The Best Crucible PVP Weapons in Destiny 2 (October 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 September 29, 2021.

Destiny 2 The Messenger God Roll

Best Crucible Kinetic Weapons

The Messenger / No Time to Explain / Vigilance Wing (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. Bungie has reportedly addressed the issue regarding the plague of cheaters, hackers, and people who would rather jump off the edge of the map than actually try to win. We’ll see soon when the game mode returns this season.

The Chaperone / Fractethyst / Astral Horizon / Riiswalker (Shotgun)

Go play Iron Banner and you’ll run into a million Chaperones. If that’s not your thing, the newest Shotgun, Fractethyst seems to be in a close second. For those who would rather stick with old reliable, grab Astral Horizon or Riiswalker. Regardless of what you equip, you’ll want Quickdraw as a perk if you can help it.

Ace of Spades / Crimson / The Last Word / Thorn / Dire Promise / 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! Opening Shot is the perk you’re pursuing for these.

Peacebond (Sidearm)

Surprised to see Peacebond here? You can thank its terrific stats and archetype. Considered by many to already be the best sidearm available right now, Peacebond is supremely deadly if you can control the recoil and land your shots.

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.

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

Vex Mythoclast / Main Ingredient / Jotunn  (Fusion Rifle)

Can you really consider Vex Mythoclast a Fusion Rifle? It’s more of an Auto Rifle with more accuracy. Now that it has infinite ammo and benefits from the seasonal mods, Mythoclast is one of the best weapons this season. Meanwhile, Main Ingredient is topping the charts since Xur recently sold a PVP god roll, making it available to everyone with enough legendary shards. Want to stick with an old favorite? Jotunn certainly hasn’t gone anywhere and probably won’t.

Felwinter’s Lie / Compass Rose / Found Verdict (Shotgun)

Felwinter’s Lie is so incredibly powerful. The good news? Now we can all get a copy from the Monument to Lost Lights.

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!

Lorentz Driver (Linear Fusion Rifle)

Even after Bungie turned off the random Guardian tracking, in effect 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!

Darkest Before / Gridskipper (Pulse Rifle)

If you haven’t jumped back into The Prophecy dungeon since Season of the Lost launched, you’re missing out on Darkest Before. This Trials of the Nine weapon was retired, but has been brought back as Bungie swapped out the old Prophecy loot table (which are now in the world loot pool). We recommend some different perks than usual so I recommend checking out our god roll guide for it below. If you don’t have that, Gridskipper is much easier to obtain and is also a good choice.

The Palindrome / 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!

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.

Gnawing Hunger / Sorrow’s Verse (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’ve played enough Crucible, Sorrow’s Verse is drop from Shaxx that many players recommend.

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

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

Once Bungie buffed Ascendancy’s Explosive Light perk, the rocket launcher is suddenly best in class. Wardcliff Coil is the rocket launcher of choice for many, however, 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.

Heir Apparent / Corrective Measure / Commemoration / Archon’s Thunder (Machine Gun)

Heir Apparent is legitimately one of the best weapons in Crucible. When spun up, not even a shot from a golden gun can pierce the shield. It’s almost easier killing a Guardian in their super than someone wielding the machine gun. Is it broken to the point of nerfs? Maybe. In the meantime, use Stasis to freeze them or a weapon like Jotunn which has tracking and can burn through the shield.

Reed’s Regret (Linear Fusion Rifle)

Linear Fusion Rifles are all the rage this season and Reed’s Regret is one of the best available for Crucible.

Destiny 2 Reed’s Regret Guide – Reed’s Regret God Roll & How to Get It

Memory Interdict / Blast Battue (Grenade Launcher)

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.

Black Talon (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.

Sunset Recommendations

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

  • Hammerhead (Machine Gun)

Guide Update History

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 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.

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