Best Destiny 2 Swords: Tier List Ranking

by | Apr 13, 2022 | 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

Checkmark icon V3List updated as of The Witch Queen’s release (S16).  

The Tier list below includes every Exotic and non-sunset legendary Sword 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
Falling GuillotineFalling Guillotine art
Falling Guillotine
SwordVortexHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot pool
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

► Falling Guillotine is still the second-best legendary sword in the game. Its god-roll combination of Relentless Strikes and Whirlwind Blade and strong archetype make it better than almost all competition.
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade
The LamentThe Lament Destiny 2
The Lament
SwordExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesS › BestExotic Quest
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Quest

Beyond Light
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Revving the blade increases damage, shield bypass, and adds 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."

► Despite some of its targeting issues, the Lament remains arguably the best sword (and one of the best weapons) in the game. Its Lifesteal perk is a powerful tool, and its ability to shred through high health targets or Barrier Champions makes it a fun and powerful weapon.
Season 12
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Revving the blade increases damage, shield bypass, and adds 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."
Crown-SplitterCrown-Splitter art
Crown-Splitter
SwordAggressiveHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot pool
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

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

► The Titan exclusive Crown-Splitter is the king of DPS when it comes to swords, as you can chain light attacks on a single target. Its DPS number even beats exotics like The Lament. Overall, Crown-Splitter is an excellent option.
Season 14
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Whirlwind Blade)
Sola's ScarSola's Scar art
Sola's Scar
SwordCasterHeavySolarThe Witch QueenNoA › StrongTrials of Osiris
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Trials of Osiris

The Witch Queen
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Caster

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Chain Reaction (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► Sola's Scar has a caster archetype putting it slightly above Adaptive swords but lower than Vortex ones. However, Sola's Scar's advantage is that it can attack from range due to its archetype. This range, combined with Chain Reaction, has some interesting potential for add clear.
Season 13
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Caster

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Chain Reaction (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
Eternity's EdgeEternity's Edge art
Eternity's Edge
SwordVortexHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot pool
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 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.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded
Hero of AgesHero of Ages art
Hero of Ages
SwordVortexHeavyArc30th AnniversaryYesA › StrongGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Grasp of Avarice Dungeon

30th Anniversary
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Unrelenting) + Chain Reaction (also good: One for All)

► Hero of Ages is an excellent arc alternative to the fan-favorite Falling Guillotine. Its perk selection is rather niche and leans into an add clearing playstyle with perks such as One for All, Demolitionist, and Chain Reaction.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Unrelenting) + Chain Reaction (also good: One for All)
HeartshadowHeartart
Heartshadow
SwordExoticHeavyVoidDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongDuality Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Heavy attacks made with full Sword energy turn you invisible and fire exploding Void projectiles. Remaining invisible grants this weapon increased damage. Hitting a target with this weapon’s projectiles while invisible weakens them."

► While Heartshadow does require you to change your playstyle a bit due to its unique perks and heavy attack, it can be extremely useful in the right hands. Not only are Invisibility and Weaken irreplaceable buffs for PVE, but they also allow this sword to have great synergy with a Void subclass. Plus, Heartshadow is extremely fun to use!
Season 17
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Heavy attacks made with full Sword energy turn you invisible and fire exploding Void projectiles. Remaining invisible grants this weapon increased damage. Hitting a target with this weapon’s projectiles while invisible weakens them."
Razor's EdgeRazor's Edge art
Razor's Edge
SwordVortexHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Chain Reaction (also good: Frenzy)

► Razor's Edge is the first-ever Iron Banner sword. It looks cool, it is part of the Vortex archetype, immediately placing it above many other swords. Furthermore, it can roll with a couple of interesting perks and features the Skulking Frenzy Origin trait.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Chain Reaction (also good: Frenzy)
ZephyrZephyr art
Zephyr
SwordAdaptiveHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageEvent: Dawning
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Event: Dawning

Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Cold Steel

► Adaptive swords are generally nothing to write home about, however, Zephyr has an ace up its sleeve with the perk Cold Steel. With the Cold Steel perk, Zephyr can slow enemies on hit and allow you to activate the artifact perk Focusing Lens by yourself.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Cold Steel
Black TalonDestiny 2 Black Talon
Black Talon
SwordExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageExotic Engram
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Engram

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

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

► Black Talon is the definition of a mediocre option. It can pump out decent burst damage in higher-level content but takes up your exotic slot. And while it can neutralize Supers very quickly in PvP, there are a plethora of options that can do it even better.
Season 4
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Can fire heavy projectile attacks. Heavy attacks are stronger with full energy. Most attacks partially bypass elemental shields."
QuickfangQuickfang art
Quickfang
SwordLightweightHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Tireless Blade + Assassin’s Blade

► Quickfang is the Hunter-specific sword, and as its name suggests, it allows you to move faster due to its unique Lightweight archetype. The movement speed buff allows you to reposition swiftly in PvP. You also get a different running animation while holding the sword, giving it some style points.
Season 14
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Tireless Blade + Assassin’s Blade
Half-TruthsHalf-Truths art
Half-Truths
SwordAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageDares of Eternity
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Dares of Eternity

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

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Eager Edge (also good: Tireless Blade)

► Half-Truths is one of two swords that can roll with the perk Eager Edge. This perk alone sets it above the rest as it is incredibly fun and allows you to travel at outrageous speeds with specific abilities, such as Icarus Dash.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Eager Edge (also good: Tireless Blade)
The Other HalfThe Other Half art
The Other Half
SwordAdaptiveHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageDares of Eternity
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Dares of Eternity

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

PvE God Roll: Eager Edge + Whirlwind Blade (also good: Frenzy)

► Like its "other half"', The Other Half lives and dies by the Eager Edge perk. A fun option in PvE and a surprisingly strong option in PvP, make it rank above other Adaptive archetype swords.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Eager Edge + Whirlwind Blade (also good: Frenzy)
Temptation's Hook
Temptation's Hook
SwordCasterHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Caster

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

► Temptation's Hook is another Caster frame sword. But unlike Sola's Scar, it can't roll with some of the more lethal PvE perks; however, it is slightly more suited for PvP thanks to perks such as En Garde or Vorpal Weapon.
Season 11
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Caster

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Whirlwind Blade)
Honor's Edge
Honor's Edge
SwordAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakXûr
Weak

C



Xûr

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

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surounded

► Honor's Edge, like most other Adaptive swords, is simply outclassed. It also has a lacking perk pool with the only good perks being Relentless Strikes and Surrounded. It does offer a niche option in Shattering Blade which net it a few bonus points though.
Season 10
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surounded
Negative Space
Negative Space
SwordAdaptiveHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakWorld loot pool
Weak

C



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

► 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 Disruption Break, it simply can't compete with superior frames.
Season 11
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade
Steel Sybil Z-14
Steel Sybil Z-14
SwordAdaptiveHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakWorld loot pool
Weak

C



World loot pool

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

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

► Steel Sybil Z-14 can roll with two of the best sword perks in the game, it's also Void which synergizes well with Void 3.0 builds, Volatile Rounds, and Font of Might. But as an Adaptive frame sword, it still lacks compared to the competition.
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade
Night TerrorNight Terror art
Night Terror
SwordAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakMoon
Weak

C



Moon

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

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

► Night Terror is another Adaptive Frame sword; however, it receives some bonus points as it offers a good number of solid perks such as Relentless Strikes, Whirlwind Blade, Vorpal Weapon, and Surrounded. It's also relatively easy to target farm.
Season 14
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade
Worldline ZeroDestiny 2 Worldline Zero art
Worldline Zero
SwordExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesD › WorstExotic Kiosk
Worst

D



Exotic Kiosk

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

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

► Worldline Zero has seen an unfortunate fall from grace. Previously the king of speedrunning with Shatterdive Skating or Warlock Skating, Worldline Zero's quirks have been removed, and it is now sadly one of the worst weapons in the game.
Season 3
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Press while sprinting to launch a heavy blink attack. Attacks partially bypass elemental shields."
Bequest
Bequest
SwordAdaptiveHeavyArcBeyond LightYesD › WorstDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Worst

D



Deep Stone Crypt Raid

Beyond Light
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded

► Bequest suffers from being an Adaptive Frame, and top of that, it can't roll with the typical top-tier sword perks including Whirlwind Blade or even Vorpal Weapon. But to make matters worse, as a Deep Stone Crypt weapon, it is more difficult to obtain than most other swords in the game.
Season 12
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded
Abide the ReturnAbide the Return art
Abide the Return
SwordAdaptiveHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesD › WorstDreaming City
Worst

D



Dreaming City

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

► Abide the Return, unfortunately, does nothing that no other sword can't already do. Its limited perk pool and poor archetype make it an option that isn't worth your heavy slot.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

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 Swords in 2022

This section not only covers the top Swords currently in the game, but 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 swords for PVE and PVP.

 

Quickfang Sword Destiny 2 featured

10. Quickfang

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

Quickfang is one of a kind. It is the only Lightweight sword in the game, and similar to other Lightweight weapons, you move faster with it when you are wielding it.

In PvE, it falls short. It doesn’t rival Vortex or Aggressive frames and even struggles to keep up with Adaptive archetypes in terms of pure DPS output, but thankfully for Quickfang, this isn’t where this sword finds its niche. Quickfang, being a Lightweight, allows you to reposition much faster in PvP game modes. Unfortunately for the sword, you can’t even draw it unless you have ammo in game modes such as Trials of Osiris or Competitive. However, when you get ammo, with perks such as Assassin’s Blade, which gives you movement speed on kill, you will be moving a decent chunk faster than a regular sword.

Quickfang also has a different running animation that looks cool and makes your head harder to hit from behind, which can help, especially against players using precision weapons like Snipers or Hand Cannons, which are both very common in PvP.

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Tireless Blade
  • Perk 2: Assassin’s Blade

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

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Quickfang artQuickfangSwordLightweightLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

PvPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo

 

Black Talon Destiny 2 featured sword

9. Black Talon

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

Black Talon is the first ranged sword to be introduced to Destiny 2. Firing a ranged void strike on a heavy attack with tracking and one-shot supers on a direct hit is always nice to have up your sleeve.

The sword not only looks stylish, but it is also very nice to use. The heavy void attack can be used while in the air or on the ground and can be involved in combos to quickly eliminate beefier targets in PvE or takedown multiple Guardians in the Crucible.
Black Talon has pretty good DPS, even slightly higher than The Lament’s DPS. However, its total damage is lacking due to the high ammo consumption of the ranged attack.

This ammo problem is not only an issue in PvE but also PvP, as you can only really get two attacks out from the heavy attack of Black Talon, making it a pretty low kill potential heavy option. Furthermore, while it can easily take down a Super, there are many super killing options in the game now, such as Snipers, Fusion Rifles, or even consistent damage from a primary weapon can scare off a super. So, as a result, the need for Black Talon has slowly dwindled since its release back in Forsaken.

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

How to get it: Black Talon can be acquired via Exotic engrams or Xûr.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 Black TalonBlack TalonSwordExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

PvPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 4HeavyNo

 

Half-Truths Sword Destiny 2 featured

8. Half-Truths

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

The Half-Truths sword is one of the first two swords to roll with the ‘Eager Edge’ perk. Since the perk’s release, it has grown to be a fan favorite in the community as it increases your lunge distance by 100% immediately after switching to the sword. This, of course, allows you to go much faster, but it can also be paired with many other abilities to reach insane speeds. Abilities such as Icarus Dash come to mind, but even some abilities such as Shatterdive, Well of Radiance, or Ward of Dawn can also help you reach incredible speeds with correctly timed inputs.
Because of the Eager Edge perk, you can lunge at people from great distances in PvP, making this legendary sword a solid option in high-stakes PvP.

Aside from this, Half-Truths doesn’t have a ton going for it. It can only roll with some mediocre perks and not some of the core damage options you look for on a sword such as Whirlwind Blade or Surrounded. Half-Truths also suffers from being an Adaptive archetype sword. This type of sword has some of the lowest DPS numbers and total damage numbers compared to other archetypes such as Vortex or Aggressive.

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Relentless Strikes
  • Perk 2: Eager Edge (also good: Tireless Blade)

How to get it: Half-Truths can be acquired by completing Dares of Eternity runs or turning in Treasure keys at Xûr’s in Eternity.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Half-Truths artHalf-TruthsSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PvPDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventHeavyCraftable

 

Razor's Edge Sword Destiny 2 featured

7. Razor’s Edge

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Razor’s Edge, dubbed ‘the Lightsaber sword’ by many in the community, is the first Iron Banner sword to be released. Being an Iron Banner weapon, it comes with the origin trait ‘Skulking Wolf’, which gives enhanced radar and invisibility on your opponents’ radars during a Hunt.

In PvE, it sees some success too. It is part of the Vortex archetype, immediately placing it above most other swords. However, it is a little lacking compared to some of its immediate competition like Falling Guillotine, Hero of Ages or Eternity’s Edge. It can’t roll with either Whirlwind Blade or Surrounded, the best two damage perks on a sword.

However, Razor’s Edge is Void and can also roll with Chain Reaction allowing for a very niche add clear build. However, I would recommend aiming for a damage perk like Frenzy or even One for All.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Relentless Strikes
  • Perk 2: Chain Reaction (also good: Frenzy)

How to get it: Razor’s Edge can be acquired by completing Iron Banner matches and turning in Iron Banner tokens.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Razor's Edge artRazor's EdgeSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

-Iron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 16HeavyNo

 

Hero of Ages Destiny 2 featured sword

6. Hero of Ages

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Hero of Ages is an interesting sword. It can roll with a couple of intriguing perk combinations that can provide a high fun factor. The most standout combination is Demolitionist or Unrelenting and Chain Reaction. Demolitionist is a solid perk on its own and combined with the additional add clear that Chain Reaction brings, you will be able to get grenade energy very quickly.

On the other hand, however, Unrelenting can provide a lot more survivability as the explosive kills from Chain Reaction will contribute to kills to proc Unrelenting. This perk choice is personal preference; however, given how strong Grenades are with certain Void 3.0 Fragments and Aspects, I recommend Demolitionist.

In terms of damage, Hero of Ages is in an okay spot. It is a Vortex Frame that places it above many other swords. However, like Razor’s Edge, it lacks a proper damage perk like Whirlwind Blade or Surrounded, putting it below a few different options.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Demolitionist (also good: Unrelenting)
  • Perk 2: Chain Reaction (also good: One for All)

How to get it: Hero of Ages can be acquired by completing any Grasp of Avarice encounter.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Hero of Ages artHero of AgesSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyArc30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PvEGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo

 

Eternity's Edge Sword Destiny 2 featured

5. Eternity’s Edge

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Eternity’s Edge is the Warlock-specific sword. Being a Vortex Frame automatically places it higher than most other swords. However, Eternity’s Edge is bolstered by the fact that it can roll with Relentless Strikes and Surrounded, some of the best perks on a sword.

The main downsides to Eternity’s Edge are the rest of its perks, they are lacking, with the only other decent perk being Thresh, but even that is somewhat underwhelming, so you need to land the god roll when it comes to perks. Eternity’s Edge doesn’t bring much to the table in PvP, it can roll with Assassin’s Blade, but there are much better options if you want to use a sword inside the Crucible.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Relentless Strikes
  • Perk 2: Surrounded

How to get it: Eternity’s Edge can be randomly acquired as end-of-match activities or via the Gunsmith, Legendary engrams and Prime engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Eternity's Edge artEternity's EdgeSwordVortexLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo

 

The Other Half Swords Destiny 2 featured

4. The Other Half

Crucible logo Destiny 2Best PVP Sword in Destiny 2

The Other Half is in the same boat as Half-Truths. It lives and dies by the Eager Edge perk. Without it, The Other Half is a mediocre at best option. Despite rolling some desirable perk combinations such as Relentless Strikes and Whirlwind Blade, it is still an Adaptive Frame, making it automatically weaker than most other types of swords.

The Other Half places slightly higher than Half-Truths as it can roll with those perks that are best on swords, and it is also Void, meaning it is a lot more friendly with Void 3.0 builds; however, this advantage will shift once Arc 3.0 is released in the season(s) to come.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Eager Edge
  • Perk 2: Whirlwind Blade (also good: Frenzy)

How to get it: The Other Half can be acquired by completing Dares of Eternity runs or turning in Treasure keys at Xûr’s in Eternity.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
The Other Half artThe Other HalfSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

PvPDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventHeavyCraftable

 

Falling Guillotine Sword Destiny 2 featured

3. Falling Guillotine

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Falling Guillotine is still the king of Vortex swords, which means it’s the best Vortex sword, but it is also better than almost every other Legendary sword as the Vortex frame is the strongest type of sword in the game. It can roll with the god roll combination of Relentless Strikes and Whirlwind Blade, but it can also roll with Surrounded, making two of the four potential perks in the second slot S tier perks on swords.

In PvP, like all other Vortex swords, Falling Guillotine doesn’t bring anything to the table as it can’t even roll with Assassin’s Blade making it next to useless in the Crucible.

However, Falling Guillotine is a Void weapon, making it Void 3.0 build-friendly, and that’s always a bonus. Unfortunately, it is not easily obtained, but you should definitely hold onto it if you get the dream roll of Relentless Strikes and Whirlwind Blade to drop.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Relentless Strikes
  • Perk 2: Whirlwind Blade

How to get it: Falling Guillotine can be randomly acquired as end-of-match activities or via the Gunsmith, Legendary engrams, and Prime engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Falling Guillotine artFalling GuillotineSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PvEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo

 

Crown-Splitter Sword Destiny 2 featured

2. Crown-Splitter

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

When it comes to sword DPS, the Crown-Splitter is unrivalled. A simple chain of light attacks over and over is enough to have the highest damage in the game. It also comes with the incredibly high single instance burst damage from the heavy attack making it a sword that can cover all types of damage. Crown-Splitter also receives some style points as the running animation is really cool as you wield a massive broadsword in a single hand.

In PvP, while it might not be the most optimal choice, it is better than many other options. You can deal considerable damage to supers with correct timing on the heavy attack.

What makes Crown-Splitter even better is its perk pool. It can roll with Relentless Strikes, perfect for the high DPS combo, but it can also roll with Whirlwind Blade, which synergizes even better with the light attack damage cycle. It can also roll other perks such as Vorpal Weapon or Surrounded; however, these are either a lower damage buff or riskier to activate.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Relentless Strikes
  • Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon (also good: Whirlwind Blade)

How to get it: Crown-Splitter can be randomly acquired as end-of-match activities or via the Gunsmith, Legendary engrams and Prime engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Crown-Splitter artCrown-SplitterSwordAggressiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PvEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo

 

The Lament Destiny 2 featured sword

1. The Lament

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PVE Sword in Destiny 2

The Lament is still top dog when it comes to swords as it does so much. Good damage, lifesteal, and it has anti-barrier capabilities. It shreds through champions while giving you that safety net of some healing on hit and also has an engaging gameplay loop with the varying combos that you can do when revving the sword.

The best combo to do with the sword to net you the highest total damage and DPS on average is five light attacks, one heavy attack while revving the sword, and two light attacks while the sword is recharging. Once it is recharged, rinse and repeat. This is a fast combo, and it gives you multiple instances of healing while also dealing good consistent damage, saving the massive final burst of the heavy attack for the end.

As of Season 16, The Lament has tracking issues, but these have been ignored due to it being a bug. Once these bugs are fixed, Lament will be leagues ahead of other swords simply due to its versatility.

Exotic Perk: “Revving the blade increases damage, shield bypass, and adds 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.”

How to get it: The Lament can be acquired by completing an Exotic quest.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
The Lament Destiny 2The LamentSwordExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo

Swords in PVP: Lethality & TTK

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

That said, TTK figures rarely apply to Heavy weapons. When choosing a heavy weapon for PVP, you want something reliable and able to deliver one-hit-kills with consistency. Swords can certainly do that but do require you to get up close and personal. This carries a lot of risks, which is why you’ll rarely see a Sword user in endgame PVP content. You can still choose one and have fun with it in 6v6 matches, but you’ll be better off with other weapon types. More on that below.

Swords in PVE: Ad clearing

DPS is important for PVE, because the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major.

But before we look into damage numbers 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

Based on that, when using a Sword, you’re looking for an ad clear or single target damage weapon. The ad clear part of the equation is easy to achieve, as one swipe will get rid of any red bar enemy. When it comes to single target damage, Swords can do well, provided the enemy doesn’t have a stomp mechanic that will instantly kill you or throw you a mile away…

This DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2. When it comes to actual DPS, Swords can do well, probably you can get (and stay) close to your target:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo

Are Swords Meta?

We already covered the best Swords for PVE and PVP, but how do they compare, in general, with other Heavy weapon types? In other words:

The current Meta for PVE

So, are Swords good in Destiny 2’s PVE? This table summarizes how the several Heavy weapon types rank against each other in PVE:

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
S › Best
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.
PVE Heavies
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
A › Strong
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.
PVE Heavies
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
A › Strong
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.
PVE Heavies
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
B › Average
Average

B

Trend downMain 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.
PVE Heavies
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
B › Average
Average

B

Trend upMain 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.
PVE Heavies
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Exotic Sniper Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend upMain 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.
PVE Heavies

The current Meta for PVP

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

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

-► Rocket Launchers remain a staple in many players' loadouts. They can provide high-range one-shot kills, and can also do AoE damage which can potentially allow you to clear teams if they are close enough together.

► Best Archetype: Precision (15 RPM) - Example: Gjallarhorn
PVP Heavies
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Machine Guns are still an incredible option for Control as they can provide many kills. However, they do require multiple shots to kill which can lead to you potentially being Sniped or peak-shot by a Primary Weapon.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (450 RPM) - Example: Corrective Measure
PVP Heavies
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Heavy Grenade Launchers are an incredible option for those who are confident in landing their direct hits. They can functionally serve as a Rocket Launcher, but instead of coming with only a single shot, Grenade Launchers can bring 3, which, of course, means more potential kills.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (120 RPM) - Example: Memory Interdict
PVP Heavies
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
C › Weak
Weak

C

-► Swords are perhaps the most fun option (especially with Eager Edge), however, they are too inconsistent to warrant any competitive use. Furthermore, benefitting from third-person view is no longer possible without Heavy ammo, making the only niche usage swords had now redundant.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive/Lightweight- Examples: Half-Truths/Quickfang
PVP Heavies
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
C › Weak
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.
PVP Heavies

Your turn

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

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 Risen (Season 16), the following weapons were added:

  • Half-Truths
  • Hero of Ages
  • The Other Half
  • Zephyr
  • Razor’s Edge

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

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Matthew Evans
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