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 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. That’s why we’re here sharing the best PvE 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 and putting a spotlight on five of them, discussing what makes them useful. 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.
- The Best Crucible Weapons in Destiny 2 (April 2019)
- How to Get Arbalest: The First Exotic Kinetic Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2
- The Best Crucible Weapons in Destiny 2 (April 2019 Meta)
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.
This list was last updated on June 10, 2019.
Best PvE 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.
Blast Furnace / Go Figure (Legendary Pulse Rifles)
We’re lumping Blast Furnace, Bygones, and Go Figure into one recommendation here since it really comes down to preference.
Blast Furnace is a Black Armory weapon dropped in the Izanami Forge. If you have access to that, shoot for Feeding Frenzy and Rampage. Those best complement the four-burst fire pattern as your kills increase reload speed and damage (up to three times), letting you keep reeling in kill after kill.
If you don’t have that, but are a fan of similar Pulse Rifles, we recommend Go Figure. It has the same four-burst fire pattern, but this one can’t roll with Feeding Frenzy, so we recommend Outlaw and Rampage instead. You can get Go Figure pretty much anywhere.
Bygones is a very different beast. It’s a slower 390 rounds per minute compared to Blast Furnace’s 450. It also has good all-around stats. That means you can optimize it as you like, increasing stability or handling. It’s a Gambit weapon, too, so just keep playing and you’re bound to get one. Shoot for full-auto and Kill Clip.
Midnight Coup / Ace of Spades / Duke Mk. 44 (Hand Cannon)
Midnight Coup is the go-to Hand Cannon for PvE players at the moment. The Duke Mk. 44 is a good backup. If you’ve played a lot of Gambit Prime and got Spare Rations to drop, it’s a preferred pick over the Duke, however.
Ace of Spades is always a good hand cannon as well.
Breakneck (Legendary Auto Rifle)
Breakneck is an auto rifle pinnacle weapon from Season of the Forge. Therefore it comes as no surprise that it’s the on of the best Kinetic weapons. 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
The Mountaintop (Grenade Launcher)
The Mountaintop was a Season of the Forge pinnacle weapon. With the weapon type’s resurgence, it’s naturally the one that most player are turning to.
Other Good Weapons
The Huckleberry (Submachine Gun), Threat Level (Shotgun)
Best PvE Weapons – Energy
Fighting Lion (Grenade Launcher)
You may have noticed the return of grenade launchers. Fighting Lion is a pretty standard energy weapon if you’re not running The Mountaintop in the Kinetic slot.
The Recluse / Riskrunner / CALUS Mini-Tool (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.
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.
Kindled Orchid (Hand Cannon)
Kindled Orchid is a solid hand cannon that will serve you at both close and far range.
IKELOS remains the best legendary shotgun for PvE.
Jotunn / Telesto (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.
Telesto is, as they say, the besto. This fusion rifle fires void projectiles that attach to whatever they hit and detonate after a short delay. Meanwhile it’s passive perk causes multikills with Telesto to reload your equipped Kinetic and Energy weapons from reserves.
Other Good Weapons
Loaded Question (Fusion Rifle), Subtle Calamity (Bow)
Best PvE Weapons – Power
Hammerhead / Thunderlord / 21% Delirium (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% Delirium 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!
Play of the Game / Outrageous Fortune / Edge Transit / Through Fire and Flood / Bad Omens (Grenade Launcher)
Grenade launchers. Take your pick! They’re in the order from most to least popular. Any of these are good options though, really. These are likely popular due to the Season of Opulence pinnacle weapon quest which rewards the Wendigo-GL3 grenade launcher.
One Thousand Voices (Fusion Rifle)
One Thousand Voices can easily wipe out entire waves of enemies if they’re grouped up.
Other Good Weapons
Bane of Sorrow (Machine Gun)
- 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.
- 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 four 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.