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Best Destiny 2 PvP weapons: best guns for the Crucible, Iron Banner and Trials

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It can be difficult to distinguish the best Destiny 2 PvP guns from the crowd. You might be curious about which firearms have been breaking up the Crucible since the release of The Witch Queen. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of weapons available in the game.

The joy of lies in finding a weapon that you like and sticking with it. To have fun, you don’t need to play the meta.

The competitive side has more flexibility than the PvE side. It all comes down to personal style and preferences. You can master a certain type of gun, and you are surfing the leaderboards, so keep at it.

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We can help you if you feel a little lost in the leveling process or your current loadout isn’t cutting the mustard. These are some weapons that you might consider trying if you feel lost after being repeatedly defeated in Trials.


Destiny 2 PvP weapons

Destiny 2: The best weapons types

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Since the Witch Queen’s launch, not much has changed, at least in terms of weapons. Abilities, Void are everywhere. But for guns, only Hand Cannons and Hand Cannons remain. Although the exact archetype may have fluctuated a few times, Hand Cannons were almost unanimously the most popular primary weapon in Crucible for the past year.

There are many other primaries that are popular, however, beyond Hand Cannons. Pulse Rifles are a good alternative to many SMGs. Although there are ways to make certain weapon types work, they are often considered weaker.

Shotguns are still strong in the special slot, despite Bungie trying to reduce them. It’s not difficult to get a one-hit kill by sliding in with a shotgun. Fusion Rifles, or one fusion rifle, are also performing very well. Snipers can be used on certain maps. However, it all depends on your ability to click heads.

Your Power Weapon doesn’t make or break your loadout. Rocket Launchers reign supreme, with Linear Fusion rifles second.

Destiny 2: The worst weapons types

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With the right loadout, mentality, and mindset, you can make almost anything in PvP. Playstyle is everything. There are some weapons that will make you work harder than others.

Although some Rapid Fire Scout rifles are available for purchase, they are not suitable for combat at extreme ranges. Sidearms have their place, and some players swear by them. However, they require a certain level of personal attention that can make you vulnerable to Shotguns. This makes them difficult to use.

Trace Rifles, which are in the Special slot of the game, is a strange fit. Although they have a very quick time to kill, their best distance is at mid-range where most primaries operate. If you’re not familiar with Breach Grenade Launchers, they can be very useful for those who know how to use them. However, they are more difficult to understand than a Shotgun.

Heavy weapons are not the most important part of PvP loadouts. However, they can be used in a variety of ways. Swords are no longer able to look around corners without ammo, which has reduced their competitive utility. They require you to be too close and you can get one-hit kills from afar.

PvP weapons for Destiny 2: The best primary weapons

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These sharp-shooters are the best choice if you want to find the strongest gear for your primary fire slots. They offer a perfect balance of brutality and precision.

Take as many as possible and test them all to find the perfect match.


The Crucible is being taken over by a Destiny 1 classic (Image credit: Future).

The Eyasluna Hand Cannon, a relatively recent addition to Destiny 2, is an interesting addition. It’s a favorite of Destiny 1 and comes with a large PvP pedigree. It’s not surprising that this pedigree has been carried over to the current game where it has completely taken over the meta.

Eyasluna also offers a variety of PvP-focused perks. Perpetual motion, Rangefinder and Rapid Hit are all possible in the third column. The last column also includes Snapshot Sights, Kill Clip, Moving Target and Kill Clip. It’s easier to get a good roll in PvP than a bad one.

The biggest problem with the Eyasluna from a PvP perspective is that you have to complete the Grasp of Avarice Dungeon to obtain it. This is PvE content of higher tier, but it shouldn’t be a problem if you’re a good Destiny player.

Where can I get it?

Grasp of Avarice Dungeon


Palindrome is currently performing well. (Image credit: Future)

The Palindrome, another high-tier hand cannon that is very similar in appearance to Eyasluna is the Palindrome. Both cannons have the same fire rate and are equally popular in the top PvP meta. These are very similar Hand Cannons. Your ‘feeling’ for one or the other will determine which handcannon you choose. You can create this feeling with sound, animation, or other factors. However, if you don’t have either, you can choose one.

Another great thing about Palindrome is its ability to produce a lot of good rolls. You will find what you need in the third column: Quickdraw, Killing Wind, and Outlaw. Rampage and Rangefinder are also great options in the last column. Although its rolls aren’t as focused on PvP as Eysaluna’s, the upside to it is that it offers good PvE benefits so it’s an all-rounder weapon.

Palindrome is similar to Eyasluna when it comes to how you get the gun. Nightfalls is another high-level PvE activity that gives you the opportunity to obtain it. You will need to complete the Grand Master Nightfall if you want to become an Adept. This is the most difficult content in the game. If you’re a good player of Destiny 2, it should not be difficult to get one.

Where can I get it?

Nightfalls are available when it is on the weekly rotation. Grand Master Nightfalls has an Adept version.

Dead Man’s Tale

Dead Man’s Tale is an automated headshot machine. (Image credit: Future)

Scout Rifles aren’t in the best position in PvP right now. Rapid-Fire Frames may be a niche choice, but one is better than the rest. The Dead Man’s Tale, an Exotic weapon with more range and the ability to hit other Guardians in their heads, is very powerful. It has been a constant threat since its release in Season of the Chosen.

It is very easy to obtain. You can purchase it at the Monument to Lost Lights kiosk located in the Tower. You can also purchase it from Xur who will be bringing a new roll each week. You will most likely want Outlaw or Vorpal Weapon in PvP (to kill Guardians with Supers), but Killing Wind and Snapshot Sights are also good options.

You should also try to get the Catalyst gun accessory. This allows you to fire the gun faster from the hip, and eliminates hip-fire penalties. This makes it easy to quickly burn down targets. Dead Man’s Tale is the gun for you if you like to click heads.

Where can I get it?

The Monument to Lost Lights kiosk is located in the Tower

A Piece of Your Mind

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One of the most surprising breakthroughs in the Season of the Risen has been the Piece of Mind. The Rapid-Fire Pulse continues to gain popularity and may continue to grow in popularity. Pulse Rifles, which are in a very under-appreciated and viable position right now, can compete with most Hand Cannons quite effectively. The Piece of Mind is one of the best options in the slot.

You might also find some amazing perks for PvP. The third column contains the new perk compulsive loader, which is a friend for most Crucible players. The boost in reload speed can be very helpful if you’re a compulsive loader. Focused Fire, the new perk, will make your life easier. The Vorpal weapon can also be used to surprise Guaridans with their Supers. Although they may believe they are safe because of the resistance that Supering provides, a few bursts can put them in their place.

The Piece of Mind may not be enough for you. You might also consider Gridskipper and Darkest Before. Both of these are excellent PvP pulse rifles.

Where can I get it?

Season of the Risen Activities

Ace of Spades

Cayde-6’s legacy gun is still going strong. (Image credit: Future)

You are looking for a hand cannon that is flashier than the Eyasluna and Palindrome? Do you have an Exotic slot in your PvP builds that you would like to use? The Ace of Spades is the weapon for you. This weapon is a 140 RPM hand cannon and functions in the same way as the Eyasluna or Palindrome. Its Memento Mori Exotic Perk allows you to kill with it, giving you super-charged, explosive rounds that can make a huge difference in PvP.

Ace of Spades’ other great feature is its simplicity. It takes only one Exotic Cypher to get it. You can purchase it at the Forsaken tab in the Tower’s Monument to Lost Lights kiosk.

It does have some drawbacks, however. It is Exotic and has many perks. An Ace of Spades is the only one that can be tailored to your play style. It also takes up your Exotic slot, so you can’t take something like the Chaperone. It’s also possible that some people might find its recoil animation a bit cumbersome.

If you are able to master the Ace of Spades it can be a huge asset. You can use it as a PvP weapon and in many metas. Mastering the gun will help you achieve your goals.

Where can I get it?

The Tower’s Monument to Lost Lights kiosk

Vex Mythoclast

Despite a nerf, the Raid Exotic continues to do well. (Image credit: Future)

Vex Mythoclast can be described as a strange gun. It is a hybrid of an Auto-Rifle and a Linear Fusion Rifle. However, it is neither. It’s instead classified as a Fusion Rifle. It’s great in the Crucible, regardless of what it is.

In PvP, the primary fire acts as an Auto-Rifle, which is very precise and powerful. As you kill your opponents, however, you may be subject to charges. This allows you to switch the fire mode into Linear Fusion Rifle shots, which can be used to kill Guardians.

Vex Mythoclast’s biggest problem is its difficulty to obtain. You must beat the Raid to get it. It is a random drop from Atheon in the Vault of Glass. Worse, it has a very low drop rate (some estimates as low at 4%). This means you’ll likely need to do the Raid a lot.

The Vex Mythoclast can be a devastating weapon if you have it. Although it has suffered a recent nerf that hasn’t affected its popularity, it is still very popular.

Where can I get it?

Vault of Glass Raid: Atheon boss fight

The Summoner

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While auto rifles don’t blow up the leaderboards much, they are more reliable than other weapons. Hand Cannons don’t work well with some people, so a weapon that can fire continuously is better.

You’ll love Trials if you love auto rifles. The Trials pool has reintroduced the Summoner and there are some amazing perk options.

Overflow is the third column. It allows you to shoot several Guardians at once. Dynamic Sway Reduction is also a great friend for auto rifles, giving it a very controlled fire.

Rampage is the best choice in the fourth column. This will work especially well in conjunction with Overflow and allow you to destroy Guardian after Guardian. Rangefinder, a great perk that allows you to secure kills further away, is another option.

Where can I get it?

Trials of Osiris available

Funnelweb, Shayura’s Wrath

SMGs are also very good at the moment. (Image credit: Future)

The Funnelweb doesn’t just destroy the meta of PvE weapons, it also holds its own in PvP.

The majority of primaries are at mid-range. However, there are some other options. You can choose to have your primary focus more on close-quarters combat with either Shayura’s Wrath or Funnelweb.

Both guns offer great PvP perks. A great Crucible Shayura’s Wrath weapon is the Dynamic Sway Reduction, Killing Wind, or Quick Draw with Kill Clip and Snapshot Sights.

Good PvP rolls for the Funnelweb could include Killing Wind, Perpetual Motion with Adrenaline Junkie, or Rangefinder.

Be wary of shotguns when using an SMG. You might end up with an enemy before you are able to take them out.

However, the sweet spot is not accessible to Shotgun users. You’ll be able to slash enemies quicker than any primary if you become more comfortable playing at this range instinctively. Although it might take some time to master this range, you will be able to destroy your opponents.

Where can I get it?

Shayura’s Wrath comes from Trials. Funnelweb can be found as a random World Drop.

Destiny 2 PvP weapons: best special weapons

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These A-tier special weapon sets will help you shoot with style and punch with flair.

Give them a try to find the one that suits your play style best.

Reckless Endangerment

The shotgun that won’t stop. (Image credit: Future)

Felwinter’s Lie terror, which has plagued PvP since years, seems to have been removed from the top of the meta after recent nerfs. However, this doesn’t mean Shotguns have gone. They are still the most widely used special weapon type.

Reckless Endangerment, the Season of the Risen ritual weapons, is the rising option. Although lightweight frame shotguns aren’t the best for PvP, this one has a great set roll. Snapshot Sights and Perpetual Motion will be your best choices. However, Steady Hand could still be an option. This shotgun is very fast and will allow you to zoom in faster. It might take more than one shot to get someone down. However, that is part of the charm of lightweight frames.

It is also very easy to obtain. You just need to reach level 16 in Crucible or Gambit activities to get the set roll. For a complete breakdown of how to get this weapon, click here

You might also be interested in the Seven Seraph CQC shotguns and Riiswalker.

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