Destiny 2: PVE Weapon Tier List
Looking for the best PVE weapons? You’ve come to the right place.
Our Destiny 2 PVE tier list is organized according to S/A/B/C tiers and the Kinetic, Energy, and Heavy categories.
If you want to learn more about our methodology for selecting the best PVE weapons, it’s at the bottom of the article below the commentary.
Destiny 2 Tier List for PVE
- Osteo Striga
- Trinity Ghoul
- 1k Voices
- No Time to Explain
- Dead Man’s Tale
- Agers Scepter
- Monte Carlo
- Outbreak Perfected
- Eriana’s Vow
- Lorentz Driver
- Dead Messenger
- The Lament
- Sleeper Simulant
- Whisper of the Worm
- Ace of Spades
- Rat King
- Bad Juju
- Travelers Chosen
- Polaris Lance
- Ticuu’s Divination
- Ruinous Effigy
- Hard Light
- Tommy’s Matchbook
- The Fourth Horseman
- Vex Mythoclast
- Le Monarque
- Wardcliff Coil
- Leviathan’s Breath
- Tractor Cannon
- Eyes of Tomorrow
- The Jade Rabbit
- Sweet Business
- Crosethia 77k
- The Last Word
- Vigilance Wing
- The Chaperone
- Fighting Lion
- Prometheus Lens
- Graviton Lance
- Sky Burner’s Oath
- Lord of Wolves
- Black Talon
- Two Tailed Fox
- Salvation’s Grip
- The Prospector
- Worldine Zero
- The Queenbreaker
- Heir Apparent
- Legend of Acrius
- The Colony
PVP Weapon Commentary
Currently a must-use among the best PVE weapons in end game activity as it destroys barriers and shields as well as provides disruption break for added damage.
This thing shreds red bar enemies, and even deals good damage to mid tier targets.
Fantastic for groups of enemies and for damaging mid health targets.
Currently the best DPS option. Only downside is having to be precise, but Divinity negates that downside by increasing crit hit box.
Basically a must-use for a group to use during boss DPS for the crit spot and damage, easily making it one of the best PVE weapons.
When used in the right activity with heavy arc damage this thing shreds and keeps you alive very easily.
The chain lightning is nice for killing many low health targets.
On its own it deals great damage, but it makes the rocket launchers of others amazing, and allows them to use Izanagi’s burden with a mini-Gjallarhorn.
Very good damage option that is very easy to use. Can also be used to clear out lesser health enemies well.
So close to S tier as it can ramp damage very well for ad clear.
No Time to Explain
With the arc buddy this can be a good ad clear option.
Dead Man’s Tale
Good option and with vorpal weapon can deal some respectable single target damage.
Real good option for ad clear, not quite enough for S tier.
Really nice to pair with new void abilities in void 3.0 system.
Perk is good for ad clear and can do a sneaky amount of damage to higher health targets.
Would be S tier, but Arbalest happened and took its spot.
The perk is much easier to proc now in PvE and does fantastic damage for an SMG if the perk is active and really good ad clear.
The pull makes it solid for ad clear.
Good for single target damage and ad clear with the wave from the exotic perk.
Pretty solid damage and is worth the delay and can swap to other weapons while waiting for the damage.
Chaining explosions makes it a pretty good ad clear option.
Solid damage option, not enough to be top tier.
Very good burst damage, but can’t sustain it leaving it in A.
Great utility for barrier shields. Issue is that the damage output for single target isn’t top notch.
Great ad clear option due to exotic perk.
Good damage option, not the best though. ad clear is poor.
Whisper of the Worm
Was once the king, but not the top DPS option and is limited by ammo.
Best Vault of Glass Oracle killing weapon and pairs nicely on Titans with Actium War Rig.
Not the same damage output as before due to nerfs but still a solid option due to being able to apply damage and swapping.
Ace of Spades
Firefly and Outlaw gives it a good feel for clearing red bars, but this can be accomplished by legendary options.
The entire team needs to dedicate to this to make it work. Even then it’s not a top option.
The perk can deal a lot of damage, but it is better served for PvP.
Good for healing, but other sources provide better forms.
Good damage for taken, outside of that has minimal purpose.
Good for building super energy and has built in rampage lite.
The healing aspect is quite nice, but isn’t good enough to justify constant use.
Can get some use if your build is based around melee and/or grenades.
Can deal a sneaky amount of damage to mid tier enemies, but isn’t a good option for ad clear and doesn’t do enough damage to justify for end game.
The perk allows for pretty good DPS to mid health targets.
Can be a good option for ad clear, overshadowed by Trinity Ghoul.
The orb spawn is pretty good in PvE.
With the use of the perk can be pretty good at clearing ads.
The ability to swap for shields in activities with Match Game gives this gun merit.
Pretty solid for ad clear with the fire rate. Other options outshine it.
Can deal pretty good damage to a single target, there are better options.
Can get a lot of ad kills but is really lacking in damage.
The Fourth Horseman
Can deal some solid burst, there are better options for that role though.
Pretty good for ad clear, otherwise not too much going on for it with the seasonal perks not pertaining to fusion rifles.
Has some merit for damage to red bars, otherwise doesn’t have much. purpose
Decent for ad clear only thing keeping it in B is Void 3.0 synergy.
Can deal good burst damage, but other options do it just as well and can sustain better compared to others among the best PVE weapons.
Doesn’t deal enough damage to be worthwhile as a top DPS option but can handle ads fairly well.
Good for suppression and increasing team damage, Divinity just does it better.
Eyes of Tomorrow
Can deal good damage, and be used to clear a lot of mid health options. Damage isn’t as good as other options.
The Jade Rabbit
The perk promotes not hitting headshots and the gun is not good for clearing ads.
Simply not worth using, not good for any purpose.
Serves no role in PvE.
Serves no role, not worth exotic usage.
The Last Word
Solely a PvP gun.
Not good for high health targets, nor are there any damage/reload perks for red bar enemies.
This gun is for PvP.
Too slow of a fire rate to have any use.
There are much better options for damage and clearing in the kinetic slot for grenade launchers.
The magazine is too small and reload speed too slow to justify using. the perk helps with the reload speed but it isn’t enough to get it in a good spot.
Doesn’t do anything special in terms of damage nor ad clear.
Doesn’t have anything going for it in terms of damage nor reload.
The shield changing is better performed by Hard Light due to ammo type.
Taken over by divinity.
Serves no role in PvE.
Doesn’t do anything well.
Sky Burner’s Oath
The alternate fire doesn’t have a large enough AoE to make it worth using.
Lord of Wolves
Doesn’t do enough damage to justify use.
The AoE isn’t enough for ad clear and legendary fusion rifles perform much better DPS.
This is a PvP weapon.
The projectile attack does very little damage to higher health targets, not justifying heavy slot usage.
Two Tailed Fox
There are far better rocket options.
If it just exploded rather than froze it would be improved.
The damage isn’t worth it for single targets and it is not good for ad clear due to the perk.
Whisper and Izanagi are much better snipers for damage.
Only use is for movement, outside of that it isn’t good.
Doesn’t clear ads well nor deals good damage it leaving it at the bottom.
Only unique role is defensive which can be achieved through many alternative means in PvE.
Legend of Acrius
The damage isn’t worth it in the current state of the game.
Damage and ad clear are lacking.
This is an exotic tier list, which as you know only one can be equipped. The tier list itself is heavily dependent on the power of legendary weapons and the seasonal mods and activities.
Here’s our criteria for each tier of the best PVE weapons:
- S- Tier: Always good and worthy of the name exotic because of something unique they bring to the table
- A Tier: Great and only potentially game-breaking in specific situations
- B- Tier: Only good when certain conditions have been fulfilled. Hard to justify an exotic slot for them
- C-Tier: Impractical weapons that are for funsies or niche nice cases. Hard to justify an exotic slot, especially with better ones there that are easy to obtain and completely outclass them.
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