Best PVP Weapons for Destiny 2 – PVP Weapons Tier List

Best PVP Weapons for Destiny 2 – PVP Weapons Tier List

Destiny 2: PVP Weapon Tier List

Welcome to our PVP tier list for Destiny 2! If you want to see the best for both PvE AND PVP, see it here.

The weapons will be organized by S/A/B/C tiers and their specific categories of Kinetic, Energy, and Heavy.

To learn more about our methodology, head to the bottom of the article.

Lastly, we’ll be updating our list regularly so check back after major updates.

Destiny 2 PVP Tier List

Destiny 2 Tier List for PVP

  • S-tier
    • Kinetic
      • Ace of Spades
      • The Chaperone
      • The Last Word
      • Witherboard
    • Energy
      • Vex Mythoclast
      • Eriana’s Vow
      • Le Monarque
      • Lorentz Driver
      • Lord of Wolves
    • Heavy
      • Wardcliff Coil
      • Gjallajorn
      • Heir Apparent
      • Black Talon
      • Truth
  • A-tier
    • Kinetic
      • Thorn
      • No Time to Explain
      • Dead Man’s Tale
      • Vigilance Wing
      • Hawkmoon
      • Crimson
      • Forerunner
    • Energy
      • Sunshot
      • Dead Messenger
      • Duality
      • Cloudstrike
      • Jötunn
    • Heavy
      • Deathbringer
      • Eyes of Tomorrow
      • 1k Voices
      • Thunderlord
      • Tractor Cannon
      • Xenophage
  • B-tier
    • Kinetic
      • Fighting Lion
      • Bastion
      • Arbalest
      • Wish-Ender
      • The Jade Rabbit
      • Outbreak Perfected
      • Bad Juju
      • Lumina
      • MIDA
      • Monte Carlo
      • Osteo Striga –
      • Huckleberry
    • Energy
      • Riskrunner
      • Hard Light
      • Tommy’s Matchbook
      • Telesto
      • Tarrabah
    • Heavy
      • Leviathan’s Breath
      • The Colony
      • Two Tailed Fox
      • The Queenbreaker
      • Sleeper Simulant
      • The Lament
  • C-tier
    • Kinetic
      • Izanagi’s Burden
      • Sweet Business
      • Cerberus+1
      • Crosethia 77k
      • Agers Scepter
      • Malfeasance
      • Sturm
      • Rat King
      • Travelers Chosen
    • Energy
      • Borealis
      • Coldheart
      • Prometheus Lens
      • Graviton Lance
      • Wavesplitter
      • Divinity
      • Trinity Ghoul
      • Sky Burner’s Oath
      • Merciless
      • The Fourth Horseman
      • Symmetry
      • Ticuu’s Divination
      • Ruinous Effigy
      • Polaris Lance
    • Heavy
      • Legend of Acrius
      • Parasite
      • Whisper of the Worm
      • Salvation’s Grip
      • The Prospector
      • D.A.R.C.I.
      • Worldine Zero
      • Anarchy

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PVP Weapon Commentary

S-tier Kinetic

Ace of Spades

Great stats all around in the best archetype of HC, only downside is no Icarus Grip which will change next season with in-air accuracy changes.

The Chaperone

Top shotgun option with great range and accuracy as a slug. Only downside is in air like Ace.

The Last Word

With controller aim assist this hand cannon is very strong and allows it to hit hip fire shots at range. Getting a buff to mouse and keyboard next season which will solidify its place here.

Witherboard

Great for area denial especially in trials with a capture point. Even great against Renewal Grasp by firing it in Duskfield Grenade.

S-tier Energy

Vex Mythoclast

Very good in terms of raw stats especially aim assist, very good option on controller, and best auto rifle like weapon for mouse and keyboard.

Eriana’s Vow

Pairs so well with Loreley Splendor for 1 shot kills with a gun that feels more like a hand cannon than a sniper.

Le Monarque

Only up here because of Loreley Splendor, this is a 1 shot to the head with that exotic.

Lorentz Driver

Amazing aim assist and is a free headshot on controller, also kills to the body with Titan exotic Loreley Splendor.

Lord of Wolves

It has a long 1 shot range, and shoots fast giving it a huge margin of error.

S-tier Heavy

Wardcliff Coil

Can get multi kills so well with just one shot.

Gjallajorn

Free kill, sometimes multiple, essentially when heavy is picked up due to Wolfpack rounds.

Heir Apparent

With the catalyst you are very difficult to kill allowing you take ground and be lethal.

Black Talon

It is a sword with a projectile so it has range and allows you to block so it is versatile for multiple kills and taking ground.

Truth

If you lock on it is almost a guaranteed kill due to the velocity and tracking strength

A-tier Kinetic

Thorn

Suffers from stats not being quite on Ace’s level. Overall is a good option and burn damage negates some of the diminished range.

No Time to Explain

Solid option and the exotic perk helps the margin of error and allows the occasional 2 burst.

Dead Man’s Tale

The nerf knocked it out of S tier, but it is still a solid option and is definitely the best scout.

Vigilance Wing

The 5 shot burst it what makes it exotic, the perk itself is quite situational. The aim assist is nice and the time to kill is forgiving.

Hawkmoon

Not as good of stats and smaller mag compared to Ace. Good against Renewal Grasp to stack up headshots stacks for a 1 shot kill.

Crimson

Great choice for controller users and the exotic perk is very useful to avoid being traded out.

Forerunner

It uses special ammo so it suffers from ammo issues. It’s a 200 rpm 3 tap with amazing range so it would be S tier if it wasn’t for it’s limited ammo.

A-tier Energy

Sunshot

Unique that it is a 150 and has slightly faster TTK, but the stats compared to other options bring it down a little.

Dead Messenger

Pairs quite well with a grenade throw as a wombo combo. Area denial is not on Witherhoard level.

Duality

Good base shotgun and the perk allows hip fire in close range which is nice.

Cloudstrike

The perk is great for 6v6 modes as enemies are more likely to clump up. No snapshot and clunky handling makes this one difficult to use.

Jötunn

There are far better legendary fusion rifle options here.

A-tier Heavy

Deathbringer

Would be S if it was not for Gjallarhorn.

Eyes of Tomorrow

Not in S tier because the aim lock and travel speed takes a while.

1k Voices

Can get multi kills, other options can do it more consistently.

Thunderlord

A good option to string together multiple kills due to increased ammo.

Tractor Cannon

Amazing to shut down supers, but supers are now less frequent, lessening its overall potency.

Xenophage

Because it gets more ammo, its a solid option to string together multiple kills.

B-tier Kinetic

Fighting Lion

Withhoard took over the grenade launcher space, but this gun is able to make some plays no other gun can with the timed release.

Bastion

Is in a weird spot between shotgun and fusion rifle range. Legendary fusions are very strong right now, and those just perform better in general.

Arbalest

The aim assist of it is nice, Lorentz Driver is just a better version of this weapon.

Wish-Ender

Deals 192 damage with Loreley Splendor, so Le Monarque is better with that exotic. Otherwise is a clunky bow.

The Jade Rabbit

It’s a decent scout with a good optimal time to kill, but scout rifles are in a bad spot and the margin of error is low.

Outbreak Perfected

It’s a nice pulse with solid stats, the Siva Wwarm is quite situational and standard legendary options can do a better job.

Bad Juju

In a good archetype and a pretty good perk. The super buff time won’t make too much of a difference in playlists with fewer people.

Lumina

Has potential, but the stats just aren’t as good as other options.

MIDA

Issue is it being a scout rifle, map design in destiny doesn’t help it out DMT is just better in all scenarios.

Monte Carlo

The pick synergizes well with hunters and Void 3.0, but has the issue of being an auto.

Osteo Striga

The shots are projectiles and the weapon’s volley gets broken by the nature of peek shooting in-game.

Huckleberry

The range is really lacking and there are better SMG options. When it gets going with kills it is legit, just difficult to get to that point.

B-tier Energy

Riskrunner

Has pretty good stats as an SMG, the exotic perk is great when it is active, but is rarely activated in PvP as players will play around it.

Hard Light

Solid auto rifle stats and its perk can help finish off low health targets behind cover.

Tommy’s Matchbook

Pretty good for an auto rifle and the perk helps boos its time to kill.

Telesto

Good for area denial, not a great option for killing when compared to a good legendary fusion.

Tarrabah

It’s very tough to get this perk to get going. If you do it is very strong, but that’s a big if.

B-tier Heavy

Leviathan’s Breath

Can get multi kills with the explosion radius and gets multiple shots. Otherwise, it is nothing special.

The Colony

The tracking is very nice, but the reduced damage prevents it from being higher.

Two Tailed Fox

It’s a weaker version of truth.

The Queenbreaker

Aim assist is very nice, but heavy ammo is best served on a weapon that can get free kills.

Sleeper Simulant

Requires precision and gets limited ammo.

The Lament

BlackTalon is the go-to sword, this one is good for stalling.

C-tier Kinetic

Izanagi’s Burden

It’s a PvE weapon, you don’t spawn in with enough ammo to utilize the perk for body shot kills. If it could do that it would be a great option.

Sweet Business

You are just a sitting duck when using this weapon for no reward.

Cerberus+1

It is in a weird spot between a fusion rifle and a shotgun, it is a worse version of both at the same time.

Crosethia 77k

Sidearms aren’t in the best spot and the perk is only active after a kill where a straight damage perk on a legendary is typically more useful.

Agers Scepter

Can’t really make use of the perk in PvP and these weapons are not good in PvP in general.

Malfeasance

180 rpm handcannons are not good, and the only way the perk is active is via getting a suboptimal time to kill.

Sturm

120 rpm hand cannons are not good and the perk revolves around using drang, a sub-par sidearm.

Rat King

Revolves around others using this weapon. On its own its a mediocre sidearm and invisibility is very easy to achieve without a kill on hunters.

Travelers Chosen

Sidearms are in a bad spot and has very bad recoil on mouse and keyboard.

C-tier Energy

Borealis

There is no snapshot and there is no need for shield swapping in PvP.

Coldheart

Trace Rifles are not good in PvP, and the exotic perk does not have time to activate.

Prometheus Lens

It’s a trace rifle and not worth using.

Graviton Lance

Other legendary and exotic pulse rifles are just better in terms of time to kill and perks.

Wavesplitter

It’s a trace rifle so it is in C tier.

Divinity

It’s a PvE weapon, has no place in PvP.

Trinity Ghoul

To work bows need a gimmick with the exotic perk, and there isn’t a way to make this one work.

Sky Burner’s Oath

Neither fire mode is a good option. Legendary options outclass this.

Merciless

Legendary fusion rifles have better kill potential and the exotic perk does not get activated in PvP.

The Fourth Horseman

Legendary shotguns are simply better as they have better 1 hit kill range.

Symmetry

Scout rifles are not in a good spot, and the perk is difficult to make work.

Ticuu’s Divination

Same fate as Trinity Ghoul of it being a bow and has no gimmick.

Ruinous Effigy

It’s a trace rifle and the perk requires a kill and isn’t good when active for PvP.

Polaris Lance

Scout rifle issues and the perk is for ammo return which makes no difference in PvP.

C-tier Heavy

Legend of Acrius

Not too different from high end legendary shotguns that use special ammo. Not worth the slot.

Parasite

The perk won’t get activated in PvP as it requires you to hold on to the ammo and get kills with other weapons, risking giving heavy ammo to the enemy.

Whisper of the Worm

PvE weapon here, and the perk has no value in PvP.

Salvation’s Grip

It freezes targets that any other weapon would otherwise just kill. It adds an unnecessary step making it not viable whatsoever in PvP.

The Prospector

Perk is a PvE perk and doesn’t work in PvP.

D.A.R.C.I.

If you have heavy ammo, it is much better served with a weapon that can get easy kills.

Worldine Zero

Only real play is with movement, not kill potential.

Anarchy

Withhoard with 1 shot accomplishes the same as Anarchy with 3 shots.

Methodology

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:

  • 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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