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 (August 2019 Meta)
- The Best Gambit Weapons in Destiny 2 (August 2019 Meta)
- How to Get Easy EAZ Miniboss Kills in Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes
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 August 5, 2019. Keep in mind that the data may be skewed by the Solstice of Heroes event.
Best PvE Weapons – Kinetic
Outbreak Perfected / Bad Juju (Pulse Rifle)
It should come as no surprise that one of the newest exotic weapons, 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 allows the weapon to deal bonus damage to any enemies already infected with SIVA nanites.
Bad Juju is back, baby! Naturally it’s already proving to be very popular in PVE.
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.
Austringer / Midnight Coup / Ace of Spades / Rose (Hand Cannon)
Austringer is the go-to Hand Cannon for PVE players at the moment. Midnight Coup is a solid alternative if you have that. Ace of Spades is always a good hand cannon as well.
Blast Furnace (Pulse Rifle)
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.
The Huckleberry (SMG)
As anyone who owns The Huckleberry can attest, the sheer DPS this SMG can put down is really intense. This is particularly true when it comes to lots of adds rather than a single target.
Other Good Weapons
Breakneck (Auto Rifle)
Best PvE Weapons – Energy
The Recluse / CALUS Mini-Tool / Riskrunner / Tarrabah (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.
If you don’t have it, go ahead and grab the CALUS Mini-Tool from the Chalice of Opulence.
For the world’s first Crown of Sorrow raid team, Tarrabah was a guarenteed drop. For everyone else, this is simply a random drop from beating the raid. Get out there and complete it every week.
As you take or deal damage, Tarrabah stores up power. When the weapon perk is full, you can deal massive amounts of damage. As you take or deal damage, Tarrabah stores up power. When the weapon perk is full, you can deal massive amounts of damage.
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.
Sunshot / Nation of Beasts (Hand Cannon)
Sunshot has been anything but stellar for most of the game’s existence, but it’s now ranking as the highest rated Energy hand cannon!
Nation of Beasts is a good option if you’re running an exotic weapon elsewhere.
Prometheus Lens (Trace Rifle)
With Solstice of Heroes active and Destiny swapping the strongest element every day, Prometheus Lens has risen in popularity as a great Solar weapon.
Loaded Question (Trace Rifle)
Loaded Question has consistently made this list, albeit near the bottom. That said, it’s really good during Arc days!
Other Good Weapons
Hard Light (Auto Rifle)
Best PvE Weapons – Power
Hammerhead / Thunderlord / 21% Delirium / Fixed Odds (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!
Fixed Odds is from the Chalice of Opulence. Want Fixed Odds? Use Ambition in the first slot and any blue rune in the second.
Outrageous Fortune / Play of the Game / Swarm of the Raven / Wendigo GL3 / Through Fire and Flood (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.
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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 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.