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

by | Mar 5, 2024

Auto rifles are slowly making a comeback. They may not be as dominant as they once were, but the top Auto rifles are still considered to be among the best weapons in Destiny 2.

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.

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Destiny 2 Best Auto Rifles: Top-tier Options

This Tier list features the best Exotic and Legendary Autos right now, including the Necrochasm and Breakneck:

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Gnawing HungerGnawing Hunger art
Gnawing Hunger
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
World loot pool
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
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 has had an incredible run since it was first introduced, and remains one of the most popular auto rifles for good reason. Incredible perks with impressive stability at 600 RPM, this is one of the best weapons in the game.
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)
Top-tier
Chroma RushChroma Rush art
Chroma Rush
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
World loot pool
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
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)
Top-tier
Rufus's FuryRufus's Fury art
Rufus's Fury
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryStrandLightfallYesS › BestRoot of Nightmares RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Root of Nightmares Raid
Lightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Rolls: Demolitionist (also good: Reconstruction) + Hatchling (also good: Target Lock)
PvP God Rolls: Reconstruction + Tap the Trigger

► Even with the introduction of additional strand Auto Rifles into the game, Rufus's Fury remains at the top of the pack with an outstanding perk pool, impressive stability, and versatility in both PvE and PvP.
Season 20
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Rolls: Demolitionist (also good: Reconstruction) + Hatchling (also good: Target Lock)
PvP God Rolls: Reconstruction + Tap the Trigger
Top-tier
The SummonerThe Summoner art
The Summoner
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimarySolarThe Final ShapeYesS › BestTrials of OsirisCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Trials of Osiris
The Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Rampage
PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Multikill Clip (also good: Rampage)

► One of the most sought after weapons in the Trials of Osiris loot pool, The Summoner is fantastic both in and out of the Curcible. Fantastic handling with great perk options for range and damage, this weapon is a versatile force to be reckoned with.
Season 23
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Rampage
PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Multikill Clip (also good: Rampage)
Top-tier
Origin StoryOrigin Story art Destiny 2
Origin Story
Auto Rifle
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestPlaylist: VanguardCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Playlist: Vanguard
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Keep Away (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction, Zen Moment) + Target Lock

► While it has been a long time since Origin Story ran rampant in the crucible, its new perk pool is enough to make it a strong contender again, especially as 450 RPM Auto Rifles are quite good in the current sandbox.
The Final Shape
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Keep Away (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction, Zen Moment) + Target Lock
Top-tier
The RiposteThe Riposte art Destiny 2
The Riposte
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleLightweightPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestCrucible CompetitiveCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Crucible Competitive
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Zen Moment + Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Target Lock)

► On paper, The Riposte is arguably the best Auto Rifle in the game, with very high handling, stability, and a decent amount of range. Plus, it features a plethora of strong perks and also benefits from being the only Legendary Lightweight Auto Rifle in the game.
The Final Shape
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Zen Moment + Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Target Lock)
Top-tier
Horror StoryHorror Story Destiny 2
Horror Story
Auto Rifle
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlaySeasonalA › StrongEvent: Festival of the LostNote icon V2
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Event: Festival of the Lost
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist + Headstone
PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Target Lock

► Horror Story has become a solid option in both PvE and PvP due to changes in its perk pool and buffs to its archetype. In PvE, you will find great synergy with stasis builds while in PvP you will find great stability and damage in duels.
Season 11
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist + Headstone
PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Target Lock
Top-tier
False PromisesFalse Promises Destiny 2 art
False Promises
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
World loot pool
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

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

► False Promises's perk pool has many different exceptional options for both PvP & PvE. The weapon's surprisingly great range packed in with various dueling perks make this for a great option on PVP. You'll also find in PvE that you can take on dozens of enemies at a distance without reloading.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Overflow + Rampage
PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Killing Wind) + Eye of the Storm
Top-tier
Ammit AR2Ammit AR2 art
Ammit AR2
Auto Rifle
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongGunsmithCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Gunsmith
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
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)
PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Tap the Trigger

► While the perk pool is solid with standouts such as Incandescence, the range of Ammit AR2 coupled with Arrowhead Brake to reduce recoil will have you shredding opponents in The Crucible and in PvE.
Season 18
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Stats For All + Incandescent (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)
PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Tap the Trigger
Top-tier
Lodbrok-CLodbrok-C art

Lodbrok-C
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongGunsmithCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Gunsmith
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

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

► Lodbrok-C is one of the most popular auto rifles in both PvP and PvE for good reason. The perk pool has many great dueling options and the handling will have you outgunning many Crucible opponents. In PvE, Demolitionist + Adrenaline Junkie will synergize your grenade ability and this weapon.
Season 19
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Rolls: Demolitionist + Adrenaline Junkie
PvP God Rolls: Perpetual Motion (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Tap the Trigger (also good: Kill Clip)
Top-tier
Positive OutlookPositive Outlook art Destiny 2
Positive Outlook
Auto Rifle
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongPlaylist: VanguardCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Playlist: Vanguard
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Rolls: Zen Moment + Destabilizing Rounds
PvE God Rolls: Zen Moment + Kill Clip

► Positive Outlook competes with the likes of Ammit AR2 as a jack of all trades, but arguably carves out its own spot in both PvP and PvE. The stability granted by Zen Moment on this weapon will have you shredding enemies no matter where you go in the game.
Season 21
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Rolls: Zen Moment + Destabilizing Rounds
PvE God Rolls: Zen Moment + Kill Clip
Top-tier
BreakneckBreakneck art Destiny 2
Breakneck
Auto Rifle
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongPlaylist: GambitCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Playlist: Gambit
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Enlightened Action (also good: Subsistence) + Onslaught
PvP God Roll: Keep Away + Tap the Trigger

► Although Breakneck can no longer roll with Rampage, it remains one of the best auto rifles in both PvE and PvP. Introductions of new perks such as Enlightened Action keep your reload speed high and make Breakneck a destructive add-control machine.
Season 23
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Enlightened Action (also good: Subsistence) + Onslaught
PvP God Roll: Keep Away + Tap the Trigger
Top-tier
Age-Old BondAge-Old Bond art Destiny 2
Age-Old Bond
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryVoidForsaken PackYesA › StrongLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Last Wish Raid
Forsaken Icon (final) Destiny 2
Forsaken Pack
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE/PvP God Roll: Repulsor Brace + Destabilizing Rounds

► Age-Old Bond is notable in that it became the first primary weapon to drop with Repulsor Brace + Destabilizing Rounds. The combination of making enemies volatile and killing volatile enemies with the weapon to activate an overshield makes this a great option for PvE.
Season 4
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE/PvP God Roll: Repulsor Brace + Destabilizing Rounds
Top-tier
Quicksilver StormQuicksilver Storm art
Quicksilver Storm
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryStrandLightfallYesA › StrongExotic KioskCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Kiosk
Lightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Slot: Strand Element Strand | 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 remains a solid workhorse weapon, but with options such as Khvostov, Necrochasm, or Outbreak Perfected at your disposal, it is hard to recommend Quicksilver Storm as a top pick anymore. Those other weapons are simply superior at ad-clearing.
Season 18
Slot: Strand Element Strand | 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."
Top-tier
Abyss DefiantAbyss Defiant art
Abyss Defiant
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Crota's End Raid
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Heal Clip + Incandescent

► Abyss Defiant is a fantastic PvE option, especially if you are running a Solar build. Heal Clip and Incandescent headline a fantastic perk pool, capped off with the top-notch origin trait Cursed Thrall. This weapon is a great option for crowd clearing and control.
Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Heal Clip + Incandescent
Top-tier
NecrochasmNecrochasm art Destiny 2
Necrochasm
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Crota's End Raid
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision final blows with this weapon trigger a Cursed Thrall explosion. Final blows with Cursed Thrall explosions refill the magazine."

► Necrochasm is an add-clearing monster that can cause a chain reaction of constant explosions. What holds Necrochasm back, though, is its lack of synergy with any subclass, making it quite hard to use in a build.
Season 22
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision final blows with this weapon trigger a Cursed Thrall explosion. Final blows with Cursed Thrall explosions refill the magazine."
Top-tier
Ros Arago IVRos Arago IV art Destiny 2
Ros Arago IV
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Rolls: Rewind Rounds + Onslaught

► Ros Arago IV gives Breakneck a run for its money with a fantastic perk pool including Onslaught and Rewind Rounds. With Onslaught, you'll find the firing rate of this weapon to be exceptional and coupled with Rewind Rounds, your clip will stay loaded making this an exceptional crowd control option in PvE.
Season 23
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Rolls: Rewind Rounds + Onslaught
Top-tier
No HesitationNo Hesitation art Destiny 2
No Hesitation
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleSupportPrimarySolarThe Final ShapeYesA › StrongThe Pale HeartCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
The Pale Heart
The Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Support

PvE God Roll: Physic + Circle of Life (Also good: Incandescent)

► No Hesitation is part of a new auto rifle frame called the Support Frame. This new frame is capable of healing your allies, in addition to hurting foes. Rapidly healing allies grants restoration to your allies and increases your weapon damage. Talk about a utility weapon!
The Final Shape
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Support

PvE God Roll: Physic + Circle of Life (Also good: Incandescent)
Top-tier
Lethal AbundanceLethal Abundance art Destiny 2
Lethal Abundance
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Slice (also good: Keep Away) + Onslaught

► Lethal Abundance is a new key player in PvP. Due to the strength of Sever as a debuff in PvP, Slice is incredibly effective. By reducing your opponent's damage output, you are sure to shred them in duels. Couple this with great range as a 360RPM, and you have a great option in PvP.
Season 23
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Slice (also good: Keep Away) + Onslaught
Top-tier
Shadow PriceShadow Price art Destiny 2
Shadow Price
Auto Rifle
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Strategist + Gutshot Straight

► In PvP, Precision Frame Auto Rifles are in a great place right now. However, Shadow Price does not come with many perks that would help it stand out and dominate its competition. Its PvE perks are outstanding, though.
The Final Shape
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Strategist + Gutshot Straight
Top-tier

Destiny 2 Auto Rifles: The complete list

This database includes every viable Auto rifle currently in the game:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Sweet Business artSweet BusinessAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Exotic QuestError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 1KineticNo
Destiny 2 Cerberus+1 artCerberus+1Auto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Exotic EngramError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 4KineticNo
Destiny 2 SUROS RegimeSUROS RegimeAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 3KineticNo
Destiny 2 Monte CarloMonte CarloAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticShadowkeep PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Icon (final) Destiny 2
Shadowkeep Pack
Season 8KineticNo
Quicksilver Storm artQuicksilver StormAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryStrandLightfallYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Strong

A

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoLightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Season 18KineticNoTop-tier
Necrochasm art Destiny 2NecrochasmAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvECrota's End RaidError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 22KineticNoTop-tier
Khvostov 7G-0X art Destiny 2Khvostov 7G-0XAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticThe Final ShapeYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Meta

S+

PvE + PvPThe Pale HeartError icon V2 NoThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
The Final ShapeKineticNo
Destiny 2 Tommy's Matchbook artTommy's MatchbookAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarShadowkeep PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Weak

C

-Exotic KioskError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Icon (final) Destiny 2
Shadowkeep Pack
Season 10EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Hard LightHard LightAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Weak

C

-Exotic EngramError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNo
Centrifuse art Destiny 2CentrifuseAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

PvESeason PassError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21EnergyNo
Braytech Werewolf Destiny 2Braytech WerewolfAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlaySeasonalPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvE + PvPEvent: Festival of the LostError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Horror Story Destiny 2Horror StoryAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlaySeasonalPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvE + PvPEvent: Festival of the LostError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNoTop-tier
The Forward Path Destiny 2 artThe Forward PathAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Iron BannerError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Seventh Seraph Carbine Destiny 2 artSeventh Seraph CarbineAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Worst

D

-XûrError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 10KineticNoReconstruction
False Promises Destiny 2 artFalse PromisesAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNoTop-tier
Chroma Rush artChroma RushAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNoTop-tier
Tigerspite artTigerspiteAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEShattered Throne DungeonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNoKinetic Tremors
Scathelocke artScathelockeAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvE + PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
The Last Breath artThe Last BreathAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEXûrError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Duty Bound artDuty BoundAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvENightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
Herod-C artHerod-CAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvE + PvPPlaylist: GambitError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
Krait artKraitAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvEGunsmithError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
Firefright artFirefrightAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticBeyond Light PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-PresageCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 17KineticCraftable
Lodbrok-C art
Lodbrok-CAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPGunsmithError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 19KineticNoTop-tier
Perpetualis artPerpetualisAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Average

B

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 20KineticCraftable
Rufus's Fury artRufus's FuryAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryStrandLightfallYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Best

S

PvE + PvPRoot of Nightmares RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesLightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Season 20KineticCraftableTop-tierReconstruction
Old Sterling art Destiny 2Old SterlingAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Average

B

PvELost SectorError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNo
Eidolon Ally artEidolon AllyAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPCrota's End RaidError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 22KineticNo
Breakneck art Destiny 2BreakneckAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPPlaylist: GambitError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 23KineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors
Lethal Abundance art Destiny 2Lethal AbundanceAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Strong

A

PvPIron BannerError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 23KineticNoTop-tier
Origin Story art Destiny 2Origin StoryAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvPPlaylist: VanguardError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
The Final ShapeKineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors
Khvostov 7G-02 art Destiny 2Khvostov 7G-02Auto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Final ShapeYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticThe Pale HeartError icon V2 NoThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
The Final ShapeKineticNo
Veiled Threat art Destiny 2Veiled ThreatAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryStasisEpisode 1: EchoesYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Average

B

-Echoes ActivitiesCheckmark icon V3 YesEP1 Echoes Icon (final) Destiny 2
Episode 1: Echoes
The Final ShapeKineticCraftable
Shadow Price art Destiny 2Shadow PriceAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Strong

A

PvPNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
The Final ShapeEnergyNoTop-tierVoltshot
Age-Old Bond art Destiny 2Age-Old BondAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryVoidForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Strong

A

PvELast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesForsaken Icon (final) Destiny 2
Forsaken Pack
Season 4EnergyCraftableTop-tierRepulsor Brace
The Summoner artThe SummonerAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimarySolarThe Final ShapeYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPTrials of OsirisError icon V2 NoThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Season 23EnergyNoTop-tierIncandescent
Reckless Oracle Destiny 2Reckless OracleAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryVoidShadowkeep PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Average

B

PvEGarden of Salvation RaidError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Icon (final) Destiny 2
Shadowkeep Pack
Season 8EnergyNo
Arctic Haze Destiny 2 artArctic HazeAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

-EuropaError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNo
Gnawing Hunger artGnawing HungerAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvE + PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNoTop-tier
The Number artThe NumberAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Weak

C

-XûrError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Arc Logic artArc LogicAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Weak

C

-MoonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Chrysura Melo artChrysura MeloAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Weak

C

-XûrError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 15EnergyNo
Sorrow's Verse artSorrow's VerseAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

-Playlist: CrucibleError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 15EnergyNo
Sweet Sorrow artSweet SorrowAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryArcThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

PvEVox ObscuraCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Icon (final) Destiny 2
Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable
Come to Pass artCome to PassAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryArcThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

-WellspringCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Icon (final) Destiny 2
Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable
Ammit AR2 artAmmit AR2Auto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvE + PvPGunsmithCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent
Dark Decider artDark DeciderAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

PvEIron BannerError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 19EnergyNoVoltshot
Coronach-22 artCoronach-22Auto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

-Lost SectorError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 20EnergyNoIncandescent
Positive Outlook art Destiny 2Positive OutlookAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Strong

A

PvE + PvPPlaylist: VanguardError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21EnergyNoTop-tierRepulsor Brace
Abyss Defiant artAbyss DefiantAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvECrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 22EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent,Sword Logic,Reconstruction
Ros Arago IV art Destiny 2Ros Arago IVAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 23EnergyNoTop-tier
Prosecutor art Destiny 2ProsecutorAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc ArcOngoing...-Prophecy DungeonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 23EnergyNoVoltshot
No Hesitation art Destiny 2No HesitationAuto RifleSupportLegendaryPrimarySolarThe Final ShapeYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEThe Pale HeartCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
The Final ShapeEnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent
The Riposte art Destiny 2The RiposteAuto RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvPCrucible CompetitiveError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
The Final ShapeEnergyNoTop-tier

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.

Best Destiny 2 Auto Rifles in 2024

Ready to dig deeper into the absolute best Autos in Destiny 2 right now? These are the cream of the crop, our favorites (for PvE and PvP):

 

Quicksilver Storm auto rifle

4. Quicksilver Storm

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

The sole Exotic in this list, it stands proudly as a powerful and unique player in the sandbox. Originally a Lightfall preorder exclusive, it is now available via the Cryptarch in The Tower to any player who purchases the expansion.

In PvE, the exotic perks steal the show as the weapon will automatically unload a payload of homing missiles at your enemies every few rounds. This works perfectly for high-damage output against major enemies. In the meantime, you charge up grenades and can switch the weapon to grenade launcher mode to inflict further splash damage to crowds of enemies.

For PvP, those payloads of homing missiles are still effective in damage output, and coupled with the solid handling of the weapon, you will find you are shredding opponents. That last homing missile just might finish off your opponent from around a corner. Not to mention the grenade launcher mode is sure to cause your opponent a headache in corridors!

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

How to get it: We cover How to get Quicksilver Storm here.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Quicksilver Storm artQuicksilver StormAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryStrandLightfallYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Strong

A

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoLightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Season 18KineticNoTop-tier

 

The Summoner Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

4. The Summoner

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

The Summoner is available via the Trials of Osiris legacy engrams as it is not currently in the weekly loot rotation. It is, however, a high-performing auto rifle in both PvP and PvE and worthy of its Trials exclusivity.

In PvE, Overflow and Rampage make a good pairing as you will have a massive magazine to ensure your ability to continue clearing enemies and stacking Rampage

For PvP, this weapon naturally feels at home as its top-notch handling and range can be maximized with perks like Dynamic Sway Reduction and Rangefinder. Never lose a duel again.

  • PvE God roll: Overflow (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Rampage
  • PvP God roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Rangefinder (also good: Rampage)

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

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
The Summoner artThe SummonerAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimarySolarThe Final ShapeYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPTrials of OsirisError icon V2 NoThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Season 23EnergyNoTop-tierIncandescent

 

Rufus's Fury Auto Rifle

3. Rufus’s Fury

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Available via the Root of Nightmares raid, this weapon is one of the most sought-after in the end-game activity, and for good reason. The weapon is also craftable, opening the door to enhanced traits.

In PvE, you can expect incredible performance from this Strand auto rifle with impressive stability and crowd control. Demolitionist combined with Hatchling will allow you to continuously recharge your grenade ability, synergizing nicely with Strand builds as well.

For PvP, its suggested that you go with Reconstruction and Tap the Trigger to maximize your stability and ensure you always have ammo ready to go for your next duel. These are the top Rufus’s Fury God Rolls:

  • PvE God roll: Demolitionist (also good: Reconstruction) + Hatchling (also good: Target Lock)
  • PvP God roll: Reconstruction + Tap the Trigger

How to get it: Rufus’s Fury can be acquired from the Root of Nightmares raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Rufus's Fury artRufus's FuryAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryStrandLightfallYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Best

S

PvE + PvPRoot of Nightmares RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesLightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Season 20KineticCraftableTop-tierReconstruction

 

Chroma Rush Destiny 2 featured Auto rifle

2. Chroma Rush

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Chroma Rush is a Kinetic Auto Rifle that arrived with Season of the Splicer. It is available for purchase via Banshee-44 and Xur depending on their rotating stock of weapons. This weapon has an awesome pool of synergizing perks that you’ll want to play with.

Starting with PvE, the roll you want to get is Feeding Frenzy and Rampage so you can crowd control without the fear of needing to reload. This will also maximize your damage output as you defeat enemies and stack Rampage.

In PvP, try getting a roll with Moving Target or Tunnel Vision and Tap the Trigger to maximize your stability in your Crucible duels.

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

How to get it: Chroma Rush can be acquired by completing Dares of Eternity runs or turning in Treasure keys in Eternity.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Chroma Rush artChroma RushAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNoTop-tier

 

Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

1. Gnawing Hunger

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Gnawing Hunger is a powerful void auto rifle that is occasionally purchasable from Banshee in The Tower or Xur when he is available. It is also supposed to be a world drop and available via Crucible, Vanguard, and Legendary Engrams, but according to players, it is a very rare drop.

For PvE, you are unlikely to find a better auto rifle option for your Energy slot. Zen Moment and Rampage will turn this weapon into an incredibly accurate, well-handling machine while maximizing damage output on minor and major enemies.

In PvP, Tap the Trigger and Kill Clip combine to ensure you win your one-on-one duels with increased stability and damage after reloading so you are ready for the next poor guardian to walk into your crosshairs.

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

How to get it: Gnawing Hunger can be randomly acquired as end-of-match activities, from the Gunsmith, Legendary engrams and Prime engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Gnawing Hunger artGnawing HungerAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvE + PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNoTop-tier

Auto Rifles and the PvP Meta: TTK

We covered which Autos are considered top-tier (and should be farmed) and which ones can be safely ignored. But how do they compare to other Special weapons in PvP?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Hand Cannons feel great right now and can deal with all the other meta options, provided they are in the hands of a skilled player. They are unbelievably forgiving in terms of aim-assist and can compete at solid ranges. Hand Cannons are the jack of all trades, and while they may not dominate up close or far away, they are incredibly scary to face in a mid-range duel.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (120 RPM) - Example: Igneous Hammer
PVP Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

-► 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
SMG weapon type Destiny 2
Submachine Guns
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► SMGs remain a staple of the PvP meta. SMGs absolutely shred enemies at close range and as soon as their top option is nerfed, a new top-tier SMG is introduced to replace it. SMGs have been, and seemingly will remain, meta for a long time to come.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (720 RPM) - Example: The Immortal
PVP Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Sidearms have lost their place at the top of the meta, but they remain a solid pick, especially for players using a Controller, as they inherently have manageable stability with a rapid time-to-kill. Honestly, the main reason they've lost their place at the top is due to how powerful SMGs are right now.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (325 RPM) - Example: Forgiveness
PVP Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend up► After a couple of recent changes and buffs, Auto Rifles are feeling great to use right now, especially in the more casual Crucible playlists. While they may not have the juice to compete with some of the top dogs, they are still a solid pick and can help you frag out with relative ease.

► Best Archetype: Precision (450 RPM) - Example: Ammit AR2
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
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Scout Rifles are struggling right now. In most situations, the maps are too small to benefit the long range of a Scout rifle. An Aggressive or High-Impact Pulse Rifle will better serve your needs. Plus, Scout Rifles are abysmal up close. There are one or two outliers that shine but, on the whole, Scout Rifles are in a weak spot.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (260 RPM) - Example: Fang of Ir Yût
PVP Primaries

Remember that when it comes to PvP, TTK is perhaps the most important factor. As you know, the lower the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. We have a TTK guide/chart that includes TTK figures. When it comes to PvP, top Autos are definitely viable, with more than acceptable TTKs:

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

That said, the main problem with Auto Rifles is their inability to hold their ground in peek-shooting duels, which at the higher levels of Destiny 2’s PvP, are the norm. 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.

Auto Rifles and the PvE Meta: DPS

How do Auto rifles compare to other primary weapons in PvE?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ 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
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

-► 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
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Hand Cannons have shot up the rankings thanks to the changes introduced this Season, all the way up to the S tier. They have solid range and can dispatch enemies with complete ease in almost all difficulties. Hand Cannons have truly taken over the spotlight with their most recent buffs, and they shouldn't be leaving it any time soon.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (140 RPM) - Example: Fatebringer
PVE Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► 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
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► 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: Rapid-Fire (720 RPM)- Example: Quicksilver Storm
PVE Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Scout Rifles are the definition of average right now. They can do the job just fine, you can plink away at enemies from a safe distance in high-level content; however, when it comes down to it, most players will prefer to use a Hand Cannon or SMG as they simply do the same job better and faster. Scouts aren't bad at all, but they certainly aren't a go-to

► Best Archetype: Lightweight (200 RPM) - Example: Tarnished Mettle
PVE Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
C › Weak
Weak

C

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

Keep in mind that when it comes to PvE, DPS is one of the most important factors. As you know, the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major. This D2 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 behind closer-range weapons such as sidearms and SMGs:

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

Exotic

1656118221-Destiny 2 Tommy's Matchbook artTommy's MatchbookSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

1578815788w/ Catalyst, Rounds + RocketsQuicksilver Storm artQuicksilver StormSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

1072312702Precision damage DPSDestiny 2 Cerberus+1 artCerberus+1SamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

961411814-Vex Mythoclast artVex MythoclastSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

931311022Average per magDestiny 2 Sweet Business artSweet BusinessSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

56166023-Centrifuse art Destiny 2CentrifusePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleRapid-Fire54566216High aim assist, low rangeChroma Rush artChroma RushSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

54356840-Necrochasm art Destiny 2NecrochasmSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

53826630-Destiny 2 Monte CarloMonte CarloPrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

53067223Spinning Up modeDestiny 2 SUROS RegimeSUROS RegimeSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RiflePrecision51726023High range, low aim assistPrice artShadow PriceSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleAdaptive51156030High handlingGnawing Hunger artGnawing HungerSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

49916030-Destiny 2 Hard LightHard LightPrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleHigh-Impact48235436Excellent range, low stabilityAge-Old Bond art Destiny 2Age-Old BondSamePrimary

Before you go…

Are you looking for a top-tier Special and Heavy weapon to round out your loadout? We cover the Best Destiny 2 Shotguns and Best Destiny 2 Linear Fusion Rifles, too.

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

See latest Updates

We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:
  • March 5, 2024: General updates and the inclusion of Auto Rifles from Season 23.
  • November 3, 2023: General updates and the inclusion of Season 20, 21, and 22 auto rifles.
  • Jan 12, 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.

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5 Comments
  1. Deividas

    these ratings are good keep up the good work 🙂

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  2. K

    Chroma Rush is at Xur now

    Reply
  3. Nathanael

    Gnawing Hunger has an error. Rampage is listed twice when it says: “PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Rampage (also good: Rampage)”.

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  4. Veggies

    Gnawing Hunger says “Rampage (also good: Rampage”.

    Reply
  5. Veggies

    Sweet Sorrow needs to be updated to “Excels in PvE + PvP” on the main list.

    Reply
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