The Best Gambit 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 weapons are best suited for PvE, Crucible, or Gambit. You’ve got a personal vault full of weapons, sure, but which ones should you actually be using? While it’s possible to just hop into Gambit and see what your teammates are using or what the invaders 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 Gambit weapons in the current meta so you can work out your loadout before diving into the game mode.

We’ll be listing at least ten options, while putting a spotlight on five of them, discussing why they’re so good to use. 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.


Our picks are based off a combination of a few different sources. Our largest source is the Charlemagne Discord bot, which reports the current meta. 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. The best Gambit Prime weapons may vary slightly since enemies are stronger in that.

Best Gambit Weapons – Kinetic

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.

Breakneak (Auto Rifle)

Breakneck is an auto rifle pinnacle weapon from Season of the Forge. Therefore it comes as no surprise that it’s the best Kinetic weapon by far in Gambit. The usual Rampage perk that provides extra damage after a kill flourishes with the exclusive Onslaught perk that increases the rate of fire with each Rampage stack.

If you still have the quest, here’s a reminder as to what the quest steps are:

  • Get 500 Auto Rifle kills in Gambit
  • Get 100 Auto Rifle multi-kills in Gambit
  • Defeat 150 challenging enemies in Gambit
  • Complete 40 Gambit matches

Blast Furnace / Go Figure / Bygones (Pulse Rifle)

We talk about this trio of Pulse Rifles more in our Best Crucible Weapons Guide, but the gist of it is that these are the best pulse rifles out there right now. Which one you choose comes down to preference!

Thorn / Malfeasance / Ace of Spades (Hand Cannon)

Ace of Spades is always a good hand cannon. Malfeasance is a Gambit special since its Taken Predator exotic perk provides bonus damage against Taken enemies and Gambit invaders.

Thorn is new and might just be flavor of the month, but right now it’s performing very well.

Midnight Coup (Hand Cannon)

If you’re already using an exotic weapon in another slot and can’t run one of the above hand cannons, Midnight Coup is the go-to pick for Gambit players at the moment.

Other Good Weapons

The Huckleberry (SMG)

Best Gambit Weapons – Energy

Jotunn / Tolesto (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.

Tolesto is great because it too can affect a decent sized area, eliminating big waves of enemies.

The Recluse (SMG)

The Recluse is good because it can rapidly eliminate weak enemies. 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.


IKELOS remains the best legendary shotgun for Gambit. If you don’t have it, opt for Badlander instead.

Riskrunner (SMG)

Riskrunner’s primary perk causes the weapon to become more powerful when taking Arc damage. It also helps you resist Arc damage. Kills extend this time. The associated exotic perk, Superconductor, gives bullets a chance to chain lightning and return ammo when the primary perk is live.

Lord of Wolves (Shotgun)

The Lord of Wolves is a randomly dropped exotic shotgun. It’s very different from normal shotguns in that it’s burst fire whilst maintaining the very short range. Release the Wolves, the exotic perk doubles the number of projectiles fired after defeating an enemy. Obviously that means it’s very good at clearing waves of enemies.

Misfit (Auto Rifle)

Misift is a low impact, high fire speed auto rifle. That means it’s well built for dispatching lots of low level foes.

Other Good Weapons

Prometheus Lens (Trace Rifle), Trust (Hand Cannon), Last Man Standing (Shotgun)

Best Gambit Weapons – Power

Hammerhead / Thunderlord / 21% Delerium / Avalanche (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.

21% Delerium is the new Gambit pinnacle weapon for this season. Check out our Season of the Drifter Pinnacle Weapons Guide for details on how to get it!

Outrageous Fortune / Play of the Game (Grenade Launcher)

The Wardcliff Coil is a fantastic weapon for dealing with Gambit primevals and their envoys.

Bad Omens / Zenobia-D (Rocket Launcher)

It’s no surprise that rocket launchers continue to be good against large numbers of enemies, especially with the Season of the Drifter buffs.

One Thousand Voices (Fusion Rifle)

One Thousand Voices is the weapon of the invader. This gun can easily wipe out entire enemy squads if they’re grouped up. If you like killing other Guardians, this one is for you.

Tractor Cannon (Shotgun)

Tractor Cannon is great, particularly in Gambit since it applies debuff to Void damage. Coordinate with your squad to burn down primevals.

Update History

May 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Outbreak Perfected. Removed Arbalest.
  • Energy – Removed The Ringing Nail, Kindled Orchid. Added Trust and Last Man Standing.
  • Power – Removed The Wardcliff Coil. Added Play of the Game.

April 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Arbalest. Removed Threat Level.
  • Energy –Added Kindled Orchid and The Recluse. Removed Badlander.
  • Power – Added Outrageous Fortune.

And that’s that four our guide to the best Gambit 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 with those motes of light.


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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