Destiny 2 best exotics 2020

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If you’re new to Destiny 2 or have missed a few seasons, your Exotic arsenal probably looks a little light. Since the Forsaken era, Bungie has launched some massive Exotic weapons that fundamentally change how you play. But there are so many Exotics in the Archive that it can be hard to pick.

Here are the Top 10 Exotics to grab from the Exotic Kiosk in Destiny 2. We’ve ordered them here from best to worst, but all of these are great guns and we recommend picking up what you can afford.

1. Anarchy

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 150,000 Glimmer, 240 Spoils of Conquest, 2 Ascendant Shards

Anarchy is the best Exotic in Destiny 2, especially for any difficult content. The weapon fires Arc mines that stick to enemies and the environment, dealing damage in a pulse when enemies activate them. If you stick two to a target — like a raid or Strike boss — it will tick with damage every second or so.

Anarchy does very high damage, but more importantly, you can fire it and move on to another enemy or use your Special weapon to deal additional damage. It’s a ton of damage for very little work.

You should get Anarchy as soon as you can, but you may want to focus on other guns here while you grind out those 240 Spoils of Conquest.

2. Ace of Spades

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Etheric Spiral, 1 Ascendant Shard

Ace of Spades is the perfect primary weapon. It’s stacked with perks, letting you reload faster on a headshot (while also making enemies explode on headshot kills) and giving you a damage bonus after you kill something. It’s great for clearing red bar enemies and can even hold its own against some tougher foes.

Ace of Spades is also a universal Exotic. It’s awesome in every activity, including Gambit and Crucible.

3. Eriana’s Vow

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Helium Filament, 1 Ascendant Shard

Eriana’s Vow is an odd weapon. It’s a hand cannon like Ace of Spades, but it fires very slowly and uses Special ammo. Eriana’s Vow packs a serious punch, dealing a ton of headshot damage if you can stay accurate.

Eriana’s is specifically useful in Nightfalls and activities with Champions. It’s one of the only Exotics that can pierce the shield of a Barrier Champion just by shooting at it. Eriana’s isn’t a great weapon for raids or bosses, but it’s essential for taking down mini-bosses.

4. Izanagi’s Burden

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 150,000 Glimmer, 250 Spinmetal Leaves, 2 Ascendant Shard

Izanagi’s Burden is our second boss damage weapon on this list, behind Anarchy. With Izanagi, you can hold the reload button to smoosh four bullets in the clip into one, big bullet. This big bullet does incredible damage, so this is an awesome weapon to pick up for raids or dungeons.

The only problem with Izanagi’s Burden is that you spend a lot of time reloading and it’s not too great in non-difficult activities — the damage is usually overkill. But Izanagi excels at burst damage, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

5. Thorn

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Dusklight Shard, 1 Ascendant Shard

Thorn is another awesome hand cannon in both PvE and PvP. Thorn deals some light poison damage when you shoot an enemy. But killing an enemy empowers the weapon, reloading it and causing even more poison damage.

This effect is super fun in PvE, and you can burn through a group of enemies very quickly. But Thorn excels in the Crucible. Once you practice with its weird sights, you can take down entire teams of enemies with some careful headshots and poison damage.

6. The Fourth Horseman

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Dusklight Shard, 1 Ascendant Shard

The Fourth Horseman is a shotgun with four barrels instead of two, and that should tell you basically everything you need to know about this gun. It fires very fast, has very short range, and deals a ton of damage.

The Fourth Horseman is a pretty situational Exotic. If you’re up close to an enemy but can’t use a sword, The Fourth Horseman is extremely powerful. That may sound like a lot of qualifiers, but it’s more common than you think. For example, Fourth Horseman is one of the best options for damage in the first encounter of the Deep Stone Crypt raid.

7. Jotunn

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Microphasic Datalattice, 1 Ascendant Shard

Jotunn looks like a toaster, sits over your arm, and launches a giant ball of fire that seeks your enemies. This fusion rifle is very unique and one of our personal favorites. It deals damage in an area to take care of groups and it hits very hard on mini-boss targets with a ton of health.

Jotunn is also flexible like Ace of Spades. You’ll have a great time with this gun in Strikes, missions, Nightfalls, Crucible, or Gambit. It’s a great weapon to keep on you and throw on when there’s nothing else to use.

8. Legend of Acrius

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 150,000 Glimmer, 240 Spoils of Conquest, 2 Ascendant Shards

Legend of Acrius is the antithesis to The Fourth Horseman. This shotgun sits in the Heavy slot, fires very slowly, and obliterates anything in its path with a single shot. Acrius is the kind of gun you bring when you really need to eliminate something immediately — if you can get close enough.

Acrius is one of the most fringe Exotics on this list and it’s very expensive. But since it goes in your heavy slot, it supplements a lot of longer range builds very nicely, letting you run snipers and scout rifles for long range before swapping to Acrius to take out whatever gets too close.

9. Sleeper Simulant

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Baryon Bough, 1 Ascendant Shard

Sleeper Simulant is a Linear Fusion rifle that deals a ton of damage and bounces around with its ricochet powers. Sleeper is another solid boss DPS weapon, although weapons like Izanagi’s Burden have eclipsed it in recent seasons. However, Sleeper is a weapon you shouldn’t count out, because it’s very easy to use. It’s a great weapon to start out on if you’re new to Destiny.

10. Bad Juju

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Microphasic Datalattice, 1 Ascendant Shard

Bad Juju is all about getting you your Super more often. The more enemies you kill, the more damage Bad Juju does, and the more Super energy it generates.

This isn’t a pulse rifle that you want to take with you into the Crucible or even into tougher content like raids. But Bad Juju is the perfect “just doing missions” weapon. It’s awesome for basis content and is a ton of fun to use. Like Sleeper Simulant, it’s also a great beginner Exotic, letting you test out your Super way more often.

PvP-only Exotics to grab

Many of the Exotics we mentioned above are awesome in PvP. But there are some guns in Destiny that only succeed in PvP, so it’s hard to recommend them unless you really like slaying out in the Crucible. Here are our top three Exotic Archive picks if you want to impress Lord Shaxx.

1. The Last Word

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Etheric Spiral, 1 Ascendant Shard

The Last Word is an old-west style six-shooter. It’s a hand cannon that fires very quickly and has limited range. So while it’s really not great against normal enemies, it’s incredible in the Crucible.

If you’re using a mouse and keyboard, you can learn to really mess players up if you practice. But controller players have it easy with The Last Word. Because of the aim-assist with controllers, The Last Word is extremely accurate at close range and a free-kill machine.

2. Bastion

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Etheric Spiral, 1 Ascendant Shard

Bastion is the only Kinetic fusion rifle in the game, meaning you can use it with some of Destiny’s powerful Energy weapons. Bastion does need to charge up like a traditional fusion, but it fires in very accurate bursts, letting you ruin enemies at a distance.

Like Last Word, Bastion takes some getting used to. But in the hands of an expert, Bastion can do some serious work in the Crucible.

3. Truth

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Cost: 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Baryon Bough, 1 Ascendant Shard

Truth is a rocket launcher that can hold multiple shots at once and has some serious tracking. That sounds boring, but you can lock onto an enemy with Truth, aim into the air, fire, and the rocket will still hunt them down and kill them.

The only problem with Truth is that it’s a heavy weapon, which means you need to find some ammo bricks to make it work. But loading Truth is a guaranteed kill, and it’s the perfect heavy weapon to run in Crucible if you’re not using another Exotic.

These are our top Exotic picks as of Beyond Light. But Bungie will surely add new Exotics to the Archive as content heads out of the game and into the Destiny Content Vault. We’ll update with list whenever Bungie makes a major adjustment to the Exotic Archive.

Sours: https://www.polygon.com/destiny-2-guide-walkthrough/22166104/destiny-2-guide-best-exotic-archive-weapons

There are so many weapons in Destiny 2 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. So here we are, sharing the best PVE weapons in the current meta so 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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Process

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.

Guide last updated on October 11, 2021.

Best PVE Kinetic Weapons

Vulpecula / Fatebringer (Hand Cannon)

Even as someone who doesn’t use hand cannons a lot, I have to admit, Vulpecula feels divine. Between the weapon feel, Stasis elemental type, and a good hand cannon meta, it shines as one of the most popular weapons at the moment. Fatebringer (Iron Banner) would probably beat it out if the gun was easier to obtain, but you honestly can’t go wrong with either choice.

Chroma Rush / Scathelocke / The Last Breath (Auto Rifle)

Honestly, Auto Rifles aren’t in a great place when it comes to difficult endgame content. The problem is it’s the only archetype that has an Anti-Barrier Mod in the seasonal artifact. So unless you’re running Eriana’s Vow, you’re going to want to choose one of these.

On the other hand, The Last Breath is popular because it can roll with Osmosis which is super useful for all Elemental Well builds in a season where an auto rifle is essential.

Witherhoard (Grenade Launcher)

Witherhoard will is the best non-Power weapon grenade launcher out there if you aren’t using another exotic. Between its ability to deal direct damage and control chokepoints and such, it’s a super good tool for players to have.

Peacebond / Traveler’s Chosen (Sidearm)

Yet another archetype that is relevant this season thanks to the limited mod selection. If you want to deal with Unstoppable Champions, your current options are Sidearms or Pulse Rifles and the former seems to be winning the popularity battle. Peacebond (Iron Banner) seems to be the most popular Legendary Sidearm while Traveler’s Chosen is the go-to for people who don’t mind using up their exotic slot.

Biting Winds / Whispering Slab (Bow)

I bet you can guess why Biting Winds and Whispering Slab are randomly on this list. The answer is the Overload Bow seasonal mod with the only other option being a 6-Energy Disrupting Blade mod.

Night Watch (Scout Rifle)

While Scout Rifles are meta when it comes to endgame activities, they’re much less popular in regular gameplay where they simply take too long to kill regular enemies. If you’re going to roll with one, Night Watch has long remained the best choice.

Best PVE Energy Weapons

Vex Mythoclast / Null Composure  (Fusion Rifle)

Vex Mythoclast was already a good weapon. But combine infinite ammo for guns that use primary ammo and the slew of fusion rifle-centric seasonal mods and you can see why both it and Null Composure are currently topping the charts.

Trinity Ghoul / Ticuu’s Divination (Bow)

For all the Arc subclasses out there, Trinity Ghoul remains one of the best options out there for clearing lots of weaker enemies. Just be careful because it won’t get you as far in high level content.

Lorentz Driver (Linear Fusion Rifle)

Lorentz is basically the new Arbalest. By that I mean it’s all the rage and everyone is enjoying a new exotic that is both powerful and fun to use.

Riskrunner / IKELOS SMG  (SMG)

There’s finally been a shift in the meta big enough to topple the dominance of Submachine Guns. Between Warmind Cells being nerfed, therefore bringing down IKELOS SMG, and the lack of any seasonal mods, even infinite ammo couldn’t save the archetype from dropping in use.

Salvager’s Salvo  (Grenade Launcher)

I can’t count the number of times Guides Writer Collin MacGregor has told the Destiny players at Fanbyte how badly they need to unlock Salvager’s Salvo. The perks on this thing are wild. It’s got Firefly so every enemy it kills also explodes. If you want boss DPS it has Vorpal Weapon, Demolitionist if you’re running a grenade build, and Ambitious Assassin for two shots in the chamber. The flexibility this thing offers is wild!

Gnawing Hunter (Auto Rifle)

The previous spiel about Auto Rifles applies here except Gnawing Hunger has always been one of the most popular weapons.

Le Monarque / Wolftone Draw (Bow)

More bows for you to use when dealing with Champions!

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Best PVE Power Weapons

Falling Guillotine / The Lament / Crown-Splitter / Quickfang (Sword)

Swords still aren’t as dominant as they once were. People really love Falling Guillotine though so it hasn’t gone anywhere. Some have latched onto the new class exclusive swords, however, if you want to give those a shot!

One Thousand Voices (Fusion Rifle)

With buffs to Fusion Rifles and the aforementioned seasonal mods helping things along, One Thousand Voices once again takes the crown as one of the best DPS weapons available.

Xenophage / Corrective Measure (Machine Gun)

Xenophage has definitely taken a step back with a slower fire rate which significantly reduces it’s damage-per-second. Just remember to hold the trigger as it is a Full Auto weapon. It’ll help you avoid awkward shot timing.

Sleeper Simulant / Threaded Needle (Linear Fusion Rifle)

Sleeper is finally back! It’s not as good as One Thousand Voices, but for anyone who has been waiting for it to finally be meta, the time as come. Grab it, throw on some mods and get shooting! Threaded Needle is easily the best Legendary Linear Fusion Rifle out there.

Anarchy (Grenade Launcher)

Anarchy has finally been nerfed. It’s still good, but it’s no longer far and away the best power weapon in the game. At this point it’s almost reached Gjallarhorn levels of infamy. If you have Anarchy, you can still get away with using it, but it’s no longer the best weapon in every situation.

Ascendancy (Rocket Launcher)

Once Bungie buffed Ascendancy’s Explosive Light perk, the rocket launcher is suddenly among the top rocket launchers in the game.

Update History

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 Apparant 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 Oments, 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 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.

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Destiny 2 Exotic Tier List: All 83 weapons ranked for PVE & PVP

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Vex Mythoclast

| Fusion Rifle

Best


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Excels in:
PVP + PVERaid

Very Hard

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a single bolt with each trigger pull. Defeating targets builds stacks of Overcharge. Swap firing modes when fully Overcharged to charge up and fire more powerful linear fusion shots."

► Buffed in literally 7 different ways this season, Vex Mythoclast is truly one of the most overpowered weapons in the entire game. Able to shred in both PVP and PVE, it is no wonder many continue to run the Vault of Glass, hoping to get lucky...Ace of SpadesHand CannonKineticS › BestExotic KioskForsakenPVPDestiny 2 Ace of Spades art

Ace of Spades

| Hand Cannon

Best


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Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Precision kills increase reload speed and cause the target to explode. Reloading after a kill increases damage. Grants radar while aiming down sights."

► With a combination of Rampage, Dragonfly, and great stats, Ace of Spades is a monster in PVP. It used to be overshadowed by 150 RPM hand cannons, but now that they're gone, Ace of Spades is once again, the king of hand cannons. The Adept Palindrome is the only legendary hand cannon that can challenge it.One Thousand VoicesFusion RifleHeavyS › BestRaidForsakenPVEDestiny 2 One Thousand Voices art

One Thousand Voices

| Fusion Rifle

Best


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Excels in:
PVERaid

Very Hard

Slot: SolarHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "Charging this weapon unleashes a giant continuous beam of death. The beam superheats its targets upon impact, causing delayed explosions."

► One Thousand Voices is finally back where it belongs: The top. With this season's excellent Particle Deconstruction mod, One Thousand Voices is hands down the best DPS weapon in the entire game. It can literally melt any boss to the ground.DivinityTrace RifleEnergyS › BestRaidShadowkeepPVEDestiny 2 Divinity art

Divinity

| Trace Rifle

Best


❘ S



Excels in:
PVERaid

Very Hard

Slot: ArcEnergy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Sustained damage with this weapon envelops the target in a field that weakens and Overload rounds disrupts them."

► Able to deal with Overload Champions and to easily apply a huge debuff on everything, Divinity is a must in high-end PVE activities. It may relegate it user to a more "support" role, but it remains one of the most valuable weapons you can have.Eriana's VowHand CannonEnergyS › BestExotic KioskShadowkeepPVEDestiny 2 Eriana's Vow art

Eriana's Vow

| Hand Cannon

Best


❘ S



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Fires special Shield Piercing rounds shield-piercing ammunition. Bonus damage when aiming down sights on the opening shot of an attack."

► Able to deal with Barrier Champions intrisically, Eriana's Vow can also dish serious damage. This makes it an excellent choice for high-end PVE content and has the community asking for more Exotics like this.The LamentSwordHeavyS › BestExotic QuestBeyond LightPVEThe Lament Destiny 2

The Lament

| Sword

Best


❘ S



Excels in:
PVEExotic Quest

Easy

Slot: SolarHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "Revving the blade increases damage, shield bypass, and adds Shield Piercing rounds shield piercing to all attacks. You also gain stacks when dealing damage with revved attacks. Additional stacks increase the damage and damage resistance of heavy attacks."

► Swords, in general, can deal some of the highest damage possible, but The Lament puts all other swords to shame. When used properly, The Lament's can both deal with Anti-Barrier champions and dish some the highest DPS numbers in the game.Trinity GhoulCombat BowEnergyS › BestExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Trinity Ghoul art

Trinity Ghoul

| Combat Bow

Best


❘ S



Excels in:
PVEExotic Engram

Average

Slot: ArcEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Fires an arrow that splits when released. Aiming down sights and fully drawing the bow both decrease the spread. Precision kills grant the next shot chain-lightning capabilities."

► Trinity Ghoul was average at best but with its new Catalyst, it became one of the best exotic primaries in this list and potentially the best ad-clear weapon in the entire game.WitherhoardGrenade LauncherKineticS › BestExotic KioskShadowkeepPVEWitherhoard art Destiny 2

Witherhoard

| Grenade Launcher

Best


❘ S



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Projectiles fired blight the target or nearby area on impact. Blighted targets take damage over time and blight the nearby area on death."

► With the ability to inflict significant damage over time, Witherhoard acts like a "mini" Anarchy. This weapon has quickly become one of the go-to weapons for PVE, with many using it for the hardest solo feats.The ChaperoneShotgunKineticS › BestExotic QuestBeyond LightPVPDestiny 2 The Chaperone art

The Chaperone

| Shotgun

Best


❘ S



Excels in:
PVPExotic Quest

Easy

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Fires a single-slug precision round. Precision kills briefly grant bonus handling, range, and precision damage with this weapon."

► With unparalleled range and accuracy, The Chaperone is the deadliest exotic shotgun in PVP. It certainly requires more skill than your average pellet shotgun, but in the right hands, The Chaperone can reach insane one-hit-kill distances!Heir ApparentMachine GunHeavyS › BestExotic QuestFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Heir Apparent art

Heir Apparent

| Machine Gun

Best


❘ S



Excels in:
PVPGuardian Games

Easy

Slot: SolarHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "This weapon can be fired only when fully spun up. While at full health, spinning up this weapon protects you with an Arc Shield."

► Heir Apparent is one of the most original Exotics in Destiny 2. While many saw it as a novelty, its catalyst turned it into a true menace in PVP and even more fun to use in PVE. In PVP, you become virtually unkillable when spinning it up.AnarchyGrenade LauncherHeavyS › BestExotic KioskForsakenPVEDestiny 2 Anarchy

Anarchy

| Grenade Launcher

Best


❘ S



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: ArcHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "Grenades stick to surfaces and chain Arc bolts to other mines. It also has the Moving Target perk."

► With its damage over time, Anarchy is arguably the best boss-DPS Power weapon in Destiny 2. Generally speaking, it's often a favorite for raids and Grandmaster Ordeals, as it can deal a lot of tick damage while you and your fireteam use something like a slug shotgun or sniper rifle in parallel.No Time to ExplainPulse RifleKineticA › StrongExotic QuestDeluxe EditionPVPNo Time to Explain Destiny 2

No Time to Explain

| Pulse Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPDeluxe Edition

Easy

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Precision shots and shots against combatants affected by Stasis return to the magazine. At 10 stacks, a small portal will open, shooting bullets from an alternate timeline version of this weapon. Precision hits extend the portal's duration"

► No Time to Explain is a PVP powerhouse. Not only is it part of the most deadly Pulse rifles archetypes (with insanely low TTKs), it also has great base stats and perks that make it nearly unstoppable when activated.XenophageMachine GunHeavyA › StrongExotic QuestShadowkeepPVEDestiny 2 Xenophage

Xenophage

| Machine Gun

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Quest

Easy

Slot: SolarHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "Fires high-powered explosive ammunition. Aiming this weapon increases its effective range and zoom magnification."

► A nerf to snipers and a huge buff to Xenophage made it one of the best DPS weapons. With no precision damage, it's also easy to use and shreds against guardians in Gambit and PVP.Dead Man's TaleScout RifleKineticA › StrongExotic QuestDeluxe EditionPVPDead Man's Tale Destiny 2 art

Dead Man's Tale

| Scout Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Quest

Easy

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Chaining precision hits grants bonus damage and quickens reload speed. New drops of this weapon also have random rolls."

► Dead Man's Tale definitely caught everyone off guard. With excellent stats, insane aim assistance, and a good TTK, this is without a doubt the best scout rifle Destiny 2 has ever seen. And unlocking its catalysts makes it even better.Sleeper SimulantLinear Fusion RifleHeavyA › StrongExotic KioskFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Sleeper Simulant art

Sleeper Simulant

| Linear Fusion Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "The weapon's laser over penetrates enemies and refracts off hard surfaces."

► Sleeper Simulant is finally ready to make a comeback. With the Linear Fusion rifle buffs from Season of the Splicer, Sleeper Simulant will once again become one of the top-tier DPS weapons in the entire game.HawkmoonHand CannonKineticA › StrongExotic QuestDeluxe EditionPVPHawkmoon Destiny 2 art

Hawkmoon

| Hand Cannon

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Quest

Easy

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Final blows and precision hits with Hawkmoon grant stacks of Paracausal Charge. The final round in the magazine deals bonus damage based on the number of stacks. Stowing Hawkmoon on the final round removes this bonus."

► Many don't like it that Hawkmoon is not the same weapon it was in Destiny 1, but with an extremely lethal Exotic perk and off-the-charts stats, Hawkmoon is one of the best hand cannons this franchise has ever seen.BastionFusion RifleKineticA › StrongExotic KioskShadowkeepPVPDestiny 2 Bastion

Bastion

| Fusion Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Charge to fire 3 spreads of Kinetic slugs. A portion of this weapon's damage bypasses elemental shields."

► Each Bastion shot hits like a shotgun pellet with even more range. Most Fusion rifles are completely outmatched by shotguns in PVP, except Bastion, who can still hold its own.Lorentz DriverLinear Fusion RifleEnergyA › StrongSeason PassSeason 15PVE & PVPLorentz Driver Destiny 2 art

Lorentz Driver

| Linear Fusion Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVP + PVESeason Pass

Easy

Slot: VoidEnergy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "This weapon marks targets. Final blows on marked targets generate telemetry patterns which, when picked up, grant bonus ability energy. Collecting 3 telemetry patterns without dying grants bonus damage for a long duration. Also, a precision final blow with this weapon creates an implosion that pulls in nearby targets and damages them with an additional detonation."

► Lorentz Driver is one of the strongest Linear Fusion we have ever seen. It does everything Arbalest can do, but much better, thanks to superior stats and exponentially better exotic traits.Ager's ScepterTrace RifleKineticA › StrongExotic QuestSeason 15PVEAger's Scepter Destiny 2 art

Ager's Scepter

| Trace Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Quest

Easy

Slot: Stasis iconKinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Final blows with this weapon generate a slowing burst around the defeated target.
Stasis final blows transfer ammo to this weapon's magazine from reserves."

► If you ever wondered how cool Coldheart would have been if it was a Stasis weapon, then don't look any further than Ager's Scepter. While not the most meta weapon out there, it definitely is the best Stasis exotic released so far and can work wonders on Stasis builds.SturmHand CannonKineticA › StrongExotic KioskFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 Sturm art

Sturm

| Hand Cannon

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Kills fill the magazine of the equipped Energy weapon from reserves. Kills with Drang reload this weapon and provides bonus damage."

► Sturn went from completely forgotten to top-tier in PVP overnight, largely thanks to the huge buff to 120 RPM hand cannons. And as the only 120 RPM exotic hand cannon, it also has insane stats. The only reason you don't see it more often is because Igneous Hammer exists...CloudstrikeSniper RifleEnergyA › StrongExotic QuestBeyond LightPVE & PVPCloudstrike Destiny 2

Cloudstrike

| Sniper Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVP + PVEEmpire Hunts

Average

Slot: ArcEnergy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Precision final blows generate a lightning bolt at the target's location. Rapid precision hits create a lightning storm at the point of impact."

► Cloudstrike may feel like a lesser option for PVP. But once you get those lightning strikes going, it's capable of delivering true "holy sh$t moments" with ease. On PVE, it's hands down one of the strongest DPS options against bosses, something no one could have anticipated.RiskrunnerSubmachine GunEnergyA › StrongExotic QuestFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Riskrunner

Riskrunner

| Submachine Gun

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Quest

Easy

Slot: ArcEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "When taking Arc Damage, this weapon becomes more powerful and resists incoming Arc Damage. Shots fired can become chain lightning and return ammo. Kills extend the duration of the effect."

► An underrated primary exotic, Riskrunner shreds when facing arc-damage dealing enemies. Once its exotic perk is activated, it will turn you into a nearly invincible ad killing machine.The HuckleberrySubmachine GunKineticA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 The Huckleberry art

The Huckleberry

| Submachine Gun

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Engram

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Increased rate of fire and recoil while you're holding down the trigger. Kills with this weapon temporarily grant increased damage and partially reload the magazine."

► SMGs are currently in a good place right now. And while most guardians keep gushing about their Extraordinary Rendition god rolls, The Huckleberry is just as good. Arguably even better at killing ads once you've unlocked its catalyst..Traveler's ChosenSidearmKineticA › StrongExotic KioskShadowkeepPVPTraveler's Chosen Destiny 2

Traveler's Chosen

| Sidearm

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Final blows grant stacks of Gathering Light. Consuming stacks, grant melee, grenade, and class ability energy based on the number of stacks. Each stack of Gathering Light improves this weapon's reload, handling, and target acquisition."

► Capable of inflicting some of the highest DPS, sidearms are considered a safe bet in PVP. And Traveler's Chosen, the newest exotic in the game, is perhaps the best sidearm ever created. It has the best base stats ever seen on a sidearm AND it features an extremely useful and consistent exotic perk.JötunnFusion RifleEnergyA › StrongExotic KioskForsakenPVE & PVPDestiny 2 Jotunn

Jötunn

| Fusion Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVP + PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Hold down the trigger to charge up a tracking shot that explodes and burns on impact. Energy matched shield explosion disorients enemies."

► One of my favorite weapons in the entire game, Jötunn is so powerful and easy to use, it almost feels like cheating. Experienced players may know how to counter it in PVP, but most will burn. In PVE and Gambit, it can easily melt Majors from any distance.Eyes of TomorrowRocket LauncherHeavyA › StrongRaidBeyond LightPVPEyes of Tomorrow Destiny 2 1

Eyes of Tomorrow

| Rocket Launcher

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPRaid

Very Hard

Slot: SolarHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "This weapon is capable of tracking and firing at multiple targets simultaneously. Killing four or more combatants in a single volley increases the damage of the next volley."

► Eyes of Tomorrow has a damage reduction against Bosses, which was disappointing. But still, it remains a strong weapon overall, with high multikills potential in PVP and Gambit, and generally good DPS. By the way, if it didn't have that damage reduction, it would too easily dominate most other Heavy exotic in the game.MIDA Multi-ToolScout RifleKineticA › StrongExotic KioskFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool art

MIDA Multi-Tool

| Scout Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "This weapon boosts move speed. Radar stays active while aiming down sights."

► MIDA Multi-Tool is definitely making a comeback! Benefiting from a significant aim assist buff, MIDA has become a real threat in the Crucible. With good a TTK, a mobility bonus, and excellent base stats, MIDA is one of the best PVP Scout rifles right now.TelestoFusion RifleEnergyA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 Telesto art

Telesto

| Fusion Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Engram

Average

Slot: VoidEnergy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Fusion projectiles attach and detonate with a delayed Void blast. Multikills with this weapon immediately reload your equipped Kinetic and Energy weapons from reserves."

► On top of being extremely fun to use, Telesto can be a menace in PVP: Setting traps, getting multikills, and shutting down Supers? This is all possible once you learn to properly use Telesto.Monte CarloAuto RifleKineticA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

| Auto Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Engram

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Dealing damage with this weapon reduces melee cooldown and can fully charge your melee with each kill. Melee kills and kills with this weapon increase damage."

► On top of dealing good damage from decent ranges thanks to its souped-up Swachbuckler exotic perk, Monte Carlo can also make any melee build out there even better.CrimsonHand CannonKineticA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 Crimson

Crimson

| Hand Cannon

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Engram

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a 3-round burst. Kills with this weapon heal the wielder. Precision kills also refill the magazine."

► A pulse rifle in a hand cannon body, Crimson is a dangerous weapon in the Crucible, especially in consoles. The only reason you don't see it more often is that some of the other exotic hand cannons are excellent.Izanagi's BurdenSniper RifleKineticA › StrongExotic KioskForsakenPVEDestiny 2 Izanagi's Burden

Izanagi's Burden

| Sniper Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Holding reload consumes the magazine and loads a round with additional range and damage."

► One of the top DPS weapons in the game, Izanagi's Burden is also easy to use, consistent and it never runs out of ammo (as it doesn't require Heavy ammo). While it no longer dominates as it used to just a few seasons ago, Izi remains a safe bet when facing endgame PVE content.Ticuu's DivinationCombat BowEnergyA › StrongExotic KioskDeluxe EditionPVETicuu's Divination Destiny 2 art

Ticuu's Divination

| Combat Bow

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Hipfiring this weapon fires multiple tracking projectiles. Targets marked explode upon death, or when struck again. Arrows fired while aiming down sights cause Sacred Flames to instantly detonate."

► This brand-new exotic turned out to be one of the best ad clear exotics in the entire game. Able to "prime" targets with an initial shot and then blow them up when landing a precision follow up shot, Ticuu's Divination is equal parts lethal and satisfying to use.The Last WordHand CannonKineticA › StrongExotic KioskForsakenPVPDestiny 2 The Last Word

The Last Word

| Hand Cannon

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires full auto. Hip-fire shots deal bonus precision damage while increasing reload speed and accuracy."

► This weapon is hard to rank as it could be considered S Tier on consoles, but perhaps B-tier on PC. Either way, it's still strong and effective in all platforms and the recent buff to aim assistance when hip-firing will make it even stronger.ThornHand CannonKineticA › StrongExotic KioskForsakenPVPDestiny 2 Thorn

Thorn

| Hand Cannon

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Rounds pierce targets and deal damage over time. Kills leave behind Remnants which, when absorbed, increase damage."

► Considered a top-tier PVP weapon for a long time, Thorn shows no signs of slowing down. It may have some more competition now that 150 RPM hand cannons became 140 RPM, but it remains the best in class. Plus, with soul devour active, it can 2 tap some guardians!Polaris LanceScout RifleEnergyA › StrongExotic KioskFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 Polaris Lance art

Polaris Lance

| Scout Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Precision hits return ammo to the mag. Landing 4 precision hits loads a delayed Solar explosive round for your next shot."

► Definitely underrated, this is one of the best scout rifles in the game. And now that Scout rifles are finally viable in PVP, Polaris Lance can finally shine a little more.Tractor CannonShotgunHeavyA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Tractor Cannon art

Tractor Cannon

| Shotgun

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Engram

Average

Slot: VoidHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "This weapon emits a powerful impulse that pushes enemies away, suppresses their abilities, and makes them more vulnerable to all incoming damage."

► Tractor Cannon was Top tier just a few seasons ago, but now that buffs and debuffs don't stack, it's no longer a must-have. Having said that, it's still a great weapon that can shine when used right.Outbreak PerfectedPulse RifleKineticA › StrongExotic KioskForsakenPVEDestiny 2 Outbreak Perfected art

Outbreak Perfected

| Pulse Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "This weapon creates SIVA nanite swarms on rapid hits and precision kills and does more damage to enemies based on the number of SIVA nanites that attach to them."

► With its SIVA nanites, Outbreak Perfected does excellent damage, especially if others in your team are using it too.Black TalonSwordHeavyA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 Black Talon

Black Talon

| Sword

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Engram

Average

Slot: VoidHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "Can fire heavy projectile attacks. Heavy attacks are stronger with full energy. Most attacks partially bypass elemental shields."

► Swords are definitely back since they were buffed with Season of the Worthy. And while Black Talon may not excel in PVE compared to other swords, it remains fun to use and particularly excellent in PVP when used right.ThunderlordMachine GunHeavyA › StrongExotic EngramForsakenPVEDestiny 2 Thunderlord art

Thunderlord

| Machine Gun

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Engram

Average

Slot: ArcHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "Kills with this weapon generate lightning strikes from above and increase reload speed for a short time."

► An absolute beast at killing ads, Thunderlord's lighting effects are both lethal and impressive to behold. It also has tons of ammo.The Wardcliff CoilRocket LauncherHeavyA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 The Wardcliff Coil

The Wardcliff Coil

| Rocket Launcher

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Engram

Average

Slot: ArcHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a volley of rockets and automatically reloads on ammo pickup."

► Rocket launchers are finally making a comeback in PVE. In PVP, the Wardcliff Coil remains thebest rocket launcher out there and one of the most effective Heavy weapons in the entire game.DualityShotgunEnergyA › StrongExotic KioskDeluxe EditionPVPDuality Destiny 2

Duality

| Shotgun

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Fires a pellet spread in hip-fire or a single high-damage slug while aiming. Pellet final blows grant a stacking precision damage and reload speed buff. Precision hits with slugs extend the duration."

► Duality is a fun exotic in low-stress PVE and PVP situations. But when the stakes were high, players would immediately choose a more specialized weapon. But now that Felwinter's Lie is getting nerfed (and Duality itself was buffed), expect to see it much more often in high-level PVP.Whisper of the WormSniper RifleHeavyA › StrongExotic KioskFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Whisper of the Worm art

Whisper of the Worm

| Sniper Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "Higher base precision damage. Rapidly landing three precision hits refills the magazine and missing a shot has a chance to return ammo."

► Whisper of the Worm is one of the best DPS weapons available, especially if you're a good shot. And since Izanagi's Burden was nerfed, it's again a high-end PVE favorite.Le MonarqueCombat BowEnergyA › StrongExotic KioskForsakenPVPDestiny 2 Le Monarque art

Le Monarque

| Combat Bow

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: VoidEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Arrows fired quickly after a full draw become poison arrows. Precision hits with poison arrows spread poison to nearby enemies."

► Albeit niche, Le Monarque is one of the best bows in the game. You may not see it often, but in the hands of an experienced PVP player, it can be extremely lethal, especially when coupled with a Quickdraw hand cannon.SunshotHand CannonEnergyA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Sunshot art

Sunshot


| Hand Cannon

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Engram

Average

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires explosive rounds. Targets killed with Sunshot explode in Solar energy."

► One of my all-time favorites, Sunshot may not be as good as it once was in PVP. But in PVE, it remains one of the most fun and efficient weapons to use when dealing with ads. Watching entire waves of enemies explode remains one of the most satisfying feelings in this game.Vigilance WingPulse RifleKineticA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 Vigilance Wing art

Vigilance Wing

| Pulse Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Engram

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a 5-round burst. When a nearby ally is killed, gain health regeneration, and increased movement speed."

► Vigilance Wing is definitely a sleeper pick for PVP and it's particularly strong in larger maps in PVP where it can destroy Auto rifles and Hand cannons. With the recent nerf to 120 RPM hand cannons, expect to see it much more often in the Crucible.Rat KingSidearmKineticA › StrongExotic KioskFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Rat King art

Rat King

| Sidearm

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "This fully automatic weapon becomes stronger when nearby allies also have it equipped. Reloading immediately after a kill grants a brief period of invisibility."

► One of the most unique primary weapons available, Rat King is strong when used by yourself and VERY strong when used alongside others.Legend of AcriusShotgunHeavyA › StrongExotic KioskFree-to-PlayPVEDestiny 2 Legend of Acrius art

Legend of Acrius

| Shotgun

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVEExotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: ArcHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires blasts of high-damage Arc energy that over penetrates enemies. Its radar detects enemies from farther away."

► Legend of Acrius can deal some serious DPS, especially with the catalyst, but it could use a little buff to make it more relevant compared to the best Heavy exotics currently dominating the game.DeathbringerRocket LauncherHeavyA › StrongExotic QuestShadowkeepPVPDestiny 2 Deathbringer art

Deathbringer

| Rocket Launcher

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Quest

Easy

Slot: VoidHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "Fires remotely detonated projectiles that drop Void orbs on combatants. Hold to fire, release to detonate. The further a Void orb falls, the more powerful its detonation becomes."

► Deathbringer is one of the most underrated weapons in Destiny 2. At first glance, it may not seem special at all. In fact, it isn't for PVE. But for PVP, this rocket launcher can easily net you multikills when used right, especially in 6v6 modes. SUROS RegimeAuto RifleKineticA › StrongExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 SUROS Regime

SUROS Regime

| Auto Rifle

Strong


❘ A



Excels in:
PVPExotic Engram

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "The bottom half of each magazine deals bonus damage and can return health on kill. Holding down the trigger increases rate of fire."

► 600 RPM Auto Rifles reigned supreme in PVP for a while. But their recent Beyond Light nerf sent them back to the middle of the pack. SUROS Regime remains viable, but other weapon types, such as hand cannons and Pulse rifles, are much more efficient.The ColonyGrenade LauncherHeavyB › AverageExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 The Colony art

The Colony

| Grenade Launcher

Average


❘ B



Excels in:
PVPExotic Engram

Average

Slot: VoidHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "This weapon's grenades are insectoid robots that chase targets and explode close to them."

► Extremely easy to use, The Colony is a fan-favorite in the Crucible, especially in 6v6 modes. The reason this weapon doesn't rank any higher is because skilled PVP players can easily counter it and will instead use something much more effective like the Wardcliff Coil.Fighting LionGrenade LauncherEnergyB › AverageExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 Fighting Lion art

Fighting Lion

| Grenade Launcher

Average


❘ B



Excels in:
PVPExotic Engram

Average

Slot: VoidEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Grenade projectiles will bounce off surfaces. Hold to fire, and release to detonate. Direct hits do more damage to enemy shields. Rapid kills against grenade-damaged enemies refill the magazine."

► Fighting Lion is as niche as it gets. Some love it while others absolutely hate it. In the end, this can be one of the most fun weapons in the game, provided you know how to use it (especially after some recent buffs).The Jade RabbitScout RifleKineticB › AverageExotic EngramFree-to-PlayPVPDestiny 2 The Jade Rabbit art

The Jade Rabbit

| Scout Rifle

Average


❘ B



Excels in:
PVPExotic Engram

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Chain body shots to gain bonus damage on your next precision shot, return ammo to the magazine, and increases its stability."

► It would be absurd to call Scouts "meta", but thanks to their recent buff, they haven't been this strong in PVP in years. And among the several exotic Scouts, The Jade Rabbit is one of the deadliest, especially in Momentum Control where it can one tap guardians!ArbalestLinear Fusion RifleKineticB › AverageExotic EngramFree-to-Play-Destiny 2 Arbalest art

Arbalest

| Linear Fusion Rifle

Average


❘ B

Exotic Engram

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Fires slugs that cause massive damage to elemental shields of enemy combatants. Breaking an enemy's shield with this weapon makes them more vulnerable to Kinetic damage."

► Easy to use in both PVP and PVE, Arbalest is a solid weapon that can sometimes be a refreshing change from all the snipers. Also, the buff to Linear Fusion Rifles will certainly lead to more people using it.Ruinous EffigyTrace RifleEnergyB › AverageExotic KioskShadowkeep-Ruinous Effigy Destiny 2

Ruinous Effigy

| Exotic Trace Rifle

Average


❘ B

Exotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: VoidHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Final blows with this weapon collapse victims into Void Transmutation spheres. Transmutation spheres you create can be picked up and wielded as weapons by you or your allies."

► Ruinous Effigy is hands down one of the most unique and fun weapons ever released in Destiny 2. It won't be replacing any of the top PVE weapons soon, but it can be very effective at close range on Majors: Use it to cancel stomp mechanics, dunk, melee, and finish off with a sword.TarrabahSubmachine GunEnergyB › AverageExotic KioskForsaken-Destiny 2 Tarrabah art

Tarrabah

| Submachine Gun

Average


❘ B

Exotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "This weapon stores power when dealing or receiving damage. Once full, hold reload to unleash the beast."

► Tarrabah could be a monster but activating its perk consistently is stupidly hard. This weapon has been crying for help for a long time. On the plus side, it is now much easier to acquire via the Monument to Lost Lights.SymmetryScout RifleEnergyB › AverageExotic KioskShadowkeep-Destiny 2 Symmetry art

Symmetry

| Scout Rifle

Average


❘ B

Exotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: ArcEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Precision hits build up Dynamic Charge. Swapping to Arc Seeker mode increases damage and partially reloads the magazine. Arc Seekers track toward combatants you target."

► Thanks to the recent buff to Scout rifles, Symmetry is seen a lot more play in The Crucible. And if you can hit your precision shots, Symmetry's alternate firing mode can be extremely lethal in both PVP and Gambit.Wish-EnderCombat BowKineticB › AverageExotic QuestForsaken-Destiny 2 Wish Ender art

Wish-Ender

| Combat Bow

Average


❘ B

Exotic Quest

Easy

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "While aiming down sights with a fully-drawn bow, enemies behind walls are highlighted. Piercing arrowheads damage the target on entry and exit. One-shot can over-penetrate multiple targets."

► The problem with Wish-Ender is twofold: A/ Bows are generally not great for neither PVP nor PVE. b/ There are stronger bows than Wishender for both PVE and PVP.Leviathan's BreathCombat BowHeavyB › AverageExotic KioskShadowkeep-Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath art

Leviathan's Breath

| Combat Bow

Average


❘ B

Exotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: VoidHeavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy

Exotic Perk: "Fires a massive heavy bolt that Unstoppable rounds staggers unshielded combatants. When fully drawn, the bolt knocks combatants back."

► Able to deal with Unstoppable Champions, Leviathan's Breath is a capable and versatile weapon, even if, for some reason, people love to hate.Hard LightAuto RifleEnergyB › AverageExotic EngramFree-to-Play-Destiny 2 Hard Light

Hard Light

| Auto Rifle

Average


❘ B

Exotic Engram

Average

Slot: VoidEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Rounds fired from this weapon have reduced damage falloff, over-penetrate targets, and ricochet off hard surfaces dealing extra damage. It can also change its damage type"

► Hard Light's reign of the Crucible didn't last long. After receiving a specific nerf that was compounded by an overall nerf to 600 RPM Auto rifles, Hard Light went from been God tier in PVP to merely decent. In PVE, it can still be usable when dealing with lots of elemental shields.MalfeasanceHand CannonKineticB › AverageExotic QuestForsaken-Destiny 2 Malfeasance art

Malfeasance

| Hand Cannon

Average


❘ B

Exotic Quest

Easy

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Shoot tainted slugs that burrow into the enemy. Stacking enough slugs causes them all to explode. Bonus damage against Taken enemies and Gambit invaders."

► Malfeasance is yet another weapon that greatly benefitted from the recent hand cannon buff. With the bigger magazine, using its Exotic perk also became easier. Malfeasance definitely has a place within its niche: Taken-heavy areas and Gambit.ColdheartTrace RifleEnergyB › AverageExotic EngramFree-to-Play-Destiny 2 Coldheart art

Coldheart

| Trace Rifle

Average


❘ B

Exotic Engram

Average

Slot: ArcEnergy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "This weapon shoots a steady cold fusion-powered laser that does exponentially more damage the longer it remains on a target."

► Previously one of the best exotics in the game, Coldheart is barely a decent option, mainly because trace rifles are in a bad place overall. On the flip side, its signature perk has been finally fixed after months of been completely broken!Tommy's MatchbookAuto RifleEnergyB › AverageExotic KioskShadowkeep-Destiny 2 Tommy's Matchbook art

Tommy's Matchbook

| Auto Rifle

Average


❘ B

Exotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Sustained fire with this weapon overheats it, increasing damage but burning the user. Overheat damage is reduced while hip firing."

► Tommy's Matchbook is a fun weapon to use. It even had its 15 minutes of fame when it was first released. Unfortunately, it is overshadowed by stronger Auto rifles both in PVP and PVP, and even more so by stronger weapon types, such as SMGs in PVE and Pulse rifles and Hand cannons in PVP.Bad JujuPulse RifleKineticB › AverageExotic KioskForsaken-Destiny 2 Bad Juju art

Bad Juju

| Pulse Rifle

Average


❘ B

Exotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Kills refill the magazine, increase damage for a short duration, and grant Super energy based on the number of kills. Fires full-auto."

► Bad Juju is not as strong as it used to be. Still, it remains an absolute monster at killing ads and it gets even better with the catalyst. Overall, there are more powerful Pulse rifles out there, but if you're interested in getting your Super fast, Bad Juju is the way to go. Devil's RuinSidearmEnergyB › AverageExotic KioskShadowkeep-Destiny 2 Devil's Ruin art

Devil's Ruin

| Sidearm

Average


❘ B

Exotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: SolarEnergy | Ammo: Primary

Exotic Perk: "Variable trigger. Press and release to fire individual shots. Hold to charge up a high-powered, Unstoppable rounds staggering laser."

► Able to deal with Unstoppable Champions, this is a fun weapon that can inflict decent damage overall. And as a bonus, it can also melt shotgun apes in PVP in its laser form.BorealisSniper RifleEnergyB › AverageExotic EngramFree-to-Play-Destiny 2 Borealis art

Borealis

| Sniper Rifle

Average


❘ B

Exotic Engram

Average

Slot: VoidEnergy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammoSpecial

Exotic Perk: "Holding changes this weapon's damage type. Breaking an enemy shield with that shield's energy type grants bonus damage for the rest of the magazine."

► A completely underrated weapon, Borealis can definitely get the job done in capable hands. It may pale when compared to other Exotic Snipers in terms of pure DPS, especially the brand-new Cloudstrike, but still an extremely usable and capable weapon.LuminaHand CannonKineticB › AverageExotic KioskForsaken-Destiny 2 Lumina art

Lumina

| Hand Cannon

Average


❘ B

Exotic Kiosk

Average

Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary


Exotic Perk: "Kills with this weapon leave behind Remnants which convert your next hip fired shot into an ally-seeking Noble Round that heals them and grants both of you a weapon damage bonus for a short duration."

► Albeit an interesting weapon with above-average stats, Lumina simply has too much competition. On top of that, it requires a coordinated team and the catalyst to be truly effective.The QueenbreakerLinear Fusion RifleHeavyB › AverageExotic EngramFree-to-Play-Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker art

The Queenbreaker

| Linear Fusion Rifle

Average


❘ B

Exotic Engram

Average

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Top 5 MOST USED Exotic Weapons! (BEST EXOTICS?) - Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer

Best Destiny 2 Weapons: PVE, PVP and Exotics

Exotics deserve a dedicated section because they are truly special. Some of them literally break the rules of what a weapon should be able to do in Destiny 2.

Having said that, you should always be clear on what you’re looking for when talking about weapons in Destiny 2. Are you looking for: A weapon for PVE or a weapon for PVP?

PVP vs PVE

PVP and PVE are entirely different beasts that require entirely different tactics, strategies, and weapons. A good gun for PVE will most likely be very different than a good gun for PVP. For that reason, we will always talk about PVP and PVE separately.

Weapon sunsetting: Several weapons in Destiny 2 were recently retired. They are still in the game but are no longer viable for end-game content. Read everything there is to know about weapon sunsetting here.


The Best Destiny 2 PVE Weapons

You’ll see us talk a lot about DPS, damage per second, throughout this section.

About DPS: DPS is important for PVE, because the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major.

What to look for in PVE

A good PVE weapon should be able to deal a good amount of DPS while remaining consistent and easy to use. Some weapons can deal great DPS, but require excellent aim and leave little room for mistakes.

All of our top PVE weapons follow those criteria. They do good DPS, are consistent, and easy to use. These are the weapons you’ll want to bring to the most challenging PVE content in Destiny 2:

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The best Destiny 2 Exotics - 10 Exotic weapons everyone should use

Choosing the best Destiny 2 Exotics can be somewhat tricky since some of them are acquired randomly from Exotic engrams. Fortunately for new players, many of the top-tier Exotics are tied to unique quests or specific activities, making them much easier to obtain. With that in mind, we've highlighted 10 incredible Exotic weapons that all players can earn without relying on RNG. The best Destiny 2 Exotics are always changing – as evidenced by how many of these Exotics are from Year 4 content – but none of these guns will ever let you down.  

Divinity 

How to get it: Complete the Divinity Destiny 2 quest tied to the Garden of Salvation raid in the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep expansion.

Why you should use it: Trace rifles always have their own gimmick, and Divinity's is especially powerful. Holding its beam on enemies will trap them in an arc cage, and this cage not only increases the damage enemies take, anything that hits it (including swords and rockets) will deal critical damage, plus Divinity itself periodically deals a big chunk of damage to caged enemies. Divinity is also one of the strongest Overload options for dealing with Champions since a single zap can instantly stun. Divinity is versatile, powerful, and a must-have for heaps of team-based content.  

Xenophage 

How to get it: Complete the Destiny 2 Xenophage quest which is also unlocked through the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep expansion. 

Why you should use it: Xenophage fires explosive rounds that hit like a truck and basically can't miss, making it the best machine gun for boss damage. It holds a ton of ammo, has a hefty magazine, and it's just incredibly consistent and comfy to use. It's arguably the best all-rounder in the entire game. From Champions to raid bosses to groups of orange-bars, there's virtually nothing a magazine of Xenophage can't chew through.  

The Lament 

How to get it: Complete the Destiny 2 Lament quest unlocked through the Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion.

Why you should use it: At some point, a designer at Bungie looked at swords and thought, "These are cool, but what if they were chainsaws?" and the Lament was the result of this thought. It's an Exotic sword with a special guard that revs its blade, dramatically increasing its damage and causing hits to heal you. Oh, and it deals anti-barrier damage, just because. If whatever you're fighting can be hit with a sword – like the mid-boss of the Deep Stone Crypt Raid – you want to hit it with Lament. It has the highest single-target damage of any weapon in the game, and its healing ability makes it a remarkably safe choice for Nightfalls.  

Witherhoard 

How to get it: Buy it from the Exotic kiosk in the tower and unlock its catalyst by speaking to the gunsmith Banshee-44.

Why you should use it: Witherhoard fires poisonous rounds that can infect enemies directly to cause damage over time, or spawn pools of poison that deal damage in an area. These two damage sources can be stacked on a boss – infect them first then hit them with a puddle – and killing an infected enemy will also cause a pool to spawn. It's all AoE, all the time, in other words, which makes it very good. Its Exotic catalyst takes Witherhoard to the next level, though, giving it the Auto-Hoading Holster perk and turning it into a fire-and-forget source of powerful neutral damage. Witherhoard is good literally everywhere thanks to its excellent ammo economy, and you'll likely never get tired of using it.  

Anarchy 

How to get it: Buy it from the Exotic kiosk using seals earned from current raids. It will take many, many raids to get enough seals, but it'll be worth it. 

Why you should use it: Think of Anarchy as Witherhoard's big brother. It's an arc heavy grenade launcher that can be used for passive single-target damage or wide-range AoE thanks to its lightning tether grenades. If you shoot down a barrage of four grenades, anything that walks through the resulting lighting square will get zapped. If you stick two grenades to a boss, it will take a ton of damage over time, freeing you up to swap to a special weapon like a sniper or slug shotgun. Anarchy also holds a lot of ammo, which makes it a strong choice for Grandmaster-level content. It's free damage and area control in one Exotic, making it one of the best raid Exotics and best general Exotics of all time.  

Eriana's Vow 

How to get it: Buy it from the Exotic kiosk in the Tower and unlock its catalyst by speaking to the gunsmith Banshee-44.

Why you should use it: Eriana's Vow is one of the most reliable and versatile weapons around. It's a hand cannon that uses special ammo, so think of it as a high-capacity sniper with superb ammo efficiency. Its special perk deals bonus critical damage as long as you always hit headshots or shoot shields, plus it does bonus shield damage on top of being an anti-barrier weapon. Its Exotic catalyst ups its magazine from six to nine rounds and adds in Auto-Loading Holster, making it much easier to pull it out when you need to pop a Champion shield or just pop some heads. Eriana's Vow is another mainstay choice for high-end content with lots of Champions, especially Nightfalls and Lost Sectors, and it's a downright essential Exotic to have. 

Izanagi's Burden 

How to get it: Buy it from the Exotic kiosk in the Tower, and get its catalyst as a random common drop from miscellaneous activities. 

Why you should use it: After a mix of buffs and nerfs, Izanagi's Burden is still just plain good. It's a sniper rifle that can compress its four-round magazine into a single powerful shot, and its catalyst makes that one shot even more devastating. This makes it great for bursting down Champions, and even as a special weapon, Izanagi's Burden is competitive as a boss DPS option. The fact that it is a special weapon also makes Special Ammo Finisher a strong mod for any build running this sniper, and that makes it incredibly reliable in challenging content.  

Ticuu's Divination  

How to get it: Purchase or level the Season 13 season pass, or buy it from the Exotic kiosk in the future. Talk to Banshee-44 to get its Exotic catalyst.

Why you should use it: Ticuu's Divination is a bow in name only. It plays more like a tracking grenade launcher. Basically, you hip-fire arrows to prime enemies with a debuff, and then hit primed enemies with precision shots to trigger an explosion. Any explosions triggered this way can also trigger more explosions, so you can see how this weapon snowballs. The best part is that any Ticuu's Divination can prime or detonate shots, so if you have two or three of these in your team, you can have one person spam hip-fire arrows while everyone else constantly detonates them. This combo is extremely powerful against Champions and large groups of enemies, especially for a primary weapon, and it's well worth owning Ticuu's Divination just for that.  

Bad Juju 

How to get it: Buy it from the Exotic kiosk in the Tower and get its catalyst as a random common drop. 

Why you should use it: It's often difficult to justify an Exotic primary weapon, but Bad Juju really is the whole package. Its unique perk refills the magazine and generates bonus Super energy after every kill, builds a stacking buff that increases weapon damage, and it allows for full-auto fire, which is mighty comfy on a high-RPM pulse rifle like this one. That's basically Full-Auto, Thresh, Rampage, and Subsistence in one perk. Its Exotic catalyst makes it easier to build stacks of its damage buff, String of Curses, which is just the cherry on top. Bad Juju is one of the best weapons for killing red-bar enemies, and unlike The Huckleberry – another great choice – you can guarantee it just by visiting the Exotic kiosk. 

Dead Man's Tale  

How to get it: Complete the Destiny 2 Dead Man's Tale Exotic quest, and unlock its catalyst by clearing the hard version.

Why you should use it: The Destiny universe technically has weapon manufacturers, but they're often overlooked since guns kind of blend together. That said, Tex Mechanica, the creators of icons like The Last Word, Chaperone, and now Dead Man's Tale are unforgettable. Dead Man's Tale is a 120 RPM semi-auto scout rifle that gains precision damage and reload speed every time you land a headshot, but it really takes off once you get its Exotic catalyst. This thing entirely removes hip-fire accuracy penalties and boosts the RPM to 150 when hip-firing, letting you land pin-point headshots from the hip at scout rifle range. Dead Man's Tale is good in basically all content, both PvE and PvP, and it delivers one of the most enjoyable and satisfying weapon fantasies in Destiny 2.  

As a staff writer and former freelancer, Austin focuses on day-to-day news happenings which serve as the perfect cover-up for his Destiny 2 column. He majored in journalism, loves to hate headlines, and never takes his Switch out of the dock.    

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BEST EXOTIC WEAPONS 2021! Top 10+ Must Have Exotic Weapons To Buy Or Have! Destiny 2.

The 10 Best Exotics For Hunters In Destiny 2, Ranked

Known for flashy abilities, lengthy invisibility, and massive utility potential, Hunters in Destiny 2 are an essential part of any fireteam, both in PvP and PvE. With an unprecedented amount of flexibility, this class has a wide range of playstyles thanks to its range of subclasses and Exotics.

Related: Destiny 2: The Best Hunter Builds For PvP And PvE

Exotics are key to making Hunters powerful, granting benefits ranging from ability regeneration to a powerful follow-up punch attack. For Guardians looking for an upper hand against the enemies of the Traveler and Guardians alike, here are the best exotics for Hunters in Destiny 2 as of Season of the Lost.

Updated September 25th, 2021, by Charles Burgar:Season of the Lost has buffed a few Hunter Exotics, most of which have been monumental. Graviton Forfeit is the most notable of the bunch, now granting even better melee recharge and other neutral-game buffs while you're invisible. We've updated this tier list to include Graviton Forfeit, explaining why its recent buff has made this helmet a fantastic pick for Nightstalker mains, both for PvE and PvP.

10 Graviton Forfeit

Vanishing Shadow: Increases the duration of any invisibility effects. While you are invisible, your melee recharges faster, your weapon reload faster, and your Recovery is greatly increased.

Season of the Lost gave Graviton Forfeit a massive buff. They now recharge your melee ability even faster if you're surrounded, grant bonus Recovery, and enhance your reload speed on all weapons while invisible. Graviton Forfeit is now an excellent neutral-game Exotic for all Nightstalker specs, both for PvE and PvP.

PvE

The faster melee recharge rate while invisible is why you'd use Graviton Forfeit in PvE. This recharge bonus is substantial, granting 50% of your melee back if you stay invisible for seven seconds. If you're surrounded by enemies, you'll get your melee back almost immediately.

This pairs exceptionally well with Bottom Tree Nightstalker, allowing you to gain x3 Heart of the Pack with ease. You can also use the increased melee regen to throw out constant Corrosive Smoke Bombs on Middle Tree Nightstalker. If you don't care about Omnioculus' damage resistance buff or using The Sixth Coyote to maintain your melee charges, give Graviton Forfeit a try.

PvP

Graviton Forfeit's usefulness in PvP is hard to overstate. The extended invisibility duration allows you to commit to long, map-wide flanks in competitive matches. Having a faster melee recharge rate is also exceptional on Top Tree Nightstalker, allowing you to place fake radar pings across the map as you see fit. You can easily misguide the enemy team if you use this helmet correctly, making them a fantastic option for players that learn the ins and outs of the Nightstalker subclass. It also pairs nicely with Rat King.

ProsCons
  • Extended invisibility duration
  • Constant melee charges
  • Passive buff
  • Sidegrade to Sixth Coyote and Omnioculus for PvE
  • Recovery boost is better than T9 but worse than T10
  • Forces you to play Nightstalker or use Rat King

9 Assassin's Cowl

Vanishing Execution: Powered melee final blows grant invisibility and restore a portion of health and shields. Finishers and final blows against more powerful targets increase the duration of the invisibility and the amount of health and shields restored.

Assassin's Cowl grants nine seconds of invisibility and partial healing upon defeating a target with a melee ability. Finishers and kills against majors and bosses increase the healing effect and boosts the invisibility duration to 15 seconds.

PvE

Since top tree Arcstriders can always have their melee ability when paired with Gambler's Dodge, this makes for a top-tier Exotic pairing inside solo Master difficulty content like Nightfalls. You can easily bypass entire rooms worth of enemies or give yourself time to heal and gain ammo during this invisibility buff. It also pairs exceptionally well with Revenant, allowing you to turn into an icy ninja with shurikens that turn you invisible. The utility this helmet provides is not to be underestimated.

PvP

While this Exotic does work in PvP, its usefulness is limited at best. Enemies can still see you while you're invisible, and it doesn't hide you from enemy radar while double jumping or when you begin to sprint. Unless you have some type of ranged melee attack, getting this helmet's Exotic perk to activate is incredibly risky. Most players are better off using something else.

ProsCons
  • Works with any subclass
  • HP and shield restore is substantial
  • Invisibility has a long duration
  • Tough to activate in PvP
  • Aggressive playstyle is hit-or-miss for GMs and Master raids
  • Lackluster for certain Subclass specs

8 Star-Eater Scales

Feast of Light: You gain additional Super energy from Orbs of Power you pick up. While your Super energy is full, picking up an Orb of Power overcharges your Super, causing you to gain a burst of healing when cast and a bonus to your Super damage. At maximum overcharge, you also gain an overshield.

There's a lot is going on with this Exotic, so let's break it down.

  1. Grabbing an Orb of Power grants twice as much Super energy, even Masterwork Orbs.
  2. When your Super bar is full, grabbing an Orb of Power grants one stack of Feast of Light. This buff increases the damage of your Super and heals you when you cast your Super.
  3. If you reach x8 Feast of Light, the buff's cap, you gain an overshield upon casting your Super.
  4. You lose all stacks of Feast of Light when you cast your Super or die.
  5. At x4 Feast of Light, your Super deals 55% increased damage.
  6. At x8 Feast of Light, your Super deals 70% increased damage.

PvE

If a perk or Exotic description is a paragraph long, there's a good chance it's good. Star-Eater Scales is no exception. These boots allow you to cast your Super much more frequently, and it boosts the strength of your Super if you decide to hold onto it.

Related: Destiny 2: Every Super Ranked From Worst To Best

You can use these boots in one of two ways:

  1. Gain your Super much faster, allowing you to spam your Super more frequently.
  2. Hold your Super to create a supercharged version by grabbing Orbs.

The former is excellent for general PvE content, while the latter is much more suited for raids and pinnacle PvE content. Star-Eater Scales has a level of versatility that makes them downright S-tier in PvE. Every build can take advantage of these boots, and those that build around Star-Eater Scales can expect a ludicrous amount of damage or Super spam—whichever you prefer.

PvP

Gaining twice as much Super energy from Orbs of Power is incredibly strong, yet PvP arenas typically aren't littered with Orbs. These boots are serviceable in 6v6 playlists, but they don't offer the neutral game benefits that other Hunter Exotics provide.

ProsCons
  • Doubles Super energy from Orbs of Power
  • Enhances every Super
  • Enables Super-spam builds
  • Lose all stacks on death
  • Limited use in PvP
  • Opportunity cost for PvP

7 Celestial Nighthawk

Hawkeye Hack: Modifies Golden Gun to fire a single high-damage shot. Enemies eliminated by the shot explode and grant you Super energy.

Despite bottom tree Gunslinger's buff in Season of Dawn, Celestial Nighthawk is still the best Exotic to use if you plan on using Golden Gun. While equipped, this Exotic helmet will condense all of your Golden Gun shots into one supercharged shot that deals six times as much damage as normal. Killing a target with Golden Gun will cause them to explode and refunds 33% of your Super energy.

PvE

Technically speaking, not using this Exotic will yield more total damage since Line 'Em Up will never activate during your Super. That does require players to land all three Golden Shots to a target's head, something that many Hunter mains know isn't always feasible. A single, high-damage shot that can instantly kill most targets is going to be preferable in raids and most PvE pinnacle content. If your team needs a DPS Super, you can't get much better than Bottom Tree Gunslinger and Celestial Nighthawk.

PvP

Don't use Celestial Nighthawk in PvP. Ever. You sacrifice three to six bullets that can one-shot Guardians for a single bullet that can detonate enemies. That's never worth it.

ProsCons
  • Drastically improves Golden Gun's burst DPS
  • You only have to line up one headshot instead of three
  • Refunds Super energy on kill
  • Detrimental for PvP
  • Only useful for Bottom Tree Gunslinger
  • Limits Orb generation

6 Fr0st-EE5

Rapid Cooldown: Increased grenade, melee, and dodge regeneration while sprinting. Dodging increases your sprint speed.

Fr0st-EE5, not to be confused with St0mp-EE5, are a pair of Exotic boots that grant passive ability energy regeneration while you sprint. Dodging will also increase your sprint speed by a small amount for ten seconds. Sprinting will increase your ability regeneration by around 25% and is multiplicative with other buffs.

PvE

The multiplicative nature of these boots makes them absurd for certain builds. For example, using these boots while Whisper of Shards' buff is active will lower your grenade cooldown to seven or eight seconds. This also reverts the Hunter dodge nerf that occurred in Beyond Light, causing your dodge cooldown at 100 mobility to come back in nine seconds. If you can find a way to add other ability regeneration buffs into your build, Fr0st-EE5 are effectively a 25% buff to those effects. Spamming abilities is incredibly easy with these boots, making them a great choice for most PvE content.

PvP

Fr0st-EE5 truly shine in PvP. The increased sprint speed and ability regeneration allow you to throw out more grenades, melee abilities, and dodge more frequently with virtually no cost. When paired with Whisper of Shards, you can recharge your Glacier Grenade in seconds, allowing you to Shatterdive opponents in most engagements. You can make some truly devastating builds in PvP if you use these Exotics properly. Don't underestimate them.

ProsCons
  • Great ability uptime
  • Useful for all game modes
  • Passively improves your build
  • Sprint buff is tied to your dodge
  • Relies on good armor stats and mods to reach its potential

5 Mask Of Bakris

Light Shift: Replaces your Stasis subclass Dodge ability with a longer range, faster moving Shift that partially cloaks you during use. After Shifting, your Arc weapons deal increased damage to combatants for a short time, and you deal increased damage to all slowed or frozen combatants.

Beyond Light's most controversial Exotic is much more balanced than many assumed it would be. The Mask of Bakris replaces your Stasis dodge with Shift, a short-range teleport ability that cloaks you during its effect. When you finish Shifting, you receive a 10% damage bonus to Arc weapons for ten seconds. This Arc damage buff prevents your Shift ability from recharging.

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PvE

Mask of Bakris is a great PvE Exotic due to its Light Shift buff. While active, your Arc weapons deal 10% increased damage. This stacks with buffs like Weapons of Light and High-Energy Fire, one of the only buffs in Destiny 2 to behave this way. Pair this helmet with The Fourth Horseman or an Arc Rocket Launcher to deal an absurd amount of burst DPS.

PvP

There are quite a few downsides to using this Exotic. You have to be using Stasis, it adds ten seconds to your dodge cooldown, its Arc buff doesn't work in PvP, it can't be used in the air, and you are still vulnerable during your Shift animation.

Yet none of those negatives really hamper this Exotic's greatest strength: its unmatched mobility. The confusion this helmet creates in PvP is absurdly strong for aggressive players. You can use your dodge to rush targets with a Shotgun, retreat from an aggressive player, or dodge Super projectiles. When paired with the Winter Shroud Aspect, Mask of Bakris can single-handedly swing a gunfight in your favor. If you can master its Shift ability, this helmet is nothing short of a powerhouse.

ProsCons
  • Allows you to teleport
  • Grants a 10% Arc damage buff
    • Stacks with other damage buffs
  • Excellent for repositioning in PvP
  • Increases dodge CD by 10 seconds
  • Damage buff doesn't work in PvP
  • Can only be used by Revenants

4 The Sixth Coyote

Double Dodge: Gain a second dodge charge.

Every Hunter subclass gets two dodge charges if the Sixth Coyote is equipped. That means you can recharge two melee charges or reload your gun twice at will, all while disabling enemy aim assist during your animation.

PvE

This Exotic is phenomenal in PvE since it can be paired with bottom tree Nightstalker's Smoke Bombs to give you and your fireteam invisibility at will. The ability to chain two Marksman or Gabler's Dodges together is nothing to scoff at either. Auto-reloading two magazines in your weapon can drastically increase your burst DPS against a boss, making weapons like the Fourth Horseman much stronger. Whether you need a DPS boost or plan to cheese Nightfalls, The Sixth Coyote has your back.

PvP

The Sixth Coyote is much stronger in PvP than most give it credit for. Having a second dodge is incredible for getting out of dangerous situations or throwing an opponent's aim off, although this boon is less impactful on PC due to more precise aiming and larger FOV settings. It also makes Surplus an S-tier perk, as your second dodge counts as having a second ability charged. Give this Exotic a try if you're tired of using St0mp-EE5 or Dragon's Shadow.

ProsCons
  • Great synergy with most subclasses
  • Good PvP outplay potential
  • Counts as a charged ability for the purposes of Surplus
  • Dodge CD is paused while dodging
  • Less viable for PvP on PC

3 The Dragon's Shadow

Wraithmetal Mail: Dodging reloads all weapons and increases both movement and weapon handling speeds for a brief time.

Yet another dodge-augmenting Exotic, the Dragon's Shadow grants the Wraithmetal Mail buff for ten seconds after you dodge. This buff grants the following:

  • Auto reloads all of your weapons after you dodge
  • Faster sprint speed
  • Further slide distance
  • +50 mobility
  • Faster reload speed
  • A massive increase to handling (more than Quickdraw)
  • Faster reload speed

PvE

The Dragon's Shadow is surprisingly strong in PvE, giving you a massive boost to handling while auto-reloading all of your weapons after a dodge. This can lead to some extremely powerful DPS options like double slug Shotgun swapping or weaving Rocket Launcher shots with your Special weapon. If used properly, you can drastically improve your DPS with this Exotic. It doesn't beat Celestial Nighthawk or other must-have PvE Exotics for raids or Grandmaster Nightfalls, but if you want a great neutral game Exotic that works with any subclass, the Dragon's Shadow is a great choice.

PvP

Wraithmetal Mail is one of the strongest buffs in PvP. So long as you have another means of reducing your dodge cooldown, you can have this buff active 100% of the time in any activity. Having absurd swap speeds and faster movement completely changes the way you play Destiny 2. You'll start weaving your Special and Primary weapon together in gunfights, learn how to play aggressive, and learn exactly when your dodge leaves cooldown based on feel.

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This Exotic is near-impossible to take off once you get used to it. It doesn't give you the movement options that make St0mp-EE5 so powerful, yet the Wraithmetal Mail buff is so powerful that it makes it an excellent alternative for most players.

ProsCons
  • Hastens everything you do
  • Auto-reloads all weapons
  • Buff is tied to your dodge
  • You feel sluggish when the buff expires
  • Encourages dodging before gunfights, removing a vital disengage tool

2 Wormhusk Crown

Burning Souls: Dodging gives a small health and shield bump.

Wormhusk Crown needs no introduction. This helmet grants a flat chunk of health after you dodge, effectively causing your dodge to heal you. At 100 mobility, this helmet grants you a 40% heal every 11 seconds.

PvE

Unlike most PvP Exotics, Wormhusk Crown is a surprisingly good PvE Exotic. There are very few ways of getting your health back as a Hunter in Destiny 2, most of which involve Combat Style mods or Exotic weapons. Wormhusk Crown gives you a sizable health bump for dodging, an action you'd normally perform when you're in danger. They aren't the best Exotic for pinnacle PvE content, but if you're tired of dying in more casual content, this helmet will save your life more times than you might expect.

PvP

If it wasn't clear, Wormhusk Crown in PvP is the main reason we've rated this helmet so highly. Players typically rush Hunters when they dodge on low life. This Exotic flips those encounters on their head by granting a sizable amount of HP after a dodge, allowing you to get straight back into a duel.

These Exotics allow you to get away with much more sloppy movement and aggressive gameplay, making these an excellent Exotic for players that are new to playing Hunter. Even Hunter mains will use this Exotic for the amount of aggressive plays it lets you get away with, allowing you to aggressively snipe or duel enemies in competitive modes. Simply put, Wormhusk Crown is one of the best PvP Exotics in Destiny 2—arguably the best for newer Hunters.

ProsCons
  • Tied to your dodge
  • Allows for aggressive gameplay
  • HP bump is medicore in PvE
  • Tough to use other Exotics once you're used to Wormhusk

1 St0mp-EE5

Hydraulic Boosters: Increases sprint speed and slide distance. Improves High Jump, Strafe Jump, and Triple Jump.

Mobility is king in Destiny 2, both for PvE and PvP. St0mp-EE5 are all about enhancing your mobility, causing your jumps to become stronger while increasing your sprint and slide speeds.

PvE

Movement Exotics are entirely subjective in PvE. They prevent you from using a Super-enhancing Exotic like Celestial Nighthawk, although the movement enhancements can make the difference for some players. St0mp-EE5 are as powerful as they come in terms of movement Exotics, making your jumps and overall mobility much stronger. You can avoid enemies more easily, slide to cover much faster, and be able to traverse the battlefield more quickly than other players.

It's up to you if that's worth it over other top-tier PvE Exotics. You'll at least want to have a pair of these boots in your inventory for when you encounter a platforming section.

PvP

You won't find a better movement Exotic in Destiny 2. St0mp-EE5 have everything you'd want from a movement Exotic: faster sprint speed, further slide distance, and much stronger jumps. These boots transform your movement game, allowing you to traverse maps in the blink of an eye. When players speak of "hoppity Hunters," these boots are what allow that playstyle.

These boots also open up traversal paths on certain maps. If you headbutt a ceiling with a Strafe Jump while St0mp-EE5 are equipped, you'll gain an immense amount of momentum. Chaining these jumps can give you more speed than a top tree Dawnblade using Icarus Dash or a pre-nerf Shiver Striking Titan. Simply put, there isn't a better PvP Exotic for Hunters in Destiny 2. These boots give you so many options for engaging, disengaging, and generally annoying your opponents.

ProsCons
  • Drastically improved agility
  • Enhanced jump is fantastic for jumping puzzles and PvP
  • Great for all game types
  • Tough to use other Exotics once you get used to them
  • Encourages jumping constantly
    • This is a bad habit for Trials, Comp, and Grounded PvE content

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Destiny 2 has come a long way since launching with a series of fairly timid exotics back in 2017.

In fact, there are now plenty of options to influence your build in all weapon slots, and we've rounded up our favourites.

For the best exotic armour, check out our separate guide.

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Destiny 2 Best Exotic Weapons: The Best Exotic Guns In 2021

Bad Juju

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Weapon Type: Kinetic Pulse Rifle

Bad Juju was a fan-favourite in Destiny 1, and it's arguably just as good in Destiny 2.

Its exotic perk, String of Curses, means that kills refill the magazine, increase damage, and boost Super energy based on the number of stacked curses.

Crimson

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Weapon Type: Kinetic Hand Cannon

Essentially a Hand Cannon version of Destiny 1's Red Death, Crimson is a great weapon for anyone wanting to play a tanky role.

That's thanks to its "Cruel Remedy" perk that heals the wielder with kills, and refills the magazine with precision kills.

Considering it also fires a three-round burst, it's surprisingly easy to keep killing and healing.

Divinity

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Weapon Type: Energy Trace Rifle

A dream for high-level PvE players, Divinity essentially debuffs enemies that are caught within sustained damage.

Not only can this disrupt Overload Champions (making it very handy for Nightfalls), but it can also damage them if they're in the area too long.

Graviton Lance

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Weapon Type: Energy Pulse Rifle

Graviton Lance is a dependable exotic for many, and with the Warmind exotic overhaul it got much better, too.

Black Hole, its exotic perk, means that the second shot of each two-round burst will do more damage, and its other perk, Cosmology, causes enemies to not only explode, but send void projectiles after other enemies, too.

The Lament

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Weapon Type: Heavy Sword

Beyond Light bought this boss-slaying sword to the masses, and it's been popular ever since.

Rev up the blade, use a few light attacks and then follow with a heavy attack to essentially kill any strike boss – and give Dungeon or Raid bosses a run for their money, too.

Not got it yet? Here's our guide.

The Last Word

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Weapon Type: Kinetic Hand Cannon

Sure, it's no longer as widely used as it used to be, but we still have a soft spot for The Last Word.

Offering "Fan Fire", a perk that means it can fire in full-auto, with hip-fire dealing bonus precision damage AND increasing reload speed and accuracy, it can be a godsend in PvP skirmishes where you don't have time to ADS.

Grab it from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower for a run time.

Riskrunner

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Weapon Type: Energy SMG

A dream for crowd-control scenarios where enemies swarm you, Riskrunner is an early Destiny 2 exotic that's still fun to use.

A rapid-firing SMG capable of chaining lightning between enemies, it's fun to use in plenty of situations, and it absorbs Arc damage, too.

Thorn

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Weapon Type: Kinetic Hand Cannon

Destiny 1's most famous weapon that's not called Gjallarhorn, Thorn isn't quite as lethal as it was in its PvP heyday but it remains a great choice for plenty of situations.

"Mark of the Devourer" deals damage over time to enemies and kills drop Remnants, which can be collected to refill the magazine and strengthen Mark of the Devourer – making your Guardian a walking cycle of death.

Check out our guide here.

Whisper Of The Worm

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Weapon Type: Power Sniper Rifle

Joining the Exotic kiosk in Season 13, this sniper rifle deals a huge amount of damage, and three precision hits will reload it instantly.

Missed a shot? No worries – the Mulligan perk has a chance to return ammo to the magazine.

In PvE, it's lethal. 

Xenophage

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Weapon Type: Power Machine Gun

What's deadlier than a heavy machine gun? As it turns out, adding high-powered explosive ammunition is the answer.

The perk "Pyrotoxin Rounds" makes Xenophage a dream for DPS against PvE enemies.

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