrong (Pulse Rifle)

Best Crucible Weapons – Power

Hammerhead / Thunderlord / 21% Delerium (Machine Gun)

Destiny 2 Machine Guns still reign supreme despite their nerfs. No other Power weapon can deal such large amounts of damage to such a high number of enemies in such a short amount of time. You get lots of rounds for these super accurate LMGs, which means you can stay relatively safe and hang back. It always feels good to not risk that Power ammo going to waste.

Tractor Cannon (Shotgun)

Tractor Cannon has always been good, but with the shotgun class nerfs, 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.

The Wardcliff Coil (Rocket Launcher)

Wardcliff Coil got some incredible buffs a few patches ago. Needless to say, that’s also helped it become one of the best PvP rocket launchers in the game.

Play of the Game (Grenade Launcher)

Grenade launchers are actually in a pretty happy place. Play of the Game is one of the best around for Crucible.

Other Good Weapons

Avalanche (Machine Gun), Edge Transit (Grenade Launcher)

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% Delerium. Removed One Thousand Voices.

And that’s that four 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

Content Editor at Fanbyte, Dillon is currently fighting people for Gwent cards in Witcher 3 and being sneaky in Metal Gear Solid V.

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