Best Auto Rifles in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP and PvE

by | Jan 12, 2023

[toc] Auto rifles are not as dominant as they were just a few seasons ago, and while most Guardians have moved on to more popular options, the top Auto rifles remain some of the best weapons in Destiny 2.

But because auto rifles, in general, aren’t necessarily considered the best weapon type, we’ll be ranking them based on their relative strength to each other.

This guide covers every Auto rifle in Destiny 2, including both Exotic and Legendary auto rifles, as well as the best rolls for PVE and PVP.

Checkmark icon V3Updated as of Season of the Seraph (S19). See Updates.

Destiny 2 Auto Rifles Tier list

This Tier list features every Exotic and Legendary auto rifle in the game. It starts with the S Tier weapons and moves down from there. It also covers both PvE and PvP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying in what area each weapon shines:

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
Gnawing HungerGnawing Hunger art
Gnawing Hunger
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot pool
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Rampage (also good: Rampage
PvP God Roll: Tap the Trigger + Kill Clip (also good: Rampage)

► Gnawing Hunger is still one of the best Auto Rifles in the game. It is a part of the Adaptive archetype and comes with a host of solid PvP and PvE perks. Gnawing has taken us through the most endgame pieces of content, and will therefore always be on-hand to use.
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Rampage (also good: Rampage
PvP God Roll: Tap the Trigger + Kill Clip (also good: Rampage)
Chroma RushChroma Rush art
Chroma Rush
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestUnobtainable
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Unobtainable

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy (also good: Subsistence) + Rampage Adrenaline Junkie
PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Tap the Trigger (also good: Kill Clip)

► Chroma Rush has it all. Good base stats, good perks, and is part of a decent archetype. In PvE, it has a menagerie of perks to pick from, including Rampage, Adrenaline Junkie, and Kill Clip. In PvP, it can either be a consistent laser beam, or a lethal beast with different rolls.
Season 14
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy (also good: Subsistence) + Rampage Adrenaline Junkie
PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Tap the Trigger (also good: Kill Clip)
The SummonerThe Summoner art
The Summoner
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimarySolarThe Witch QueenNoS › BestTrials of Osiris
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Trials of Osiris

The Witch Queen
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Multikill Clip
PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Rangefinder) + Multikill Clip (also good: Rampage)

► The Summoner has a lot going for it: Good base stats, a good archetype, and really solid perks. Overall, The Summoner can succeed everywhere in the game and it will never let you down.
Season 10
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Multikill Clip
PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Rangefinder) + Multikill Clip (also good: Rampage)
ScathelockeScathelocke art
Scathelocke
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot pool
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Osmosis)
PvP God Roll: Tunnel Vision (also good: Heating Up) + Eye of the Storm (also good: Multikill Clip)

► A returning favorite from Year 1, Scathelocke brings some solid stats and good perks to the table. Osmosis gives it versatility, while perks such as Adrenaline Junkie or Rampage can provide lethality. Scathelocke just 'feels' powerful.
Season 15
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Osmosis)
PvP God Roll: Tunnel Vision (also good: Heating Up) + Eye of the Storm (also good: Multikill Clip)
The Last BreathThe Last Breath art
The Last Breath
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongProphecy Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Prophecy Dungeon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Demolitionist) + Frenzy (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)
PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Rangefinder

► The Last Breath is a must-have auto rifle for PVE. It has all the right perks to excel and can compete in most pieces of content. It also offers lots of versatility. Damage perks, utility perks, the Last Breath has it all.
Season 15
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Demolitionist) + Frenzy (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)
PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Rangefinder
TigerspiteTigerspite art
Tigerspite
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongDreaming City
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Dreaming City

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Outlaw) + Frenzy (also good: Kill Clip)

► For some reason, Tigerspite just feels great to use. It also comes with solid damage perks that scale nicely into endgame content. While it is part of the weaker 450 RPM archetype, Tigerspite can still hold its own.
Season 14
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Outlaw) + Frenzy (also good: Kill Clip)
Duty BoundDuty Bound art
Duty Bound
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongNightfall: The Ordeals
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All Perpetual Motion + Frenzy Rampage

► Duty Bound is a decent all-around weapon. It comes with solid perks and can be used effectively pretty much anywhere in the game. 600 RPM Auto Rifles have always had a decent spot in PvE, and Duty Bound does not break this trend.
Season 16
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All Perpetual Motion + Frenzy Rampage
Quicksilver StormQuicksilver Storm art
Quicksilver Storm
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryKineticLightfall Pre-OrderYesA › StrongPre-order bonus
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Pre-order bonus
Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall Pre-Order
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Landing multiple hits turns your next shot into a homing micro-rocket. Landing multiple rockets loads a grenade."

► Quicksilver Storm is a fun and unique weapon. Combining an Auto Rifle with a Rocket Launcher and a Grenade Launcher, Quicksilver Storm is quite the all-rounder, however, it isn't quite fully there in terms of strength to be one of the greats.
Season 18
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Landing multiple hits turns your next shot into a homing micro-rocket. Landing multiple rockets loads a grenade."
Ammit AR2Ammit AR2 art
Ammit AR2
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot pool
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Stats For All + Incandescent (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)

► We love the Ammit. It has a decent number of good perks and feels nice to use. The only thing going against the Ammit is its Precision Frame archetype which isn't the worst but certainly isn't the best.
Season 18
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Stats For All + Incandescent (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)
Sweet SorrowSweet Sorrow art
Sweet Sorrow
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongPsiOps Battlegrounds
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
PsiOps Battlegrounds

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Killing Wind) + Tap the Trigger

► Sweet Sorrow feels extremely nice to fire and comes with the deadly perk combo of Perpetual Motion + Tap the Trigger. Plus, it's craftable! Sweet Sorrow can be a dueling beast, but unfortunately, the current long-range meta doesn't allow it to shine.
Season 16
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Killing Wind) + Tap the Trigger
Lodbrok-CLodbrok-C art

Lodbrok-C
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot pool
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Rolls: Perpetual Motion (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Tap the Trigger (also good: Kill Clip)

► There's something about the Lodbrok that makes it special. It has extremely clean sights, and with Perpetual Motion + Tap the Trigger, you get a very consistent dueling weapon on your hands. Lodbrok can contest excellent ranges and surprise enemies, but it will still get beaten by superior long-range weapons.
Season 19
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Rolls: Perpetual Motion (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Tap the Trigger (also good: Kill Clip)
Monte CarloDestiny 2 Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesB › AverageExotic Engram
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Exotic Engram

Shadowkeep
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

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."

► Monte Carlo is a decent auto rifle with a clean aesthetic and nice stats overall. Its exotic perk grants you melee energy with hits and kills, and on top of that, it also comes with an exotic version of Swashbuckler, which is a nice touch and pairs really well with melee-focused playstyles.
Season 8
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

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."
Tommy's MatchbookDestiny 2 Tommy's Matchbook art
Tommy's Matchbook
Auto RifleExoticPrimarySolarShadowkeepYesB › AverageExotic Kiosk
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Exotic Kiosk

Shadowkeep
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

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 can literally melt opponents. It has an outrageous bodyshot time to kill of 0.77 seconds when the perk gets going and can rip through most enemies in PvE. However, as you enter harder content, or face better players, Tommy's Matchbook becomes MUCH harder to use, and requires a very skilled hand to succeed with.
Season 10
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Sustained fire with this weapon overheats it, increasing damage but burning the user. Overheat damage is reduced while hip firing."
Seventh Seraph Carbine
Seventh Seraph Carbine
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageXûr
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Xûr

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction (also good: Fourth Time's the Charm) + Frenzy (also good: Swashbuckler)

► The Seventh Seraph Carbine is painfully mediocre as it offers nothing that special in terms of perks. However, the one thing it does have is its ability to make Warmind Cells, and should they ever become meta again, The Seraph Carbine will be a decent pick as it is the only Warmind Cell generating Auto in the game.
Season 10
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction (also good: Fourth Time's the Charm) + Frenzy (also good: Swashbuckler)
Chrysura MeloChrysura Melo art
Chrysura Melo
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageXûr
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Xûr

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Ensemble (also good: Outlaw) + Dragonfly

► This auto rifle offers many of the interesting new perks released last year. With the right rolls, it can even be a fun weapon to use in PvE. Unfortunately, High-Impact auto rifles still lag behind stronger archetypes such as Adaptives or even Rapid-Fires. For this reason alone, Chysura Melo simply can't stand out.
Season 15
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Ensemble (also good: Outlaw) + Dragonfly
KraitKrait art
Krait
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Stats for All) + Headstone (also good: One for All)

► Mimicking Valakadyn from Year 1, Krait immediately became a fan favorite when it came out. These days though, it is easily outclassed by not only other Stasis weapons, but also other Rapid-Fire Auto Rifles, leaving very little room for Krait to breathe.
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Stats for All) + Headstone (also good: One for All)
Dark DeciderDark Decider art
Dark Decider
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron Banner
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Rolls: Subsistence + Voltshot

► While Dark Decider can roll with two of the most popular PvE perks currently available (Subsistence and Voltshot), this combination lacks synergy. Voltshot requires you to reload after a kill, but Subsistence reloads your weapon automatically, making for a gun that's only slightly above average.
Season 19
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Rolls: Subsistence + Voltshot
Hard LightDestiny 2 Hard Light
Hard Light
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageExotic Engram
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

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."

► The days of Hard Light's domination over the Crucible are long gone, and these days it sits in the middle of the pack. It does have its niche uses and fun ways to ricochet kill enemies, but many Legendary alternatives surpass it in both PvE and PvP.
Season 1
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

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."
SUROS RegimeDestiny 2 SUROS Regime
SUROS Regime
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageExotic Engram
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

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."

► SUROS Regime's ability to combine a higher damage per bullet and a faster rate of fire can absolutely shred opposing Guardians. This makes SUROS an incredibly oppressive option if used correctly. It has fallen slightly behind, though, especially in this current long-range meta.
Season 3
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

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."
Braytech Werewolf
Braytech Werewolf
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageEvent: Festival of the Lost
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Event: Festival of the Lost

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Under Pressure) + Tap The Trigger (also good: Eye of the Storm)

► Braytech Werewolf is a decent pick. It has a number of solid dueling perks that offer consistency; however, it lacks that lethal edge that other weapon types have, making it a solid, but mediocre option.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Under Pressure) + Tap The Trigger (also good: Eye of the Storm)
Herod-CHerod-C art
Herod-C
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesB › AveragePlaylist: Gambit
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Playlist: Gambit

Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Moving Target (also good: Tap the Trigger)

► With its subpar perks and lacking archetype, Herod-C doesn't have too much going for it. Its giant perk pool also doesn't help either... It can be used as a niche counter to Citan's Ramparts, thanks to its Hakke origin trait, which deals extra damage to barricades in PvP.
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Moving Target (also good: Tap the Trigger)
False Promises
False Promises
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Killing Wind) + Eye of the Storm

► False Promises is a bit of a sleeper pick. It does have slightly worse base stats than, say, Age Old Bond, but its perk pool is much more interesting. It can be a good dueling weapon thanks to its surprisingly long range; however, options like No Time to Explain and Dead Man's Tale will still beat it.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Killing Wind) + Eye of the Storm
Shadow PricePrice art
Shadow Price
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageNightfall: The Ordeals
Average

B



Nightfall: The Ordeals

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + One for All (also good: Swashbuckler)

► Shadow Price is a decent option. It features a couple of good perks, but that's about it. Not being part of a good archetype, having no origin trait and mediocre stats lands it in the middle of the pack.
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + One for All (also good: Swashbuckler)
Arc LogicArc Logic art
Arc Logic
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageMoon
Average

B



Moon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Frenzy Rampage

► Arc Logic is a middle-of-the-road option. It isn't bad by any means, but it also lacks anything too special to offer. It feels somewhat wonky to use and there are better 600 RPM autos out there instead.
Season 14
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Frenzy Rampage
Sorrow's VerseSorrow's Verse art
Sorrow's Verse
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AveragePlaylist: Crucible
Average

B



Playlist: Crucible

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Rampage

► Sorrow's Verse is a competent auto rifle. It comes with decent stats, a clean sight, and good overall perks. In fact, some guardians actually love this weapon and will proudly bring it to the Crucible. Unfortunately for this weapon, there are simply superior options out there.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Rampage
Sweet BusinessDestiny 2 Sweet Business art
Sweet Business
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakExotic Quest
Weak

C



Exotic Quest

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Larger magazine. Increased accuracy when firing from the hip. Picking up ammo for this weapon immediately reloads it."

► Sweet Business is fun, but that's about it. It can have an excellent TTK when it's ramped up, but when enemies hear a revved-up Sweet Business, they will simply either take cover or peek shoot. This renders the Sweet Business mostly ineffective.
Season 1
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Larger magazine. Increased accuracy when firing from the hip. Picking up ammo for this weapon immediately reloads it."
Age-Old Bond
Age-Old Bond
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryVoidForsaken PackYesC › WeakLast Wish Raid
Weak

C



Last Wish Raid

Forsaken Pack
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE/PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Kill Clip

► Age-Old Bond falls in the rankings due to its poor archetype. High-Impacts aren't exactly the strongest of picks right now when it comes to PvE or PvP... However, with the right roll, you could find some success with Age-Old Bond.
Season 4
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE/PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Kill Clip
Cerberus+1Destiny 2 Cerberus+1 art
Cerberus+1
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakExotic Engram
Weak

C



Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Shoots erratic bullets from all gun barrels at the same time. Aiming this weapon reduces the spread of its projectiles."

► To say Cerberus+1 is a niche option is an understatement. Cerberus is excellent at dealing with Titan Barricades, especially Citan's Rampart barricades, but other than that, this is a poor weapon, too erratic to do anything notable with.
Season 4
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Shoots erratic bullets from all gun barrels at the same time. Aiming this weapon reduces the spread of its projectiles."
Reckless OracleReckless Oracle Destiny 2
Reckless Oracle
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryVoidShadowkeepYesC › WeakGarden of Salvation Raid
Weak

C



Garden of Salvation Raid

Shadowkeep
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Outlaw (also good: Under Pressure) + Kill Clip

► Poor Reckless Oracle doesn't stand a chance. It is locked behind a raid and doesn't bring anything special to the table. It behaves like a 720 RPM SMG, but lacks great perks and has to face extremely strong competition.
Season 8
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Outlaw (also good: Under Pressure) + Kill Clip
Horror Story
Horror Story
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakEvent: Festival of the Lost
Weak

C



Event: Festival of the Lost

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Moving Target

► Horror Story isn't part of the best archetype and doesn't offer great perks either. It falls flat in both PvE and PvP as there are simply superior options out there.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Moving Target
The Forward Path
The Forward Path
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron Banner
Weak

C



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Eye of the Storm

► When The Forward Path first came out, it was exciting because we thought it could be a kinetic version of Gnawing Hunger… But there’s something about this auto that makes it unwieldy. It has decent stats, nice scopes, and awesome perks. Still, this auto rifle just feels bad to use...
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Eye of the Storm
The NumberThe Number art
The Number
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakWorld loot pool
Weak

C



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Surplus + Multikill Clip

► The Number features decent perks, albeit slightly below-average stats. Surplus and Multikill Clip can nicely compensate for The Number’s poor base stats. Unfortunately, what hurts The Number the most, is its archetype and high precision requirement for a decent TTK.
Season 14
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Surplus + Multikill Clip
Come to PassCome to Pass art
Come to Pass
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryArcThe Witch QueenYesC › WeakWellspring
Weak

C



Wellspring

The Witch Queen
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap + Adaptive Munitions

► Come to Pass looks good on paper and can offer a roll that should do great in endgame content. It's just too bad it's part of a lacking archetype that desperately needs some attention.
Season 16
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap + Adaptive Munitions
Arctic Haze
Arctic Haze
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesD › WorstEuropa
Worst

D



Europa

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Dragonfly

► There’s not much in favor of Arctic Haze. It has poor base stats, a bad perk pool, and just feels unwieldy to use. It has no upsides and can be outranged and outmatched by basically most other weapons in the game.
Season 12
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Dragonfly
FirefrightFirefright art
Firefright
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticSeason 17YesD › WorstSeasonal activity
Worst

D



Seasonal activity
Season 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Threat Detector + Surrounded

► Firefright was a massive disappointment. Part of the recently buffed Precision archetype, Firefright still can't be saved due to its atrocious perk pool. In other words, any other auto rifle will serve you better than this...
Season 17
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Threat Detector + Surrounded

These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

More Destiny 2 Tier lists:

Best Destiny 2 Auto Rifles in 2023

This section not only covers the top Auto rifles currently in the game, it also tells you where you can find them. And while most of the sources below are self-explanatory, this guide covers every weapon source in Destiny 2. If still in doubt, you can always leave a comment below or ask away on our Discord server.

Overall, these are our Top 5 favorite Autos for PVE and PVP.

 

Sweet Sorrow auto rifle

5. Sweet Sorrow

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvP

Sweet Sorrow really has that special something. It feels great to fire and has an amazing PvP perk combo which can outduel even some of the deadliest mid-range duelling options. Mastering the feeling behind this Auto Rifle feels very rewarding to do, and succeeding with it really is enjoyable. It is, ironically, a ‘sweet sorrow’ to use. You can feel the potential, but more lethal, long range options cut it down, but it will still serve you nicely.

PvP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Perpetual Motion (also good: Killing Wind)
  • Perk 2: Tap the Trigger

How to get it: Sweet Sorrow drops from the PsiOps Battleground Seasonal activity. It can also be crafted at the Enclave on the Throne World.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Sweet Sorrow artSweet SorrowAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryArcDeluxe EditionYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Strong

A

PvPPsiOps Battlegrounds
Deluxe Edition
Season 16EnergyCraftable

 

Quicksilver Storm auto rifle

4. Quicksilver Storm

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Quicksilver Storm really is unique. It is a 3-in-1 weapon making it quite the all-rounder. The base auto rifle form is decent and has the characteristics of a Rapid-Fire frame at 720 RPM, but the additional rockets and Grenade Launcher form are what help it stand out.

The Grenade Launcher can dispatch higher health Elite enemies with relative ease, and simply having that burst damage versatility is always nice on a primary ammo weapon these days.

Quicksilver Storm is a solid pick, and no matter what content you throw at it, it will put in a solid shift for you.

Exotic Perk: “”Landing multiple hits turns your next shot into a homing micro-rocket. Landing multiple rockets loads a grenade.”

How to get it: Quicksilver Storm can be acquired by purchasing Lightfall’s Deluxe edition.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Quicksilver Storm artQuicksilver StormAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticLightfall Pre-OrderYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEPre-order bonusLightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall Pre-Order
Season 18KineticNo

 

The Summoner Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

3. The Summoner

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

The Summoner is truly a contender for the top spot, and in some people’s opinion, it will always be the best Auto Rifle in the game.

However, in my experience, it falls short because it sort of ‘requires’ certain perks to truly compete in PvP and has inferior perks than the competition for PvE. It is also currently unobtainable as of writing, and when it is, it is locked behind Trials of Osiris, which can be pretty daunting for some players.

Having said that the Summoner can be an absolute powerhouse in the right hands and with the right perks. It can outduel many other weapons within its effective range thanks to its raw damage output and devastating range with the right perk combo.

PvE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Overflow (also good: Perpetual Motion)
  • Perk 2: Multikill Clip (also good: Rampage)

PvP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Moving Target (also good: Rangefinder)
  • Perk 2: Multikill Clip (also good: Rampage)

How to get it: The Summoner can be acquired via Trials of Osiris engrams and rank ups.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
The Summoner artThe SummonerAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimarySolarThe Witch QueenNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10EnergyNo

 

Chroma Rush Destiny 2 featured Auto rifle

2. Chroma Rush

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PVE Auto Rifle in Destiny 2

Chroma Rush is brilliant. It has a clean scope, excellent perks for PvE and PvP. It barely misses the top spot because it sits in the Kinetic slot, meaning it does not have an element, making it hard to justify in match game content. However, its amazing perks, feel, and solid base stats bring it up the ranks.

There are so many perk combos that work on this gun. You can opt for consistency with Moving Target and Tap the Trigger, or go all in on kill-chaining with Tunnel Vision and Kill Clip.

Overall, Chroma Rush really is special and truly holds its own across the entire game.

PvP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Moving Target (also good: Tunnel Vision)
  • Perk 2: Tap the Trigger (also good: Kill Clip)

PvE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Feeding Frenzy (also good: Subsistence)
  • Perk 2: Rampage (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)

How to get it: Chroma Rush can be acquired by completing Overrides and focusing Umbral engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Chroma Rush artChroma RushAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPUnobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo

 

Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

1. Gnawing Hunger

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Gnawing Hunger grabs the top spot for a good number of reasons. Firstly, it has extremely solid base stats. Secondly, it has excellent perks. For instance, Subsistence and a damage perk on a 600 RPM elemental Auto Rifle is a killer combo. Finally, Gnawing Hunger is Void, meaning it can do wonders with Volatile Rounds, namely Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk.

Gnawing Hunger really has it all. It has a clean scope, is easy to use, and doesn’t have that many perks, making it easy to get the god roll you want. It holds its own very easily in PvP and cleans house in PvE.

Gnawing Hunger is one of my personal favorite weapons of all time in PvE, and will always be ready for me to break out, no matter the content.

PvE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Subsistence
  • Perk 2: Swashbuckler (also good: Rampage/Demolitionist)

PvP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Tap the Trigger (also good: Zen Moment)
  • Perk 2: Kill Clip (also good: Rampage)

How to get it: Gnawing Hunger can be randomly acquired as end-of-match activities or via Legendary and Prime engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Gnawing Hunger artGnawing HungerAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvE + PvPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNo

Auto Rifles in PVP: Lethality & TTK

TTK is particularly important in PvP because the lowest the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. This TTK guide includes the TTK figures for every weapon in Destiny 2.

When it comes to PvP, top Autos are definitely viable, with more than acceptable TTK numbers:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeOptimal TTKOptimal KillBody Shot TTKSpecs---Best in Class

That said, it should be obvious by now that the main problem with Auto Rifles is their inability to hold their ground in a peek-shooting duel, which at the higher levels of Destiny 2’s PvP is a huge flaw. This is inherent to the entire auto rifle archetype, and only a few select A and S tier options can hold their own in duels against more Meta choices.

You might think that Tommy’s burn or SUROS’ rate of fire are gimmicks, but these perks allow them to challenge weapons that would otherwise dominate them in a peek shooting battle.

600 RPM auto rifles were very oppressive for a few seasons when they were buffed, but since their nerf, we haven’t seen them much. It is by far the existence of stronger peek shooting options that has kept auto rifles out of fashion.

The 450 and 360 RPM Auto Rifles, on the other hand, feel like a tremendous amount of work to get a kill compared to most other meta options. It would be great to see these get some love in a future balance patch.

Auto Rifles in PvE: DPS

DPS is important for PVE because the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major. This DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2.

When it comes to actual DPS, Auto rifles are right in the middle. Superior to Pulses, for example, but slightly behind closer-range weapons such as sidearms and SMGs:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

7,0978,481744,915With "perfect" RNGDestiny 2 Cerberus+1 artCerberus+1SamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

6,0867,144507,738-Vex Mythoclast artVex MythoclastSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

5,4306,280413,550At Max rate of fireDestiny 2 Sweet Business artSweet BusinessSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

4,3915,513259,200At Max rate of fireDestiny 2 SUROS RegimeSUROS RegimeSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleRapid-Fire3,9064,542280,847High aim assist, low rangeChroma Rush artChroma RushSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleAdaptive3,5554,300295,840High handlingGnawing Hunger artGnawing HungerSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RiflePrecision3,3694,073225,888High range, low aim assistPrice artShadow PriceSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleHigh-Impact3,3613,993298,144Excellent range, low stability width=Age-Old BondSamePrimary

Destiny 2 Auto Rifles: Are they Meta?

We’ve talked about the best Auto Rifles for PVE and PVP already, but how do they compare, in general, with other primary weapon types? In other words:

Are Auto Rifles good in Destiny 2?

The current Primary weapons Meta for PvE

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
SMG weapon type Destiny 2
Submachine Guns
S › Best
Best

S

-► SMGs are doing very well right now. They have good DPS to tear through ads and beefier orange bar enemies, but also come with excellent perks. There are a plethora of good SMGs you can go for right now, like Funnelweb, Unforgiven, Every Waking Moment, or Extraordinary Rendition, the choice is completely yours. They may struggle slightly in super high-end content, but they are still definitely usable.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (750 RPM) - Example: Unforgiven
PVE Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Auto Rifles currently feel like a worse version of SMGs. They have a bit more range, but outside of the absolute top-shelf content such as Grandmaster Nightfalls, range isn't too much of a factor. And if you are actively tackling difficult content, Auto Rifles aren't exactly the best pick either, making Autos a decent, but outclassed option right now.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (600 RPM) - Example: Gnawing Hunger
PVE Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Aside from a few select sidearms with certain perks, there really isn't much of a reason to use Sidearms. They have slightly higher damage numbers than SMGs, but typically come with significantly less range. Outside of top-tier weapons like a god-roll Brigand's Law or High Albedo, there is no real reason to run a sidearm.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (491 RPM) - Example: High Albedo
PVE Primaries
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
B › Average
Average

B

-► While Hand Cannons routinely dominate the PvP meta, they are often outclassed by weapon types that can either offer better DPS or better range. There are a couple of solid options, such as Fatebringer or Zaouli's Bane, but putting those aside, you'll be better off using something else.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (140 RPM) - Example: Fatebringer
PVE Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Pulse Rifles are in a great place right now. They offer good range and pretty decent damage, allowing you to take down some beefier targets nicely. There are also some excellent pulses in the game right now, like Insidious, Sacred Provenance, or New Purpose. Unfortunately, High-Impact and Aggressive frames are the only archetypes worth your time, as the others rely on Exotic Perks or god rolls to compete.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (450 RPM) - Example: Insidious
PVE Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Scout Rifles have come a long way. They are a solid and consistent option for anyone that prefers a safer and slower playstyle. They also shine in high-level content due to their excellent range. The best part about Scout Rifles, however, is their versatility across archetypes. Basically, every type of Scout Rifle is viable and can be used anywhere in the game.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (72 RPM) - Example: Tarnished Mettle
PVE Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend up► Bows are a high-damage, high-range option for players who prefer to keep their distance. The main issue with bows is that they are slow at clearing ads (outside of Trinity Ghoul). and when you have to deal with ads up close, bows can massively struggle. However, their solid range and excellent damage make them a strong option.

► Best Archetype: Precision - Example: Under Your Skin
PVE Primaries

The current Primary weapons Meta for PvP

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend down► Hand Cannons are in a bit of a strange spot. Many will argue that they are still the best weapons in the game, however, due to the prevalence of Pulse Rifles and Sidearms, and certain special weapons like Arbalest and Lorentz Driver, Hand Cannons have slowly been pushed out of many players' main pick. They are still excellent duelling weapons though, and feel amazing to use so they still retain a strong ranking.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (140 RPM) - Example: Eyasluna
PVP Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Pulse Rifles have seen a resurgence in the past few seasons, with constant buffs to all types of Pulse Rifles. It is hard not to find success with one due to the high-flinch potential of Rapid-Fire Pulses or the lethal time-to-kill of High-Impact Pulses.

► Best Archetype: High-Impact (340 RPM) - Example: The Messenger
PVP Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Sidearms recently received a monumental buff to their ease of use and effective range by increasing auto-aim fall-off distance by 30%. This means that Sidearms simply can kill from further away, and more easily. Sidearms are particularly potent on a controller.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (300 RPM) - Example: Drang
PVP Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

-► Auto Rifles aren't doing greét right now. They contest a similar range as Hand Cannons, however, they lack the peak shooting potential that Adaptive Hand Cannons bring. They can also be contested at close range by SMGs, making them difficult to use everywhere. However, a good player can still find value in an Auto Rifle as they do provide high flinch and constant damage.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (600 RPM) - Example: Gnawing Hunger
PVP Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
B › Average
Average

B

-► Bows are incredibly unique. They have a remarkably slow time to kill, however, this isn't where Bows shine. Hotswap builds with bows can be incredibly potent and don't require much learning either. Bows also provide incredible value when teamshooting opponents. Despite this, Bows on their own are quite mediocre and need something behind them to really shine.

► Best Archetype: Precision (Slower Draw Time) - Example: Strident Whistle
PVP Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Scouts have been tuned down to make them less potent in the hands of the average player. However, good scout rifle players will still be able to do pretty well in lobbies, however, they may find themselves outmatched by Pulse Rifles.

► Best Archetype: High-Impact (150 RPM) - Example: Polaris Lance
PVP Primaries
SMG weapon type Destiny 2
Submachine Guns
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend down► A few SMGs were recently hit with a range and/or damage nerf that knocked them down a peg or two. However, SMGs still have fast TTKs at short to medium ranges but are slightly outclassed by Sidearms now.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (900 RPM)- Example: Borrowed Time
PVP Primaries

Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about Auto Rifles in Destiny 2, whether that is for PVP or PVE content.

Ranking criteria

For the record, as much as we tried to keep this list as objective as possible, it’s still based on our personal experience playing the PC version of the game.

Finally, if you’re wondering what criteria was used to build this Tier list, these are the main factors I took into account:

  • Lethality: The higher the effective DPS and usability, the higher the ranking.
  • Consistency: Some weapons may not have the highest DPS numbers, but they are so consistent they more than make up for their lower DPS numbers.
  • Ease of use: Similar to the point above, some weapons are very effective because they are easy to use and don’t require too much skill or setup. This is also rewarded with higher rankings.
  • PVE/PVP Performance: High lethality in either PVE or  PVP is equally valuable. However, a weapon that is good at both PVE and PVP should rank higher than one that is slightly better on only PVE or PVP.
  • Fun factor: Not the most important factor, but it also helps if the weapon is damn fun to shoot with!

If you strongly disagree with some of the rankings here, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. By the way, what is your personal favorite?

See latest Updates

We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:

  • 12 Jan, 2023: General updates and the inclusion of Season 19 new auto rifles.
  • Feb 2, 2022: Inclusion of Season 15 weapons: Sorrow’s Verse, The Last Breath, etc.
  • Aug 14, 2021: Guide created with the help of Pattycakes Gaming.

Stay tuned, and don’t forget to bookmark this page for next season!

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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  1. Deividas

    these ratings are good keep up the good work 🙂

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