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.
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 guide was last updated on March 26, 2020 after the Season of the Worthy meta has well settled.
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 Crucible, period. One of the biggest issues with the weapon type is limited ammo pools. But thanks to Revoker’s Reversal of Fortune trait, any missed shot returns the bullet to the magazine. Keep shooting until you get a hit!
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.
SUROS Regime (Auto Rifle)
Unlike PVE, exotic weapons don’t get so heavily penalized for missing seasonal mods. Auto rifles are assuredly the meta across nearly all game modes and SUROS will always be popular whenever that’s the case.
Spare Rations / 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 the Worthy 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:
- Thorn: Damage over time.
- Crimson: Burst fire.
- Ace of Spades: Extra damage when reloading after a kill.
Dust Rock Blues (Shotgun)
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.
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.
Monte Carlo (Auto Rifle)
Returning from Destiny a couple of seasons ago, the Monte Carlo is an auto rifle that wants to be used at close range — its Markov Chain perk gives it increased damage on melee kills and kills with the weapon itself. That combination can be especially useful for ad clearing in PVE, but it’s a dangerous combination in PVP, too, where it functions as a consistent auto rifle with what is essentially a better version of Rampage that also recharges your melee attack.
Best Crucible Weapons – Energy
Hard Light (Auto Rifle)
Welcome to the Season of Hard Light! This once-middling auto rifle has become one of the most popular PVP weapons in Destiny 2 after the weapon type buff — and it’s not hard to see why. A large magazine, great rate of fire, richochet rounds, and zero damage dropoff mean that Hard Light is equally effective at close and long range. I expect we’ll see a nerf to Exotic auto rifles soon, but until then, Hard Light will continue chewing up the Crucible.
Mindbender’s Ambition (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.
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.
Not Forgotten / Luna’s Howl (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.
Jotunn / Erentil FR4 (Fusion Rifle)
Honestly, Erentil FR4 is a super, super solid choice in a fusion rifle. When scoped it’s incredibly accurate even at 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. We honestly recommend the latter at the moment. Crucible’s pacing has picked up a bit with auto rifles being meta and you won’t always have time to aim Erentil.
The Recluse (SMG)
Looks like Bungie’s nerf plan worked. Recluse is still one of the most popular PVE weapons, but the SMG has certainly fallen in the Crucible rankings. That said, it’s still very powerful if you want to run SMGs!
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 / 21% Delirium (Machine Gun)
While machine guns used to dominate most of the top ten Crucible power weapons, the meta has thankfully diversified. You’ll likely never see Hammerhead fall from the top rank on PC as long as Bungie doesn’t nerf how accurate it is.
The Wardcliff Coil / Truth / Roar of the Bear (Rocket Launcher)
The Wardcliff Coil and Truth will forever be popular. They’re always a solid choice. Legendary rocket launchers usually aren’t the best option, and yet they’re super popular with players. We certainly recommend choosing literally anything else on this list, but if you have to roll with a legendary rocket launcher, choose Roar of the Bear.
Play of the Game (Grenade Launcher)
Grenade launchers too have finally taken a step back. Play of the Game performs better than others thanks to good base stats which include a high velocity and one of the highest explosion radiuses.
Interference VI / Black Talon (Swords)
Swords are meta! Really! With their rework, blocking no longer costs ammo which makes Passive Guard, a seasonal artifact mod, super useful. With it you receive less damage from combatants that are close to you as long as you have your sword out. When blocking you can basically soak a huge amount of damage without a worry in the world. As such, tons of players have been turning to swords for the sake of survivability on top of their damage.
Guide Update History
- Kinetic – No changes.
- Energy – No changes.
- Power – Added Interference VI, Black Talon.
- 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.
- Kinetic – No changes.
- Energy – Removed Symmetry.
- Power – Added Pyroclastic Flow, Bad Omens. Removed Avalanche, Crooked Fang-4FR, Black Talon.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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% 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.
- 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% 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.