Best Destiny 2 Swords: PVE and PVP Tier list ranking

by | Jul 5, 2021 | Weapons

Last year, a major reword and a significant buff transformed this previously mediocre weapon type into one of the most lethal and powerful alternatives in the entire game.

While not suited for all situations, swords can deal unparallel damage as long as you can get close enough.

In this guide, we’ll cover both Exotic and Legendary swords (including their PVP and PVE god rolls) and provide a verdict on how good each weapon is.

Swords in Destiny 2: High-risk, high-reward, Swords are closed-range Power weapons that excel at ad clearing and single target damage. Among the best PVE options, these are currently considered top tier.


Destiny 2 Swords Tier list

These are the different Tier levels used for this ranking:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapon types.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapon types, 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.

The list starts with the S Tier and moves down from there. It also covers both PVE and PVP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying where each weapon shines.

About DPS: You’ll see us talk a lot about DPS, damage per second, throughout this guide. DPS is important for PVE, because the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major.

NameArchetypeElementRankExcelsSourceRequirementsWeapon | TypeTierExcels inDrops from ❘ RequiresVerdictPVP Recommended RollsPVE Recommended Rolls
The LamentExoticSolarS › BestPVEExotic QuestBeyond LightThe Lament Destiny 2
The Lament
| Sword
Best

S

PVEExotic Quest
Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

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

► The Lament is a monster in practically all PvE content. It can deal with champions in endgame content and shred bosses across the game, all while replenishing health in the process.

Despite the nerfs it received in the past, it is still arguably the best sword in the entire game, no matter the challenge.

Average DPS: 19,071.
-Exotic Perk: "Revving the blade increases damage, shield bypass, and adds Shield Piercing rounds shield piercing to all attacks. You also gain stacks when dealing damage with revved attacks. Additional stacks increase the damage and damage resistance of heavy attacks."
Black TalonExoticVoidS › BestPVE + PVPExotic EngramFree-to-PlayDestiny 2 Black Talon
Black Talon
| Sword
Best

S

PVE + PVPExotic Engram
Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

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

► Black Talon is criminally underrated in PVE, as it can pump out huge damage with a charged heavy attack. In PVP, it can take care of enemy guardians in their supers with incredible ease.

Its all-around strength to easily kill Champions and Bosses and destroy enemy Guardians in their Super destroying makes it an absolute Top tier sword.

Average DPS: 19,968.
Exotic Perk: "Can fire heavy projectile attacks. Heavy attacks are stronger with full energy. Most attacks partially bypass elemental shields."
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Crown-SplitterAggressiveVoidS › BestPVEWorld Loot PoolFree-to-PlayCrown-Splitter Destiny 2 art
Crown-Splitter
| Sword
Best

S

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Whirlwind Blade)

► Crown-Splitter is absolutely dominating the PVE scene right now, and rightly so. It does the highest damage of any legendary sword in the game and when combined with the Energy Accelerant Mod found in this season's artifact.

With the mod, it can deal insane DPS to Champions in the most difficult Nightfall: The Ordeals and destroy Bosses almost anywhere in the game. Crown-Splitter is unique to the Titan Class and it is the only Aggressive sword in the game.

Average DPS: 20,429 with Jagged Edge.
-► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes
► Perk 1: Vorpal Weapon / Whirlwind Blade
Falling GuillotineVortexVoidA › StrongPVEWorld Loot PoolFree-to-PlayFalling Guillotine Destiny 2 art
Falling Guillotine
| Sword
Strong

A

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

► Falling Guillotine is still perhaps one of the best legendary weapons to have existed in Destiny. However, its nerfs in the past few seasons have seen it fall slightly down the pecking order in many player’s loadouts.

Despite this, the presence of the top tier perks; Relentless Strikes and Whirlwind Blade makes it slightly better than its Solar counterpart, Eternity’s Edge.

Average DPS: 18,094 with Jagged Edge.
► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes / Swordmaster’s Guard
► Perk 1: Whirlwind Blade
Sola's ScarCasterSolarA › StrongPVETrials of OsirisFree-to-PlaySola's Scar Destiny 2 art
Sola's Scar
| Sword
Strong

A

PVETrials of Osiris
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Caster

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes (also good: Tireless Blade) + Chain Reaction (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► Sola’s Scar is superior to its Caster Frame rival, Temptation’s Hook, for one simple reason: As a Solar weapon, it can create Warmind Cells. And Warmind Cells are incredibly strong, due to their incredible add clear capabilities.

With additional top-tier perks such as Chain Reaction and Vorpal Weapon and the ability to work with Energy Accelerant Mod found in this Season's artifact, Sola’s Scar is an excellent sword.
► Sights:
Jagged Edge, Honed Edge, Tempered Edge
► Mag:
Swordmaster’s Guard, Balanced Guard, Burst Guard
► Perk 1: Tireless Blade
► Perk 2: Assassin’s Blade, En Garde
► Masterwork: Impact
► Sights:
Jagged Edge, Honed Edge, Tempered Edge
► Mag:
Swordmaster’s Guard, Balanced Guard, Burst Guard
► Perk 1: Relentless Strikes, Tireless Blade
► Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon, Chain Reaction
► Masterwork: Impact
Eternity's EdgeVortexSolarA › StrongPVEWorld Loot PoolFree-to-PlayEternity's Edge Destiny 2 art
Eternity's Edge
| Sword
Strong

A

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded

► Eternity’s Edge, Warlocks' specific sword, is the Solar equivalent to Falling Guillotine but without Whirlwind Blade.

As a Vortex sword, it ranks higher than most other Legendary swords due to their superior ammo efficiency and high DPS, only second to Crown-Splitter in pure damage.
-► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes
► Perk 1: Assassin's Blade / Surrounded
Negative SpaceAdaptiveSolarB › AveragePVEProphecy DungeonFree-to-PlayNegative Space Destiny 2 art
Negative Space
| Sword
Average

B

PVEProphecy Dungeon
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

► Negative Space is an Adaptive sword and that alone puts it behind other, simply superior, archetypes.

Despite being able to roll with top-tier perks such as Relentless Strikes and Whirlwind Blade, and having access to interesting perks such as Disruption Break and Flash Counter, it simply can't compete with superior frames.
Temptation's HookCasterArcB › AveragePVEWorld Loot PoolFree-to-PlayTemptations Hook Destiny 2 art
Temptation's Hook
| Sword
Average

B

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Arc Heavy Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Caster

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► Temptation’s Hook is one of the only two Caster Frame swords in the game. These frames are generally considered inferior compared to Vortex swords due to their poor ammo economy and overall lower total damage potential.

However, that is the price of offering better burst damage when using their heavy attack, especially with the Energy Accelerant mod found in this season’s artifact.
Honor's EdgeAdaptiveArcB › AveragePVEGunsmithFree-to-PlayHonors Edge Destiny 2 art
Honor's Edge
| Sword
Average

B

PVEGunsmith
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Arc Heavy Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surounded (also good: Flash Counter)

► Honor’s Edge is an Adaptive legendary sword and it suffers from the same issues as the other Adaptive swords do.

However, it can roll with interesting perks including Flash Counter, Shattering Blade, and a good, solid perk in Relentless Strikes.
QuickfangLightweightVoidB › AveragePVEWorld Loot PoolFree-to-PlayQuickfang Destiny 2 art
Quickfang
| Sword
Average

B

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Lightweight

PVE God Roll: Tireless Blade + Assassin’s Blade

► Quickfang is the only Hunter-specific and Lightweight sword in the game. This sword not only has a higher ammo capacity but also allows you to move faster while holding it.

It can be strong in PvP as it allows you to quickly swap to it and out move faster to cover or reposition quicker.
-► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes
► Perk 1: One For All
Steel Sybil Z-14AdaptiveVoidC › Weak-World Loot PoolFree-to-PlaySteel Sybil Z 14 Destiny 2 art
Steel Sybil Z-14
| Sword
Weak

C

-World Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

► Steel Sybil Z-14 is yet another Adaptive Frame and therefore lags before most other swords belonging to other frames.

But Steel Sybil's issues don’t stop there, though, as it can only roll with two strong perks in Relentless Strikes and Whirlwind Blade, but offers no other interesting perks.

Average DPS: 17,532 with Jagged Edge.
BequestAdaptiveArcC › Weak-Deep Stone Crypt RaidBeyond LightBequest Destiny 2 art
Bequest
| Sword
Weak

C

-Deep Stone Crypt Raid
Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded

► Bequest is another sword that suffers from being an Adaptive Frame. On top of that, Bequest can't roll with the typical top-tier sword perks including Whirlwind Blade or even Vorpal Weapon.

And to make matters worse, it can only drop from the Deep Stone Crypt, making it more difficult to obtain than most other swords in the game.

Average DPS: 17,532 with Jagged Edge.
Worldline ZeroExoticArcD › Worst-Exotic KioskFree-to-PlayDestiny 2 Worldline Zero art
Worldline Zero
| Sword
Worst

D

-Exotic Kiosk
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

Exotic Perk: "Press while sprinting to launch a heavy blink attack. Attacks partially bypass elemental shields."

► Worldline Zero was a thing when "warlock skating" was used for speed-running, but since Bungie removed that feature, Worldline Zero became completely irrelevant.

Worldline Zero is without a doubt not worthy of your exotic slot and is certainly the worst sword in the game, because, why use it when most legendary swords are better?

Best Destiny 2 PVP Swords

When it comes to PVP, most sword users, unfortunately, use it for the wrong reason: Three-peeking. While this is not the place to explain why this is (and should be) frowned upon, swords shouldn’t be limited to that and can be lethal and viable tools in their own right, especially Black Talon:

 

Black Talon Destiny 2 featured

Black Talon

Weapon Type: Sword Slot: VoidHeavy
Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy Source: Exotic Engram

Swords are definitely not the safest or more reliable Power weapon one can bring to the Crucible. That would be The Wardcliff Coil or even The Colony. But in spite of that, Swords remain extremely fun to use, and Black Talon can also be an absolute menace when used right.

With its ranged heavy attack that happens to have insane aim assistance and stickiness, Black Talon is a top-tier option for PVP.


Best Destiny 2 PVE Swords

It’s in PVE where swords shine the most. These are the absolute best:

 

The Lament Destiny 2 featured

The Lament

Weapon Type: Sword Slot: SolarHeavy
Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammoHeavy Source: Exotic Quest

The Lament doesn’t need an introduction anymore. It has been part of the PVE meta since Beyond Light was launched. And even if Bungie nerfs it to make it more balanced compared to the rest, it remains one of the best options of endgame content.

Albeit risky to use, The Lament can deal with Anti-barrier Champions intrinsically, it can heal you while being used, and can deal insane burst damage. What else could we ask for?

Good PVE alternatives

NameArchetypeElementRankExcelsSourceRequirementsWeapon | TypeTierExcels inDrops from ❘ RequiresPVE Recommended Rolls
Crown-SplitterAggressiveVoidS › BestPVEWorld Loot PoolFree-to-PlayCrown-Splitter Destiny 2 art
Crown-Splitter
| Sword
Best

S

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes
► Perk 1: Vorpal Weapon / Whirlwind Blade
Falling GuillotineVortexVoidA › StrongPVEWorld Loot PoolFree-to-PlayFalling Guillotine Destiny 2 art
Falling Guillotine
| Sword
Strong

A

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes / Swordmaster’s Guard
► Perk 1: Whirlwind Blade
Sola's ScarCasterSolarA › StrongPVETrials of OsirisFree-to-PlaySola's Scar Destiny 2 art
Sola's Scar
| Sword
Strong

A

PVETrials of Osiris
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Sights:
Jagged Edge, Honed Edge, Tempered Edge
► Mag:
Swordmaster’s Guard, Balanced Guard, Burst Guard
► Perk 1: Relentless Strikes, Tireless Blade
► Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon, Chain Reaction
► Masterwork: Impact
Eternity's EdgeVortexSolarA › StrongPVEWorld Loot PoolFree-to-PlayEternity's Edge Destiny 2 art
Eternity's Edge
| Sword
Strong

A

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes
► Perk 1: Assassin's Blade / Surrounded


Are Swords Meta?

So how do Swords stack against the competition? Before we look into lethality and ease of use (two of the most important factors to take into account in PVE), we need to be clear about the role Swords are supposed to fill. According to Bungie, these are the different roles for Heavy weapons:

Role Explanation Target Weapon types
Add Clear Clearing weaker enemies faster than you could with a primary ammo weapon. For most content, primaries do the add clear job perfectly well, so this is most useful in high difficulty PvE.

Main: Machine Guns, Grenade Launchers, Swords

Secondary: Rocket Launchers

Single Target Damage Burning down a boss.

Main: Linear Fusion Rifles, Exotic Snipers, Swords

Secondary: Grenade Launchers, Machine Guns

Burst Damage Burning down a champion quickly, or for bosses with multiple damage phases, clearing a phase quickly.

Main: Rocket Launchers

Secondary: Linear Fusion Rifles

Heavy weapons Meta for PVE

So how good are Swords in PVE? This table summarizes how the several Power weapon types rank against each other in PVE:

Weapon TypeTierRole ❘ Current State
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
Best

S

Main roles: Add Clear & Single Target damage (i.e. Boss damage).

Current State: Swords are incredibly strong right now. Several buffs and a huge rework during Season of the Worthy made them much more usable. They are now safer to use, have a better ammo economy, and can deal much more damage.

Swords are as high risk / high reward as it gets. If used right, a top-tier sword can basically delete any enemy, even on higher difficulties. No wonder The Lament and Falling Guillotine are still some of the best Power weapons available.
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
Strong

A

Main role: Burst Damage (Secondary role: Add Clear)

Rocket launchers went through a rough patch that relegated to the least preferred Heavy weapon in the entire game.

Bungie has been hard at work at making them relevant again, and after two noticeable buffs, Rocket launchers are making a huge comeback. With great DPS potential and bigger magazines, they are among the best tools at your disposal, no matter the content.
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
Strong

A

Main role: Single Target damage (Secondary role: Burst Damage)

Current State: Linear fusion rifles have been in the middle of an identity crisis for a while, but that should finally change this season. With increased damage to critical hits, Linear Fusions are now much more lethal and rewarding, provided you can hit your shots.

It's still too early to tell how meta they can become, but keep an eye on Sleeper Simulant, or a Threaded Needle with Vorpal Weapon. These will be among your top DPS options this season.
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
Average

B

Main role: Add Clear

Current State: Machine guns are not what they used to be, not for PVE at least. While a god-rolled Commemoration or a Thunderlord will definitely get the job done at clearing ads, they remain the shadow of their former selves.

Bungie itself has confirmed they need to be fine-tuned, but that could take a while... To be fair, they still have their place and have proven to be excellent to deal with elemental shields in Grandmaster Nightfall: The Ordeals.
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
Average

B

Main role: Add Clear (Secondary role: Single Target Damage).

Current State: Grenade launchers went from the indisputable PVE choice to just an average, situational weapon type, in a matter of months.

To be fair, they remain viable, especially when getting too close to the enemy is impossible. Otherwise, they have been replaced by Swords as the go-to damage-dealing Heavy weapon type in the game.
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Exotic Sniper Rifles
Weak

C

Main role: Single Target damage

Current State: Finally, we have Exotic Sniper rifles, a very niche choice represented by only 2 weapons, D.A.R.C.I and Whisper of the Worm.

Heavy Exotic Snipers are far from being meta right now. D.A.R.C.I is one of the most underwhelming Exoticsin the entire game, while Whisper of the Warm is the shadow of its former self due to the blanket nerf all snipers received a few seasons ago.

Heavy weapons Meta for PVP

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

Weapon TypeTierRole ❘ Current State
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
Best

S

Rocket launchers are in a great place right now for PVP. As ammo economy is not an issue in the Crucible, their insane high-burst damage per rocket allows them to shine.

Rocket launchers, and especially the exotics, can basically guarantee a kill without requiring much skill nor effort. And if used right, you can easily get multi kills in 6v6 modes. Rocket launchers even have a place in competitive modes, namely the Wardclif Coil, due to their consistency.
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
Strong

A

Machine guns are always a safe bet in PVP. They have excellent TTK, are very consistent from medium to long-range, and have enough ammo to kill easily 2 to 3 guardians, 4 if you play your cards right.

Not all machine guns were created equal, though, as some of them are much stronger than the rest, especially the exotics (Heir Apparent immediately comes to mind). But with the right perks, legendary Machine guns can also shine
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
Average

B

Grenade launchers can be good options in PVP. They are powerful and can come with great perks, including the newish Chain Reaction, which can easily net you multi kills when hitting enemies grouped together. When used with something like Proximity grenades, grenade launchers can be even more reliable and easy to use.

Compared to the other Power weapon in the game, grenade launchers remain strong contenders. And when you take into account the exotics, namely The Colony, they can basically give you free kills.
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
Weak

C

Swords may be a top-tier choice in PVE due to their high-risk, high reward approach. But in PVP, the risk is much higher than the reward.

You can, of course, use a sword to benefit from the third-person view and wait for opponents around corners. But in many situations, you could find yourself completely vulnerable out in the open while chasing an enemy. On top of that, 3-peeking with swords is considered a douchy approach by the community, and with reason!
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
Weak

C

Linear fusion rifles are in the middle of an identity crisis. They are stronger than sniper rifles and have more aim assistance, but they still require Heavy ammo and a headshot to one-shot an enemy.

On top of that, they also have a charge time to take into account. Compared to a sniper rifle that fires immediately and only uses Special ammo, Linear Fusion rifles make little sense for the Crucible. In PVP, you want a Heavy weapon that can either easily down several guardians or guarantee a kill in a high-stakes match. It isn't impossible to do with a linear fusion rifle, but other weapon types can accomplish that more easily.

Destiny 2 Swords sources: How to get them

The table above includes a column titled “Drops from  ❘ Requirements“.

Destiny 2 Exotic Engram

This section goes deeper and includes more detailed steps on how to acquire all the shotguns still viable in Destiny 2:

WeaponDrops fromRequires?How to get it?
The LamentExotic QuestDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1This Exotic requires you to complete a dedicated Exotic quest. For more information, check out our Exotic Quests hub.
Black TalonExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1This Exotic can only randomly drop while playing the game or by acquiring Exotic engrams (most notably from the Season Pass or from Xur). Playing higher-difficulty activities will greatly increase your chances to find one (namely, Nightfall: The Ordeals).
Worldline ZeroExotic KioskDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1This Exotic can be acquired via the Exotics Kiosk in the tower, officially called the Monument to Lost Lights. You can read all about it, including costs and requirements, here.
Sola's ScarTrials of OsirisDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1This weapon can only drop while getting wins in the endgame PVP mode Trials of Osiris, Destiny 2's endgame (and brutal) PVP mode. Beware that drops rotate weekly, so you'll have to patient and wait until it becomes part of the weekly drops.
BequestDeep Stone Crypt RaidDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1This elite weapon can only be found in the Deep Stone Crypt raid. For a detailed overview of all the weapons found in the newest Destiny 2 raid, this loot table covers both weapons and armor, per encounter.
Negative SpaceProphecy DungeonDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1This weapon can only drop from Destiny 2's newest dungeon. For a detailed overview of all the weapons found in Prophecy, this loot table covers both weapons and armor per encounter.
Honor's EdgeGunsmithDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1This weapon can drop when playing the Crucible playlist.
Crown-Splitter, Quickfang, Eternity's Edge, Falling Guillotine, Temptation's Hook, Steel Sybil Z-14World Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1These Legendaries can randomly drop while playing the game, either as end-of-match rewards or when finding Legendary engrams.

Most of these sources are self-explanatory, but in doubt, you can always leave a comment below with your question or ask away on our Discord.


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?

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