The Best PVE Weapons in Destiny 2 (November 2021 Meta)

There are so many weapons in Destiny 2 that it can be really hard to know which weapons are best suited for PVE, Crucible, or Gambit. You’ve got a bank full of weapons, sure, but which ones should you actually be using? While it’s possible to just hop into PVE and see what your teammates are using, that’s not really a fun way to figure out what’s what. So here we are, sharing the best PVE weapons in the current meta so you can work out your loadout before diving into your next strike or dungeon.

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 use 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 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 PVE.

Guide last updated on October 11, 2021.

Best PVE Kinetic Weapons

Vulpecula / Fatebringer (Hand Cannon)

Even as someone who doesn’t use hand cannons a lot, I have to admit, Vulpecula feels divine. Between the weapon feel, Stasis elemental type, and a good hand cannon meta, it shines as one of the most popular weapons at the moment. Fatebringer (Iron Banner) would probably beat it out if the gun was easier to obtain, but you honestly can’t go wrong with either choice.

Chroma Rush / Scathelocke / The Last Breath (Auto Rifle)

Honestly, Auto Rifles aren’t in a great place when it comes to difficult endgame content. The problem is it’s the only archetype that has an Anti-Barrier Mod in the seasonal artifact. So unless you’re running Eriana’s Vow, you’re going to want to choose one of these.

On the other hand, The Last Breath is popular because it can roll with Osmosis which is super useful for all Elemental Well builds in a season where an auto rifle is essential.

Witherhoard (Grenade Launcher)

Witherhoard will is the best non-Power weapon grenade launcher out there if you aren’t using another exotic. Between its ability to deal direct damage and control chokepoints and such, it’s a super good tool for players to have.

Peacebond / Traveler’s Chosen (Sidearm)

Yet another archetype that is relevant this season thanks to the limited mod selection. If you want to deal with Unstoppable Champions, your current options are Sidearms or Pulse Rifles and the former seems to be winning the popularity battle. Peacebond (Iron Banner) seems to be the most popular Legendary Sidearm while Traveler’s Chosen is the go-to for people who don’t mind using up their exotic slot.

Biting Winds / Whispering Slab (Bow)

I bet you can guess why Biting Winds and Whispering Slab are randomly on this list. The answer is the Overload Bow seasonal mod with the only other option being a 6-Energy Disrupting Blade mod.

Night Watch (Scout Rifle)

While Scout Rifles are meta when it comes to endgame activities, they’re much less popular in regular gameplay where they simply take too long to kill regular enemies. If you’re going to roll with one, Night Watch has long remained the best choice.


Best PVE Energy Weapons

Vex Mythoclast / Null Composure  (Fusion Rifle)

Vex Mythoclast was already a good weapon. But combine infinite ammo for guns that use primary ammo and the slew of fusion rifle-centric seasonal mods and you can see why both it and Null Composure are currently topping the charts.

Trinity Ghoul / Ticuu’s Divination (Bow)

For all the Arc subclasses out there, Trinity Ghoul remains one of the best options out there for clearing lots of weaker enemies. Just be careful because it won’t get you as far in high level content.

Lorentz Driver (Linear Fusion Rifle)

Lorentz is basically the new Arbalest. By that I mean it’s all the rage and everyone is enjoying a new exotic that is both powerful and fun to use.

Riskrunner / IKELOS SMG  (SMG)

There’s finally been a shift in the meta big enough to topple the dominance of Submachine Guns. Between Warmind Cells being nerfed, therefore bringing down IKELOS SMG, and the lack of any seasonal mods, even infinite ammo couldn’t save the archetype from dropping in use.

Salvager’s Salvo  (Grenade Launcher)

I can’t count the number of times Guides Writer Collin MacGregor has told the Destiny players at Fanbyte how badly they need to unlock Salvager’s Salvo. The perks on this thing are wild. It’s got Firefly so every enemy it kills also explodes. If you want boss DPS it has Vorpal Weapon, Demolitionist if you’re running a grenade build, and Ambitious Assassin for two shots in the chamber. The flexibility this thing offers is wild!

Gnawing Hunter (Auto Rifle)

The previous spiel about Auto Rifles applies here except Gnawing Hunger has always been one of the most popular weapons.

Le Monarque / Wolftone Draw (Bow)

More bows for you to use when dealing with Champions!

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Best PVE Power Weapons

Falling Guillotine / The Lament / Crown-Splitter / Quickfang (Sword)

Swords still aren’t as dominant as they once were. People really love Falling Guillotine though so it hasn’t gone anywhere. Some have latched onto the new class exclusive swords, however, if you want to give those a shot!

One Thousand Voices (Fusion Rifle)

With buffs to Fusion Rifles and the aforementioned seasonal mods helping things along, One Thousand Voices once again takes the crown as one of the best DPS weapons available.

Xenophage / Corrective Measure (Machine Gun)

Xenophage has definitely taken a step back with a slower fire rate which significantly reduces it’s damage-per-second. Just remember to hold the trigger as it is a Full Auto weapon. It’ll help you avoid awkward shot timing.

Sleeper Simulant / Threaded Needle (Linear Fusion Rifle)

Sleeper is finally back! It’s not as good as One Thousand Voices, but for anyone who has been waiting for it to finally be meta, the time as come. Grab it, throw on some mods and get shooting! Threaded Needle is easily the best Legendary Linear Fusion Rifle out there.

Anarchy (Grenade Launcher)

Anarchy has finally been nerfed. It’s still good, but it’s no longer far and away the best power weapon in the game. At this point it’s almost reached Gjallarhorn levels of infamy. If you have Anarchy, you can still get away with using it, but it’s no longer the best weapon in every situation.

Ascendancy (Rocket Launcher)

Once Bungie buffed Ascendancy’s Explosive Light perk, the rocket launcher is suddenly among the top rocket launchers in the game.

Update History

October 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Whispering Slab and The Last Breath.
  • Energy – Added Ticuu’s Divination.
  • Heavy –  Added Ascendancy.

September 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Vulpecula, Chroma Rush, Peacebond, Biting Winds, Scathelocke, and Traveler’s Chosen. Removed Seventh Seraph Carbine, Extraordinary Rendition, The Huckleberry, Hung Jury SR4, and Dead Man’s Tale.
  • Energy – Added Vex Mythoclast, Null Composure, Lorentz Driver, Le Monarque, and Wolftone Draw. Removed Shayura’s Wrath, Deafening Whisper, Truthteller, Sunshot, Vision of Confluence, Trustee, and Seventh Seraph CQC.
  • Heavy –  Added One Thousand Voices, Sleeper Simulant, and Threaded Needle. Removed Deathbringer, Hezen Vengeance, Code Duello, Wardcliff Coil, and Eyes of Tomorrow.

July 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Fatebringer, Hung Jury SR4, and The Huckleberry. Removed Heritage, Succession, and The Messenger.
  • Energy – Added Vision of Confluence and Shayura’s Wrath. Removed Seventh Seraph VY-7, Igneous Hammer, and The Palindrome.
  • Heavy –  Added Crown-Splitter, Quickfang, Corrective Measure, and Hezen Vengeance. Removed Blast Battue.

May 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Chroma Rush and Ignition Code. Removed Huckleberry, Sweet Business, Monte Carlo, SUROS Regime, No Time to Explain, and Hawkmoon.
  • Energy – Added Seventh Seraph VY-7. Removed Ticuu’s Divination.
  • Heavy –  Added Deathbringer. Removed Seventh Seraph SAW and Commemoration.

April 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Dead Man’s Tale, Succession, and Sweet Business. Removed False Promises, Dire Promise, and True Prophecy.
  • Energy – Added Seventh Seraph CQC, Igneous Hammer, and The Palindrome. Removed Fighting Lion.
  • Heavy –  Removed Subzero Salvo.

February 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Extraordinary Rendition, The Huckleberry, Hawkmoon. Removed Hailing Confusion, Cold Denial, The Old Fashioned, Friction Fire, Cold Front.
  • Energy – Added Ticuu’s Divination, Salvager’s Salvo, Fighting Lion. Removed Stars in Shadow, Death Adder, Seventh Seraph VY-7, Posterity, Xenoclast IV, Cloudtrike, Adored, IKELOS SR, and First In, Last Out.
  • Heavy –  Added Code Duello, Blast Battue, Eyes of Tomorrow, Subzero Salvo, Wardcliff Coil. Removed Steel Sybil Z-14, Honor’s Edge, Black Talon, Salvation’s Grip, Interference VI, Thermal Erosion, Avalanche, and Outrageous Fortune.

January 2021

  • Kinetic – Added False Promises, Cold Front, Seventh Seraph Officer Revolver, Friction Fire, and Cold Denial. Removed Biting Winds.
  • Energy – Removed Arsenic Bite-4b.
  • Heavy –  Added Black Talon and Avalanche.

December 2020 (Beyond Light Update 2)

  • Kinetic – Added SUROS Regime, Heritage, Seventh Seraph Carbine, and Witherhoard.
  • Energy – Added Deafening Whisper, First In, Last Out, Cloudstrike, Adorned, IKELOS SR, Seventh Seraph VY-7, Posterity, and Trustee.
  • Heavy –  Added The Lament, Seventh Seraph SAW, and Commemoration.

November 2020 (Beyond Light Update 1)

  • Kinetic – Added No Time to Explain, Hailing Confusion, Biting Winds, Monte Carlo, Escape Velocity, Night Watch, True Prophecy, and The Old Fashioned. Removed Witherhoard (Weapon Disabled Currently), Mountaintop, False Promises, Forward Path, Outbreak Perfected, Lonesome, Breachlight, Perfect Paradox, and Ace of Spades.
  • Energy – Added Arsenic Bite-4b, Truthteller, and Xenoclast IV. Removed Ruinous Effigy, Divinity, The Summoner, Hard Light, The Recluse, Eriana’s Vow, and First In, Last Out.
  • Heavy –  Added Salvation’s Grip, Interference VI, Thermal Erosion, Outrageous Fortune, Steel Sybil Z-14, and Honor’s Edge. Removed Temptation’s Hook, Black Talon, 21% Delirium, Thunderlord, Wendigo GL3, and One Thousand Voices.

August 2020

  • Kinetic – Added Ace of Spades. Removed Bite of the Fox.
  • Energy – No changes.
  • Heavy –  Added Thunderlord.

July 2020

  • Kinetic – Added Bite of the Fox, Perfect Paradox. Removed Spare Rations, Ace of Spades.
  • Energy – Added Ruinous Effigy, IKELOS SMG. Removed Reckless Oracle.
  • Heavy –  Removed Steel Sybil Z-14 and Honor’s Edge.

June 2020

  • Kinetic – Added Witherhoard, False Promises, and Lonesome. Removed Monte Carlo, Breakneck, Austringer, Seventh Seraph Carbine, Steelfeather Repeater, and Sweet Business.
  • Energy – Added Trinity Ghoul, Gnawing Hunger, Reckless Oracle. Removed Tommy’s Matchbook, Seventh Seraph CQC-12, Loaded Question, Trophy Hunter, and Python.
  • Heavy –  Added Temptation’s Hook, Wendigo GL3, and Falling Guillotine. Removed Heir Apparant and Love and Death.

May 2020

  • Kinetic – Added Breckneck and Austringer. Removed Breachlight and Exit Strategy. 
  • Energy – Added The Summoner, Trophy Hunter, Python, Divinity, and Seventh Seraph CQC-12.  Removed Arc Logic and Fourth Horseman.
  • Heavy –  Added Goldtusk, Heir Apparent, Anarchy. Removed Thunderlord, Wendigo GL3, and Stryker’s Sure Hand.

April 2020

  • Kinectic – Added Seventh Seraph Carbine, Dire Promise, Outbreak Perfected. Removed Breakneck, Sweet Business.
  • Energy – Added Sunshot, Last Hope, Seventh Seraph VY-7, The Fourth Horseman, Loaded Question. Removed Symmetry, Misfit.
  • Heavy – Added Honor’s Edge, Black Talon, Interference VI, Steel Sybil Z-14, Stryker’s Sure Hand. Removed Anarchy.

March 2020

  • Kinectic – Added Spare Rations, Sweet Business, Breakneck, Exit Strategy. Removed No Turning Back, Randy’s Throwing Knife, Patron of the Lost Causes, Izanagi’s Burden, Bygones, Blast Furnace.
  • Energy – Added Tommy’s Matchbook, Hard Light, Arc Logic, Misfit. Removed Subtle Calamity, Arsenic Bite-4b, Fighting Lion, Devil’s Ruin, Outlast.
  • Heavy – Added Anarchy. Removed Avalanche, Edgewise, Love and Death, Pyroclastic Flow, Zenobia-D.

February 2020

  • Kinectic – Added Monte Carlo, Ace of Spades. Removed Wish-Ender.
  • Energy – Added Arsenic Bite-4b, Devil’s Ruin. Removed Oxygen SR3, Graviton Lance, Telesto.
  • Heavy – Added Zenobia-D. Removed Black Talon.

January 2020

  • Kinectic – Added Bygones, Patron of the Lost Causes, Blast Furnace. Removed Rat King, Smuggler’s Word, Lonesome.
  • Energy – Added Fighting Lion, Graviton Lance, Telesto, Oxygen SR3. Removed Eriana’s Vow, Drang, Anonymous Autumn, Translation Theory.
  • Heavy – Added Avalanche, Pyroclastic Flow, Xenophage. Removed Fixed Odds, Bad Omens.

December 2019 (Season of Dawn Update)

  • Kinectic – Added Breachlight, Steelfeather Repeater, Wish-Ender, Rat King, Smuggler’s Word, No Turning Back, Randy’s Throwing Knife, Lonesome. Removed Braytech Werewolf, Pluperfect, Sweet Business, Breakneck, Exit Strategy, Huckleberry, Ace of Spades, Go Figure.
  • Energy – Added Symmetry, Outlast, Drang, Anonymous Autumn, Translation Theory. Removed Subjunctive, Misfit, Arc Logic, Arsenic Bite, Fighting Lion.
  • Heavy – Added Edgewise, Black Talon, Bad Oments, Crooked Fang-4fr. Removed Temporal Clause, Avalanche, Edge Transit, Swarm of the Raven.

December 2019

  • Kinectic – Added Exit Strategy. Removed Monte Carlo.
  • Energy – Added Arc Logic. Removed Loaded Question, Graviton Lance.
  • Heavy – Added Love and Death, Swarm of the Raven, Avalanche. Removed Through Fire and Flood, Zenobia-D.

November 2019

  • Kinectic – Added Braytech Werewolf, Sweet Business, The Huckleberry. Removed Outbreak Perfected, Ten Paces, Duke Mk 44.
  • Energy – Added Graviton Lance. Removed Arc Logic.
  • Heavy – Added Temporal Clause, Zenobia-D. Removed A Fine Memorial.

October 2019 (Update 2)

  • Kinectic – Added Monte Carlo, Duke Mk. 44, Pluperfect. Removed Austringer, Huckleberry, Trackless Wastes.
  • Energy – Added Subtle Calamity, Eriana’s Vow, Misfit, Arsenic Bite, Sunshot. Removed Every Waking Moment, Reckless Oracle, Telesto.
  • Heavy – Added Fixed odds, Through Fire and Flood, Zenobia-D, Avalanche. Removed Play of the Game, Swarm of the Raven, Love and Death, Deathbringer, One Thousand Voices.

October 2019

  • Kinectic – Added Go Figure, Ten Paces, Smuggler’s Word, and Trackless Waste. Removed Bad Juju, Midnight Coup, Rose, Blase Furnace.
  • Energy – Added Reckless Oracle, Subjunctive, Arc Logic, Every Waking Moment. Removed Sunshot, Ikelos Shotgun, Telesto, Graviton Lance, Jotunn, and Misfit.
  • Heavy – Added Wendigo GL3, Deathbringer, A Fine Memorial, One Thousand Voices, Love and Death. Removed Outrageous Fortune, Anarchy, Tractor Cannon, The Wardcliff Coil.

September 2019

  • Energy – Added Graviton Lance, IKELOS_SG_v1.01, Misfit, Jotunn. Removed Prometheus Lance, Tarrabah, Nation of Beasts, Hard Light.
  • Heavy – Added The Wardcliff Coil, Anarchy, Tractor Cannon, Edge Transit. Removed Fixed Odds, Wendigo GL3, Through Fire and Flood, One Thousand Voices.

August 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Rose. Removed Lumina.
  • Energy – Added Riskrunner, Prometheus Lens, Nation of Beasts, and Hard Light. Removed Beloved, Kindled Orchid, Trust, and The Epicurean.
  • Power – Added Play of the Game and Through Fire and Flood. Removed Bane of Sorrow and Legend of Acrius.

June 2019

  • Kinetic – Added Austringer, Lumina, and Bad Juju. Removed Go Figure, Duke Mk. 44, Threat Level.
  • Energy – Added Tarrabah, Beloved, Sunshot, The Epicurean, and Trust. Removed Riskrunner, IKELOS Shotgun, Jotunn, Telesto, and Subtle Calamity.
  • Power – Added Fixed Odds, Wendigo GL3, Legend of Acrius, and Swarm of the Raven. Removed Play of the Game, Edge Transit, Through Fire and Flood, and Bad Omens.

June 2019

  • Kinetic – Added The Mountaintop and Threat Level. Removed Bygones and Thorn.
  • Energy – Added Fighting Lion, Loaded Question, CALUS Mini-Tool, and Subtle Calamity. Removed Nation of Beasts, Trust, Hard Light, and Misfit.
  • Power – Added Play of the Game, Edge Transit, Through Fire and Blood, and Bane of Sorrows. Removed The Wardcliff Coil, Tractor Cannon, Whisper of the Worm, and Avalanche.

May 2019

  • Kinetic – Removed Spare Rations.
  • Energy – Added Telesto, Hard Light, Misfit. Removed The Ringing Nail, Luna’s Howl, and Prometheus Lens.
  • Power – Added Bad Omens. Removed The Prospector.

And that’s that for our guide to the best PVE 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 the forces of darkness.


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. You can find him on Twitter @Squiblon.

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