Destiny 2 Best Hand Cannons Guide – February 2020 Meta

The experience for Destiny 2 players on PC is entirely different than those on consoles. With a mouse and keyboard weapons like hand cannons are incredibly accurate and which makes them an excellent choice no matter what game mode you play. Thankfully, the game is now free on PC so you too can visit the realm of hand cannons if you have a computer to run it. But which hand cannons are the best in Destiny 2? We examined all of the available options and weighed their usefulness in both PVP and PVE and put together some recommendations.

We have plans to update this guide following the launch of Beyond Light. If you’re seeing this, we haven’t yet gotten around to it or are waiting on more information. Check back soon!

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Destiny 2 Best Exotic Hand Cannons

Ace of Spades

There’s no doubting that Ace of Spades is the best overall exotic hand cannon. It’ll serve you in just about any game mode Destiny 2 has to offer. Run it in PVE, PVP, Gambit, you name it!

Surely I’ve written enough about Ace of Spades over the last year or so for you to know why the weapon is good. On PC it’s incredibly accurate, provides radar even when zoomed in, and lets you knock down enemies in rapid succession once Memento Mori has been activated. Also Firefly is always great.

Great For: PVE, PVP, Gambit


If PVP is your thing, Crimson might be your weapon of choice. If you ignore PVE play, it’s more popular of a choice than Ace of Spades and for good reason. The burst fire is excellent and can help secure kills and remain accurate while raining down rapid fire at medium range.

Great For: PVP
Good For: PVE, Gambit


Thorn is basically in the same situation as Crimson. Popular in PVP due to its damage over time, poison effect. There are so many times when you nearly get a kill only to have your opponent sneak away behind cover. Thorn makes it so those close calls become secured kills.

Great For: PVP
Good For: PVE, Gambit

The Last Word

Last Word is the least popular in PVE out of the bunch, but it remains a PVP staple due to its rapid, hip-fire nature. It’s unlike any other hand cannon in its ability to shoot from the hip accurately and quickly. This makes it a popular choice in Crucible. While your opposing Guardian struggles to move and aim at the same time, you can jump and spray your entire clip without second thought.

Great For: PVP
Good For: PVE, Gambit

Destiny 2 Spare Rations

Destiny 2 Best Legendary Hand Cannons

Spare Rations

Spare Rations is easily the best overall legendary hand cannon. With 80 impact, good range, and very little recoil, this is one hand cannon that will almost always hit when you’re aim is on point. The only bad news is that you’ll have to play some Gambit Prime matches in order to get it.

Great For: PVP, PVE, Gambit

Luna’s Howl & Not Forgotten

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.

It is worth noting that these two are primarily PVP hand cannons. In Crucible, they’re stellar. In regular old PVE play, they’re average at best. Go with Trust or Spare Rations if you want a legendary PVE hand cannon.

Great For: PVP
Good For: PVE, Gambit


If you don’t have either of these go with Trust. It has slightly less impact and recoil and a bit more range when compared to Spare Rations, but it’s still very solid overall!

Great For: PVP
Good For: PVE, Gambit

That’s it for now! Have any Destiny 2 hand cannons that you’d recommend? Maybe you rock Better Devils still or one of the raid hand cannons? Let us know in the comments below why you think it’s so good.


Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games.

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  1. Spare Rations is farmable in Tier 2 and 3 The Reckoning, although the drop rate is absurdly low and you’re more likely to get it in Tier 2 because there are 2 less weapons in the loot pool. It still has a higher drop rate than Gambit.

    Trust is a 180 RPM hand cannon but it’s still good.

    You left out a lot of good hand cannons. Austringer, Dire Promise, Waking Vigil, Sunshot (exotic), etc. Spare Rations has such a low drop rate and almost zero chance of god roll rate that Austringer and Waking Vigil are more realistic options and are much easier to get god rolls on. Both drop in Menagerie at 100% drop rate with the right rune recipe and you can guarantee your masterwork. Dire Promise is a random drop and is very difficult NOT to get a god roll on if you turn in enough engrams and weapons parts.

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