The Best PVE Weapons in Destiny 2: Witch Queen (April 2022 Meta)

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There are so many weapons in Destiny 2 that it can be hard to know which 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 a fun way to figure out what’s what. So here we are, sharing the best PVE weapons in the current meta so that 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 on a combination of a few different sources. The primary one is the Charlemagne Discord bot. Among other things, the bot reports the current meta and tracks weapon popularity for each game mode. We also use general community consensus from the Destiny subreddit and our own experiences playing PVE.

Guide last updated on April 14, 2022 for The Witch Queen meta.

Best PVE Kinetic Weapons

Osteo Striga/Submission (SMG)

From early tests, Osteo Striga is one of the most powerful Primary weapons in the game at the moment. When combined with the catalyst, it’s entirely possible for you to mow down waves of enemies — both major and minors — without reloading. The weapon seems to return much more ammo than others, oftentimes leaving you with more than 100 rounds in the clip. It’s a stupidly powerful SMG, that’s only enhanced when combined with exotics like Necrotic Grips which makes spreading the poison even easier. As for Submission, this raid weapon is a solid option that can be crafted and rolls with some solid perk combinations.

Krait  (Auto Rifle)

Out of all Auto Rifles, new and old, Krait seems to be the super popular choice at the moment. It’s such a satisfying gun to shoot and is clearly top tier at the moment. Much of this is thanks to its wonderful perk pool, the Stasis affinity, and the fact that Veist Stinger is one of the best intrinsic perks in the game. Given how frequently this weapon drops, I suspect this will be a favorite of players for a long time.

Syncopation-53 / Outbreak Perfected / (Pulse Rifle)

Syncopation-53 is probably the first new Pulse Rifle you’ve gotten this season. The good news is it’s actually super solid and you can craft one for yourself. This weapon is also Stasis, meaning it syngerizes nicely with some exotics and Stasis fragments depending on your build. Outbreak Perfected is also making the charts due to the catalyst and it’s popularity in the Vow of the Disciple raid.

Fatebringer (Hand Cannon)

There will always be a large segment of the Destiny player base using Hand Cannons and Fatebringer, both Adept and regular, so it will likely always be among the most popular. The gun has so much history that it’s going to be hard for many players to overcome that and trade it away for something else.

Deliverance (Fusion Rifle)

One of Guide Writer Collin MacGregor’s favorite guns, Deliverance is a Stasis fusion rifle from the Vow of the Disciple raid. Capable of rolling with both Demolitionist and Chill Clip, this gun is already extremely potent. What takes it over the top is the ability to craft it and add enhanced perks, making it even more potent. Given it’s the first legendary fusion rifle in the kinetic slot, this weapon is certainly a popular choice for those who prefer to use an Energy primary weapon.

Arbalest (Linear Fusion Rifle)

It is an incredible time to be an Arbalest fan. Not only has Bungie increased PVE damage for Linear Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2 by 10 percent, but it’s also given the weapon intrinsic anti-barrier to give you another option for taking down Champions. These two aspects alone make it an incredible gun for the PVE meta. Combine that with the all-new catalyst, and this one is reaching new heights. With Grandmaster Nightfalls now live, the Arbalest is a must-have for many teams due to sheer stopping power and effectiveness against Barrier Champions. Seriously, this exotic is absolutely worth aquiring as soon as possible.

Witherhoard (Grenade Launcher)

Witherhoard is the best non-Power weapon Grenade Launcher out there if you aren’t using another exotic. With its capacity to deal direct damage and control chokepoints, it’s a super good tool to have. Similar to Arbalest, this is another popular choice for Grandmaster Nightfalls due to its add control capabilities and the fire and forget nature of the gun.

Thoughtless/Izangi’s Burden (Sniper Rifle)

The final weapons we are going to talk about are Thoughtless and Izanagi’s Burden. Thoughtless is probably the best legendary sniper rifle right now since it can be crafted with Enhanced Overflow and Enhanced Firing Line. These two perks make it an absolute monster for killing bosses and the relative ease of getting this gun absolutely makes it worth grinding for. In the exotic slot, you can always use Izanagi’s Burden which is a solid burst damage weapon that works wonders in almost any difficult, endgame activity.

Best PVE Energy Weapons

The Enigma (Glaive)

With the Surpressing Glaive mod nerfed, this weapon has fallen a bit in popularity. Originally the number one choice, it’s plummeted down to the sixth spot. However, that doesn’t mean The Enigma is a bad glaive, just not one that’s utterly broken in the current Void 3.0 sandbox.

Funnelweb (SMG)

While there are many new guns, one making waves among players is the Funnelweb Submachine Gun. Considered by many to be a “baby” version of the highly utilized Recluse pinnacle weapon, this firearm is skyrocketing in popularity. Much of this is thanks to not only its deep perk pool but also the fact that it is void. This gives it some bonkers synergy with the new Void 3.0 update — especially for those using volatile rounds. I cannot stress just how strong this gun is if you manage to nab the god roll.

Le Monarque (Bow)

If you missed it, Le Monarque is the only weapon to get an all-new catalyst this season. Sadly, the additional perk isn’t a game-changer for high-level content but it’ll help you out when playing more casual modes. Despite taking up an exotic slot, it’s a solid option that can quiockly wipe out hordes of enemies with only a few well placed shots. While it’s not on par with the Osteo Striga or Funnelweb, it’s still a great pick for those who love bows.

Likely Suspect / Null Composure / Cartesian Coordinate (Fusion Rifle)

We sadly said goodbye to Particle Deconstruction last week, but some Fusion Rifles are still topping the popularity charts, led by the new Likely Suspect. If this weapon type is your thing, you’re safe to stick with it — it just isn’t as powerful as it was last season. Plus, you can craft one with enhanced perks which is largely why it’s so popular among fans. Some decent alternatives are Cartesian Coordinate and Null Composure, both of which are good for general mob clearing and damaging bosses.

The Palindrome (Hand Cannon)

With Grandmaster Nightfalls live, The Palindrome is back in rotation and this time you can nab one with the Vanguard weapon intrinsic perks. This makes it an objectively better version of the original variant, which was already a wildly strong hand cannon. Since it can roll with some great perk combos and is Void, The Palindrome is a top tier option for anyone looking to use a hand cannon.

Salvager’s Salvo / Dead Messenger / Explosive Personality (Grenade Launcher)

The perks on Salvager’s Salvo, and the flexibility it offers, are wild. It’s got Chain Reaction, so every enemy it kills explodes. It has Vorpal Weapon if you want boss DPS, Demolitionist if you’re running a grenade build, and Ambitious Assassin for two shots in the chamber. Other picks include the new Dead Messenger exotic or Explosive Personality, both of which are terrific grenade launchers that decimate groups of enemies.


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Best PVE Power Weapons

Gjallarhorn / Ascendancy / Palmyra-B (Rocket Launcher)

Rocket Launchers will likely remain popular as long as Gjallarhorn is because it buffs all Legendary Rocket Launchers in the vicinity. We’ve narrowed down our other picks this season since Ascendancy is in the Monument to Lost Lights and no longer locked behind a huge grind. As for Palmyra-B, it’s easily the best legendary rocket launcher in the entire game and an amazing pick for those looking to optomize their DPS.

Grand Overture / Recurrent Impact (Machine Gun)

Is Grand Overture actually good? Meh, but it sure is a lot of fun to shoot. While I wouldn’t recommend it for any serious PVE endgame activities, the Grand Overture is just a gimmicky weapon that is entertaining to use. That being said, it’s use may be tied to people trying to complete the catalyst than genuinely enjoying it. Recurrent Impact on the other hand, is a wonderful machine gun that is worth snagging since it can roll with some great perks like Subsistence or Headstone.

Typhon GL5 (Grenade Launcher)

I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure why Typhon GL5 is so popular. It’s a very mediocre grenade launcher — especially since there are so many better Power weapon options available in the game.

Cataclysmic / Reed’s Regret (Linear Fusion Rifle)

When it comes to linear fusion rifles, the two worth hunting for are Reed’s Regret and Cataclysmic. The former is a Trials of Osiris reward and is largely considered the best in slot option for this archetype. However, Cataclysmic is great alternative since you can get it from the new raid and it’s craftable which is always nice.

Falling Guillotine  / Half-Truths / The Lament (Sword)

For the fans of slicing and dicing, Falling Guillotine is still the go-to here. Half-Truths with Eager Edge is an incredibly useful tool for navigating around the arenas quickly; it’s also a half-decent sword. If you’re looking for straight-up damage, The Other Half is better.

Update History

April 2022

  • Added Thoughtless, Izanagi’s Burden, Insidious, Submission, The Palindrome, Palmyra-B, Reed’s Regret, Cataclysmic. Removed Sunshot, Forensic Nightmare, The Last Breath, Chroma Rush, Herod-C, Vex Mythoclast, Red Herring, Quickfang, and Parasite.

February 2022

  • Kinetic – Added Osteo Striga, Krait, Syncopation-53, Forensic Nightmare, Fatebringer, Outbreak Perfected, and Herod-C. Removed Scathelock, Vulpecula, Peacebond, Traveler’s Chosen, Biting Winds, Whispering Slab, and Night Watch.
  • Energy – Added The Enigma, Funnelweb, Likely Suspect, Sunshot, Graviton Lance, Dead Messenger, and Explosive Personality. Removed Glacioclasm, Trinity Ghoul, IKELOS SMG, Gnawing Hunger, and The Palindrome.
  • Heavy –  Added Red Herring, Grand Overture, Recurrent Impact, Typhon GL5, and Parasite. Removed Code Duello, Anarchy, Xenophage, Sleeper Simulant, and Reed’s Regret.

December 2021

  • Kinetic – Added Ager’s Scepter and Arbalest.
  • Energy – Added Cartesian Coordinate, Glacioclasm, and The Palindrome. Removed Lorentz Driver (Arbalest a better choice).
  • Heavy –  Added Gjallarhorn, Hezen Vengeance, Code Duello, Half-Truths, and Reed’s Regret. Removed Crown-Splitter, One Thousand Voices, Corrective Measure, and Quickfang.

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 Apparent 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 Omens, 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 it 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.