Best Auto Rifles in Destiny 2: Tier List Ranking

by | Feb 2, 2022 | Weapons

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.

Destiny 2 Auto Rifles Tier list

Today we’re doing things a little differently. This Tier list comes straight from Pattycakes and his excellent video below.

Pattycakes is one of my favorite Destiny 2 content creators focused on PVP and someone you should definitely check out.

The Tier list below includes every Exotic and non-sunset 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

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

► With a decent 0.8s TTK requiring 8 headshots and 1 bodyshot, Gnawing Hunger is a forgiving weapon that also features great stats, clean and crisp sight aesthetics, and an absolutely fantastic perk pool. Most notably, you can get the Tap the Trigger and Kill Clip combination which can absolutely shred lobbies.
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

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

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Moving Target) + Kill Clip

► Chroma Rush can roll with some absolutely amazing perks, including Kill Clip for a massive damage boost, but also nice consistency perks such as Moving Target and Dynamic Sway Reduction. With very high stability and a strongly vertical recoil direction, the Chroma Rush really is a laser beam and just feels fantastic to use in PvP.
Season 14
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Moving Target) + Kill Clip
The Last BreathThe Last Breath art
The Last Breath
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongProphecy Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
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)

► The Last Breath is a must-have auto rifle for PVE. It has all the right perks to excel in everyday PVE activities. And if next season happens to have an Anti-barrier auto rifle mod, you can bet The Last Breath will become meta.
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)
Duty BoundDuty Bound art
Duty Bound
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › 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 + Rampage OR Triple Tap + Fourth Time's The Charm

► A returning fan favorite from Year 1, Duty Bound has some great PVE-oriented perks and even the rare combo of Triple Tap/Fourth Time's The Charm. That said, Adaptive Frame Auto Rifles aren't the worst, but also don't excel anywhere.
Season 16
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All + Rampage OR Triple Tap + Fourth Time's The Charm
KraitKrait art
Krait
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot pool
Strong

A



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) + One for All (also good: Headstone)

► Mimicking Valakadyn from Year 1, Krait has immediately become a fan favorite among players in the community. With some good PVE-oriented perks and the Veist Stinger Origin Trait, you can't go wrong with this 720RPM Auto Rifle. However, there are numerous other options, like Chroma Rush, that sadly outclass Krait in most scenarios.
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Stats for All) + One for All (also good: Headstone)
Sweet SorrowSweet Sorrow art
Sweet Sorrow
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongPsiOps Battlegrounds
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
PsiOps Battlegrounds

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

PvE God Roll: Stats for All + One for All

► Sweet Sorrow feels extremely nice to fire but falls flat soon after you take a closer look at its perk pool. But while it can't offer unique rolls, it can offer the reliable Stats for All and One for All combo. Plus, it's craftable!
Season 16
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Stats for All + One for All
SUROS RegimeDestiny 2 SUROS Regime
SUROS Regime
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic Engram
Strong

A



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 faster rate of fire absolutely shreds opposing Guardians. This makes SUROS an incredibly oppressive option that can dominate many meta weapons if used correctly with good aim and quick target acquisition.
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."
The SummonerThe Summoner art
The Summoner
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimarySolarThe Witch QueenNoA › StrongTrials of Osiris
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Trials of Osiris

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

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Rangefinder

► The Summoner has excellent base stats, great perks, and a beautiful aesthetic. It occupies the best AR archetype and has access to Rangefinder for a substantial range increase, and Dynamic Sway Reduction to dramatically improve consistency.
Season 10
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Rangefinder
Tommy's MatchbookDestiny 2 Tommy's Matchbook art
Tommy's Matchbook
Auto RifleExoticPrimarySolarShadowkeepYesA › StrongExotic Kiosk
Strong

A



Excels in:
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 has overall decent stats and features an astronomical mag size of 100 bullets. With its overheat damage, Tommy’s Matchbook can absolutely melt your opponents in a 0.77 second BODYSHOT time to kill. If you're willing to use it as a hipfire weapon, Tommy’s Matchbook is an absolutely fantastic choice.
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."
ScathelockeScathelocke art
Scathelocke
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-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: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Heating Up (also good: Surplus) + Rampage (also good: PERK)

► One of our favorite auto rifles from Year 1 is finally back. On top of bringing everything we used to love about, including great stats and an even better feel, Scathelocke also features excellent perks, especially for PVP.
Season 15
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Heating Up (also good: Surplus) + Rampage (also good: PERK)
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."
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: Auto-Loading Holster + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Rampage)

► On paper, the Seventh Seraph Carbine is nothing but a mediocre 450 RPM auto rifle. It has a few interesting perks and decent stats, but that's it. However, when you take into account that this is the only auto rifle able to produce Warmind cells in PvE, the Seventh Seraph Carbine becomes much more interesting and definitely worth farming for.
Season 10
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Rampage)
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 brand-new auto rifle released with Season of the Lost offers many of the interesting new perks released this season. 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
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."

► Hard Light's bullets can deal increased damage after they ricochet, which means you can continue to damage your opponents, even if they’re behind cover. This, combined with Hard Light’s absolutely massive 100 stability and reduced damage falloff make it a capable auto rifle in the Crucible.
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."
Age-Old Bond
Age-Old Bond
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryVoidForsaken PackYesB › AverageLast Wish Raid
Average

B



Last Wish Raid

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

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Kill Clip

► The Age-Old Bond also comes with an excellent perk pool, including the ability to roll the elite combo of dynamic sway reduction and kill clip. While high-impact frames have a mediocre TTK of only 0.83s in PVP, their slow rate of fire does make it easier to control the recoil at range.
Season 4
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Kill Clip
Reckless OracleReckless Oracle Destiny 2
Reckless Oracle
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryVoidShadowkeepYesB › AverageGarden of Salvation Raid
Average

B



Garden of Salvation Raid

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

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure + Kill Clip

► A quick reminder: 720 RPM autos behave a lot like SMG’s, and Reckless Oracle certainly does resemble a submachine gun. Overall, Reckless oracle is a decent 720 RPM auto, but there simply are better options out there. In particular, again, the Shayura’s Wrath SMG is a direct in-slot contender and it offers much more utility in comparison.
Season 8
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure + Kill Clip
Braytech Werewolf
Braytech Werewolf
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageEvent: Festival of the Lost
Average

B



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 + Multikill Clip

► Braytech Werewolf is a mediocre auto rifle at best. Admittedly, the Braytech Werewolf does come with a very high base range stat, a scope that highlights targets, and a nice perk pool. Unfortunately, this just isn’t enough to have the Braytech make a significant impact in the meta. Overall, 450 RPM Auto Rifles are just in a tough spot right now.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Multikill Clip
Horror Story
Horror Story
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageEvent: Festival of the Lost
Average

B



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

► The Horror Story auto rifle is another weapon from the Festival of the Lost event, which means it won't be available for a while. However, just as is the case with the other Festival of the Lost weapon, the Braytech Werewolf, Horror Story doesn't offer anything special. If you don't have it yet, you are not missing much as it's also held back by its lacking Archetype...
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Moving Target
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) + Swaschbuckler (also good: Disruption Break)

► Shadow Price is the perfect example of what is wrong with Destiny 2's sandbox. Shadow Price is a fine weapon. It has good stats and good perks. But no matter how good it is on paper, Shadow Price will always be held back by its archetype: 450 RPM Precision Auto rifles. 450 RPM autos have very little to offer and are outclassed by way too many weapons.
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Swaschbuckler (also good: Disruption Break)
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: Feeding Frenzy (also good: Subsistence) + Rampage

► The retired Arc Logic was recently brought back to us with new and old perks. As a 600 RPM auto and one of only 2 arc auto rifles, Arc Logic remains somewhat viable, but nothing to write home about.
Season 14
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

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

► At base, Sweet Business’ TTK is way too slow, though its RPM does increase with sustained fire. However, this is in no way similar to the Suros Regime, since the duration it takes to ramp up to a decent TTK is much too long when fighting smart opponents. Overall, there is simply no real use case for it aside from just goofing around with it,
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."
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."

► Cerberus+1 is an auto rifle with absolutely abysmal stats which shoots more like a shotgun than a traditional auto rifle. The exotic perk tells us that it shoots erratic bullets from all gun barrels at the same time. Emphasis on erratic. Its catalyst somewhat helps it but it's not nearly enough to save it.
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."
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

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Multikill Clip

► When The Forward Path first came out, it was exciting because we thought it could be a kinetic version of Gnawing Hunger… But it has unfortunately too many problems that destroy its usefulness. 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

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Multikill Clip
False Promises
False Promises
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakWorld loot pool
Weak

C



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 + Eye of the Storm

► False Promises has an absolutely crazy base range stat. The False Promises really is the sniper of auto rifles. Unfortunately, the optimal range for the False Promises is dominated by stronger weapons that are better at peek-shooting, such as Pulse rifles, Scout rifles, and Dead Man’s Tale. Also, it lacks Kill Clip and has generally worse stats than the Age-Old Bond.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Eye of the Storm
Arctic Haze
Arctic Haze
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakEuropa
Weak

C



Europa

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

PvP God Roll: Don't bother farming this weapon...

► There’s not much in favor of Arctic Haze. Sure the weapon sight highlights enemies, but that’s about where the advantages of this auto rifle end. Its perk pool is large, yet the majority of the perks are basically useless. Arctic Haze's stats are so bad, it can be out-ranged by SMGs...
Season 12
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Don't bother farming this weapon...
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 also comes with 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
TigerspiteTigerspite art
Tigerspite
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakDreaming City
Weak

C



Dreaming City

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

PvP God Roll: Surplus + Swashbuckler

► As with most other auto rifles of this archetype, Tigerspite feels... not great to use. It requires 100% headshots to achieve a reasonable time to kill, and the reticle is kind of odd which makes doing so more difficult. Overall, Tigerspite is a lackluster auto rifle that has basically been an automatic dismantle ever since Forsaken.
Season 14
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Surplus + Swashbuckler
Herod-CHerod-C art
Herod-C
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakPlaylist: Gambit
Weak

C



Playlist: Gambit

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

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Focused Fury (also good: Frenzy)

► 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 anything, as it makes grinding this weapon extremely irritating.
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Focused Fury (also good: Frenzy)
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
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: Fourth Time's the Charm + Focused Fury

► One of the coolest sounding and nicest feeling weapons in the game, Firefright sadly just isn't all that good. Precision Frame auto rifles don't have a place in the game right now, and Firefright's mediocre perks don't boost it above the rest.
Season 17
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's the Charm + Focused Fury
Quicksilver StormQuicksilver Storm art
Quicksilver Storm
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryKineticLightfall Pre-OrderYesOngoingPre-order bonusOngoing...

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."

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-PlayYesOngoingWorld loot poolOngoing...

World loot pool

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



Season 18
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

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 2022

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

Overall, these are our Top 10 favorite Autos for PVE and PVP.

 

Seventh Seraph Carbine Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

10. Seventh Seraph Carbine

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

The Seventh Seraph Carbine is the AK-47 of Destiny 2. Just look at it!

This Auto rifle has average stats and decent perks along with a scope that highlights enemy players. Most notably it can roll with Rangefinder, to significantly increase its effective range.

It can also roll with one consistency perk, Slideshot, which can be quite nice, but not quite on the same level as something like Dynamic Sway Reduction or Tap the Trigger for improving an Auto Rifle’s performance.

Overall, the Seventh Seraph Carbine is exactly what you’d think it is: A mediocre 450 RPM auto rifle. Though it is worth making it an honorable mention since it’s the only auto rifle able to produce Warmind cells in PvE..

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Auto-Loading Holster
  • Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon (also good: Rampage)

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

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Seventh Seraph CarbineAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEXûr
Free-to-Play
Season 10KineticNo

 

Hard Light Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

9. Hard Light

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Hard Light’s ability to change elements can be incredibly useful in PvE, but in PvP… It’s borderline useless. At most, you’ll be able to activate your enemy’s Riskrunner if you choose the arc mode.

The second part of Hard Light’s intrinsic perk, however, can be decisive. If you recall, the main problem which plagues all auto rifles is their poor performance in peek shot-duels. Fortunately, though, Hard Light’s exotic perk grants its bullets a slight increase to damage after they ricochet.

This means that you can keep tagging your opponent for quite a bit of damage, even if they’re behind cover. This, combined with Hard Light’s absolutely massive 100 stability and reduced damage falloff make it a menacing auto rifle in the Crucible.

While it might lack the lethality of Gnawing Hunger, it’s a consistent and flexible auto rifle that can make your opponent’s day much worse.

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.”

How to get it: Hard Light can be acquired via Exotic engrams and Xûr.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 Hard LightHard LightAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Average

B

PvPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNo

 

The Summoner Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

8. The Summoner

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

The Summoner is a Trials Of Osiris weapon, which, unfortunately, is unobtainable as of now, so you’ll have to find one in your vault if you want to use it.

The Summoner has excellent base stats, great perks, and a beautiful aesthetic. It occupies the best AR archetype and has access to Rangefinder for a substantial range increase. In the final column, wonderful consistency perks, are available, such as Dynamic Sway Reduction.

While the summoner isn’t as lethal as the gnawing hunger, it is very consistent and highly effective even at extended ranges.

The Summoner is a sleek, consistent and satisfying auto rifle. It’s fantastic for winning 1v1 duels, but unfortunately lacking the lethality of kill clip for 1vX situations.

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Dynamic Sway Reduction
  • Perk 2: Rangefinder

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

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
The Summoner artThe SummonerAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimarySolarThe Witch QueenNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10EnergyNo

 

Monte Carlo Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

7. Monte Carlo

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

In its base form, Monte Carlo is a decent auto rifle with a clean aesthetic and nice stats overall. It’s slightly unfortunate that its recoil direction stat of 80 tends to go to the right, but once you get used to it, it becomes quite manageable.

Monte Carlo’s exotic perk grants you melee energy for landing hits using the weapon. And kills with monte carlo have a chance to completely recharge your melee energy.

Additionally, Monte Carlo also comes with an exotic version of Swashbuckler, which is a nice touch and pairs really well with melee-focused playstyles. Overall the Monte Carlo is a solid auto rifle, especially useful if you have a melee-centric build.

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.”

How to get it: Monte Carlo can be acquired via Exotic engrams and Xûr.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 Monte CarloMonte CarloAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvE + PvPExotic Engram
Shadowkeep
Season 8KineticNo

 

The Last Breath Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

6. The Last Breath

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

The Last Breath is a must-have auto rifle for PVE. It has all the right perks to excel in everyday PVE activities. And if next season happens to have an Anti-barrier auto rifle mod, you can bet The Last Breath will become meta.

PVE God roll:

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

How to get it: The Last Breath can be acquired by completing the second encounter in the Prophecy dungeon.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
The Last Breath artThe Last BreathAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEProphecy Dungeon
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo

 

Tommy's Matchbook Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

5. Tommy’s Matchbook

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

Tommy’s Matchbook has overall decent stats and features an astronomical mag size of 100 bullets. Its exotic perk is powerful but it will encourage you to hipfire Tommy as much as possible. Conveniently, Tommy’s matchbook secretly has perfect hip-fire accuracy and very good hip-fire in-air accuracy.

This makes Tommy play more like a hybrid between a submachine gun and an auto rifle while having perfect hip-fire accuracy and an absolutely crazy mag size. As we’ve seen with the Dead Man’s Tale on mouse and keyboard and The Last Word on controller, hipfire weapons are very strong, because when hip-firing, your radar remains open and your strafe becomes fast and unpredictable.

It pairs beautifully with a sniper rifle, since the hipfire mode can let you shut down aggressive players trying to get close to you, yet the ADS mode will yield you a very strong primary weapon should you run out of sniper ammo.

While burning, Tommy’s Matchbook can absolutely melt your opponents in a 0.77 second BODYSHOT time to kill.

If you are accurate and play to the strengths of a hipfire weapon, Tommy’s Matchbook is an absolutely fantastic choice, worth a try in your loadout.

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

How to get it: Tommy’s Matchbook can be purchased at the Monument to Lost Lights in the Tower.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 Tommy's Matchbook artTommy's MatchbookAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvPExotic Kiosk
Shadowkeep
Season 10EnergyNo

 

Scathelocke Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

4. Scathelocke

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

One of our favorite auto rifles from Year 1 is finally back. On top of bringing everything we used to love about, including great stats and an even better feel, Scathelocke also features excellent perks, especially for PVP.

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Heating Up (also good: Surplus)
  • Perk 2: Rampage (also good: PERK)

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

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Scathelocke artScathelockeAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo

 

Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

3. Gnawing Hunger

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Unlike Chroma Rush, Gnawing Hunger has been around for a while. And while it no longer completely dominates PVE and PVP as it did just a couple of seasons ago, it remains a strong and viable alternative.

Adaptive auto rifles such as the Gnawing Hunger can’t deal as much DPS as rapid-fires do, but on the other hand, they have way better range and stability. And in the particular case of the Gnawing Hunger, it also has an insane magazine size that gives it an incredibly high uptime and all of the best PVE perks you could ask for.

In PVP, 600 RPM auto rifles have a decent 0.8s TTK requiring 8 headshots and 1 bodyshot. Thanks to their higher rate of fire, they are also very forgiving should you miss a couple of shots.

Gnawing Hunger benefits from that, but also great stats, a clean and crisp sight aesthetics, and an absolutely fantastic perk pool

Bottom line: Gnawing Hunger is a true workhorse and you should never dismantle one before carefully looking at its perks and stats. A good Gnawing Hunger is always a keeper.

PVE God roll:

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

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Tap the Trigger
  • Perk 2: Kill Clip

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?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Gnawing Hunger artGnawing HungerAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

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

 

SUROS Regime Destiny 2 featured auto rifle

2. SUROS Regime

Crucible logo Destiny 2Best PVP Auto Rifles in Destiny 2

The SUROS Regime is an Exotic kinetic auto rifle. Depending on which perk you choose in the third column, it’s either a 360rpm auto rifle when aiming down sights or a 600rpm auto which can significantly increase its rpm with sustained fire.

Additionally, its exotic perk gives you a chance to start instantly recovering your health after a kill as well as increasing the damage output for the bottom half of the magazine.

In this case, you should go for the 600rpm option, since the 360rpm variant does not receive bonus range as other aggressive frame auto rifles do.

The crazy thing about SUROS is that its damage doesn’t get reduced as it ramps up its RPM and it can absolutely shred your opponent. The lethality of a spinning up SUROS Regime can’t be understated: Your opponents really can’t do much besides duck behind cover.

This makes SUROS an incredibly oppressive option that can dominate many meta weapons if used correctly with good aim and quick target acquisition.

SUROS Regime gets bonus points for having a chance to return your health on a kill, which becomes more likely if you have the Catalyst. This can allow you to go on long tears frequently regenerating your health and being ready to re-engage. The catalyst also gives it a perfectly vertical 100 recoil direction which along with nice sight aesthetics makes it very easy to use.

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.”

How to get it: SUROS Regime can be acquired via Exotic engrams and Xûr.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 SUROS RegimeSUROS RegimeAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 3KineticNo

 

Chroma Rush Destiny 2 featured Auto rifle

1. Chroma Rush

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PVE Auto Rifle in Destiny 2

In PVP, Chroma Rush can roll with some absolutely amazing perks in both columns, including Kill Clip for a massive damage boost and absolute melt after a kill. It also has nice consistency perks in the left column, such as Moving Target and Dynamic Sway Reduction. Being more consistent and dealing more damage means that you can still engage slightly outside your optimal range while maintaining a decent time-to-kill and good shot registration.

Chroma Rush really does feel like an SMG, and it fulfills the role of a submachine gun excellently. With Kill Clip, it becomes a menacing auto rifle giving even hand cannons a run for their money, and just feels fantastic to use in PvP.

In PVE, rapid-fire auto rifles have the best DPS figures among auto rifles. Their range may not be as good as other archetypes, but it’s still better than SMGs and sidearms. For this reason, rapid-fire autos such as Chroma Rush are a great compromise.

And everything that makes it a good PVP weapon also applies to PVE. It has stellar stats that make it extremely consistent and easy to use and it has excellent perks.

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Dynamic Sway Reduction (also good: Moving Target)
  • Perk 2: Kill Clip

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Subsistence
  • Perk 2: Rampage

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

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
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

Auto Rifles in PVP: Lethality & TTK

TTK is particularly important in PVP, because the lowest the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. You can read all about it in our TTK guide below.

This TTK guide includes the TTKs 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 Hardlight’s ricochets, 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 two seasons back 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 have kept auto rifles out of fashion.

Though with the nerf to 120 RPM hand cannons, A and S-Tier Autos finally have a place in the meta, with some of them even challenging the most mainstream options.

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.

Bottom Line: You should try out some of the top Auto rifles from this tier list. They’re great and fun to use, and we think you’ll enjoy them.

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 Destiny 2 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 Destiny 2 artChroma RushSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleAdaptive3,5554,300295,840High handlingGnawing Hunger Destiny 2 artGnawing HungerSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RiflePrecision3,3694,073225,888High range, low aim assistShadow Price Destiny 2 artShadow PriceSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleHigh-Impact3,3613,993298,144Excellent range, low stabilityAge-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 Meta for PVE

So, are Auto Rifles good in Destiny 2 PVE? This table summarizes how the several primary weapon types rank against each other in PVE:

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

S

Submachine guns are in a great place right now. With good DPS, decent ammo, and acceptable range, SMGs are seen as the perfect compromise between range and damage.

On top of that, specific SMGs such as the IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 or Extraordinary Rendition are exceptionally good. True top-tier PVE choices, including endgame activities.
PVE Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

Auto rifles, in general, are not as strong as SMGs. They simply cannot do as much damage as SMG.
On the flip side, they offer better range, and in some situations, excellent ammo.

But a few auto rifles can truly excel and can be easily considered S-tier individually, namely the 720 RPM Chroma Rush and the 600 RPM Gnawing Hunger.
PVE Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
A › Strong
Strong

A

Sidearms may be some of the most slept on weapons in Destiny 2. Most guardians prefer to stay away from them due to their limited range. But on the other hand, their DPS is unmatched as long as you can get close enough to stay within their optimal range.

This makes sidearms slightly riskier in endgame content such as Grandmaster content.
PVE Primaries
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
A › Strong
Strong

A

While Hand cannons easily dominate in PVP, they are currently lackluster in the DPS department. Their DPS is so poor, even Bungie acknowledged it and already announced an incoming PVE buff.

But to be fair, they are still viable for Master and Grandmaster content, mainly due to their peak shooting capabilities.
PVE Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Pulse rifles are true work horses. They do reasonable damage, have a good range, and are, overall, safe and easy to use in Master and Grandmaster content.

They may not excel in the DPS department, are still extremely solid all-around choices.
PVE Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Scout rifles are slowly making a comeback. They will be easily outclassed by every other weapon types in most content, but they are proving to be excellent for endgame content.

Their long range, combined with the surprisingly high DPS of some of the best Pulses, makes them finally viable for endgame content.
PVE Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
C › Weak
Weak

C

Combat bows can truly excel in some niche situations. Namely, in very difficult content in which you want to stay as far away from enemies as possible.

With virtually infinite range, bows can deal good damage from insane distances.
PVE Primaries

The current Meta for PVP

What about PVP? This table summarizes how they rank against each other in PVP:

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

S

-► Hand cannons will always be S-tier, they are incredibly versatile at many ranges and can deal incredibly high damage in a single shot, allowing for super effective 'peak-shooting'. Hand Cannons also often come with plenty of aim assist, making them an accessible yet incredibly potent option for everyone.

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

S

Trend down► Submachine Guns have always had one hard counter, Shotguns. However, with the recent Shotgun range nerfs, SMGs have risen massively up the ranks and now are able to comfortably compete in the short-mid range. SMGs are on the up, and it is one of the best times to become an SMG aficionado.

► Best Archetype: Precision (600 RPM)- Example: Shayura's Wrath
PVP Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
B › Average
Average

B

-► Sidearms are a solid pick, however, they have super stiff competition in the way of SMGs and certain Special Weapons such as Shotguns and Fusion Rifles making them a little harder to succeed with, but still a viable pick.

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

C

Trend down► 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
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend up► Scout Rifles have seen a very recent resurgence with the buffs to the Lightweight and High-Impact archetypes. They can now contest medium to long ranges a lot more comfortably and they aren't as pressured by Pulse Rifles as they were in the past. Scout Rifles have become one of the best options if you want to opt for a slower, more passive playstyle.

► Best Archetype: High-Impact (150 RPM) - Example: Polaris Lance
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?

Latest changes made to this guide

Things change fast in Destiny 2, especially when a new Season or Expansion launches. For that reason, this post will be updated at least once per season.

With the release of Season of the Lost (Season 15), the following weapons were added:

  • Sorrow’s Verse
  • The Last Breath
  • Chrysura Melo
  • Scathelocke

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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